Tuesday, January 1, 2013

2012 Year in Review

Wow what a year it was. What the hell happened to it? It seemed to go by so fast and here we are again at the start of another year. 2012 was certainly a very busy year for me personally, both on and off the bike. There were many highlights throughout the year and not to mention a few low lights.

 The Lows
There are a couple of noteable downers from last year and one of those has been that horrible little four lettered word, work. I've spent far to much time at work, starting back in may up until December which has stopped me from doing some of the things that I like the most like riding on some of our sweet twisty roads and the other being with my fantastic little family.

The low point on the bike had to be the 2 times whilst out in the middle of nowhere that I'd broken down, but luckily managed to make it home with some dodgy roadside fixing. The culprit being a dodgy battery terminal and a stuffed regulator. One of these probably instigated the other.
OH Dear

The Highs

I got to ride on some new roads in January that I hadn't been on before, the Road through Taralga from Oberon. Its a beaut ride.

Fun Plus

 In May I got to ride on some old roads that I hadn't riden on in years.

The biggest highlight of the year for me was this little cutie who came along late in August.

Milk costs money....Oh my gosh!

Phillip Island was also another highlight in October.

The year ended on a massive high in November, with 2000km's of winding roads in the NSW snowy mountains with a group of friends. Awesome riding.

My riding for the year was not big km's but they were nearly all quality twisty roads, and when you own an R1 that's what counts. I didn't buy it to ride long distances on straight highways.

2012 starting km's 50,579
2012 finishing km's 57,053

By far the most riding I've done in the last couple of years. Its been great easing back into it. Now just to get some updated technology underneath me. Will it be this year. Only time will tell.

Happy new year to you all and safe riding for 2013.


  1. Steve:

    quality kms are better than lots of straight kms.

    Happy New year to you and looking forward to more of your adventures during 2013, and I hope more of your "goProHD" attempts

    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

    1. Happy new Year Bob and to Mrs Skoot. Hope she is better soon.

  2. It's not how many kilometers it's how much fun the kilometers were. But the little cuties - they are worth loosing riding time for. Enjoy...And a Very Happy New Year.

    1. They are cute arn't they.
      Happy new year to you.

  3. Okay, I have to say your kids are adorable. What a cute picture.

    And I have to agree, it is the quality of the riding not just the quantity. I only did about 6,000 kms this year as well. Not as many as I'd have liked, but life gets in the way.

    Happy New Year Steve, to you and your beautiful family.

    1. Quality over quantity, that's the ticket.

      Happy new year Brandy and to Brad.

  4. Happy New Year to you and your family. Ride Safe!

  5. I love the R1 and it would be a perfect complement to my Tenere. I love the sound of the 270 crank firing order. By the way, KM's on the R1 count as double since you are having so much more fun :-)
    Happy New Year

    1. I'd like to have one of those big bang engined R1's. I'd like to see you on one too, you have a very good eye for photography george I'm sure you would make some stunning shots.

      Happy new year.

    2. Yours does not have the 270 crank? What year is yours? I would love to have one of them.

    3. Sorry George my R1 is the second generation made way back in 2000. Sadly its 13 years old now and is in need of some updating. I also love the sound of the new R1 engine.

  6. You know those snot nosed, sandwich grabbing, curtain climbers will eat you out of house and home, steal from your farkle fund, cost you a small fortune in diapers, clothes and shoes all before they reach school age. Then you're feeding and housing their friends too, attending birthday parties with people you don't know and before you know it you're buying them cars and paying college tuition.
    Good luck getting a new ride, but... they are stinkin' cute. Congratulations and Happy New Year.

    1. When you put it like that I don't know whether to laugh or cry.

  7. Nice review Steve. Now are son is off our hands I'm able to ride pretty much whenever I like, so I'm enjoying this phase in life as well.
    Best wishes for 2013 - ride safe.
    Cheers Jules.