Motorcycle Gear #2

Here’s a little update for my bike-related clothing – including beard wear! Red Wing Iron Ranger boots Don’t get me wrong, I love my Moc Toes, but I really wanted something a bit more spring for, erm, spring. The Iron Rangers have a great back story – they were invented for miners at the turn…

The Bike Shed, Harley-Davidsons and London traffic

Yesterday I finally visited The Bike Shed. This isn’t a big deal for most people, but it was for me. You see, being into a scene these days is a curious thing. If you’re nowhere near it and don’t physically know anyone in it, then you’re only ‘real’ touch points are via social media channels….

Earn an Unsynced Freedom Pass

I’m just over a month into riding pretty much every day, and I still can’t get my head around the fact that it’s actually really real. I’m at the point now where I’m starting to get really comfortable on the bike, and the immediate consciousness of practical riding needs that I experienced at the start…

Motorcycle Gear #1

“You’ve got a badass bike. Badass boots. A badass jacket. And a helmet for a 7-year-old.” – my son Ben (12yo) I thought it was about time I wrote a bit about the stuff I wear to ride in. I’ve always been a bit clothes obsessed – I think they invented the phrase ‘all the…

Motorway Ridin’

Oh my life! Yesterday I rode a junction on the motorway. It was so intense it’s taken me 24 hours of processing to be able to write about it. Obviously, when you’re training for your tests you can’t go anywhere near the motorway. (As an aside, my instructor told me about how a guy on…

Wet Weather Ridin’

I always knew I’d ride in whatever the weather when my bike arrived. I spent the winter riding my push bike to the station, getting the train twenty minutes up the road and then walking to the studio (I work for a branding agency). I would spend most of that time daydreaming about my motorbike…

A Wider Focus

Something I didn’t account for is starting to happen – my field of vision is getting more detailed. When I first swung my leg over my bike I was really concerned with everything within a a relatively narrow focus. Because I’d not ridden for so long I just sat in traffic making sure not to…

May First Ever Motorcycle(!)

So it’s finally happened: I’m now a real motorbike rider. I took delivery of my brand new Harley-Davidson Iron on Tuesday, the bike I’d set my mind on two years ago. Lots of people have sniffed at me since then because they don’t ‘get’ the Harley thing but I never doubted it. I think being…

Learning to Ride

I was totally ready to do my Mod1 test. I’d put in the saddle hours and visualised what I had to do over and over again. I even got out my daughter’s toy Ducati and ran the test manoeuvres on our dining room table. But I still failed… One of the things you have to do…

Motorcycle Ridin’: The First Outing

  So I had another version of this Beards&Axes blog a few years back, which I launched a Kickstarter campaign through with the aim of funding my own magazine. Sadly I didn’t manage to achieve that goal, and so my enthusiasm for my blog died along with my magazine dream. I’ve not done any blogging for…