Talking of priorities

13th February 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I’ve been making a hit list of roads I must ride, without excuse, while I’m in Scotland. Clearly, the A87 is at the top of the list – I think that is my favourite Scottish road. Excuse me – my favourite of the Scottish roads I’ve already ridden. My top 10 Scottish Biking Roads list  [Read full post…]

Assuming it’s still there, of course…

11th February 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I’m making all these plans for riding the brilliant roads of Scotland when I get up there in Spring. Of course, I’ve no idea how busy I’ll be – I may not have time. And I have no idea how fixed the roads will be after the winter weather set about washing half the good  [Read full post…]

London Bike Show

10th February 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’m not sure I’m going to go this year, as I went to the NEC show in November. However, Number One Son is keen to go and have a look at bikes – I might tag along. It’d be a day out. Maybe you’ll be there too? Let me know what you think of it.

It’s official: I’m heading to Scotland

3rd February 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Phew! The wait is over. Contract confirmed: I’ll be heading to Scotland. I can’t wait. Now I just need to find some digs and get on with the really important stuff: working out how much time I’ll have to ride the bike while I’m up there. I wonder what the A948’s like? I’ve never been  [Read full post…]

Another book

1st February 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Picked up another magazine of RiDE travel stories – the RiDE Guide to Great Rides. I’d hoped it would be like the one I got for Christmas last year, their Guide to Europe, which inspired our Spain trip and had loads of routes to download. It’s not like that: more of a conventional magazine, but  [Read full post…]

Train, train, go away

28th January 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I actually took a train yesterday. I had to go into Town looking properly smart and I didn’t think I could get away with taking a suit in a bag, then changing out of my bike kit in the toilet before my meeting. God I hate the train. Crowded, noisy, uncomfortable, inconvenient… every mile on  [Read full post…]

Noddy’s Number Two

25th January 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I mentioned a while ago that my pal Noddy wanted a second bike so he could keep riding through winter, without getting his new Multistrada 1200 all salty. Well, he’s got another two-wheeled vehicle – a second-hand Suzuki Burgman scooter. It’s not my cup of tea. At all. But it’s a 650, so does have  [Read full post…]

That’s my boy…

22nd January 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Number One Son tells me he’s shelved plans to change bikes. At least until Spring. He reckons he’ll get a better trade-in on his sportsbike when the weather’s a bit sunnier. I can’t say I disagree with him – though clearly the danger is that the price of the bikes he’s looking at will also  [Read full post…]

Names for corners

21st January 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Names for corners   My friend the Hack tells me one of his colleagues gives names to individual corners on the roads around their office, like the corners on race tracks. Only this fella names them after places where people he knows have crashed.   There’s a cheery thought!   Dex

Who comes up with this stuff?

19th January 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Just been looking, again, at the routes on the Motorcycle Scotland website. There are some great looking rides on it… but what’s with the names? Maybe I’m a bit meat-and-potatoes, but I always talk about the “the A684-B6256 ride” or the “St Mary’s Loch ride” or the “Inverness to Ullapool ride” (or whatever). The routes  [Read full post…]

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