Reviews

These are not professional reviews, just my personal thoughts

The quest for good onboard motorcycle photos.

I’ve posted a few times that in my experience the best way to get a good photo while riding is just get off the bike and compose it properly – but that doesn’t stop me from taking photos on the move and looking for ways to improve them. I’m not […]

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Ten days with a Yamaha XT660R

I had never really noticed this motorcycle before, but after riding one in Turkey I now see quite a few people in those overlander groups on Facebook have them set up as ‘traveler’ bikes and along with the venerable KLR650 are a popular choice for riders on budget doing extended […]

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Book review – Motorcycle Messengers 2

I always try to have a few books to read when I do one of my motorcycle tours. Being a cheap charlie I’m usually on LCC flights with no entertainment system, but even on regular airlines I can scroll through all the movies and not find anything I would watch. […]

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Alpinestars Atom gloves

I went looking for new summer gloves in Japan and despite literally 100’s of pairs on display in the motorcycle superstore Naps I came away with something from a familiar brand I seem to favour, Alpinestars. In Japan there are loads of motorcycle accessory brands I am not familiar with. […]

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Honda CB500X

I have completed three tours of Thailand on the CB500X yet never got around to writing a review of the bike. Honda builds the CB500X in Thailand and it is a common model in the rental fleets in Chiang Mai, often the cheapest option in a big bike which is […]

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Four days with the Yamaha MT-07

There has been much written about the Yamaha MT-07 already but having enjoyed four days touring on this bike I shall add a few thoughts all the same. What struck me first is how compact the bike is, it felt like a toy compared to my QE2 size touring bike. […]

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Tourmaster Cold-Tex 3.0 Gloves

Whilst I try to avoid riding in the coldest weather, Spring or Autumn in Japan can see me out in low teens or single digit temperatures. In that weather none of my existing gloves are up to the task. I turn on my heated grips which are a great assist […]

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The quest for a compact motorcycle travel tripod.

I travel light, just a bag on rear seat for my tours so every item has to be compact and essential or it gets left at home.This means I rarely have a tripod and so my photo composition has the limitations that presents. Any glance at the better travel bloggers […]

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Harley Davidson Street 750 review

I rode a Harley Davidson Street 750 in Oman and UAE for 7 days. This is a small review.I am not going to talk specifications, you can read that in the press release type articles published everywhere. Also I chose to rent a Street 750 purely based on it being […]

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BMW G310 – 10 days ride review

I rode a BMW G310 from Johannesburg to Cape Town for a 10 day tour (link here). This is a small honest report on how I found the bike.Not going to rehash all the specs, heaps of press release type ‘reviews’ already published.Let me first say I chose the bike […]

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Camera Talk. Canon G1XMIII.

I think this site has three main elements; Travel, Motorcycling and Photography. The later I have not posted so much about. (maybe poor grammar is the fourth element ha-ha, I need a sub editor) After a 30 year hiatus I am again a Canon user. Last Canon I owned was […]

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Non Roll Earplug update

A long time ago I did a earplug shootout where I got two sample packs of different earplugs from the USA earplug superstore. Comparing two dozen different style and makes I came to like the Howard Leight Pilot best. This is a non roll foam ear plug, the design solving […]

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