|January 2018 Still on holiday and today I went to the Shuttleworth Collection. Snaps here.|
|January 2018 Long story, but the short
version is I'm on holiday when I was expecting to be
working. However, the weather in the UK is not great in
January, and the days are short...
Anyway I had my first visit to the Triumph Visitor Experience, which I enjoyed, and it was free! A few snaps here.
|December 2017 Good Xmas with
too much food, presents, family time, Star Wars...
Much enjoyed Sophia Soul, and Roachford at Esquires in Bedford, although there was a bit of an unscheduled break due to power problems. Also enjoyed Green (Scritti Politti) Gartside, and Alexis (Hot Chip) Taylor at Esquires.
Not ridden much recently, but I did have a little chug about on Green today, and gave her a quick jet wash.
|November 2017 Popped down to see the
HAV Airlander 10 in the sunshine on Green.
|November 2017 I replaced the
clutch switch on Green
as it was not working. A bit fiddly, but was able to do this
myself. I have a wish list to do on both Serow over the
winter. They may get done, or not? No panic as both bikes
are ready to ride.
October 2017 Rosso had the "c-bow" luggage brackets fitted (see left,) a valet, and some other bits, and bobs just in time to be put to bed for winter.
|October 2017 I had a nice ride about
with a mate where we stopped in at Moto Edit for a
I much enjoyed Metronomy in Birmingham, and also had a look around the Custard Factory, Mutt Motorcycles...
|September 2017 I had a pleasant ride
about with the TRF
before my local lanes get shut for the winter on Green see near
October 2017 The following week me and my chum took out both Serow for a chug about. See far left.
|September 2017 Just back from
almost three weeks in South Africa and Swaziland. I had a
brilliant time as before riding a BMW for 9 days, and then
the trains, bus, hire car, etc for the remainder of the
trip. Too many highlights to list here so probably best just
to check the two photo links one, & two.
Other than that not much to report. All the bikes started first time when I got back, and I'm going for a short trail ride tomorrow.
|August 2017 A busy Saturday with two
free events in one day riding Rosso.
Firstly to a local bike show in Stilton then on to a road
safety show at Rockingham
Motor Speedway. Snaps here, & more here.
The following Monday I had a ride up to Cromer for lunch, and back also on Rosso. A few snaps here. Since then Rosso has finally had a new back tyre. This time I have gone for a Pirelli Angel GT.
|August 2017 Another enjoyable weekend
with good weather. I didn't do much on Saturday, but Sunday
I went to Brackley
Festival of Motorcycling in the sunshine on Rosso.
Snaps of Brackley FoM here.
Then Monday out on Green for a solo trail ride. Snaps here.
|August 2017 I loved My Life Story
in Bedford where I was right down the front.
Recently I had a ride about on Rosso that included some food at the National Space Centre café, and first visit to the Abbey Pumping Station in Leicester plus afternoon tea break in the sunshine at Hungry Hogs at Hillside Café in Rutland. Snaps here.
|August 2017 I had a short, but enjoyed
trail ride with my mate Mark on Green.
I had an overnight in London where I had a catch up with two long time friends plus first visits to the British Library, and the Guildhall Art Gallery. Also I went to Spitalfields Market, The Old Truman Brewery, Brick Lane... The goat sculpture (in the middle left) "I Goat" caught my eye.
|July 2017 I went to see Motor Tapes with
support from Too
Cool Kid at a free gig in Cambridge, and they were
both good. A local car and bike show at Earls Barton I much
enjoyed. See near left and snaps here.
I have bought a ticket to see Metronomy, but it is not for months.
|July 2017 Pleasant weekend with a trip
to the 100 Club
in London to see The
Monophonics, a free Mark (The
Bluetones) Morriss open air gig in Bedford... Whilst
walking around in Bedford I spotted this rather tame common
tern on the far left.
Plus a trail ride on Green see left.
|July 2017 I had a short but enjoyable
ride on Blue
recently. A few snaps here.
|June 2017 Not updated site for 5 weeks
let's see if I can remember what I have been up to? Both Serow passed the
MOT (UK safety check) this week. The only work required was
needed a new tail light bulb, which I sourced, & fitted.
running fine, but will need a new back tyre soon.
Last weekend I had a short visit to see a friend who is working in Italy. Much enjoyed Pisa (see left,) Carrara, Sarzana, MX GP of Italy... Snaps here.
|June 2017 In June I rode Green to a
free entry charity event at the Shuttleworth
Collection. See left, & snaps here.
At the start of the month I attended Motofest Coventry again, which I much enjoyed, and it is free entry! Snaps here & here.
|May 2017 I went to the Bike Shed Show again at Tobacco Dock in London, and loved it as usual. Snaps here.|
|May 2017 I've been to a couple of
very enjoyable gigs namely Stone Foundation
Assembly Hall, and Space
I have ridden all the bikes as we have had some decent weather recently including a second visit to RockJo's Café
again on Rosso, plus Rugby Bikefest, Jacks Hill Café (see far left.) Snaps of Rugby here.
I bought a used small Givi Tanklock bag for Rosso, and then ordered the tank ring, which I have now fitted. Happy with it so far without spending silly money.
Some trail riding on Green in the sunshine was enjoyed.
|May 2017 I attended Baldock Classic
Car and Bike Show on Rosso a
few snaps here.
I rode Rosso to the Vauxhall Heritage Centre Open Day, and on the way 10,000 miles came up on the dash. See left, & snaps here.
|May 2017 An enjoyable trail ride on Blue see near
left, and a few snaps here.
During the week I got cancelled by work one day so went to RockJo's Café bike night for the first time this was on Rosso. Also Rosso passed her first MOT, and went for a regular service. She needs a new back tyre in the not to distant future, but otherwise all OK.
Last weekend I went to the Super Sausage Café on Green to have breakfast, and a chat with chums snaps here. Then I had a trip out to Club 85 to see The Sherlocks, which I enjoyed. It has been a bit quiet on the gigs front recently, but have a couple later in May.
|April 2017 Sunday I visited Bicester Heritage again for the yearly Scramble / Drive It Day combination. It was great with a really wide selection of vehicles as usual, Very hard to pick any one vehicle, but I did like this (on the left) Toyota 2000 GT only 351 built, and they have changed hands for over a million dollars. I have loaded many snaps here.|
|April 2017 I much enjoyed the Vintage
Trucks event at Jacks
Hill Café. I went in the car as it was a bit chilly to
start with, but then the sun came out for a bit, and it
became very pleasant. I liked the old trucks, but this
Ducati single caught my eye. Lots of snaps here.
|April 2017 Green is all
back together, and I have been riding all the bikes. On the
left a little trail ride on Green. A few
more snaps here.
I have been to Sywell Aerodrome for first time this year, and the Rushton Triangular Lodge my first visit on Rosso. Snaps here.
|March 2017 I have a few days off work
as I had some leave that I needed to use or lose. I'm not
planning to go away just doing bits, and bobs around town...
So when I was sitting on my sofa I noticed the pheasant on
the left in my garden.
I got Green out to ride, but it had a punctured front tyre so as I had some spare time I took the front wheel off, and have dropped it off to get some duff spokes fixed, and a new inner tube. Plus I took the front calliper off, and sent that away for rebuilding as it had been dragging. Just waiting for all the bits to come back, and refit them.
|March 2017 I've not been up to much
exciting, but I do have tickets for gigs coming up including
Space, Roachford, Stone Foundation,
& My Life Story. The clocks change soon in the
UK to summer time so I should be out, and about more.
I took Blue to Torque Racing where Martin fitted a new rear tyre, and some bar risers. I have been riding all the bikes when the weather has been mild. A few more snaps here.
|February 2017 I went to a free vintage
car meet at Silverstone Circuit, which I much enjoyed. Lots
more snaps here.
I have ridden Rosso a couple of times, but only around town...
|January 2017 Xmas came and went with
plenty of nice presents, food... However, I didn't do much
apart from going to see Star Wars Rogue One, which I
December 2016 I went to see The Coral for the first time this was at The Kasbah in Coventry. A couple of days before I went to see The Beat featuring Ranking Roger at Esquires both good fun.
November 2016 I went to see for the first time the Monophonics plus support band Crowd Control at the Brooklyn Bowl in London, and also had a look at the latest additions to Tate Modern, Flat Iron Square... See left and a few snaps here.
Since then I've had a pre-birthday dinner with my dad, and have been out on all the bikes, but just into town, shopping, the public library...
|November 2016 I loved The
Bluetones at Esquires in
On Rememberance Sunday I went to IWM Duxford again partly to pay my respects, but also it was free entry. I did make small donations to the Museum, and the Poppy Appeal. In particular I had a good look in the American Air Museum, which was had a recent refresh. See left plus snaps here.
|November 2016 I managed to get out of
bed early enough, and went to the UK's only airliner diner
inside the DC-6 at
Coventry Airport for breakfast followed by a free visit to
Motorcycle Museum. At the museum lots was going on
including talk shows with Foggy, Whit, McGuiness, Hutchie,
fast lady Maria Costello... Snaps here.
A couple of days before I had a day off work, and went to see We Are Scientists for the third time. This was at Esquires in Bedford.
|October 2016 A busy weekend with a
quick spin on Rosso to Sywell Aerodrome
on Saturday, Kickback
Motorcycle Show in London plus the Ace Café on
Sunday, and trail riding on Monday! Saturday snaps of bike
show, and a few at the Ace here.
|October 2016 I had a ride out on Green around the
Ashwell green roads with M on his Beta (see left.) A few
A couple of days later I got cancelled at work so took the chance to have a solo trail ride on Blue around Whitwell with a coffee and cake break. Some snaps here.
|October 2016 I had a ride about in
Suffolk and Norfolk on Rosso
including a very nice lunch at Angel's Café in
Mildenhall (see left,) & later coffee & cake at the
and Wetlands centre near Welney.
October has been fairly mild so far so hope to get out, and about some more before Winter comes.
|October 2016 I've ridden all three
bikes in three days mostly just about town, but I did ride Green on trail
one Monday on trails I know well. I hope I can get out on
the bikes some more this Autumn before I go into hibernation
I've booked another day off in November, and got a ticket to see The Bluetones at a local gig. I have seen them before, and they were good fun.
I got the month off to a good start with a visit to Bicester Heritage for one of their brunch events. It was a bit chilly first thing so I went in the car, but the sun was out, and it turned into a lovely Autumn day. Around 300 snaps here.
The following day I rode Rosso to Wings Café at North Weald Airfield (see far left) for a first visit again in the sunshine. A few snaps here.
Also I've booked a day off in November, and got a ticket to see We Are Scientists at a local gig. I have seen them twice before, and they were good fun.
|September 2016 I rode Rosso to Sand
and Motorcycles event in Leighton Buzzard, which was
good in the sunshine. I like this Sunbeam on the left,
although the home made luggage not so much. I bumped into a
few people I know, but had not seen for some time plus
looking at the bikes, narrow gauge steam trains... Snaps here.
Since then I have been to see Blossoms for the first time at The Junction in Cambridge, and they were great. I have tickets for The Coral, and Monophonics before Xmas all bands I have not seen before.
Lots more things on the list for this year I hope we get some good autumn weather before I go into hibernation.
Another short trip this time to Essex with an overnight
stay in Harwich.
Went to several places I had
not been to before, or for years. On the near left Rosso is
outside the Revved Up Tea Bar, and shop in Walton on the
Naze. Snaps here.
I attended the Super Sausage Classic Suzuki Sunday but I sneaked in on Green, which is a Yamaha! Snaps here.
A few days ago on a warm day I had the back door open in the evening, and a hedgehog came for a lap of the lounge, and then found it's way back into the back garden.
|September 2016 I attended the Baldock Bike Bash
(see near left) riding Green. Some
A ride on Rosso for a first visit to the National Space Centre (see far left) in Leicester. Bit wet to start with, but the day got drier, and then some late sunshine. I liked the museum, and think we will have a look at the Abbey Pumping Station next door sometime, and maybe the University of Leicester Botanic Garden too? A few snaps here.
|August 2016 A short trip riding Rosso
mostly to North Norfolk including a visit to the Fenman Classic Bike
Show one night in Hunstanton (nice sunset,)
Sherringham, Great Yarmouth... Snaps here.
Another busy couple of weeks. I missed the first HAV Airlander 10 flight as I was at work, but did see the second flight, and then the third flight, which finished with a heavy landing so I assume she is out of action for some time. More snaps here.
I had a ride out in Lincolnshire on Rosso with a mate where we went to the Cranwell Aviation Heritage Centre for a first visit plus stops at RAF Coningsby, and the Iron Horse Ranch House.
I had a short solo trip also to Lincolnshire on Rosso staying one night in Skegness, and then riding up to Cleethorpes (see left,) and back via the Dambusters Memorial in Woodhall Spa, and the Iron Horse Ranch House. Some snaps here.
| August 2016 I've been to the Blisworth
Canal Festival for the first time riding Blue. Snaps here.
The Brackley Festival of Motorcycling for the first time in three years riding Rosso. More snaps here.
I've ridden both Serow several times, but not done any trail riding for various reasons including my foot is still a little sore, and I don't want to hurt it again! Also my mate that I usually ride with has been busy plus I've had lots of other things going on!
|August 2016 A very busy 10 days with
lots going on. I've changed my black Renault Twingo for
a used, but newer white one.
I've been to the Royal Gunpowder Mills for the first time riding Rosso. A few snaps here.
The HAV Airlander 10 is finally out of the shed, and I have been to visit it several times already (see near left.) The first flight should be soon. I cannot wait.
I went to E's on the Hill free entry event at Jacks Hill Café on Rosso. See far left, and a few snaps here.
|July 2016 Recently at the Gathering of Moths free entry
event at Shuttleworth
to celebrate 85 years of the de Havilland Moth. Many snaps
Early that week I had a ride out on Rosso for a first visit to Finchingfield village in Essex (see near left.)
|July 2016 I took a day holiday, and much enjoyed Classics on the Common local car show. Many snaps here. I thought the traffic would be chaos so I parked at Luton Parkway, and got the train the last 5 miles. When the train arrived it was one of the new 700 class trains so I had my first ride on one of them. My local train company only have 4 of them at the moment, but 55 on order.|
2016 I had a day off work, & went to Dirt Quake V on
Some snaps here,
and more here.
The following day I went to the Bedford River Festival mainly to see the bands such as Pearl Handled Revolver, and The Wholls for free.
Green is back from a service, and I thought was running great so I went on a TRF midweek ride (see near left,) and she let me down not starting when hot :( I need to get to the bottom of this! A few snaps here.
I went to Ton Up Day at Jacks Hill Café again this year on Rosso (see left,) and as usual I much enjoyed it. The weather was OK, but on the way home it became a bit showery. Ton Up Day snaps here.
|July 2016 Recently
I swapped round my days at work, and that allowed me to ride
a hot rod event at the Oakley
Motorcycle Club, which I loved especially on what
would normally be a work day. Some snaps
A very stupid event, and I've hurt my foot just when I want to be out and about doing lots of stuff! Update 1 Three weeks later, and the bruising has gone, but my foot gets sore as the day goes by. Update 2 Six weeks later much the same. My foot looks fine, but is still tender, and gets sore if I do some walking EG if I'm at work, or go to a show. It is fine when I'm sitting watching TV indoors!
|June 2016 The
birds were going mad in the back garden, and then I notice
a sparrowhawk has caught a smaller bird (see left.)
I have been out on all the bikes including on Rosso to the St. Ives Festival of Motorcycles snaps here.
Plus the following day on Rosso to the Hook Norton Brewery museum and coffee shop Bourton on the Water for a look about plus a cream tea lastly Cassington Bike Night more snaps here.
Blue is running fine, and Green has passed the MOT, gone for a service also the road tax, and insurance are all due!
|June 2016 I
to the Meldreth
Bike Show, which I enjoyed. I took a holiday from work
to go as it was midweek, and the weather didn't look great,
but in the end it stayed dry. Some snaps here.
I attended Coventry Motofest, which I much enjoyed again in the sunshine, and it is my best price free! What I especially like about this event is the "dynamic" I.E. moving aspects of the show as they shut part of the Coventry ring road, and have demo's of various vehicles... One vehicle I did see, but didn't realise would be moving was the Aston Martin Vulcan. I thought it was too loud to be run in the UK but somehow Coventry got away with it. More pic's here and here.
|May 2016 I went to the Bike
Shed London Show at Tobacco Dock in
the sunshine recently, which made me happy. They had over
150 custom bikes mostly pro-builds. Next year I might go to
the Paris version, and then stay on for a few days? A few
years since I have been to Paris. On the way home I stopped
off at the Bike Shed
club in Shoreditch for a beer (see far left.) Snaps here.
Earlier in the week I had a trail ride on Green with a few of the local TRF members. Snaps here.
Rosso has a new front tyre, and the handling has improved so I have being riding her daily as the Twingo is still broken. Update The Twingo is fixed! I went to a Buell owners meet (even though I sold mine) at Jacks Hill Café (see left) on Rosso.
The same day I went to see Yuck at Esquires in Bedford, they were great.
|May 2016 I had a lovely three day
break attending Fly Low 3 motorcycle show, Brugge,
and Ghent all in Belgium. I went early Sunday morning on the
Eurostar, and back Tuesday evening so I didn't use any
holiday. Snaps here.
Since returning the Twingo clutch mechanism has broken luckily when it was on my drive. It now won't go into gear, but I know exactly what is wrong with it, and have ordered a new part for it. Looks easy to fix in theory, but in practice the part is located up behind the dash so could be fun to fit! Update I have the part, and it is being fitted today.
|May 2016 I have been riding all the
bikes as we have finally had some warm dry weather in the
UK. A few pictures of trail riding today here, and
last Tuesday here. Rosso is
going into Bedford
Wheels for a new front tyre this week.
A couple of months ago I won an outdoors action camera, and I sold it this week on Amazon. So I have now ordered a new green Roof helmet to replace the bumble bee yellow one I already have.
Also last week both doors were open on the shed at Cardington containing the HAV Airlander 10 (see left) so I took a couple of snaps. I think the Airlander is to be moved outdoors soon, and maybe a week to ten days later will be the first UK flight. I simply cannot wait.
|April 2016 I took Rosso for
her regular service, which went well apart from she needs a
new front tyre before too long, but no panic as the weather
for the next week or so is not looking great! It was very
cold riding over only just above freezing, although the sun
was out. Then when I was riding home a brief spell of hail
followed by more sunshine then rain truly four seasons in
one day. The joys of late April weather in England. Also
this week I re-insured Rosso, and
it was £50 cheaper than last year not sure why, but I will
I went in the cage to Bicester Heritage (see left) for a classic car show, and drive it event, which was very good. I went to the same event last year. I took loads of snaps, which you can see here, and here.
|April 2016 I had a nice
morning trail riding on Green on
Tuesday, and lunch stop at Emily's Tea Shop in Whitwell, but
then got a puncture, and wasted most of the afternoon
sorting out a new inner tube... Some snaps here.
I had a first visit to the Vauxhall Heritage Centre open day in Luton. Lots to see, warm sunshine, and as usual I snapped away. Have a look here.
I've been out on Green around Benington, Ardley, Datchworth... to check out some lanes most of which I had never been on before. Some snaps here.
|April 2016 Riding Blue recently in
the sunshine I had some bits, & bobs to do in town then
Motorcycles to buy some new Weise trousers, and a bit
of a trail ride to. A few snaps here.
I rode over to Cambridge Ducati on Rosso of course for a first look they only opened a few weeks ago. Not a huge dealership, but they had some very nice bikes including the new xDiavel. After that I had a coffee at the Surfin Café all in the sunshine.
I have been out on all three bikes in the last three days! Two trips were just into town for shopping, coffee... but then a trail ride (see far left) on Green yesterday. A few snaps here.
2016 I had a brilliant holiday in Australia my
first visit, but I'm sure it won't be my last. I rented a
BMW 650cc bike (see left) and did just over 2,700K on it. I
visited Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra, Rutherglen, Echuca,
Namoora, Lakes Entrance, Phillip Island... I have uploaded
some of the photo's I took here.
Since returning I have taken my dad out for lunch to celebrate his 86th birthday.
I have been out on all the bikes, but only short runs to work, into town for shopping & coffee (see left...) It has continued mostly mild, but wet, and at times very windy this winter in England.
|January 2016 I got out of bed in time
on the 1st of January, and went to Vintage Stoney free
car and bike show. Snaps here.
I went on a free tour at Hybrid Air Vehicles to see the Airlander 10 (see left) in the shed. I much enjoyed it, and took some snaps, which you can see here. The airship is massive (longer than a jumbo jet,) but fills less than half the shed. It should be returned to flight by mid-March, or early April? I can't wait to see it buzzing about my house.
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