"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

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.

I was wondering when you guys would catch me up

Reaction to today’s news that NASA’s Perseverance rover has landed successfully on Mars and sent back its first picture.

(yes that’s me on my CBR600RR but in the Grand Canyon of the Verdon in Provence)

MotoGP fan

Why I’m a fan of motorcycle grand prix racing as well as a rider of my own sportsbikes on the road - why watch when you could be riding?
Watching motorcycle grand prix racing isn’t the same as riding, it’s true, but watching enlarges and inspires my own riding. I can’t ride as fast or as accurately as a racer and I wouldn’t want to: every time I’ve ridden in a track day I’ve gone with the experience to improve my skills but I’ve longed for the open road, the thrill of the scenery passing by and the challenge of dodging the obstacles a road throws at you.
More than forty years on from gaining my full motorcycle licence, several spells in plaster and walking on crutches then with the scars and aches you get left with, watching racers is a safer substitute for the real thing, but of course I still ride my own CBR600RR when I can. Watching with others has become possible even at home with online chat; GBMCC now has a WhatsApp watch group and I also enjoy a text-fest during a race with my French friends from time to time.

Read more: MotoGP fan

Black Cat run: A396 in Devon

Black Cat run: A396 in Devon

Last blast visiting old haunts before the new lockdown, sadly in a red tin-top for practical reasons.

More photos: Black Cat run - last blast before the lockdown



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.