Saturday, May 28, 2016

Yamaha FZ8 review

Got to spend four days riding a low km Yamaha FZ8 in Spain so I want to talk a little about this motorbike.

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As usual with my motorcycle reviews I am not going to be talking about the specifications or history and the other press release type stocking filler that is the content you will find on commercial motorcycling web site reviews. What I am going to do is chat about how the bike actually rides and feels and other real world things lacking on the commercial sites.

 

Thursday, May 26, 2016

Andalucía Motorcycle Ride

Whilst I more or less decided not to do any more riding in Europe circumstances changed and I unexpectedly found myself flying to Spain for a couple of weeks. I dusted off my plans I once had for riding Andalucía. Spain had been one of the places on my bucket (ride) list so I was happy about the opportunity to ride there.  

I arrived in Madrid and immediately was pleased to find the feel of the capital city more relaxed than I have come to associate with Europe. After a couple of days I took the high speed train to Malaga where I was going to base myself for the next week and found the place quite laid back and the people friendly with good attitude to tourists which was such a nice surprise. I have been to Europe a number of times and always found it interesting but often the people unwelcoming to the point of being obnoxious so I had decided that I wasn’t going to return ever again as so many other nice places on earth but I may have to make an exception for Spain.

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Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Reaching Peak Travel

I do not often write a post to recommend an item but recently I enjoyed reading this book. 

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Motorcycle Messengers was a nice read of short stories or excerpts like a sample pack from the contributing authors. Very easy to access or read a few stories then put away while boarding a plane on my recent travels. The stories are quite varied, one made me chuckle out loud while one almost had me in tears. I will certainly look to obtain more work of at least one of the contributing authors.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Everything you need to know to motorcycle tour in Japan

 

Few people know how beautiful Japan is. Aside from the Aussies who flock to the ski resorts in winter most tourists visit just Tokyo, Osaka and Kyoto, 3 enormous cities. Either way the vision people have is crowded cities and bullet trains which is one aspect but beyond the highly urbanised areas lies one of the most beautiful places I have seen in my travels around the world.

Riding a motorcycle in Japan is a very special experience. A land with a rugged spectacular coastlines, a mountainous interior as high as European alps with deep valleys criss-crossed with superb roads. It is also one of the safest places on earth. There is no petty crime, none, you can leave your wallet on a bench and it will remain there while people sit either side of it. The people are really friendly and go out of their way to help you even if you don’t speak the language. It is easy to access anything you need and as well as amazing scenery you have rich history and wonderful food to explore if you choose.

In this post I am going to write a few things aiming to help motorcycle riders thinking about Japan but not sure. It is not intended to be a general travel guide for Japan, there are 1000’s of people writing those already. Nor is it for the intrepid adventurer riding around the world who will likely find this article too basic. This is written for the average rider like myself, curious about riding different places but not always sure about their ability to deal with every challenge. It’s a collection of simple ways for almost anyone to experience motorcycling in a Japan.