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…]

To change or not to change?

20th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve got that new-bike itch. Not because I need a new bike. But just because… well, just because. The 1400GTR is ideal as a workhorse: plenty of luggage space for my work kit, smart enough to ride to clients’ offices, economical enough, comfortable enough, even TFLS approves of it (and who would be stupid enough  [Read full post…]

I turn my back for five minutes…

18th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

…Okay, three months. But even so. Just because I’ve not been at home, that’s no reason for every flat surface in my garage to suddenly be covered in huge piles of things. No reason at all. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what has happened. The Fair Lady Scully goes wide-eyed and innocent when I mention it, as  [Read full post…]

Routes for Pete

16th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I mentioned that my so-called mate Punchy Pete hadn’t even noticed that I’d gone to Scotland for three months earlier this year. Well, now he’s asking for my help with planning a trip for him and his son – an easy four-day run to Scotland. Naturally, part of me was tempted to tell him to  [Read full post…]

My old bike and dodgy dealings

14th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

If you’ve been following my blog for a while, you may remember that I sold my old Pan European to my mate Hogsback Harry – who wanted a tourer for our trip to Spain last year, as he didn’t think his beloved Harley was the right bike for a long-distance ride on twisty roads. Well,  [Read full post…]

It’s nice to be missed

12th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

My good mate Punchy Pete has the unfortunate and misleading appearance and voice of a hard-core football hooligan. He’s actually a mild-mannered, laid-back chap. But he was born and bred in that corner of London where you don’t survive unless you look and sound like Vinnie Jones’s harder cousin. His kids are a few years  [Read full post…]

Got my stuff back

8th September 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’d shipped my belongings down from the flat in Scotland with Cyber Jimmy, who’d decided to drive south to start his contract in Leatherhead. There wasn’t much stuff and he has a big old Ford Mondeo estate with possibly the largest boot I’ve ever seen, so it wasn’t challenging for him to bring. I just  [Read full post…]

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