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You'll be lucky to find anyone to do that. Just had a quick look at your website...I'm guessing you are trying to do some sort of land speed record or something?? 40-60 days to get from Oz to Europe! I took 4 months and thought that was way too fast.
"It will be decided between participants which attractions will be visited.
There are too many of them for such a short period of time"
How about none!!
Re your routes, you want to check out the viability of riding your bike though China or Myanmar, you'll probably come unstuck there. Most common is to fly from B'kok to Kathmandu or ship to India. China is very expensive to bring a bike in, if they even let you in with it at all and you can't enter the land borders of Myanmar, most backpackers fly in and out. My visa for Iran took a while to get, others got messed about and wasted several weeks trying to get theirs.
If you can only get 2 months off work or don't want to quit your job etc, why not make better use of your time and see a place properly, maybe go to SE Asia or India etc. Fuel is one of your main costs and its expensive to keep moving every day. Don't forget you need to have several days off in a place to recover too and constant riding will just wear you out... you want to be alert riding in India etc. And yes you can probably do it on a road bike but given the condition of a lot of the roads you'd encounter, you'll be wishing you were on a dual purpose bike.
You'll find all the answers you need on this site though.
Just like to say how much i enjoyed your Vic Alps photos from your website, great pics, haven't been down this area of the Snowy, yet but the photos have inspired me no end.
Not sure about your Euro trip, as pointed out by MikeS, there may be a major hurdle with Burma/Myanmar as from reading this site it appears there is no access through, even Charlie and Russ couldn't get through on By Any Means, but you could be a trend setter. There also seems to be some dramas through China but best of luck.
If your doinng your trip to Perth and back you might as well sign up for the Iron Butt certificate and you must have a tougher hide than me, but sounds like you'll have fun trying.
Ok, 7,000km and 96 hours (4 days). Let's assume you can average 100km/h (which means breaking speed limits because you will pass through towns and need to refuel), then you have 26 hours left over for sleeping/eating.
On paper it sounds doable but the reality is that if you are riding at night then you have wildlife to contend with - Melbourne to Adelaide is reasonably safe but once you leave Port Augusta you are in kangaroo central. When I rode through there I was dropping down to 40kmh due to the amount of wildlife beside the road once the sun set. I also can't recall what time the servos shut - something to consider unless you plan on carrying reserve supplies.
Best of luck mate but I prefer suicide by less painful means.
Garry from Oz.
P.S. If this is a rehearsal for your x-Asia trip I can assure you that no matter how bad the wildlife in oz may be, the vehicular (and other) traffic throughout Asia is going to slow you down even further. Its doable, if you're lucky, but frankly why would you bother?
As others have said, you need to allow yourself more time.
I did Sydney to Perth (via Melbourne, Great Ocean Road, Adelaide and Eyre Peninsula) in 10 days. Spent an exra night in Kalgoorlie as I waited for new tyres to be shipped up from Perth.
On my return I took 7 days (using a more direct route through Broken Hill).
Riding across Australia is easy, even though it's a long way and you'll sleep soundly each night after a full day's riding. I suspect riding through Asia would be far more demanding and fraught with difficulties.
Wow! What a trip... I'm totally astounded by the distance and hours you rode - more akin to an iron butt competition than a pleasure trip!
Wow.... it always amazes me that there are as many different types of bike tourers as there are bikers... I just can't see the pleasure in riding that kind of distance in that kind of time, but I can understand why you'd want to achieve it - must have been a hell of a buzz when you got back..
To give you an idea of my riding style... I plan on doing this trip in May
Which according to Google is 4229km - I plan on taking 9 days to do this - works out at 469km a day - a nice gentle run with loads of time to pull off and explore - having said that of course I'm trying to avoid the main roads and that always means a much slower pace than the main high-ways.
Still... wow.... nice one and congratulations on having done it.
Your trip looks very interesting. I've never been in NSW-outback (apart from Mungo National Park and Hume Hwy) but many places there are on my things to see list. Not sure if the dots on map represents your daily trips, but I would suggest to visit Kangaroo Island (if time permits) and Mallacoota on NSW/VIC border.
Not all of my rides are the same too. Sometimes I enjoy short rides doing over long period of time, sometimes long rides over short period of time. If my bike is capable of doing rough off-road I would be doing that as well. I am also aware of my limitations too.
In my opinion each ride is different and each ride can be ridden differently and it is up to rider to decide what (and how) to do it.
In any case I always enjoy regardless of ride type.
I wish you good luck and safe return to home.
Take care fellow rider!
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