About Me

Hi, my name is Steve and I live in a fairly large UK city called Peterborough, not too far from Cambridge. I grew up here until I moved to Wolverhampton in 2004 to go to University where I was awarded an Honours Degree in War Studies. I then returned home and studied part time at the University of Birmingham where I was awarded a Masters Degree in British Second World War Studies in 2009.

I got my first proper bike in the winter of the same year. It was a beautiful red streefightered Suzuki bandit that I called Delilah and I soon developed a passion for motorcycling. It started with short rides to nowhere in particular and proceeded to a few overnight trips. After University and working in a boring government office job I realised I wanted to travel but I was too old and fat for backpacking so I decided to do it on a motorbike.

It was at this time that I became aware of  Horizons Unlimited, a fabulous resource for motorcycle travellers. I went to one of their famous annual meets at Ripley and was completely inspired by the speakers and their tales of adventure. I had decided to travel across the US but my plans soon changed to something more unique and ‘adventurous’. The plan was now to ride round the world (RTW) or at least from Peterborough across Europe, Russia, Mongolia and Siberia to Magadan. Not a particularly grand plan by some elite moto-adventure standards, but for me, this would remain an ambitious and monumental adventure. Moreover it would take more time, more preparation and more resources. Conversely, the resources would go much further in these financially poorer regions than it would in the USA.

As a result, I sold the Bandit and bought something much more dirt friendly but still with the emphasis on overland  adventure touring. I decided to buy the myself a 2008 BMW F800GS that I named ‘Hitch’. Now begins the task of modifying and adventurising it in preparation for an extended overland motorcycle ‘trip’. This is somewhat of a late reward for five long hard years of study as well as a chance to figure out what to do next with my life.

People often ask why I want to travel to such remote and obscure places and why I want to do it alone on a motorcycle? On my motorbike I am intimately connected with my surroundings. I really experience the places I am travelling through. I see a wider range of sights uninhibited by cage of a car. I am engulfed in a wide range of aroma wafting through my helmet. I sense every fluctuation of temperature on my skin and every subtle change of road surface through my hands and feet. The independence and freedom of the open road is something to marvel and the vulnerability of solo motorcycling makes me less threatening and more approachable. And the intriguing nature of this unique mode of transportation allows me to meet interesting people along the way. This is what solo overland adventure riding is all about.

The purposes of this site is to share with you my experiences on the road and the people I meet along the way. It is also a travel log for myself to reminisce in the dark days of old age. Traveling by motorcycle is a unique and special thing, peculiar to some, and understood by few. My goal is to bring snapshots of my travels to you through my words, photos and video. I hope you will join me on my adventure and experience it with me.

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7 thoughts on “About Me

  1. Well Steve, after having the pleasure of working along side you for the past few months
    and reading your interesting site all I can say is! “Good Luck and good speed”.
    I hope to be your number one fan in following you on the Fantastic journey you now
    will undertake.
    PS, wont miss you too much as I will have the lovely girls instead.
    Fondest best wishes, and have a whale of a time.
    Cheers Mate ,Tony.

  2. Hi Steve, just like to say how much i enjoyed your travel log, at the moment i ride a GSA1200 but took a test ride on the GS 800 and was very impressed, very lively and nimble compared to its bigger brother. could you tell me how your bike coped with your travels.

    1. I got on pretty good. It’s a bit heavy to pickup when she takes a nap, even though my touring load is reasonably light. Its a great compromise between long distance touring (roads) and light trails and dirt. If I was doing anything more dirt orientated I would go with something smaller and lighter with soft luggage. The only thing was an intermittent fuel pump problem, at least that’s what I reckon it is. It’s a common failing on the R1200 and somewhat with the F800 but it hasn’t been a showstopper for me. It very rarely does it but when it does it seems to be when its very hot and when it’s low on fuel. In the 18 months I’ve had it, doing about 40k miles, its only done it probably 3 times. Basically it loses power for a second then kicks back in. I’ve taken it to 2 different dealers including one in Germany and no fault was found. Mine is quite heavily personalised and modified. The OEM chain is shite, but I always replace with a higher quality DID, some reports of shoddy bearings but mine have been fine, only ever tightened race bearings once. It’s easy to service and maintain yourself too. Battery only lass a couple of years, but just replaced the original with a great motobatt. It’s tough little fecker too, I high sided in Siberia on wet tram tracks and only bent my aux spot and pannier frames, which were easily bent back to place. If you have any other questions let me know. You should have a look at http://www.UKGSer.com for lots of discussion of the GS’, although my guess is that as a GSA owner you’re probably already on it.

  3. Hey Steve,

    Just stumbled across your blog and I’ve spent the last hour or so reading through all your trip reports, brilliant job!

    Hope you’ve got plenty more big trips planned?

    Cheers & all the best,

    Rach @ MotoGoLoco

  4. Hey Steve,

    Just wanted to say thanks for all the info on here – having just stumbled across your blog whilst doing some trip planning of my own, this has been a great resource.

    Hope you’ve got something else in the bag?

    Cheers

    Rach @ MotoGoLoco

  5. Epic ride Dave! Thanks for compiling all the information in this blog, very useful. I could not find a map with the exact route, did you posted it somewhere? Best!

    1. Thanks for the post. Sorry, no I haven’t. I travelled from Normandy through France, Austria, Switzerland Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Montenegro, Albania, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Mongolia, then west back through Russia, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, Germany, Netherlands and home to the UK.

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