From a Harley road rider to finding my true passion for adventure off-road riding on a BMW R1200GS
Welcome to my motorcycle journey
My motorcycle story starts later in life than many. Growing up, my weekends and after-school hours were filled with outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, kayaking, skateboarding, and cycling. My parents instilled in me a love of all things outdoors, which I will be forever grateful for.
Even at a young age, motorcycles had an undeniable allure. The thunderous roar of the engine echoing through the streets, the infectious smiles on every rider’s face, and, let’s be honest, the sheer coolness of it all captivated me completely.
However, motorcycles were not part of my family’s repertoire, and so I contented myself with occasional moments perched on a friend’s bike, daydreaming about the open road.
Yet, my desire to experience the world on two wheels refused to be stifled. As I got older, mountain biking on single-track and tree-lined trails filled the need. My then-girlfriend (now wife) also rode, and we enjoyed countless hours on two motorless wheels.
Every chance I got to borrow a motorcycle from family or friends was one I eagerly took. But with no formal training, my self-taught approach was to apply my mountain biking techniques to motorcycle riding.
Fortunately, it all worked out, and the generosity of all those brave enough to lend me their wheels helped to confirm what I already knew … I needed a motorcycle!
My first motorcycle
In 2006, a Harley Davidson Streetglide was my first bike. I was in my late 30s at the time and felt very comfortable on this tourer. It was a great bike that brought me & my wife (as pillion) on many adventures through multiple countries for 6 years.
The Harley community is fantastic, with many organized events and general comradery. As much as I loved riding the Streetglide, there was still something missing…
Our first ADV motorcycle experience
A motorcycle touring holiday to Morocco was the riding experience that expanded my passion for riding into adventure off-roading.
This particular tour was about 80% on-road of stunning landscapes, from the roads of southern Spain to the rugged terrains of Morocco’s Atlas Mountains. Riding atop a BMW GS, the bike effortlessly carried us through diverse landscapes and, finally, into the heart of the desert.
Our arrival in the sandy expanse marked a pivotal moment. As the tour guide announced our departure from the pavement, we ventured into the unknown, our tires carving tracks through the shifting sands.
Our first encounter with the desert proved to be a challenging initiation—a tale of tumbles, perseverance, and unwavering determination. And yet, amidst the hardships, I discovered a true passion for off-road adventure that would shape the course of my journey.
Morocco was amazing, and the BMW GS bike won my heart with its versatility and proficiency on any terrain. I was hooked!