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One year (mostly) off the road


The trusty Kawasaki Z1000SX: started first press then walked through its MoT

So here we all are - a year on from the first UK lockdown. I don't know how you're all doing, but I don't mind admitting I've found aspects of it pretty tough. Largely the staying-at-home-and-not-riding-a-lot aspects of it all. I suspect you're feeling the same...


Actually, I shouldn't complain too much. I am lucky: as a single adult living alone, I've been allowed to travel to my support bubble. Which has meant riding to my girlfriend's house - it's not far and I generally take the most direct route, but occasionally I use the decent direct-but-not-dual-carriageway alternative. Anyway, the contrast in traffic levels between now (pretty busy) and a year ago (not a single other vehicle in either direction on a seven-mile stretch of the A11) tells you a lot about everyone's attitude to the latest lockdown. I don't have any guilt about getting on the bike.


I was the only person there that morning...

I even managed to get out for a couple of proper rides last year: a trip with Ali to the Buccleuch Arms in Moffat and then, in September, my run down to the French Alps on the new Honda Crosstourer. That was my last blog as there hasn't really been much to say since then. Though I bought that bike because it's a far better machine for two-up riding than my Kawasaki Z1000SX, I actually did this trip solo. Were you able to fit a trip in last year? I know the memories of those two trips have kept me going through the winter, but it seems like a very long time ago now... and I'm itching to get out and do some more. Especially now spring is here.


Not that I'm terribly optimistic about the chances of getting back to Europe in the next few months. Like everyone, I'm looking forward to more UK riding in the summer... Starting with a trip to the West Country once the self-contained accommodation is allowed to open again. When hotels are open, I'll be heading back to the Buccleuch. Fingers crossed I'll be able to get to Iceland with Globebusters in the summer... then maybe a bit of Europe in September.


After all the miles we've done, I can't part with the SX

Meantime, it's head down and keep working. The trusty Z1000SX rolled out of the garage after not turning a wheel since November, started first press and then waltzed through its MoT. The Crosstourer is ready for two-up trips when they're allowed... and I'll get busy preparing for the summer's riding. My heart goes out to all the people I've planned European trips for - some were prepped for last summer and didn't get to go (let's hope they get to run this year).


Meantime I'm planning UK tours for people and I'll be updating both the routes on the website and the stories on the blog on a regular basis. It won't be long now until we're doing proper rides again - I can't wait!


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I still hope to do the trip you planned for me, if not it will be Scotland with my wife, then back to Dave's and drop down to Yorkshire, getting accommodation will be the issue if there is no travel outside Britain, thankfully I have some booked and will head to other places mid week when there should be some availability.

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Jay Vanderford
Jay Vanderford
23 มี.ค. 2564

Doesn't seem that long ago when I met you there at the start of your journey into the Joshua Tree National Forest in California. My wife and I were finishing up a 5 thousand mile Jeep trip across the western half of the US. I hadn't mentioned that we blew that motor just outside of Phoenix, anyway its just a past memory now. We have come to Germany for a bit, my bike and house are still in the US but we hope to have all soon enough to enjoy the European summer for some riding. We both have bikes and they are shipped with our goods, probably a mistake because I could have had them both here by now.…

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Some great riding in Germany - especially the south and in parts of Thuringia as well as the Black Forest. Better wait until summer though!

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fazer john
fazer john
23 มี.ค. 2564

We are off to do a combined NC500 + JogLe run using only single carriageways in June, this will be my wife's 1st big pillion trip since 1981, (and mine with a passenger), any tips you can offer for the pillion?

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Relax, look ahead, get a comfort seat (watch this space for updates on that front!)

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