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Matt

Written by Matthew Fox. Posted in Who Are We?


I was born in Leicester, grew up in Hampshire close to a town called Alton and went to university in Plymouth. I now live in Bristol with my wife Liz who I married in 2010 after we had been together six and a half years.

I Currently work as a Bar Manager at UWE Students' Union and have been doing this since 2006, I enjoy my work although over the last couple of years I have been looking for a new challenge that will maybe progress my life in a new direction.

For most of the last decade I have had an obsession with motorbikes, at the time of writing I currently have three bikes: a Triumph Tiger 955i (06), a Honda XLR 250 (91) and a CCM SR40 (10) and I have previously owned other bikes including a Suzuki GZ125 Marauder, a Kawasaki W650, an Aprilia Pegaso and a Harley Davidson MT 350e. I kind of fell into motorcycle riding by accident; in 2005 when I finished university I didn't have a driving license (and still don't) and I knew that having transport would make it easier to find work, so I got my CBT and the Suzuki Marauder. This moment changed me, since then my life tends to centre around all things with two wheels and an engine. It took me some time to pass my bike test for mainly financial and time commitment reasons, but eventually in 2008 I passed first time. 

I caught the travel bug when I was 18 and went to Australia for three months on my Gap Year, then  whilst at university my travel was restricted to working in France over the summer and short city breaks to European cities such as Milian and Prague. It was only after passing my motorcycle test that I realised the beauty of independent travel again.

I got my first motorcycle around the time that Ewan Mcgregor and Charley Boorman's Long Way Round was released in Britain and it inspired me to look at where I could get to on my own bike. However as I got deeper involved and and spoke to those in the adventure motorcycling scene I discovered that I could have a more real experience by doing it my self and within my own means. I started with a short trip to the Balkans as part of added on to my summer holiday with Liz and then a trip across the Atlas to the Sahara in 2011.

In 2013 Liz and I intend to take an indefinite career break and travel the world....