A brief update on my 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 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 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 showed meContinue 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.”

Progress?? Honestly not sure…

I recently purchased TWO “old” bikes, a 2013 Honda VFR1200 plus a 2009 Yamaha FZ1, so I have been thinking about recent progress or otherwise with regard to motorcycles, in particular Japanese motorcycles (which I have been enjoying since I was a spotty 14 year old kid). I sold back to Martin (Alf England Motorcycles)Continue reading “Progress?? Honestly not sure…”

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..”

Engine, engine, engine……

Ok the title does not really do justice to my idea so let me explain further. Over the many years of enjoying both cars and motorbikes (I had a Yamaha Quad Raptor 700 too), I have formed this idea. Basically before I even consider purchasing a car or bike I start with the motor. InContinue reading “Engine, engine, engine……”

(Safe) motorcycle riding for everyone

I truly love motorcycles and everything about them. I bought my first bike at 14 (a Honda 50 C100, for a few quid) and I have never lived without one since, today I have five bikes (I just sold my Quad, because I never used her) and I love them all!!! For me bikes representContinue reading “(Safe) motorcycle riding for everyone”

Car and motorcycle maintenance – suggestions…

As I am now fairly old er experienced with owning and looking after cars and bikes, I thought that a few hints could be useful. Ps instead of reading you can listen to this post on Spotify!!! Many years ago in the UK I worked with a lovely guy called Jack and he owned aContinue reading “Car and motorcycle maintenance – suggestions…”