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.

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19 Responses to “A kick ass woman biker”

  1. Mr. Motorcycle  July 2nd

    Way cool.
    She reminds me of Danica Ptrick a bit.

  2. Naked Rider  July 2nd

    That sounds like an awesome adventure.

  3. jacqui van ham  July 3rd

    Hey Jesper!
    Thanks for looking me up!It’s been amazing so far, and I’ve only been here a week! Stay tuned….
    xoxo-jvh

  4. Lance (Little wing)  July 6th

    Hey, it sounds all groovy and that , riding a classic bike a long way, but it is sometimes also about the road, the journey, the characters that you encounter and what you leave behind. I ride a Shiny new Korean bike because it was cheap yet reliable.
    Go Jacqui.. Ride on… and don’t forget… The “Wild hogs” kicked the Deigos asses in the movie.

  5. John M  July 8th

    Like Aretha F., Jacqui gets my R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Now, a few questions for the adventuress:
    (1) What “gear” (apparel, bags, helmet, other) is working for you on your Euro jaunt, and what gear isn’t?
    (2) How is the parts availability on the Continent for your BMW “Toaster”?
    (3) Any thoughts about how the journey
    is impacting the sojourner?
    (4) Most importantly: White Sox or Cubs?
    Keep Rockin’, Jacqui!
    John
    Abilene, Texas USA (“Red Sox Nation”)
    ’92 BMW R100R
    ’90 BMW K1
    ’80 BMW R65

  6. rick  July 11th

    I wish I were riding with her as well. She’s my kind of girl…

    1. Loves touring
    2. Loves Vintage
    3. Loves BMW

  7. Paul  July 17th

    She looks pretty hot in that suit!

    She’s my kind of girl too

  8. Erica  July 28th

    Awesome! Love seeing ladies getting out and after it!

  9. Maloney  August 2nd

    I’m in love….

  10. Water 4 Gas  August 9th

    Any phone number leaked? I want to date her

  11. Sam  September 2nd

    Everyone should do a tour of Europe on a bike before it’s too late.

    So which states in the US have the best roads for touring? I mean nice bendy ones?

  12. Helmet Babe  September 2nd

    Very cool lady! I’d love to do something like that, it sounds like a whole lot of fun!

    Yeah, she does look a little like Danica Patrick!!

  13. Motorcycle Fairings  September 3rd

    Yeeh hah!!

  14. Pete Groh  September 3rd

    Surfing the net, came across the posting. Back in the 1970′s had both a 1966 Triumph Spitfire car, and a 1969 Triumph Trophy 650. Purchase the bike when I was stationed in Iceland. When on leave to Sweden to make the purchase on the Triumph Trophy. Made E5 promotion before leaving the service in 1970 and it was shipped home for FREE. Well, I sold the bike later and called my insurance company to cancel my TR motorcycle coverage. The agent cancelled my car insurance. I drove around for 6 month without insurance. Kind regared.

  15. sash79  December 21st

    After rain comes fair weather

  16. Motorcycle Women  January 20th

    Women have sure come a long way from the time of the old lady sitting on the back, you know riding bitch. Well I have my own and I ride just about every day and I would not have it any other way. You go Girl! Maybe well see each other out on the road some day

  17. Dr. Ricky de Castro  May 30th

    a must bump into… my next wish is to do europe … the grand canyon i have done

  18. Natalya Arnerich  March 8th

    Howdy! This is kind of off topic but I need some help from an established blog. Is it tough to set up your own blog? I’m not very techincal but I can figure things out pretty quick. I’m thinking about setting up my own but I’m not sure where to start. Do you have any tips or suggestions? Thank you

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