Suzuki Bandit with rider and mountain views.The last ride you have on any bike you own is always a bit special, or eventful in some cases.  The last ride I had on my Suzuki Bandit was special, even though I didn't know at the time it would be the last time.

Over 3 years of ownership I had managed to complete around 8,000km of riding mostly early morning jaunts around the local mountains bit a little touring too, including a 2,700km 5 day trip, which I still haven't finished writing about.

It's been a few years since I visited a round of the MotoGP championship, even though the Ricardo Tormo circuit is only a little over an hour from my home.  Time to get my finger out and go racing again.

During the early part of the year before the racing season started, it looked like Valentino Rossi would retire at the end of 2018 as he hadn't signed a new contract yet.  Not wanting to miss out on his final race a plan was hatched and 5 tickets purchased for the Valencia round held at the Ricardo Tormos circuit near Cheste.


What better way to spend a sunny Sunday morning than messing about on dirt bikes!

It's been a good few years since I have been off road in any capacity, the last time being on our old BMW F650, riding some tracks in the valley near my home.  This would be different though, a two and a half hour training session with a flat track twist.

Its getting to that time of year again when thoughts turn to motorcycling, especially after last weekends trip to the UK for the MCN London Motorcycle Show.  Usually we ride all year, just missing the heat of August and a bit of rain in January, however this year we have had a considerable amount of rain and even snow on the Costa Blanca.

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Many of the people reading this will know of my brothers motorcycle accident on the 18th September 2016, hopefully you will also be aware of his friends efforts to raise some funds for him.  The funds will enable him to cover some of his expenses for the year while he will be unable to work and make his recovery a little easier to bear.

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