Carpathian backroads motorcycle ride

These are the local back roads where I live in Eastern Slovakia. This is an improved video from the last one as this time I’ve attached the Dazzne P2 to my helmet rather than on a chest rig. I’m still working out angles and stuff. That blue car really annoyed me when it appeared –Continue reading “Carpathian backroads motorcycle ride”

Carpathian Evening Motorcycle Ride

This is what I do most evenings when I’m at my house in the summer, take my old Aprilia Pegaso 650 out for a ride on the broken back roads of the Carpathian Mountains of my region, Eastern Slovakia. It quickly becomes apparent why enduros are so popular out here. Don’t ask me why butContinue reading “Carpathian Evening Motorcycle Ride”

Motorbike camping trip

Each year we visit the remotest village, Lesnica, in Slovakia as it’s where my wife’s father’s family is from. Whilst there we usually visit graves, visit her father’s log cabin home and compound where her uncle now resides, and then check on our little plot of land on a hillside just outside the village. ThisContinue reading “Motorbike camping trip”

Feisty in the garden

The weather at the moment is going from one extreme to the other – hurricane winds, frost and monsoon like rain, to boiling heat and blinding sun. As such, it’s extremely hard to get my bike, Feisty, up and down my garden as the grass and mud is very slippy. I really need to doContinue reading “Feisty in the garden”

On the road again….

Finally, after a month of stress and sleepless nights, I’m on the road again. Feisty passed her MOT, second time round after many repairs. Riding home from Bardejov in torrential rain and heavy wind, gravel, oil and mud slides covering the pitted and twisting back roads, I had Canned Heat playing again and again inContinue reading “On the road again….”

Born to be wild or bike bondage?

Presently, the irony of the mythical image of motorcycle ownership as enabling one to be wild and free is making me groan. Sleepless nights, vastly depleted bank account, dealing with corrupt and vindictive officials, begging friends for favours, trying to find mechanics or a tyre service who will actually deal with motorbikes in my region,Continue reading “Born to be wild or bike bondage?”

Riding the Eclipse

What a day! The Spring Equinox, a Supermoon and a solar eclipse… none of them compare to finally getting Feisty, my motorbike, back on the road after a long winter. Three days this week we’ve spent messing around with batteries, finally I ordered a new one and then discovered we had to fill it withContinue reading “Riding the Eclipse”

Magura national park, Poland

As it’s such a beautiful Autumn day, we decided to take a ride on Feisty across the border into Poland, into the Magura national park. I’ve been wanting to do this ever since I heard about the bears crossing over. The area is beautiful with many old wooden houses still lived in. There are signsContinue reading “Magura national park, Poland”

Motorcycle ride and repair

Today was the first chance I’ve had in over a month to do some repairs to my Aprilia Pegaso 650, Feisty. It had taken me months to find a replacement rubber intake manifold for my carb and I’d been preparing for visitors, plus the weather has been awful. Despite the freezing temperatures and it takingContinue reading “Motorcycle ride and repair”