Motorcycle adventure touring is nothing new, but recent years have seen a huge increase in sales of bikes that target this particular style and market. There is something appealing about the idea of being able to strap on some luggage, pack your tent, and head off into the sunset…
While the lure of “adventure” on one of these modern bikes could seem audacious, the stories we like to hear are those from back in the day, when a big part of the adventure was the bike itself. Modern BMWs are known to swallow hundreds of thousands of miles, often packed with state-of-the-art camping and location equipment. But years ago, there were those that chose to travel on two-wheels, and the details of how to make the bike last, were more murky. These were not times when a dealership could be found in every town, and overnight parts shipping was still 20 years in the future.
Enter Elspeth Beard and her trusty 1974 R 60/6 flat-twin Air-Head BMW. Both her last name and the moniker for her bike should be focused on, because she was neither lacking in femininity, nor ditzy. She was an architectural student who heard the call of the open road. After purchasing the R 60 in 1980, with 30,000 miles already on the clock, she shipped off for New York to begin her journey, which would see her traverse the world, over the span of 3 years.
There are some great articles that have been written about Mrs. Beard, and it would do the adventurer in us all to read some of the details of her trip. Above is a shot of Mrs. Beard now, a woman we would love to hang out with and get some firsthand tales of her adventures.
Check out some of the details HERE: