Van-driver truce… please!

20th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I’ve got some stick over my post about van drivers last week (see “Rude drivers”). Obviously, as I tried but obviously failed to make clear, I don’t think ALL drivers of commercial van – white, blue or multi-coloured – are lane-hogging ignorant dicks. But I’ve had just as many people say that’s exactly what they  [Read full post…]

London Show

17th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Working in Docklands yesterday, I got out for a long lunch (banks still do that). Rather than going to the Firkin &Fund Manager (or whatever) I went to the Excel for the London Motorcycle Show. Actually, I thought it was rather good. It’s smaller than the NEC and I thought I’d get round it all  [Read full post…]

Rude drivers

15th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

I know we all moan about it. But standards of driving really are getting worse. I’m absolutely sure of it. But who are the worst drivers on our dual carriageways and motorways? Who are the discourteous dicks and lane hogs? Well, sorry Brexiteers, it’s not all the foreign lorries. Yes, they’re a pain (and there  [Read full post…]

Pancake Service Announcement

13th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Gentlemen, impress your loved ones by going home and cooking them crepes for tea. Yes, it’s Shrove Tuesday – Pancake Day. One of the few things I can cook is pancakes, so normally that’s what I do. Sadly, I’m in Derbyshire at the moment so it’ll be after eight when I get home tonight so  [Read full post…]

Look out France: here we come

12th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Not immediately. But on Saturday’s breakfast run my band of old gits agreed that this year’s tour would be to France. We’re going to do Ride Magazine’s “Limousin, Auvergne and Cevennes” tour. The other tours we’ve done from the magazine have all been good and this one looks good, but a bit different. It also  [Read full post…]

A good start

9th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Okay, it’s only been two days. But I’ve been working on my “Ride 5000 miles every two months” challenge. So far this week I’ve done 600 miles. By the time I get home tonight, that’ll push the week’s total to just shy of 800 miles. That’s more like it.

More mileage musings

7th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Okay, in my last post I glibly suggested I do 5000 miles every two months. Then I had an attack of accuracy and decided I’d better fact-check myself. No fake news here, people. It’s pretty easy for me to check because I keep my fuel receipts to put through the books (practical) and note everything  [Read full post…]

Ride how many miles?

5th February 2018 by  in The Dex Files

Have you been following the “Ride 5000 miles” campaign Motorcycle News has been running? I haven’t really paid that much attention to it – without wishing to appear smug, I normally do that every seven or eight weeks. That’s the “benefit” of travelling all over the country by bike for work. (But let’s not talk  [Read full post…]

How do you do it?

2nd February 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

Here’s a question: how do you sort out your tours? Do you always make up your own routes? Do you use other peoples? Do you have a mate who does all the planning for you? In the old days, Dale did almost all the route planning for our group of mates for our European trips,  [Read full post…]

Summer plans

1st February 2018 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

I’m supposed to be planning this year’s boy’s tour… but I haven’t really had one of those “We must go HERE” moments. Should we go back to Portugal? Visit somewhere else in Spain? Go back to the Alps? I haven’t had a flash of inspiration. So I had a beer with Dale Caesar last night,  [Read full post…]

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