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Introducing…

Introducing…

I was half way through the first year of my biking career, and I found myself reviewing what I’d achieved and what I still wanted to do before the year was out. Two tours within the UK seemed achievable, and indeed one had already been done; the second I was looking at doing somewhere around September/October time. Then next year I want to stretch myself further – depending on how successful the first two tours were –  and go in…

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Bike Safe

Bike Safe

If you’ve read the post on my two year plan, then you’ll know that one of the aims I had was to do the Bike Safe course with the Met police before I attempted my first tour. However, due to a question of timing, I ended up doing it the day AFTER I returned. Still a good decision I believe, because once the school holiday was in,there was no way I’d have managed to enjoy the twisty roads of Devon…

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South West Tour – Day 4

South West Tour – Day 4

Day 4 I can’t think of another way to describe my experience on the last day other than emotional! It started with a fairly mad rush to the shops as they opened to try and finish off the last of my gift shopping, then back to the hotel to finish packing and start my final push home. So far so good. I started around 9:30 and headed towards Exeter on the A30, then stopped to fuel up. This is where…

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My South West Tour – Day 3

My South West Tour – Day 3

Day Three. Now when I’d planned my trip I knew that this day was going to be quite hard work: my original plan was to go from Newquay to St Ives, then pick up the B3306 to Lands End. From there I would ride to The Lizard before heading back to Torquay to stay overnight. However, because I had the found the travel quite difficult getting to Newquay the previous day, I decided I would forego The Lizard and head…

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My South West Tour – Day2

My South West Tour – Day2

Day Two: The Big One As I strapped my panniers back on to Kingpin I was buzzing from a mix of excitement and trepidation. In just a few minutes I would start my first real foray into touring with a vague idea of where I was going and no idea what to expect. And as I reached Porlock about 6 miles away from Minehead my first challenge loomed menacingly ahead of me: Porlock Hill. A 1 in 4 gradient incorporating…

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My South West Tour – Day 1

My South West Tour – Day 1

An Impromptu Decision. As I sat on my sofa on a Sunday afternoon I was a little phased. Several different things were running in my head – just as they had been for several weeks now. And that was my main issue: none of them were going forward. It was frustrating. At the beginning of this year I had planned to try and get in two tours within the UK to test myself. Firstly-and most importantly- was touring ACTUALLY something…

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My Two Year Plan. Possibly Three.

My Two Year Plan. Possibly Three.

“Soooo what next?” I hear you cry? Well I have some ideas… BikeSafeThe BikeSafe course is run and manned by the Metropolitan Police; basically you spend the day with them and they will teach you new skills on various aspects of riding, followed by a ride out with them observing you. Once you finish they will tell you what you are doing right as well as advise on areas you could improve on. For me personally I think the course…

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Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018

OK I’ll be honest from the start: this trip was a great success, but not the way I’d hoped it to be. Not because it wasn’t exciting but because of my own lack of pre-thought. You see what I WANTED to do was to find various bikes that took my interest then review them and post the video for all of my biker bros to see. However I realised quite early on what my mistake was: if you’re going to…

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The Road to Madeenah Phase Two. Sort Of.

The Road to Madeenah Phase Two. Sort Of.

It was Sunday afternoon just before the half term break started and as I sat on my sofa writing this post I could feel the excitement of planning a trip welling up inside me – to the point that I was grinning inainly to myself. My first real trip out on the bike I could only call a success: the ride to Portsmouth had improved my confidence in both the bike’s capabilities and my own. I’m no longer as nervous…

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Portsmouth or bust: Kerry’s Big Day Out

Portsmouth or bust: Kerry’s Big Day Out

I had been stood staring at my bike for quite a while. In my head I was having an argument with myself. “What about if my brakes don’t work properly?” “You just checked them. They’re fine.” “It’s quite a long way.” “It’s 60 miles – if you can’t cope with that how will you ride 4,000?” “What if I break down somewhere?” “That’s what the AA are for.” “But the weather..” “Couldn’t be any better: sunny, clear sky, it’s not…

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