Tuesday, 25 November 2014

What a great motorcycle touring video

I love this video as it really shows what is so fantastic about motorcycle touring.

At 20 minutes it is long, but they cram loads into it about their 6 months on their tour of South America. If this doesn’t make you want to go on your own motorcycle adventure, then nothing will. They even did it on an old Honda Transalp XL600V.

Winter is here and I am spending way too long thing about where to go on next years rides.

Roll on Spring!

Sunday, 2 November 2014

One heck of a USA road trip on a Harley-Davidson

Okay, my regular readers will have seen some of these pictures before and people who have read my book 'France In America' certainly will, but I thought I'd make a video that tried to show the spirit of my tour of the USA.

This is what I came up with.....

One heck of a USA road trip on a Harley-Davidson

Monday, 13 October 2014

The magnitude of the WW1 Battlefields stir emotions

I just returned from a visit to the WW1 Western Front, where I saw the battlefields, memorials and cemeteries. I went to look and to discover.

Having never studied WW1 at school, I had a lot to learn and so I bought a few books about WW1 and the conflict on the Western Front. From 1914 – 1918, World War I took place across much of Europe that saw 16 million people killed. On the west side of Europe, on 4th August 1914, Germany invaded neutral Belgium and Luxembourg before moving towards France. After the German march on Paris was halted, what became known as the Western Front settled into a battle of attrition, with a trench line that would change little until 1917.

Fierce fighting took place along the northern part of this Western Front, especially around Ypres, Vimy Ridge and The Somme. It is these areas that I went to see. I have included a few pictures below from my trip.

The Menin Gate, in Ypres, where The Last Post if played every night.

Restored German Trenches, at Vimy Ridge.

A very large German Cemetery.

Tyne Cot Cemetery, The Somme.

Allied trenches at Newfoundland Memorial Park.

Lochnagar Crater, Near Albert, The Somme.

Tank Memorial, near Pozières, The Somme.

Row upon row of headstones.

The Thiepval Memorial to the Missing of the Somme.

Remembrance Poppies.

It was very moving and sombre. The waste of human life was enormous. In all areas of the war, 16 million people died in WW1 and looking at the ages of the soldiers on their headstones, the typical age was in their early twenties.

I will be running a motorcycle tour to these battlefields next year, so that others can see the sadness of what happened. It certainly wass an emotional experience to go and see it for myself.

Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Tour1 - Motorcycle tours to European Harley-Davidson rallies.

Check out the new video for my motorcycle touring business.

Filmed on one of the 2014 tours, this shows the sorts of roads and places we travel to when touring.

For more information, see www.tour1.co.uk

Friday, 5 September 2014

Busy at Faaker See

While I will post more pictures and a write up later of the tour to European Bike Week in Faaker See, Austria, here is just one picture.  This is the one-way loop road that goes around the lake and as can be seen, it was a little busy today!

Friday, 1 August 2014

I went riding with a few friends last weekend.....

It was the Fenlanders HOG Rally, in Fakenham, Norfolk, near the east coast of England.  Somebody snapped this picture of my bike with a few hundred other bikers riding behind me.

It was a great ride through the countryside ending in the seaside town of Sheringham, where a few thousand people were waiting for our arrival and greeted us warmly.  What a great day out!

Monday, 23 June 2014

Ban Google Glass when driving?

Seriously, does anyone think Google Glass is a good idea when driving a car?

Google Glass, which looks like a pair of glass frames with a tiny screen, can be used for browsing the web, reading emails or many other things normally used on computers or smart phones. These are now available here in the UK.

It has become clear today (BBC News website) that “The BBC has learned that the US firm held talks with the Department of Transport ahead of the launch. The DoT had previously raised concerns that the wearable tech could prove a distraction to drivers. That is still the case, but a government spokesman revealed that the search firm was investigating ways to allow drivers to legally use Glass while on UK roads- possibly by restricting the information it displays mid-journey.”

Really? Are drivers not already distracted enough? One thing is certain wearing of Google Glass when driving will not make our roads safer, it will make them much less safe. So why doesn’t the DoT immediately ban wearing these when driving? One can only put this down to yet another failure by the UK Government. That is not a political statement, it is just the truth. Successive Governments seem unable to demonstrate much common sense these days and that is truly worrying.

So if these were allowed, but say with the same restricted information that is allowed by a sat nav / GPS unit, just how will that ever be policed? Only the wearer can see what is being displayed, so nobody will ever be able to check whether the glasses are being used correctly. It is just plain dumb to even consider that people will follow the law and only use them in any restrictive mode.

Do something about this – write to your MP now and express your views! This is how you find out how to contact your MP.... http://www.parliament.uk/mps-lords-and-offices/mps/

If you are reading this from anywhere else in world, contact your government now!

Tuesday, 20 May 2014

Harley-Davidson's go to St Tropez with Tour1

The first Tour1 road trip of the year is complete.

Our trip to get to St Tropez covered about 1,400 miles over six days of riding in France, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland and we rode some fabulous roads set amongst glorious scenery. It was a spectacular journey to get to the French Riviera.

The three days at the rally in St Tropez were glorious. We were blessed with fantastic weather and the Harley-Davidson’s parked in front of the mega-yachts was a sight to see!

The area was crammed full of Harley owners and the rally site was busy. The Tour1 customers then flew home on the Sunday and our motorcycles were returned back to the UK by We Move Bikes during the following week. The St Tropez rally is one of my favourites and one that I look forward to every year.

For more information about Tour1, see www.tour1.co.uk

Dramatic road set into the cliff at Combe Laval

View over the town of Namur, Belgium

The Swiss Alps

Strange rock formation in Sisteron, France

Waiting for a ferry to Cross the Rhine river

One of the winning bikes at the custom Bike show

Lunch stop in the Black Forest in Germany

Stop to stretch our legs!

Another stop, this time near Chamonix in the Alps.

Our group at Combe Laval

Early morning cloud near Mont Blanc

Beautiful Verdon Gorge

Verdon Gorge

In the Alps, somewhere!

Harley-Davidson's in the port of St Tropez

St Tropez, a great place to sit, drink and watch the bikes ride by.

The village of Grimaud, where the custom bike show is held.

Sunshine and chrome - a great combination!

The custom bike show

Wednesday, 23 April 2014

Introducing Steph Jeavons (One Steph Beyond)

Steph is a Brit who is riding a 250cc Honda around the world. She hopes to hit 42 countries on 6 continents.  I found her blog some time ago and decided to occasionally see how far she has ridden to.

She left London last month and hopes to complete her circumnavigation of our planet in 15 months to 2 years. She is doing this on a very small budget and appreciates the occasional bed to sleep in.

If you are on her route and would like to help Steph by giving her a room for the night, check her out here…. http://www.stephmoto-adventurebikeblog.com/p/blog-page.html

Friday, 18 April 2014

Two wheels of a different kind.

Along with three friends, my son Charlie decided to cycle from London to Amsterdam, in Holland. Now, that is a long way and so they needed a support van to carry their stuff. I was happy to oblige.

Here is a video I made of their ride. They left from Charlie’s bike shop in London early one morning and arrived in Amsterdam three and a half days later.

They covered 570 kms / 356 miles.

They are very fit to do a ride like this. I am fit enough to drive the van.

Charlie is the one wearing the white helmet, until he gave it up and wore no helmet at all. He is also the one that grazed his shoulder, arm and elbow when his wheel locked up and he flew over the handlebars. Being as tough as nails, he just carried on riding after repairing his bike.

With thanks to another son, Jeremy, who helped with the filming....

London to Amsterdam Cycle Ride from Gary S France on Vimeo.