Cousin Matthew’s solo run

With Christmas Day over, the exchanging of Chinese-made gifts done and bellies full of Christmas cheer, it was time to head off on another solo adventure. Not a hard-core adventure ride, but more a get-out-and-about and away-from-the-lounge-chair trip with no maps or GPS. It would be a safe one to do solo, with more tar than I’d normally like. But the DR650 and I would be happy anyway. A common start point for me –…

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Blog: January 8. A good start

Evening all. It’s a scorching hot Sunday arvo and I’ve had a pretty good week, I have to say. First up I blew the dust off the Dominator and went for a quiet road ride with Dean Anthony and Secret-Squirrel Pottsy. It was an absolutely premium day – except Pottsy made us ride on some dirt I think there might’ve been a speck of dust on the Dominator. We dawdled up through Dorrigo, stopping for…

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Blog: December 25. Even on Christmas day!

Merry Christmas everyone. Even I’m a little amazed I can manage a blog on Christmas day. I’m writing this mid-afternoon on Christmas Eve, and of course we’re all looking forward to celebrating Santa’s birthday tomorrow. I hope your Chrissy stockings are chocka with the bike-riding gear you’ve been hanging out for. Longest Day in the form of a rip-shit-or-bust run into the desert didn’t happen this year, but Pottsy and I teamed up to wander…

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Blog: December 18. A lazy Longest Day coming up

A short blog this arvo. It’s hot and muggy and I got too much sun yesterday out on the road bike. Longest Day is this week, December 21, and it’s not looking like there’ll be much of roll up. Pottsy’s looking at riding Friday and Craig M is out. The KLR is ready, so I think I’ll go on Thursday as planned, but I’ll be running at a very lazy KLR pace, I think. I…

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Blog: December 11. Glorious riding

It’s a windy Sunday arvo and I’m in good shape. First up I’ve had a short ride on the Ducati 1200 Enduro Pro. There’s bliss on a big bike right there. I went down to Wisemans Ferry and met up with work’s ad manager, Mitch, and Ducati Australia And New Zealand marketing manager, Simon Leplaw. The pair seemed to like taking pics of each other. The weather was sensational, the blokes were great to ride…

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December 4: Summer’s here

It’s a very pleasant Sunday arvo and I had to run into town for a quick errand so I pulled on the open-face helmet and went for a jolly on the KLR. That bike does feel good since the engine rebuild. That’s the only riding I’ve done in the last week though. The Christmas shutdown is barrelling down fast and I’m pushing hard to get things done before it happens. It didn’t help I had…

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Blog: November 27. Sydney Motorcycle Show

It’s Monday arvo and I’ve been at the Sydney Motorcycle Show since last Wednesday. It’s one of my least favourite things to do each year, but, as always, some things about it where brilliant. First up was Robbie Maddison riding his ‘waterbike’ around Cockle Bay at Darling Harbour. You may wonder why I only have a pic of Robbie preparing to ride, and no pics of him actually on Cockle Bay, and that would be…

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Blog: November 20. Been riding a V-Strom

It’s Tuesday morning and I arrived back from Victoria last night after a fabulous couple of days on V-Stroms with the Suzuki. We left Suzuki headquarters near the airport with a fair number of Suzuki management people and Shawn Giles and Josh Waters – with six Australian Superbike championships between them – along to keep an eye on us. I’ve known Shawn for many years and he’s about as nice a bloke as anyone could…

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Blog: November 13. MotoGP tonight

I’ve had a bit on my mind this week. The final MotoGP for 2017 is tonight and Dovizioso is a mathematical chance of taking the world championship away from Marquez. It’s not likely, but I’m looking forward to watching it. Also, I’ve think I’ve worked out the dog. I reckon dog’s must have a mischief gland. And the mischief gland secrets a chemical that makes them chew up everything in sight. And out of sight….

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Blog: November 6. That time of year…

It’s Sunday lunchtime with rain forecast and I’ve just been for a short, gentle run on the Honda and enjoyed it a lot. That’s the only riding I’ve done this week though, aside from a little horsing around on the Montesa. I really want to do more trials practice this Summer. With the longer hours of daylight I should be able to manage it. Speaking of the longer hours of daylight, December 21, the longest…

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