Biking YouTuber takes on 220-mile Honda Vision 50 ride for PTSD UK
Riding from Northants to Skeggy and back might not sound like a big deal... but it is when you are doing it on Honda Vision moped that won’t top 30mph.
Alan Dowsett, 38, who goes by the name of 'Helmet Head' on YouTube, covered a total of 220 miles at a max speed of 28mph for the PTSD UK charity.
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"It was just an absolute giggle," Alan told MCN. "I was smiling and having such a laugh all the way round."
Joined on the trip by five other riders - including friend and occasional co-host, Darren 'The Sidekick' Leslie aboard a Honda Carens moped, Alan plans to raise £1000 for the charity by the time he has finished uploading the series of videos from the trip to his channel. At the time of first writing, that total stood at £816, but has since risen to £948 as of today.
"It’s been overwhelming with the amount of people that are getting involved," Alan continued. "I used to work for the ambulance service, and I dealt with a lot of people who were dealing with post traumatic stress disorder.
"I just feel like they are massively under-funded and the support that charity gives is fantastic.
"They are there for people and there to offer counselling and it’s just an awesome charity."
Alan is a member of the #ride5000miles group and the idea for riding the Vision stemmed from his childhood - learning to ride on one in a field, aged 13. He purchased the moped specifically for the trip, and the final touches were still being added just two days before the ride.
"We actually took all of the camping kit on the little bikes, too," he continued. "People were waving at us and coming up to us as soon as we stopped to see what we were doing." he added. "It was just so funny. Hardened bikers were looking at us like we were insane!"
If you would like to watch the adventure unfold online, head to www.youtube.com/helmethead. You can also watch the latest upload from the trip below. Donations can also be made to Alan’s Just Giving page.