1913 Veloce restoration

Veloce still life

Image © Pete Young

Pete Young in San Francisco has just embarked on the restoration of a 97 year old Veloce.

Well worth a look if you’re into old bikes and their restoration.  Pete knows his stuff and writes well about his biking and bike fettling – check it out on his blog here:


Four days, four ferries : Western Scotland, October 2010

Skye coastline

I thought I’d have another go at writing up a motorbike trip (well, actually the rest said I wasn’t allowed to go unless I attempted to write about it…). So here’s a little account of our recent four day trip to the west coast of Scotland.  A few of us had done a couple of similar trips to Scotland this year and we’d said we’d try to squeeze a late one in  before the weather turned bad (ha! – more of that later).

Once again my mate Phil, planned the route, sorted out all the accommodation (a far from easy job trying to get three twin rooms in the same B&B at the end of the season), booked all the ferries and somehow got us all to the start point at the right time, sort of ready to go – thanks again.

There were six of us on this trip, four Phil, Dave and John, on BMW 1200 GS’s,  me on my 1100GS, with Jimmy on his Triumph Sprint and Harry on a Honda Transalp. The plan involved visiting Skye and Mull, taking advantage of the numerous interconnecting ferries on the west coast, seeing a few places we’d not been to before (at least by bike).

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Restaurant review: Le Bistrot Pierre, Warrington

image: © Bistrot Pierre

Could be good, but not quite there yet…

Last night we went out for a meal with some friends to celebrate my partners birthday at our local, recently opened branch of the small ‘Bistrot Pierre’ chain.  It was our first visit there and my new blog seems to be as good a place as any to post a little review of our experience.

The reservation and our arrival were handled in a friendly, efficient manner and we were seated at a table towards the centre of the restaurant.  It is certainly a popular place and even on a wet, midweek evening it was all but full and had a pleasant, lively atmosphere.

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First post

Just trying stuff out!

This is my current bike – a ’94 BMW R1100GS – I love it :)

My bike

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