‘We do 30,000 miles a year, two-up’

Graeme and Sally Daw­son, Honda Pan Eu­ro­pean

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Mar­ried cou­ple Graeme and Sally clock up al­most ten times the aver­age mileage each year on their Honda Pan Eu­ro­pean and say that, just like mar­riage, rid­ing a bike with a pas­sen­ger is all about team­work.

The cou­ple fin­ished as the top pil­lion bike on the su­per-tough Brit Butt Rally, a high-mileage rid­ing chal­lenge where bik­ers ride the length and breadth of the coun­try with the re­quire­ment of hav­ing your photo taken at land­marks out­lined in a road book.

“We clocked up 989 miles in 36 hours, rid­ing every­where from the Mid­lands to North­ern Eng­land and as far afield as RAF Val­ley in An­gle­sey. Rid­ing to­gether is all about team­work. We have an in­ter­com so that we can talk and Sally uses the sat-nav and helps find places to park and get the pics we need.”

Com­fort is very im­por­tant, too. I got a cus­tom seat made from Tony Archer in Hud­der­s­field. I’ve tried a cou­ple; one an inch higher and now this one, which has a gel in­sert. It makes a huge dif­fer­ence to how far you can travel.”

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