Anyone who has ridden in Spain will tell you how good the network of trails are. For Adolfo 'Lulo' Ferreira, moving from Spain to the UK meant learning about the intricacies of trail riding in a country where access to green roads is more delicate. Armed with a 690 and a camera, the TRF became the key to getting out, exploring and snapping a fine portfolio of adventure images.

TRF:

Hi Lulo. I’ve really enjoyed seeing your photos on Facebook, it looks like you’re a very keen trail rider. What’s your riding background?

Lulo:

I am a Spaniard born in Venezuela (South America). Right now I am live in Southampton. I started doing enduro with a Yamaha WR-250´95 2-stroke in 1999 but i changed it for a Honda XR-250 one year later. When i joined the Spanish Air Force I left the motorbikes for 10 years (big mistake!). When I returned to the world of motorcycles i bought a Honda CRF-250X With the intention to continue doing enduro but a couple of months later I sold the bike because I wanted to travel but without giving up riding dirt roads.

I bought a BMW F650 GS Dakar (my first trail-bike). With that bike I traveled for my homeland (north-west of Spain), north of Spain and part of Europe. In december of 2013, I had an accident with the motorbike on a forest trail, I broke my tibia and fibula and I had to be operated on, but after 6 months I was ready for my first great motorcycle trip. My first long journey with a motorbike was in 2014, 25 days riding across the Alps riding dirt roads and crossing amazing mountain passes with beautiful landscapes.

I knew the 100% Trail Concept when i bought a BMW G650 X-Challenge, that beast was my first “‘do everything bike’” but months later my life changed when I lost my job and I received an opportunity to work in UK. Here in England my first bike was BMW R1200 GSA (a dream bike if you like travel). With that “cow” I traveled through England and Scotland, but is not the best bike to ride green roads. In 2016 I rode to Spain - a very good friend (Javi Varela #jefeGañan) lent me his KTM 690 Enduro-Rally to cross our land (Trans-Finisterrae Rally-Raid Route). After two days of the trip I knew that it would be my next motorcycle. I always try to combine dirt roads and travels. Now I'm starting to prepare the bike to participate in Roadbook Navigation Challenges.

TRF:

How did you get involved in the TRF?

Lulu:

When I moved to the UK, I started looking for information for about trail riding online and in magazines. That was when I found the TRF. I joined because I could see that the riding situation in the UK is complicated compared to Spain. I believed that joining the TRF and contributing resources to try to keep tbyways open was the best option if I wanted to enjoy trail riding in the UK. Besides that it’s been an excellent way to meet and integrate with other riders of my region.

TRF:

So, you ride a 690. Have you done much to it to get it ready for the trails?

Lulu:

Really you don’t need to change anything on this bike, it’s just perfect! But as ever we strive to improve things. I changed a few bits and added others. I installed a Leo Vince exhaust, Adventure Spec bash plate, bombproof Lycra hand guards, a KTM OEM radiator guard and Double Take side mirrors. I think the 690 is the most capable ‘do everything’ bike out there, maybe it’s not the very best enduro bike or the very best travel bike, but with a 690 you can do almost whatever you want.

TRF:

It seems that you have a keen interest in both riding and photography. I guess it’s a good excuse to get out of the house! Where have you been lately?

Lulo:

Yes, I love to ride my motorbike and also stop to take photos. I’m always trying to save memories. Last weekend I was riding though the byways ad country lanes of Hampshire and West Berkshire. It was a good day to take photos of the “Bluebells”. I love the stunning landscapes of this country.

TRF:

Thanks Lulo, I look forward to seeing more of your pics of your adventures!


The TRF is a great way to learn where to ride in the UK. There are approximately 6000 miles of Green Roads and our members are passionate about conserving them.

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