Departure Day

Ready for the UK Road Trip - Blue Futura

Okay, so it’s 16.55 on departure day and I’m finally ready to go! Much later than planned but I should still have a couple of hours riding time before I have to find somewhere to camp.

It’s a grey, horrible day (typical British Summer) with chances of fine weather on the rest of the rtip being remote. I’ve packed a bunch of extra waterproof and warm gear so the bike is really heavy!

Wish me luck!

Ready for the UK road Trip - Aprilia Futura
Here’s what the Aprilia Futura looks like with panniers, top box, tank bag and hammock roll bag mounted.

What are you afraid of?

Understandably, I’m nervous about undertaking a long, solo motorbike tour.

The question is, what exactly am I afraid of?

Pretty much everything would be the short answer! I have no experience touring, no experience camping and no experience of motorcycle maintenance. The roads are mostly unfamiliar, the Sat-Nav is brand new, even the laptop is relatively unfamiliar; so the chances of something going wrong are mounting…


Examples of things that could go wrong:

  • Collision with another vehicle
  • Accident on unfamiliar roads
  • Injury
  • Death
  • Mechanical failure
  • British “summertime” soaking all my (uninsured) gear
  • Theft of my gear
  • Freezing to death in the wilds of Scotland
  • Finding the trip un-enjoyable
  • Going over budget

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