GIRL ON A SCOOTER

WEST DORSET TO THE WAKHAN CORRIDOR. AND BEYOND…….

NICK: June 2017. I walk into my local bike workshop in Bridport, W.Dorset, where a very well used Vespa is undergoing an MOT. Mod cons include a stylish Samarkand tapestry seat cover. A pleasant young woman in her mid 20s collects. As she rides off, Clive (proprietor) tells me: ‘That’s Emma, she went from Wotton Fitzpaine to Ulan Bator. Via the Wakhan Corridor. On the Vespa. On her own. You two should have a chat.’

I took his advice. Emma had just got back: she’d been away for two years. This is her story.

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Dutch von Shed – the lowdown

Let’s get the prejudice out of the way first. Even if you have little time for pricey bespoke motorcycles, beards, modern Brit cuisine and jeans which retail the wrong side of £350 – all of which can be found at the Bike Shed Motorcycle Club’s generously appointed Shoreditch HQ, the commercial heart of urban hipsterdom – the phenomenon it all represents is worth examining.

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