I can remember the first time I sat on a motorbike. I’d been for my first job interview and one of the other candidates, Phil Herring, gave me a lift back to town on the back of his Triumph Tiger Cub. We both got the job and I learned to ride on that bike.I bought my own bike a year later, a D14/4 BSA Bantam. It was a scrapper and I rebuilt it before riding it 300 miles to North Wales. That was my ‘Long Way Round’ journey and was memorable for the engine blowing up at Cerrig-y-Druidion.
I still don’t know how I survived my early years on a motorbike. In those days you got a provisional licence and set off; no training required! I had several crashes, and was probably saved from serious injury by being sent on a standard police motorcycle course at Denbigh. Following the course I was posted to Pen-y-Cae, near Ruabon where I became responsible for a BSA C15 250cc police motorcycle. I left the police in 1974 to join the Ambulance Service, and had a variety of motorcycles, my favourite being an ex-Police BMW R80/7. The BMW was notable for not breaking down!
I’ve lived near Bethesda for the last 30 years. This historic quarry village is surrounded by fantastic mountains and great roads through them. My favourite local ride is the round trip from Llandygai along the A5 through Bethesda to Capel Curig, then turning onto the A4086 for Pen-y-Gwryd, Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis. From Llanberis the road turns onto the A4244, turning for Pentir and back to Llandygai. It’s not a long route but a very pretty one for a good bicycle or motorcycle ride.
Let’s Go …