English Rose

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Riding -

It’s one thing show­ing a mate your favourite route – does it re­ally mat­ter if he doesn’t like it? There’s a bit more pres­sure when you’re show­ing it to Charley Boor­man. But that’s what we did with the na­tion’s favourite round-the-world rider. We shouldn’t have been wor­ried about it. For one thing, Charley’s a lovely bloke who clearly wel­comed the ex­cuse to get out on his bike. For an­other, the tri­an­gu­lar route of the B4437, A361 and B4026 is a stun­ning ride. It’s a rea­son­ably pop­u­lar cir­cuit known as the Charl­bury TT – and it’s a mem­o­rable bik­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Es­pe­cially on a sunny sum­mer’s day. This lit­tle cor­ner of Ox­ford­shire is the English coun­try­side at its most beau­ti­ful – noth­ing dis­turb­ing the peace but the dis­tant grum­ble of a trac­tor on a field. Well, noth­ing un­til we came whoop­ing along the B4437. We’re never sure if it comes across in the films but, let me tell you, that fella Boor­man can ride. Round tight turns, wheels lift­ing over crests, tucked in along short straights, we have a blast. That’s what’s so good about the Charl­bury TT – it’s a con­cen­trated burst of bril­liant English rid­ing. If you’re look­ing for an ex­cuse to get out and ride your bike, it’s im­pos­si­ble not to love it.

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