‘We’re rid­ing a scooter and side­car around the world!’

Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes, Honda SH300

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Best mates Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes are cur­rently 22,000 miles and 10 months into rid­ing a scooter and side­car around the world. “We’re halfway round now and have been through 26 coun­tries, which is fur­ther than we thought we would get,” Matt told MCN from Amer­ica.

“Be­fore this trip nei­ther of us had re­ally rid­den a mo­tor­cy­cle so it has been a huge ad­ven­ture and took 18 months of plan­ning,” he added. The pair have rid­den through Europe and Africa be­fore ship­ping the bike to South Amer­ica and rid­ing their way up to Texas.

“Rid­ing a nor­mal bike around the world has been done loads,” ex­plained Matt. “We wanted to be dif­fer­ent. We bought a Honda SH300 and then a bloke in a shed made us a side­car and off we went. We think the bike rides well, but it has been ham­mered and fixed by us and the han­dling has cer­tainly de­te­ri­o­rated as the miles have racked up, but you just get used to it. We have been through four clutches so far, the most mem­o­rable break­down was in Ethiopia when one failed in the mid­dle of a car­ni­val.”

The pair are also us­ing the trip to in­crease aware­ness about mod­ern slav­ery and are vis­it­ing char­i­ties and rais­ing money while en route, not to men­tion set­ting a few records. “There is a record for dis­tance rid­den on a scooter fit­ted with a side­car, which is 5000 miles, so we’ve al­ready smashed that one,” added Matt. “And no-one has cir­cum­nav­i­gated the world on one be­fore, so if we fin­ish that’s two records at least.”

And the two ad­ven­tur­ers have sim­ple ad­vice for fel­low mem­bers look­ing at tak­ing on a big trip. “Don’t plan it, just do it! The fun is in wing­ing it and see­ing where you end up,” said Matt.

You can fol­low their progress and leave a do­na­tion at www. as­seen­fromtheside­car.org

‘ The fun is in wing­ing it and see­ing where you end up’ MATT BISHOP

The boys are cur­rently on their fifth clutch

Matt and Reece’s out­fit in per­fect nick be­fore their de­par­ture from the UK

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