British Bike Tours was formed in 2006, our first tour was the "Bridge in the Sky" through central France to the Millau Bridge. Since then we have operated hundreds of tours from short weekend breaks to the Vosges Mountains and Black Forest to full blown adventure tours in the Indian Himalaya and Nepal. We were one of the first companies to take customers to the Balkans and Bosnia - at that time the roads would pass between minefields! These have now all been cleared. We also pioneered an Alps trip which takes you from the Vosges mountains all the way down to the Mediterranean Sea and coastal town of Menton. We first did this trip in 2006 - it is now a regular destination for many motorcycle tour operators.
British Bike Tours has five team members, Peter, Lorraine, Mark, Raz and of course Merlin. We are all kindred spirits born in the 60's, we all met whilst motorcycling (apart from Merlin - of course). Motorcycling and in particular motorcycle touring is our passion and we want to share this passion with you.
Peter - Operations Director & Guide
I started British Bike Tours in 2006. The idea of starting a motorcycle touring company first began in 2000 when I rode a Royal Enfield in India, I did this again in 2003. By 2006 I took the plunge and began our first website - my goodness how technology has moved on from those early days - customers used to have to send me cheques to pay for their holidays!!!
I currently ride a 2018 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000. It ticks alot of boxes as a comfortable, reliable workhorse. For a large bike it also handles pretty well.
My favourite tours are our new revamped Alps tour and our Himalaya tour. They are both very challenging.
Lorraine - Medical Director & Guide
Lorraine provides and organises our medical support on our adventure tours - she is a very experienced clinical pharmacist and lead clinician. She is qualified to prescribe and also provides vaccinations. Currently she is doing wonderful work as lead clinician at several Covid 19 vaccination centres in the North East.
Lorraine has been riding bikes for over 25 years. She has ridden all over Europe and India including the Himalaya and Nepal. Her current bikes are a Ducati Monster and a Ducati Diavel Carbon - she also likes to ride old Enfields with a right hand sided gear change and left side rear brake!!!
Mark - Guide
Mark has recently joined the team and will be leading some of our tours in 2021. A past customer with British Bike Tours, Mark passed his Motorbike test in 1980 and been riding Motorbikes with a passion ever since then. Over the last 25 Years Mark has worked in and ridden motorbikes in many countries, including most of Europe, China, India, Russia and US. Currently working as Managing Director of a prestigious Aerospace company he also brings a wealth of other experience and skills to ensure BBT customers get the optimum experience on our tours.
Mark uses a BMW GS1200 or a Triumph Explorer for touring.
Raz - Guide
Raz has been riding since the late 1970's. Raz is a very experienced Tour Guide. He started touring in the 80's but then in 1992 had a fairly serious bike accident which resulted in the loss of his right leg. However, nothing keeps Raz and his indomitable spirit down and it wasn't long before he was back riding and has since toured around Australia, Nepal, Vietnam, Morocco and in Europe from the top of Norway down to Sicily and most points between. The Balkans is his favourite place to tour in Europe. He started working as a guide in 2012 for British Bike Tours and has also guided for a couple of other tour operators.
He currently rides a Suzuki 650 V-strom.
Merlin - last but not least, Merlin, our beautiful, gentle Golden Retriever. Merlin, likes to spend his time going on long walks and patrolling his garden in France. He is always happy to meet new people and enjoys a cuddle.