I came to biking quite late (got my licence back in 2010) but ever since, 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 big long-distance rides solo across the USA, Africa and Australasia. I’m now planning another two-wheeled expedition for 2018-19, 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 and big on adventure despite its diminutive size! 250cc is the way to go – as I discovered when I rode a crappy old Suzuki overland through Uganda and Rwanda a couple of years ago!
My first bike, by the way, was 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 Australia to raise money for UNICEF.
Every chance I get, I’m at adventure events like the Hubb get-togethers, 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 with me old mate Billy “Biketruck” Ward before heading off on my trans-USA biking adventure.
I’m always keen to meet fellow adventure bikers, so please feel free to say hi via Twitter – @jeanied1.