Lone Rider: around the world by BMW

Back in the early 1980s, Elspeth Beard took her broken heart, packed up her BMW airhead boxer, and rode it the ‘wrong way’ around the world. The entire astonishing story has recently been published, and it’s wowing RC readers… I love travelogues, ‘round the world’ trip even more. Was Elspeth Beard truly the first British woman to ride around the…

Lone Rider

35 years ago, Elspeth Beard became the first British woman to ride solo around the world, and she accomplished this feat aboard an aging BMW Boxer. The book Lone Rider tells her tale, and RC regular Ian Woolley has read it… I first met Elspeth Beard when I was on a tour of Europe organised by Nick Sanders. She was…

An Enfield Excursion, Part the Last

Stuart and Ian have taken their Enfield Bullets on an extended sprint around Scotland. Another couple of riders join the fray: time for a spot of bike-swapping before Stuart’s Bullet mysteriously starts to lose power… Day Three: 156 miles While Doug was engaged in the trappings of business, Ian and I took off for a late morning shakedown to the…

An Enfield Excursion, Part One

When you have stunning scenery and open roads right on your doorstep, why go overseas for your classic travels? Stuart Urquhart and chums take their classic big singles on an extended sprint around Scotland, and discover new routes, old roads, Rob Roy and a stuffed haggis… It looked like our annual classic motorcycling week in Sutherland had run aground thanks…