Author Archive for Anthony Parker


Derbi says goodbye….

Hi all, today’s blog post about the life of a scooter named Derbi will be my last…..

For both Anthony and I, the last 2 years have been an amazing experience, we’ve travelled over 20,000 Km together, ridden and photographed lots of cool roads and shared some awesome days and nights out on the road.

We have also shared great rides with Vicki, (aka Scooter Girl), and I will greatly miss her amazing smile.  She is, (and always will be…), Derbi’s Greatest Celibrity Pillion Passenger.

But for Anthony and Vicki, two wheeled adventures will continue, not on a scooter, but on a Suzuki V-Strom 650 motorbike, yes folks, he’s crossed over to the other side and is loving the new challenges that await….

There will be a new blog with stories of his adventures at – Two Wheeler

Sharing my stories with you has been an absolute pleasure, thanks to all who have commented and followed the “My Life As A Scooter” journey. I may meet some of you again one day, but for now, and for the final time…….stay safe, have fun, keep the rubber side down, and enjoy the ride.




Wet, Wet, Wednesday

Hi all,

Hope your ride today was a good one…..but if you were anywhere between the NSW-QLD border and Port Macquarie, it was pretty miserable.   Initially we went to Maclean, and the further away from Yamba we got, the worse the weather was.  We then headed back to Yamba mid morning, and it was really wet most of the way… wet that Anthony’s “waterproof” gloves started leaking.  Then for the short ride home, it started again.

Then there was the guy in the SUV who decided to move close to the centre line and hit the massive puddle that generated what was close to a massive wave that ended up hitting us head on….well done cruiser man!

The weather is expected to be a bit ugly for a few days, so we’ll see what we get in the morning.

So what’s been happening in the two wheeled world?

The Roman Emperor, Mr Max Biaggi is on fire in the World Superbike championship, pulling two wins in the weekends round in Utah.   Anthony always thought Max was a complete Tool when he raced in MotoGP, but his admiration for him has grown, and in such a short time, Max has managed to make the Aprilia RSV4 Factory the bike to be on!  Go Max….

One website we enjoy checking out each week is Killboy’s Blog.  Filled with awesome photos from the “Tail of The Dragon” at Deals Gap in the USA….the bike pics are awesome…check it out.

This week’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week is a British actress on her way to stardom.  She’s starred in “Quantum of Solace”, “Clash of the Titans” and most recently  “Prince of Persia”.  She’s 24, she’s the daughter of a cleaner and a welder, She is Gemma Arterton.


The week is coming to an end…

Hi All,

It’s been a good week out on the road, and Anthony is very happy with the new thermal gear to keep him warm!!… Thumbs up for that!

Today we had a short trip, but it was still good to be out in the fresh air having a ride!

So what’s been happening out there in the two wheeled world?  One of the most eagerly awaited bikes (well, awaited by Anthony…) is the soon to be released Honda CB1100F.  Set to be arrive at the end of the month, this bike with its 1140cc inline four-cylinder engine and dual overhead cams is classic perfection.  Combining vintage looks with modern features, this is one bike that is sure to be popular……(and yes, Anthony would love to have one in the garage!)

In racing news….Moto GP heads to Le Mans in France this weekend to compete in the Monster Energy GP.  Hopefully Casey Stoner can recover from his not so great start to the year and gain some more points this weekend.   As for the top Yamaha riders, currently only 4 points separates Lorenzo (position 1) and Rossi (position 2)….who will come out in the lead?

World Superbikes head to the USA in 8 days to the Miller Motorsports park for the next round.  Can Mad Max and the Aprilia team gain the top spot from Suzuki’s Leon Haslam?  Will Haga be able to gain ground…he is alreay 101 points behind Biaggi.

Another new bike that Anthony is impressed with is the Suzuki GSX-R 1000 with its 999cc, four-cylinder, liquid-cooled, DOHC engine, featuring Suzuki’s Dual Throttle Valve (SDTV) fuel-injection system…sounds cool, but the bike looks awesome, particularly in its 25th anniversary colours

So that’s it for us today, hopefully you’ve had a good one, stay safe, ride with a smile and get out there!!




Its getting colder….

Hi all, It’s been cold on the road this week and to try and make things more comfortable, Anthony has some new thermal gear coming, and it should be arriving today, thanks to the excellent service from Bikebiz.

So we’ll update you on how it performs later in the week!

There have been plenty of bikes out this week, everything from chrome-covered cruisers to BMW 1200GS Adventurers, to Hayabusa’s and R1’s…..Everyone out enjoying the road!    The orange & chrome V-rod spotted on sunday was very cool!

This weeks winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week is a model, and a bike racer.   She’s a competitor in the Australian 125cc championship, she is Stacey McMahon


Short tuesday blog post…..

Hi everyone,

This week’s Grafton rides have been cold…..and foggy!!  Anthony loaded up with an extra layer today to keep him warm, but for me it was simply a case of suck it up and deal with it!  But that’s ok, because I’m a scooter and not able to add additional layers.

So how has the two-wheeled experience been for the rest of you?   We were lucky enough to leave the office after a storm rolled through Grafton, and thankfully the road was mostly dry by the time we left.

Tomorrow we are off on a shorter trip to Maclean, but it’s still a chance to get out on the road and ride.  Any chance to put the rubber side down is always good, so enjoy your rides and we’ll see you out there…



For more info on this week’s winners of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion’s of the week checkout Today we present the Angels of Icon….


Out and about

Hi everyone,

The weather has been a bit cooler out on the road this week, especially the Grafton trip which brought fog, cold, bugs and rain….

The trip home is getting darker each day, but its all good.

As an alternative to our normal highway commute, we should try the alternate route which goes from Yamba to Maclean, out over the bridge to the Bluff Point Ferry and across the river to Lawrence, then follow Lawrence Road to Alumi Creek and then Grafton.

That route looks something like this….

The road before arriving in Grafton, (the last part of the trip) looks something like this….

Wednesday we were out on the road again for the trip to Maclean, which also requires some travelling along Yamba Road, which Anthony knows like the back of his hand…..but it has some great turns on it.

You don’t want to do anything silly when these guys are around….!

Thursday and today we had our short trip to the tiny office by the water…….its just Anthony and the Pelicans, but despite that, we go home at lunch time, which is another chance for a ride, and any chance to get out on the road is a good one!!!

We hope you’ve had a great two-wheeled week, get out there, stay safe and have a good one…..

For this week’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week we are following a Star Wars theme…..(no it’s not Princess Leia in her gold bikini….) but recently we came across the website of a graphic artist named Feng Zhu.  He has created some Star Wars designs in the style of old war-time posters….(they are so much better than pics of Uncle Sam saying “We Want You For The US Army)……  anyway, back to the story…..

Imagine you are the Imperial Empire, and you are trying to recruit new troops……how do you do it?

How do you make young people want to sign up to become Imperial Troops….?

Perhaps you could try something like this…..

Or this…..

Or maybe this…..

seeya out there,




Quiet easter weekend….

Hi all,

Hopefully you have enjoyed your Easter weekend.

On Sunday Anthony was checking out some two-wheeled action on TV, watching the “Top Fuel Bike” category of ANDRA Pro Series Drag racing.  Watching these guys hang on to their massively powerful Nitromethane powered bikes, reaching speeds of over 330 kmh in 6-7 seconds is incredible.

Here’s one of the semi-final runs……

We didn’t have to go to Grafton last week, but will be back there this week and we will be out on the highway for that ride on Tuesday.  Hopefully the weather will be fine, and now that Daylight Saving is over its going to be getting darker for the trip home, which means the Bugs will be back once more (something we haven’t missed at all!)

So we’ll have more stories this week I’m sure, so get out there, have a great and safe week and we’ll see you on the road,



This weeks winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week is new to two wheels, but she is known to many around the country, and was adored by children….(and some of their fathers) while she graced Australia’s TV screens as part of children’s entertainment group Hi-5.

She is the new ambassador for Hyosung motorcycles, and has just taken delivery of a white GT250.  She is Charli Delaney

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