‘The risk is to rid­ers’ com­pre­hen­sion not their phys­i­cal be­ing’

Richie Fin­ney runs mo­tor­cy­cling ad­ven­tures in Nor­way, Thai­land, Cam­bo­dia and be­yond

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

“My con­cept is one of ex­plo­ration and dis­cov­ery; to im­bue a feel­ing of be­ing the first per­son to travel a given route, re­gard­less of how many have gone be­fore. It’s self-in­dul­gent to be a true ‘gen­tle­man of the road’.

“So I take that open road ro­mance and pack­age it into a de­liv­er­able ex­pe­ri­ence for those who may be time poor. Be it for a group of 30 or 300, I take great pride in cre­at­ing an ad­ven­ture that I would be ex­cited to do my­self.

“When you travel alone by mo­tor­cy­cle you meet all kinds of peo­ple and if you’re open to­wards them you will find that they will be open to­wards you. This can lead to them show­cas­ing off­beat at­trac­tions or even their whole town. So I re­search and ride routes to cre­ate that hos­pi­tal­ity in ad­vance. “I love to scour old books and maps for in­ter­est­ing routes, many of which are off the beaten track. Once, en route to Stur­gis, I took 24 Har­leys through a Na­tive Amer­i­can reser­va­tion to visit Wounded Knee. “It was 20 miles of grav­elled dirt road (up to a foot deep). Some rid­ers freaked out. De­spite some sense of hu­mour fail­ures, they made it through and felt proud of them­selves. It’s about tak­ing peo­ple out of com­fort zones but within a cot­ton wool case, where the risk is to their com­pre­hen­sion not their phys­i­cal be­ing. Some still be­moan that ex­pe­ri­ence, but they’re still telling the story 10 years on...”

‘Rid­ers leave com­fort zones within cot­ton wool cases’ RICHIE FIN­NEY

Where no biker has gone be­fore … in their own imag­i­na­tion, at least

cre­at­ing Richie Fin­ney takes pride in ad­ven­tures he’d love to do him­self

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.