Scottish beer – part II

1st May 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve been corrected. There is plenty of quality Scottish beer. I’ve just been going to the wrong pubs. Jimmy took me to a different boozer last night and there were four or five “proper” pumps selling real beer. Admittedly, I was the only person there from south of Hadrian’s Wall, but I guess it just  [Read full post…]

Scottish beer

30th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Sorry, but I like proper English bitter. On a hand-pull, with a swan-neck. So far I can only find stuff that pretends to be bitter but is actually just dark-coloured lager: too fizzy, too cold, too chemically and artificial, pumped out by a flip-down tap on a multi-dispenser. It’s a good job I don’t really  [Read full post…]

Dirty tricks and Street View

28th April 2016 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

One thing that’s been helping Big Ears win people round to his point of view is Google Street View. He’s been sending emails with Google Map links, and notes saying: “Look at that road – and drop the Peg Man on the top hairpin. The view’s incredible. We have to ride that…” I mean, look  [Read full post…]

GITs in Europe

26th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Meantime, my email inbox has been filling up with messages from the boys about where to go – and when – for our annual Gentlemen’s Invitational Tour of Europe. Well, I assume that’s what we should call it as The Fair Lady Scully’s always referring to our trips as “GITs in Europe”. It looks like  [Read full post…]

The first few days

25th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

There’s nothing like jumping in at the deep end. Don’t worry – I won’t bore you with lots of technical data-centre talk. Suffice it to say, though, the new job has been surprisingly demanding – much tougher even than I’d expected. Luckily, my colleagues have stopped me tearing what’s left of my hair out. There  [Read full post…]

Hello from Bonnie Scotland

13th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Hello from Bonnie Scotland. Yes, I’m all moved in. Start on site tomorrow for my first day. So I’m up here for three months now. Or as I rather prefer to look at it, for 15 weekends. I’ll probably have to go south twice and the plan is for The Fair Lady Scully to come  [Read full post…]

That was fast

10th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Well, I got the call I was expecting today: Number One Son’s going for the Versys 1000 and keeping the GSX-R as a fun bike, for the time being. What I wasn’t expecting was that the plan is for him to trade the GSX-R for a more new-rider-friendly machine for Little Miss Sunshine when she’s  [Read full post…]

Trade-in troubles

9th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Number One Son took his girlfriend, Little Miss Sunshine, to the Kawasaki dealer and they had a two-up test ride on the Versys. She liked it very much. What neither of them liked was the trade-in offer they got for the GSX-R. It wasn’t enough to make the deposit for the PCP deal, so rather  [Read full post…]

What I should have said

7th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

Thinking about the bloke who had no idea how much bikes cost, I realised I could have handled it better. What I should have done was carefully build him up with a car analogy. You know: a top-end track spec supercar will set you back a six-figure sum. Or you could have a new limited-edition,  [Read full post…]

What kind of advice is that?

6th April 2016 by  in The Dex Files

I admit it: I failed a friend. Well, a colleague. Someone I work with occasionally. A bloke on a site, anyway. He asked me what bike he should get. His wife has lined him up to do an intensive Direct Access course in a couple of weeks, for his birthday, and he wanted me to  [Read full post…]

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