Well it must be said that I have been visiting this UK motorcycle dealership for more years than I care to mention, and they have never let me down nor ripped me off. My first visit was with my Honda CB750 when I was a peniless student, I was looking to purchase a GB sticker as we were planning a trip to France. Imagine my suprise when the mechanic David came out to ask me where in France we were heading, and then he asked could he come with us, and our friendship began!
They were 100% Honda in those days, they are now 100% Yamaha but little else has changed in terms of their dedication and honesty. They have moved to new premises which allowed them to expand the business, have a look at the image gallery here. As you can see the shop looks fantastic and they are rated one of the top Yamaha dealers in the country.
You are always welcomed when you walk into the shop and the tea and coffee machine is always available, and of course offered free to everyone. They have a great range of new Yamahas to look at as well as many different makes of used bikes, plus loads of lovely Yamaha clothing and HJC helmets. Look at some of these pictures below.
OK I know that I am far too old for fast motorbikes these days and I should be looking at electric scooters and heated slippers, but hey never say never. And thus I just purchased a new Yamaha MT 10 SP which is the flash version of the MT 10 with Ohlins suspension and other stuff, have a look at this stunning bike here.
To be honest, as far as I know we only live once and the R1 these days is just too extreme for me (I have owned three), so when they announced the SP version of the amazing MT 10 I called Martin and he confirmed that they had one in stock. And the rest, as they say, is er fun.
So on Tuesday I fly to the UK and rent a car, I will stay for a week or so and then head back on the bike, I can hardly wait. EasyJet here we come…..
Here at Autocioffi (see us at www.autocioffi.it) we have a super premises which used to be a paper mill (so it is next to a small river) and we have 3 floors of covered parking space. We generally have about 20 of our own cars here and we have space for at least another 30.
Our 20 ish cars are all up for sale on our website and we also do servicing, tyre fitting, maintenance as well as bodywork repairs and painting so we are fully equipped to look after all makes of cars and vans, and we even collect and return cars in the surrounding area. We are well-known by all of the local hotels so many tourists come here too, if they need any car-type help.
We have recently devised a really cunning scheme. If you plan to visit Italy for an extended length of time (minimum for instance 6 months) and you need wheels, we can help. See our list of cars for sale, we specialise in small Fiat, VW and Renault but we generally have a variety of cars from a 2 seater up to a SUV. The retail prices are all shown. So what can we offer?? You come and see the car and try it, see what you think. Try more than one or two, no problem.
If you find a car you like, you buy it, simple no? Well sure, but here is our proposal. You tell us how long you wanna keep it, you must insure the car, and when you bring the car back to us PROVIDING OF COURSE THE CONDITION IS AS IT WAS then we buy it back, LESS an agreed rental fee. How much? Well that will depend on the value of the car you choose plus the proposed rental period. Contact us for a quote.
Check out Avis and Hertz, of course they will provide a much newer car BUT they will charge you about 1200 Euro per month (category F), and from Ravello you must go and get the car from Salerno. And we can also offer car or motorbike storage here at very reasonable rates too.
Clever idea number two: We have plenty of secure parking spaces where you can leave your car (or motorbike or scooter or whatever) on a daily weekly or even monthly basis. Parking in this area (Ravello/Amalfi) is VERY hard to find as well as expensive, so contact us for a quote!
Have a look at this guy’s web site: https://www.nicksanders.com/. Nick is perhaps the most prolific world traveller ever, he has collaborated with Yamaha for many years and his travels with the R1 and more recently the SuperTenere 1200 have been made into some fantastic books and films.
Nick is and remains a very down-to-earth guy despite his amazing achievements. He is a really lovely modest guy and Martin at Alf England (www.alfengland.co.uk) has already met him several times. Nick will have the new Yamaha Tenere 700 very soon and then will tour the UK Yamaha dealers to tell of his experiences. He is due to visit Coventry sometime in October so I will attend cos I really wanna meet him!!
I had a full week holiday booked in downtown Estepoda, at a lovely resort called Costa Natura, practically on the beach (Costa del Sol) of the Spanish south coast only about 40km up the coast from Gibralter.
We debated which way to travel from Italy and madam chose a flight from Naples to Malaga with Ryanair, cheap as chips. I instead decided that the old bike and I both needed some exercise so I booked the ferry from Roma (Civitavecchia) over to Barcelona, a very boring but motorway-saving 20 hour ferry trip. My trusty Yamaha FJR1300 was prepared for the trip (just a check over really, as she is only 2 years old) and I set off from Amalfi on a very warm Thursday afternoon, destination Roma.
I stayed overnight in the very very hot capital city and the next morning I attended a business meeting on the south of the city. I spent the rest of the day visiting friends and then set off to the port town of Civitavecchia, which is about 80km north west from Roma. I rode very gently as I knew that the ferry was running behind schedule. The 20 hour ferry trip should have started at 10pm to arrive at 8pm the following evening, whereas the delay was said to be several hours. So I found a wonderful Trattoria in the city near to the port for a slow dinner, truly excellent.
I returned to the port at about 11pm and I joined the long queue of motorcyclists (at the head of the queue as bikes usually get on first) and got chatting with a group of Italian Harley riders. There were 4 Harleys with 6 guys and girls from Terni, lovely bunch. Well we stayed on the dock until 4am and then we finally boarded, in the meantime one of the Harley riders had given up on the holiday and another had returned home for his forgotten ID card. Boarding was a wonderful feeling and the ship finally set sail. We docked at Porto Torres (Sardinia) at some stage and then we finally disembarked in Barcelona at 4am Sunday, only 8 hours late!!!
Thinking that I should travel in the cool of the morning, I headed south and stopped every hour for coffee until dawn, I was cruising at just 100-110 kph until my head fog cleared and until there was light enough to see. I was following my TomTom satnav more or less blind. Well it worked, cos at 4pm ish I arrived at Estepona and found the resort that we had booked, wonderful! I really did not fully appreciate the place as I got the key and went straight to bed until my alarm rang at 11pm, as madam was due to arrive at middnight.
Well the resort was totally wonderful, almost on the beach! We enjoyed the pool, the bar and the restaurant and almost never moved offsite cos it was total relax! We just took a short trip by bike to explore amazing Gibralter one day and then the following Sunday it was time to head back to Barcelona for the ferry home. I washed the bike and checked her over, the tyres just needed a bit of air and the engine oil level was perfect and I set off north at about midday and stopped for the night near Valencia in a wonderful Motel I found by chance, right next to the main road.
The going was fairly tough as the temperature soared up to 40 degrees, but luckily the heat was fairly dry so did not make me sweat TOO much!. The FJR is a big 1300cc 4 cylinder water cooled bike with 140 horses, she performed perfectly as well as consuming ZERO oil in 3000 km and returned excellent fuel consumption too, she is the most comfortable bike I have ever owned and truly great for long distances. I had the two panniers on the back but without much weight so the bike was perfectly stable even at er higher speeds officer.
Luckily on Monday the boat is always on time (Grimaldi told me that when I asked!) so after check in I headed up to find a good bar on the Ramblas and got some food and drink before boarding, and the trip home was excellent. Thanks Spain and thanks Yamaha too!!!