August 29 2008.

Royal Enfield author, Gordon May, called in at the UK head office of Royal Enfield in the Cotswolds at the start of his 8000-mile journey to the Royal Enfield factory in Chennai, India. He is making the journey on a Redditch-built 1953 500cc Bullet.

Challenges that the intrepid rider will face on his long journey include harsh climates; tough terrain, especially in the Baluchistan Desert in Pakistan; language difficulties; border-crossing bureaucracy and what are generally acknowledged to be some of the worst driving standards on the planet.

Gordon is making a film about his journey, which will feature his visits to community projects in India run by UK-based charities, Wateraid and JBF.

Gordon has used several genuine Royal Enfield accessories on his bike, supplied by UK importer Watsonian Squire, including side stand, centre stand, crash bars and luggage rack.

"My trip should help raise awareness for the outstanding work these organisations do. I have supported Wateraid for a number of years. Their work is extraordinary. As a parent, find it abhorrent that millions of children die each year simply because they have no access to safe drinking water," comments Gordon.

He continues: "JBF is a Scottish-based charity run by volunteers. Their work involves educating street children in Delhi. Their approach is both inspiring and heart-warming."

All the team at Royal Enfield UK wish Gordon well on his adventure and ask him to personally deliver their best wishes to the workers at the Royal Enfield factory.

You can follow Gordon's progress by visiting his website: www.overlandtoindia.co.uk

Details from Watsonian-Squire on 01386 700907