Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing.

The current combination of factors from Brexit to COVID to world transport/container shortages plus the shortage of electonic components and the economic crisis cum boom all add up to a very wierd situation with regard to the second hand vehicle market that I love to frequent. To cut a very long story short, the valueContinue reading “Second-hand vehicles are now increasing in value…..amazing.”

My old Audi S4 gets better with age!!!

Well, I have now had this 2006 car for 2 years but for the first year (thanks lockdown) I never really used or appreciated her. I had a few problems too so I was not really in love, although the few drives I made were very enjoyable indeed (see previous posts). I also discovered thatContinue reading “My old Audi S4 gets better with age!!!”

What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm

As the old saying goes, you pays yer money and you takes yer choice (or something). And this truth applies to everything that we purchase whether a house, a car, a bike, a van or whatever and I should know cos I have a van, a car and er several bikes too. BUT as weContinue reading “What a lot of car for 9k Euro mmmmm”

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.”

Piombino in Tuscany, what a wonderful discovery..

Like many, my only knowledge of the north Italian coastal city of Piombino was as a port from where to take a ferry for the lovely island of Elba. Indeed several years ago with a group of motorcycle friends we had ridden to the port and waited for the ferry, without even a glance atContinue reading “Piombino in Tuscany, what a wonderful discovery..”

Another crazy “plan” coming up….

Given that Europe is slowly opening up again after the COVID shutdown, I think that some cautious European travel is possible again. Italy has so far managed to contain the crisis very well and we still use masks and social distancing so I feel fairly safe here, and on my recent rapid visits to FranceContinue reading “Another crazy “plan” coming up….”

A quick visit to Lyon, as promised or perhaps threatened….

Well, who on earth would ride 1400 ish kms to meet a mate in Lyon (France), stay one full day and then ride back?? At the end of October and early November?? With awful weather and cold and rain and and and??? Well yes, I did!!!! Here was the plan. Brian the Barnes would rideContinue reading “A quick visit to Lyon, as promised or perhaps threatened….”

Barnes v France…..perhaps a draw??

Well we recently saw Barnes hit France, when he and I met up in lovely Troyes. Troyes is surely one of the most beautiful and classic cities in France and walking round it was a great experience, even Barnes appreciated the wonderful buildings and architecture, amazing! His French is er limited but luckily his senseContinue reading “Barnes v France…..perhaps a draw??”

FINALLY another bike trip, to France!

Well we have had almost two years of lockdown and restrictions thanks to this awful COVID virus (which is of course still with us) plus Boris has carried through the awful Brexit idea, so I have been staying home and avoiding risks. I bought a lovely car in Feb 2020 and since then she hasContinue reading “FINALLY another bike trip, to France!”

Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!

Well, I have owned a stunning Yamaha MT10SP for 2 years and wow, what an amazing bike she turned out to be. I have owned several R1s over the years including a track R1 but this was a totally new experience. With an R1 you are seated with alot of your weight on your wristsContinue reading “Barnes meets France….or Alf England International to the rescue!!”