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.
TRF:How did you get involved in the TRF?
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!