Why so many speed limits?

28th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I had to ride through Northamptonshire yesterday afternoon. God, it was tedious.   Some lovely countryside, nice little villages – and almost everywhere I went there seemed to be a 50mph limit. Half the time with a Gatso frowning down on the road like a disappointed school teacher. Why? These were mostly roads that didn’t  [Read full post…]

Can we call him that?

27th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Noddy’s saved the Spain trip. Well, he’s made the numbers balance out, anyway. One of his recently retired policeman colleagues is going to take the slot vacated by Number One Son. So we’re back to having six of us on the trip, which balances the rooms out. Noddy says we’ve met this chap before, though I  [Read full post…]

How to import routes to CoPilot app (Android)

26th May 2015 by  in Techie Stuff

My GPS has packed up, less than a week before I set off to Germany, and I don’t have time (or spare funds) to replace it. As a result, I’m going with Plan B – CoPilot GPS App installed on my Android phone (HTC One M8 for those who care about such things), with Audio directions  [Read full post…]


25th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Number Two Son has just bought a car. Went off and blew his cash on it at the weekend, without taking anyone with him. It’s a horror – rear wing full of filler, oil leak, one windscreen wiper doesn’t work… It only set him back £600 but I’d say that’s £800 too much because I  [Read full post…]

What’s that coming over the hill?

24th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

A few of us were sitting outside Noddy’s local the other evening, enjoying a quiet lemonade (only Noddy wasn’t riding) when we heard it coming. Something loud. Something meaty to the point of obnoxiousness. Something pretty cool, clearly… It was a deep, throaty sound. What could it be? I thought it had to be a  [Read full post…]

John Lennon predicted it

22nd May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I had to go to Blackburn today. I found myself singing “A Day In The Life” by the Beatles as I went along: I rode to work today, oh boy; 10,000 (pot)holes in Blackburn, Lancashire… I wasn’t in the town centre, but out on the neglected fringes, but my wheels seemed to find more potholes  [Read full post…]


21st May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I like killing insects. No, it doesn’t make me a bad person. Just a motorcyclist who likes to ride on warm days – and splatting bugs is the surest sign that the weather is warm. Thing is, I got a whopper today. I have no idea what kind of flying creepy-crawly it was, though from  [Read full post…]

Scotland to Germany

20th May 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

It was during the planning of next week’s Germany trip that it struck home how much of a boring old fart I’ve become. We’re only going away for a week but it seems like this trip has been planned with military-like precision.  What happened to the days of slinging a leg over the bike, pecking the  [Read full post…]

Not so minted

19th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

Well, so much for that idea. Neither Pete nor Dale is up for joining the splinter group heading for Spain. Both say they can’t afford to do two trips in a summer… Which is probably true. But means I’m still one man short to make the numbers balance out. Back to square one. Dex

The search for a stand-in

17th May 2015 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve been trying to think who I could get to come on our Spain trip instead of Number One Son. Half the riders I know are a bit too near the hooligan fringe to get on with Noddy, really. The other half are good guys but not necessarily the kind of people I’d be happy  [Read full post…]

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