London Line-Up – BMW, Suzuki, Honda

London Line-up I’m one of a team of presenters for the BBC Radio 4 Extra show called “The Seventh Dimension” which means working in their Portland Place studio in London when it’s my turn on the rota. Last time I was there I spotted a row of really interesting parked bikes, and I just had … Continue reading “London Line-Up – BMW, Suzuki, Honda”

Great British Motorbike Rides – Matlock Bath – Biking

Matlock Bath On the very edge of the Peak district, deep in the Derwent Valley running through the Derbyshire Dales, half an hour or so from the M1 and very well signposted from every direction is a small town that can easily be described as a seaside resort without the sea – Matlock Bath. Unless … Continue reading “Great British Motorbike Rides – Matlock Bath – Biking”

BSA and Brough – BSA Bikes and Motorbikes

Looking through a box of family souvenirs and very old sepia photographs, my wife, Patricia, came across a really ancient picture in a wooden frame that we hadn’t studied in any depth before. It was one that my late mother had cherished and saved over the years, and which had finally come down to us. … Continue reading “BSA and Brough – BSA Bikes and Motorbikes”

Top Tips when Buying a Harley – Buying A Legend

There’s a very interesting and worthwhile bikers’ group called The Davidson Legacy who have bought and refurbished the tiny stone cottage on Brechin in Scotland and turned it into a memorial site, which all Harley riders will enjoy visiting. It was the original home of Arthur Davidson, the Scottish-American co-founder of Harley-Davidson. Arthur was born … Continue reading “Top Tips when Buying a Harley – Buying A Legend”

The Caerphilly Castle Mysteries – My Harley Road King Classic

Caerphilly near Cardiff in South Wales has one of the most spectacular ancient castles that we used in the TV series on “Castles of Horror”, which I presented for the Discovery Channel. Road King Classic I rode to Caerphilly to make the programme on a Harley Road King Classic: a truly great machine, one of … Continue reading “The Caerphilly Castle Mysteries – My Harley Road King Classic”

The Raglan Castle Mysteries

Lionel on his bike at Raglan Castle The Discovery Channel commissioned BBC TV Wales make a series for them called “Castles of Horror” on one channel and “Bloody Towers” on another — with me as their biker-presenter. On repeated long, hard rides of that kind, it’s good to know that the resources of Webuyanybike are … Continue reading “The Raglan Castle Mysteries”

Knowledge of Angels – Biker Angels

When your working life includes a wide range of TV and radio presentations, you never know what an imaginative director will come up with next. The phone went one afternoon and a producer from a media company we work for from time to time asked: “Do you know anything about angels?” As investigators of the … Continue reading “Knowledge of Angels – Biker Angels”

Nun on a Harley – Bikers: game for anything and afraid of nothing

Nun on a Harley – When I was presenting the Channel 4 TV series called “Fortean TV” back in the late nineties, I never knew what wildly unusual ideas the Director would come up with next. We went to haunted houses; we filmed haunted castles; making programmes about hypnotic dogs; we recorded conversations between cats … Continue reading “Nun on a Harley – Bikers: game for anything and afraid of nothing”

Adventures at Cabo de Especial – I could still hold the Harley

A few years ago, when I was doing a lot of TV work, some friends and colleagues at BBC Wales were approached by the Discovery Channel to make a series for them which was scheduled to be called “Castles of Horror” on one channel and “Bloody Towers” on another.  I was delighted when the BBC Wales … Continue reading “Adventures at Cabo de Especial – I could still hold the Harley”

Riding a Motorbike is a Way of Life – My First Bike

As far as I’m concerned riding a motorbike is more than just a great means of transport: and it’s more than the most exhilarating form of travel. It’s a 100% way of life. You and the bike together become a sort of totality. I bought my very first bike, a BSA 500cc, way back in … Continue reading “Riding a Motorbike is a Way of Life – My First Bike”