Archive for the 'Weekends' Category

05
Jun
10

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.

Cheers

Derbi.

05
Apr
10

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,

Cheers,

Derbi.

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

28
Mar
10

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….

Cheers,

Derbi

21
Mar
10

Sunday Morning Ride In The Country….

Hi All,

Unfortunately we didn’t get a chance to do the Gold Coast trip yesterday, despite the perfect weather.  We will get a chance to do it again another time.

So this morning we headed out about 10:30am and travelled down the highway and ended up out at the seaside village of Wooli.

The route looks like this…..

It was a 172km round trip that took us south to Tyndale, out to Wooli….and the road out there also goes through the small town off Tucabia….and from there continues out on the road to Wooli.

Here’s some shots of the road, the corners and the scenery along the way…….

Here I am hanging out across the road from the Wooli Bowling Club

Wooli is also the home of the Australian Goanna Pulling Championships….and here’s the sign advertising it!!

After Wooli we headed back to Tucabia, then took the other direction out inland to Ulmarra….there were some great corners along that road too.

After Ulmarra we went down the highway to the Brushgrove/Cowper turnoff, then headed down through Brushgrove to Maclean then back to Yamba.

Anthony did a great job riding today – from the point where we turned off the highway out to Wooli until we got almost to Maclean, we were on roads that Anthony had never ridden on before.

He did a fantastic job, stayed safe, had fun……and got a chance to open up the throttle on a few of the great corners out there.   There was one of them that we didn’t get a chance to photograph, but I think that if it was possible to lean me over far enough for Anthony to drop his knee down he would have given it a go!!!

It was a great morning out and we look forward to the next one.

so I hope you’ve all had a great weekend too….get out there, stay safe and have fun!!

Cheers,

Derbi.

13
Mar
10

Love that sound!!!!

Howdy everyone,

As I mentioned in my last post, I’ve been off the road for a bit….there were some electrical component issues that had prevented me from running – but the main reason for the delay in getting me going was Anthony not having the time to do the job…..but today he was onto it again, and as you can hear from the enclosed video….It’s all good!!

So I can’t wait to get back out onto the road….and the ride to work on Monday is going to be soooo sweet!

A couple of weeks ago while checking out some of his usual bike blogs, Icon Motorsports had an ad on their blog about their Sticker Giveaway.  All you had to do was become a follower of the blog and email your details…..then in the mail came a free sticker – (all the way from Portland, USA)…..who says you can’t get anything for free these days!!!

So a short while later, “Zipperface” arrived – the sticker created in honour of their new Alliance SSR Zipperface helmet.

He’s a freaky looking little thing…..and here he is adorning the back of me……

So that’s it from me so far this weekend….once we hit the road next there will be more stories to tell…..

Have a great weekend everyone, stay safe and we’ll see you soon!!!!

Cheers,

Derbi.

21
Feb
10

Bikes, Bikes and more Bikes…..It’s the Australian Motorcycle Expo 2010

Friday……

Its going to be a great weekend…Gold Coast trip!!  On Saturday Anthony and Vicki will be off to the Australian Motorcycle Expo at the Gold Coast Convention Centre and I’ll be at ScooterHQ getting a new tyre!

(…..and don’t forget to checkout Vicki’s website and blog.  Her work is fantastic, inspiring, brilliant, artistic, awesome, beautiful and absolutely incredible….)

Today we had to travel to office number two instead of the tiny office, Anthony had a chance to listen to more music, and today’s tracks cranking on the iPod were – Linkin Park – New Divide, Honeymoon Suite – What Does it Take, Megan McCauley – Wonder, and Dishwalla – Counting Blue Cars…..

The weather was a bit cooler and it was a perfect morning for a ride. It started raining later in the day, but hopefully the weekend will be fine.

So it’s now Friday night…and I’m all tied down on the trailer waiting for the trip up the coast in the morning……yes it would have been better to ride up, but due to the lack of rubber on my rear tyre, Anthony decided to get me up there the safe way!   So I’m looking forward to monday and the trip to Grafton for Anthony to go to work.

Saturday…..

We have been here on the Gold Coast since this morning…..I’m all fixed up and have a shiny new rear tyre, and am ready to hit the road…..but unfortunately I’m currently sitting on a trailer in a hotel carpark while Scooterboy and ScooterGirl are enjoying their weekend, but they have worked hard and are thankful for some time away….and after hanging out at the motorcycle expo, Anthony has some photos that he’d like to post….so here they are….

BMW K1300R

Suzuki Gladius SFV650

Fully optioned custom Harley Davison

Big Bear Customs chopper

Ducati Troy Bayliss 1098r Limited Edition

Ducati Streetfighter

the new Ducati Mulistrada 1200

The incredibly expensive Ducati Desmocedici RR

Victory Arlen Ness signature series cruiser.

the awesome Triumph Street Triple R

An accessorised Triumph Street Triple.

the mighty 1700cc Yamaha VMAX

the all-new BMW S1000RR superbike.

The show wasn’t as good as last year….there were some manufacturers not represented, and the crowd didn’t seem to be as big, but Anthony enjoyed hanging out with all the two wheeled toys.

Sunday…..

Its sunday morning and I’m still sitting here in the hotel carpark, but today at some time we are heading home. Scooterboy and Scootergirl have had a great time away, and I’m looking foward to the week ahead….

And now it’s sunday night, and we are home….I’m off the trailer, locked in the garage, and ready to hit the road tomorrow morning…Bring it on!!!

This week’s winner of Derbi’s Celebrity Pillion Passenger of the Week is a musician….but not just any musician, she’s a singer, songwriter, amazing guitarist and was to be the lead guitarist for Michael Jackson’s comeback tour.  She first opened for her hero Steve Vai at the age of 15, she’s 24 now and she is Orianthi Panagaris.


13
Feb
10

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.