This beautiful BMW R100RT in Smoke Green is the first BMW motorcycle I’ve owned and it’s fabulous.

I even had my crash helmet custom painted to match, although it’s a bit difficult to see in this photograph.

Determined to get a self-taken photograph of me riding the BMW, I set my camera on tripod at the side of a deserted road in the Forest of Dean.

The camera had a motorised film winder and a timer which I set for about two minutes & I aimed it at the road where I would be riding.

I rode up & down the road quite slowly and after two or three attempts hoped I’d got some good photographs.

When I had the film developed a few days later I discovered, much to my disappointment, that only a couple of shots filled the frame, the majority being half out of shot or just the road.

This is the only image that remains from this experiment.

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