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 took 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, Paul, Mark 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 started British Bike Tours in 2006. The idea of a 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 2017 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 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!!!
Lorraine provides and organises our medical support on our adventure tours - she is a very experienced clinical pharmacist and is qualified to prescribe and provide vaccinations.
Paul is our battlefield tour guide. He is an Associate member of the Guild of the Battlefield Guides and is a volunteer guide for the National Trust at the Anglo-Saxon Burial Site at Sutton Hoo. Paul leads our Normandy and World War 1 motorcycle tours.
Paul is a very experienced motorcycle tour guide and has ridden and led tours for British Bike Tours for many years. He has also ridden in India. His wit and anecdotal stories are legendary. He is undoubtably a real asset to British Bike Tours.
Paul usually rides a Suzuki V-Strom or Kawasaki Z900 RS.
Mark - Scottish Mark has joined us in 2020 and will concentrate on running our UK tours and shorter weekend tours.
A former Royal Navy Airman, Fire Officer, Airport Manager, Mark is now in the privileged position of being retired. He has been motorbiking since 2002 and currently rides a BMW K1600 ‘Bagger’. Mark says that he "loves travelling and is particularly fond of the Scottish landscape, well to be honest, any landscape in any country with a view from a motorcycle seat." Mark loves the diversity of the characters you meet whilst travelling.
Mark is a really friendly character with lots of humorous stories. A people person who makes all customers feel at ease.
Mark - Mark has recently joined the team and will be leading some of our tours in 2020. 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 for touring.
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.