First ride of 2021

I’ve been watching the weather looking for a couple of mild days to go riding so when I saw 10° ☀️ forecast I packed my bag. The evening before it rained with a minimum 1° and seeing ice on my railing I gingerly rode down to the port. The sea […]

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Last ride of 2020

Winter in Japan means much of the country is no place for motorcycle touring but across Tokyo bay lies Chiba which is little risk of ice. I have not explored there much despite it being only 18km away because 12 of those km are ocean. The ferry is around $50 […]

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Fame at last

I am sitting back waiting for the sponsors to knock on my door bearing gifts as I bask in the sun being number 5 in Top Motorcycle Touring Blogs on Feedspot. Whistling … Long time later… 😂. Oh well guess it’s back to the salt mines if I want new […]

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Motorcycle travel computing

2020 has been the year I updated things in lieu of travelling. I wish it was other way around – I’d prefer to be riding places but besides my somewhat regular camera swapping the rest of my gear is 10-20 years old. My Dryrider summer jacket was over 20 years. […]

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Japan Autumn tour notes

I posted the conclusion to my Full Circle Japan autumn tour already but want to follow up with few things from my trip notes I excluded to reduce the word count. (Links are all internal, I have no affiliations, not selling anything. No seriously) Riding Tohoku in Autumn is possible […]

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Canon G1X M3 vs Lumix LX100 M2

Camera Talk Why would I change cameras to something with lower specifications? Why change cameras at all now that phones are so good? My Canon G1X M3 had a limited dioptric adjustment for its EVF. My sight changed a little and with the dioptric adjuster already set to max the […]

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Qoocam 8K Vs Theta SC

I like the 360 degree photo format and have enjoyed using my Ricoh Theta SC for a few years. It has one lens scratched which I usually can edit in post but the thing limiting my use of the Theta more is it’s humble low resolution. I switched to using […]

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Weekend Rides Archive

My local rides from Brisbane have returned to the blog upscaled. These were casual posts never containing anything meaningful yet the blog gained a small following and the photos proved popular prior to people posting everything to social media so I decided to try salvage the images. With software like […]

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Road Games

No, not the 1981 Australian movie, on my recent Hokkaido tour I played a game while on the road of imagining myself riding different bikes. My FJR1300 has done 80,000km. Not much for this model but I have a couple of issues. The engine stall problem I have talked about […]

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A note to past subscribers

A quick note for people who have subscribed to the blog in the past to get updates. There was no way to migrate ‘Followers’ on Blogger to WordPress so I lost touch with everyone who subscribed over the 13 years the blog was hosted there. Above is the last activity […]

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Three and a half rides

I’ve been travelling about SE Asia during some of the long Japanese winter and enjoyed riding Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam. This post is merely a few thoughts or images that do not fit my usual motorcycle trip reports on the blog (as suggested by readers I add to the blog […]

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Blogger to WordPress – true experience

Coming up to a year since I commenced the move to WordPress and I have a few thoughts for moto-bloggers considering the same. Every site I read prior suggested it was easy and ‘you will wish you had done it years ago’. Well that is not quite true. I am […]

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