Gerry has a keen interest in Motorcycling Touring, he started out on a BMW F800STlanding in Roscoff, heading south through the Pyrenees and into Spain with his trustyBMW Navigator III fully loaded with twisty routes. He is still touring Europe at everyopportunity, either solo or with pillion.
Many a May/October were spent in Scotland, exploring the highlands and the islands,enjoying the scenery and quiet roads, as far North as Orkney.
Ventured even further north into Scandinavia and the Atlantic Ocean Road, over themagnificent Storseisundet bridge, touching the Arctic circle.
East through the Czech Republic, Slovakia and the Tatra Mountains and Poland.Late summer tours through the Alpine mountain passes, taking in the Ardennes onthe way.
Across Italy and the Adriatic Sea to Greece, along the coast south to Olympia andonto Athens to visit the Acropolis. Homeward through the mountains of Pindus in northern Greece and Metsovo.
A favourite is Spain, fantastic roads with little or no traffic, ever changing scenery,great food, perfect, ‘probably’ the best touring in the world. Travelling as far southas Cadiz via Fort Bravo for an overnight stay, taking in the sets where favouriteWesterns were filmed: The Good the Bad and the Ugly y Los Siete Magnificos.
My first motorbike was a 250cc BSA Star, which I bought at age seventeen, I really enjoyed it for two years, had one or two minor drops but nothing serious.
I got my first car at nineteen and was then on four wheels for over forty five years, however I promised myself I would get back to biking on retirement, which I duly did.
I’ve had a few bikes since then: a 650cc Dragstar, A 650cc Deauville, A 1300cc FJR, A 1200cc GS, A 1600cc GTL, a lovely bike, very powerful, very technologically advanced and extremely comfortable, but at 348 Kilograms trying to manhandle it around in awkward parking areas etc. was quite challenging.
I’m now quite happy with my BMW R1200 RT LE model, which at 275 Kg is much easier to live with.
I have toured in the UK, France, Spain, Netherlands, Germany, Denmark, Norway & Sweden and southern Africa (South Africa, Swaziland & Lesotho) with fellow DMTC members and others, I’ve completed four Irish and Ulster Photo Rallies and joined the DMTC in 2013, Blood Bikes East in 2014 and undertook the ROSPA training course, achieving the Gold award in 2015.
I’d like to tour in Italy and the Balkans, I’ve no definite plans at the moment but hopefully it will happen someday soon.
I first got interested in to motor bikes at the age of 11 years old, when my father’s working partner came to our house on his Suzuki gs 550, in which I got a spin sitting on the back of it.
At the age of 13, I was buying MCN and Bike Magazines and was studying the world of 2 wheels and still am today.
I woke up Christmas morning 1984 to find a 1970 Yamaha FSI 50 cc sitting in the kitchen, and said wow.
As I was not 16 at that time, I could insure the bike and when the time came, I could not afford the insurance as it was too expensive, so I sold it. It did not put me off bikes for good, and still went to all the road races around Ireland.
I got married in 1993 to my wife Deirdre. In December 1998 I went to Leeds in the UK to look/buy a Honda CX500 Turbo, which was rotten. So I came home with a Honda 650 Turbo instead. Had it for 4 years, and then bought a Honda Deauville, had it for 4 years and then bought a Honda Pan European ST1300, and still ride today.
I get away once a year to the continent, and cover 8/10,000 miles approx a year.
I’m also a member of the BMW club.
I joined the DMTC in Feb/March of 2014 and was nice to meet new friends with the same 2 wheel addiction. Happy days.