Love over Cold

Finally, the KTM Duke 390 was ready for pick-up yesterday.
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The Duke Of Christmas

A 2017 KTM Duke 390

A 2017 KTM Duke 390

My daughter and her husband had sold their motorbikes over a year ago. Being students, they lacked the time and funds to use and keep them, but they were missed. And I missed riding with them.
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Misnamed, but makes a lot of sense

A Ducati with panniers

A Ducati with panniers

I’m coming to you from the last long tour of the year, a week long loop with stayovers at Karlsruhe, Bourg en Bresse, Avignon, Bologna, Bolzano, Augsburg and then back home. Continue reading

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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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