THE ARCTIC RIDER STORY

"Gordon Stuart (AKA The Arctic Rider) is on a mission to ride his motorbike across the Arctic Circle in every country possible, while raising money and awareness for causes close to his heart."

“It started in 2011 as a charity ride to the Arctic Circle that didn’t really go to plan, and has become a near obsession with the Arctic, an obsession with riding a motorbike, and an obsession helping organisations who help others” - Traverse Magazine, November 2017.

To date, Gordon has raised over £13,000 for charities, ridden over 14,000 miles as part of the challenges.

Gordon is an Ambassador UK-brain injury charity Cerebra and global youth leader forum One Young World, and fundraiser for special care babies charity Tiny Lives. He is keen motorcyclist, writer, and film maker.

Boom and Bust

Hello again,

Well lots has happened since I last updated. I've been very busy getting everything organised for the trip and we've now raised £940!! A big thanks to everyone who donated so far and if you haven't yet then please do.. only £60 off the big 1k target.

A steady stream of borrowed and purchased items have been making their way to biker base ready for the big leaving day. The bike came back from its service with new brake pads amongst other things. Everything was going well until 1pm today. When, after a run out to North Shields to visit Kirsty for lunch, I got home and felt the revs slow on the bike as I parked up which I thought was odd. I went in to the house to get some lunch before I headed back out to town to get more supplies. However, when I went to start the bike it wouldn't start... and not a usual ‘wouldn't start’, the bike made the most awful 'clunk' sound to which I thought "that’s not good". Engine seizure was the first thing that came to mind. I then proceeded to walk the bike 15 minutes across Whitley Bay to the garage where it had been serviced a few days before. After a close inspection from myself and the mechanics we found two major problems: 1 - My fan wasn't coming on therefore not cooling the radiator and overheating the bike. 2 - The right cylinder had been flooded with fuel as the carb had decided to stop working which is what we think was causing the engine not to turnover. So the long and the short of it is that the bike is currently being fixed and fingers crossed the cylinder problem will be fixed by tomorrow afternoon and will hold up for the 6,000 miles that lie ahead. The problem with the fan isn't so easy to fix. A new part is needed (a thermo switch for the radiator fan) which can't get posted up to me until Friday morning. So the schedule is getting tighter and tighter.

At the moment we are still on for a 10am meet for the starting line at St Mary's Lighthouse on Saturday.

I'll keep you updated on how the bike problems are coming along and keep everything crossed that I get away on time on Saturday. My ferry leaves for France at 0815 Sunday morning so I've always got the option of riding through the night to get to the ferry.

Ride safe,

Gordon

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