We’ve introduced the riders and one pillion taking part in The Graham Homes Memorial Ride – now it’s time to show you the bikes.
There will be three BMWs, one Triumph and one Yamaha transporting us the 2000+ miles to the four compass points of Great Britain.
First, here’s Allister, Graham’s son, on his Triumph Tiger 1050. His Tiger is a lovely white with white painted wheels, full luggage set (which will be very handy!) and touring screen. He’s got my sister Veronica, who is our pillion for the week, on the back of the bike. Read Allister’s profile and Veronica’s profile.
I’ll go next. This is me on my BMW F650GS. Why 650 when it’s an 800 engine I simply do not know! My bike is the factory lowered version with the low seat – just perfect for me and my little legs. I have the official panniers and will be putting a roll bag on my pillion seat for all my (and probably a lot of Allister’s) kit. Read my profile.
Rick, who was one of Graham’s closest friends, rides a lovely old BMW R80RT – just like Graham’s. They did attract a lot of attention when they were out together, always willing to chat with anyone who wandered over to look over the matching dark blue machines. Read Rick’s profile.
Paul, a good friend of us all, has returned to riding thanks to this Memorial Ride – he wanted to be involved and so after quite a number of years without two wheels, he went and bought himself this BMW F800GS. It is a really lovely example, with spoked wheels and lots of added extras (and yes, I’m a little jealous!). Read Paul’s profile.
Last, but by no means least, we have Edward (married to Veronica – my brother-in-law) on his Yamaha XJ6 Diversion. He’s only had it a few weeks after passing his test at the end of March, but has been clocking up the miles to get himself ready for the adventure that will be this Memorial Ride. It’s a rather lovely bike and Edward has definitely got the biking bug! Read Edward’s profile and our announcement when he passed his test.
Thanks to Richard for taking these shots as we rode into Folkingham in Lincolnshire on Monday.
We are also really pleased that Graham’s other Son Bradley and his wife Liz will be joining us for a couple of days on his beautiful yellow and black Triumph TT. They are pictured below on one of our biking holidays from a few years ago – this is the top of Hartside Pass; I think we’ll be going over that again on this trip if the weather is kind to us.
I also believe Allister’s uncle is joining us for a short while too but I don’t have a shot of his bike to share.
Don’t forget the reason we are doing The Graham Homes Memorial Ride is to raise a really good sum of money for Macmillan Cancer Support and Cancer Research UK. Graham had such a positive outlook on life, making the most of every opportunity he was given – we all learnt a lot from him and continue to do so as we recall memories of biking together. We know he would completely approve of the Memorial Ride, only being disappointed that he can’t jump on his BMW R80RT and come along with us. Please help us make a difference by donating what you can.