I never thought I’ll get back to school…..

And there it starts. I finally decided to start moving away from hospitality. Not easy decision but it had to be done. Why? – very simple – I was bored every single day at work. Even when the restaurant was packed – I felt bored. There was nothing new for me. No new problems to solve, no surprises… nothing to keep my brain busy and alive.

So I decided to sign up for “Web developer” followed by “graphic designer course. – and I am really excited

Don’t really know what to do next with myself :(

So I’ve been thinking long and hard what should be my next carear step, and I honestly have no Idea ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

This looka like a simple question – “What to do next with my life?” – but answer is very far from simple……

I’ve been working in hospitality for nearly 15 years now lately every day when I wake up I’m just not excited to go to work anymore. Somehow routine and boredom got into me. It could be as well that the whole industry have changed (not only during covid). People got more and more mean, they think of themselves more and more entitled to things. and that reflects restaurant and whole hospitality industry. It is Incredibly difcult to host someone who thinks they are entitled to everything, they want everything, and servers are more of a slaves rather than “servers”. It could be only in my part of the world but I strongly doubt that it is.

At least now I’ve managed to secure myself a job where I work roughly 40hrs a week which gives me quite a lot of free time. So far I was filling that free time with resting, motorcycle ride and looking for my inner peace and mindfulness ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime I started learning a bit of YouTube creation and looking into website development – so far through WordPress only but I’m seariously thinking of starting HTML5 & JSS Courses. I dodn’t know.

From one side it feels boring – sitting in front of a computer, clicking away all day, mostly without contact with people …… (sometimes this feels like a huge plus :)) I’m not used to this at all, always working beetwen people, meeting new characters every day.

But on the other side it feels exciting as I will be “creating” new things. Even if it is a simple web page, full site or you tube channel it feels pretty good knowing that it will be out there for people to enjoy (or not) and it will be my creation.

I actually think that 15 years experiance from hospitality can be usefull as I’ve seen A Lot of people behaviours and different patterns. collected lots of opinions on a lot of useless staff so optimizing any kind of user interface might be easier now ๐Ÿ™‚

And Biggest plus of it all is that it feels like this is sort of future proof skill at least for next decade.

Any how. WIll see in few months If I manage to stick to those goals. For now plan is to start learning and maybe secure part time internship somehwere by mid summer – It will be weird to be intern at nearly 40 years old but who cares ๐Ÿ™‚

Till next time……….

Finaly got a new Bike :D

It finally happened. I got a new bike :D. It has been couple of months since I sold my Suzuki GS500 and even that it is winter and not the best riding weather the I missed riding a lot.  

Exactly why I sold the Suzuki Iโ€™ll share soon in separate review post. 

But letโ€™s get to it. My new bike isโ€ฆ..

2021 Royal Enfield Himalayan (EURO 5) 

Initially I couldnโ€™t decide on exactly which bike I want. And I know I wanted somethign different at first.

In the end I started looking on the bikes from Light/Mid range of Adventure bikes and choice was tough. Between the established brands of Kawasaki and BMW there was a new one of VOGE. Initially I wasnโ€™t even considering the Royal Enfield. Not sure whyโ€ฆ I think mainly as I never came across one in real life. Wasnโ€™t even aware that they have something in the Adventure bike category. I actually went to see the Benelli bikes and as it turned out same dealer was selling Royal Enfield bikes too. And there it was. Rock Red 2021 Himalayan EURO 5. I immediately loved how it looked, and when I got on it, it just felt right. It felt like my bike. And the price was amazing. Only 6,000.00 euro for almost fully equipped bike. Navigation display, center stand, bash plate, bag holders. 3 years or 30,000 km warranty. It sounded almost perfect. ย 

Trying not to rush things and avoiding impulse buying I left the dealer to do some research. I compared it with BMW GS310, Kawasaki Versys 300 and Honda 500X. 

All the bikes had pluses and minuses. I actually test rode the Honda and BMW and donโ€™t get me wrong. They felt like good bikes actually with more power and more modern looks they just didnโ€™t feel like โ€œmyโ€ bikes. Somehow I preferred the โ€œtractorโ€ like engine and the old looks. 

Online reviews were mixed with some build quality issues, relay problems and occasional suspension getting stuck. But number of positive reviews was astonishing. People just love this bike. Not only in India but it already has cult following in Europe with owner clubs and groups popping in everywhere. 

So I did went and bought it. Itโ€™s been only couple of weeks and 300km so far and the bike feels amazing. No major issues (apart of occasional stalling during first 100km) and I am extremely happy with my choice. 

For now You can see couple of my videos on the bike below. I will try to post full review soon. 

See You all next time ๐Ÿ™‚

Yamaha YBR125 2016 – Owners Review

Since I’m still not sure what Mr. Brain Echo should be all about I though I’ll do a small review on one of the bikes I owned previously.

Let me introduce 2016 Yamaha YBR125 ๐Ÿ™‚

I bought this bike as my second bike right after passing my bike license (Story of first bike will follow soon…) in August 2016.
Brand bew from the dealer at this time costed me โ‚ฌ2100 euro including all registration fees.
It was an amazing feeling getting a brand new bike for this price. Any way. Let’s start with the Review:

General Description and Specs:

  • Singe cilinder 124cc, fuel injected four stroke engine producing approx 10Hp.
  • Bike had no ABS with single disc break at the front and drum break at the back
  • For suspension two telescopic forks in the front and swing arm at the back
  • 13L tank with Fuel level indicator on the dash
  • Simple Dash with classic Analog Speed Indicator and Rev Counter. No Gear indicator or any additional functiones.

User Review:

This is was an amazing “first” bike to own. I need to admit that thanks to owning it now I prefer motorcycles ower any form of transportation.

Ride quality and ride feel is decent. Clutch is super light, engine rev’s easy and general feel to the bike is “easy to use”. Another thing is that this was increadibly forgiwing bike. With such a small engine and simple features there wasn’t much I could have done to put myself in danger “unless it was reckless from my side”. It is impossible almost to loose control by over revving or wrong downshit. On the other hand this did helped me develop better rider skills. Controlling the throtlle, correct breaking habbits, manouvering in tight spaces. All came easy with it as you CANNOT over do it. and even when you crash – as I did – see video below ๐Ÿ™‚ it haoends mostly on low speads and it carries much less consequences.

Suspenssion proved ok. Nothing out of this world but good enough to keep tires attached to the road most times. Adjustable preload at the back was helpfull since I was a bit heavier at that time. Setting it on harder setting helped soak the potholls in Maltese roads a bit better.

Maintenance costs over the year of ownership were minimal. It costed me nothing to be honest. First and second service were covered with the warranty and purchase cost so no worries there. First oil change came after 1000km with second bigger service done at 7000km witch checks on the breakes, chain, suspension and general view.

Using it in the city was a blast as well. Bike is very nimble and easy to manouver almost like driving a scooter. As long as you pay attention to your surrounding and remember you have no ABS you’re fine. Lack of ABS was my main issue with the bike. Especially as new rider without much experiance emergency breaking is always challange. It takes time and practice to develop proper breaking habits. On the bright side after a year of driving without ABS and paying attention how I break now I feel much safer on the road even with current ABS equipped bike.

Fuel consumption from what I remember was minimal as well. I used to put โ‚ฌ10 every 2 weeks which was giving me If i rememebr well about 300 – 320 km on a full tank which is decent result.

To summary – bike is a great starter and much better than a scooter. I wouldn’t recommend it to anyone who want’s to go on a long trips or even highway trips for that matter. But in the city Enviroment – it does the job.

Hope you enjoyed this short review. …..

Getting a new Motorcycle

I think it’s time. Time to say by to my current bike and change it for something newer.

My beloved Suzuki GS550 – 2004 will look now for a new owner. We had a lot of amazing adventures over the past 2 years but it’s time to say bye ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

It started to require a bit of extra work, supsension needs a rebuid, carborator could use a tune and some extra work here and there will be needed.

The issue is that without a garage it doesn’t really make sense for me to do it. I cannot do it myself and Suzuki Garage here in Malta is just a dissaster. I was trying ot make an appointemnt to take care of those things twice but so far – appointment is made – and than nothing happends, no parts, no technician. just crappy service.

So I think it’s better if she finds a new home…… and I’m thinking of ……

Choice went to VOGE 300DS or 300AC – 2021 models – They’re cheap and I like how they look.

I’m going to test drive it on Wednesday and maybe do a part exchange on the suzuki with a dealer.

The thing is that if all goes well with goverment grants I can have this one for less than 2000 euro which is a bargain.

I know it is a new brand, Chinease motorcycle and so on. However Loncin brand has good history and experiance making quality engines. In the end they produced BMW Motorcycle engines for few decades.

It might lack power with only 28Hp but do I reallly need more here in Malta. I don’t really think so.

All other bits and pieces looks relativelly impresive to. WIth NISIN Breakes, BOSH Electronics KBY susspension, LED Lights, LCD screen, USB Port and few more. Could it really be a Bargain I’m looking for?

I’m really tempted to switch to on of those bikes. Leaning more over 300DS than AC but will see after test drive.
I’m just hoping the 28Hp will not feeel underpowered. Especially in the long trip. I know this won’t fly in the highway but as long as It’s relativelly comfortable I should be fine. Could be a good start.

Let’s see what happends and I will keep you all posted.

P.S. – quick follow up – I went with something different ๐Ÿ™‚

You can check it out here

My Old / New Hobby….

Most of my life I was never really passionate about anything. I watched other people getting hyped about sports, different activities, books, video games……etc. And me. ….. nothing. nothing really excited me to the point of obsesion oe even for longer than a day or two.
Yes. I use to like certain things. I still do. but I would never call neither of them a passion.

Now beeing in my late 30s and still not having any real passion I start to wonder… Is it me? or just world around me is just not exciting enough anf I simply haven’t came across my passion yet?.

Contemplating all of this I decided to try something.
I always liked to travel. So I got myself a new / old motrcycle and started driving around the island ๐Ÿ™‚

In the meantime I started learning how to make you tube videos.

My plan is very simple.

  1. re-learn how to ride a motorcycle
  2. learn how to prepare for a long trip
  3. buy a new motorcycle ๐Ÿ™‚
  4. Plan a trip accross Europe
  5. Go on a trip across Europe ๐Ÿ™‚

WIll see If I can make it and If I can find something which I will be passionate about.

I will call them trips of self discovery.

Royal Enfield Himallayan is my motorcycle of choice for this trip.
I will explain why in one of next posts.

Now I’m driving this Suzuki GS500 ๐Ÿ™‚

My Latest Trip ๐Ÿ™‚

Any way. This seems to be something which bring me most joy recently. Will see what comes out of it ๐Ÿ™‚