Has mighty Honda lost the plot (a bit)??

I have always liked and admired Honda bikes ever since I was a kid, at 14 I bought a rather tired 50cc Cub for riding in the fields (it snapped in half and I had to get the frame welded back togather by our local Smithie). I had a 1978 Honda 750 Four K6 andContinue reading “Has mighty Honda lost the plot (a bit)??”

The red 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 many times plus Germany and France and so on. She has NEVER let me down and is now at 165k kms. When we had theContinue reading “The red 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 up 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 up 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 does 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 up with my good 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 then 530DX) than many of his shop customers in a year or even two,Continue reading “Why do UK motor cyclists never RIDE anywhere??”

Do we really need 180+ cv motorcycles?

I have been a motor bike fan all of my life, at 14 I purchased my first Honda 50 for riding round the local fields and I broke my collar bone for the first time at 15, luckily I was wearing a helmet so I had no other injuries. Fast forward to 2022. I amContinue reading “Do we really need 180+ cv motorcycles?”

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”