Amalfi to Bergamo 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 to meet the Barnes what a great trip!”

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 can a (fast) 500cc twin cylinderContinue reading “My several years of experience with the very suprising Yamaha TMax “scooters””

Do we really need 180 cv motorcycles?

I have been a motor bike fan all of my life, at 14 I purchased my first Honda 50 for riding round the local fields and I broke my collar bone for the first time at 15, luckily I was wearing a helmet so I had no other injuries. Fast forward to 2022. I amContinue reading “Do we really need 180 cv motorcycles?”

Italy’s best kept secret: the Basilicata region

I recently visited the south of the Campania region of Italy (Naples is the Capital), we stayed in Sapri and then I rode by motorbike to visit lovely Maratea which is only 20km south but in the region of Basilicata. The older name of Basilicata is Lucania and its Capital city is Potenza. This isContinue reading “Italy’s best kept secret: the Basilicata region”

We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..

I love France, ever since I visited many times with my parents and sisters as a kid, our dream holiday was our annual 2 week stay at “Camping Le Soleil” in Argeles sul Mer close to the French/Spanish border. We would drive down in our trusty old Land Rover 109 (with tent on board andContinue reading “We did it, France again and WHAT a fast, fun trip..”

This man is a true genius, honest…..

Since I was a kid I have always been scared of crashed and or damaged cars or bikes. I thought that they were death traps to be avoided at all costs mainly I guess because I had never had anything to do with repairs of any kind except some very simple mechanical stuff. Well overContinue reading “This man is a true genius, honest…..”

Barnes does Europe….very fast!!!

I first met Brian the Barnes perhaps 20 years ago when he came on board the Alf England ship in Bedworth (north Coventry). He came from a car dealer to work as Service Manager for Martin the Cole, Martin and I have been mates since I studied in Coventry many moons ago. Brian had loadsContinue reading “Barnes does Europe….very fast!!!”

A brief update on my lovely 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 lovely bikes ….”

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 this little city is truly lovely. See this link This city with its cathedral and the entire Amalfi Coast is beautiful and the historyContinue reading “The Amalfi Coast for visitors…”

My updated view on used cars and stuff…

Well, like many lucky fellows, for most of my younger life I owned or had access to new or almost new cars. And I guess that like most of us I would totally avoid an old or high mileage or damaged car, convinced as I was that they should be scrapped or something! When IContinue reading “My updated view on used cars and stuff…”