Today was the hottest day of the year (well in the UK anyway) but even this will be eclipsed by the temperature on Sunday. So there I was, riding my Kawasaki out of London on the hottest day of the year in a full one piece leather suit. Its dieting in action. Getting out of London was pretty much the usual affair, lots of drivers getting hot under the collar, everybody fighting for those few feet of tarmac just trying to get home. The bike was getting really hot so it was good to get it up to a decent speed when the road opened up which allowed the air floor to bring the temperature down.
The bike started to sound a little gruff around midway through the ride and I had a bit of trouble getting it to start when I briefly stopped in Warwick, but that probably means its due an oil change and a se There was an accident that had closed a nearby main road, with all traffic being sent in the direction that I was heading. There is no better was to highlight the benefit of riding a motorcycle when congestion is the name of the game. As long as you're sensible, you can just ride straight past it, scything huge chucks of time off the journey, which really helps when you've been on a hot bike, on a hot day for over four hours. Oh the many joys of being a biker....oh did I mention hayfever?
My name is Matt Brown and I'm a UK journalist formerly based in London, but now calling the South of England home. I've been riding bikes since 2007, but got hooked straight away. Nothing gives me the feeling of freedom, even when stuck in a city. In 2010 I became a RoSPA gold rider, but when it comes down to it, I'm Just a normal man, riding his bikes as often as he can.