Idea for an Adventure is Born



Hi, 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 riding a bike would become in my life. My first foray into motorbike travel started with a short trip to England, shortly followed by an almost successful ride up through Norway and back to visit some relatives. The "almost successful" part of the trip was very nearly the end me. However, someone or something was looking after me that day and after getting the bike back and patching it up again I was back on the road.

A varied and eventful series of mini-adventures has left with a lust for travel away from the rock I'm currently stuck on. Each trip I've been on, to France, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Morocco, UK and more, has left me wanting more.

The Genesis of an Idea

Two years ago I changed jobs for a two and a half year fixed contract. At the time that seemed like a long time and I would have an age to decided what I would do next. Well, a year and a half later I started thinking about what might come next. An idea started to take shape that this would be the idea opportunity to take some time off work. I haven't bought a house yet and I don't have children, so I don't have any financial burdens; plus I have a very understanding partner! So why not take six months off to go for a bit of a ride around!

from Longer Road

Adrian Ritchie

Adrian Ritchie

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