On all of the trips I’ve been on, I’ve never shied from heading off-road – that’s what my bike was built for. Saying that… riding solo, hundreds of miles from home with hundreds still to go, when I feel the back-tyre claw at a loose track - my first thought is to my ticket home. The idea of crawling back to on London with my motorcycle strapped to the back of a breakdown lorry does not appeal. Having learnt this lesson the hard way, when away I now take an easier line.
Thinking about it… the times I’ve strayed from the tarmac have always been on a long-distance trip, always with a bike to think of. For me, that’s what was so great about Bike Shed’s first Sunday Scramble. With a support truck ensuring passage home, it was a chance to push a bit harder and see what my W650 is capable of.
PHOTOGRAPHS: MYKOLA ROMANOVSKY
WORDS: ASHLEY WATSON