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2014-09-17 09:10

WHAT A VIEW! Steph Jeavson is halfway through a remarkable solo trip around the world on a Honda CRF250L. Image: Honda

PHUKET, Thailand - Long-distance motorcyclist Steph Jeavons (38) is halfway through an ambitious solo navigation of the world aboard her trusty Honda CRF250L, nicknamed Rhonda.

Jeavon's daughter-in-law recently gave birth to a little girl named Alexis. Jeavon calls her a future rider on her Facebook page.

Dubbed "One Steph Beyond", the trip began in March 2014 and will see Steph travel through 42 countries in two years as she raises funds for the charity Rally 4 Life.

Currently on a short hiatus in Thailand, Jeavons is 22 530kms into her journey with 38 600km's still to go and, upon completion of the trip, could become the first female motorcyclist to travel through all seven continents solo.

'RHONDA TICKS ALL THE BOXES'

Jeavons said: "I have always wanted to travel the world and I have always loved bikes, so it seemed the obvious thing to me to put the two together.

"In terms of the bike, I wanted a machine that was economical to run, lightweight, reliable and capable of going off road. I wanted something that would work well in heavy traffic or rough roads and dirt tracks. When Honda brought out the CRF250L, it seemed like the perfect solution. It ticked all the boxes."

STURDY COMPANION

Honda markets its CRF250L as a dual-purpose motorcycle. Its dimensions, ergonomics, low weight, long-travel 43mm Showa USD forks and Pro-link rear suspension, which its says, makes it equally at home on city streets or country trails.

Honda claims the single-cylinder engine provides useful power and torque across a wide rev range, an frugal fuel consumption.

Jeavons said: "The Honda has proved to be a great companion. It has started on the button every time, it has got me up to 5500m with no complaints, we have ridden through monsoons, extreme heat, mud, sand, snow and crazy traffic.

"There is nothing this bike can't handle. It has been extremely economical and most importantly great fun to ride. If you want adventure, take this bike."

Visit Jeavon's website to keep track of her world trip.


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