New property comes closer

We have found and made an offer on a new property, as threatened!! This small property is fantastic and is perfect for what we need, a small working base in the Amalfi area. The property is a WONDERFUL double garage and is very recent indeed, it looks virtually new, and has all of the permissions and stuff in order too which is very unusual, so it can be used for storage, as a garage, for working or whatever. It has a small bathroom too plus water and electricity.

The location is almost ideal too as it is only 12km (about 15 minutes) from the centre of Amalfi and is in a small residential area with houses on each side. Photos and stuff to follow if our offer is accepted!!!!

Stop press: We have revisited the property today and it would appear that all is in order and we can go ahead. We aim to conclude at about the end of March. Watch this space.


Spare parts for cars and scooters

The other fiendish idea is to start an interesting sub-business with spare parts. We intend to purchase some cars and some scooters and strip them for spares, indeed we have already acquired a Honda SH125, the best selling scooter in Italy. The market for spares is an interesting one and possibly mainly in the hands of er not totally honest suppiers. We want to start an honest business with spares and repairs, we already have a Roma base and we are now seeking another in the Amalfi region so that we can operate in both areas.

Photos to follow of our SH125 and then the cars too, as we start operations so watch this space.


New enterprise!! Another arrow to our bow (or something)

Services enters one (or even two) new activities. We have purchased a lightly damaged VW van and we have started work on the strip down and on the repairs. We intend to document this work with a series of photos which will follow. This work will be carried out by a specialist who does this for a living and the idea is of course to return some profit when we sell the van, but along the way I hope to learn alot as this is a totally new field for me and very interesting indeed.

The second idea is also to start an interesting sub-business with spare parts. We intend to purchase some (VW) cars and some (Honda) scooters and strip them for spares, indeed we have already acquired a Honda SH125, the best selling scooter in Italy. The market for spares is an interesting one and possibly mainly in the hands of er not totally honest sellers. We want to start an (honest) business with spares and repairs, we already have a Roma base and we are now seeking another in the Amalfi region so that we can operate in both areas.

Watch this space!! More to come soon.

A week takeover of the lovely Aurora Hotel, Amalfi. October 20-27th 2018

Ok so here is the master plan so far:

  1. I have asked her indoors if I can book the whole hotel PLUS the 3 apartments for the whole week, and (so far so good) she said yes. Poor woman. This event is by personal invitation only and is NOT open to the general public BUT we do plan to run similar events in the future.
  2. I therefore have 28 rooms in the hotel to host my “guests”, plus the 3 apartments if required.
  3. My idea is to offer the lucky chosen few an “all-in package price” for the week to include almost everything, B&B plus some happy hours and even some meals too.
  4. I am looking to organise a wide range of activities, events and visits for the week and everyone will be able to select say 3 activities. Additional events (if we can arrange them) will be charged but more or less at cost.
  5. I will rent a minibus for the week so that we can provide all local transport free. I suggest that you try to come either by motorbike (free safe parking under the hotel) or by public transport, cos a car will cost you about 30 Euro per dayfor parking!!! From Roma the best way is train to Salerno (2 hours door to door) and then either bus, ferry or minibus to Amalfi centre. The hotel is then only a 10 minute stroll.
  6. I need to plan carefully so I need your yes or no asap please and I will then ask you for a non-refundable deposit for every room, to ensure that you will really come.
  7. We will organise trips to Pompei, Caserta, Thermal Baths and Underground Naples for sure. Other activities will be organised depending on the weather we have that week, for instance a boat trip and motorcycle testing. My Raptor 700 Quad and TMax 530 will be available.

More to follow very soon, watch this space………

What an amazing long distance scooter er bike…..

I know and love the Yamaha TMax, I owned an old 500 briefly a few years ago and really enjoyed the experience, except the fuel consumption!. When I recently found an almost-new one for sale with very low mileage in the UK I could not resist her so then I needed to bring her down to Roma. I flew to the UK with Ryan Air and the excellent crew at Alf England serviced the bike and fitted a charger lead for me. I then set off from Coventry down to Cambridge where my sister lives, about 140km south.

This so-called scooter is really a true motor bike and indeed if you remove the plastic a full motor bike frame and engine is revealed, which explains why it goes and handles like a “proper” bike. The engine is a really strong twin and pulls like a train in this new 530 version, just the continuous transmission reveals the scooter conversion but this means no clutch and gear lever.

The ride to Cambridge was slow and uneventful due to the usual heavy traffic and constant road works, I noted that the screen gives great wind protection even at motorway speeds and the bike always feels stable and pinned to the road. The long wheelbase means that the bike always goes straight and the brakes are fantastic, two large discs at the front and one at the rear.

Then the next day in the constant drizzle I set off to ride back down to Roma. I had not really planned my route (cos I hate planning) and I have already made the trip several times by bike, car and van so I knew more or less the route the way I wanted to take. So first stop in the constant rain was the Channel Tunnel terminal near to Folkestone where I was sent to the front of the queue for a 15 minute wait for the next Chunnel train. The bike was fantastic over these 200km in the rain and only my helmet and my hands got wet, the bike’s bodywork kept me almost dry. I also discovered that bikes do not pay for the London Dartford Crossing, good news!

Fourty minutes later I rode off the train in downtown Calais and quickly hit the motorway, still raining but now less heavily, and headed south towards Reims. Reims is a lovely city and I know a good Ibis hotel quite near to the motorway. I covered the 270km quickly as I was quite hungry and I filled the bike with fuel so that I could make a fast getaway early the next morning. The TMax was averaging almost 60mpg and never missed a beat despite the rain. So I parked and locked her in the hotel car park and went to eat.

The next morning I left after an early breakfast heading south, my aim was Lyon and then Chamonix and the Mont Blanc tunnel. The rain had finally stopped and the sky started to brighten and the temperature increased with every kilometre towards the south. I covered about 640km that day stopping only for coffee and fuel, the bike performed faultlessly and required fuel only every couple of hours, so progress was quite fast. The ideal cruising speed for the 530 is about 140kph (indicated) which is just below 6,000rpm on the TMax, as over 6,000rpm the engine changes sound and starts to drink more fuel. Every engine has its sweet spot. At about 4pm I was really hungry and tired so as I approached Chamonix I spotted a Mercure Hotel just next to the road and so I turned off the motorway, found the hotel, took a room and rested before dinner and then bed. Lovely food and great place!

At 4.30 the next morning I checked out and left the hotel heading south again, firstly through the Mont Blanc tunnel and then onto the Italian motorways where I could use my Telepass, so I did not need to take tickets or pay the motorways tolls. I made good time and stopping only for fuel plus drinks and snacks I headed past Aosta and then picked up the west coast motorway towards Genova. Past Genova I headed south to Livorno and then turned east to Firenze, and then from Firenze it was only 300 kms to Roma. I got to Roma at about 1330 and the bike had covered 2,000 kms from Cambridge without missing a beat. Indeed I still felt good so after a 2 hour stop at home I headed south again and I got to Amalfi for dinner and a very well-earned rest. That was a 1,000 km day!!.

The Yamaha TMax 530 really suprised me. I never thought that a “scooter” could be such a great travelling companion for a longish trip. It proved totally comfortable and reliable, easy to ride and with excellent fuel range between fill ups. WHAT a bike!! This is really a revalation as the TMax is generally used in the city to go fast between traffic lights whereas she is really a superb touring bike. Amazing. And of course this Yamaha engine consumed zero oil in the 2k kms,

We add a new bike to our fleet, a lovely 2015 Yamaha T Max 530!!

The Yamaha TMax is the original big scooter (to be honest a motorbike dressed as a scooter) and has been produced since 2001 in Japan. Yamaha have sold over 200,000 examples and today it sells as strongly as ever. I remember that when the sales reached 100,000 Yamaha announced that 80,000 bikes had been sold in Italy, so 80% of the total world sales are in Italy!! And the main sales area is Roma.

Today the TMax remains king of the Roman streets and even a 10 year old example still sells for 4,000 Euro and a new one today costs 13,500 Euro, as much as a small car. I know that these scooters are much less sought after in the UK so we recently managed to find a stunning white example, 2015 and only about 6,000km and 3 services, so we could not resist!!

This lovely bike is completely standard and looks brand new.

Pictures below.

Services moves up a gear…..

Yesterday I received a call from a friend here in Roma asking if I was interested to help. Her friend had called her from Milano for a contact with a fast motorbike so she put me in contact. The question was if I could collect a young lady from Rome Fiumicino Airport at 2150 and take her quickly to the RAI TV station in Roma???

Of course I accepted the job so at 2100 I was waiting at the airport outside Terminal 1 with my lovely (and very fast) Yamaha MT10 plus a rucksack with a spare helmet, gloves and jacket plus a bottle of water for our guest. The lady turned out to be a young and very talented singer called Simona Severini and the hurry was that she was performing in Milano and then very soon afterwards on RAI TV here in Roma.

My navigator was programmed for Via Asiago 10 and luckily at that time the traffic was not heavy and the weather lovely, warm and no wind. So very quickly and ahead of schedule Simona was delivered safely to her destination. All good!!!!


Valentino Rossi and Tavullia

As most residents of planet earth will know, Valentino Rossi is Mr Moto GP. Valentino  has been racing for 20 years and has won the Moto GP title 9 times now, he fought for his  10th win with Yamaha this year but Marc Marques and Honda denied him. Rats.

His home town is Tavullia which is on the East Coast of Italy near to to Rimini and to the Misano World Circuit. Rossi has very strong links with his home town and he is now involved in the the Sky Racing Team VR46 which is intended to help young riders who are invited to his famous ranch for fun and games and training.

Well if you fancy visiting his home town to see the ranch, I can take ya!! We could also visit the wonderful Ducati museum in Bologna. Tell me how many are in your group and I will collect you with a minibus or a car. No worries!!!

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The new Yamaha MT10. A truly amazing bike and what fun…

Over the years, indeed since I was 14, I have owned and ridden a lot of motorbikes. Since my first Honda 50 in 1973 for which I paid a princely 15 pounds from my pocket money and managed to break my collar bone in the fields, to my latest Yamahas I must have owned at least 25 ‘bikes.

Honda C100, BSA Bantam 175, Suzuki GT185, Yamaha RD400, Honda CB750, Honda CBR1000, goodness I really wish that I still had them all!. I remember that when I bought an almost-new CBR1000 tourer in 1989 it was seen as a “watershed” bike as it developed 132bhp and the EU was discussing a power limit of 100bhp (and indeed Germany still applies this limit, as far as I know). So this seemed like a possible last fast bike before the ban, big brother and all that. Here is a pic I found and mine was the same colour and model in white and red.


Well the CBR weighed some 270 kg and so had 1 bhp to push each 2 kilo of the bikes weight. At that time the performance was amazing and I felt like I was riding the Starship Enterprise. I rode the bike down to Roma in 1990 and really enjoyed myself, the CBR was a fantastic motorway cruiser with great wind protection and a very strong engine.

Yamaha R6, Yamaha R1, Yamaha R1, track Yamaha R1 and track Suzuki GSXR1000, Yamaha XJR1300, Yamaha FJR1300, Yamaha MT09, Yamaha Raptor 700R, Yamaha SuperTenere 1200 and now the stunning Yamaha MT10. I still have the last 3 mentioned.


Goodness. Truly amazing and the MT10 gave me the same initial feeling as I remember from the old CBR1000 but this bike weighs only 190 kg and produces 160 bhp from a detuned crossplane R1 engine. In a recent track test by Tony Rutter for Performance Bikes Magazine, he suggests that most “ordinary” riders could get round a track faster on the MT10 than on the R1 with the full 200 bhp engine, as its combination of shorter gearing and riding position makes it much easier to ride fast.

The MT10 has a combination of features that make it amazing fun to ride. Great suspension which is multi-adjustable, very comfortable riding position, slick gearbox plus a very comprehensive set of electronic features including cruise control, traction control and 3 power settings. I have just fitted an aftermarket exhaust system so that I can get rid of the heavy catalytic converter system and let the bike breathe better and lose a bit of weight too, and I will shortly fit the electonic gearchanger too.

To describe the riding experience is not easy. The MT10 is a compact bike (it feels like a 600) with a relatively short wheelbase. The clutch and gearbox are both very light and positive and cluthless changes are very easy. The bike pulls like a train in every gear regardless of the revs, and even in top still pulls very strongly. When I rode the bike 2,000 km from the UK down to Roma recently I could not believe the speed as well as the ease of the bikes performance. I had a small screen fitted plus the comfort seat and this was enough for me to cover the distance in 2 days with ease and it was really great fun too, at silly cruising speeds. And when my wrists were tired I switched to cruise control and had a rest…..

And all this for almost 15 km/litre, which is about 42 mpg I think. Truly amazing engine and amazing bike. I look forward to getting to know her better!!

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Cars and bikes for sale….cheap (ish). LOOK at the beautiful new MT10…..

Our fleet of cars and bikes are always up for sale, at the right price. Here follows a brief description and a photo of each with an approximate value, but any prices will be calculated at the time you make an enquiry ‘cos of course the value depends on many factors including the age and mileage, so I list the current mileage (early September 2016).

Mercedes Vito 120 CDI (diesel). 2009, red, worth about 18k euro. Purchased new in Roma in November 2009, this lovely van has loads of factory extras as well as some stuff I have fitted over the years. Here we go:

  • Vito Van “medium” wheelbase with 3000cc V6 turbodiesel engine, auto gearbox (5 speed) plus cruise control, 205bhp. 3 seats “leather look” with arm rest for driver, extra side sliding door, protective load tray with hooks both on floor and side walls. Fitted with Pioneer satnav/stereo with decent speakers plus subwoofer fitted under the middle seat. Motorbike front wheel holder in rear of van. Chrome mirror covers plus rear light surrounds. Lovely black alloy Merc wheels with summer tyres (new July 2016) plus a set of standard metal wheels with winter tyres. I have just this month fitted a SuperChip to increase the power to about 235 horses but above all this has greatly increased the driveability and torque so its now even more fun to drive. Currently about 86k kms.



Audi A5 3200V6 (petrol) S line silver 2008, purchased very third hand in Roma in 2014. Quick description:

  • Audi A5 Sline, front wheel drive and 3200cc V6 normally aspirated petrol engine with 265 bhp and 8 speed auto gearbox, worth about 20k euro. Full black leather interior with electric front seats. Standard stereo with subwoofer added in the boot. 19″ Audi alloy wheels recently refurbished and finished in dark alloy with Pirelli PZero tyres. Currently about 150k kms and running great. Just fitted a throttle controller and so now much more responsive.


Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 2015 blue, UK registered.

  • The Super Tenere is the latest model (2015, worth about 16k euro) with electronic suspension, ABS, cruise control, heated grips plus a host of other electronic stuff. Beautiful in Yamaha blue. Fitted with Givi aluminium engine bash protector, Givi engine bars plus Givi carrier bars with alloy cases. Support for TomTom satnav plus Puig headlight protector.  Currently about 8k kms. Amazing for cruising 2 up and fully loaded this bike just floats, fairly quick too. New lighter exhaust system on order.
san vito lo capo
Here is the lovely Super Ten in Sicily.


Yamaha MT10 2016, blue, UK registered.

  • The MT10 is the latest Yamaha to be launched, worth 16k euro. It has the 2016 R1 crossplane engine, detuned from 200 to about 160 bhp. Mine is standard just fitted with the Yamaha comfort seat plus a small windscreen and TomTom satnav holder. Now about 4500km after I rode her down to Roma from the UK. FLIES!!! Here she is on the train, ready to cross the channel tunnel. Aftermarket Leo Vince exhaust system just fitted.


Yamaha Giggle 2010. UK registered and yellow.

  • The most amazing 50cc moped ever, the 4 stroke Giggle was made in Japan for the Japanese market and Yamaha only brought a few to Europe, they sold very very few cos they cost almost 3000 Pounds new!!. Mine is worth about 1.2k euro. It is 50cc with electronic fuel injection and limited to 50kmh so returns about 60km per litre. Mine has a Yamaha windscreen plus metal front carrier fitted and has suffered some Roman road rage but still runs great, some 5800 miles now. I must find a picture, in the city I am asked for a pizza or an ice cream at almost every traffic light….

Yamaha Raptor 700R Quad 2006, white.

  • The Raptor is powered by a fuel injected 700cc version of the 4 stroke single cylinder XT660 engine, now worth perhaps 6k euro. She is rear wheel chain driven and has 5 speeds plus reverse. Mine is standard just with a topbox and goes really well, amazing fun off-road. Will climb almost anywhere and is at her best off road of course, sand mud and snow are her specialities. Fun on the road too but needs a firm hand to convince her to turn a corner.

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Here is the Raptor, having a quick spin round the office car park.





Would you buy a motorcycle from this guy? Er well YES….I have, many many times

I first met these 2 brothers some 30 years ago. At the time I was a poor college student with a lovely Honda CB750 K6 and they were my local Honda dealers, so I popped in to fit a GB plate before setting off with a group of friends to France for a holiday. We got chatting about France and bikes, and Dave got his 750 F1 and came with us!. The rest, as they say, is history…..

They are now Yamaha and Suzuki dealers and one of the best in the UK with a wonderful new premises (which was previously a Vauxhall car dealership), and they sell a great range of clothing as well as new and used bikes and spares. I travelled over with my trusty Vito van from Roma recently to return my MT-09 and collect a lovely new blue Yamaha Super Tenere 1200, so I took a few snaps and here they are. They also have an amazing collection of historic Honda motorcycles (about 45 bikes) and Dave is always happy to show them.

The team is led by Martin (the large fellow) and his main men are Brian and Mike plus the brilliant workshop team of Chuck, Nige, Quiet Darrel and the new kid Ashley. Little Steve is just out of nappies and starting to learn (not much) and new kid on the block David has just about learned to switch on the PC…..give him time. Oh and I almost forgot Richard the Spare part. Easily done.

Some new Yamahas
An R1M, rare beast
The stunning R1M
Martin in the machine shop
Super Ten loaded…
Plus a few bits and pieces
Dave with poor Steve
Mark the sales fellow
Martin the er boss
Van ready…
Easy does it Dave
The pillar is on the left
Mike and Brian
Extensive range of clothing
More clothing
Mike explains….
Some new Suzukis
New Yamaha range
Used selection…
More used bikes
Even more used bikes
The parts counter
The shop is lovely
Some used tourers
Yamaha clothing
New bikes
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