"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.
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The garage in Manosque in Provence has sent though these photos of work in progress on my CBR600RR ABS. Should be ready for me to ride next week, including new leathers and new crash hat, replacements for the gear that saved me from worse injuries when I was knocked off on the A7 autoroute just outside Marseille in September last year.
Thanks to Chomat Moto for the photos and the repairs.
The big smile and faraway look in my eyes tells it all: Happy Biker! That’s the first time I’ve got on my CBR600RR since being knocked off on the autoroute just outside Marseille in September. Not yet ready to ride but I’m visiting the workshop to discuss the repairs.
Driving a little Fiat 500 over the Col d’Espigoulier (723 m.) just outside Marseille was both a bit of fun but mainly a frustration. A car is not a bike and this route, which I know well as a biker, felt considerably more hairy when driving four wheels.
My reward was a dramatic Sunset over Marseille viewed from the col at the same time as several groups of bikers, including one in red, a Santa Biker.
The Col d’Espigoulier is one of those mysteries of Marseille: the road surface is maintained surprisingly well for a mountain road. There are no cameras and no speed bumps on the main route. Also the white line marking the summit is officially there for timing the road cyclists in hill climb events... but clearly it also gets used for motorsports...
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.