The Last Ride of the Year

10th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Well, clearly not the actual last ride – I don’t really stop (until Christmas Eve, anyway.) But I had my last run for the year on the SM-T, just down to Noddy’s to drop off a DVD he wanted to borrow. Came back, washed the bike and put it away at the back of the  [Read full post…]

May hang on for an SP

8th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I’ve been thinking about that Yamaha MT-10 again. But I’ve also been thinking about the fact that there’s an SP version apparently on its way next year. Now, I know far to many fellas who like to have the latest and greatest to believe that someone, somewhere, won’t decide that they need to trade in  [Read full post…]

A spy in the camp

6th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I had a chat with Number One Son today. Did he know anything about La Crashbung? That’s what I’ve decided to nickname Number Two Son’s mysterious lady friend who saved the lad’s bike from damage when he dropped it – and her – on the floor in a pub car park. Actually, No1 Son did.  [Read full post…]

A very minor disaster

3rd December 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Number Two Son phoned me up last night. He’d dropped his precious Honda CB500X. Naturally, my only concern was how he was – which he didn’t understand. “I’m fine, but what do I do about the bike,” he kept saying. Eventually I pieced it together. He was trying to do a U-turn in a pub  [Read full post…]

Moving. The goal posts

1st December 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve talked about moving my base of operations from the South East before. Relocating to somewhere with more rewarding riding on my doorstep. The Fair Lady Scully has always been against it, for family reasons, but I’m working on trying to convince her. It would be good to go to Scotland or Wales, of course,  [Read full post…]

Cyber Jimmy’s disappointment

29th November 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I caught up with Jimmy, who I worked with when I was in Scotland earlier in the year. He has brought his bike down south, to help him commute into Leatherhead, so we went for a breakfast run to the coast at the weekend. I thought it was a pretty good ride – down to  [Read full post…]

And am I keeping the KTM?

28th November 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I just don’t know. It was utterly brilliant on the run through the mountains and, as thrilling as the Yamaha MT-10 was when I had that test ride, I don’t think it would be as comfortable for the long days – especially with absolutely no fairing. And I’m not sure all that mental power on  [Read full post…]

Home run

25th November 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Well, I’m back. After more amazing riding – it’s what makes the boys’ trip so special every year. It’s what makes sense of owning a bike. Though to be fair you don’t have to go to Europe to get this kind of experience when Scotland’s on your doorstep. But I know I’ve been very lucky  [Read full post…]

The great passes

23rd November 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I think I’ve just had the most perfect day’s Alpine riding you can ever have. Because I hadn’t really been paying attention to the planning process, it came as a bit of a surprise to me. We got up early and checked out of our hotel on the Grossglockner so early the breakfast wasn’t even  [Read full post…]

Getting to the Grossglockner

22nd November 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

After the crazy-early start that Dale Caesar had insisted on, we made good time. Well, most of the group did. Noddy and Big Ears were waiting at the Tunnel terminal when I arrived with Tidy Tim. Dale Caesar and Punchy Pete weren’t far behind us. But as our departure time approached, there was still no  [Read full post…]

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