Wednesday, December 30, 2009

New Year Resolution

Say after me, “I promise myself I will read one of these great Blogs once a month to keep my motors revving.”

Have a great New Year.


Friday, December 18, 2009

Honolulu Bikers Spread Christmas Cheer

Thousands of island bikers are riding to raise money for children's Christmas presents. Video

Bikers bring Christmas joy

BY MICHAEL INMAN (Canberra Times)

THE SIGHT of bikers roaring into Civic might, under other circumstances, send parents and children scurrying.

But yesterday the region's motorcycle riders showed their softer sides as they donated money and toys to St John's Care and the Salvation Army at the Canberra Motorcyclists' Toy Run. The 28th annual run was the largest ever, attracting more than 1000 bikers from about 10 ACT clubs, including the Ulysses Club and the Vietnam Veterans Motorcycle Club.

The whiskered, leather-clad bikers donned red Santa caps and opened their wallets to raise more than $6500 for St John's Care, while the Salvation Army was inundated with hundreds of toys to ease the burden on battling families.

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Pure Biker FM

Pure Biker FM

Happy Christmas, bikers!

By Erin Baker at the Telegraph

Merry Christmas one and all – is there anyone still reading this at their desks, or have you all biked off for Christmas already? Bunch of slackers.

I drove my Golf VI 2.0 turbodiesel test car into work yesterday (lovely, lovely) and followed a Gixer for most of the way. Funny, isn’t it, how I can look at Ducatis and Aprilias and sigh longingly, but actually, when a GSX-R1000 streams by, I always think there’s nothing quite like that bike, even though I don’t think it’s attractively styled.

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The Hairy Bikers' Twelve Days of Christmas


A typically madcap Hairy Bikers' journey through the verses of one of the most popular Christmas songs.

For each line of the song, the boys have come up with a fantastic twist on a classic Christmas dish. From roast partridge with spiced pears (a partridge in a pear tree) and a classic trio of top-end poulets de Bresse chicken dishes (three French hens) to spiced Christmas pannacotta (eight maids a-milking), and of course the secrets of a perfect roast goose (six geese a-laying).

There are laughs to accompany the cooking: in addition to the fantastic Christmassy grub, the Hairy Bikers corral everyone they meet - including the original inspiration for Alan Partridge, four call centre workers and the fleet-footed Lords (and Ladies) of the Dance - to sing the lines of the Twelve Days of Christmas song, ready for a rendition at their drum-and-pipe-laden Christmas banquet finale in a beautiful manor house in Scotland.

Part of the BBC Christmas 2009 season.

Hairy Christmas on BBC2

Friday, September 18, 2009

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Mac Motorcycles - Rediscover the Joy of owning a Motorcycle

New British motorcycle manufacturer?  Take a look.

Mac Motorcycles - Rediscover the Joy of owning a Motorcycle

Diary of a Goldwinger , Part 11

image Caminha, Northen Portugal was the venue for the 2009 Goldwing Club of Portugal Treffen.

1017 ks from home according to the sat-nav on the bike. Having never been to a Portugese Treffen we decided to give it a go. Having heard several stories about it we booked in for the camping and all the meals. This is the only Treffen that caters for you if you want it.

We set off with the trailer in tow and headed for Madrid expecting a 10 hour trip. I have noticed that since the credit crunch or crisis as they call it here, the roads are a lot quieter now. We had a quiet trip and as we hit the 700ks we noticed a big drop in the temperature and the clouds were getting very black, it started to rain and the temp went down and down before hitting 8 degrees. We rode through a few showers and arrived at the camp site after an 11 hour journey.

image The camp site was OK, looking a bit on the tired side but we soon found our pitch and put the tent up amongst the many wingers that were on site. That all sorted it was a quick shower and down to the bar. A very small bar but anything will do after the trip. We chatted to the wingers that were there,from many different countries. Had a meal and retired to bed.

Up and about the next morning was the plan, into the town of Caminha for coffee and toast and a walk around. What a lovely little town it was, very colourfull in the main square with its many cafes and shops. The weather was not very good but we had a good walk around,found the local super market, stocked up and made our way back to the site, parked the bike and walked the short distance to the beach, sat down ordered a coffee and within 5 mins we were hit by rain and boy did it rain, this turned out to be the pattern for the whole weekend, heavy showers and sunshine. Friday night was into a marquee on the local football pitch, a 200 metre walk away for a typical Portuguese meal, roast pork and rice with salad. A few beers,in fact quite a few beers, a stagger back to the tent and a good nights sleep.

image Heavy rain fell during the night and it was still raining when we got up. During a bright spell we got on the bike and headed back into Spain to a town called Pontevedra, a big town with lots of shops (bad choice) after a bit of lunch it was back on the bike and headed for Caminha. Petrol is 24 cents per litre more expensive in Portugal so we filled up before the border. We also took note of all the overhead gantry's displaying that there was a campaign on about speeding motorcyclists in the area and saw a few unmarked Guardia civil cars on our way back. Saturday night was presentation night and we were all transported by coach to a local town to a very nice hotel for a very nice meal. There were 17 countries represented at the Treffen, France took the top spot, Spain came in 3rd ( I think ) A great night and we got back to site about 1 am. Sunday again was a wet day and we rode into the town for the parade of nations. A manic 20 min trip around Caminha, lots of locals out on the streets to see the bikes as normal. Back to the marquee for another meal of Portuguese food, a few beers and off to bed.

Monday morning at 2am we were hit by a severe thunder storm, heavy rain and wind saw us both holding on to the tent and we were lucky not get blown away, some tents did on site and a large branch came off a tree onto a camper, luckily nobody was injured but a very rough night to say the least. At 6 am during a lull in the weather we packed our soggy belongings into the trailer and set off for home. Torrential rain for 3 hours on the way, forcing us to pull over at one stage, the rain stopped and we encountered 80 /90 kilometre winds for the next 4 hours, very poor riding conditions but we carried on and it took us 14 hours to do the 1000 + kms home.

image Despite the weather we both enjoyed our first Portuguese Treffen and found the people friendly and really enjoyed their company and their food. Next year is still on the coast but further down the south of Portugal, we will be booking in for that one. 202 bikes inscribed for the weekend and the Portuguese club were pleased with that number. Not a big Treffen but a good one.

Next week sees us at the Spanish Treffen in Lloret de Mar. So watch this space …

Ride safe, Steve and Lorna.

Monday, June 15, 2009

Catalunya MotoGP 2009 - “Mama Mia”

For once I was glad I wasn’t at the track alongside the 88,500 fans that watched the Catalunya MotoGP.  There is no way I could have got the view that the BBC gave me watching Lorenzo and Rossi in the most closely fought race of the season.  Valentino Rossi commented on Jorge Lorenzo taking pole position for the race that maybe if he had gone to the toilet before the final qualifying session he would have been on pole instead, it was that close.

And the race didn’t disappoint as they duelled with each other wheel to wheel for 25 laps.  At 200 mph down the straight Lorenzo passed Rossi with 13 laps to go and still they stayed locked together.  With 3 laps left Rossi took the lead back from Lorenzo and they then both went all out for the win.  Rossi was out to re-establish his pride having been beaten by Stoner and Lorenzo in front of his home crowd at the Italian MotoGP.  Lorenzo wanted to show his home crowd that he could beat the Doctor.

For a couple of the corners it was sharp intakes of breath for the viewers as it looked almost certain that their desire to win was going to leave them both face down in the gravel.  The superb Yamahas kept their grip and on the last corner of the last lap Rossi nipped through to take the victory.  As Rossi commented at the press conference - “Mama Mia”!!

Stoner, suffering with some sort of bug, came in third battling to hold off Dovizioso.  Capirossi had a great result coming in 5th ahead of the injured Pedrosa.

The overall results show that there are now three joint leaders of the MotoGP World Championship – Lorenzo, Rossi and Stoner – now that’s what you call close.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Trackmaster Timing on Android Phones


For all you track day enthusiasts take a look at Trackmaster.  It plots your times to Google Earth so you get a view on your progress.  You can also publish live to Twitter!

Elvis Has Left the WingDing!

Coming soon … Diary of a Goldwinger the Portugese and Spanish Treffens.


Sunday, May 24, 2009

From the Alps to the Atlas

My PhotoFrom the Alps to the Atlas
Take a look at Carla Kings latest adventure which is currently taking her through Spain.

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Dear Mr Darling

I don’t know where this came from originally but Steve of Diary of a Goldwinger fame e-mailed it to me.

Dear Mr. Darling,

Please find below my suggestion for fixing Britain 's economy.  Instead of giving billions of pounds to banks that will squander the money on lavish parties and unearned bonuses, use the following plan. You can call it the Patriotic Retirement Plan:

There are about 20 million people over 50 in the work force.  - Pay them £1 million apiece severance for early retirement with the following stipulations:

1) They MUST retire.  Twenty million job openings - Unemployment fixed.
2) They MUST buy a new British CAR.  Twenty million cars ordered - Auto Industry fixed.
3) They MUST either buy a house or pay off their mortgage - Housing Crisis fixed.
4) They must send their kids to school / college /university - Crime rate fixed
5) Buy £50 of alcohol / tobacco a week there's your money back in duty / tax etc
It can't get any easier than that!

P.S. If more money is needed, have all members of parliament pay back there falsely claimed expenses and second home allowances.

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Facebook | Motorbike

image All Motorbike listings on Facebook.  Have you looked at any of them?  What do you think?  Which is the good, bad or ugly?

On a brief viewing I’d say there’s not much that stands out.

Facebook | Search: Motorbike

Remember you have to log in for the full results.

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Bikers Accommodation – Hotel - Motos


a6556831183980141-30454 A guy has taken a small hotel near us in Culebron near Pinoso.  Nice place 4 or 5 rooms.  Tells me very special deal for bikers.  Web site is  E-mail is  might be worth putting on the blog.

Tell them to mention my name when making enquiries.

Hope you are well.  Catch ya later,


Does Litani mean anything in Spanish or Valencian?


Sunday, April 19, 2009

Motorcycle – Motorbike Rental – Hire - Alquiler

Here are some motorcycle rental companies in Spain.

If you have a rental company or know of a good one then let us know by adding a comment below.

Saturday, April 18, 2009

Diary of a Goldwinger Part … er …

OK, so you noticed that Steve and Lorna’s ‘Diary of a Goldwinger’ numbering system had been slightly askew but now, after putting the greatest brain of the universe, time continuum thingy to work it out, they have been credited with the correct number and they are in DOUBLE FIGURES!!


Thanks to the BBC for their Dr Where Screensavers.

Diary of a Goldwinger Part 10 – Belgium 2009

After 11 years of winging Lorna and I decided to do our first Belgian Treffen, having imageheard stories over the years about the cold weather and after driving up through France last year about the same time, we decide to fly to Brussels and hire a car for the drive to Libramont, where the Treffen was being held.

It turned out to be a great weekend with 773 bikes from 21 countries in attendance and the weather was great. We met up with Tony,Helen and Holly Perkins , Di and Gizzy and Malc and Carol all from the UK at the hotel L’Amandier just a mile from the Treffen site.

On the Friday 7 of us paid a visit to the caves about 30ks from Libramont, and great day out which finished with a safari ride around the local mountains looking at various imageanimals from wolves to brown bears and wild boar.

Saturday saw Lorna and I,Tony, Helen and Holly taking a trip to Luxembourg for the day. A very busy city, with various markets but, very expensive with beer at 5 euros a pint.

Sunday was breakfast and away for Gizzy and Diane for their ride back to Northamptonshire. The rest of us had a quiet day on the Treffen site, shopping in the trade stand hall and lunch in the town of Libramont.

Sunday night was presentation night. GWOCGB took first place for the highest attendance with Holland second. Spain came in at 13th, from 21.

Monday morning was breakfast, packing, loading up their bikes and on the road for imageTony, Helen and Holly. It never fails to amaze me how much stuff they can pack into their outfit. Malc and Carol left with them to catch the night boat back to Hull. Lorna and I packed the car and drove up to Charoli to an hotel near the airport and then flew home Tuesday morning. A great weekend with some great friends and some fantastic weather.

We have never attended a treffen in a car and have decided we would not do it again. If we can’t go on the bike I would rather stay at home. Next trip we hope will be to Holland, then Portugal and then Lloret de Mar for the Spanish Treffen. August sees us and 5 Spanish bike on a 11 day trip to Kelso in Scotland for the British Treffen. So watch this space.

Ride safe,

Steve and Lornaimage

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Catch up on the Latest MotoGP News

Rally in Ayora, Valencia – 10th to 12th July 2009


Will Kemp said: 

Hi Lol,
How's things with you.
I have an article for your Blog thingy and I think it has to go in via yourself!

If you can remember that far back, this event is on the way back from the Alcala del Jucar run a year or so ago. Not far from my place and just a couple of villages down the road from where the Buell ran out of petrol. Ayora is the place and the date is the 10,11 and 12th of July, so plenty of time to get yourself across for the weekend!!!!

The details are on
Hope it is of use to you.

Take care and will keep going with the story of the Jerusalem Artichoke!!
PS. It has been hard all day today and looks like staying that way for 2 or 3 more days!

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


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Biker Friendly “Almond Reef”

image Almond Reef Web

“Almond Reef is a delightfully restored farmhouse providing Bed and Breakfast in a quiet rural hamlet in the region of Almeria Spain.

The perfect place from which to explore the beautiful Spanish countryside

We have the well known circuit of Almeria a short 15 minute ride away, where all the major UK trackday organisers and Spanish companies run events through out the year. We can offer alternative accommodation for participants not wishing to use the standard hotels which can be some distance from the circuit.  We can also arrange transfers to and from Airports and to the Circuit.

For those touring, motorcyclists are always welcome at Almond Reef.  If you are riding the fabulous Roads or exploring the towns or Coastal areas of this beautiful part of Andalucía, we can provide accommodation for any duration along with secure bike parking.”

Almond Reef, Los Josefos, Cariatiz Sorbas, Almeria 04270, Spain

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Thursday, January 29, 2009

Pyrenees 8th to 13th April 2009


Programa de Viaje:

BENABARRE-VIELLA N230 98KM (4**** Hotel)

ARREAU-VIELLA N618 67KM (4**** Hotel)


FRIBSAC-VIELLA N125-N230 41KM (4**** Hotel)



Monday, January 19, 2009

3 Kings day 06-01-09

DSCF3202 21 Goldwings met at Goldwings Alicante on the 6th of Jan, we rode about 7ks to meet up with the vintage car club for breakfast, and a very nice breakfast it was, the meeting place was in a yard belonging to the brother of one of our group, there were many beautiful vehicles on display from a vintage American fire engine to a very nice TR3, following the fantastic breakfast all the 21 wings and about DSCF3219the same number of cars and trucks set off around the area to gather in the village square for the 3 kings to give all the village children their presents, a very nice typical Spanish morning out.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

10 Thousand Visitors

Well I don't know exactly when it happened but we've snuck past 10,000 visitors to the blog which isn't too bad as we haven't published much over the last few months.  Pull your finger out Steve!

Monday, January 05, 2009

Sir Cathcart Rides Again

Alan on C1 at Reno-Fernley

“The MotoCzysz C1 presents unique advantages in terms
of motorcycle dynamics that deserve to reach the marketplace.
It’s not until you ride it that you realize how much improved its
handling and performance are compared to a conventional in-line
- Alan Cathcart

Alan Cathcart, the most experienced motorcycle journalist in the
world, rode the 08 990 C1 last Saturday (10-18-08). Mr. Cathcart was
one of the 3 original journalists to test the first Proof of Concept
bike. This was his first time to see, hear and ride the latest spec,
pre-production C1 - Alan was very impressed and his comments echo those
of earlier test riders, like Jeremy McWilliams, who called the C1
“the best turning bike ever”.

Alan tested the MotoCzysz C1 at the Reno-Fernley racetrack in
Fernley, Nevada. Though the track officials could not have been more
accommodating, the track itself was extremely rough and very bumpy;
conditions that helped illustrate the benefits of the C1.

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