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Back to reality

27th March 2017 by  in Daily Digest

After the fun of the weekend in Barcelona, I got up this morning (knackered – it was a late flight home) to find the 1400GTR refusing to start. Somehow, it’s managed to eat its battery between Wednesday, when I last rode it, and this morning, when I needed it. So the XR’s had its first  [Read full post…]

God’s country

20th March 2017 by  in Daily Digest

Had a chat with the guys at the weekend about the pre-trip trip Scotland v Wales thing. The verdict of the group: neither. Yorkshire Moors is the desired destination. So once we get a handle on when Tidy Tim’s likely to have had his bike delivered, decked out in Tourartech bits, run-in and serviced, we’ll  [Read full post…]

Deposits down, here we go

15th February 2017 by  in Daily Digest, Motorcycle Touring & Travel, The Dex Files

That’s the boy’s big summer tour booked! Took a few days and we’re going a bit earlier in September than we normally do, but it fitted better for everyone. Ferries are confirmed: eight bikes and two four-bunk cabins on the Plymouth-Santander route on the way out, then Santander-Portsmouth on the way home. I’ve only booked  [Read full post…]

Day three on the road

19th January 2017 by  in Daily Digest, The Dex Files

Well that was a big day. The last leg of my three-day Great North-ish Run. Crewe to Wolverhampton was a great way to start the day: A529 from Nantwich was an anti-dote to all the busy, semi-urban roads I’d done around Manchester. I was full of beans when I got to the client. Better still, I  [Read full post…]

A biking home-movie

22nd December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I don’t know about you, but I always seem to run out of time at Christmas. There’s so much to do, but so little time. Everything seems to telescope into this final week. There’s work stuff. Family stuff. More importantly, there’s bike stuff. A couple of our guys had GoPros on this year’s trip. Noddy  [Read full post…]

The Last Ride of the Year

10th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Well, clearly not the actual last ride – I don’t really stop (until Christmas Eve, anyway.) But I had my last run for the year on the SM-T, just down to Noddy’s to drop off a DVD he wanted to borrow. Came back, washed the bike and put it away at the back of the  [Read full post…]

May hang on for an SP

8th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I’ve been thinking about that Yamaha MT-10 again. But I’ve also been thinking about the fact that there’s an SP version apparently on its way next year. Now, I know far to many fellas who like to have the latest and greatest to believe that someone, somewhere, won’t decide that they need to trade in  [Read full post…]

A spy in the camp

6th December 2016 by  in Daily Digest

I had a chat with Number One Son today. Did he know anything about La Crashbung? That’s what I’ve decided to nickname Number Two Son’s mysterious lady friend who saved the lad’s bike from damage when he dropped it – and her – on the floor in a pub car park. Actually, No1 Son did.  [Read full post…]


22nd November 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Ahem. Sorry people. I thought I had a great new system to blog while I was on the road. And it did all seem to be working brilliantly. Except it hasn’t been working at all. Everything I thought I’d written has been sitting in the drafts folder, not going live. So, for everyone who’s been wondering  [Read full post…]

Naughty Noddy and Bad Big Ears

25th September 2016 by  in Daily Digest

Two of our regular riding buddies are former boys in blue – my old mate Noddy* was a pretty senior policeman until he retired, while his mate Big Ears was a detective of some sort before hanging up his truncheon. Naturally, you’d assume they were the most law-abiding of the bunch of us. But apparently  [Read full post…]

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