Royal Enfield One Ride – Australia. Lions Road Around the globe, mainly in India, people alight their ancient looking steeds to take part in the Royal Enfield One Ride. It’s an opportunity to get together with like-minded souls and ride…wherever. Adventure motorcycling is huge across the globe, assisted in no small by Charley and Ewan of the Long Way series, but I believe that anybody can call themselves an adventure motorcyclist. It doesn’t require the latest ABS, traction control 250kg specialist adventure machine, all it really requires is a motorcycle, an unknown destination (to the rider) and the will to go. With that spirit, my wife and I wheeled our trusty Royal Enfield Classic 500s out of the garage and set of for the exotic sounding “Lions Road”. It was going to be our version of the Royal Enfield One Ride, and also our longest trip since we got these bikes and my wife got her licence. Since we live on the Gold Coast, we decided to head to Beaudesert via the Bikers breakfast and coffee heaven of Canungra. This is a pleasant little ride with enough twisties to warm us up for what was to come. Alas and because of a late-ish start, the Canungra cafes were bursting to the seams with bacon and egg scoffing, espresso drinking bikers, so we continued through to the sleepy country town of Beaudesert for our caffeine top up. The roads in all directions were filled with sports bikes, groups of cruiser’s, and Harley’s galore, so our little Enfield’s were the rarity and as usual gathered a number of on lookers whenever we stopped. “They made in India, mate?” or “Geez, they look the same as one me dad had!” are common comments, but every now and again someone just walks by and says “Cool!”, and they are! We set off towards Lions Road not really knowing what to expect. Lions Road was built by Lions clubs of the area after state governments refused to build a road for the regional people to get to Brisbane without making long detours. I had been told that it was steep, narrow and with a rough surfaces and potholes everywhere. An adventure indeed. In truth it is narrow in places, some of the surfacing is broken up and potholed, and some of the corners are interesting, but really this is just a delightful country ride through absolutely beautiful countryside. Whether this type of road is what an Enfield is built for, or we were just so enchanted by the sights to notice any real difficulty, I can’t say, but the 500cc singles’ with just 28hp lapped it up. We never found ourselves looking for a lower gear as the bikes have plenty of torque to carry you through any of the tightening and rising corners. Along the valley often next to creeks and rivers, through so many corners you just stop counting and over multiple old style wooden slatted bridges, the border with New South Wales comes up quickly. At the border there is a Lions club donation box that assists with the funding of the roads upkeep, please donate something to maintain this great piece of history. The lookout where you can view one of only two spiral railway tunnels in Australia is nearby and provides a lovely rest stop with facilities. From here we wound our way down to the town of Uki, and appreciated a café stop for a late lunch and more caffeine. Regretfully the rest of the days ride covered roads that we had been on many times before, although they are still wonderful for motorcyclists. We left Uki and headed to Murwillumbah and then over Tomewin Mountain to home. I know that to many this won’t seem like a big adventure, but to us we had been places that we hadn’t seen before, rode through some great country and created a wonderful memory, all on our old style, very basic Royal Enfield’s. Surely that is adventure motorcycling.