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Adrian Ritchie

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Aidy has been riding motorbikes since just after he left university in 2003. His first bike was a 1988 Suzuki GSX-R750 bought for £1000. His second bike was a Suzuki GSF600 Bandit, bought for his adventure to Norway in 2005. Two years later he sold the Bandit to Shane (for him to learn on) and upgrade to a BMW R1200GS... which was promptly trashed one month later by a SMIDSY. Having had the R1200GS repaired, Aidy has spent the next three years giving it a damn good thrashing off-road. 2011 saw the R1200GS take to the remote tracks and desert pistes of Morocco... it managed to keep up with the 650 enduro bikes that make up the rest of the group and made it back to Guernsey in (mostly) one piece. In January 2012, he traded in the R1200GS for a new R1200GS Adventure, planning to use the Pegaso 650 for off-road racing. However, the lure of smaller enduro bikes proved too strong and in April 2012 purchased a BMS G450X

Gear: GPS Trackers

When I made the decision to go on a big adventure along the Trans-Canadian Adventure Trail (TCAT), one of the first things that sprang to mind was personal safety. Sure, I've done trips in Europe and into the desert in Morocco but these have always…

Planning Progress - February 2013

I had a minor panic last night. I had a sinking feeling that I hadn't done anything constructive towards the planning for my trip for at least a week. In fact I haven't even got a firm date for when I'm setting off yet! Is…

My Chosen Destination: Canada

When choosing where to go on my adventure I had a choice of two destinations: Globebusters was my first thought. The are several very compelling reasons why I might have chosen to do this trip with with Globebusters. Firstly, the route they are doing is…

Am I ready for this?

One of the hardest parts of planning this adventure so far is Has been deciding where I should go, for how long and whether to do it on my own or book myself on a guided group trip. Any one that knows me well will…

Idea for an Adventure is Born

BackgroundHi, I'm Adrian. I've been working software engineer on the tiny island of Guernsey somewhere between France and England since I left University in 2003: When I strated my working life, I also bought my first motorbike. Back then I didn't realise just how central…

Coffee stop

We're only 20 minutes away from the BMF Show camp site but following some interesting overtaking manoeuvres, Dave thought it would be a good idea to stop for a coffee break (and to clean his pants!!)... Although he doesn't actually want a coffee now!

Coffee stop

We're only 20 minutes away from the BMF Show camp site but following some interesting overtaking manoeuvres, Dave thought it would be a good time to stop for a coffee break (and to clean his pants!!)

GS Trophy Qualifier Tickets Finally Arrive

This weekend I'll be in the UK with Shane and Dave taking part in the UK qualifying event for the international BMW GS Trophy, this year it's being held in South America! As with past RideAround trips, I'm the last one to head off to…

Made it to England

The Condor ferry actually managed to cross the English Channel without catching on fire. Now to see how far north I can get before I need to find somewhere to sleep for the night. Tomorrow I need to be just outside Chester first thing so…

Not the best start

So this trip hasn't got off to the best start. I managed to forget my ferry booking confirmation and I didn't collect the chains and locks from Dave to secure the bike once I've picked it up. However with a helping hand from friends and…