There is a very real likelihood that I will be made redundant in 2022. I’ll deal with the details of that in a different post, but it has got me looking at my finances in a different way. For example, my YouTube channel would live on phone I buy just because they look interesting and I want to play with them. That has stopped over the last few months.
I then looked at my current car. Much as I love the Mustang, an imported V8 is not a car I should be driving around when trying to be frugal!
Whatever happens next year, one thing I know is I wont be working just 2 miles down the road. (You can afford 13mpg when you’re only doing 2,000 miles a year) There’s a good chance I could be commuting a reasonable distance with whatever job I take next and also, if I’m going to have some time off, I’d like to take the bike places and cycle in some different scenery. For this, I really need something nice and big that I can throw the bike into the back of.
Timehop recently pointed out to me that it was 3 years ago that I was waiting for my CB1000R in Metropolis Ducati Barnet and I fell in love with the 899 Panigale in pearlesant white! At that point though, there was no real need to change my bike, I still loved my little Honda!
Through last year the bike seemed to develop a fault where it just couldn’t be relied upon to start. There didn’t seem to be any pattern to it, cold, hot, left to stand, just been ridden. It was hard for me to chose to use the bike if I wouldn’t be sure it would start again to come home!
This led me to decide I should move on and get a new bike. With this in mind, I booked a test ride on my beloved Ducati 899…
I’ve been on several track days (nine it would appear. Wow, didn’t realise it was that many) on a motorbike, but never in a car. I’d often thought, having come off the bike on my first track day at Brands Hatch, that I would have more confidence in a car and be able to push it further.
Me and some friends at work had been discussing a possible trip to the Nurburgring at some point in 2016, but had decided we should do a regular track day first, to see what driving on track is really like. Around Christmas time track days for 2016 started populating on various websites. We’d done a little research and had been recommended Javelin as a company to use.
I’ve always loved the look of the American Muscle car, in particular the Ford Mustang. I’ve never really known much about cars, I never knew much about Mustangs other than I loved the look and sound of them.
When we holidayed in California and I saw the chance of renting one, I jumped at it. (I now know that was a V6, the smaller engine of the options)
This summer has been rather a pleasant one, lots of warm dry days with bright sunshine, just the type of days you like to ride your bike in.
Recently I’ve not ridden as much, a 2 mile commute with the effort of getting all the gear on, riding for 5 minutes to then take it all off again didn’t appeal as much, but as I was working at Brent Cross an 8 mile commute was more worth while when the sun came out to play.
A few years back, I’d put myself down for a day of green laning, organised through works motorcycle club. I really hadn’t enjoyed it, in fact I only started it and straight away gave them all their gear back and went home!
This year, me and two others from work had plumped for a day of Motocross in Winchester, again organised through work. I was a little nervous following my poor experience of motocross bikes years before, but knowing my experience was tainted by the organisation and equipment, more than the event itself, I thought I should give it a go again.
I hadn’t really thought a lot about this track day. I wasn’t counting down the days, things where too busy I guess. I had of course prepared. The hotel 10 minutes from the track was booked, I’d moved my shift forward to finish work at 7pm, but that was about it.
On Sunday, with the help of Robert, I loaded the bike onto the trailer. Monday morning I packed the car. As I arrived home, I should have been ready to set off up to Nottingham… Continue reading Donington Park Track Day
As I’ve mentioned, this year I’m looking to get more into photography, so I was over joyed when my good friends at Love-Cases offered me a camera backpack to try.
Ideally what I’d like is something I could use when on my motorbike that allows me to have storage space for cloths, gadgets, snacks and drinks as well as compartments for my camera equipment. I didn’t realise such a thing existed, but this Tuff Luv E-Volve backpack is exactly what I was looking for! Lets take a closer look.
So 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!