Top childcare: R5K members help next generation to have a blast


Ride5000miles members from across Europe have been hitting the road as a family – adding to their annual totals and sharing the thrill of riding across the generations.

Many have turned to motorcycling to keep the kids occupied during the Covid-19 restrictions and inspire the next wave of two-wheeled enthusiasts at the same time.

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Mark Nichols, 43, from Wisbech, said: "It gives you the chance to spend the time with just one of them!"

Mark has ridden with bike-mad son, Alfie, 13, since he was eight, exploring local roads and bike dealerships together, as well as spectating trackday action at Snetterton.

"If anything, he gets me out on the bike more, because he’s always pushing for a trip," he continued. "During the lockdown, the idea of going out on the bike was always at the front of his mind."

Alfie Nichols poses at a Harley-Davidson memorial

Following the ease in coronavirus regulations in England, Mark and Alfie have been out for around four rides, taking food and drink and stopping halfway for a lengthy chat. What’s more, daughter, Rosie, 10, has also shown an interest and has since been out twice on the back of the bike.

It’s not all about sharing one bike though and elsewhere, Germany-based KTM 1290 Super Duke GT rider, Markus Schmid, 50, embarked on a 400-mile day trip from his home in Mannheim to his parents' house in Reutlingen and back alongside his 17-year-old daughter Vici aboard her own Suzuki GSX-R125.

Markus Schmid bags a selfie

Taking varied scenic routes each way and travelling via the picturesque Black Forest, it was one of the first opportunities for Markus to observe his daughter’s riding, having obtained her licence late in the 2019 riding season.

"In the Black Forest, there are really beautiful mountain roads," Markus explained. "We went on roads that were kind of twisty, so I could observe how she went into the turns.

"It was fun to ride, but of course – due to the different horsepower – it was a challenge to align the speeds," the chemical company worker continued. "The small Suzuki always had to rev high!"

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Dan Sutherland

By Dan Sutherland

Senior Writer (motorcycling), sportsbike nut, currently riding a FireBlade