My names Rob I’m 25 and I’m a carpenter from East London. Having been a very adventurous character in my teens, keen rock climber and mountain climber even going on an expedition to attempt Mont Blanc in 2007!
From the age of about 16 Ive been working a lot more and having a lot less time to get away, so have lost my adventuring ways- now I’m ready to grasp it again! This is the most adventurous way I could do it.
^Nearing the top of ‘Dente du giante’ 2007^
^My First big bike^
When did you start riding?When starting to work in London about 6 years ago I was spending mega amounts on trains, so turned to motorcycling which less than quartered my travelling costs!More importantly it was quicker to work and meant I had a little bit longer in bed in the morning 🙂
Ive never looked back since!
Have you done any other long rides?I have done a few long trips on bikes to places in the UK, but the last major trip I did on a bike was in 2013 when I set out on my first attempt of London to South America.Unfortunately the trip was cut short by a crash in Mongolia causing an injury which meant I couldn’t carry on.
Now 2 years later Im back and ready to go again!
^Recovering in Thailand after the crash^
^The bike ready to go at Dover (front)^
What are you riding?Having had a number of bikes I realised from a couple of years ago that the bikes I enjoy riding are dual sport motorcycles.Having had a cheap motorcycle for the last couple of years I started to look into prices of my dream bike… The Yamaha xt660z tenere!
After many phone calls and getting carried away making dealers compete against each other with price I managed to get a great deal on a new bike pretty much ready to travel! So went for it.
The xt660z is a great bike combining road riding and riding on the rough stuff. Modest power and generally lightweight compared to other adventure bikes on the market, and obviously the most important thing is the price tag coming in at less than half the price of bigger adventure bikes!