Olympic Torch in Finchley

I can’t say I’m all that excited by the games coming to London.  I’m not attending any of the events, anything I see will be on the TV so it could just as easily be somewhere else in Europe and it would make no difference to me.

There is one thing I’ve been able to ‘participate’ in, and that’s to get a look at the torch as it passes by.  The torch has made its way round Britain, they say passing within 10 miles of 95% of the population, so with it passing within 300 metres of me, I figured I should make the effort and go see it. Continue reading Olympic Torch in Finchley

Google, privacy and future tech

Last week saw Google host their annual Google IO developer conference in California.  Over the past few years they’ve given away some great devices to developers attending, starting back in 2010 with a Google Nexus One, then  Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1’s on 2011, this year they gave away a Nexus 7 (tablet with the next version of Android, Jelly Bean) a Nexus Q (Google’s answer to Sonos) and a Galaxy Nexus (which will be receiving Jelly Bean very soon).

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My New Hobby

DSC_6781.JPGYou may have noticed, most of my updates this year are bike related.  Well I’m moving it to the next level.  Ever since I was told I couldn’t play American Football any more, I’ve been looking for a new hobby.  In looking for something less strenuous, I’d considered golf. Instead, I’ve landed on something perhaps even more dangerous than American Football, motorbike racing! Continue reading My New Hobby

Back On The Track – Ron Haslam Race School

C44B2915.JPGSo on Thursday I’d been at Brands Hatch and it hadn’t quite gone to plan.  A month or so earlier I had also booked Ron Haslam Race School at Silverstone, which perhaps worked for the best as I had no choice but to get back in the sadle and back on the track!

It was to take place on Bank Holiday Tuesday, I was going with a couple of the Waitrose security guys and their friends, a group of six of us in all. Continue reading Back On The Track – Ron Haslam Race School

My First Track Day – Brands Hatch

Over the past couple of months I’d attended two track days as a spectator.  A friend was at Snetterton (where I managed to almost loose my DSLR camera) and then in nicer weather at Rockingham Race Track.  Even though I wasn’t going onto the track, I really enjoyed hanging out in the pits, taking photo’s and generally soaking in the atmosphere.

So on Thursday last week I was due to attend my first track day, an evening session at Brands Hatch organised through LondonBikers.com. Continue reading My First Track Day – Brands Hatch

I’ve Gone ‘Naked’!

IMG_1158.JPGLast month I went along to the MCN Motorbike show at the Excel centre, with the intention of buying a Sports Touring motorbike to replace my Varadero.  I also had no intention of buying a Honda again.

Unfortunately, Suzuki didn’t seem all that keen on selling me a GSX1250FA.  Trying to arrange a test ride on one seemed impossible!  Then, as my Varadero went in for it’s 16,000 mile survey the lent me a Honda CB1000R once again.  This is the bike I used for a day 3 years ago and it pursuaded me to move up to a 1000cc bike.

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MCN Bike Show at ExCeL Center London 2012

2012-02-05 15.04.38.jpgI’ve been to this show for the past 4 years.  It was at one of these shows that I sat on a Varadero and realised it was the most comfortable bike I’d ever sat on, which lead me to buy one back in June of 2009.

Well, I’ve had a few issues with it in the last year or so, the gearbox failing twice.  The fist covered by warranty, but this second time it has cost me £1,400 and then another £270 to get it serviced!

This made me wonder if I should think about changing bikes again.  Much as I like the Varadero, I can’t be paying out bills like this very often.  If I get a new bike, I will at least be covered by warranty. Continue reading MCN Bike Show at ExCeL Center London 2012