Lifestyle: Interview

Why I ride…

Croissants at dawn are just a part of it

Dear For The Ride,

Love the blog and really enjoy the features, so thought I’d try to pin down the two main reasons I’ve been riding Triumphs and BSAs for the last half century.

It’s tough to pick an exact best moment because there have been so many, but in essence, it’s all about the friends you make the journey with and the memories that stay with you forever. We have such a good time.

Most years we try to get to the Alps on the Street Triple and ride the best roads in the world. We normally take a couple of days to get there, keeping off the motorways as there’s no fun to be had there.

 

We rode through the long cold night and the sun was just coming up and the road was going in and out of the early morning mist as it undulated up and down.

Alan Ross

We do about 350 miles a day, which adds to the feeling of joy when you ride a lovely bendy road, then pull into a cafe in a French village for coffee and a pastry with your mates.

Another great experience for me is riding through the dawn on a sunny morning. I remember once, it doesn’t matter where, we rode through the long cold night and the sun was just coming up and the road was going in and out of the early morning mist as it undulated up and down.

The big Triumph twins are such fun on the rough, but I now have 10 bikes in various stages of repair, mainly Triumphs and BSAs, with a couple of two-stroke dirt bikes thrown in.

The bikes I use most are the Cheney Triumph and Street Triple, but I’ve just finished a 1974 Meriden Triumph Adventurer, which I took to the Isle of Man to watch the racing and ride some mountain tracks with a pal from Australia who rode my Cheney.

That’s why I ride.