Name: Andy Toffolo | Age: 51 | Occupation: Oil and gas engineer

■ First bike?

Harley Sportster 883 (I did my direct access about 20 years ago).

■ Current bike?
2014 BMW R1200GS.

■ Dream Bike?
Norton featherbed framed, Triumph 650 engine, off-road special (I can picture it in my mind).

■ Ferry or Tunnel?
Ferry. I love the bustle, and they have bars.

■ Most expensive accessory?
My Shoei Neotec helmet. It’s fantastically comfortable, will take goggles and has flip up for easy chats with strangers.

■ Life long ambition?
To tour with my wife. I live in hope.

■ Ideal travel partner?
My three mates Keith, Andrew and Richard. We all finished the Gibraltar Race together in 2017.

■ Most dangerous moment?
An off-road spill in Italy when I did my best Superman impression over the handlebars after hitting a big hole in the trail… Which I should have seen.

■ Most memorable moment?
An evening of drinks and a barbecue hosted by the Gibraltar Motorcycle Club at their clubhouse, and seeing their collection of bikes.

■ What do you miss most when travelling?
No doubt about this – my wife and two daughters who I miss from the day I leave. And Rambo, my dog ‘with issues’.

■ Person you would most like to meet and what question would you ask them?
Wilfred Thesiger – the coolest traveller and author from a bygone era. I would have loved to have met him when he was alive and asked him about his fascinating life.

What’s brown and sticky? A stick

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