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Shane Marriott

Shane Marriott (54)

Shane has a hunger for adventure that neither his wallet, free time nor other-half will support. Ever the optimist, after riding a Suzuki Bandit 600 for a few years and completing a Level 1 Advanced course at the "World of BMW" school in Wales he has put his money where is mouth is and invested in a brand new, fully spec'd BMW R1200GS Adventure ("30 Years GS" version). It is planned that this awesome machine will take him round Iceland, help him win the HUMM event and get safely to the beer festival in Germany! So; is Shane ready for the Adventure? I think we need to ask if the Adventure is ready for him?

And the trip starts here

Aidy has met up with us at the Oxford Peartree services which is our starting point for the ride up to Peterborough! Time for a beer!

Dave arrives in the UK

Dave has arrived in the UK and will be camping tonight. As usual, he does it in style with his MX boots hanging out of his topbox! And yes; he did ride down the road like that!

Part 1 nearly done

I've pretty much reached the area where I'll be stopping for a couple of days. I decided to stop for a coffee in the sunshine as its turned out to be a great day. Dave should be nearby tomorrow and then Aidy will make…

GS Trophy Qualifier

As the first to depart on the trip, I thought it would be good to show how the weather has changed from warm and sunny before I checked in to wet and miserable! I have a few things to do before the GS Trophy…

Art, a useful test

This is a quick post added from an iOS device. It looks great and makes use of all the geo goodness we developed. I guess we will be posting from the road soon!!

An Iceland Qwiki

We are in the slow but positive process of organising a trip to Iceland next year. On that theme, I have embedded a Qwiki below with some details about the place we are heading. Enjoy the cool computer generated voice. If it doesn't appear, try…

ACF-50, the Lynx effect for bikes?!

When I first heard about ACF-50, I figured that it sounded like something that I should be using on a daily basis but that the product was probably hyped up and couldn't be anywhere near as good as it said it was. After reading a few reviews online I…

Power up

  This is the first time I have seen an electric bike that looks like it could "possibly" replace petrol. Though you end up with the same issues regarding the need to charge the batteries for an extended period vs. filling up with fuel…

Bucket List Tour 2010 - The Video

6 months after our triumphant return, we have finally remembered to complete the video! This is our longest production yet and we have learnt a lot about what type of footage we need to get on future trips. As you will see, the video elements…

Project Phoenix

Model: BMW F 650 ST Year: 1998 Category: Enduro / Offroad Displacement: 652.00 ccm (39.79 cubic inches) Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke Valves per cylinder: 4 Power: 48.00 HP (35.0 kW))Torque:57.00 Nm (5.8 kgf-m or 42.0 ft.lbs) Top speed: 165.0 km/h (102.5 mph) Gearbox:…