The old 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 several times plus Germany and Spain and so on. She has NEVER let me down and is now at 160k kms. When we had theContinue reading “The old 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!!!!”

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??”

Why do UK motor cyclists never RIDE anywhere??

When I was met my 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 530DX) than many of his shop customers in a year or even two, which set us thinking.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?”

A brief update on my lovely bikes ….

My lovely 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 ofContinue reading “A brief update on my lovely bikes ….”

I just bought what?? A Yamaha R1? Goodness

As we know today’s sports bikes are amazing and true superbikes, they develop one horse power for each kilo of (dry) weight and so are basically road-legal rocket ships! For instance, the current 1000cc bikes from the big four Japanese manufacturers as well as BMW, Ducati and Aprilia are all producing over 200bhp and theyContinue reading “I just bought what?? A Yamaha R1? Goodness”

WD40 for ever!!!!! Its amazing what a little squirt can do….

That was the punch line to one of their best 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 showedContinue 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…”

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.”