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The Sea is Still There – Wild West Part Seven

The Pacific Coast Highway, or Highway 1, is said to be one of the best motorcycling roads in the world. The All American Road, selected as such by the US Department of Transportation, was voted as one of the ten best drives in the USA by Americans, and is one of Readers Digest’s Most Scenic

Motorcycle Live 2014

It’s Motorcycle Live at the NEC this week and yesterday LincsGeek and I headed over to have a mooch about and get some biking inspiration for the coming year. Anyone who is anything to do with motorcycling is there to advertise their wears – bikes, clothing, accessories, equipment, tours and holidays, clubs, and lots more besides. We

We’re All Going on a Bear Hunt – Wild West Part Five

Once out of Death Valley, the hottest place on earth, we quickly headed high up into the mountains and into some very different scenery. In the morning we were below sea-level amongst salt flats and white sand, by the evening we were 8,000 feet or so in amongst trees and a whole lot cooler. We

Movie Set Scenery – Wild West Part Four

One of the reasons I like to travel is to see things in real life that otherwise I could only see in pictures. Our Wild West motorcycle tour confirmed this for me: there is nothing better than seeing something that someone else once showed you in a photograph with your very own eyes. To stand

The Hottest Place on Earth – Wild West Part Three

In the same way that nothing can really prepare you for skiing in -29 degrees Celsius (which we did in Ruka, Finland), nothing can prepare you for riding a motorbike in +48 degrees Celsius. It is not simply a case of being a bit hotter than a normal summer in the UK. Think double the

Fat Boys and Softails – Wild West Part Two

We never talked about doing this trip in a car; the plan was always to ride. It’s the old clichés – riding a motorbike provides a sense of freedom, the wind in the face, a feeling of being at one with the road. There is a huge difference in the things you can experience when

Some Snaps of a Quick Motorcycle Ride to France

There has been a lot in the media over the last few weeks about the 70th anniversary of D-Day. Codenamed Operation Overlord, D-Day was the landing operations on 6 June 1944 (termed D-Day) of the Allied invasion of Normandy during World War II. It was the largest seaborne invasion in history and began the invasion of German-occupied western Europe, leading

Head Up Display for Motorcyclists from Skully

Motorcyclists! How often have you been on a journey and got lost? Come off the motorway at the wrong junction? Watched your mate take a turning you didn’t think was right? For those of us without a TomTom Rider or similar already, here’s a new idea from Skully – a helmet with a brand new

I Actually Rode a Horse!

A couple of weeks ago I introduced Britain’s Personal Best here on Splodz Blogz; a scheme aiming to recapture the motivation created by London 2012 by encouraging us to challenge ourselves. My personal challenge, the thing that Britain’s Personal Best inspired me to do, was to ride a horse. Relatively simple compared to many of

Dream Trip Booked: Now to Get Stronger

LincsGeek and I have been talking about, dreaming about, going on a motorcycle tour of the west of the USA for years. Years and years. Probably about ten years. Maybe more. We have always joked that we probably wouldn’t actually get around to going until we both retired, by which time we would be very

The Graham Homes Memorial Ride

The Graham Homes Memorial Ride will be 2,000+ miles of Great British roads over a week at the end of May 2013, raising money for two cancer charities. It will be our biking tribute to Graham, my father in law, recreating something of our John O’Groats to Land’s End trip in 2009, while hopefully making

A Different Kind of Bike Trip

It’s become a bit of a tradition for us to go on a bike trip/holiday each summer – this is normally a small group affair, including myself and my husband, my father in law, a good friend, and sometimes my brother in law too. We’ve done Wales, the Lake District, Ireland and of course the

A Motorcycling Confidence Boost

When I right personal posts on my blog I often refer to how I lack in confidence, how I get anxious, how I worry about things. That anxiety often leads me to believe I can’t do something, and so I don’t do it – making excuses. Or I do it, and spend quite a lot

Biker Buddy – A Research Project

Are you a motorcyclist with an Android phone? If so then you should take a look at Biker Buddy. This is a new app designed to look at the way motorcyclists might use smart phones to plan and execute social rides. Biker Buddy is an Android app developed for an academic research project into the

Ireland on a F650GS

Being a female rider with a short inside leg and without oodles of strength, the bike I choose to ride is very important. I can’t just jump on any bike and take it wherever I want to go. What some take for granted is a real concern for me… Do my feet touch the floor?!