A very Happy Brian rides up from Bergamo to sunny Bedrock on his new Honda VFR1200F…

I met up with my mate Brian recently in Bergamo in the north of Italy. We planned this trip two months before when Brian decided to purchase my 2012 Honda VFR, he had been without a bike for several years and finally decided that he wanted one for trips with mates. Of course he canContinue reading “A very Happy Brian rides up from Bergamo to sunny Bedrock on his new Honda VFR1200F…”

Amalfi to Bergamo by Vito to meet the Barnes, what a great trip!

Well recently I returned home to Amalfi from a visit to meet up with Brian the Barnes and to hand over his “new” bike. We agreed dates and he caught a flight from East Midlands (UK) to Bergamo airport, I loaded the 2012 Honda VFR1200F into my ol’ Vito van and headed north, Amalfi toContinue reading “Amalfi to Bergamo by Vito to meet the Barnes, what a great trip!”

Comfort Zones and motorcycling

Lets briefly explore this concept together. In every activity, sport or whatever we all have our own “Comfort Zone” which comes from our brain and controls the level or speed at which we are happy to conduct that sport or activity. This level is developed in our minds from a combination of factors mainly fromContinue reading “Comfort Zones and motorcycling”

My several years of experience with the very suprising Yamaha TMax “scooters”

I have come to know and to love my days and kilometers riding the Yamaha TMax. As a motorcyclist, for many years I always thought that the TMax was a bit strange: generally a scooter is purchased for cheap commuting whereas motorbikes are generally for pleasure rides so where does a fast 500cc twin cylinderContinue reading “My several years of experience with the very suprising Yamaha TMax “scooters””

Would you purchase a motorbike from this large fellow??

Back in the (very) old days when I was a student I was already a keen motorcyclist and the proud owner of a stunning red Honda CB750K6 which I had purchased semi new from a mate, trading in my lovely yellow and black (speedblock) Yamaha RD400. Goodness the RD400 was fast and would raise itsContinue reading “Would you purchase a motorbike from this large fellow??”

Getting my Vito ready for the road again..

From personal experience I firmly believe that every long trip needs preparation, a stitch in time and all that. So I recently headed up to my lovely garage (despite the oppressive August heat) and started to prepare my van for the trip up to meet Brian the Barnes in Bergamo, north Italy. Tyre pressures, oilContinue reading “Getting my Vito ready for the road again..”

Why do UK motor cyclists never RIDE anywhere??

When I was met up with my good mate Barnes recently we were discussing motorbikes over a cold beer or three as usual. He said to me that he had covered more miles over a recent France weekend (TMax 560 and then 530DX) than many of his shop customers in a year or even two,Continue reading “Why do UK motor cyclists never RIDE anywhere??”

Heading to France AGAIN, really? NO, north Italy this time, phew…

Well here we go again I guess, but this time the story is somewhat different. My mate Brian has finally decided that he wants another motorbike, I tried to convince him for years that life without a bike is a sad life. He met with some mates recently who asked him to join them onContinue reading “Heading to France AGAIN, really? NO, north Italy this time, phew…”