Goldenweek Wander – Part 3
Goldenweek Wander – part 2
Goldenweek Wander Part 1
Let’s get this started with our riders out on the road April 28-30. Enter the trio of Oyly, John and Michael on a KTM GT and a duo of S1000XRs.(more…)
Navigation, we’ve come a long way
Long Live IoM TT!
Like climbing Everest or Pikes Peak, free diving depth challenges, Arctic marathons or any number of extreme events that let devotees push their passion, the TT will always draw its detractors and supporters.
The day things like this don’t exist will be the day humanity passes from childish curiosity into pessimistic preservation and signs its own extinction!
The Relentless Road
From the epic roads of Japan…
Akita Rt. 341
Yamagata-Fukushima border Rt. 2
Kochi Niyodo River Crossing
Aomori Rt. 282
Ehime – Island along the Shimanami Kaido
Tokyo Hidden Gem
Kochi Muroto Skyline
Tokushima – Unknown Masterpiece!
Gunma – Shiba-Kusatsu Doro ~ Manza Road
Kochi – Unknown road
Shizuoka – Nishi Izu Skyline
Hokkaido – Ororon Line
Gifu – Etchu Nishi Line Rt.360
Saitama – Rt.210
Saitama – Sai-Kai Hwy Rt.140 offshoot
Yamanashi – Rt.18
Fukushima – Bandai Skyline
Shizuoka – Nishi Izu Skyline
Nagano – Shimonita Usuda Line
Shizuoka – Kintaro Fujimi Line
Aomori – Iwaki Skyline
Nagano – Venus Line
Summer Base Layer
Been hunting a good summer base layer shirt for years. Prefering one of the long sleeve variety, to limit sticky arms and random arm hair pulling 😦 , it really narrowed down the choices. Had to breathe exceptionally well, wick away sweat, dry quickly, resist stinking and look n fit half decent even after several washes. Oh yeah, and not require special treatment at cleaning time which should be rarely 😉(more…)
Rider training gets chilly
Being the spring equinox, it was a good opportunity to thaw out the riding skills with a little controlled conditions training.
The Honda Motorcycle School in Saitama runs a good show with excellent instructors and a large fleet of modern hondas to play on.(more…)
Blue Skies, Beach, Food and an MT10!
A few days ride around the Western Australian city of Perth, my home town.
It was summer and hot, so what better bike to have than a matt black 160hp powerhouse? … At least it was naked so as long as you are moving, it’s cool.(more…)
Couple of days in Italy 🇮🇹
FRIDAY / MOUNTAIN DAY
Got out for a little touge running Friday.
650km odd and more than a little wet. But a great day with top wingmen and oodles of twisties! Cheers for the laughs Gents 👍(more…)
Kanto Twistybutt and Back!
Met some of the usual suspects and a gaggle of prospective Twistybutters at a nondescript convenience store nice and early to beat the summer heat. So nondescript that some found themselves in empty carparks, even the most experienced!(more…)
Where the rubber meets the road!
Was out scouting the route tonight with some fellow twistybutters and got evidence of something many a twistybutter has long suspected… Twistybutts can lead to steaming hot tyres!
Kanto Twistybutt Scouting
Rolled into Ebina SA @5am to meet up with another Twistybutter only to find I was the only bike there. Over the next 1/2 hour, the bikes started rolling in.
With a coffee down and the sky lit, we scooted across the carpark to top off the tanks before setting out. I’d fueled up the car the day before at my local for 122yen/litre. Ebina SS with its great service was making us pay for it, 145yen/litre!(more…)
24hrs of Roads, Mates and Rounding Rubber
500kms of great weather with two of my best wingmen, one a hammer swinger and the other reads a book at gas stations!(more…)
Twisty Hunter’s Tour – 2017
5 days of all-day touring deep into the Japanese mountains.
Over 5 days we potentially have 2000+km of twisting winding and undulating roads to scout out and get lost in. Also, there is great riding and many sights to see in the area so feel free to go free-range if that’s your thing. Or, if you do want to split off mid day and find your own way or head back to base for a rest, go for it! We’ll be meeting back at base every night for a feed and festivities.
Departing April 30 4:50 am from Sagami Bay on the Pacific Coast!
April 30 – Full 500+km of twisting and winding all the way from the Pacific coast to the Sea of Japan.
May 1 – Riding the long way down into Naganao to set up a base for 3 nights. @400km
May 2 to 4 – Riding long daily loops out through the mountains of Niigata, Nagano, Gunma and Yamanashi. @400km/day
April 30 – Hotel in Joetsu. Exact location and price to be decided. Will depend on numbers and availibility. Budget 6-8000yen.
May 1 to 3 – Cabins near Ueda, Nagano. 8 person cabin with kitchen, shower and toilet. Futons for sleeping. 3500yen/night + bedding. The cabin grounds has an adjacent campground for those wanting to tent. Onsen facilities are also on the grounds with views of Mt. Asama from the outdoor baths!
Reply here to register your interest. First in get the choice of spots in the cabins.
For the 500km run on day 1, April 30, we won’t be dawdling or sightseeing. So, if you’ve not done a coast to coast Twistybutt before, please join us in Joetsu that evening or the following day in Nagano.
An 1100km romance with an S1000R
This particular S1000R is the top of the line 2016 model with all the factory options and around 1200km on the odometer. On first impression, it is a little odd looking with a left headlight looking like a boxer that’s taken a few too many right hooks. But everything, as oddly placed and proportioned as it is, has a place and a function. What shall we call this oddball?…(more…)
Arimine – May 28/9, 2016
Busted out for 24hrs of riding, eating, yabbering, riding and more riding with 2 great wingmen JamesK and MTMatt. Cheers fellas!(more…)
Nikwax – Waterproofing DWR
My Streetgaurd 3 jacket is entering it’s 3rd season, just got a new fat YKK Aquaguard main zipper and needed a good clean and rejuvination of it’s water-repelling capabilities.(more…)