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The Italian Job Cotswolds Style!

There is just something about Italian machinery and vehicles. It doesn’t matter whether it is a car, bike, motorcycle, ship, or train. They may not be the best technically or yield the best numbers, but man they are always good looking, and have a certain brio lacking in the offerings from more, let’s say efficient Continue reading

ToL – Taste of Lincolnshire 2023. The Red Hot Chilli Peppers!

It’s remarkable to think that 2023 marks the 20th edition of this excellent ride out. One of the series of ride outs organised around the country by members of the Yamaha Thundercat enthusiast’s forum. Amusingly barely anybody in the group now actually owns a Thundercat: They arrive on tasty selection of Ducati, BMW, and other Continue reading

The Wonder of Worcestershire 2023: Riders on the Storm

Summer, you know the season when temperatures are supposed to be the highest and rainfall the lowest. So, you’d think setting WoW 2023 smack bang in the middle of said summer, would be a safe bet. After all our previous gathering in 2022 had enjoyed sweltering conditions. Sadly, it didn’t work out that way. You Continue reading

Twisted Iron – Cornmill Yard – Roll In

Founded as place where bikers who like their ride to be built rather than bought,  Twisted Iron is a social hub. It operates both online and in the ‘real-world’. Founder Russell Cort has been running it for several years now. He is a well-known and respected figure in the custom bike world. Over the years Continue reading

Checking out Surfing Country: Cornwall by GS and Thundercat

For reasons that I can’t fully explain this year I just didn’t fancy a bike trip over in mainland Europe. I wanted to just stick a few bits of kit on the bike and head out somewhere. No ferries, passports, green cards, copies of my logbook etc. Simple was the order of the day, just Continue reading

Iconic Motorcycles – A Personal Take on the Most Significant Bikes from 1980 to 2010

Just my take on things and written a few years ago now. I might choose differently now, but still an interesting read 1980. Yamaha RD350LC: Took two stroke lunacy to a new level, in neat and fantastically well styled package.  The little brother 250cc variant even triggered a change in the law A modified LC. Continue reading

The Glory Years of the 1970’s and 80’s, but Why?

I constantly see references to the 1970’s and 80’s as being the best days for biking, but never an explanation. Well here goes: We saw the dawn of the ‘Superbikes’, the dream machines on posters pinned to our walls that became real as we left school and got jobs. Rites of Passage Initially  we rode Continue reading

The Screamin’ Beemer

The graybeards out there in motorcycle land may relate to this account: April 15th, 1974. My dad was overseas on a work assignment and so it would be up to me, at sixteen years of age, to negotiate the purchase of my first highway motorcycle. Building Up My Experience My first bikes all really belonged Continue reading

The 10 Best Looking Bike Engines

One of the cornerstones of the character of any motorcycle is the engine that provides it’s power. This true to the extent that certain manufacturers derive much of their image from the layout of the engine. A brand and engine type can even become synonymous Think of Ducati:  90º V twin. Harley Davidson: Big meaty Continue reading

Forty Years: Perceptions Can Change

I find it hard to believe that over forty years have passed since I was lucky enough to ride a motorcycle for the first time. When I look back over that period I note that some bikes I owned were considered by some to be  unloved and worthless. Now a number of the these old Continue reading