I knew I liked her

22nd July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Update on the update: Number Two Son called today. He’d taken La Crashbung, his girlfriend, to look at the Yamaha FZ1 Fazer. Not only did she not like the pillion seat but she also didn’t like the colour. Then she looked at the price. Then she looked at the other bikes he was suggesting. All  [Read full post…]

Bandit update

20th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Number Two Son went to look at a few 1250 Suzuki Bandits, following the recommendation of us old gits (none of whom has actually ridden one). He quite liked it. He then went to look at a Honda CBF1000. And quite liked that. Then he sat on a Yamaha FZ1 Fazer and fell in love  [Read full post…]

Barbecue news

18th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve been invited to a barbecue. Not big news, I know. But this invitation came from Number One Son. Turns out, he’s moving this week. He and Little Miss Sunshine are getting out of their flat and into a place with a garden (he’s managed to keep his lock-up garage, even though it’ll be more  [Read full post…]

Sunday morning

16th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Lovely ride to the coast this morning, with the usual suspects (Dale Caesar organising, so it ran with military precision). It was an early start to ride a mix of familiar roads, but some I hadn’t been to for a while – Ditchling Beacon, Beachy Head. It’s amazing how easily you forget how much good  [Read full post…]

A day at the races

14th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve been invited to go to the MotoGP at Silverstone in August with a client. He has tickets for Saturday qualifying rather than race day, but I don’t care. It’s still a day at the races – and then I can sit back at home to watch the action on telly, with a beer in  [Read full post…]

Bandit built for two?

12th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

I was talking with the old boys last night (Dale Caesar, Punchy Pete, Tidy Tim and DA). About the youngest boy’s bike dilemma. The suggestion we came up with was: the half-faired 1250 Suzuki Bandit. Nice torquey engine, back seat looks good for two, not madly pricy, plenty about for a cheap used deal, fairing  [Read full post…]

Trading-up trouble

10th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Number Two Son rang this morning. Apparently he spent the weekend looking at bikes. Regular readers may recall that he was nerfed off his Honda CB500 by a moron on a roundabout – mercifully in front of a policeman, so all the insurance was VERY easily sorted out and, thankfully No2 Son emerged with nothing  [Read full post…]

Top tip

7th July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

Actually, I did tell the caravanista looking for route advice to buy the Biker’s Britain: The Tour book (by the bloke from RiDE who does their tours). I explained it contained a comprehensive list of routes he should AVOID with his rolling road block. In fact it’s a good resource for anyone looking for routes…  [Read full post…]

The Scottish Touring Information Service

6th July 2017 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

This week, I have mostly been… telling people where to go. In the most helpful possible sense. I’ve had three separate people ask me where to go touring in Scotland. The first person was an old friend who’s going for his first two-up trip with his wife. He’s been riding for as long as I’ve  [Read full post…]

The importance of great weather

3rd July 2017 by  in The Dex Files

After my little spin with Noddy on Saturday, I went out for a ride again on the Sunday. Thought I’d got luck with the weather – there had been a few hints of cloud, but it never thickened up. It was just a lovely summer’s day. I spoke to Number One Son when I got back  [Read full post…]

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