"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 Z250SL.
Previously I have owned: Honda CRF300 Rally, Honda CBR600RR 2005, Honda CBR600FW, 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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Several themes at this year’s London Motorcycle Show. These shows have always been an opportunity to see the faces under the crash-hats, and the way us riders’ eyes light up when astride or peering at a motorbike. Myself included, with at last an opportunity to get my leg over Kawasaki’s new small sportsbike, the four cylinder 400cc Ninja ZX4-RR.
LED lights provide a new design opportunity for the front of the bike; I saw designs reminding of Transformers, wasps and spaceships. Electric bikes get the opposite treatment, making the bike look as conventional as possible.
And a display of motorcycle sport with four riders racing around a jumps circuit in the central arena.
The younger riders visiting the show - some too young for a street licence but clearly accustomed to riding a motorbike - were mainly hanging out at one side of the Kawasaki stand. Elsewhere, there are so many large capacity bikes with relatively upright riding positions.
Ride inland and away from the coastal warmth to Manosque in the Alpes de Haut-Provence. Mild enough in the January afternoon sunshine with the snow on the Alps beyond, though there had been frost overnight in the Durance valley.
Not the usual itinerary, to avoid the traffic diverting to avoid the various protest road blocks. That was both an interesting ride route and with fantastic views. Mostly clear roads but then suddenly finding the lorries and the cars diverted off the autoroute by the farmers’ blockades.
Arranged the service and new tyres for a bit later in the year at the bike garage who look after my RR.
Back to Marseille by another innovative and scenic route, the road over Mont Sainte-Victoire and the Val de Vauvenargues. Nonetheless fantastically awful traffic congestion from Aix-en-Provence onwards and to another level still, back in Marseille. A lot of white-lining and back streets.
Afternoon ride up to the Route des Crêtes on Cap Canaille, down to La Ciotat and back over the forest roads up around Le Castellet. Tyres are near the end of their life so riding a lot on the edges to spare the centre tread! +18°C in La Ciotat with its old port, beaches and palm trees. Hardly any wind and hardly any traffic - I chose this route to avoid the various protest blockades of the farmers.
Not the route I had originally planned (the weather forecasts were wrong) but I found and followed the blue sky which took me on some back roads between Aix and Salon-de-Provence. Midday pause for worshipping the Sun God at his highest point in the sky; then a picnic lunch: tart of apple slices with a go-faster coffee. Back to Marseille enjoying the little roads around the Étang de Berre.
Short ride out to Maryport in Cumbria to see the hills of Galloway across the Solway Firth. A balmy +9°C in the sunshine and out of the low cloud clinging to the Lakeland Fells. A seize-the-moment ride, heavy frost is forecast.
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.