Since getting my bike licence in 2010, I’ve been well and truly bitten by the motorcycling bug! I did my first big trip in 2011, riding round the Mediterranean coast through Italy, France and Spain, and have done numerous trips since including, in 2013, a big ride through Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, and across Utah, Colorado and New Mexico on a Honda Rebel. I’m now planning a bigger two-wheeled expedition for early 2015, inspired by motorbike heroes like Ted Simon, Lois Pryce, and of course Ewan and Charley!
I’m a big fan of smaller bikes and “Volty” was one of my favourites – a retro-style Suzuki TU250X. I rode all over Australia on it! It’s a beautiful bike to ride (did I mention it’s got Fuel Injection?!) and was heartbroken when I left Melbourne last year and had to sell my beloved TU. How I miss that bike!
Before Volty, I had a trusty year 2000 Suzuki Marauder GZ250 cruiser. It was basically the bike I learnt to ride on and was pretty bullet-proof, surviving the inevitable newbie drops and crunchy experimental gear changes! Here I am down at Phillip Island, 90 minutes out of Melbourne, on an early trip I did across the State of Victoria to raise money for UNICEF.
Every chance I get, I’m at bike/adventure events like the Hubb UK, the Overland Expo and the Adventure Travel Film Festival, seeking ideas and inspiration for my next big bike trip. The photo below was taken in Arizona, USA, in 2013, where I was running Charley Boorman’s stand at the Overland Expo before heading off on my trans-USA biking adventure.
I’m always keen to meet/chat with fellow adventure bikers, so please feel free to say hello via Twitter – @jeanied1.