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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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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 www.saffronroad.com

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Teacher returns from 52,000km African odyssey

Dan Aspel, 20 August 2010 15:14

A teacher from the UK has become the first person to traverse Africa solo by bike. Spencer Conway spent 286 days, 3 hours and 30 minutes (to be precise) circumnavigating the African continent by bike. He returned home to Biddenden, Kent earlier this week and was reunited with his girlfriend and two daughters. As part of his trip, which was ...

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Touring Europe on a Street Triple

Dan Aspel, 13 August 2010 16:19

Next time you’re struggling to fit luggage on your naked street bike spare a thought for Maxime Duponchel and Jean-François Baude. The two French friends are riding the length and breadth of Europe with all their clothes, kit, supplies and rations strapped to their diminutive Street Triples. Magnetic luggage sits on their tanks, soft luggage hangs from the sides, top ...

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Top 5 Motorcycle Travel Books

Dan Aspel, 06 August 2010 15:24

If you’re thinking of making a long summer motorcycle trek, but haven’t quite committed yet, here are some books that will have you on the road before you’ve finished the first chapter. 1. Jupiter’s travels by Ted Simon is arguably the most famous and most influential book about motorcycle travel ever written. Over four years, 63,000 miles and 54 countries, ...

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Great Italian Roadtrip

Dan Aspel, 23 July 2010 17:05

How does this sound for a prize? Riding across one of Europe’s most beautiful countries, snapping photos and blogging about your exploits all on a brand new Italian bike. Well, the organisers of xbhp.com, an Indian biking über-site, are running a beautifully illustrated example of exactly that. Dubbed the Great Italian Roadtrip, xBhp ran a competition to find an Indian ...

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Sibirsky Extreme Tour

Dan Aspel, 23 July 2010 16:51

If you’ve ever wanted to visit the wild lands of eastern Russia you may want to point your browser at: www.sibirskyextreme.com The Sibirsky team run an extensive blog covering their ongoing attempts to explore more and more of the unforgiving tundra, forest and bog. They also run their own tours of the region, with the Siberian Extreme 2010 expedition currently ...

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How to cope with a dropped adventure bike

Dan Aspel, 16 July 2010 17:42

Adventure bikes are the only machines you’d want to take out into the wilderness for any length of time. They’re stable, powerful and, most importantly, reliable. The down side is… all this ability comes with a high weight rating. Load your bike up with everything you’ll need to survive on the road and you’re talking 300+ kg. Unsurprisingly, this makes ...

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