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Bikes, bikes and more bikes...
Interests: Motorcycles, racing, engineering, composites, product design, photography
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Good evening, mes petits canards! I’m writing from the pale primrose sanctuary of our parlour: the setting for the only place to be for any self respecting suburban puss come Wednesday mornings! It really is the perfect location from which to run my ‘Petits Divertissements’. Enjoying a south-easterly aspect, flooded... Continue reading
Posted Apr 11, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
I'm sitting here, working from home, listening to Radiohead and feeling acute pain in my shoulders after a solid workout on them yesterday. Later today my good lady and I are heading over to Spain to watch the Jerez MotoGP and sample the delights of the always divine Bocadillo con... Continue reading
Posted Mar 31, 2011 at Renaissance Man...
Darling LesleyCat, I wish I had one myself - would certainly not end up in so many scrapes! A bientot! x
Toggle Commented Mar 25, 2011 on ‘Down to Earth with a Bump’ at Le Petit Filet
Not a moment to spare other than to post a brief note, to assuage fears you might have following the somewhat doleful sign-off from my last discourse. Happiness is once again mine! More details to follow once this furious period of blithe activity is complete, but dear friends, you must... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Yesterday, on my regular ride into White City, I struck up a conversation with a fellow rider whilst we waited for red to become green, as you do. After an initial chat about his quite unique homemade baffle system, we got to comparing notes regarding his Triumph Tiger and my... Continue reading
Posted Mar 18, 2011 at Renaissance Man...
Alas, it is my unfortunate duty to report that things are quite as desperate I feared they would be! I write from the lonely confines of my shabby little room at home (pah!) in Kew Gardens, Richmond, Surrey, from the very pit of despair. The suburbs are indeed as dreary... Continue reading
Posted Mar 15, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Chèrs readers, a thousand apologies for constantly keeping you suspended on the edges of your seats – your poor little derrières must be squealing with protest at the delicious douleur of it all! I do hope that you’ll find my new post worth the wait – in payment for your... Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Durbahn Home Things of beauty #1 Continue reading
Reblogged Feb 22, 2011 at Renaissance Man...
Dear friends, can you ever forgive me? How devilishly naughty of me to keep you in such suspense! On with the tale: we return to the scene of le petit désastre: the Brasserie of the Waldorf Astoria, several days ago. Having learnt of darling Pips demise, I found myself on... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Greetings, dear friends, from ‘across the pond’ (if you’ll pardon my vernacular!) Doubtless you’ll be pleased to learn that I’m all safe and well, tucked up in bed, cosy in my new blue pyjamas with a velveteen hot water bottle and a hot toddy on the side. Although things haven’t... Continue reading
Posted Jan 19, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
As a straight forward road rider with the odd dalliance with track training and not much else, I’ve often pondered the exact nature of race products as used by the professionals and those that would like to be. How for example would it feel like to use a race configured... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2011 at Renaissance Man...
Dears – just a brief ‘post’ before I leave these shores for a last minute, but entirely delicious holiday. How I can possibly afford a trip given my recent financial embarrassments? Well, having breakfasted this morning at the Wolsley, I had the good fortune of bumping into a dear friend... Continue reading
Posted Jan 5, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Bonjour mes petits canards! Bonne année à tous! I wonder, chers readers, if you can detect the sophisticated influence of my new manservant, Ludo? Believing French to be the only elegant form of communication, he sent poste haste to the Charing Cross road for several quality books and took it... Continue reading
Posted Jan 1, 2011 at Le Petit Filet
Looking at the finalised BSB schedule for 2011 below, I think I’ll be going to Rounds 1, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12. Between these dates, my MotoGP and WSB jaunts (not to mention track days and climbing) I suspect I’ll have my hands full keeping my... Continue reading
Posted Dec 30, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
Dear readers, you’ll be so pleased to learn my news. We’ve found the perfect valet, a true gentlemans gentleman. Success and happiness is mine! Well, he isn’t quite a man. He’s a blue monster from Brazil. With a fondness for Carmen Miranda and Josephine Baker. But his credentials are first... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Le Petit Filet
This teaser image of the new 2011 Kawasaki flagship ZX-10r model to the left was released with ‘much ado’ well in advance of the launch date, something which seems to have become the norm for Motorcycle manufacturers as part of their ‘guerrilla marketing’ efforts and often combined with ham-fisted ‘social... Continue reading
Posted Dec 20, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
Well, as always at this time of year, the fervour of the racing has ended only to be replaced by equally fervent tongue wagging amongst us in the chattering (or is that twittering) classes. Who will sign for which team next year? Which teams will remain racing for 2011? The... Continue reading
Posted Nov 10, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
This picture of Ryuichi Kiyonari was taken at Cadwell Park on a particularly damp day in late March of this year, it was a pre-season press junket and I was intrigued to get a feeling of his confidence after a morale sapping previous season with the Ten Kate team in... Continue reading
Posted Oct 12, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
With the 2010 season seeing numerous changes, the one change that people were most unsure of is now coming to a climax. This year we are witness to a title showdown where the top six riders after the regular season (9 rounds) were eligible for the final fight to the... Continue reading
Posted Sep 22, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
As reported in numerous other publications, the latest test at Autopolis for Tom Sykes and the 2011 ZX-10R recently took place. Most notable from the video below is that from listening to the engine note the previous growler motor seems to have been supplanted by a screamer. It has been... Continue reading
Posted Aug 26, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
I need do little more than say read this, I agree wholeheartedly and I am genuinely happy to see someone as reasoned and hopefully respected as Randy Mamola to print it. Seriously Dorna, do yourselves a favour, read it, digest it and do something about it because you are in... Continue reading
Posted Aug 20, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
Re-posting an article sent to me from a friend in the US, it is a really interesting viewpoint, one I don’t hold myself, but that is because the fan in me fails to allow such blasphemous talk to filter through to my brain quite fully. I do hate to admit... Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
If you haven’t read this article by Kenny Noyes already, then you you might find it an interesting viewpoint, I for one found it to be entertaining and informative read. Like any ‘opinion piece’ digest it and make what you will but Kenny Noyes always has an engaging opinion. Continue reading
Posted Aug 16, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
If you first take a look at the below schematic of the purported new 90 degree engine configuration of the Kawasaki ZX-10R. Now take a look at the below video from the Asphalt and Rubber channel on You Tube of the actual bike in action at Autopolis, being ridden by... Continue reading
Posted Aug 10, 2010 at Renaissance Man...
I was impressed by Cal Crutchlow today in the WSB races at Silverstone, really confident and assured rides to win his first WSB race and take the double later it must’ve been frustrating for Rea but it looked to me that Crutchlow was just waiting patiently and pulled the pin.... Continue reading
Posted Aug 1, 2010 at Renaissance Man...