Happy Anniversary!

Last Wednesday, almost a year after the big one, I had another motorcycle accident. It’s not so bad like the last one and worse, too.

The gear did what it was supposed to do, again. But this time, I don’t know anything about the accident. I had a blackout. Luckily, neither my bike nor me hit any people, cars or obstacles… but the road. It sufficed for four fractured ribs and a fractured fifth metacarpal in the right hand. Oh, and a concussion despite the well-used helmet. In the hospital, they found I had arrhythmia and speculate whether a sudden onset of this heart condition caused me to over-break and go flying off my bike. I’m being medicated for that now and it is much better. So, perhaps it’s a blessing in disguise that this serious condition was found this way and can be treated now. A lot of disguise, as the ribs hurt pretty much! 

Anyway, I’m on the mend, but the Panigale is out for me now. I have not had much luck with this sports bike and I am afraid to continue in this direction. I imagine a sidecar rig would’ve rolled out into a field harmlessly in this situation. Whishful thinking, perhaps.

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A Tale of Two Bikes (2.5, rather)

The Ducati playing shirking violet in the background to the sidecar rig I test rode today.

The Ducati playing shirking violet in the background to the sidecar rig I test rode today.

The Wednesday after I came back from my tour, I could recover my Ducati from the shop. It had gotten a new rear tyre, a service and had been adjusted to my wishes.
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Ronda Ronda #6

Another way of travel. The hotel in Gap was packed with a Harley riding group from the Netherlands. Fine guys and gals, always riding in a convoy, on a loop to the Cote d'Azur. Suspiciously clean bikes...

Another way of travel. The hotel in Gap was packed with a Harley riding group from the Netherlands. Fine guys and gals, always riding in a convoy, on a loop to the Cote d’Azur. Suspiciously clean bikes…

Well, I’m back home, time for conclusions.
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Ronda Ronda #5 (saved on Ascension Day)

That's a problem right there.

That’s a problem right there.

Come gather ’round people
To France I did roam
I’ll admit that the tyre
I was using was worn
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Ronda Ronda #4 (with smurfs)

A deep ravine near Ronda

A deep ravine near Ronda

Bit of a cliffhanger at the end of last post, so let me tell you:
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Ronda Ronda #3

A Picos de Europa peak

A Picos de Europa peak

It’s been a few days since I posted from my motorcycle tour in Spain, and they have been eventful days, so here goes:
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Ronda, Ronda #2

Pano shot of the Col du Serre and, at the right, the rise to the Col du Pas de Peyrol

Pano shot of the Col du Serre and, at the right, the rise to the Col du Pas de Peyrol

The first three days of my tour have been, beautiful, at times exhausting and there was a lot to experience and learn. So, here are a few photos and comments:
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