The Bikes

Versys on the Train

Kawasaki Versys 1000 GT

This is the new addition bought for longer distance touring. The Himalayan could not keep up with other bikes without flogging it, and the Interceptor is not really the bike for a long trip.

The Versys is ideal comfortable, smooth and plenty of power for everything you ask of it. Quite a bit lighter than the old Pan which is a bonus.

On the trip over to Belgium it performed brilliantly.

Kawasaki Vulcan

Kawasaki Vulcan S Cafe

Bought as a temporary fix for the doggy knee. Great for round town, but it can’t match the Versys for touring.

Honda Pan European ST1100

Honda Pan European ST1100

This bike is great for touring, but it is quite heavy. It is 21 years old as of 2020, but still a pleasure to ride. The go to bike for a long distance main road trip.


I bought this a few years ago. It had been standing for a couple of years and was in a bit of a state. I stripped it and rebuilt it over a couple of months.

This bike has now been sold, it was getting too heavy. Replaced with the Kawasaki Versys 1000 GT,

Royal Enfield Himalayan

Royal Enfield Himalayan

New in 2020. The advert states ‘Built for all roads, built for no roads’. It is an easy ride, and not too heavy to pick up out of the mud. It is not fast, but it is fun to ride.

I bought this to replace the Honda, as the Honda was getting a bit heavy as my mileage went up, but then I couldn’t part with the Honda. The Himalayan does not have the power and speed of the Honda but it is great fun to ride, even loaded up with a load of kit. It handles the roads well and is fun to ride on the green lanes.

Himalayan Battery Drain

Royal Enfield Interceptor 650

Royal Enfield Interceptor (Official Colour ‘Downtown drag’, unofficial ‘Mint Chocolate Chip’.


Interceptor Information