Archive for 2017

Southern Vietnam motorcycle ride. Part one.

I wanted to escape the cold Japanese winter so I dusted off a plan I had to ride from Saigon to Hanoi. Vietnam is long and narrow and the weather varies considerably from the south to the north. In the lead up to this trip there was a huge amount […]

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Motorcycle Fly-Ride travel tips

Once more into the fray I was thinking as I pack for another ride. Whilst not an expert I have travelled a bit. I jotted a few things down that I find helpful.Sicily 2016 Weather I try to match my rides to dry seasons. Climates to travel This is a […]

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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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Ricoh Theta 360 SC camera

On my ride in the Himalaya’s I wished I had a way to convey how amazing the landscapes were and got to wondering about the 360 spherical image cameras. I already take a lot of panoramas on my phone but this takes the idea a step further to create a […]

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Best Motorcycle Roads New Zealand

With the demise of the other sites listing good roads in New Zealand I have decided to try document them myself. This will probably lack some local knowledge however I have ridden there 3 times and also driven around the country and have covered a good portion of the roads […]

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Himalaya tour – UHD panoramas

I can’t stop thinking about India and the Himalaya’s. Having discovered a way to present the landscapes in panning panoramas I decided to show a few more images not previously posted. (click appropriate button for UHD versions, mouse wheel to zoom) p.s. if you have slow internet then give it […]

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Out where the buses don’t run

Why is no one able to produce an action cam that takes decent still photos? Recent action cams claim 12, 14 even 20 megapixel yet they struggle with any scene, smudge the details and wash out colours. Surely we are getting conned. I mean $600 for the latest action cam […]

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Age does not affect helmet polystyrene

Testing has been carried out on expanded polystyrene foam used in bicycle helmets (which is same material used in motorcycle helmets) to determine if the impact attenuation properties change with age. You can read here about the testing and the results which show the foam liner does not degrade with […]

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50,000km riding Japan

I have ridden 50,000km around Japan. Not a huge figure by some reckoning but much more than I envisioned considering I only do a few rides each year. You could travel around the world to try see the diversity of scenery that exists in Japan yet many visitors are only […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle tour – part three

Day eleven – Oita to Shimane prefecture I set off this morning to visit the Fuki temple north of Beppu which is very photogenic in autumn. I hope that the Ginko trees (the ones that turn bright yellow) there have changed. Alas it was not to be. The Chukoku expressway […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part two

Day six – Yamaguchi to Fukuoka prefecture. Having set off for Tsushima in part one I was confronted with typhoon coming to Japan but decided to ride on then park up while it passed by as it was going to track off the coast. I spent yesterday inside from the […]

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Tsushima Motorcycle Tour – part one

Tsushima at it’s furthest point from Japan is less than 50km from South Korea. So this was fitting destination for me to choose for my Autumn motorcycle tour this year as I had originally been planning to ride South Korea. The above map shows where Tsushima is located. History or […]

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