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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

Off-road Practice At The Bowl

Living on Guernsey, we're fairly limited with areas to ride off-road, so we have to make the most of what there is. One of the places we can get some practice is a site used by the Guernsey Land-Rover club. It's not terrible big but…

Broken Lugguage Rack Bolts

A couple of weekends ago I was out on the GS with "Her Indoors". It was a fun ride with one or two lifts and a quick dash across a beach, all to much squealing and cursing from behind me. It wasn't until we were nearly…

Guernsey Granite Man 2011

Sunday 11th September was a busy weekend of riding for me. Not only was there the Oakley Spin in the afternoon but I was also marshalling for the Guernsey Granite Man triathlon. It's a middle distance triathlon with a 1900 metre swim, a 56 mile…

Oakley Spin 2011

The Oakley Spin is an annual event hosted by the Full Boar Motorcycle Club in Guernsey. The event is a ride-out for any and all bikers in Guernsey with the aim of raising money for the Oakley Waterman Caravan Foundation, it's held once a year…

Altrider Side Stand Foot... Take 2

Before setting off for my trip to Morocco I got myself a side stand foot form the guys at Altrider. If I'm honest, it was the part that I was most looking forward to testing in the desert. It worked well on the beaches around…

Final Packing... Almost

I can't believe I'll be setting off for Morocco in less than 4o hours! It seems it was only yesterday that we came up with the idea but that was about 2 years ago now! Just after lunch on Monday we'll be boarding a ferry…

Diagnosing Rear Brake Issues

It has to be said that the BMW R1200GS has had it's fair share of brake problems. From potential leaks to ABS sensor wires becoming trapped. I've previously blogged about two brake related problems on my bike: firstly the hand-guards being discontinued due to a…

AltRider: Venture On

Once in a while you come across a company who exist sole because they have found their passion and want to share it with other like minded people. The perfect example of this is AltRider. The company is passionate about bikes and design their products…