Lamont French aka the Big Yellow Bike (BYB)
Originally from Lewisporte, NL I now call Victoria, BC home. An avid motorcyclist Lamont has been riding since the age of 18. His current motorcycle of choice is a 2001 Yellow Honda Goldwing (aka the Big Yellow Bike - BYB), which has just shy of 300,000 kms on it and so far shows no sign of slowing down.
Retired from the Canadian Forces Military Police (1981-2011) after 30 years of service, Lamont, over the past 10 plus years given a lot of time and energy into supporting charity rides on Vancouver Island and BC Mainland, in particular his charity of choice being the Military Police National Motorcycle Relay (MPNMR) which he has helped build from scratch and run (National Chair) since 2009. This ride is a supported charity ride which travels from Victoria, BC to St. John’s, NL yearly and to date has raised over $750,000 for children’s charities.
Lamont is also a member of the Veterans UN/NATO Canada and The Blue Knight’s (Alberta I). He also spent time as a Ride Captain with the Blue Knights, the Ride Capt for the MPNMR, as well as was a Chief Motorcycle Instructor for the Canadian Safety Counsel in Germany, BC, and NS.
In September 2015, Lamont started to combine his passion for riding along with his talents as an amateur photographer to Blog and share his adventures on FB with family and friends. As such “Looking Thru the Lens – A Traveller’s Tail: By Lamont was created (), which some of his writings and photographs have been published and used as a guide for others to travel and enjoy. Lamont has enjoyed riding all over Canada and has crossed coast to coast on the BYB twice and all the way to Ottawa another time. He has ridden all over Europe as well as most of the US States and has gone coast to coast in the US twice to date, all on different routes.
To date Lamont’s longest ride has been 70 days and 25,000 kms while riding coast to coast from BC to NL and then back through the US to CA and back home (July – Oct 2018). Oh yes all is riding is done without the use of a GPS. Kinda following the lay of the land and following the signs. He does use and check out Google Maps prior to riding just to get a feel and make a few written notes for the trip.
A member of the Royal Canadian Legion Lamont works hard to promote the benefits of the Legion as well as making a difference in the communities he lives and rides in.
Lamont believes in the Mantra: Transparency – Due Diligence – Moral Compass. With respects to riding, please remember that is it not about the destination, but about what happens and who you meet along the way.