Updated 28th November 2020

October 2020 I’ve been out on all the bikes, but mostly just into town for coffee, or library… I did have a ride out on Rosso with a mate for coffee, and cake at Mint and Ginger in Tur Langton.

September 2020 Rosso is back from service, MOT, two new tyres (Pirelli Angel GT 2)… I was handed a rather large bill, but hope not to spend much on her now apart from petrol for a while! After collecting her I dropped in for a coffee at Hot Numbers Roastery for the first time. Since then I have been to the Flock Cafe also a first visit.

September 2020 Rosso is in for a service, new tyres, MOT blah blah blah, and Ducati have loaned me a Monster 1200S in black for a couple of days. So far I have been to Bolt Motorcycles in North London, and the Original Tea Bar in Epping Forest both for the first time.

September 2020 I had a ride about on Rosso with a mate where we went to Wally’s Shed Cafe near Sudbury, and the Westmill Tea Shop both places I’ve been only once before, and enjoyed in the sunshine.

August 2020 I rode Rosso to Ducati Cambridge for a look about, and to book a service. Then had a coffee at The Moringa Tree cafe before riding home.

I rode Rosso to Gilk’s Garage Cafe for first visit with a mate. Forecast was for it to be dry until the evening, but it rained oh well next time it might be sunny, and warm?

August 2020 I went to the Ramsey Classic Bike meet riding Rosso on a hot sunny day. It was a bit busier than the first time I went, and not much evidence of social distancing so I didn’t stay for long. After that I was having a bit of a ride about in the fens, and had a tea break at The Coffee Tree Xperience.

August 2020 I had a ride around Northamptonshire with a mate on his KTM, & me on Rosso. We had stops at the Battle of Naseby memorial, Mint and Ginger coffee shop, and Sywell Aerodrome.

August 2020 Out on Rosso to The Adventure Bike Shop for the first time. I only picked up a charity T shirt, but they had loads of stuff I would like! Afterwards we had lunch in Wally’s Cafe nearby.

I have been on a ride on Rosso to Cafe Belge for the first time.

July 2020 I rode Rosso to the Super Sausage Cafe on a Friday. I want to support local independent businesses that are now open, but I don't want to take too many risks hence going on a quiet Friday not the weekend when I heard it was packed!

July 2020 I had a solo ride on Rosso to Boyd's of Bedford for a coffee, and then was just having an aimless ride about when I spotted a sign for craft ale by a lake. I went to investigate, and ended up having a very nice half of stout at Newton Park Farm.

July 2020 I had a ride out with a mate to Bicester Heritage for coffee, and cake then on to the Long Itch Diner for tea before home on Rosso. I have ridden to both places before, but managed to find a couple of roads I had not been down before.

June 2020 Rosso has had a clean, the C-Bow luggage frames fitted, and covered in ACF-50 protection...

Plus, I bought a Beeline navigation unit recently, and have been having a play with that. I was using a universal mount, but also in the kit I got was a handlebar bracket so I fitted that recently.

June 2020 I have been out two days on the trot. Firstly a solo ride to Welland Viaduct in Rutland, and then to a biker cafe for refreshments. The following day a B road kind of ride to Walker's Snacks with a mate.

June 2020 "Monday meander" to Café 33 between Haverhill and Bury St. Edmunds with a mate.

May 2020 With the UK lock down loosened a little I had a longer ride on new Rosso with a mate to North Weald Airfield in the sunshine.

April 2020 With the UK in lock down I've not been able to do anything with the bikes apart from start them up from time to time, and maybe pop to the local shops, fuel station...

March 2020 I have bought some C-Bow brackets for new Rosso, and Royster bags (see left.) This is similar setup to what I had on old Rosso. Once lock down is over I plan to get them fitted.

February 2020 I have been out on new Rosso a couple of times, but only into town, or local shopping...

October 2019 I picked up my new (to me) 2017 Monster 1200, and I'm enjoying it so far! I had a little ride around after I collected it including a first visit to Krazy Farm, and a cup of tea at Jacks Hill Cafe.

October 2019 I have paid a deposit on a 2017 Ducati Monster 1200 to replace Rosso the 2014 Monster 1200. The new (to me) bike has less than 7 thousand miles, full service history, heated grips, a bit more power, cornering ABS, quickshifter...

September 2019 I rode to the Cotesbach Garden Barn for coffee and cake, Butt Lane for a photo, and Foxton Locks for tea, a look in the museum, & a walk about in the sunshine all for the first time.

September 2019 I had a ride around on Rosso on a cloudy day to Caffeine and Machine for lunch, and Turweston Flight Deck Cafe for afternoon tea and cake.

September 2019 I went to Suzuki Sunday event riding Rosso then on to Jacks Hill Cafe for tea and cake. Snaps here.

September 2019 I've not been into the website much lately, but with Autumn starting I think I will give it another go. I had a ride out on Rosso to The Cotswold Diner, and The Artyard cafe with a mate on his new to him KTM 1290.

September 2019 I had a ride out with first visits to the Fenland Aero Club cafe, and Chris Walker Kawasaki and Indian showroom, & cafe. Mostly in the sunshine, but did hit a heavy shower on the way home.

Also I went to the MotoGP at Silverstone with hot sunny days unlike the rain, & cold of last year.

September 2019 I'm back from two weeks in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, one day in Germany... I much enjoyed this in particular the MXGP at Lommel, and the road racing at Chimay. Snaps here.

August 2019 A second visit to the Stilton Bike Show on Rosso. Snaps here.

June 2019 My first visit to Bike Iconics riding Rosso. Snaps here.

June 2019 My first visit to Caffeine and Machine in the sunshine riding Rosso. Snaps here.

May 2019 Rode Rosso to the Two Stroke Day event at the Super Sausage Cafe in the sunshine. Snaps here.

February 2019 First ride of the year, and my first visit to Stibbington Diner where they had a little free car show. A few snaps here.

January 2019 I booked Le Shuttle tickets for our summer trip to France, Belgium, Luxembourg (first visit) a day in Germany... Also I booked some hotels. I hope to go to the road racing at Chimay, and the MXGP at Lommel plus lots of other places.

November 2018
Last ride of 2018 was to OSO Coffee and Cake and I liked it.

October 2018 I've had a first visit to Ducati Peterborough, watched the steam trains go by at the Nene Valley Railway, an event at Jacks Hill Cafe... Spirit of 59 snaps here.

I am planning to take Rosso to France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and maybe a day in Germany this summer. I've already renewed my passport, which ran out just before Xmas, and booked a couple of hotels.

September 2018 I rode Rosso to Sand and Motorcycles event on a cool, and cloudy day, but it did stay dry. Snaps here.

September 2018 I attended Classic Suzuki Sunday at the Super Sausage Cafe riding Rosso snaps here. I know it is a Kawasaki at a Suzuki show, but the bike on the left caught my eye as it should have 3 cylinders not 4. Lovely piece of engineering.

I went to Chops and Props event at Shuttleworth on Rosso. Snaps here.

September 2018 I had an excellant weekend away staying in Bristol for the Gromit Unleashed 2 public art trail, but also enjoyed The Classic Motor Hub, Weston-Super-Mare beach and pier, The Helicopter Museum, Aerospace Bristol, Cotswold Sculpture Park... All this riding Rosso. Lots of snaps here.

Since returning from Bristol I have been to the Buckinghamshire Railway Centre for the first time on

August 2018 I went to the MotoGP practice at Silverstone riding Rosso. I also had a ticket for the races on the Sunday, but didn't go as the weather was awful! See left, and snaps here.

August 2018 I had a nice long rideabout on Rosso into Lincolnshire with several stops including at RAF Coningsby, Thorpe Camp Visitor Centre, Woodhall Spa, the Dambusters Memorial, Petworth House Hotel... See left, and snaps here.

August 2018 Another day out on Rosso this time to The Booking Hall Cafe, a first visit to Maldon Quay, and Finchingfield before home. See left, and a few Maldon Quay snaps here.

July 2018 Another day out on Rosso this time to the AV8 cafe at Cotswold Airport in the sunshine!

July 2018 Another weekend away on Rosso this time to the Wheels Festival at Gt. Yarmouth in the sunshine plus a first visit to the Norfolk, and Suffolk Aviation Museum... See left, and snaps here.

July 2018 I had a very enjoyable 4 day long weekend in the north of England with Oakley MC. See left, and snaps here.

June 2018 Still on holiday, and been out to various places on Rosso including Jacks Hill Cafe, RPM Bikes, Skins Cafe, Cassington Bike Nite... See a couple of snaps from Cassington on left, and more snaps here.

June 2018 I went to Royston Motorcycle Show on a sunny evening riding Rosso. See left, and snaps here.

June 2018 I had a very pleasant 11 days in France, Belgium, and Holland riding Rosso. See left, and snaps here.

June 2018 Much enjoyed a rare Friday evening off, and a trip out on Rosso to Bike Night at Jacks Hill Cafe in the sunshine. See left, and snaps here.

May 2018 A few rides on Rosso including a first visit to Wycombe Air Park, Evenley Wood Garden, and return visits to Bicester Heritage, Sywell Aerodrome...

I've been to a free car meet at Towcester Racecourse riding Rosso in the sunshine, snaps here.

Also I had another ride about including stops at Iron Horse Ranch, &  Hungry Hogs again in the sunshine!

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