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Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Review

Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Review

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. And it just got better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis Signature Tours, I’ve already been to the Spanish one but now it’s time for some Welsh fun with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales.

Set up by an absolute legend, if you want riding progression and an epic adventure this is the place to go.

Riding progression and an epic adventure GUARANTEED

Jarvis Signature Tours:

✅ global locations
✅ full tuition available
✅ suitable for ALL experience levels
✅ bikes and gear
✅ enjoy trail riding, brush up skills or BOTH!

Watch the day here or read on:

The first thing to mention is that by going to Jarvis Signature it doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to ride with the man himself, Graham – you can but the dates are limited and you of course pay more. I had an absolutely incredible time in Spain even without him BUT I’m excited to say Graham, the main man, was there for my Welsh trip! AND oh-my-goodness watching his precision and riding execution in person is even more epic than seeing it online. He’s like nothing I’ve seen before. As you he sits there, you can see his mind scanning the surroundings for things to play on, whether that’s rocks, banks, river beds or even full blown growing trees [see YouTube video below to see that…]. Graham has years of riding experience to teach, however he’s also still a full-time professional rider and so has equipped his school with some absolutely nails riders to stand in and deliver the ultimate hard enduro coaching.

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The Girl On A Bike with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales

The Team

The main guy to mention here is British Hard Enduro Rider Grant Churchward. He’s the man behind Jarvis Wales and boy does he know how to ride. Grant has been exploring the Welsh mountains for over 40 years so if he doesn’t know where’s best to ride, no one does. Add to the fact he is a seasoned expert with multiple wins and podiums throughout the enduro scene…you have a winning combination.

Top location and top riding.

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Jarvis Signature Tours Wales logo

Grant was the key energy behind my tuition and he really was spot on. He has a very patient tone and a real art in translating what you need to do into directions. He analysed my riding and then delivered focused and tailored tips to help me improve. My cornering stepped up dramatically as a result. You can tell he know what he’s doing when you see him ride too!

Mr Graham Jarvis was of course with us too, as we know he’s a shy one, but I was really warmed to to see his energy towards the tours. He was welcoming and engaging and bloody awesome and showing me how things should be done. Tips from the king of hard enduro, that’s a winner!

The tuition is perfectly suited for ANY riding experience, from total novice through to expert. These guys are the top spec in riding capabilities and so there is something to learn for everyone.

Given that Jarvis has a busy race calendar, if you can’t get a date to ride with him I would not threat….For the very, very large majority of riders you’re going to learn as much progression from Graham’s team as you will from him as he really has employed a fantastic caliber of guys so don’t threat if you can’t get a date with Jarvis.

Taking your riding to the next level

Depending on your goals they’ll push you as little or as much as you like. Nail some new skills or simply enjoy some chilled riding, either way you’ll have one hell of a time.

They’ve cornered the market for guided tuition trail riding for sure and I think the tuition really is the reason to head to Jarvis. Yes, it’s an amazing experience riding in Wales, but the big push for me is the riding development. Many tour operators can give you the odd tip but being able to really push you, spot your bad habits and take you to the next level is rather unique for the Jarvis offering.


As a Jarvis venture they are of course kitted out with a fleet of Husqvarna TE 300i motorcycles, fully Jarvis style kitted. You can also ride with your own motorcycle if preferred.


I did not stay but the team can organised accommodation for you if needed. There are some great options in the area so just ask them. Wales is stunning!

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Loving the Jarvis style riding

The team will push you as hard as you’re wanting to go!

Here’s a video from my Jarvis Signature Tours experience:

You can see how hard they pushed me, within my limits but outside my comfort zone. It was incredible.


In terms of bikes Jarvis of course has his factory racing hat on, opting for a fleet of the latest Husqvarna enduro bikes from across the range of sizes. They’re made of hard enduro!


In terms of location they couldn’t be closer to the trails, out the driveway, up the hill and you’re off road. Straight out of the private compound and the trails start. They’ve got an ace setup with onside toilets, all important beer fridge and easy parking.

Jarvis Signature Tours Wales Facilities:

  • Set in stunning Welsh mountain countryside
  • Rockstar energy fridge
  • Latest Husqvarna enduro bikes
  • Full kit rental
  • Experienced hard enduro team including Grant
  • Onsite post ride snacks
  • Enjoy lunch at local restaurants
  • Easy on site parking

Terrain at Jarvis Signature Tours

You’re off-road immediately from the house with a mix of large fire tracks, small single track, technical rocky streams, hill climbs and slipper forest. The views are just wow too, it’s incredible.

How far can you push it with Jarvis Signature Tours?

A huge attraction to me here is that Graham’s team know what it takes to push your riding to the next level. That means the guys know and are familiar with putting you into terrains that can at times be a big step up for you. But it’s ok, they are right there with you! They assess your capabilities and quickly know where they can safely push you. It’s not about reckless fun as at the end of the day no one wants to come home broken, and they certainly don’t want damaged bikes. But they do know how to safely push the limits and will talk you through exactly what needs to be done.

How to get there

Fly into Bristol, which is 1 hour 20 minute drive to Surgery Road, Blaina, Abertillery in Wales. If you contact them, I’m sure they can collect your for the airport too. Another option is London airports [Heathrow, Luton, Stansted, Birmingham] but the drive to Javis Signature Tour Wales will be longer.

Check flight cost and availability here.


In a few days riding I learned more like a few months’ worth of progression. Graham Jarvis you’ve made something special here! Set in epic Welsh countryside. This is the place to train!

Ideal for UK based riders OR those international travellers wanting to see some epic UK countryside while also learning and enjoying the trails.

Jarvis Signature Tours Contact:

Here are some of my favourite photos from our trip with Jarvis Signature Tours Wales:

As another option is Jarvis Signature Tour Spain here’s my video and review

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Graham Jarvis car jump with The Girl On A Bike at ABR Festival

Graham Jarvis car jump with The Girl On A Bike at ABR Festival

When Graham Jarvis asks you if you want to do a “Graham Jarvis teaches The Girl On A Bike to ride over a car”…to which I say yes like an excited kid at Christmas….and then see the car 😵

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Vanessa Ruck with Graham Jarvis jumping a car

Yup…that’s me on a car…on a bike.. Totally normal 🤪… There’s nothing more confidence inspiring than the number 1 world hard enduro rider saying “I’ve seen you ride, you’ve got this” in relation to jumping over a car…The fact I’m posting kind of gives away that I didn’t die…but it definitely got the heart racing.

Here’s the action captured at Adventure Bike Festival with Graham Jarvis himself:

Graham Jarvis, the legend Extreme Enduro rider and probably the first name that comes to most riders’ minds when they think of the crème de le crème of enduro talent. I was excited to meet him at ABR Festival having already been on one of his Jarvis Signature Tours in Spain – see that here:

This video is Graham giving me some tuition, showing me the art of drops offs and then how to ride over a Ford Mondeo in hard enduro style. This seriously got my heart racing! The progression in my riding when I ride with the Jarvis crew is epic. I highly recommend

It’s also getting better…the legend has started a series of Jarvis Signature Tours, with the first a new one in Wales too – video coming soon!

More on Jarvis Signature Tours here:

More on ABR Festival here:

Thank you @mantispromedia and @dirtwheels.official for the photos

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

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2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America First Ride Off Road Review

2021 Harley-Davidson Pan America First Ride Off Road Review

Can a  @Harley-Davidson  Pan America go off road? The killer question and I was on a mission to answer it on my first ride doing a Pan America review. We rode for a day in north Wales on some gorgeous twisty roads with an off road leg tackling gravel, lose stones, hills, whoops and lots of puddles. Here’s my review:

With a all new V-twin 1252cc engine kicking out 150hp the Pan America has some epic thrills to be had but as an off road capable bike it also needs to be able to handle slower riding, aiding the rider to balance with a solid position, support arm fatigue with a slip assist clutch and hold its weight nicely. Bingo, we started the experience with my first ever ride, first pull away during a slow riding challenge… and I could immediately feel how comfortable and controllable the beast was. The weight of the V-twin is low and central and with a system of internal counter balance systems, the engine is smooth and vibration free. Initial reaction – it felt amazing. Watch to see who won – Charley Boorman was riding too.

Check out the full video for my thoughts but here are some highlights, particularly thinking H-D stereotypes…

  1. Power is on form. Smooth low-end torque & low-speed throttle response for technical off road…see previous slow riding challenge…but with 150hp it’s got fist fulls of top end power for the open road
  2. It’s smooth, absolutely smashing the vibration reputation out the window. It’s no “tractor” but it does still have a lovely growl
  3. Riding modes bring a hugely contrasting ride. I personally wasn’t a fan of road mode, it felt a little washy but sport mode with stiffened up suspension – oh hello!
  4. The ‘magic’ suspension was mint, aka Automatic Ride Height, it’s far more seamless than I expected too. You don’t feel it. It calculates the rider’s weight & adjusts the preload while you ride, then as you stop it lowers to reduce the seat height. Ace for the short riders
  5. Oh & this Harley can stop! With Brembo linked braking power you have the confidence putting the power down! Sharp 💪🏼
  6. The riding position is balanced, comfortable & I felt connected to be bike. Good knee grip for the mud & relaxed seat for roads
  7. Final surprise…it’s not that heavy! It’s a manageable HOG. With the V-twin low & weight conscious design the Pan America weights 245kg with a low centre of balance, massively helping confidence
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Harley-Davidson Pan America first ride off road

Being honest, it took me a little to be used to the Pan America. It’s a unique ride but after turning to the mud I found its spark! It CAN handle off road. Puddles, whoopy banks, mud & stones. Sucked up with confidence

It’s defo a bold leap of faith into the adventure world but I feel H-D have earned their ADV badge

Thumbs up from me! 🔥 Bring on a big Pan America adventure! Who’s going to try and who thinks the Pan will do well?

For reference I’m a female rider 169cm tall with 69cm inside leg.

More on Harley-Davidson Pan America:

The described as an all terrain long hauler the Pan America 1250 motorcycle is a two-wheel multi-tool built to endure, designed to explore, and engineered for adventure. More here:

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Pan America review on and off road

H-D Pan America Review Specs:

Engine size 1252cc
Engine type Revolution Max 60° V-twin
Frame type Tubular steel
Fuel capacity 21.2 litres
Seat height 868-894mm
Bike weight 245kg
Front suspension 47mm USD fork electronically adjustable semi-active damping control
Rear suspension Showa shock with automatic electronic preload & semi-active damping
Adaptive Ride Height System (added for £600) lowers the seat height to just under 800 millimetres when the bike comes to a stop. The system is only available for the 1250 Special, because the lowering kit relies on its more advanced electronics package
Front brake 320mm twin discs, radial 4-piston calipers with Cornering ABS
Rear brake 280mm disc, single piston cali-per and C-ABS
Front tyre size 120/70R19
Rear tyre size 170/60R17
Average fuel consumption 43 mpg
Annual road tax £96
Annual service cost –
New price £15,500
Warranty term Two years
Top speed & performance
Max power 150 bhp
Max torque 94 ft-lb

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Other ADV adventures include Africa Twin, Tenere 700, Himalayan and GS 1250.

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Vanessa Ruck on the Pan America

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The Ultimate International Travel Checklist

The Ultimate International Travel Checklist 

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Ultimate international travel checklist

Many countries are finally opening up their borders and allowing travel after more than a year of strict restrictions. So, like most of us travelers, you’re itching to hop on a plane or sit on your bike to explore the world. However, if you’re planning to leave your country, you need to pack well no matter how long you’re staying abroad. Here is what you’ll need on your trip: 

Check your passport and visa

Don’t even start planning your international trip without a passport. Check whether is up to date and doesn’t expire during your trip. Also, look up visa requirements for your destination. Most visas today can be acquired electronically, but sometimes you need to mail in your passport to get it printed. Do these things in advance to have everything ready and make plenty of copies of your electronic files and important documents. 

Invest in travel insurance

You should never leave for a trip without travel insurance. In case you get sick or injured abroad, this document will give you the best care for less money. Picking a plan is not easy, so do your research and choose something that will fit your lifestyle and type of travel. 

Do your research 

Picking a destination is probably the hardest part of any trip since you have so many choices. When you book your trip, make sure to do your research on the destination by going through travel blogs and local information websites. If you need some inspiration, check out Big Booty Fish and what they say about different destinations and experiences you can have there. It’s always nice to get info from personal blogs since they offer the most sincere reviews. 

Get a good travel bag

Depending on your travel style, your transportation and the length of the trip, you need to pick a good travel bag. While suitcases offer plenty of space, they are not the most practical when you need to go exploring. For that, you need an old-fashioned backpack. Today, these are made very light yet very spacious so you can basically have everything you need right on your back. If you prefer a rolling suitcase, get something extra sturdy since they are known for their wheels that give up or zippers that break. 

Keep up with your hygiene routine

Just because you’re not at home, it doesn’t mean you can completely throw your beauty and hygiene routine out the window. While you can minimize your skincare routine, you will still need to properly cleanse and moisturize—you want to look good in your travel photos, don’t you? Also, don’t forget to pack sunscreen and all your regular hygiene products in convenient travel packages. 

Don’t forget your reusable bottle

When traveling anywhere in the world, you need to be mindful of the waste and pollution you leave behind. Since traveling is already not the best for the environment, you need to reduce your waste by bringing your reusable water bottle. This will ensure you always have water with you without leaving a ton of plastic behind. If you’re hitting wilderness, a model with a built-in filter might be helpful. 

Pack a universal adaptor

Traveling internationally can bring some less-expected issues like not being able to charge your devices due to a different electrical outlet. Luckily, you can buy an adaptor so you can charge away without issues. If you travel frequently, grab one of those universal travel adaptors so you can adjust to all outlet types wherever you go. 

Traveling is super fun, but only when you pack and prepare appropriately. Luckily, you’ll be set with these tips and trips and have an amazing holiday full of adventure and exploration. And you’ll be able to do all that in comfort and safety. 

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Royal Enfield Himalayan first ride review with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

Royal Enfield Himalayan first ride review with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

This is a three day adventure putting the Himalayan through it’s paces in beautiful English countryside. It’s also my first ride experience on the Royal Enfield Himalayan and what better place than down in Dorset, UK with Superior Motorcycle Experiences. There were some rather random moments too, from an epic sausage tower for breakfast to cow fights and even a massive lick, to sheep herding and water crossings. The Himalayan’s proved to be fun, friendly and really manageable bikes with a low seat height, intimidating power and insanely comfortable seat. Please check out my two part mini adventure videos for the full fun:

For reference I’m a female rider 169cm tall with 69cm inside leg.

Part 1 Superior Motorcycle Experiences Royal Enfield Himalayan adventure:

Part 2 Himalayan adventure

My highlights

  • Super un-intimidating bikes – no the Himalayan is not a high performance machine but it has everything you need to have fun and enjoy the Dorset experience
  • Fantastic food – I love eating and with Superior Motorcycle Experiences you get some top notch grub! The Migrating Chef with his support van meets you mid ride for coffee, yummy snacks and pastries, and exquisite trail side lunches.
  • Any level rider could enjoy this day
  • Our accommodation in the Ollerod, Beanminster – WOW this was a lovely lovely hotel, incredible room, amazing friendly team and epic dinner. 5 star from me and I really hope to go back someday.
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The Ollerod, possibly my favourite UK hotel

Any draw backs:

  • Instant coffee…it might sound picky but a fresh cafetiere with scrummy beans would be feasible from their kitted out van and would really add to the coffee stops over instant coffee. I’m a bit of a coffee lover!
  • Make sure you double check your feed requirements or you might get something listed anyway
  • You currently stay in hotels away from the bike HQ so have to drive back and forth BUT…soon they will have accommodation on site so that will be removed.

More on Super Motorcycle Experiences:

Superior Motorcycle Experiences offer luxurious motorcycle tours in Dorset, UK on Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycles. The team is focused on giving the best experience, from stunning boutique accommodation, to full van support with road side coffees and high quality chef delivered lunches, but all while also having a blast on motorcycles. We did a 50/50 road to off road 3 day tour, including a trip to the beach. Trips start from £175 from a day’s training, through to full 3-4 day luxurious adventures. Consider it a UK mini adventure holiday suitable for all riding experiences, including novice.
More here:

I did the Dorset Trail Tour with Superior Motorcycle Experiences

This gives you a three day, off-road trail experience through Dorset’s spectacular landscapes surrounded in luxury.

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Exploring the wonders of the Jurassic coast on motorcycles

Trip included:

  • Use of Royal Enfield Himalayan
  • Breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea from private chef
  • Guide, expert tuition and support rider
  • Followed by support vehicle (storage, emergency transport, refreshments)
  • Insurance
  • Inclusion in Chedington’s carbon off-set tree planting programme
  • Fuel
  • Mechanical support
  • Navigation and planning tuition session
  • 3 nights of accommodation
  • Photography and souvenir package

This is ideal for those from notice riders all the way to more experienced in off-road riders, and gives a really fun mini adventure experience. The tour format started with a clear briefing before some skill training to develop technique. I found this a really good refresher and reminder, but would also be ideal for a notice rider. We did exercises to help perfect the correct riding position, such as riding with one arm, some bike handing skills and the all important, how to pick up a bike training. The tour promises to enhance your skill set and confidence whilst exploring a stunning selection or terrain and obstacles in Dorset.

These multiple day package is tailored to provide a comfortable, fun and memorable off-road adventure holiday. Each day starts off from their specialised HQ in the heart of rural Dorset. After a hearty breakfast provided by our private chef [which was EPIC], each day will see us tackle a diverse range of on and off-road routes, providing variety, challenges, stunning scenery and plenty of hidden tracks and trails all over the South West. With scenic coffee-stops, a well-stocked support vehicle, carefully chosen hospitality locations and luxurious over-night accommodation; these packages are perfect for those who want to experience exhilaration and adventure, with plenty of home-comforts. They also offer all-female tours with our Ride leader Emily.

Royal Enfield Himalayan Specs:

Engine size 410cc
Engine type Single cylinder, 4 stroke, air cooled, SOHC, fuel injection
Frame type Half-duplex split cradle frame
Fuel capacity 15 litres
Seat height 800mm
Bike weight 185kg
Front suspension Telescopic, 41 mm forks, 200 mm travel
Rear suspension Monoshock with linkage, 180 mm wheel travel
Front brake 300 mm disc, 2-piston floating caliper
Rear brake 240 mm disc, single piston floating caliper
Front tyre size 90/90 – 21″
Rear tyre size 120/90 – 17″

Photos by Jason aka HP2Mav Insta

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Women on Wheels: Iconic On-Screen Riders and their Motorcycles

Women on Wheels: Iconic On-Screen Riders and their Motorcycles

More often than not, people associate motorbikes with big, burly men clad in leather or denim jackets due to the existence of popular and controversial motorcycle clubs. However, in reality, men aren’t the only ones who make up famous bike groups — women do, too. Women also joined these groups as competent riders instead of passengers. They rode bikes in organisations such as the Motor Maids, which was established by Harley-Davidson Motor Company’s Arthur Davidson, as well as the US military unit Women’s Army Corps.

Nowadays, female biker clubs may not be as prevalent, but we can still see a lot of women charismatically riding big bikes — especially on-screen. That said, here are some of the most iconic on-screen female riders and their motorcycles.

Lara Croft in the 2001 Tomb Raider and her Yamaha TRX 850

Before making it to the big screen, Lara Croft first debuted in an iconic game called Tomb Raider in 1994. She was played by Angelina Jolie back then in the first movie adaptation of the game in 2001. Swedish actress Alicia Vikander later on took over the role in the latest instalment of the movie franchise, but the character has also made her way to comic books and even TV series. It is because of all this that Foxy Games describes Lara Croft as an instantly recognisable heroine and one of the most pioneering female characters in video games. The character even holds a Guinness World Record for being the best-selling videogame heroin

She’s truly one of the groundbreaking female figures in video games, whether that’s in the original console titles or the many mini-games she’s inspired, like Secret of the Sword and Temples and Tombs. In the 2001 Tomb Raider movie, Lara Croft rides a Yamaha TRX 850 in the famous mansion shoot-out scene. The Yamaha TRX 850 was a sports bike built from 1996 to 2000. It has an 849cc parallel-twin engine that produces 79 horsepower. The TRX also boasts a top speed of 217 km/h and torque of 85 Nm.

Trinity in Matrix Reloaded and her Ducati 996

As one of the most influential sci-fi films of all time, the Matrix also gave birth to one of the coolest and most powerful female characters in the history of science fiction — Trinity. Trinity served as the force that guided Neo to his “salvation” and commanded him to rise up from his apparent death. Because of this, she was often considered as a character that can be paralleled with God.

In the second instalment of the popular movie franchise, Trinity, who was played by Carrie-Ann Moss, was a scene-stealer in the well-curated escape scene with her Ducati 996. The Ducati 996 is a superbike built between 1999 and 2002. It has a 996cc V-twin engine with 112 horsepower. With a fuel capacity of 17 litres, the Ducati 996’s top speed is 259 km/h and its torque is 93 Nm.

Max Guevara in Dark Angel and her Kawasaki ZZR 250

After talking about two action-packed films, we now move on to a television show that also featured a motor-riding heroine. The cyberpunk science fiction television show Dark Angel, which aired from 2000 to 2002, chronicles the life of Max Gueverra. Max Guevarra, who is played by Jessica Alba, is a runaway genetically enhanced super-soldier trying to lead a normal life and escape the government.

In the series, Max Guevarra rides a Kawasaki ZZR 250. The Kawasaki ZZR 250 is a sport-touring bike that was in production from 1990 to 2007. It has a twin-cylinder 250cc engine that has a maximum power of 40 horsepower and a maximum torque of 23 Nm. In 2013, Kawasaki ZZR 250 was renamed Ninja 250. From then on, it became one of the most popular entry-level sports bikes in the world.

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Female keynote speaker UK – Vanessa Ruck

Vanessa Ruck – female keynote speaker UK

Vanessa is a motorcycle rider, Keynote Speaker and Influencer. As a female keynote speaker UK, she speaks passionately and authentically about the challenges of recovery from a life changing accident and making the most of every day. After being hit by a car while cycling in 2014, Vanessa’s world was turned upside down, resulting in 7 surgeries and a roller-coaster of mental and physical recovery spanning 7 years. Through her recovery she discovered motorcycles, becoming known as “The Girl On A Bike”.

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Vanessa Ruck keynote speaker UK

Helping Inspire Others to Make the Most of Each Day

Combining her ten-year career in marketing and her resilience for life, Vanessa has built a following of over 170,000. She now inspires others to get up and tackle the battles life throws at us with gratitude and happiness. Instead of adding to the sometimes-toxic social media landscape filled with ‘all so perfect’ lives, she’s real and honest, sharing the highs and the lows. Showing the strength needed to come out stronger against life’s curve-balls.

Vanessa is on a mission to show that nothing is impossible if you work hard enough, even as a slightly reconstructed person following the accident. Vanessa has successfully leveraged the power of social media, passionate storytelling and marketing to share her story and inspire others. She empowers others with the lessons she has learned through her emotional, thought provoking and highly engaging story.

​If we can pull her away from her bikes, she will bring an incredible energy to your speaking events – female keynote speaker in the UK – motivational speaker for pure resilience, determination and inspiration.

What the audience can expect

An exciting story of sports and challenges from the point of view of Vanessa, who as a fit and active individual with many passions was struck down by an easily avoidable accident and went on to find new ways of slaking her thirst for adventure by becoming “The Girl on a Bike”.

Presentation Approach

Vanessa speaks from the heart, and as such will take your audience on a journey of emotions. They will feel they are with her through the adversity and adventure alike and will come away from the presentation with a renewed vigour and outlook.

If you’re after a female keynote speaker UK please do get in touch.

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Top tips to starting motorcycle mechanics

Top tips to starting motorcycle mechanics

As a home learned dabbling mechanic I know how intimidating getting started on bike maintenance can be. However, doing our own work on the bikes can be in every ones reach! Here is some of my thoughts on starting motorcycle mechanics, some tips on how to make it easier, where to start, and ultimately just giving it ago. I really hope this gives you a little more confidence to try working on your motorbike yourself.

These are of course some of my ideas on how to get started but I’d love to hear from you on your advice for others? Also, what was the first job you ever did on your bike?

You can see the full video on starting motorcycle mechanics on my YouTube:

A few things to think about

  1. Realising that it’s okay not to know it all but the first step in learning is trying
  2. Key benefit for me is money saving but even more so when you do your maintenance you start to understand your bike, learning how it works and so when you’re out on the trail or road and have a failure, you’re more likely to be able to fix it yourself road side and get home
  3. Identify the first task, such as
    • Oil change
    • Fuel filter
    • Wheel bearings
    • Chain cleaning
    • Air filter
  4. Find your bike manual and see what info it gives
  5. Do you research, get online and google it, find YouTube how tos, look for instructions on how to
  6. Make some notes as you go through the above and have them with you
  7. If you have a friend or loved one who knows how to do it, ask if they can supervise you [not essential]
  8. Give it a go, take it slow and follow the steps you’ve read


  • Keep your work surfaces clear and tidy. Organisation
  • Work out ahead what tools you might need, or might not have. Such as specialty clutch plate holding tool or torque values
  • Dedicated enough time to the task without distractions, less likely to forget a sequence or procedure.
  • Labels / making carboard frames for remembering where things go
  • Take photos of the process as you go so you can remember, such as wire looms and hoses, helps you appreciate / remember what they’re rooted through
  • Get into a good routine of washing your bike after a ride, gives you time to visually check your bike over and spot issue before they arise. Lose bolts, play in places it shouldn’t be, damage from the ride.

Remember, you have a few scenarios…but the bike maintenance needs doing, that’s a fact

  1. You pay a garage to do it – costs money
  2. You try yourself and fail, you take to a garage – cost money but you’ve learned something in the progress and no damage done – try again next time
  3. Do nothing…bike breaks – costs money
  4. You try yourself and success – saves money and you learn

Don’t be afraid to give it ago. You won’t learning it over night but it’s a journey.

If I can do it, you can do it.

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube, and

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Solo female Atlantic rower – Emma Wolstenholme

Solo female Atlantic rower – Emma Wolstenholme

Who’s that bad ass blonde I hear you ask? I’d like to introduce Emma Wolstenholme – my best friend and the most capable female I know. But why?

Emma is gearing up to row solo across the Atlantic Ocean on a mission to raise money for the Royal Air Force Air Cadets while beating the Guinness World Records for a female solo cross Atlantic row.

Yes you read that right! Solo…Atlantic…and row!

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emma wolstenholme atlantic solo row air cadets 1

She’s on a mission to show that anything is possible when you put your mind to it and given my history with the accident I 100% align to her kick ass energy.

If you want to support Emma with her adventure please do head to her JustGiving page – if you’re a fan of aviation, action and adventure, love sports and getting to know people then you’d absolutely love the Air Cadets and what they do [100% of donations go to them].

Her goal is to raise £80k to celebrate the 80th Anniversary for Air Cadets. If you can spare the change in your pocket or something more it would mean the world to me. And I hope you know that I do not make a habit to ask for money, this really is something from my heart and Emma is a total bad ass who’s going to make this happen!

Stay tuned as Emma is going to be taking me rowing too… #thegirlonaboat anyone?

If you think I’m a little crazy you should follow Emma – Atlantic Roar

Please donate here to support Emma the female Atlantic rower:…

Current big sponsors: Lockheed Martin

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Top ten tools – my must have tools as a motorcycle rider and mechanic

Top ten must have tools as a motorcycle rider and mechanic

As a home-taught dabbling mechanic I’ve picked up knowledge and tricks as I’ve gone along, including my favourite top ten tools. 5 years ago I wouldn’t have been able to change my oil, do wheel bearings, change cams and rods on my Harley or even change a tyre – let alone change it in 4m22seconds. But with my post accident discovery of bikes I’ve been on a mission to learn and grow my mind and capabilities.

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Here are my top ten tools as a motorcycle mechanic

Being quite honest, we would not be able to do the riding we do without putting in the time to do the maintenance ourselves. It’s just a bit too expensive for us to pay a garage.

So as time’s gone on I’ve learned what my top ten must have favourite tools are. Here’s the list. Let me know what you think and what tools are in your must have list? Anything you swear by I’ve missed?

This is just a list – to understand why I love each of these head to my YouTube for the full video – my top ten tools:
1. T bar
2. Speed brace
3. Torque wench [details here + video here]
4. Rabaconda
5. Wire lock pliers
6. CTEK Battery Chargers [available here]
7. Multi-meter
8. Ratchet spanners [available here]
9. Socket adapters [available here]
10. Bearing puller [available here]

See this list on Amazon:

This is part of my Garage Life mini series:

If you’re new to my page – it’s more than just dirt bike riding and racing, I’m on a mission to prove that nothing is impossible if you want it bad enough. See more about my story plus read about my life changing accident, which started it all.

You can find me Vanessa, The Girl On A Bike over on InstagramFacebookLinkedIn and YouTube, and