"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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Route riding four of the less-visited lakes in Cumbria. Away from Keswick there was a lot of mist so I chose to ride in the gear I got for the CRF300 rally bike (now sold). A fine ride round misty lakes and misty mountains.

More photos: Four lakes ride - Lake District National Park

Route de la Bonette
Stele at 2802 m., Cime de la Bonette

Route de la Bonette

Only the one clear day showing for this week and with several cols of the Route des Grandes Alpes closed with roadworks, I made for the best col road around, it’s also the “The highest in Europe”. The north side road of the Bonette has long been my firm favourite, rising more than 1500 m. altitude with a variety of road styles and of course lots of curves that make almost anything in England look like a putting green. Probably more apexes than you get on a track day.

More photos: Route de la Bonette (2802 m.): cols du Restfond (2680 m.) & Bonette (2715 m.)

Luberon, Provence

Luberon, Provence

Ride out to the Lubéron on my shiny remade CBR600RR to enjoy the strong colours of late summer. Still the classic area for riding a variety of French roads: vineyards and pine forests, limestone gorges and orchards; long straights, gentle curves, hairpins or switchbacks. Some sections to watch the colourful movie of the Provence scenery, others to get my head down and focus on the road.

More photos: Le Lubéron

CBR600RR back on the road

Great to be back riding my fantastic CBR600RR. It’s been a bit of a journey to get it back. A little damp leaving Marseille on the train to the repairers workshop in Manosque but worth it to get back on the best bike I’ve ever owned.

Un grand « merci » à tous qui m’ont aidé.

More photos: Restart RR

Z250 and Blencathra, Cumbria
Blencathra (868 m.) in mist

Clickham Arms, Cumbria
Clickham Arms crossroads

Exploring the valley of the River Eden which runs alongside the North Pennines and the Lake District. Lazonby, Kirkoswald, Glassonby, Gamblesby, Melmerby etc villages, each quite different, are spread along the banks of the river, the alignment of a Roman Road and the Settle to Carlisle railway.
Plenty enough bank holiday traffic to prefer to enjoy the smaller roads where there are enough finger signposts to navigate without map or GPS. I’m once again limited to tarmac as I sold the CRF300 rally bike, anyhow the muddy off-road bikers I saw were all on much smaller bikes than that.

More photos: Eden Valley, Cumbria



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.