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Classic Triumph nears end of "Iron Butt"

Dan Aspel, 30 June 2011 12:57

A classic 1969 Triumph Trident T150 – ridden by a British rider – is nearing the end of the gruelling American "Iron Butt" rally. Covering 11,000 miles in 11 days, the route travels through 48 US states starting in Washington and ending in California. British triple-cylinder enthusiast John Young is currently on day 8 of the ride, and is reportedly ...

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Riding Morocco with Mick Extance

Dan Aspel, 25 May 2011 15:20

Five-time Dakar Rally finisher Mick Extance has announced dates for four off-road "adventure experiences" to Morocco at the end of this year and the start of 2012. The 'Mick Extance Honda Off-Road Experience' will be running two ten-day and two eight-day expeditions into the Atlas mountains, the surrounding valleys and around the Atlantic coast. Included in the trips are airport ...

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Mongolia by Ural

Dan Aspel, 25 May 2011 15:02

Andy Lander Stow, 58, from Devon is heading to Mongolia on a heavily modified Ural Cross 750. The heavily modified machine boasts a winch, reinforced auxiliary fuel tanks and a high-capacity alternator from a Toyota Hilux. His destination? An enormous equine statue near the Gorkhi Terelj national park and the city of Ulaanbaatar, the Mongolian capital. He was in touch with MCN ...

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Nick Sanders' endurance riding tips

Dan Aspel, 04 April 2011 16:29

Professional moto-hobo Nick Sanders will soon embark on a finalm, insane adventure - riding from the tip of Alaska to the toe of South America, and back again. It's a crazy trip you'll be able to read all about in MCN soon. But if you ever wondered how he does it and whether you could, here's his top 10 suggestions.By ...

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Armed bike tours… in Iraq

Dan Aspel, 17 March 2011 15:39

A British tour company is offering bike tours of northern Iraq, under the watchful eye of AK-47-toting guards. The £3,000 trip lasts six days and covers 900-miles of breathtaking mountain scenery through the Erbil and Kirkuk regions of Iraqi Kurdistan. Organiser Steve Askin of TrailRidingUK’s “Iraq Challenge” told MCN: “I’ve already managed to get a couple of Iraqi police officers ...

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3000-mile Moroccan tour with BMW

Dan Aspel, 16 February 2011 15:58

A 3000-mile, 16-day bike tour to Morocco and back is being organised for this Spring by BMW. Riders will stay overnight in Spanish paradors in the Andalucian Mountains, visit the medieval city of Fes, ride through the Atlas Mountains and have the chance to get off-road in the Sahara. The route follows in the tyre-tracks of a trip run by ...

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20,000 miles in a sidecar, with the wife!

Dan Aspel, 26 January 2011 16:31

> Motorcycling couple currently making TV show about relationships – while touring UK in a sidecar > They've already travelled 20,000 miles through the Americas > MCN gets the inside story After meeting on a dating website, Mike and Alanna Clear decided they would investigate how marriages work by riding through North and South America in a Ural sidecar and ...

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KTM 990 Adventure Dakar - the perfect overlander?

Dan Aspel, 05 November 2010 16:17

If you’re looking for the ultimate off-road adventure bike to take round the world in 2011, KTM may just have built your perfect two-wheeler. The KTM 990 Adventure Dakar uses the same 115bhp, 999cc V-Twin engine as the Adventure R, but has been built as a tribute to the eponymous desert race. Aside from the blue and orange livery, it ...

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Child Action man arrives in Nepal

Dan Aspel, 03 November 2010 12:09

Franco Mancini, a 39-year-old financial adviser, has arrived in Nepal after a 12,610km ride from Italy. He arrived on 30 October, and has so far raised £10,000 for Child Action Nepal. He will spend the next month working in local orphanages. Here are the stats… 12,610km, 30% off road and 600km above 4000m13 countries €1100 in petrol43 days, 28 on ...

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Saffron Road motorcycle tours Christmas tour discount

Dan Aspel, 29 September 2010 13:10

This week, Saffron Road motorcycle tours are offering a $500 discount on their “Christmas Escape” to Nepal. The tour starts in Calcutta and runs through Darjeeling and Kathmandu. It runs from 18 Dec to 10 Jan. The firm also run tours to: Bhutan, Mongolia, Namibia, Vietnam and other locations. For more information visit


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