I read an article about that guy a while ago when he was in Germany. If I remember correctly he's Russian and travelling the world on a budget. Whenever he can he tries to earn some money to continue travelling.
I keep looking for the article in the archives but can't find it
Found a different article about him: http://www.motorradonline.de/de/reis...ltreise/288051
For those who don't speak German: his name is Vladimir Yarets, he's 60 something, deaf-mute and started his trip on a Jawa in 2000. Had a horrible accident in Illinois in 2003, broke 28 bones in his body and continued his trip after seven months of rehab. He was given a BMW F650GS by a Chicago business man whom he met during rehab and who was very impressed by his story.
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in one pretty and well preserved piece, but to skid across the line broadside, thoroughly used up, worn out, leaking oil, shouting GERONIMO!"