"Biker" for me usually means motorbiking, though I also have a Marin mountain-bike...

My current motorbikes are a CBR600RR and a CBR600RW, both from Honda.

Previously I have owned: Honda VF750F, Yamaha FJ600, Suzuki GSX750EX, Yamaha FJ750, Yamaha XJ900, Kawasaki Z750 and I passed my riding test on my Kawasaki KH250.

See also my Motorbiking web links

GBMCC London pub social

First GBMCC London pub social of 2021, outside our usual pub in Kennington, in south-east London. At last. So good to see familiar faces at last. And a couple of new bikes too.

Nettle Hole to Gamblesby
Nettle Hole to Gamblesby - “Byway open to all traffic”

Penrith to Alston Road, Cumbria

Checking out by hire car the many riding possibilities accessible from my new front door and garage in Keswick, Cumbria. These roads are “Nice but deadly”. Some long and straight, routes laid by the Romans, some with plenty of curves. Huge landscapes and skyscapes: “Toto, I have a feeling we’re not in Sussex anymore”. But the most enjoyable big roads, like the A686 to Alston, including the climbs to Hartside Cross (575 m.), are bedecked with speed camera signs and warnings of a high casualty rate. Bikers beware.

More photos: Hartside Cross (575 m.) - North Pennines

Orange mist coming on as I drive over Shap Fell

Now we can dream again... the orange mist came on me driving the A6 over Shap Fell, Cumbria (426 m.) in a hire car after peering through the door at the on- and off-road bikes for sale at the KTM dealer in Kendal, all in KTM’s orange livery.
What if...

My CBR600RR in Marseille

There’s a great little bike waiting for me locked up in my box garage in Marseille. Spring and the longer days are already starting in Provence. Unfortunately the UK lockdown plus the French curfews and travel restrictions all mean I can’t ride my CBR600 RR. Even more concerning, the French levels of Covid-19 are still worryingly high. I last rode my bike in Provence and the Alps in August 2020, well over six months ago. Numerous bookings since to Marseille have been cancelled and refunded, and I’m still wondering quite when it will be possible to ride for fun again. So sad.

Thanks to Pascal of the French bike club AMA for checking things over and for sending the picture - Merci Pascal.

CBR1000RR at my front door

Great to see Ernst this afternoon on his Fireblade - just a socially distanced coffee outside together as he was passing by.



En route from Marseille to the Alps

I'm riding light for a week on the mountain roads of the Alps. No laptop, although I do have my SLR camera but photos will have to wait till I'm back in Marseille..

I left Marseille for a long ride north via the Col de la Croix Haute (1179 m.) to Saint-Gervais under Mont Blanc. A bit of rain towards the end of the day which cleaned the Provence dust off my white leathers and boots but didn't soak me through.

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