Behind the scenes: how we research rides for our motorcycle books

How do we find the best rides for you, to feature in our Throw Your Leg Over books?

Well, the rides must have curvy roads and beautiful scenery.

They must go through interesting places.

And the only way to find this out is for us to ride them!

1 - Prep

Alan researches possible routes that could be cool to ride, either by searching for squiggly lines on maps or checking out a ride that someone has recommended.

He then creates the route in MyRoute-app by plotting the waypoints - avoiding highways as much as possible!

When Alan’s happy with the route, he transfers it onto our trusty (sometimes) ‘Timmy the TomTom’.

We put the batteries for Bridget’s handheld camera and the GoPro on charge … and then impatiently wait for a sunny day.

2 - Research

This is a fancy way of saying we go for a ride to check it out.

With the handheld camera in Bridget’s jacket pocket and Timmy and the GoPro mounted, we kick up Beauty’s side stand and cruise on out.

We’re looking to see how many twisties the route has, how many sweeping curves and how many flat straight stretches.

We want to know if the road is smooth or rough or has gravel parts.

We want to see if there’s a great spot to stop and take some pics.