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Sunday afternoon…

It’s the day of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix today, and this afternoon I’m sure Anthony will be checking it out on TV.  Hopefully Mark Webber will do great for Australia, and starting from the front row is a great place to start!  Anthony is also hoping that 7-time World Champion Michael Schumacher will also put in a great effort!  It should be a great race.

….but before it starts he’s given me a clean up, and after doing that, he decided to take a few pics…..

I think I look pretty good…

Hopefully it will be a great week out on the road….and we’ll have more updates on how the rides go in a few days.

but before I go, just wanted to share a funny pic that we came across during the week….




Inspired…yep I sure am!!!!

Hi All,

Today’s commute was one of the best ever – simply for the fact that after being off the road for almost two weeks, I was back out there once more and loving it!!

It was a cooler morning than we have had previously, but it was so great to get out and enjoy the corners, the straights, the speed zone changes, even some of the familiar bumps and ruts in the road…….it was just great to have the rubber side down once more and be out there enjoying all that the ride has to offer.

And here I am, one sunny afternoon……I love this photo and the way it has been edited (unlike the “editing” that Anthony did recently while playing with a photo app that produced some pretty hideous results!!)

Vicki produced this shot for Anthony for a chance at getting me on the coveted “Photo Of The Day” spot on  – Unfortunately we didn’t get there, but its one of the many shots of me that I absolutely love.

Her work is simply amazing…..and there are times in your life that you meet people who add something to your life, and then there are times when you meet people who not only add something, but enrich your life in ways you never thought possible.

Inspiring, captivating, talented, driven, determined…..all words that are used to describe her work……..she can see what truly exists beyond the lens, with an ability to capture the emotions, the details, the unspoken moments……….the overflowing smiles from a loving groom waiting for his bride, the kiss from a proud father as he gives away his daughter, the visible outpouring of love between two people as they share a tender moment upon a sandy beach under a setting sun, or sit beneath a forest tree illuminated by magical afternoon light………

All of these elements provide the setting for works of art – moments in time when technique meets talent, style meets flair, and a deep love of photography and passion to be the best, produces the end result……pure visions of life, love and laughter….. all captured and immortalised – forever!!!

Vicki James is that photographer…..a gifted woman with the experience and ability to make your wedding day or portrait session all that you could hope for and more.

Anthony’s admiration for her work, her ability, and her passion, combined with his deep love for her as his partner in life is endless and boundless.    Vicki, we love you and all that you do.

So that’s it from me today…….The chance to be back out on the road again in the morning is so exciting…..Enjoy your rides this week everyone……Enjoy not just the ride, but the destination, the journey, the sun, the rain, the music, the laughter…….get out there and go for it…..

Take care and be safe!!



And so we come to this week’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger – who has been featured before, but that was almost two years ago.

She is a founding member of rock band Evanescence (one of Anthony’s favourites, and a selection of their tracks are featured on his “Riding Music” playlist).  She has a recognizable fashion style, marked by her occasional use of Gothic make-up and taste for Victorian-styled clothing.  Anthony has had the chance to see Evanescence perform live on two occasions, and considers the tracks “Bring Me To Life”, “My Immortal”, “My Last Breath” (all from “Fallen”) and “Call Me When You’re Sober”, “Lithium”, “Like You” and “Good Enough” (from “The Open Door”) to be among his favourites.  Notable side projects include the hit “Broken” with Seether and Korn’s “Freak On A Leash” from their MTV unplugged performance.   She is known officially as Mrs Amy Hartzler, but to her fans, she will always be the one and only, Amy Lee.


Get up, Get out, Have fun!!!!

Hi everyone,

It’s been a bit of a quiet time for me for the last couple of weeks……I have been off the road for a bit and looking forward to getting back out there next week!!!

We Googled “great motorbike rides australia” recently and number two search was IronChef’s “Motorcycle Paradise” Checkout his site – it’s awesome!!

One popular bike around the net at the moment is the Ducati Multistrada 1200.  Hell For Leather Magazine featured a story recently about the Ducati that got binned by a journalist who was testing the bike off road….not pretty!!  The Ducati seems to be awesome in Urban, Sport and Touring riding modes, but whether its Enduro mode allows it to be a true competitor for the BMW GS1200 Adventurer or the new Yamaha ZTZ Super Tenere 1200 remains to be seen….

Here’s a shot of it from the recent Gold Coast Motorcycle Expo….Personally I think it’s a sweet looking bike….

This example was shipped out especially from Italy for the expo….well done to Ducati Australia to organise that.

Today its also time to say G’day to a fellow two-wheeler who’s not only a great guy, but he also knows the best beers and where to find them!! …..but most importantly he’s is Anthony’s brother!  So let’s give it up for Gavin and his Suzuki GS500….Gavin moved from a 50cc Daelim scooter to the Suzuki last year.  It’s a sweet looking ride…(and Anthony is absolutely itching to have a go on it!!)  Have an awesome day tomorrow Gav – you are awesome dude!!!

While scouring through the photos on the Mac recently, I came across the following one.  It was taken by Vicki one fine Sunday afternoon when we were out for a ride around the southern end of the Gold Coast.  This shot was taken up on the hill above Kirra point.  The camo-clad guy chilling out in the background under the Rusty Eagle is Anthony, and I’m loving the way that I look in this shot….Vicki, you are so incredible, and your photography, your talent and creativity and your ability to capture images and emotions is truly awesome, inspiring and a work of art…. We love you!!!!

So that’s it from me this week, have a good one and we’ll see you out there soon…..

This weeks winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger is an American NCAA Basketball player and 2006 American Idol Finalist. She is the daughter of a US Senator, and TV reporter.    She has been an actress, she is the 6th highest basketball scorer in Massachusetts basketball history, (male or female).  She is 21 years old, and has a NICE pair of boots….she is Ayla Brown.


Its the weekend!!!

Hi All,

Hope you’ve had a good week.  Anthony got soaked when he decided to not put on the wet weather gear, my battery was a bit dodgy…..but other than that, the week went off without incident.

The end of the week was spent at the small office, and generally I am parked out the back, away from seeing the view of the marina……but after lunch the front car park is empty, so I get to sit there and watch the world (and lots of bikes) go by……and yesterday there were heaps of Harleys, Ducati’s, a range of other sports bikes, dirt bikes, one Arqin Scooter, and a Vespa GTS 300 !  The Arqin rider seemed to be interested in me when he went past.

In our never-ending quest to find great rides, I stumbled across a link to a round the world bike trip and instead of brand new purpose-built BMW adventure tourers……These guys decided to take on the globe with 70-year-old Danish Nimbus motorcycles, and set off from Norway to go “The Dumb Way Round”.

Other great rides can be found closer to home, and Iron Chef’s “Motorcycle Paradise” blog is filled with fantastic ride info about roads in South East QLD and Northern NSW.  IC’s weapon of choice to tackle the open road is a Buell XB12R, and its a nice looking and great performing bike.   The photos on his blog are great and the stories about the rides and the roads are well documented (including maps).  Go check it out!

In an attempt to generate more views on the blog this week I considered posting a pic of Denise Milani as this week’s Pillion Passenger of the Week, but considering the fact that pics of this Czech model aren’t normally the kind I post, I’ve chosen someone else.   This week’s winner is an American race car driver and environmental activist.

She drives in the development league of NASCAR and the Firestone Indy Lights championship.  Born and raised in Minnesota, she has a degree in Biology in currently resides in North Carolina.

Upon graduation from college, she headed to Hollywood and landed jobs as a stand-in for Catherine Zeta-Jones in Traffic and America’s Sweethearts, and also as Kelly Hu’s stunt double in The Scorpion King.

As part of her environmental work, she went to Norway in 2009 to participate in the zero emission Viking Rally, driving a hydrogen fuel cell Ford Focus.  She finished the hill-climb in second place, just behind World Rally driver Hennig Solberg. To prove that the emissions from the hydrogen car were harmless, she then drank the water from the exhaust of the vehicle at a Hybrid fuel exhibition.  She is Leilani Munter.


2009 is coming to an end…..

Hi All,

Did you enjoy Christmas?  Things here were good for Anthony & Vicki and their family; lots of food, drinks, and happy children.

So as 2009 draws to a close, I thought I’d take another look back at some of the cool two-wheel related happenings of the year…..

Valentino Rossi stamped his dominance in Moto GP once again winning his 9th World Championship, and with only a few major records left to break he is certainly on the way to becoming the greatest motorcycle racer of all time.

Texan Ben Spies beat Noriyuki Haga and took home the 2009 World Superbike Championship, and will move to the Yamaha Tech 3 team in Moto GP for 2010.

Aussie Motorcross superstar Chad Reed took out the AMA Motorcross Championship, and narrowly lost the Supercross series to James Stewart.  Chad then returned to Australia and won his 4th Australia Supercross championship.  He has also switched from Rockstar Makita Suzuki team to the Kawasaki Monster Energy Drink Team for 2010.

Besides racing, 2009 saw the unveiling of the Ducati Streetfighter (one of Anthony’s favourite motorcycles of the year.)  Also the BMW S 1000RR hit the track in the World Superbike Championship and will hopefully be on the road here soon.

’09 also saw the return of the Crusty Demons here in Australia.  Anthony & Vicki headed to Brisbane earlier in the year to catch them at the entertainment centre, and the Crusty team will return again in 2010, as will Travis Pastrana and the Nitro Circus crew.

And then first up for 2010……..Marc Coma and Cyril Despres with team KTM (…..and 159 other brave souls) are back to fight for glory in the bike category as the  Dakar circus once again travels 9000km through the wastelands of South America.  Day one kicks of on the 1st of January.

So that’s it for today, two more days of 2009 left to go and then 2010 begins.  Hope you all have a good week, have some great rides and get out there and enjoy the ride.

And so our final 2009 winner for Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the Week is an american actress, born in 1972.  She was formerly the fiance of Brad Pitt is now the wife of Coldplay frontman Chris Martin.  She is the mother of Moses and Apple, she believes that shampoo causes cancer, and she will soon hit the screens again as “Pepper” Potts, the close friend, budding love interest, and business partner of Tony Stark, aka IRON MAN in Iron Man 2, which begins in May 2010.

She is Gwyneth Paltrow.


Merry Christmas!!

Hi all,

Just wanted to wish everyone a Merry Christmas, and a Happy and safe New Year.    We hope you enjoy 2010 and get out there and make the most of every moment.

This year has been a busy one, and for Anthony it involved a move south to be with Vicki.  For them it meant a new job, new challenges and new experiences that could be shared without having to travel a 360km round trip each week to do so.

For me that meant new roads and new opportunities to get out and have some fun on the roads.  We’ve discovered plenty of roads that we love riding on, and also have some that we are looking forward to checking out soon.

We have two winners of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the week this week……The first is from the UK. She’s a model who was born in Feltham.  Her  mother is an accountant, her father an engineer.   While growing up she had a passion for dance and drama and studied them both at Feltham Community College.  She is Katie Marie Cork

But the true winner, and Derbi’s preferred passenger above all….is and will always be, a girl who is the most amazing photographer I’ve ever met.

She specialises in weddings and portraits and is just so incredible at what she does.

With her eyes, her hands, her creativity, and her tools, she is able to capture priceless moments and transform those moments into a work of art.   She is a hard working mum, she is a gifted, generous, intelligent, funny and beautiful woman.

…….she is the love of Anthony’s life, and he is so blessed and thankful to have her, she is the one and only Vicki James.


Get up and get out there…..

So what’s been happening in the life of Derbi?   Not a lot, but its all good.

For today’s ride home we will be taking the back road once more for a quick blast through the cool corners – so much more fun than the highway.    

When Anthony was heading back from the coast over the weekend he saw some Yamaha bikes at the BP servo. The guy was on a black R1 (with black leathers and Blue/Black Shoei Helmet) while the girl was on a matching black R6 (with black/pink leathers and a Pink/Black Shoei helmet)

This pair reminded Anthony of his desire for he and Vicki to one day jump on some bikes and ride off together!   That would be extremely cool….and to quote Anil from his Foxnomad blog entry “Why you need to take a motorcycle trip at least once in your life”….. “Riding a motorcycle across an open road from one destination to the next is the modern-day equivalent of setting off into the sunset on horseback. Let your fear and the thrill put you on two wheels and not keep you from it.”

twisty road

Do you ever feel like you are living in the movie Groundhog Day?

Well personally I don’t, but that’s because I’m a scooter, not a person ….but in my never-ending quest to understand humanity, I often talk to Anthony and he has said that lately that’s what life is like for him and his family.

Each day it’s the same deal – you get up, work damn hard, do the very best you can for your kids and family…..and then you get back up and do it all over again!

And like the troopers that they are, Anthony and Vicki keep on going above and beyond each day!

But unfortunately there are times when things don’t quite follow the system, moments when stuff creeps in that hinders their ability to always do their best each day…..moments when they cop other people’s crap, and even if they don’t take it on board, they still receive it

……and then there are moments when certain people on this planet should have a good hard look at themselves and eat an extra large bowl of STFU each and every day!   

And so today’s blog post is dedicated to Scooter Boy & Scooter Girl…..and all the other hard-working and un-selfish Groundhogs out there. 

Get out there and do what you do….I salute you!!



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