Motorbiking

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

My current motorbikes are a Honda CBR600RR ABS 2017 and a Kawasaki Ninja Z250.

Previously I have owned: Honda CBR600RR 2005, Honda CBR600RW, Honda VF750F, Yamaha FJ600, Suzuki GSX750EX, Yamaha FJ750, Yamaha XJ900, Kawasaki Z750 and I passed my riding test on my Kawasaki KH250.

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London GBMCC pub met

London GBMCC pub met

GBMCC’s monthly London pub meet: great to meet friends and great we are now allowed back indoors.

Cumbria
Map reading under an English Oak tree

Mell Fell, Cumbria
Mell Fell

Sunny Sunday morning in Cumbria.
Fill up with high octane petrol, what shortage?
Ride on to Ullswater, passing a farm training quad bikers.
Then a boathouse launching kayakers.
Check map under a sprawling oak.
Ride on to Lowther Castle, that William Wordsworth called a majestic Pile.
Passing Penrith, ride up racy Hartside, more bikers than cars.
The summit cafe is shut. Where now, we chat?
We find them: Keswick Filling Station is busy.

More photos: Sun’s out: bikes out. Ullswater, Lowther, Hartside, Keswick

St. Bees Head, Cumbria

Exploring around St. Bees Head, the most westerly point of the Cumbrian coastline.

Ninja Z250 in North Lakes

Quick spin on my Ninja Z250 to check new kit that I’ve brought back from Marseille. Also to forage for fuel and keep the battery happy as the bike’s been in the garage for a month whilst I’ve been in Marseille. It’s a nice bike for the little roads round here but a bit worrying on mud and gravel wash-outs after the rains. Still thinking of a trail / rally bike.

Bol d’Or 2021 - Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet

Bol d’Or 2021 - Circuit Paul Ricard, Le Castellet

A day at the races at the Circuit Paul Richard at Le Castellet, between Marseille and Toulon. Pascal and I went for the final hours of the 2021 Bol d’Or, the 24-hour endurance motorcycle race.
The sound of screaming engines first hits you in the checks at the gates - passe sanitaire required as well as ticket - and then becomes the soundtrack to the day, with the sunshine and the breeze of the Mistral.
The bike of each team rides the whole race, it’s the riders who switch, mostly they are teams of four riders. The racing continues through the night so the bikes have headlights although this was also a nearly full moon.

More photos: Bol d’Or 2021

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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.