Dale was right

30th March 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

We failed on one front, on the training run. We didn’t manage to agree anything about accommodation or routes for the Spain trip. Suddenly, finally, I understand why Dale Caesar organizes his trips the way he does: by diktat, making all the decisions himself and expecting the rest of us to fall in line. Democracy is  [Read full post…]

Spain trip sorted

29th March 2015 by  in Daily Digest

I spent an hour on TripAdvisor and a couple of hotel-finding websites this morning, sorting our accommodation for the Spain trip. After all the talk of plotting our own routes and exploring, we’re going to follow the six-day tour of the Picos de Europa from the RiDE Guide to Europe. Our crossings mean we get  [Read full post…]

That’s a relief

28th March 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Tim’s training run was a great success. Number One Son filled me with pride – not only riding well but also getting on with the grumpy old men. There was a moment when I panicked, as Noddy revealed that his eldest daughter, who’s in her final year at university, has started working as a model…  [Read full post…]

Where to stay in Spain?

26th March 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

That’s the bit that’s making me a little twitchy about going to Spain. I like to have accommodation sorted well ahead of time these days – I used to enjoy the adventure of turning up and finding somewhere, anywhere, to sleep. But as I subside into old-fartdom, I find I just relax more if I  [Read full post…]

It’s all personal taste

25th March 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Just like to say, if you do have a Harley, even a Road Glide Special with extra tassels on the luggage, it doesn’t make you a bad person. You are, after all, still riding a bike. And as long as you like how it looks, that’s all that matters. You go on enjoying it. Dex

Mind you, there have been some munters…

25th March 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Thinking about it, at least that hideous thing I parked next to yesterday was the victim of honest aftermarket fiddling. Many of the real eye-popping horrors are home-brewed specials, though thankfully there seem to be fewer of those about these days. But there have been plenty of utterly hideous things released that were pretending to  [Read full post…]

Ugliest bike I ever saw

25th March 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I had to go into town yesterday. Parked in one of the rip-off text-to-pay bays, next to the ugliest machine I think I’ve ever seen. At first I wasn’t even sure it was a motorcycle. I thought perhaps a plumber had dumped an old bath at the end of the bike bay. Then I had  [Read full post…]

19 Epic Road Trips Through Scotland – Routes

24th March 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Last year, Matador’s Katie Scott Aiton (in conjunction with VisitScotland) published a brilliant blog post titled “19 Epic Road Trips Through Scotland“. As excellent and inspiring a read as the original was, what if you actually wanted to follow in Katie’s footsteps and, well – RIDE some of these roads!?  Well, panic not. Being the nice  [Read full post…]

New lid – HJC R-Pha Max Evo

22nd March 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Finally had time to get myself a new helmet. I surprised myself: it’s not another Shoei XR1100. Or even a Neotech – the Shoei flipfront. Which was what I’d gone to pick up… Helmets are one thing I won’t buy over the internet. Even when I think I know what I want. It’s not just  [Read full post…]

A training run

21st March 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Number One Son, who’s ridden with me and DA a few times but hasn’t really met the other members of the summer’s touring party, has suggested we all do a weekend seaside run. Just so he can meet the others and ride with them a bit. While we look like we’re going to have an  [Read full post…]

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