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Blog Blog. A few thoughts I wanted to get out of my head.

Keep dreaming, keep planning rides.

The current situation around the world might be depressing but all the more reason to keep planning your big adventure ride and be thinking about a plan to make it happen once things recover. Like most people this year I have had to cancel my plans. So far that’s included […]

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Unwritten rules

<revised> In Japan over a thousand years a complex set of unwritten rules has developed that society follows. It was described to me once by a Japanese person as feeling like an actor once you step out your front door because there are so many actions one must always do […]

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If in doubt, choose adventure.

For a long period I used to regret the dumb stuff I did. Now I only regret what I did not do. Friends view life differently to me and by societies reckoning have taken longer strides. But there are no set paths you must follow, and just a limited amount […]

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The Church of the Open Road

2018 has to be one of the best years of my life. I can hardly comprehend all the riding I did this year. January seems long ago. As we age years pass in the blink of an eye, I did not know it was possible still to slow time down. […]

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One Day

I hope to complete my initial bucket list of rides in the coming months*. Every trip I gather experience to try something more ambitious. I’m riding places now solo I never imagined. This has reaffirmed I might not be a total dumbass and there is some merit to ‘look at […]

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Hanami 花見

It is cherry blossom season in Japan. This signals the arrival of Spring and much more. April is the beginning of the new year, the end of a cold winter. It is the end of school year, girls can be seen in special kimonos at graduation ceremonies. They will soon […]

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Video Killed the Radio Star

Sitting around in the hotel courtyard having a beer on a warm night before I was due to start my Philippine ride I was invited to join a bunch of young guys.One guy had a beautiful black Ducati Scrambler and became interested in my tour. Mentioning I will post it […]

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Wearing Hi-Vis and other ride safe myths

Travelling around SE Asia has been wonderful and an eye opener. I used to think make yourself more visible and ride defensive to be safe and wrote a lengthy article some years ago on all things to be more visible and their effectiveness measured in studies. I just can’t believe […]

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Y.M.M.V. and other post-it notes

I am a fan of motorcycles. All of them are great. A 125cc scooter is more fun, more empowering than driving any car. I do not bother to explain why to people anymore since everyone only sees things from their own perspective hence it is a waste of time to […]

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The Lost Years

Ten years ago. Taken at the Australian ‘Mt Panorama’ racetrack in Bathurst NSW.  I was on my way to Melbourne and grossly under equipped for such a ride. It is about the same distance as LA to Vancouver which even from afar I know to be a big change in […]

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Almost Famous

Now and again I see someone on social media referring to a ‘famous moto blogger’. Being curious I wander over to YouTube to hear what is being broadcast by these celebrated individuals. I wondered, do that many regular motorcyclists really watch ‘this is me riding my bike to the shop’ […]

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