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…”

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..”

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 old Audi S4 gets better with age !!!

Well, I have now had this 2006 car for 2 years but for the first year (thanks to COVID) I never really used or appreciated her. I had a few problems too so I was not really in love, although the few drives I made were very enjoyable indeed (see previous posts). I also discoveredContinue reading “My old Audi S4 gets better with age !!!”

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….”

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..”

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