QUESTIONS ‘Free bacon butties for all bikers... for life’
Solo adventure rider Steph Jeavons has been travelling the world since 2014
Q1 What are you riding?
A Honda CRF250L. The same bike I started with from the Ace Café in London three- and- a-half years ago (Steph is currently heading into Malawi after crossing Zambia – Ed). She is called Rhonda the Honda and has never broken down (not yet anyway).
Q2 Which living motorcyclist do you most admire?
John Mcguinness. He is clearly an amazing rider, but also an all-round nice guy. He’s also a fun guy to offroad with!
Q3 What’s your worst riding habit?
Is listening to music a bad habit? I do that all the time. It helps me concentrate on long days. My mum worries about that.
Q4 If you could have one riding super skill, what would it be?
To fly Superman style like the Red Bull X-fighters!
Q5 What’s the fastest you’ve ever gone on a bike?
With me riding: 130mph. As a pillion: 170mph.
Q6 When were you last scared on a bike?
I have had many moments but the one that sticks in my mind was a dirt track that I took down into Copper Canyon in Mexico. It turned out to be pretty steep with a lot of hairpin bends. I suddenly realised how exposed I was and how easily I could just slide off the edge. I had just done several similar bends on the way down but on this particular one, I froze. It took everything I had to get moving again, and not before I considered and then ruled out helicopter rescue! Funny what goes through your mind in situations like that, before you realise no-one can help you and you really just have to pull yourself together and get on with it.
Q7 How many miles have you done in the last year?
About 15,000. I stopped for the winter in Canada and started riding across the Prairies in the spring. I then shipped the bike to Africa which took three months, so I was bikeless for that time.
Q8 What’s the highest mileage you’ve covered in one day?
500 miles. That is a lot of miles on a 250.
Q9 What irritates you most on a bike?
People driving up my arse.
Q10 You’ve got two weeks off: where are you going?
Tibet. I’m dying to ride the bike up to Everest Base Camp and actually plan to go in 2019.
Q11 Got one pearl of wisdom for new riders?
Get some practice in the dirt. You will learn a lot about bike handling. It’s also great fun.
Q12 Ever fallen off in a car park (or somewhere equally embarrassing)?
Yes, of course. It is a rite of passage for all bikers, surely? Once I was riding in a quarry in Wales and fell into a big puddle of mud. My leg got trapped and I was half submerged. A farmer eventually came along, looked down at me and just said: “Well that’s not very ladylike, is it?” before rescuing me in fits of giggles.
Q13 Do you have one indispensable item of kit?
I have a piece of handlebar that I cut to size that fits onto the end of my spanner. It gives me the extra leverage I need to get the wheel nut off in the event of a roadside puncture.
Q14 Which four people would you invite on a Sunday blast?
No one famous. Just my off-roading buddies from the UK. I have missed them the last few years of travelling and riding solo.
Q15 Do you have a tool you couldn’t live without?
Q16 Do you adjust your suspension?
Q17 If you could have one of your bikes back, which would it be?
My first ever bike at 18, an MZ 50, which got stolen. It was a silly little bike but I loved it. I had painted it purple to match my Doc Martins.
Q18 What would you never buy?
A Honda Gold Wing. Why? Just why?
Q19 Which road (or track) would you have built on your desert island?
The Devil’s Backbone in Mexico. A smooth-as-a-racetrack stretch of road that twists and turns through the mountains.
Q20 If you ruled the world, what new law would you pass?
Free bacon butties for all bikers for life!
To find out more about Steph’s global adventure, visit www.stephmotoadventurebikeblogcom
‘You realise noone can help you and you really just have to pull yourself together’