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MCN's Michael Neeves rode to Africa on a sportsbike, and to Ibiza on a naked bike - but what would you have ridden?

Our senior road tester Michael Neeves has done a lot of miles this year - he's ridden to Ibiza for a summer holiday, and even to Africa, just to prove he could! But Neevesy's choice of bike wasn't always conventional. He rode his long term test Ducati 848 Streetfighter to Ibiza, while the Africa trip was done on a Ducati Panigale...

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Feb 12

Posts: 240

Titosfuneral says:

Comfort zones

If you wanted to be completely comfortable travelling to Africa, you wouldn't be riding a bike. You'd be flying, or driving a nice, expensive car. I've done a lot of "adventure touring" and straight touring in my time and yes I have my preferences for the type of bike to use, but many people wouldn't choose a 650 single to go tens of thousands of miles either. Often I've just gone on the bike that's available. I've met (or been) people going long distances on 125's, commuters, cruisers, tourers, little and large sports and adventure bikes - all having a blast. Whichever bike you go one, your body will adapt over time anyway. You don't have to have the perfect bike and you don't need an adventure touring bike for a rough road. Me? I like adventure bikes cos I'm big and don't want to go faster than than a ton anyway.

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Sep 10

Posts: 1321

SatNavSteve says:

Why are adventure bikes not on the list?

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Aug 11

Posts: 7

trig78 says:


...that's what I have and use for all rides.

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Jul 09

Posts: 132

chriswren says:

You don't go all that way to find good roads only to take your boring commute bike or your dad bike (adventure bike) want to take your sportsbike or your nutty naked and have a giggle.

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Aug 11

Posts: 43

muddy686 says:

Versys 650.  But another what way does riding a motorbike to Africa qualify you as a genius?  Does that make Nick Sanders riding an R1 around the world the most intelligent man alive?

If he'd designed and built a hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell or electric or diesel or even a petrol bike and did this to prove a point, then he'd be a.....rather good engineer.  If it was electric and did it on one charge, then he'd be a genius!

And he's not mad either, doing a round the world trip on a V8 powered unicycle is mad.

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Jul 07

Posts: 65

englishuser says:

I've ridden to Africa on a Suzuki TL1000S and rode to croatia and Italy last summer on my S1000RR, would do more of it if I could afford to, its not clever or difficult.

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Jan 11

Posts: 8139

snev says:

If I had his job....

I wouldn't care what bike I rode !

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May 08

Posts: 45

mickra says:

Agreed Snev

Aren't all bikes basically 2 wheels joined by some sort of frame. I can ride 'em all then' with a little effort. Money is all that stops me going further and wider, not the machine. Was gonna blast down to Valencia for the last motoGP for a laugh until Google maps pointed out the fuel costs (alone) for a return trip of over 2,000 miles.... £300 quid! madre mia!! You don't know how lucky you are you MCN 'Testers', but you're beginning to come across like Mr Superior bloody Jeremy Clarkson, sneering at us poor bikers and rubbing our poor downtrodden noses in your fantastical adventures..........Lucky gits.....giza job. By the way.....Ibiza?'s a poxy island! what did you go on? a bleedin' Jetski?

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Oct 11

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Piglet2010 says:


My Honda Elite (Lead) 110, of course.  May ride it to Deadhorse (North Slope of Alaska) some day, just for sh**s and giggles.

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Sep 12

Posts: 52

Discopoo says:


Not matter where you go you can get spares?


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