FINALLY another bike trip, to France!

Well we have had almost two years of lockdown and restrictions thanks to this awful COVID virus (which is of course still with us) plus Boris has carried through the awful Brexit idea, so I have been staying home and avoiding risks. I bought a lovely car in Feb 2020 and since then she hasContinue reading “FINALLY another bike trip, to France!”

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 alot of your weight on your wrists andContinue reading “Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!”

WHAT a super hotel, lovely folks and look at their motorbike collection wow!

I have been visiting a lovely town in the north of Italy called Fiorenzuola d’ Arda quite often recently. As it is a long drive from Roma (about 500km each way) I prefer to stay overnight a and just look at the lovely hotel I found https://www.mathis.it/en/ The Hotel Mathis is an amazing find! TheContinue reading “WHAT a super hotel, lovely folks and look at their motorbike collection wow!”

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…”

We have some great cars for sale here in Ravello and…we can organise storage as well as long-term “rental”…..

Here at Autocioffi (see us at http://www.autocioffi.it) we have a super premises which used to be a paper mill (so it is next to a small river) and we have 3 floors of covered parking space. We generally have about 20 of our own cars here and we have space for at least another 30.Continue reading “We have some great cars for sale here in Ravello and…we can organise storage as well as long-term “rental”…..”

Another rapid van trip through Europe…

Last week I headed north, destination the UK where I was due to deliver 2 motorbikes to my favourite bike shop where they would be sold. So I prepared my trusty Mercedes Vito van, checking the tyres plus oil and water and packing the 2 bikes snugly into the rear, luckily they are both slimContinue reading “Another rapid van trip through Europe…”

Don’t take your car to Ravello or Amalfi, avoid driving the Amalfi coast at all costs!!!! (unless you drive a battle tank maybe)…

Why, you may ask. Well, consider these points: The traffic along the coast road becomes just one long hot queue in the summer months. The coast road is very narrow and winding, two buses cannot pass easily. Overtaking is generally impossible. If two coaches or buses or trucks meet then one must reverse. You canContinue reading “Don’t take your car to Ravello or Amalfi, avoid driving the Amalfi coast at all costs!!!! (unless you drive a battle tank maybe)…”

Some new ideas for Amalfi visitors

So how about an Amalfi Mozzarella Day? Wine Day? Amalfi History Day? Limoncello Day? Bread and Biscuit Day. Italian Beer Day? Cooking Day? Pottery Day? And so on. With Daniela who runs the Hotel Aurora in Amalfi we often chat about what her customers really enjoy. The vast majority (about 85%) of her clients areContinue reading “Some new ideas for Amalfi visitors”

Two new electric-assisted bicycles for Hotel Aurora

We just supplied two lovely bicycles to the Hotel Aurora Amalfi, for use by their staff and clients. The bikes are made by Torpado, an Italian manufacturer, and they are very robust and well made, and supplied and customised by our great friends in Roma Cicli Franchi. These E bikes have a large lithium ionContinue reading “Two new electric-assisted bicycles for Hotel Aurora”