So the time has come to part ways with my cherished Audi A5, as well as some of my bikes. Garage space is one problem and cash flow is another as I now work part time so I have much less income of course, thus I have decided with a heavy heart to offer my … Continue reading Selling off some of my fleet. Sob.
Since I moved house from Roma to Tramonti I have had to restart with all of my contacts to look after my car, my van, and my small fleet of motorbikes. This was not easy as I had lived in Roma for more than 20 years and starting over is never simple, Roma is a … Continue reading An amazingly talented tyre fitter and mechanic who can service, fix or repair almost anything on wheels….
Ok so now I am established in my new property in the Tramonti region of Italy, and Tramonti is very close to the motorway. So what now? I am in touch with the guys who own and run the excellent dealership Celestini in Civitavecchia and they are not only an excellent Yamaha and KTM dealer, … Continue reading New plan! New motorcycle sales operation. Watch this space
I saw an article on the Independent web site recently discussing the dangers of renting when on holiday overseas, see here. The Guardian reported almost the same sad facts. The articles report that of course when you go on holiday your defences are down and you are vulnerable to accidents given that you do not know … Continue reading Why you should never rent a scooter or a Quad when you are on holiday (unless you are a regular biker and you dress with at least jeans and gloves)…
I have known these guys for many years, since Alessandro was racing in the R6 Cup and he used to come to Magione for some training with Run x Fun. His father Sandro was a very talented scrambler and he started his bike shop in Civitavecchia back in 1982 and the activity has grown into … Continue reading A visit to one of the best bike dealers in Italy, Celestini at Civitavecchia
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 ion … Continue reading Two new electric-assisted bicycles for Hotel Aurora
We have been searching for a suitable property for about two years, on and off, and we have finally found the property of our dreams!!! Last month we exchanged contracts and took possession of a stunning garage in lovely Polvica, which is one of the 13 small towns which make up the area called Tramonti. … Continue reading Our new property!!!! Finally we have the keys
From my many years of motorbike ownership and experience in the UK and in Italy, I know that the two countries use and treat their bikes very differently. In the UK the weather is not good for motorbikes so the season is very short and the annual mileages are often very low indeed. Bikes are … Continue reading New idea: import some used bikes from Alf England in the UK
I met up with the team Run x Fun owned and run by Luca Viola, himself a former racer as well as a passionate off roader and visitor to Africa. The team includes Paolo Castrichini, Max Zeraftis, Alex Vaghi, Michele Marchetti and others (see http://www.runxfun.it) as well as some amazing racers such as Fabio Massei (shown … Continue reading Bike training continued…..
We all (well, many of us) enjoy a motorbike and we almost all teach ourselves how to ride. We may get some tips from a mate or two or from the guy in the shop that sells us the bike but in general we all think that we know how to ride a bike. We … Continue reading The basics, the ABC of surviving on a motorbike