A distance of over 15,000 miles from Manchester, UK, to Cape Town, South Africa, via Nordkapp, Norway.
A challenge for most vehicles, but for an antiquated 1952 classic British motorcycle...?
Details of modifications and preparation of the bike can be found on this website.
In 2008 Gordon May rode his 1953 Royal Enfield Bullet from Manchester, England, to the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai, Southern India. The 8,400 mile adventure resulted in the book, Overland To India.
His next trip was even more challenging: Manchester to Egypt on a 1952 BSA Bantam. After a false start in 2009, Gordon achieved his goal, crossing Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria before returning to the UK in 2010. Another book, Overland To Egypt, soon followed.
Then in 2015, he rode from the UK to Vietnam on a 1941 ex British army 350cc Matchless G3L. His route took him across Europe to the Black Sea, through the Caucasus and into Central Asia, including visits to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and into China. After traversing high altitude passes in Pakistan, Gordon continued through India, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand and Laos. A new book, Overland To Vietnam, followed.
This latest project - UK to South Africa via Nordkapp - is Gordon's longest ride to date. The bike, a Royal Enfield 500 Twin, was first registered in Scotland in 1952. Gordon has owned it since 2004 and believes the engine to be the smoothest parallel twin of its era. It has been fully restored and modified for the rigors of overland travel but remains, in essence, a simple 1950's British push-rod twin that's happy to cruise all day long at 50mph.