Lincoln Bike Fest

Biker Days
Biker Days

If you don’t like motorcycles or motorcyclists then once again, this weekend was not the time to be in Lincoln.  This weekend was the Lincoln Bike Fest, and annual event where hundreds of bikers turn up and park up on the Brayford Wharf.  Its worth a visit to see the sites and there are some nice restaurants and bars also on the Wharf so plenty to do.

BMW F800R

BMWMI_master_outdoor_1920x1080px_3Its service time for the BMW this week so I get to ride a loaner, this time a BMW F800R. It’s a fun naked sporty number that can be easily rode or you can get your head down and push on.

Being a naked bike it’s more a sunny day ride and the riding position does put a lot more weight on your arms then I am used to with the GS.

A fun bike but not one I would choose for a long term bike. I like my creature comforts as I ride every day.

Jumping back on the GS a few days later made the big GS seem absolutely huge.  At 40,000 miles now the 1200cc boxer engine is nicely run in and with the major service, new tires and brake pads it certainly feels like a new bike.

I’ll be taking it easy over the next few days while I scrub in the tires, and also bed in the brakes but then, well; Summer is coming!

Harley-Davidson Super Rally in Lincoln

BMW R1100S - locked and loaded

I am not a Harley rider but a BMW rider, but it was great to see over the last few days all the Harley Davidsons arriving this week for the Super Rally.  Harley riders from all over Europe are this weekend descending on Lincoln for a great weekends Rally.  One of the great biker rallys at one of the worlds great cities.

Natures Photoshop

Crossing the Ford
Crossing the Ford

Last night while riding the BMW home in the late afternoon sun, I saw a view that really made me appreciate living in the English countryside.  There was a hint of rain in the distance so black dark clouds were in the distance but in the foreground was the brightly lit rapeseed fields and fresh green of the up coming crops.  The colours and contrast against the dark sky with the sun streaming through gaps in the cloud to form columns of light against the dark was simply stunning.

If I had stopped to take a photograph and submitted it for criticism then photo editors and critics would have complained about my heavy handed and unrealistic use of Photoshop and HDR techniques, but this was real and in front of me.  Inspiring stuff.

A New Year and back on the Bike

BWM GS at Castle Howard
BWM GS at Castle Howard

Today was our first day back at work for 2015, as is usual we commuted on the motorcycle and as is traditional I made a note of the milage, as I like to keep a track of my yearly motorcycle milage.

This year saw the GS hit 36946 miles so that was 4894 for 2014.  It seems every year we do less.  We have not done a big bike holiday for a couple of years now and its likely to be at least another year before we do another one as we have too much to do at home, still I am sure we will find time for the odd day trip to Whitby.

The Night Before Christmas

On the Biking Blog “Ride it like you stole it!” which is sadly no more by Dave Dragon, there was a poem “The Biker’s Night Before Christmas”.

I have posted this before but as it is Christmas Eve I thought I was worth posting again.

Twas the night before Christmas, and all through the pad,

There was nada happenin’, now that’s pretty bad.

The woodstove was hung up in that stocking routine,

In hopes that the Fat Boy would soon make the scene.

With our stomachs packed with tacos and beer,

My girl and I crashed on the couch for some cheer.

When out in the yard there arose such a racket,

I ran for the door and pulled on my jacket.

I saw a large bro’ on a ’56 Pan

Wearin’ black leathers, a cap, and boots (cool biker, man).

He hauled up the bars on that bikeful of sacks,

And that Pan hit the roof like it was running on tracks.

I couldn’t help gawking, the old guy had class.

But I had to go in — I was freezing my ass.

Down through the stovepipe he fell with a crash,

And out of the stove he came dragging his stash.

With a smile and some glee he passed out the loot,

A new jacket for her and some parts for my scoot.

He patted her fanny and shook my right hand,

Spun on his heel and up the stovepipe he ran.

From up on the roof came a great deal of thunder,

As that massive V-twin ripped the silence asunder.

With beard in the wind, he roared off in the night,

Shouting, “Have a cool Yule, and to all a good ride!”

New BMW R1200RS Released

R1200RS 2014

BMW announced today a new BMW R1200RS.  The old RS from pre 2010 was a much loved bike.  Called a sports tourer, it was less sport and more sensible, comfortable commuter/tourer, with all day comfort for two and luggage.  It was not the prettiest bike in the world but owners loved them.

Well we finally have a new model, much more a sports tourer then the old model, I look forward to testing one next year.

Day Trip to Whitby

So what else have we been up to.  Well last week to have a break from all the work we had been doing at home we had a quick blast up the east coast and over the Humberbridge to Scarborough and Whitby.Whitby-2

It was a great day and despite the weather forecast for rain we managed to miss the bad weather, though we did have to ford across some flooded roads, but what better way then on a BMW GS motorcycle.

WhitbyI took the little Nikon V1 with me and grabbed the odd shot with the 30-110mm lens (90-300mm.

 

No Blog Wednesday

As you may have noticed its been a bit quiet on the blog front this week.  We have been on holiday so its been up and the east coast and round North Yorkshire on the Motorcycle.

BWM GS at Castle Howard
BWM GS at Castle Howard

We ended up in Whitby and enjoyed ourselves immensely, somehow we managed to miss the bad weather though we did have to ford some rather deeply flooded roads at times, but thats the fun of owning a GS, you can generally get anywhere.

The Motorcycle Season Starts

Crossing the Ford
Crossing the Ford

So the clocks have moved forward from GMT to BST here in the UK, that means as well as MotoGP starting, the British biking season  has now started, so every bright sunny day from now on will see the roads crowded with bikers.

Over the next two months we will see more bike accidents and deaths then at anytime during the year.  Unlike some of us who ride all year round most bikers hung up their leathers back in September/October so have not ridden in sometime, but many of them will jump on there bikes thinking they are Valentino Rossi, trying to ride flat-out.

If your a biker take it steady and respect other road users; and if you fancy really seeing what your bike can do, book a track day.  If your a car driver lookout for bikers coming from anywhere and give them space, sometimes bikers are not as respectful to other road users as they should be.