The old Vito FLIES up to France and back…

As regular readers will know I LOVE my Mercedes Vito and since I bought her new in 2009 I have always enjoyed my trips with her, Italy to the UK several times plus Germany and Spain and so on. She has NEVER let me down and is now at 160k kms. When we had theContinue reading “The old Vito FLIES up to France and back…”

Meeting Rocket Ron and Leon Haslam!!!!

Back in 2015 I was helping some mates at RunxFun to run a stand at Bike Expo in Roma and on the nearby Aprilia stand I spotted their two official WSB riders signing autographs for a massive queue of fans. I went over to say hello as I recognized Leon Haslam and I helped himContinue reading “Meeting Rocket Ron and Leon Haslam!!!!”

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

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””

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 my 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 530DX) than many of his shop customers in a year or even two, which set us thinking.Continue reading “Why do UK motor cyclists never RIDE anywhere??”

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 ….”

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

That was the punch line to one of their best 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 showedContinue reading “WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….”