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In the shadow of Hartside

The weather forecast was good so I took a punt and booked an air b n b just outside Alston. I thread a route up there via Ripon, Masham, Leyburn stopping for a butty at the Manor cafe, over the moors to Reeth then along B6270 to Kirkby Stephen before heading up Hartside pass, surely […]


Where’s Bernard?

I was beginning to think we wouldn’t get to see one of these things this year, the scheduled North West trip fell due to the madness, but we kept ferry crossings and plumped to book them in September. Luckily we chose the last hot spell of the year and headed over for a few miles […]



This project started out as yet another ebay purchase, this time just a bare Z1R frame that had been braced by kipkawa. Its been braced around the headstock, swing arm and near the back of the tank, it came with some really nice lock stops, welded onto the frame but these had to go by […]


Suzuki weekend, Cadwell

An early start over to Cadwell on one of the hottest days of the year for the Suzuki weekend, some nice bikes on and off the track.


Le Mans 2019

This report could be classed as being somewhat late, given the race was in April last year, I did write an article at the time but it got lost in amongst stuff when I got back, being distracted by Lilah dog issues. The run up to race weekend had not been good weather wise, bags […]


Project GSXR

I had been looking for an 1100 for while, ideally a K model, these had a poor reputation, but for me, the best looking and the handling issues identified in the early 90s could be overcome with some modifications.  I looked at a few but as is common for 20 odd year old bikes, the […]


Spa 2018

Its hot, dam hot, well into the 30’s during the day, there’s no better place than Spa in the summer, packed with classic Japanese muscle bikes.  Trick frames abound, housing big air cooled motors of yester year, we love it. A bout of food poisoning from the ferry trip over on the Wednesday night is […]


Highlands and Islands

A visit to Orkney in 2016 on our NC500 trip confirmed we needed to spend some more time on the Scottish islands.  With that in mind we book the ferry from Aberdeen to Shetland and have three days making use of the well surfaced open roads on the islands.  A couple of ferries from Shetland […]



Adding a couple of days onto our North West 200 trip seemed an eminently sensible way of sampling the delights of the west coast of Ireland.  Two days is an injustice, we barely scratched the surface of what this area has to offer. An early start on the Monday morning after a heavy weekend at […]



Our practical sports bikes, a pair of Harris Magnum 4s,  are tied down in the hold of the ship as we cruise across the Bay of Biscay, heading for Bilbao. We have taken the slow boat from Portsmouth, leaving Sunday night, arriving early Tuesday morning leaving us with a full day of riding ahead.  One […]

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