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Ride Report: Elspeth Beard’s Round-The-World Adventure

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In 1982 a 23-year-old British woman named Elspeth Beard set out to ride her 600cc BMW clear around the world. Three years and 35,000 miles later, changed forever, she rolled back into London victorious—albeit with little fanfare. On Monday, November 5, Elspeth came to Union Garage to share her story.

Thanks to generous sponsorship by Belstaff, this after-hours event proved to be one of our best #ridereportseries presentations to date.

 

 

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Click through above to watch the archived Facebook LiveStream video of her presentation, and click below that to buy a limited-edition autographed (and hand-stamped) copy of Elspeth’s fantastic memoir, “Lone Rider”—while supplies last!

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Elspeth's route from 1982-1984

Elspeth’s route from 1982-1984

Elspeth holds the distinction of being the first British woman to ride around the world on a motorcycle, but she’s far from another spotlight-seeking record breaker.

Elspeth crossing Turkey. Not all smiles...

Elspeth crossing Turkey. Not all smiles…

In fact, after her massive round-the-world adventure—completed sans cell phone or GPS, mind you—Elspeth returned home quietly, and put all her photos, journals and other evidence of her trip away in a box. And for the most part, that’s where those memories stayed for the better part of three decades, as Elspeth pursued a successful career in England as an award-winning architect.

Elspeth Beard with her longtime companion, a 1976 r60/6, in front of a water tower in Godalming, England she converted to her residence.

Elspeth Beard with her longtime companion, a 1976 r60/6, in front of a water tower in Godalming, England she converted to her residence. Photo: GetSurrey.co.uk

It wasn’t until a few years back that Elspeth’s story was discovered and given some much-deserving spotlight in motorcycle publications. She’s since written a book about her trip, which will be on hand to purchase and have signed at the event.