A bike trip, down to the south of Spain this time.

My lovely Yamaha FJR1300 cannot wait to stretch her long legs. We have booked a week in a lovely place near Malaga and I was thinking of taking a flight, fast and easy of course. BUT I really prefer a trip by bike and I love Spain, so I have booked a ferry from CivitavecchiaContinue reading “A bike trip, down to the south of Spain this time.”

Another rapid van trip through Europe…

Last week I headed north, destination the UK where I was due to deliver 2 motorbikes to my favourite bike shop where they would be sold. So I prepared my trusty Mercedes Vito van, checking the tyres plus oil and water and packing the 2 bikes snugly into the rear, luckily they are both slimContinue reading “Another rapid van trip through Europe…”

Selling off some of my fleet. Sob.

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 myContinue reading “Selling off some of my fleet. Sob.”

An amazingly talented tyre fitter and mechanic who can service, fix or repair almost anything on wheels….

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 aContinue reading “An amazingly talented tyre fitter and mechanic who can service, fix or repair almost anything on wheels….”

New plan! New motorcycle sales operation. Watch this space

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”

A visit to one of the best bike dealers in Italy, Celestini at Civitavecchia

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 intoContinue reading “A visit to one of the best bike dealers in Italy, Celestini at Civitavecchia”

Our new property!!!! Finally we have the keys

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”

New idea: import some used bikes from Alf England in the UK

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 areContinue reading “New idea: import some used bikes from Alf England in the UK”

Bike training continued…..

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¬†(shownContinue reading “Bike training continued…..”

The basics, the ABC of surviving on a motorbike

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. WeContinue reading “The basics, the ABC of surviving on a motorbike”