Overland To Vietnam


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A distance of over 11,500 miles from Manchester, UK, to Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam.
A challenge for most vehicles, but for an antiquated 1941 WWII British motorcycle...?

In 2008 Gordon May rode his 1953 Royal Enfield Bullet from Manchester, England, to the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai, Southern India. The 8,400 mile adventure resulted in the book, Overland To India.

His next trip was even more adventurous: Manchester to Egypt on a 1952 BSA Bantam. After a false start in 2009, Gordon achieved his goal, crossing Tunisia, Libya, Jordan and Syria before returning to the UK in 2010. Another book,
Overland To Egypt, soon followed.

This latest project - UK to Vietnam - was Gordon's most challenging ride to date with a route that took him across Europe to the Black Sea, through the Caucasus and into Central Asia, including visits to Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, then along Tajikistan;'s famed Pamir Highway and into China. After traversing high altitude passes and surviving a major earthquake in Pakistan, Gordon travelled through India, Nepal, Myanmar,Thailand and Laos. Upon reaching Vietnam, he rode the breathtaking coastal route from Hanoi to Ho Chi Minh City.

The bike, a 1941 ex British army 350cc Matchless G3L, has been civilianized - painted black! It was also modified for the rigors of unpaved roads and river crossings but remains, in essence, a simple 1940's British push-rod single. Details of modifications and preparation of the bike can be found on this website.


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