To begin this story and why this blog exists, I have to say a little bit about me (and it will be a little as this is after all the Internet).
I live in London. I am in my late forties and have a high pressure job which takes me all over the world. Very few weeks go by without me taking a plane to somewhere. It’s a constant in and out of many of the world’s cities without ever truly seeing anything. London has bad traffic and about seven years ago I started riding motorcycles to beat the traffic and avoid the jam packed public transport. Riding has become a true passion of mine.
I like all bikes. Sports bikes, adventures bikes, cruisers, nakeds, dirt bikes, you name it, I like them all. They have different personalities and are a bit like different mistresses for different occasions. A perk of having a good albeit demanding job is that I have been able to afford to sample all of the above and own quite a few bikes (and the stable is ever changing, bikes are easy to buy and easy to sell here).
I like bikers. My experience over the past seven years riding is that you constantly meet nice, varied, passionate people who all share a common love of motorcycles. It’s a true community of like-minded souls who are out and about enjoying the real world in a visceral way. It’s very un-digital. Braving the elements, out in the sun, the wind, the rain, through cities and countryside and just experiencing life mile by mile. They know the journey is the reward (in life as on a motorcycle).
I like travel. Experiencing new places, new people, new landscapes, new cultures has always been a passion of mine. I have found that the simplicity of travel by motorcycle is for me the best way to get to do this. You can’t carry much on a bike and you’re very exposed to everything : people, places, climate. You have to stop often and you have to engage with your environment. To quote Robert Persig’s fantastic Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance “you’re in the scene, not just watching it anymore, and the sense of presence is overwhelming”.
That’s enough about me for the purpose of this blog. Next post will explain why the Ducati Scrambler.