Louie, a two-year-old St Bernard, regularly goes “motorbarking” on the side of the Honda Gold Wing 1500 at speeds of up to 55mph. The thrill-seeking puppy, who has his own crash hat and doggles, loves going on journeys with owner Alan Valkeith and attracts a lot of attention from motorists and passers-by.
“He loves going in the side car and lies down in it when we are going fast,” said Alan, 70. “We go out on trips to a local café and have even been on a seaside day trip to Hunstanton. It’s lovely being able to take him out with me, it’s nice to have the company and he’s always very well behaved.”
Alan has always been passionate about biking and has had motorbikes since he was 16. He adopted Louie, who was found abandoned in Liverpool, from The St Bernard Trust in September and thought it would be nice to be able to take him out on the bike with him.
“He was a bit of a character when I first got him, but he had some training and now he’s really good,” said Alan.
He straps Louie, who weighs 70 kilos, into the sidecar with a harness and has even bought Louie some doggles and a crash helmet so he is safe on the road.
“He gets a lot of attention from everyone when we go out and about,” added Alan. “People wave at him or take his photo.”