Flickr Goes Premium – Another image hosting upheaval on route.

Flickr Goes Premium
Flickr Goes Premium

UPDATE : 05/12/2018 : I have managed to bring my image count to under 1000 on the Flickr platform.  That should mean the rest of the galleries are safe, however I will be moving them all off Flickr.  Their unbelievable greed has made them a non-entity of a platform to me.  Good luck to all who continue to use it, but honestly there are alternatives!

Flickr 1000 image limit
Flickr 1000 image limit

First it was Photobucket – now Flickr has went down the pay to use model and has DOUBLED its prices from its previous Pro Option.

That puts it out of my price band – and means I need to find an alternative.

Remember this is not a commercial blog and is funded from my own pocket.

After a couple of days of testing and setting it up I believe I have got it so that I can link Google Photos Galleries into my posts.  Hopefully.  Please Google – stay blog friendly!  Please!

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2019 Road Racing Calendar Updated (28th November 2018)

A load of the Northern Irish and most of the Isle of Man Road Racing Schedules have now been confirmed and added to the TBNI 2019 Road Racing Calendar.

Take yourself over to the Calendar Page for the latest dates – or just take the hassle out of everything by subscribing to the TBNI iCal Road Racing Calendar.

The iCal Calendar is :

  • Free
  • Updates automatically on your iCal compatible device
  • Is subscribed to with one click
  • Needs no access to any of your personal information (all you are doing is subscribing to a feed – so your device never gives out info – ever).
  • Has all the details to make sure you never miss another meeting

Full details as of the 28th November 2018 are available here : http://tbni.blog/road-racing-calendar/

BMW at Motorcycle Live 2018
BMW at Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 : Birmingham NEC

Motorcycle Live 2018
Motorcycle Live 2018

Motorcycle Live 2018 ran this year from 17th – 25th November, so now that is over I can post up a few photographs along with my thoughts on the show and what I saw this year without having to issue a spoiler.

This year saw 4 halls filled with the current (and upcoming) offerings of 40 manufacturers along with a chance to test ride numerous machines both on the road and on the ever popular Adventure course where you can test on the most popular adventure bikes on a well thought indoor track.  It’s not taxing, not difficult at all, but it is fun.

The Live Arena was also present and what was previously a showcase for Arena Cross this year was taken over by Moto Cirque and what these guys can do on such a small stage really is spectacular.  If you get that the chance to see their show in full, take it.

Other than that it is all about the bikes and I have composed a gallery of over 100 photos for your viewing pleasure but first I am going to point out a few of my highlights…

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2018 Macau Results : Motorcycles

2018 Macau GP Results
2018 Macau GP Results

2018 Macau Results : (Motorcycles)

The 2018 road racing season officially ends at the Macau Grand Prix.  With bikes, supercars and race cars all battling (of course not at the same time) on one of the most extreme and dangerous circuits on the planet.

Check out the official website here : https://www.macau.grandprix.gov.mo/en/

Here you will find all the practice sessions, qualifying sessions, race results and timings from the 52nd Suncity Macau Motorcycle Grand Prix (2018) :

When reading the results below the following format applies : 

Position : Rider Number : Rider Name : Nationality : Team : Motorcycle : Race Time : Laps Completed : Fastest Lap Average Speed (km/h) : Best Lap Time : Best Lap Number
Best Lap: 2:25.005 (151.9 km/h), (No 88) Peter Hickman

1 88 Peter Hickman GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S1000RR 00:19:31.386 8 – 151.9 2:25.005 4

2 8 Michael Rutter GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing Honda RC213V 00:19:32.181 8 0.795 0.795 151.8 2:25.130 8

3 40 Martin Jessopp GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 00:19:38.820 8 7.434 6.639 150.7 2:26.139 3

4 99 Danny Webb GBR MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-1 00:19:39.554 8 8.168 0.734 151.0 2:25.841 2

5 7 Gary Johnson GBR Briggs Equipment Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX10-RR 00:19:40.498 8 9.112 0.944 150.6 2:26.253 4

6 50 Horst Saiger AUT Saiger-Racing Yamaha R1 00:19:49.598 8 18.212 9.100 149.3 2:27.540 2

7 20 David Johnson AUS PR Racing BMW S1000RR 00:19:54.125 8 22.739 4.527 149.3 2:27.514 2

8 82 Derek Sheils IRL MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 00:19:59.114 8 27.728 4.989 148.1 2:28.704 8

9 74 Davey Todd GBR PuraGlobe Syntainics Racing Oil by Penz13 BMW Penz13-1 00:20:00.128 8 28.742 1.014 148.7 02:28.1 2

10 4 John McGuinness GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 20:03.9 8 32.564 3.822 148.0 2:28.833 7

11 45 Marek Cerveny CZE Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-1 00:20:15.785 8 44.399 11.835 146.3 2:30.536 4

12 62 Sam West GBR PRL/OHA Motorsport BMW S1000RR 00:20:16.153 8 44.767 0.368 146.9 2:29.888 5

13 65 Michael Sweeney IRL Martin Jones Racing BMW HP4 00:20:28.681 8 57.295 12.528 145.4 2:31.427 7

14 22 Paul Jordan GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 002029.107 8 57.721 0.426 145.1 2:31.840 4

15 34 Ben Wylie GBR Bimota Racing/ Amore Moto Bimota BB3 00:20:29.334 8 57.948 0.227 145.6 2:31.286 5

16 77 Phillip Crowe GBR Handtrans JCR Racing BMW S1000RR 002029.939 8 58.553 0.605 145.8 2:31.068 6

17 38 Emo Kostamo FIN Markka Racing by Penz13 BMW S1000RR 00:20:34.110 8 1:02.724 4.171 145.0 2:31.939 7

18 44 Rob Hodson GBR JGH Racing BMW S1000RR 00:20:34.514 8 1:03.128 0.404 145.6 2:31.239 7

19 14 Andre Pires PRT Team FastBike/Beauty Machines Yamaha R1 00:20:46.364 8 1:14.978 11.850 143.3 2:33.723 8

20 67 Dominic Herbertson GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 00:20:49.429 8 1:18.043 3.065 143.4 2:33.563 8

21 104 Daley Mathison GBR Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-1 00:20:52.904 8 1:21.518 3.475 142.8 2:34.252 8

22 182 Xavier Denis FRA PerformanX Racing BMW S1000RR 00:21:07.621 8 1:36.235 14.717 140.7 2:36.576 3

23 54 Steve Heneghan IRL Reactive Parts.com Ducati Panigale V4 00:18:27.595 7 1 Lp 1 Lp 142.5 2:34.533 5

24 9 Craig Neve GBR C N Racing BMW S1000RR 00:21:01.109 7 1 Lp 2:33.514 141.8 2:35.299 5

NOT CLASSIFIED (Requirements : Must cross the finishing line or 75% of number of laps of leader = 6 laps)

71 Davy Morgan GBR DM71 BMW S1000RR 00:08:38.166 3 5 Lp 4 Lp 133.1 2:45.503 2

26 26 Didier Grams DEU G8G Motorsport by BMW Matorrad BMW S1000RR 00:05:55.030 2 6 Lp 1 Lp 0

Best Lap: 2:25.005 (151.9 km/h), (No 88) Peter Hickman

1 88 Peter Hickman GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S1000RR 14 2:23.904 11 153.1 2:23.872

2 8 Michael Rutter GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing Honda RC213V 13 2:25.044 12 1.140 1.140 151.8 2:25.002

3 40 Martin Jessopp GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 14 2:25.356 14 1.452 0.312 151.5 2:25.118

4 7 Gary Johnson GBR Briggs Equipment Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX1ORR 14 2:25.733 12 1.829 0.377 151.1 2:25 525

5 99 Danny Webb GBR MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 14 2:26.352 11 2.448 0.619 150.5 2:25.770

6 50 Horst Saiger AUT Saiger-Racing Yamaha R1 15 2:27.247 14 3.343 0.895 149.6 2:27179

7 20 David Johnson AUS PR Racing BMW S1000RR 13 2:27.545 9 3.641 0.298 149.3 2:27.439

8 4 John McGuinness GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 14 2:27.601 12 3.697 0.056 149.2 2:27.454

9 82 Derek Shells IRL MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 13 2:27.814 12 3.910 0.213 149.0 2:27.429

10 62 Sam West GBR PRL/OHA Motorsport BMW S1000RR 15 2:28.690 13 4.786 0.876 148.1 2:28.415

11 74 Davey Todd GBR PuraGlobe Syntainics Racing Oil by Penz13 BMW Penz13-1 11 2:29.423 7 5.519 0.733 147.4 2:28.988

12 26 Didier Grams DEU G8G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR 12 2:29.448 9 5.544 0.025 147.4 2:28.955

13 45 Marek Cerveny CZE Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-I 12 2:29.985 9 6.081 0.537 146.8 2:29.362

14 65 Michael Sweeney IRL Martin Jones Racing BMW HP4 14 2:30.577 13 6.673 0.592 146.3 2:30.479

15 34 Ben Wylie GBR Bimota Racing/ Amore Moto Bimota BB3 13 2:30.776 11 6.872 0.199 146.1 2:30.502

16 38 Emo Kostamo FIN Markka Racing by Penz13 BMW S1000RR 14 2:30.993 14 7.089 0.217 145.9 2:30.596

17 22 Paul Jordan GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 13 2:31.195 12 7.291 0.202 145.7 2:31,106

18 44 Rob Hodson GBR JGH Racing BMW S1000RR 13 2:31.767 12 7.863 0.572 145.1 2:30.938

19 77 Phillip Crowe GBR Handtrans JCR Racing BMW S1000RR 14 2:32.027 10 8.123 0.260 144.9 2:31.771

20 54 Steve Heneghan IRL Reactive Parts.com Ducati Panigale V4 11 2:32.162 7 8.258 0.135 144.7 2:32.064

21 14 Andre Pires PRT Team FastBike/Beauty Machines Yamaha R1 15 2:33.841 11 9.937 1.679 143.2 2:33.221

22 9 Craig Neve GBR C N Racing BMW S1000RR 13 2:34.517 10 10.613 0.676 142.5 2:33.950

23 67 Dominic Herbertson GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 12 2:34.819 10 10.915 0.302 142.3 2:33.994

24 104 Daley Mathison GBR Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-I 11 2:35.973 10 12.069 1.154 141.2 2:35.181

25 71 Davy Morgan GBR DM71 BMW S1000RR 14 2:37.958 10 14.054 1.985 139.4 2:37.958

NOT CLASSIFIED (Requirements : 110% of best lab of leader = 2:38.294)

26 182 Xavier Denis FRA PerformanX Racing BMW S1000RR 15 2:38.469 13 14.565 0.511 139.0 2:38.067

NO TIME

27 49 Raul Torras ESP Raul Torras Racing by Martimotos Yamaha R1 0 – 0

28 55 Andrew Dudgeon IMN VRS Racing BMW S1000RR 0 – 0

Best Lap: 2:25.429 (151.4 km/h), (No. 88) Peter Hickman

1 88 Peter Hickman GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S1000RR 15 2:25.429 12     151.4. 2:24.896

2 8 Michael Rutter GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing Honda RC213V 14 2:26.378 6 0.949. 0.949 150.5. 2:25.913

3 99 Danny Webb GBR MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 14 2:28.010 8 2.581. 1.632. 148.8. 2:27.480

4 40 Martin Jessopp GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 12 2:28.746 4 3.317. 0.736. 148.1. 2:28.258

5 7 Gary Johnson GBR Briggs Equipment Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX10-RR 14 2:28.829 9 3.400. 0.083. 148.0. 2:28.299

6 50 Horst Saiger AUT Saiger-Racing Yamaha R1 15 2:28.885 14 3.456. 0.056. 147.9. 2:28.762

7 20 David Johnson AUS PR Racing BMW S1000RR 14 229.28.8 12 3.859. 0.403. 147.5. 2:29.221

8 82 Derek Sheils IRL MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 11 2:29.358 10 3.929. 0.070. 147.5. 2:29.325

9 4 John McGuinness GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 14 2:29.571 13 4.142. 0.213. 147.3. 2:29.342

10 26 Didier Grams DEU G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR 14 2:31.146 12 5.717. 1.575. 145.7. 2:31.146

11 62 Sam West GBR PRLIOHA Motorsport BMW S1000RR 15 2:31.685 11 6.256. 0.539 145.2. 2:30.781

12 74 Davey Todd GBR PuraGlobe Syntainics Racing Oil by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 13 2:32.676 13 7.247. 0.991 144.3. 2:32.508

13 45 Marek Cerveny CZE Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-I 13 2:33.193 5 7.764. 0.517 143.8. 2:32.629

14 65 Michael Sweeney IRL Martin Jones Racing BMW HP4 14 2:34.137 6 8.708. 0.944 142.9. 2:33.423

15 22 Paul Jordan GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 14 2:34.633 14 9.204. 0.496 142.4. 2:34.311

16 34 Ben Wylie GBR Bimota Racing/ Amore Moto Bimota BB3 10 2:35.159 8 9.730. 0.526 141.9. 2.34.473

17 38 Emo Kostamo FIN Markka Racing by Penz13 BMW S1000RR 13 2:35.564 7 10.135. 0.405 141.6. 2:35.303

18 77 Phillip Crowe GBR Handtrans JCR Racing BMW S1000RR 13 2:35.801 13 10.372. 0.237 141.4. 2:35.655

19 54 Steve Heneghan IRL Reactive Parts.com Ducati Panigale V4 14 2:35.908 8 10.479. 0.107 141.3. 2:34.898

20 14 Andre Pires PRT Team FastBike/Beauty Machines Yamaha R1 12 2:38.028 12 12.599. 2.120 139.4. 2:37.710

21 44 Rob Hodson GBR JGH Racing BMW S1000RR 14 2:38.339 14 12.910. 0.311 139.1. 2:37.728

22 104 Daley Mathison GBR Wepol Racing BMW Penz13-I 12 2:38.767 12 13.338. 0.428 138.7. 2:38.374

23 182 Xavier Denis FRA PerformanX Racing BMW S1000RR 16 2:38.997 16 13.568. 0.230 138.5. 2:38.959

NOT CLASSIFIED (Requirements: 110% of best lap of leader = 2:39.971)                

24 67 Dominic Herbertson GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 12 2:40.042 11 14.613. 1.045. 137.6. 2:39.689

25 9 Craig Neve GBR C N Racing BMW S1000RR 15 2:41.549 14 16.120. 1.507. 136.3. 2.41.308

26 71 Davy Morgan GBR DM71 BMW S1000RR 12 2:41.554 11 16.125. 0.005. 136.3. 2:40.269

NO TIME                

27 49 Raul Torras ESP Raul Torras Racing by Martimotos Yamaha R1   –    

28 55 Andrew Dudgeon IMN VRS Racing BMW S1000RR 0 –  

1 8 Michael RUTTER GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing Honda RC213V 9 2:29.232 8 – – 147.6 2:29.059

2 88 Peter HICKMAN GBR Aspire-Ho by Bathams Racing BMW S1000RR 8 2:30.434 7 1.202 1.202 146.4 2:30.052

3 40 Martin JESSOPP GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 8 2:30.535 7 1.303 0.101 146.3 2:30.226

4 50 Horst SAIGER AUT Saiger-Racing Yamaha R1 7 2:32.415 7 3.183 1.880 144.5 2:32.183

5 20 David JOHNSON AUS PR Racing BMW S1000RR 8 2:32.513 7 3.281 0.098 144.4 2:32.156

6 99 Danny WEBB GBR MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 8 2:32.704 8 3.472 0.191 144.2 2:32.704

7 99 Danny WEBB GBR MGM by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 7 2:32.964 7 3.732 0.260 144.0 2:32.964

8 45 Marek CERVENY CZE Wepol Racing by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 8 2:34.036 7 4.804 1.072 143.0 2:33.797

9 62 Sam WEST GBR PRL/OHA Motorsport BMW S1000RR 7 2:35.719 7 6.487 1.683 141.4 2:35.719

10 26 Didier GRAMS DEU G&G Motorsport by BMW Motorrad BMW S1000RR 8 2:36.314 7 7.082 0.595 140.9 2:34.496

11 4 John MCGUINNESS GBR Tak Chun Group by PBM Ducati Panigale 1199 8 2:36.422 7 7.190 0.108 140.8 2:34.406

12 65 Michael SWEENEY IRL Martin Jones Racing BMW HP4 9 2:36.504 6 7.272 0.082 140.7 2:36.289

13 7 Gary JOHNSON GBR Briggs Equipment Kawasaki Kawasaki ZX10RR 7 2:37.167 6 7.935 0.663 140.1 2:36.468

14 14 André PIRES PRT Team FastBike/Beauty Machines Yamaha R1 8 2:37.543 8 8.311 0.376 139.8 2:37.543

15 34 Ben WYLIE GBR Bimota Racing/ Amore Moto Bimota BB3 8 2:37.988 8 8.756 0.445 139.4 2:37.880

16 74 Davey TODD GBR PuraGlobe Syntainics Racing Oil by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 6 2:38.145 6 8.913 0.157 139.3 2:38.145

17 54 Steve HENEGHAN IRL Reactive Parts.com Ducati Panigale V4 8 2:38.252 7 9.020 0.107 139.2 2:38.011

18 22 Paul JORDAN GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 7 2:38.894 5 9.662 0.642 138.6 2:38.058

19 71 Davy MORGAN GBR DM71 BMW S1000RR 9 2:40.991 8 11.759 2.097 136.8 2:40.871

20 55 Andrew DUDGEON IMN VRS Racing BMW S1000RR 2 2:41.291 2 12.059 0.300 136.5 2:41.291

21 77 Phillip CROWE GBR Handtrans JCR Racing BMW S1000RR 8 2:41.761 8 12.529 0.470 136.2 2:41.303

22 182 Xavier DENIS FRA PerformanX Racing BMW S1000RR 8 2:44.904 8 15.672 3.143 133.6 2:44.548

23 104 Daley MATHISON GBR Wepol Racing by Penz13 BMW Penz13-I 7 2:47.281 7 18.049 2.377 131.7 2:47.281

24 44 Rob HODSON GBR JGH Racing BMW S1000RR 9 2:47.588 9 18.356 0.307 131.4 2:46.785

25 67 Dominic HERBERTSON GBR Dafabet Devitt Racing Kawasaki ZX10-RR 7 2:47.639 5 18.407 0.051 131.4 2:46.525

26 9 Craig NEVE GBR C N Racing BMW S1000RR 8 2:48.57 6 19.338 0.931 130.6 2:47.664

27 49 Raul TORRAS ESP Raul Torras Racing by Martimotos Yamaha R1 3 2:51.856 2 22.624 3.286 128.2 2:51.381

28 38 Erno KOSTAMO FIN Markka Racing by Penz13 BMW S1000RR 0 NO TIME 0 – – – –

Iron Butt Association Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

Iron Butt Association:

Have you ever thought that you fancy trying something other than the usual Sunday run out on the bike, along the same route, with your head down and bum up?

If so have you ever considered long distance motorcycling?

That is what the Iron Butt Association is all about.  Safe, enjoyable long distance motorcycle riding that gets you out and about to places you probably haven’t seen before, or take routes or challenges that you probably had never even thought of before.

“The 60,000+ members of the Iron Butt Association are dedicated to safe, long-distance motorcycle riding. Although based in the United States, we have thousands of enthusiastic members throughout the globe! One of our more popular slogans is, “The World Is Our Playground.”

Check out out the IBA Website here : http://ironbutt.com

Check out the IBA Ireland Website here : https://www.ibaireland.org

Check out the IBA UK Website here : https://www.ironbutt.co.uk

IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far IBA Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

A Bridge Too Far :

Having been a member of the Iron Butt Association for a few years now I thought I would give their 2018 Photo Rally a go.

The info on their site sums it up pretty well :

Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018
Iron Butt Association Ireland Photo Rally 2018

The locations are spread all over the island of Ireland and the route between them amounts to many thousands of miles.

I’m sure you could plan a route and tackle every location across a few days (reducing the mileage), but personally I used my free time over the summer months and probably took about 5 or 6 individual day trips to gather up all the checkpoints.

Some of those days trips were very long.  For example my final trip took in the far west and south west of Ireland  coming from Northern Ireland that specific trip, which took in 4 bridges started at 7.00am and finished at 1.30am and consumed about 780 miles.

But long mileage is all part of the Iron Butt Challenge, so if you enjoy full days in the saddle, seeing parts of the country (world even) that you probably didn’t even know about Photo Rallies are a good way to go about it and there are plenty of them about.  Most motorcycle clubs, and the bigger Internet forums all offer Photo Rallies, so now that winter is here have a good look about and see what may take your fancy for the next year.

Read moreIron Butt Association Ireland : 2018 Photo Rally : A Bridge Too Far

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER : Unboxing & Review

G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER :

The Casio G-Shock Mudmaster Range is probably one of the most popular series of the G-Shock range at the moment.

There are three distinct variants of this ‘Master of G’ Series ;

  1.  Mudmaster GWG-1000
  2.  Mudmaster GG-1000
  3. Mudmaster GWG-100

The Mudmaster GWG-1000 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-1000

The Mudmaster GG-1000 :Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GG-1000

The Mudmaster GWG-100 :

Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100
Casio G-Shock Mudmaster GWG-100

So what’s the difference?  And what one is for you?

Read moreCasio G-Shock Mudmaster : GWG-100-1AER : Unboxing & Review

AirPress TomBow Pen Review

Airpress TomBow Pen
Airpress TomBow Pen

As a user of a Fisher Space Pen since about 1996 (and still having my original Fisher Space [Bullet] Pen) I was really intrigued when I read about the AirPress TomBow Pen.

Then as I read the reviews I noticed some pretty big claims were being made, the main one catching my interest being that the AirPress TomBow was a…

“Fisher Space Pen Killer.”

Personally I use a full size Fisher Space Pen every day.  I also carry a Titanium Bullet Space Pen in my wallet so I always have a pen with me, and it is always a Fisher Space Pen.

Now they are not cheap.  My full size pen was about £35 (they start at about £15 for a ‘Cap-o-matic’) and go into hundreds of pounds for Limited and Special Editions.  My Titanium Bullet Pen came in at about £40, but in saying that in over 20 years of daily use I have never had a Space Pen let me down.

So how would a £6.50 alternative compare – would it actually be a Space Pen Killer?

Read moreAirPress TomBow Pen Review