Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence

This post was written for my young nephew Andrew in 2017 immediately after he rejected my advice to wait a few years before obtaining his motorcycle licence. He went ahead and got his licence and bought a motorbike. He is currently riding a BMW R1200GS (his third motorbike). His commercial flying career, which is alluded … Continue reading Advice to Andrew upon obtaining his Motorcycle Licence

Solo Motorbike Tour of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia

BMW R1200GS puncture Flinders Ranges

I did this ride solo on my BMW R1200 GS motorbike. I've owned it since new (2008). The bike had its 230,000km routine service just before this ride. The engine is original and has never been overhauled. It performs as it did when new. But a thorough wash and polish no longer brings it up … Continue reading Solo Motorbike Tour of the Flinders Ranges, South Australia

High Country Ride Autumn 2019

8 blokes, 8 bikes, not enough degrees Celsius, 2 days, one night and 1000kms. This is the essence of the plan we had as the sun rose on Saturday 30 March 2019. But first, the riders. The group of 8 wasn't complete until Bright, where Gilbert (a resident of Bright) joined us. If there is … Continue reading High Country Ride Autumn 2019

High Country Ride, Autumn 2018

1500 kms around the Victorian high country in 5 days, with Barb and Colin, friends from Port Lincoln South Australia where we all lived and worked in the late 1970s.  Barb and Colin were on their BMW R1200RT, and Liz and I were on the mighty BMW R1200GS.  These two bikes are quite similar, and … Continue reading High Country Ride, Autumn 2018

24 Hours in a Heat Wave

The open doors and windows which normally provide cool air on hot nights, were like open oven doors as the early northerly wind picked up strength around dawn.  The first task was to seal the house and turn the ceiling fans on to high.  The second task was to wheel the motorbike out of the … Continue reading 24 Hours in a Heat Wave