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 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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Col de l’Espigoulier

Col de l’Espigoulier

Afternoon session on the very technical south side of the Col de l’Espigoulier (723 m.). Running in the new helmet and new gloves, these now including scaphoid protection.
Talked with a couple of local bikers also out enjoying riding in the 18‘C sunshine.
Bit of a view from the col on the north side (728 m.) of much rougher weather to the north of Mont Sainte-Victoire.
AGAT rules as usual, all the protection gear including the stuff you don’t see: back protector, earplugs etc. Helps get in the zone.

More: One more ride

AMA repas de fin d’année

AMA repas de fin d’année

End of year lunch with the French bike club AMA getting together in the deepest Camargue; friends coming in from Nîmes to Nice, enjoying the Camargue wildlife on the way: flamingos, herons, black bulls and white horses, and all in very fringe 4G coverage. But for a fantastic traditional meal of Provencal specialities with a wood fire burning bright in the corner of the old barn that’s now a family-run restaurant.

More photos: Repas de fin d’année en Camargue - AMA

CBR600RR at Puyloubier - Pays du Mont Sainte Victoire

CBR600RR at Puyloubier - Pays du Mont Sainte Victoire

Out and back to Puyloubier on the twisty route to the vineyards under the limestone crags of Mont Sainte Victoire. Wonderful Provence countryside making wonderful wine. Still the remains of the morning mist and a bit fresher than anticipated, this ride out from Marseille was to check out my new helmet. Now the second Saturday in December, the ski pistes are now open not far away in the Alps so even getting out for a ride at all was good going.

More photos: Puyloubier - Pays du Mont Sainte Victoire

GBMCC London Xmas lunch 2023

 Dame Edna Experience at the Royal Vauxhall Tacern (RVT), London

Once again it’s Christmas time with GBMCC London’s Xmas Lunch pulling in a house-full of London bikers and our friends. Good to see again rider-friends and followers from my many years of biking. Then on to the RVT (Royal Vauxhall Tavern), which was packed out from the start; the first act of the evening was the Dame Edna Experience.

Ambleside, Windermere
View over Windermere to the fells

Blencathra
Blencathra (868 m.)

Early ride out from Keswick on a fine November Friday with hardly any traffic, so easy to stop as well as enjoy the route on my Ninja Z250SL. This light bike’s ideal for these roads. Fine clear morning light with a typical November pure blue sky after a cold front had passed over the Lake District. As being well layered up, I took a flask of coffee. When I got back to Keswick the sun was setting on Skiddaw and the chill was coming on fast.

More photos: Ullswater and Kirkstone - Lake District National Park

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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.