Twenty-three years after I bought my Bullet there, I returned to Chennai, INDIA to take part in the celebrations during the launch of the new Royal Enfield Bullet 350.
There were factory visits, presentations, a pop-up museum and demonstrations of the painting of famous gold stripes on the fuel tank. Gordon May, Royal Enfield's brand historian, informed and entertained us with the history of the overwhelmingly popular Bullet from its inception in 1932 to the present day. We saw new Bullets rolling off the production line and I was very fortunate indeed to be able to ride one. Actually, I had a five-day test ride all over Tamil Nadu!
June 2023 The Royal Enfield Owners Club International Rally in Epidauros, Greece. The Greek branch ensured that it was a wonderful weekend. My seven weeks journey there and back was fantastic.
To celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Royal Enfield motorcycle company, Superior Motorcycle Experiences have created a 120-mile rally that will pass through three counties. I'll be tootling along some of the finest motorcycling roads and scenery of the South West. The organisers are accepting 120 riders in each of two categories for the run... one for Himalayans and one for all other Enfields. It starts at the Sammy Miller Motorcycle Museum at 9.30am.
For details see Ride 120 on Facebook
On Friday 25th June, I'll be having a chat here at the campfire with long-term motorcycle traveller Simon Thomas. My Enfield will be there, too (but not too close to the flames!)
I'm thrilled to have been invited to attend this event to celebrate women in motorcycling. Over the years I've seen things improving for women on bikes and can't wait to see what's new. There's lots for experienced riders and also for those who may be thinking about learning and need inspiration. This looks like the event for one and all. And the location looks stunning.
Not only is this show on my doorstep, it is one of my favourites. Absolutely free to attend, the event is a joyous celebration of all things motorbike, to raise funds for CHILDREN'S HOSPICE SOUTH WEST. There'll be a lively atmosphere at the Ring O'Bells pub amidst displays of classic, custom, sports and touring motorcycles and great live music. Preparations for the 11th Nailsea Bike Show are underway and with fingers firmly crossed, the 11th/12th September is in my diary.
You can tell how much fun it is from the photo below taken a couple of years ago!
Read the full article here.
This is the day when Bristol Women's Voice turns City Hall from its usual business to a full-on joyous celebration. I'll be doing a short presentation of my motorcycle travels during the Women's Adventure Expo and paying tribute to the women who've inspired me. There will be music, dancing, talks, seminars, a Mayoral Question Time, self-defence classes and even some 'round the world' sewing!
I'm full of New Year excitement because I'm starting the London Globetrotters Club 2020 programme on the 4th January. There's a New Year party afterwards, too!
Do come... it's open to non-members. £6 at the door.
Keen Greek Royal Enfield Owners Club members, Andreas and Christos have invited me to the National Motorcycle Museum in Athens to do a talk. It will be a very special bonus to an early winter break in Greece.
What could be better than a combination of motorbikes, tea and cake?
On the 16th November, come and have all three!
I shall be doing a presentation on my unplanned trip from India to the UK, hosted by the Curvy Riders Motorcycle Club and Ecosse Motorcycles in Dundee - November 26th, 2-5pm. The Enfield that accompanied me all the way and is still my only transport is coming too!
Click here for details of the organisers.
Between Friday 11 October and Saturday 12 October 2019 (11:00 to 18:00, cost £5), my Enfield will be part of a one-on-one film performance in which participants can share a 20 minute motorcycle ride through a contemporary Australian landscape.
In The Ride, artist Cigdem Aydemir co-creates an incisive political act out of the simple, playful sharing of a motorcycle ride. For more information and to book, please follow this link.
Come and help me celebrate 70 years of the Enfield Bullet at the South of England Classic Motorcycle Show and Bikejumble in Ardingly, Sussex, on October 27th. I'll be giving a talk and the bike will there too. For more information, please click here.
Conceived and planned by the people who bring you the quarterly Overland Magazine, the Overland Event is designed to excite, inspire and inform anyone who is planning to travel on a motorcycle, and because the event supports worthy charities it’s all for a good cause too. As always, I will be there. You can find more details on the event here.
I won't need to clean the Enfield for this! I can't believe my Enfield will be in the Malle Mile, the 'British Inappropriate Motorcycle Race and Exhibition in Motion' on July 26-28 in London. I've been invited to present at 'The Lost Club' section.
More info here: https://mallelondon.com/the-mile/
I'll be at Shenfest, the music and literature festival in Shenington with Alkerton, a lovely village just outside Banbury in North Oxfordshire that is very close to my heart. The dates are June 14th to 16th. I will be doing a talk in Alkerton's St Michael's church on Saturday 15th at 4pm. All local bikers are encouraged to attend and show off their machines!
Between Friday 19th July and Sunday 21st July, the Royal Enfield Owners' Club will stage an international rally in celebration of the 70th Anniversary of the Royal Enfield Bullet. It is to be held at Stanford Hall, Lutterworth, Leicestershire. I'll be there with my beloved 500cc Bullet and will be on hand with copies of my book and lots of stories about our travels. I can't wait and am so proud to be part of this amazing celebration! More details can be found here.
I'll be giving at talk at The Adventure Overland Show at the Stratford-upon-Avon Racecourse, 26-28th April 2019. Find out more here.
Read the latest issue of Traverse Magazine where I review the Speed ladies' motorcycle jacket by Gigi Montrose. I love it!
I've done a Tough Girl Challenges podcast! Almost an hour of chat about my mishaps, mistakes, breaking my leg, food, and how I dealt with storms, castaways and pirates!Click here to listen.
Hit the Road, Jac!: Seven Years, Twenty Countries, No Plan is now on sale at Audible and will be available on iTunes very shortly too.
Here is the link: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/Hit-the-Road-Jac-Audiobook/B07KCQGQ6Q
For the full article, click here.
A short video message from Heathrow airport, about what I'm up to next!
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