A former police motorcyclist has swapped escorting members of the royal family and heads of state to launch the UK’s only fully licensed and insured motorcycle and sidecar tours.
Sean Westlake is now sharing the 30 years of experience gained as a Dyfed Powys Police officer with customers who pay for unique full and half day tours of the stunning scenery, highways and byways of Mid and North Wales.
His new business, Mid Wales Tours offers your clients a choice of eight and four hour tours of Ceredigion, Powys and Gwynedd, but Sean is happy to arrange bespoke tours on request.
The tours, which are for two people offers customers a unique perspective - one in the sidecar and the other riding pillion - cost £390 for a half day and £690 for a full day.
Customers are equipped with radios and Sean provides a commentary as they travel around the countryside. Helmets and wet weather clothing can also be provided if required.
Tours run between Easter and the end of October and, when weather permits, during the winter period.
My tours allow customers to experience the mountains, lakes, scenery and highways and byways from a totally different perspective. They can smell, hear and see things that they wouldn’t if they were in an air-conditioned car. It’s all about the journey rather than the destination. I stop at lots of places for photo opportunities and travel along roads that most people wouldn’t go on. I love to show off our part of the world and, having spent 30 years as a police officer in Mid Wales, I have plenty of stories to share with customers."
Sean, who lives in Aberystwyth, has invested a great deal of time and money on his new business venture which is based on a Triumph Scrambler 1200 XC and its Watsonian Squire sidecar.
He had to go through a rigorous process to become the only fully licensed and insured motorcycle and sidecar tour in the UK. This process included qualifying as an official green badge Wales tourist guide for North Wales.
Sean has been organising guided tours in the UK and Europe for fellow motorcyclists for 15 years. He has been qualified to provide motorcycle training to test standard for almost 20 years and has been an examiner for the Institute of Advanced Motorists for 19 years.
He retired as a police traffic sergeant in 2012, having spent 25 years riding motorcycles to the highest advanced standard, including as a member of the VIP team that escorted members of the royal family and heads of state.
Published 4 October 2021