Other people’s misfortune

10th May 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I passed a crash today. And laughed. No, hang on… it doesn’t make me a bad person. Honestly. Well, not very bad. You’d have done the same, I’m sure. Let me explain. I was picking my way through stop-start traffic on the M25. Filtering’s always tricky with the GTR, given how wide it is. There  [Read full post…]

Lateral solution

7th May 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Tidy Tim called up (to talk about something else) and I told him about my puncture. “Why didn’t you just call the mobile tyre fitter?” he asked. What? Who is this wizard? And why haven’t I heard of him before? Tim explained there’s a bloke with a van full of tyre-fitting tools who will come  [Read full post…]

Puncture insurance

6th May 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Yesterday’s disaster made me think. Wouldn’t it be good if you could get puncture insurance for bikes, the way cars have windscreen insurance? I’d go for that.   Or would I? Actually, I am a bit tight-fisted and I haven’t had that many punctures. Perhaps I’d just risk it…


5th May 2018 by  in The Dex Files

It’s been a while since my last one, but I got a puncture today. That pretty much wrote-off the whole day. It was the front of the GTR that went down – thankfully slowly enough for me to stop under control. I knew exactly what had happened. There’s a horrible, heavy-sway feel to the bike  [Read full post…]

MotoGoLoco to the rescue

5th May 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Where can we go for a UK trip that’s a bit different? I asked. Well, why don’t I check this site? There are loads of great routes that are easy to browse. Plenty of ideas to get the juices flowing – also with plenty of hotels marked. So simple. There’s also all the waypoints for  [Read full post…]

Lakes – here we come

4th May 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

We’re heading to the Lake District for our pre-trip trip. It won’t be a big outing. Noddy can’t make it, nor can Tidy Tim and Dale Caesar. But the rest of the gang will all be there. So far all I’ve done is book the hotel near Kendall for two nights. I haven’t planned the  [Read full post…]

Run what ya brung

4th May 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Have you ever done a run-what-ya-brung? Number One Son has announced that’s what he’d like to do for his birthday – him, me, his brother, his girlfriend Little Miss Sunshine and her father, who’s my old pal Noddy. All on our bikes. At a drag strip. Some kind of glorified biking-tribe outing. I genuinely don’t  [Read full post…]

The Pre-trip Trip

4th May 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

While we’ve got our big trip sorted (France, September) I traditionally have a smaller break with the boys I ride with, somewhere in the UK, before we go – just to get back in the groove. It kind of brings me back to the “where are the best rides in the UK” thing I’ve been  [Read full post…]

Missing entries

29th April 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve just found that a heap of my blog entries haven’t been published. No idea why. I’ll set them going live over the next few days. Sorry for the interruption in service.

Worst rides in the UK

11th April 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Thinking of the best rides does make me think about the worst ones. Especially as I seem to spend too much of my time on them. There’s the M6, for a start. Never mind the M25 (which is bad enough). The M6 is definitely my personal road to hell. If ever I’m going to get  [Read full post…]

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