Junk mail

30th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I’m afraid I hate junk mail just on principle – which is ironic, as at least two of my clients are in the direct marketing business. But I suppose my view on email spam has always been a bit similar to my view on the clap: careless people doing things they shouldn’t might get it,  [Read full post…]

Cleaning woes

29th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve mis-timed things. Went down this morning intending to wash the bike… to find that both of them were filthy. I tried not to look at the 990SM-T as I pushed the freshly polished 1400GTR back into the garage… but it was no good. Not with the Kawasaki shining proudly next to it. I had  [Read full post…]

Bike Insurance Renewal Time

29th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I don’t normally talk about financial stuff, but I’m a bit annoyed with my insurer. I had to pay a supplement to put Number One Son on my policy when he borrowed the KTM. Fair enough. But I’ve just got my renewal through this morning and it’s gone up by fifty quid. I’ve swallowed the  [Read full post…]

Ring of Beara – MotoGoLoco Classics

28th August 2015 by  in MotoGoLoco Classic Motorcycle Routes

We don’t really understand why the Ring of Kerry is more famous than the Ring of Beara – among bikers, anyway. Beara’s just spectacular. It’s pretty narrow and steep and twisty, almost like a quiet minor Alpine pass – in fact the Healy Pass that crosses the mountains is a genuinely brilliant pass. We’re quite happy to  [Read full post…]

Extreme ironing

27th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Here’s one extreme sport I can get behind: extreme ironing. Admittedly, I’m not too big on the extreme rock-climbing aspect, but then I’m not much of a hand with the iron either. It’s not likely to get me into trouble, though. I figure that by the time I’ve mastered both aspects of the discipline, I’ll  [Read full post…]

Extreme Sports

27th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Number Two Son likes extreme sports. Rock climbing’s just the start of it. He likes bungee jumping, surfing and now, it seems, he wants to take up skydiving. I almost understand the attraction, because I imagine the freedom must be a bit like riding – but even freer. Then again, I can’t say I’d ever  [Read full post…]


26th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Nothing worse than getting a headache when you’re riding. Got one today and for the first time in my life I had an inkling of what migraine sufferers go through. Clearly, it wasn’t a full-blown migraine, but it felt like I was being stabbed through the right eye while a pair of ogres took it in  [Read full post…]

Ring of Kerry – MotoGoLoco Classics

26th August 2015 by  in MotoGoLoco Classic Motorcycle Routes

The Ring of Kerry is a beautifully picturesque circular route around the south west of Ireland. Local’s tip – ride the route Clockwise (as we’ve drawn it here), as the local tour buses all drive Anti-Clockwise. Route Map & GPS Files >View/download the route map and transfer it to your GPS device here

More Balloons

25th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I mentioned seeing the balloons to the boys and Noddy – now he has time on his hands, having retired – admitted that he’s always wanted to go up in one too. He’s going to see how much it costs… maybe we’ll treat ourselves to a trip. Then again… it’s easy to talk about it  [Read full post…]


25th August 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Saw a great pack of hot air balloons rising over the South Downs last week when I was out riding. Fantastic sight, if a bit distracting. I was tempted to pull over and just watch them – I was on one of those roads that really needs all your attention – but I was late.  [Read full post…]

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