I had heard the rumor of an American girl touring Europe on a vintage motorcycle. Today I learned that it’s true, her name is Jacqui Van Ham and she’s riding a 1972 BMW R75/5 (Thanks to my buddy Olaf, for the tip).
I think it’s bloody great what she’s doing, and I wish it was me. I always wanted to do some grand tour of something on a vintage motorcycle. Somehow that appeals more to me than doing it on a modern comfortable bike.
A common saying among motorcycle riders is that “it’s not about the destination, it’s the journey”. Riding a vintage motorcycle sort of enhance that state of mind. It’s like running a marathon, which is a great accomplishment in it self, and then running a marathon in a white hot dessert. You’re bound to, and sometimes forced to find adventure on your way.
Jacqui is doing her trip alone, and is more or less at the mercy of the people she meets on her way. That’s kick ass of you ask me. You meet so many nice people and everybody will do their best to help you out.
You can help Jacqui out by visiting her site and donating some gas money. The price for gas in Europe is insane these days.