Quarter-million milestone for biker Andrew

Andrew White with his 250,000 mile motor bike still going strong .131501a richard ponter
Andrew White with his 250,000 mile motor bike still going strong .131501a richard ponter
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A Scarborough motorbike enthusiast is celebrating a special “milestone” after his trusty BMW clocked up a quarter of a million miles.

Andrew White, of Newby, bought the BMW R65 after passing his test in 1981 when he was 17 years old.

He recalls going along to motorcycle specialist Carnell’s in Doncaster to pick out the vehicle.

Andrew, who has White’s Bodywork and Crash Repairs in Scalby, said: “My dad took me one night after we finished work.

“I’d not been riding for long, so we brought it back on a trailer and I had a practise when we got home.”

He added that his initial plan was to keep the bike, which cost £2,200 to buy from new in 1981, for 10 years and 100,000 miles.

He said: “I never thought I’d have it so long, but it’s been very reliable.

“Would I ever part with it? I’d never say never, but I think I will keep it.”

To celebrate the bike reaching 200,000 miles five years ago, Andrew set off on a road trip to Jelgava in Latvia.

He started on a ferry from Newcastle to Holland, then travelled through Germany, Poland and Lithuania.

The longest trip he has ever done on the bike in one go was over a 27-hour period, from Scarborough to Ferryhill, where he took a coach driver’s test, then to Taunton in Somerset, and home via London and Birmingham.