"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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GBMCC AGM weekend montage

Photo montage of many of the people at the GBMCC AGM weekend. Happy smiles after a sunny ride and the thrill of the Lake District topography after the monotony of the M6, as well as celebrating getting together again as a club. This year - after a couple of deferrals - we were able to gather in Patterdale YHA for the long weekend. Great to see friends again, new riders and just under 50 bikes in the parking. Bikers arrived from far and wide, including Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man and Northern Ireland as well as the more populous areas of the UK. This wasn’t everyone in the club by a long way: GBMCC has more than 500 members in 2022.
Thanks to the run leaders and to Graham who organised the weekend.

Hi-res version is on the GBMCC app & website (members only)

Dales ride with GBMCC
Coffee stop, Middleton-in-Teesdale

Dales ride with GBMCC
GBMCC AGM weekend, Patterdale

Four counties ride day with GBMCC to the North Pennines and Dales

Cumbria, Durham, Yorkshire, Lancashire then back to Cumbria. In just one run this route took in most of the best of riding in the UK. After the twisty lakeside road out from Patterdale, then up the multiple hairpins to Hartside Summit, the route took in single track roads, moorland open roads and narrow roads with dry stone walls on both sides and grass in the middle. Steep climbs and hairpins, deep valley bottoms compressing the bikes’ front forks, summits with a tendency to go airborne and straights to hit the revs limiter, at least on my 250. Views over to Cumbria, Morecombe Bay and down Teesdale to the North Sea coast.
Very physical but great sport for me wrangling my little Ninja Z250SL to stay in the same time-zone as the litre-plus bikes, and good of Scott, Paul, Nic, Cal and Ian to accept me to ride with and encourage me in this group of famously “progressive” riders.

More photos: Teesdale - Wensleydale - Littondale - Ribblesdale - Dales National Park

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park
Hardknott Pass (30%, 393 m.)

Hardknott Pass, Lake District National Park
Fell Foot, Little Langdale

Stunning scenery riding the steepest and wildest road passes of the Lake District with Nic who’s here early for the GBMCC AGM meet. We enjoyed lunch at Dalegarth station cafe on the Ravenglass and Eskdale Heritage Railway. Little roads like these are where I could really do with a Trail/Rally bike: we chatted with another group on a KTM 690 and a CRF250 who were clearly having a lot of fun.

More photos: Hardknott Pass (393 m.) - Birker Fell - Dunnerdale - Wrynose Pass (393 m.)

sign about lambs in the road, Lake District National Park

Sheep in the road, Lake District National Park

You know you’re in Cumbria when... the sign about lambs in the road is written in dialect. Cracking evening for a ride over to Crummock Water and Buttermere via Whinlatter Pass (318 m.) and Newlands Haus (333 m.), fine view back to Bassenthwaite Lake and Skiddaw (931 m.)

More photos: You know you’re in Cumbria when...

Accessorising my Ninja Z250SL

Great morning for accessorising my Ninja Z250SL, with a view of Skiddaw (931 m.) fine and clear. My garden’s not looking bad either. That’s going to be a stone guard for the delicate radiator.



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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