Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing.

The current combination of factors from Brexit to COVID to world transport/container shortages plus the shortage of electonic components and the economic crisis cum boom all add up to a very wierd situation with regard to the second hand vehicle market that I love to frequent. To cut a very long story short, the valueContinue reading “Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing.”

What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm

As the old saying goes, you pays yer money and you takes yer choice (or something). And this truth applies to everything that we purchase whether a house, a car, a bike, a van or whatever and I should know cos I have a van, a car and er several bikes too. BUT as weContinue reading “What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm”

Well pleased with the Conti Sports tyres on the old S4…

Tyres are super important as we all know cos they are the ONLY point of contact between the car (or bike or van) and the road so I am a great fan of good tyres and good tyre pressure, I check my tyre pressure weekly and several times on every long journey. Well when IContinue reading “Well pleased with the Conti Sports tyres on the old S4…”

Another crazy “plan” coming up….

Given that Europe is slowly opening up again after the COVID shutdown, I think that some cautious European travel is possible again. Italy has so far managed to contain the crisis very well and we still use masks and social distancing so I feel fairly safe here, and on my recent rapid visits to FranceContinue reading “Another crazy “plan” coming up….”

A quick visit to Lyon, as promised or perhaps threatened….

Well, who on earth would ride 1400 ish kms to meet a mate in Lyon (France), stay one full day and then ride back?? At the end of October and early November?? With awful weather and cold and rain and and and??? Well yes, I did!!!! Here was the plan. Brian the Barnes would rideContinue reading “A quick visit to Lyon, as promised or perhaps threatened….”

Well guess what?? YES, another quick trip to France hoping that the weather holds..

Here we go again!! Recently I saw that my old pal Martin had taken in part exchange a 2009 Yamaha FZ1 which really caught my eye, she has only 25k kms on the clock and is a Danish import in black with gold wheels. I asked Martin to hold her for me cos the FZ1Continue reading “Well guess what?? YES, another quick trip to France hoping that the weather holds..”

Tuning my motorcycles, yes or no???

I have had many motorbikes over the years and I love riding a bike. NOTHING compares to a bike journey and the feeling of freedom it gives you, bikes really make me happy!! Recently I have noticed that modern bikes are “strangled”. In other words, to comply with the ever rising Euro standards the bikeContinue reading “Tuning my motorcycles, yes or no???”

Barnes v France…..perhaps a draw??

Well we recently saw Barnes hit France, when he and I met up in lovely Troyes. Troyes is surely one of the most beautiful and classic cities in France and walking round it was a great experience, even Barnes appreciated the wonderful buildings and architecture, amazing! His French is er limited but luckily his senseContinue reading “Barnes v France…..perhaps a draw??”

Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!

Well, I have owned a stunning Yamaha MT10SP for 2 years and wow, what an amazing bike she turned out to be. I have owned several R1s over the years including a track R1 but this was a totally new experience. With an R1 you are seated with alot of your weight on your wristsContinue reading “Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!”

A trip from Amalfi to the Midlands (UK) and back, by Vito van…

Well, the fiendish plan was to take my beloved 2015 Yamaha TMax scooter plus my sweet 2013 Honda CB500 back to the UK and to collect my brand new Yamaha TMax 530DX which was waiting for me at Alf England (www.alfengland.co.uk). Yamaha have just launched the TMax 560 so many dealers were caught with stockContinue reading “A trip from Amalfi to the Midlands (UK) and back, by Vito van…”