Friday, December 22, 2017

Pictures from the year that was 2017

Another year has just about flown by and there was some fantastic riding throughout the year including a highlight of a New Zealand trip. Here are some photographs from the year that just was.

The year got off to a bit of a shaky start with a big crash, luckily no one was hurt except one 1098 Ducati.

In February I posted a long term review of my 2015 R1 as we jetted out to New Zealand for a 10 day trip of the North Island.

We arrived in New Zealand to a fantastic greeting by fellow kiwi motoblogger Geoff James and then later in Palmerston North we met another moto blogger Andrew Thompson. 

It was fantastic meeting both guys albeit too briefly, I'm sure Andrews neighbours haven't recovered yet from the bushpigs maniacal ramblings.

Geoff James

Andrew Thompson

April brought about the International Festival of speed at Sydney motorsport park where unfortunately for Stu his race came to a bone crunching end with a fractured collarbone, again.

We also got to meet one of our all time favourite racing legends Troy Bayliss.


Revisiting some old memories in my home town with some long forgotten trophies.


The bushpig did some drag racing at Sydney Motorsport Park whilst I watched on.

And it was back to SMSP to watch the Australian Superbikes.

Phillip Island Moto GP
The motogp circus arrived at Phillip Island in October and we got to enjoy the sights and sounds of those 280Hp 1000cc missiles. I also caught up briefly with Victorian motoblogger Jules. Seems to be the year for blogger meet ups.


Our annual Snowy Mountains ride occurred again with a few different faces this time out but with some familiar roads and  few new ones thrown in.

Merry Christmas to everyone and hope you have a wonderful new year and I will see you all on the other side with some more riding adventures. I have a few big things planned already coming up in February, could be some WSBK action and another overseas jaunt.



  1. Nice one my man! It was great to meet you loonies and I'm glad you jokers enjoyed your wee jaunt over here.

    Have a great Xmas and I look forward to reading more in the New year...

    1. Merry Christmas to you too and a happy new year. Enjoy the racing in Wanganui mate.

  2. Top stuff, Steve! As Andrew said, it was a blast meeting you all. Fantastic to see the Australian countryside in all your photos. Alas, all my Aussie trips have been on 4 wheels. So what bike comes next now you're getting older? ;-)

    All the very best for 2018 mate!

    1. Hi Geoff
      Merry Christmas to you mate. The R1 will be around a bit longer yet. Got a big trip planned in February with some WSBK thrown in.

  3. Looks like you had another great year of riding and having fun. Thank you for sharing the review.

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you ad your family Steve and all the best in 2018.

    1. Merry Christmas to you to Brandy. Hope you have a great new year. Goodluck moving house.

  4. Congratulations on a great year of motorcycling and motorcycle travel Steve. Some terrific pics there and your enduring mateship with Lomax, Bushpig and Dr Kwok is evident in so many of your travel pics. Merry Christmas and best wishes for 2018!

    1. Thanks Jules wishing you and Mrs T all the best for christmas and the new year.

  5. Impressive year Steve, Merry Christmas and best wishes to you for 2018.

    1. Merry Christmas to you too mate. Looking forward to reading some more of your excellent posts from Japan and around the world. Happy new year to you.