"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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Me and my CBR600RR under the Christmas Tree

Christmas tree on the promenade at Bandol on the French Riviera with my CBR600RR. But chilly.

AMA Provence - Repas de Fin d’Année 2022

AMA Provence - Repas de Fin d’Année 2022

Festive End of Year lunch in the historic centre of Aix-en-Provence. Nearly twenty AMA bikers fighting the gridlock and a bitterly cold Mistral to meet and to enjoy choices from the full menu of this restaurant. Of various entertainments outside under the hundred-year-old Plantane trees, Santa’s rock brass band caught my attention.
That was followed by a brilliant Marseille sunrise with a vicious. glacial Mistral. To my eye this was indigo and violet against orange. I have seen snow here but this is about as cold as Marseille gets, just +2°C at dawn.

More photos: AMA Provence - Repas de Fin d’Année 2022

Pas d’Oulier, Bouches du Rhône

Pas d’Oulier, Bouches du Rhône

Learn it in Third then ride it like you mean it. The Col du Pas d’Oulier is 4 km up and 4km down.The route is graded well, with a good surface and easy turnaround at either end, so ideal for a bit of winter skills practice. Between Roquefort-la-Bédoule and La Ciotat, just outside Marseille.

More photos: Col du Pas d’Oulier (347 m.)

GBMCC London Xmas lunch 2022

GBMCC London Xmas lunch 2022

Nearly ninety GBMCC members sitting down to Xmas lunch in a restaurant with great views of the River Thames. A fine afternoon’s affirmation of being a biker. There’s a huge variety of bikers in our club: face tattoos to financiers and ages 21 to 66 at least.
Lots of talk about next year’s GLME Summercamp at Lampeter, Wales, which is being organised by GBMCC, also plans for club runs and meets in 2023.
Good to see our club in rude health with new members and familiar faces from the London area and further afield.

More: GBMCC London Xmas lunch 2022

St. Tropez

Ride out from Marseille to the charismatic port of St. Tropez. On my arrival I was glowing with the ride, seizing the moment of a fine November day.
Denis and I enjoyed a picnic in the full sunshine of the harbour wall, facing the port that’s quiet now only the locals and builders remain in town.

St. Tropez
“A True Tarte Tropézienne is a blend of two unctuous creams and a gourmet brioche sprinkled with generous grains of sugar”, on the harbour wall of St. Tropez

More photos: St. Tropez sunshine



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.