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About Back Roads Rider

A fugitive from the high-end music industry I’ve spent the last 15 years working as both a voluntary and a professional Public Affairs Office in the UK automotive sector.

Specialising in the representation of motorcycle rider groups to UK and European Government Offices and NGO’s I have walked the corridors of  “power” in Westminster, Whitehall, Brussels and Strasbourg and have a unique insight on what the decision makers actually think of riders and bikes, and their place in the transport hierarchy.

Four wheels move the body.  Two wheels move the soul.

What you get in this blog:-

My personal comments, facts, opinion, views on political and other issues relating to bikes, biking and riders, presented in short concise and sometimes controversial articles designed to invite comment and debate.

My sense of humour and sometimes obtuse views.

What you won’t get in this blog:-

Long winded patronising biking travelogues based around early retirement and ” finding” oneself on a biking trip to the Atlas Mountains etc…… using a Winnebago as the back up vehicle.

Articles about my latest trip to Outer Monsomewhere with a “group of biking friends” my mistress, her hairdresser, my tent erector, personal chef and bike wrangler. Sponsored by a well know German bike company the “friends” drive a 4×4 are all called Damian and are a film crew for the Discovery Channel. The trip results in a 400 page book and 10 one hour shows on Discovery, which are then shown back to back in the midnight to 6am slot for the next thirteen years.  Meantime I tour Europe relating my “unique” experiences following my crash on raccoon crap and 20 week stay in hospital with a leg broken in 14 places.

Articles or comments on dietary challenged middle-aged blokes with facial hair from the North East of England. Who ride (or fall off!) GS’s and/or Ducati’s whilst seeming to believe they know how to cook cordon bleu meals on an old paraffin stove while standing in some god forsaken s**thole often referred to as a ” national heritage site”. Then touring UK bike rallies flogging cook books and naff DVD’s of their “award-winning” TV series, and OMG their own brand cookware.

Articles on “ex pat” British bikers. Yes the “expat” British biker who with his/her partner took up motorcycling “as a challenge” at the age of 49, joined the local custom bike club and assumed nick names like “Mr J” and “Samantha D”. Then fitted out in suitable embroidered  jacket’s, chains and red bandannas rode the lanes of the Cotswold Hills to enjoy the sound of their screamin eagles. Latterly moved to Provence, the Dordogne, Tuscany or Almeria and became pillars of the local “ex-pat” community joined the Victory Club, such nice people. Write incredibly boring books about the joys of riding on Europe’s uncrowded roads and ask questions on forums like “how to I register my bike in France” and ” why is everybody riding on the wrong side of the road”.  Pop back to the UK to  (a) – let all their friends know what a wonderful time they are having abroad, (b) – ensure the pensions being paid and (c) –  for the health checks. You simple can’t trust those nasty foreign doctors and hospitals.

Anything relating to Delia Smith and Norwich City FC.

Harley Davidson’s – a brand not a bike.

The whole truth – it’s out there somewhere and I’m searching.

© Back Roads Rider 2009

3 Comments leave one →
  1. October 24, 2010 1:24 am

    Brilliant, you have basically described where I am at right now after 2 and a half years of biking. If I see another BMW rallye suite wearing, grey haired, 1200GS riding, smug bastard with metal panniers I think I am going to gouge my eyes out.

    I’ve been guilty of this. I’ve done the long distance trips, ridden bmw’s and yes owned metal panniers but I have seen the error of my ways and realised that nobody gives a damn if another middle aged biker rides to buttf*ck Mongolia.

    You have a great resource here and I look forward to reading more.

  2. April 12, 2011 4:19 pm

    An interesting blog, found out about it from twitter, a bit more interesting than the usual!
    Good work.
    P.S. I ride a GS and have some grey hair, I don’t know what that makes me! 🙂

    • Back Roads Rider permalink*
      April 12, 2011 9:57 pm


      Many thanks for yout comment.

      The GS, what the hell, just ride it!

      Leave the angst to me!


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