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Gordon G. May – South African Expedition

Travel writer and friend of the Museum, Gordon G. May, called in to the Museum today for a send-off on his expedition to South Africa.

Gordon is riding a 1952 Royal Enfield 500 Twin, almost identical to the 1950 example we have on show in Hall 1.

He will ride from the UK to Nordkapp, the most northerly point in Europe accessible by road, then will turn around and ride to Cape Town at the southern tip of Africa, a distance of over 15,000 miles.

“I love visiting the National Motorcycle Museum and it’s great to have their support and encouragement with the ride,” say Gordon.

Books written by Gordon about his previous journeys are available in the Museum shop and on the website shop. You can also follow his adventures on Instagram: Gordon G May (@gordongmay) • Instagram photos and videos


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