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 as easy as falling off a log and ‘you will wish you had done it years ago’. Well that […]

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Notes from Turkey

A follow up to my recent motorcycle ride in Turkey (click text to read) with a few extra photos and info that may not be motorcycle related. (as suggested I do more often by readers) In Antalya the old town is by far the nicest area. It is restricted car […]

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Five years with a Yamaha FJR1300 and where to next.

My neighbour always tells me I have seen so much of Japan, which is true, but there remains more here to explore on the remote back roads and so I am pausing to consider if I need to change motorcycles to reach these places and indeed if I want to […]

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Japan tour, the B-roll

Recently I was able to obtain some feedback from the non motorcyclist readers who visit the blog and it was interesting to hear their comments. One suggestion was I include a little more of the off bike things in my travels. Actually this is a good idea as it will […]

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WordPress Blog debut.

After 13 years at Blogger I decided to relocate. Why? Well I guess a  lot of things combined to make now the time to move. I had many old posts with small thumbnails. Half of those had broken links and so much content long past it’s prime. Google announced they […]

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A visit to Honda Motorcycles

Another item ticked off my list, I rode up to Motegi to visit Honda. I was waiting for two fine days in a row, I had to settle on one and a half, the finest period for the month.To get north is either a 120km detour to avoid Tokyo or […]

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Age does not affect helmet polystyrene

Testing has been carried out on expanded polystyrene foam used in bicycle helmets (which is same material used in motorcycle helmets) to determine if the impact attenuation properties change with age. You can read here about the testing and the results which show the foam liner does not degrade with […]

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España

I just came across two previously unpublished photo from my ride last year in Spain that for me really captures the feel of riding Andalucía. Incredible roads and landscapes. It’s one place in Europe I will certainly return. Not just for the amazing roads. Great food and wine, friendly people […]

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Okinawa

I recently went to Okinawa. Japan consists of 47 prefectures or states and this is the only one I had not seen. At nearly 3 hours flying south it is only a little bit less than to the Philippines and quite different to the rest of Japan. Okinawa first appeared […]

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Two Yamaha’s, One Passion

Besides exploring the world on two wheels I have a few other interests. I dabble in photography and for a long time was interested in architecture. I thought about pursuing a career in that direction but wound up creating computer simulations of train networks instead before deciding to hell with […]

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