A quick UK visit, and the old van is flying again phew….

I decided that I was overdue a visit to the good ol’ UK, as during COVID I could not visit of course plus my last trip in December was ruined by COVID admin and the stupid personal locator forms and the other crazy bureaucracy that those idiots Boris and Priti Patel invented to keep peopleContinue reading “A quick UK visit, and the old van is flying again phew….”

So what happened to the poor ol’ Audi????

For the very first time since I bought her more than two years ago the old S4 finally let me down. It must be said that I was VERY lucky indeed because I had covered some 2600 kms without any problems that weekend so it could have happened anywhere, whereas the red light on theContinue reading “So what happened to the poor ol’ Audi????”

These older vehicles are suprisingly good

Ever since I started to own and ride road bikes and later cars, my habit was always to trade up. My first road bike was a tatty Suzuki GT185 which 2 years later I sold and purchased a brand new Yamaha RD400, which after 2 years I sold and purchased an almost new Honda CB750K6Continue reading “These older vehicles are suprisingly good”

The old Audi finally lets me down…..happy update: back on the road!!!

Well last weekend I headed to the north of Italy to see some friends and family and I had three destinations in mind: Alba (where my son lives), Omegna on Lake Maggiore (where he played an important basketball match) and then home via Milano to visit my little girl. Well the journey north went veryContinue reading “The old Audi finally lets me down…..happy update: back on the road!!!”

A brief update on my bikes ….

My lovely garage now consists of 5 motorbikes (plus I have another one in the UK). The 5 bikes I have in my garage consist of 3 Yamahas and 2 Hondas they are all great motorbikes with very different characteristics. I love riding them and looking after them. Of course I am only capable ofContinue reading “A brief update on my bikes ….”

And Barnes heads south again…Bedrock to Amalfi ..

So on a Sunday morning our hero (Brian) Barnes left sunny Bedrock very early and took the chunnel over to France riding my wonderful new (to me) 2016 yellow aniversary Yamaha R1, then headed south on the fantastic French motorways towards sunny Italy. I followed his progress at every stop and he sent me aContinue reading “And Barnes heads south again…Bedrock to Amalfi ..”

Using an Audi S4 V8 as a daily driver…really??

Ever since the days when I worked for Land Rover Ltd I have always loved the V8 petrol engine. In those days the Range Rover V8 engine was purchased (the license) from the USA Buick I think and was aluminium and thus very light, it was considered at that time too small for the StatesContinue reading “Using an Audi S4 V8 as a daily driver…really??”

The Amalfi Coast for visitors…

I live in the lovely town of Amalfi, I have lived here for several years and coming here from the city of Roma it was a bit strange at first, but the little town is truly lovely. See this link This town with its cathedral and the entire Amalfi Coast is beautiful and the historyContinue reading “The Amalfi Coast for visitors…”

I just bought what?? A Yamaha R1? Goodness

As we know today’s sports bikes are amazing and true superbikes, they develop one horse power for each kilo of (dry) weight and so are basically road-legal rocket ships! For instance, the current 1000cc bikes from the big four Japanese manufacturers as well as BMW, Ducati and Aprilia are all producing over 200bhp and theyContinue reading “I just bought what?? A Yamaha R1? Goodness”

WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….

That was the punch line to one of their adverts many years ago and in my opinion it still holds true today. The story of the product is very interesting too, see the company web site or Wikipedia. I first came to know this product when I was a kid and my Dad showed meContinue reading “WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….”