A triumphant return

steve smith

Published on 10 October 2017 by Robert Drane

After 10 days of intensive motorcycling, Steve Smith has finally succeeded in his latest riding challenge for charity.

On 22 September, Steve left Stroud to journey to Spain on his 22-year-old Triumph Mk1 Speed Triple. His aim was to take part in the Moto Piston rally – a 500km one-day trip in the mountains – on a 50-year-old Triumph Bonneville motorcycle.

When he arrived at his destination, Steve swapped to a vintage 1957 Triumph Bonneville T120, kindly lent to him by his friend, Jose. However, on the second day of riding, Jose’s own bike (a Norton Commando) malfunctioned. Luckily, the rally’s organisers kindly made an exception to the pre-1980 bikes rule and let Steve ride on his Street Triple for the main 5,000-curve event.

Steve said: “At times I had serious concerns about how much rain the bike and my body could stand. I averaged 288 miles per day in the saddle and one day rode just four miles short of 500 – not bad for a middle-aged man on a middle-aged bike!”

Steve was raising money for both the Down’s Syndrome Association and the Cotswold Down Syndrome Group. So far, he’s has raised almost £3,000. You can still donate at virginmoneygiving.com.