In 1914 Erwin "Cannonball" Baker rode an Indian motorcycle across America, from San Diego to New York, in a record 11 days, 12 hours and ten minutes. Since then the popularity of motor cycles as a long distance touring machines has become stronger and stronger.
Sandi Toksvig rides along with three people who have an undeniable attachment to the motorbike as means of getting, not just from home to the office, but all over the world. Ted Simon has completed two solo trips all the way round the globe. Lois Pryce has motorcycled from Alaska to Patagonia and from Tunis to Cape Town. Ken Ball, Chair of the International Motorcyclist’s Tour Club, has biked in both North and South America as well as in New Zealand and all over Europe.