A brief update on my lovely bikes ….

My 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 of theContinue 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 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….”

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…”

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

The current combination of factors from Brexit to COVID to Russia 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,Continue reading “Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing”

My lovely garage, plus its contents.

Until three years ago I lived and worked in Roma and as I owned a small lock up garage my bikes were kept happily warm, dry and out of sight. Of the wife. (I always tried to purchase blue Yamahas but even she noticed that the R1 was not an XT660, rats). My car andContinue reading “My lovely garage, plus its contents.”

Progress?? Honestly not sure…

I recently purchased TWO “old” bikes, a 2013 Honda VFR1200 plus a 2009 Yamaha FZ1, so I have been thinking about recent progress or otherwise with regard to motorcycles, in particular Japanese motorcycles (which I have been enjoying since I was a spotty 14 year old kid). I sold back to Martin (Alf England Motorcycles)Continue reading “Progress?? Honestly not sure…”

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..”

Engine, engine, engine……

Ok the title does not really do justice to my idea so let me explain further. Over the many years of enjoying both cars and motorbikes (I had a Yamaha Quad Raptor 700 too), I have formed this idea. Basically before I even consider purchasing a car or bike I start with the motor. InContinue reading “Engine, engine, engine……”

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??”