All posts by Jim Bryan

 

 

More rain…

31st May 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

Just, JUST as soon as I see an opportunity to get out and complete a lap, a first of 2015 lap of the Mountain Course, hove into view across the Irish Sea, just as soon as I move in the general direction of my leathers – it piddles down! I’ve been on the island for  [Read full post…]

You save up your pennies…

29th May 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel, Racing

You save up your pennies, save even more, (eldest scion needs a better car so savings disappear), start saving again, you clean your bike, clean your kit, clean the bike again because you went out for a ride, the day arrives and you set off at silly o’clock so that you can sit opposite the  [Read full post…]

Feeling Smug…

17th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

I love it when car drivers; who’ve earlier demanded that we move our bikes aside at passport control in order that they can get to the loading queue first, have to sit and watch as they watch us filter to the front… All the best Jim

Mercy, MERCY!

16th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

I thought that riding through Tanger traffic at midday was akin to Ben Hur, but without rules. Well, the same city but after dark, (20:30), was really another level of bared teeth riding! I was acting as “Tail End Charlie” / Sweeper and attempting to protect a novice rider who had not ridden at night  [Read full post…]

Morrocan Drop-Off System Failure

15th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

The “corner marking system”, as Reda of Palm Road Tours based in Marrakesh and BMW would have it, (the “drop off” system as UK riders know it), has worked very well so far. That is until you combine a rider used to his pillion doing the signalling, with another rider with excess Bon Hommie who  [Read full post…]

It’s even snowing in Morocco

14th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Ifrane, Morocco’s Switzerland, having started the day @ 27 degrees Celsius we experienced minus 1.5 degrees as we made our way over the pass. Our Moroccan guide had never seen snow before, let alone ridden in it, and the pass was closed to traffic whilst we made our way across. All the best Jim

New rear tyre, still raining

14th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Why can I never have a dry day when I’ve got fresh rubber? Mick excelled himself leaving the Riad Medina, by inventing a new sport – drop kicking a pannier down two flights of stone steps – if BMW ever need a test pilot for their hard luggage system I know just the man. The  [Read full post…]

Morocco Update

10th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Sun, cross winds, 2 degrees C, rain, gusting cross winds, (from both sides), dust storm/dust devils, washed out roads, washed out bridges, half repaired roads, roads left with 6-9 inches of round stone middle layer uncompacted, and, “inshallah driving!” All the best Jim

Seven days on and the first sour notes of the trip

7th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

First, four of us set off following our lunch stop later than the main group and were approx five minutes back. Cresting a rise we saw Jerry & Carol parked up next to a police van, with two officers; one controlling traffic, the other examining Jerry’s documentation. All four of us pulled in next to  [Read full post…]

Ziz Gorge

6th April 2015 by  in Motorcycle Touring & Travel

Yesterday was notable for storks, (BIG birds), egrets, (dainty creatures that put me in mind of efficient administrators, delicate, precise, and not a wasted movement). Today in addition to the storks, we were kept company by Hawks, Falcons and at least one eagle, (too far off to have a stab at identifying which type). The  [Read full post…]

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