In 2011 36-year-old Seán Dillon from Ireland left his job, stuck his 25 year old Honda C90 into a crate and left for Alaska. His aim: to ride from Anchorage, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego, the southernmost tip of the South American mainland.
Seán said: “I chose a C90 because I wanted to pay tribute to what is regarded as the greatest motorcycle in the world, the Honda Cub. The C50s, C70s and C90s were the people’s motorcycles and they had a huge impact on transport in Ireland and the world from the 1960s onwards.”
Seán’s C90 odyssey took two years to complete but his journey still isn’t over. Visiting rebel-controlled villages in Mexico, slipping past guards in Tikal and sleeping in Mayan temples just wasn’t enough. After returning home for a short break, Seán left again last week for Buenos Aires.
“There is so much about travelling on this bike that fitted in with my journey. I wanted a simple and reliable machine, and there are none more so than the Honda Cub,” says Seán. “I also wanted a bike to blend in with the crowd. When you ride into the poorer areas of the world with a fancy BMW or a shiny KTM you immediately set yourself apart from the local people.
You may also become a target, putting up an invisible barrier between yourself and the people. “This bike allows you to melt into the background and become part of the picture and surroundings. It breaks down barriers between locals as they will see you as more of an equal, an underdog and not a rich gringo. Perhaps most importantly it’s a go-anywhere bike. It never once held me back no matter where I rode. I took that little bike across some of the worst terrain imaginable and ended up in places most large over-landers simply couldn’t reach. It’s so light you can take it anywhere.”
Seán and seven of the world’s most influential motorcycle explorers will be appearing at the Carole Nash MCN London Motorcycle Show on February 12-14. From Mondo Enduro and Terra Circa star Austin Vince to the Harley hardtail- riding Gareth Jones, the seasoned adventurers will be interviewed on stage, sharing stories, displaying their trusty steeds and giving out advice to budding travellers. To find out more about the show and to book your ticket, click here.