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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Hadrian's Wall

Hadrian's Wall

Unexpectedly brilliant ride and then a brill sunset as well, I never thought a ride out from Keswick in November would be this good. I wrapped up well, leathers under touring suit but even so, no cold fingers and no, my little Z250 Ninja doesn’t have handlebar warmers.

More photos: Hadrian’s Wall ride

GBMCC London pub meet - November 2021

This month’s friendly evening among GBMCC mates at the bike club’s London pub meet. A good number of bikes outside despite the November drizzle, and great to meet again more friends I’ve not seen for quite a while. Lots of chat about ideas and planning for 2022. Good that we’re spreading to occupy more tables every month since the restart. Real candles on the tables is a nice touch by the pub.

Plage de St. Clair, le Lavandou
Plage de St. Clair, le Lavandou

Pointe de la Chappe
Pointe de la Chappe

That was a really pleasant ride. Not too long, balanced between Riviera coast and hills plus the weather was mild and the traffic moderate. Great to see again palm trees and lush semi-tropical flowers and trees. Fantastic light also.

More photos: Riviera beach run and Col du Canadel (269 m.)

Les Goudes, Marseille

Sunday cruise to the pretty little Mediterranean port of Les Goudes, which is at the end of a long peninsular between Marseille and the Parc national des Calanques. Wearing an old and favourite leather suit with twin front zips, which is unfortunately no longer suitable for riding out of town.

Saint-Vincent-les-Forts and Lac de Serre-Ponçon
Lac de Serre-Ponçon from Saint-Vincent-les-Forts (1314 m.)

Valley of the Ubaye
Valley of the Ubaye

After a clear night, the temperature on the balcony in the hotel in Barcelonnette at 1135 m. was 0.0°C at about 0730, ie just before dawn. I hadn’t been expecting an early start but this was frosty with the frost even harder up on the mountain roads. It seemed sensible to seek the pretty autumn colours rather than head up to one of the high cols which surround Barcelonnette. I loaded my RR and set off towards more moderate cols and the sweeping road down the valley of the River Ubaye

More photos & text: Barcelonnette - Col Saint-Jean (1332 m.) - Col Labouret (1240 m.)

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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.