QUES­TIONS ‘Free ba­con butties for all bik­ers... for life’

Solo ad­ven­ture rider Steph Jeav­ons has been trav­el­ling the world since 2014

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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?

My Leather­man.

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’

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