My name is Kevin Ford. I'm 57 years of age and split my time between living in London and Scotland. In my professional life I have been the following:
I'm married to Judith, my wife of 30 + years, who is also my business partner.
I came to motorcycling late in life. I was in my 40's when I did a 5 day direct access course. This involves getting on a 125cc bike off road on Monday AM culminating in taking your full test on a big (500cc) bike on the Friday PM 4 days later.
I failed it.
First time I really wasn't ready for it and second time a stupid mistake on a roundabout did for me. With perseverance, I managed to scrape a pass at the third time of asking.
I wouldn't describe myself as a naturally gifted rider - i find I have to concentrate really hard ALL the time when I'm riding, and I ride very defensively.
My first bike after passing was a Triumph Boneville. This was a heap of fun and
inevitably attracted a lot of attention from men of a certain age who had ridden one in their youth. I went all over the UK on jaunts with a tent stuck on the back. I parted company with this in
2008 and bought the Transalp which I'll be using for this trip