The world’s oldest motorcycle brand seems to still be getting it

I’m speaking/writing about Royal Enfield of course, which was bought and is now owned by Royal Enfield (India).

First, let’s hear Jay Leno about them, and why he added one to his garage (with his collection of hundreds of cars and motorcycles) as it seems:

2019 Royal Enfield Motorcycle – Jay Leno’s Garage

To me, that makes a lot of sense. Almost as good as my Honda NTV as it seems. Now, that Himalayan motorcycle should be introduced by someone who actively rides it, and I found Noraly, a 31-year-old Dutch as she describes herself on her page. She bought a 2018 Himalayan in India, and rode it to Malaysia to do a first conclusion on it:

10.000 KM Bike review Royal Enfield Himalayan (2018) – BS4

Ok, less than 25hp, I get it. But Noraly’s right – the fact that this is everything but high tech makes it so appealing for round-the-world trips like hers. And this easy-to-maintain part was also what fascinated Jay in his video above.

Seems like Royal Enfield (India) is a force to reckon with. All three of the motorcycles shown here make much more sense than the current electro craze.

As always, thanks for reading, and for watching.

Beating a giant

Look at this:

YAMAHA SR 250 – Scrambler – episode 6

If you have been to Asia, you probably know that a 2 wheeler with around 100cc is all you need, so this 250cc would be awesome for some urban mobility. And I have looked up the German pages of Yamaha Motor, but no, you can’t buy anything like this around here. So a one-man show with his 3D printer and some bike shed beats a multi billion $$$ corporation.

And yes, I’d take this any day over a 200+hp 4 wheeler. In the cities, this would beat the crap out of your 2 ton cars.

Thanks for reading, watching, and thinking.

Well isn’t that just lovely?

I have written about Lars Danielsson before, but when I (re-)watched some videos of him in a real cool trio this evening I saw that I hadn’t posted or written about them yet.

So here’s one of my favourite trios of this time, from Poland, Sweden, and Israel, with “Incognitor”:

Możdżer Danielsson Fresco – Incognitor, Gdańsk 2005

Lars isn’t an awesome bass player only, he’s also really great on the Cello. So this one is for our fellow Wikiloops musician Klaudia aka “Jamlady“:

Lars Danielsson and Leszek Mozdzer – Suffering (Danielsson)

As you have just heard, Lars is a good composer as well. Here is one which I knew already under a different title before hearing it, also a composition of Lars:

Możdżer Danielsson Fresco – Asta, Gdańsk 2005

Awesome, isn’t it? I heard it before as “The Linden”, from Youn Sun Nah, also with him and with Ulf Wakenius playing a real good guitar solo on it:

Youn Sun Nah – The Linden

This is one of three CDs which I have from her – and it seems that I’ll have to get her latest as well. Here’s a short teaser from Mme Nah herself:

Youn Sun Nah Trio Immersion

And as always, thanks for reading / watching / listening.

On where to go, and what to do – in London

I’ve been to London some time ago. The first time I was fifteen (so not much older than Zuleikha is today) with my school class, which was really cool. Then I was traveling through it by train, and later just driving through some tunnel under the river Thames. Now Zuleikha and Mitchie want to see it, and what we saw on the TV already were the following videos – just linking to them here again so they can be found again.

First, there are “100 Things To Do” by some cute Koreans (of course you can’t do that all, but it’s still fun to look at if you don’t know the city or haven’t been there since a while):

100 Things To Do in London 🇬🇧

And since those girls were in the area but didn’t mention it, here’s another video about Camden Market (Shi sang about that so nicely in her “Must dash” song):

Camden Market London Travel Guide

Of course we have some own plans already – Mitchie wants to visit the Malaysian Embassy because of her passport, I’d love to see the Bike Shed (which also has a cool restaurant), and Zuleikha has lots more on her agenda – a city map alone brings out lots of ideas already…

Oh, and we’ll go by car. And ferry. And within London, we’ll take the tube. No plane, no train, and no tunnel, just the old-fashioned way of traveling. And I’m very much looking forward to that as well.

I’ll report from there once we are back – but first there will be other things to come…

As always, thanks for reading (and watching).

Girl power

After posting Chelsea’s story about her build of a Rickman motorcycle lately, I thought that I had seen more videos of girls and women doing great things lately, so here are a few more. First, it’s about motorcycles again, and about two friends from Australia having a good time with their Yamahas:

Stories of Bike | Sister (A ’94 Yamaha SRV250 Story)

But back to music. Also from down under I found a great guitar player lately, Stephanie Jones. And this is about as perfect as it can be:

Latin Fingerstyle On A Classical Guitar

And here’s a singer from UK, performing a classic here in Germany ca. 2 years ago. And yes I know – Joss Stone has the same song also with Jeff Beck and others, but I prefer this one – which simply took my breath away. This lady really got the Blues:

Joss Stone – I Put A Spell On You (Jazzwoche, 2017)

In Wikiloops we also have great singers of course, and I was surprised to find one of us doing a cover in the ‘tubes from some 4 or more years ago – but what a lovely one it is. So listen to our Ms Shi in this one:

CLASSIC POP COVER SONGS- “Walk On By” (Alan Curtis Cover)

Oh, and before I forget it: 3 days ago it was Audrey Hepburn’s birthday, she would have turned 90 by now. So let’s celebrate and remember her a bit as well:

Happy Birthday Audrey Hepburn!!! (Culture Code – Make Me Move ft. Karra)

As always, thanks for reading, listening, and watching.

What a lovely motorcycle build…


Chelsea’s MkIII Wasp Rickman Metisse

I often thought that if we’d all use something like this, it would buy us some time until we’d have to collectively change to electrical vehicles…

Thanks for watching.

“… like Mother Earth against your body …”

These two artists are on a totally different level – otherworldly. Listen:

Jazz House Kids – Inside the Jazz Note with Esperanza Spalding hosted by Christian McBride

It was published on my birthday 8 years ago. Wow is about all I can say.

Thanks for listening.

Japanese Samba

Listen to this awesome version of Mas que nada:

Pink Martini&Saori Yuki – マシュ・ケ・ナダ / Mas que nada

As always, thanks for reading, viewing, listening, and/or commenting. And have a good start into the week tomorrow.

Heard some nice songs on yesterday’s concert

Zuleikha had a concert with her “old” band yesterday, which is called “Brass & Co.” (she’s now a member of the Big Band which is more on a senior grade age level than the former). And during that concert yesterday we also heard several other bands from other schools and music schools, and some performances were really nice.

Like a girl in a small rock group who played keys and sang this one from Stevie Nicks:

Fleetwood Mac – Dreams [with lyrics]

Another brass band played Mark Ronson’s / Bruno Mars’ “Uptown Funk”, and while I like the original (which I played on the TV later at home for Zuleikha), I even prefer a newer video edit of it:

Old Movie Stars Dance to Uptown Funk

The same goes for “The Hanging Tree”, from “Mockingjay” of “The Hunger Games”, where Jennifer Lawrence’s original is good – but I like another one even more. This one is from Adriana Figueroa who also calls herself “adrisaurus”:

“The Hanging Tree” (Hunger Games / Mockingjay Original Arrangement) (Adriana Figueroa)

And here is Zuleikha playing it, without sound (don’t have a video of it):

Hunger Games on French Horn, Gross-Gerau 2019

As always, thanks for reading / viewing / listening.