suzie with nepalese bike

Vintage Rides Team
Suzie Lumsden, Our New UK Recruit


Hailing from England, Suzie is one of the newest recruits to the Vintage Rides team.

<h2>Her First Royal Enfield</h2> Suzie first travelled to India 20 years ago, back in 1999. She spent a year there and bought herself a Royal Enfield. « I learnt to ride on a Bullet in Delhi! One day, while I was travelling by train, I realised that if I wanted to travel all alone in this country, I needed to feel free and independent. So I bought a Royal Enfield so I could blend in with the landscape and local culture. »

Her First Royal Enfield

Suzie first travelled to India 20 years ago, back in 1999. She spent a year there and bought herself a Royal Enfield. « I learnt to ride on a Bullet in Delhi! One day, while I was travelling by train, I realised that if I wanted to travel all alone in this country, I needed to feel free and independent. So I bought a Royal Enfield so I could blend in with the landscape and local culture. »

A Project like no other

Having fallen for the country's charm and exploring it on two wheels, she decided to get into motorcycle tour planning shortly after her trip. « Twenty years ago, the concept wasn't at all established in India. We would only ever come across a few solo travellers, but never really any groups. » She went on to set up a travel agency, which took English travellers on Royal Enfield Tours of India. Since then, Suzie has been involved in all things motorcycle: travelling, planning tours, sales, logistics as well as leading tours.

<h2>A Project like no other</h2> Having fallen for the country's charm and exploring it on two wheels, she decided to get into motorcycle tour planning shortly after her trip. « Twenty years ago, the concept wasn't at all established in India. We would only ever come across a few solo travellers, but never really any groups. » She went on to set up a travel agency, which took English travellers on <a href="https://www.vintagerides.travel/motorcycle-tour-india/">Royal Enfield Tours of India</a>. Since then, Suzie has been involved in all things motorcycle: travelling, planning tours, sales, logistics as well as leading tours.

« I really enjoy taking groups with me; being a tour leader in India is a wonderful experience. I’ve been doing it for about 12 years. »

<h2>Passionate about India</h2> She tells us her travel stories and anecdotes; we could listen to her for hours. We learn that her first guide experience was with a group in South India. « It was more like an event than a small group tour: I was one of six guides looking after around 150 Royal Enfields! » Suzie has spent all these years immersing herself in the Indian culture that she very much loves. She learnt Hindi and enjoys sharing her passion of <a href="https://www.vintagerides.travel/">adventure touring motorcycle</a> with her English-speaking riders when she's on the road.

Passionate about India

She tells us her travel stories and anecdotes; we could listen to her for hours. We learn that her first guide experience was with a group in South India. « It was more like an event than a small group tour: I was one of six guides looking after around 150 Royal Enfields! » Suzie has spent all these years immersing herself in the Indian culture that she very much loves. She learnt Hindi and enjoys sharing her passion of adventure touring motorcycle with her English-speaking riders when she's on the road.

2019 : New Adventure

She joined Vintage Rides six months ago as our UK Country Manager. Based in the UK, she is in charge of putting together Vintage Rides motorcycle tours for our English-speaking customers. Like Gene-Vincent in France, she organises warm-up events and goes to fairs looking for partners and bikers, spreading the Vintage Rides spirit on British soil. What's more, two more biking experts –one British and one American– have joined forces to help her with her mission!

« English, Australian and American riders have been taking part in Vintage Rides tours for some years now. »

An english community

« We want the point of contact for these riders to be someone who share the same native language, as they can better understand their needs and expectations. » Bringing together people from different cultures who share the same passion is an added bonus. That was the case on the last Frozen Ride with an international team of riders from France, Switzerland, England and Ireland. The riders don't only get to explore the country they're visiting, they have the chance to learn from the other group members.

<h2>An english community</h2> « We want the point of contact for these riders to be someone who share the same native language, as they can better understand their needs and expectations. » Bringing together people from different cultures who share the same passion is an added bonus. That was the case on the last Frozen Ride with an international team of riders from France, Switzerland, England and Ireland. The riders don't only get to explore the country they're visiting, they have the chance to learn from the other group members.
<h2>Travel & Passion</h2> Suzie doesn't consider herself a die-hard biker. For her, the motorcycle is, above all, an excellent way to travel and spend time exploring. Now we understand why she is so crazy about Royal Enfields! « I feel at home when I'm on a Royal Enfield. For me, it's the best bike to ride and not only in India. » Her last Vintage Rides experience was last January on a <a href="https://www.vintagerides.travel/motorcycle-tour/north-india-rajasthan/">Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan</a> with a group of international riders. « It was an intense but perfect road trip to the Thar Desert, with breathtaking experiences every day, having the chance to meet locals and enjoy amazing scenery. But even after all these years, I'm still not a big fan of sandy stretches! » Her dream destinations for Vintage Rides tours would be Morocco, Vietnam or Chile. « What really matters is that the passion lives on, the country isn't all that important, as long as we ride Royal Enfields! »

Travel & Passion

Suzie doesn't consider herself a die-hard biker. For her, the motorcycle is, above all, an excellent way to travel and spend time exploring. Now we understand why she is so crazy about Royal Enfields! « I feel at home when I'm on a Royal Enfield. For me, it's the best bike to ride and not only in India. » Her last Vintage Rides experience was last January on a Royal Enfield tour of Rajasthan with a group of international riders. « It was an intense but perfect road trip to the Thar Desert, with breathtaking experiences every day, having the chance to meet locals and enjoy amazing scenery. But even after all these years, I'm still not a big fan of sandy stretches! » Her dream destinations for Vintage Rides tours would be Morocco, Vietnam or Chile. « What really matters is that the passion lives on, the country isn't all that important, as long as we ride Royal Enfields! »

Sophie Squillace / Vintage Rides


You liked this article?
Share it!
Facebook Twitter Email

Main articles
Read the article
01/16/2020
Morocco by motorbike: A new, more accessible adventure

On the edge of Europe, Morocco surprises every rider who visits. With varied landscapes and plenty of must-see sites, King Mohammed VI’s country always leaves a lasting impression on bikers. What’s more, this incredible land is just short flight away from London. So, set off with Vintage Rides, a travel agency that specialises in guided motorcycle tours.

Read the article
Read the article
01/02/2020
Peru by motorcycle: visit some of the world’s greatest wonders

Our newest tour leaders tell us about their Peru motorcycle tour and give us a brief overview of what it’s like amidst the Inca treasures in the High Andes.

Read the article
Read the article
12/19/2019
Frozen Ride 2020: The Sound of Ice on a Himalayan

Summer is barely over when winter sets in on the Mongolian steppes. Our epic adventure to Lake Khövsgöl is fast approaching. Are you ready for this frosty feat on a Royal Enfield sidecar?

Read the article
×
Subscribe to the newsletter
Thank You

You will now be kept up to date with the news at Vintage Rides.

Thank you Go further with Vintage Rides!
Discover
our latest video

Download the

Please fill the fields below

Want to be called back?
You wish to leave us a message?
Ask for information

Please fill the fields below

Want to be called back?
You wish to leave us a message?
Leave my contact details

Please fill the fields below

You wish to leave us a message?
Want to be called back?
Suggest a date

Please fill the fields below

Want to be called back?
Suggest your dates
Download the

Download
amet, Praesent mattis ut dapibus elit. eleifend