Robo Gone From The Stable

I remember the first time I laid eyes on the BMW K1200R in BMW Motorrad on Park Lane in London. I fell in love with the beast, BMW came out with a machine that destoryed the competition that was based purely on the need to make a machine that was based purely on passion and engineering. I was remember ordering mine at the end of 2005 and getting it on Feb 2006, and I rode for so many months, into the heat, and I would smile every time I was on that bike. The BMW K1200R is machine that would make anyone smile the moment they twisted the throttle, amazing around corners and those brakes saved me many times.

Over the last two years I haven’t been riding Robo as much, I would always want to but I would end up riding on Diablo because I would want something light and nimble. I for one have a difficult time parting with my machines, I feel like they are linked to me since I have been through so much with them. A few people asked me if the bike was for sale a long time ago and I would be unsure about it, and I always think about the new owner and decide to keep him. But at this point I have too many bikes and not enough time in the world to ride as much as I want. I used to even go back home and switch bikes then go back out again to make sure I ride them. Now Robo has departed my stable and is with a new loving owner, honestly I wouldn’t sell Robo to anyone who doesn’t know what they are getting or is unaware of motorcycles, I wanted him to be appreciated for being such an amazing motorcycle and a new page for BMW road motorcycles, getting into the gritier side of riding. Well now I am down to three and enjoying them!

300 – King Leonidas Helmet

300 is one of those movies that will leave a mark on any man’s life, its become a right of passage for many men. Ever time I see this movie I’m still in awe of King Leonidas, he feared very little, faced his enemies when they were only 300 against hundreds of thousands. So when I saw this statue of the helmet of 300 and shield as the base I had to have it.

I picked it from a store called The Nobel Collection in Dubai Mall, their prices are reasonable as this is around 72 KD, for a full bronze helmet, shield and sword of 300. In my case I’m missing the sword since I was so happy I got it I took it in with me as a carry on and so security took the little sword, I wasn’t thinking straight at the time. So they took the 12 cm Bronze sword and left everything else, they were rather reasonable and decent at security but I still have this amazing helmet and the quality of it is fantastic, solid bronze piece.

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Review: What If I Had Never Tried It: The Autobiography by Valentino Rossi

Valentino Rossi is one of those stars that rose very quickly through the ranks of the motorcycle world. Many people know of him or have heard of him if they have any interest in motorcycles what so ever, and I am also a fan of this amazing rider including a few other amazing riders such as Noriega Haga, Colin Edwards, Nicky Hayden, Casey Stoner, and Biaggi. I have a lot of respect for these professional riders because they are perfecting their riding techniques in extreme conditions with very little room for error which also helps develop our consumer motorcycles. I picked this book up back in 2006 and I didn’t get around to reading it until a couple of months ago because I realized that information in an autobiography gets old quickly and I might get annoyed unlike other fictional stories. So I decided it was next up on my list and I was happy I read that book, gave me an incite into the mind of one of the greatest riders of this century. Valentino Rossi may come off as a bit egotistical but he has the track record to back it up, and I do enjoy his sense of humor and his tenacity to come back and win at the last minute. This book gives you an idea of what these riders go through, they have been riding their whole lives with so much at stake and they are all extremely passionate about it. There are a few boring parts in the book and it doesn’t seem like a complete thought but it is entertaining and I did learn something new, it wasn’t the riveting read I was expecting but still worth reading, if you are a follower of MotoGP then this book is a must read other then that I don’t think others would understand it, one thing is for sure Valentino is a typical Italian.

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