Away we go!

21st October 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

It’s an early start in the morning – Dale Caesar wants us to cover a lot of ground on our first day. We’re on a crack-of-dawn Eurotunnel. I’m packed and ready to be on the road at half five. Now all I need is a few hours’ sleep and I’ll be raring to go. Dex

Trip prep? No prep

16th October 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Well, the boys’ trip is looming and this year I’ve had virtually no involvement in it. I’ve paid into our kitty account, but that’s it. My dictatorially minded friend Dale Caesar is in charge, as he often is, but in the past he’s delegated a few tasks to me – whether booking crossings or hotels  [Read full post…]

I appear to have blown my mind

15th October 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Well, Yamaha have. I went back for the test ride of the MT-10 this morning. Naturally, I went on the SM-T – just to get an honest appraisal of its value. The first thing that took me aback was what they offered me for it: five grand. That’s at least a grand more than I  [Read full post…]

That Yamaha MT-10

14th October 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I was passing (well, within 40 miles of) a Yamaha dealer tonight, on the way back from a call-out. I managed to get there in time to have a sit on both the Tracer 900 and the MT-10.   I have to say, both of them impressed me. Especially as they’re not crazy money. Okay,  [Read full post…]

Was that a Transformer?

13th October 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I parked on site at a client’s today beside a bike I hadn’t actually seen in the flesh before. The Yamaha MT10. Wow. Of course, I’d seen pics in the press and had been intrigued, but bikes do always look different when you’re walking around them to how they do in MCN. At first I  [Read full post…]

The Kids Are Alright

30th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Both my boys were off on their own bikes, on their own tours over the weekend. Number One Son took his girlfriend Little Miss Sunshine to Paris – I was a bit surprised that he didn’t come back to announce an engagement, but apparently he’s still evading capture. Number Two Son went to Wales, visiting  [Read full post…]

Harry’s new tourer

27th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

When we went on our breakfast run the other day, Hogsback Harry turned up on his new tourer: less than a year old, ex-demo, all manner of extras stuck on it. Very nice. Not bad for doing a bit of building work (which okay is his profession) and trading in my old ST1100 Pan European.  [Read full post…]

Why is he called Noddy?

25th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve known him since he was a fresh-faced flatfoot walking the beat – and at one point we used to call him PC Plod. But he got upset at that, so we stopped. And called him Noddy instead.

Naughty Noddy and Bad Big Ears

25th September 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Two of our regular riding buddies are former boys in blue – my old mate Noddy* was a pretty senior policeman until he retired, while his mate Big Ears was a detective of some sort before hanging up his truncheon. Naturally, you’d assume they were the most law-abiding of the bunch of us. But apparently  [Read full post…]

Best destination

23rd September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I was asked the other day which is my favourite place to ride. In the UK, there’s no question that it’s Scotland (and though I don’t want to talk politics, I’m terrified that if Scotland leaves the UK I won’t get to ride there so often or easily as I do at the moment. Everyone  [Read full post…]

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