Motorcycle Travellers Tales links
Original travel stories and historical motorcycle research written by moto-journalist Ken Aiken.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 22 Apr 2010 - 12:07
The basic procedures for crossing borders In Central America are as follows: First you need to get your passport stamped out of the country your leaving at migración (migration) and than get your vehicle permit and the permit for yourself cancelled at la aduana (customs). Upon entering the next country you get your passport stamped in at migración and than go to la aduana for permits for the vehicle and yourself. The amount of time and money you spend doing this simple process can vary considerably.
I drove my 2006 Kawasaki Vulcan 750 from Northern Michigan down To San Jose, Costa Rica in the fall of 2008 to finish some dental implant work I had started there in July and to enrol in a Spanish Learning School for 3 weeks while doing a "homestay" with a Costa Rican family.
The border crossing information is designed to help the novice who may not speak very much Spanish or has never gone through border crossings in Central America develop some strategies to do so, thus saving time and money. The rest of the site's goal is to also inform and maybe entertain. The focus is not just about a motorcycle trip, rather it is about reflections on the different countries and people I experienced as well as why I sought dental care outside the U.S. and wanted to find a Spanish speaking school. It’s really about me learning how to do a blogging site while on the trip, working on becoming a better writer and the adventure of learning about Latin America. Simply put, I want to learn while perhaps helping others learn, remembering that it’s not always important as to what mode of travel you arrive in, but that you simply arrive.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 17 Apr 2010 - 10:23
Travelling through Central & Northern Asia - one of the greatest challenges out there for experienced motorbike travellers. Facing killer roads, riding across rivers & collapsed bridges, find awesome places, meet-up with friendly locals, enjoy the vastness of the landscape after years of dreaming, long time of planning, endless research for visas, bike preparation, gear choice, route planning & much more I finally will face this adventure from May to October 2010.
El-Dracho's 6 months Transasia Trip. A motorbike adventure with a good old Honda Africa Twin along the 48th degree of latitude & through the vast velds of Central & Northern Asia.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 15 Apr 2010 - 21:05
Stories from a German couple on a 1 year motorcycle trip through Australia, New Zealand, South and Central America.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 14 Apr 2010 - 04:25
Chris and Mike Sinclair leave Lichfield on Thursday 8th April 2010 on the first of their many planned motorcycle adventures including Greece, Italy, Scandinavia, Himalayas, Spain and Portugal - and that is just for 2010!. The first journey will take them to Italy and Greece.
Be sure to follow them on this web site and see weekly reports and photographs.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 7 Apr 2010 - 21:45
At the end of this July, three riders will take off on an Arctic adventure. Two will be on trusty Airheads and the third on a Oilhead GS as we head North to the upper limit of the James Bay Road in Quebec. The trip will focus on Beer, History and motorcycles.
The beer is Allsopp's Arctic Ale, which is a story unto itself. It's a 157 year old recipe, was created for the ships searching for the Northwest Passage and we'll be adventure brewing it over a wood fire in the far North.
Our ride although not remarkable, will be an adventure.
We've completed our adventure. One rider dropped out after one week. We managed to brew beer under extremely difficult conditions at Longue Point, Quebec. This is the most North Western point in Quebec that can be reached by road (Dirt). Albatross Films, a documentary film crew from Russia, filmed the adventure and it should be ready for release next Summer (2011). The Aurora Borealis was stunning.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 27 Mar 2010 - 14:16
A Motorcycle Adventure In Search Of The Improbable It's 2008. The world enters economic meltdown. A global flu pandemic looms. An historical US presidential election is taking place and, somewhere in the Americas, a lone Irishman is coaxing his temperamental Italian motorcycle through another electrical breakdown…
Posted by Grant Johnson on 23 Mar 2010 - 16:15
My story about my trip, left Canada end of December 2009, still going (March 2010)
Posted by Grant Johnson on 21 Mar 2010 - 12:19
Riding all six continents for the next three years, taking in over 100 countries and traveling in excess of 120,000 kms. Leaving South Africa in March 2010 and heading through Africa and then on to Europe, Asia, Australia, North and South America, on my BMW 1200GS.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 19 Mar 2010 - 15:21
Spannender Reisebericht mit zahlreichen Fotos einer Motorradreise von Deutschland nach Südafrika.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 19 Mar 2010 - 09:12
Five minutes after Stephen Gordon rode his shiny new Kawasaki KLR 650 out of the showroom he realised he'd just made the biggest mistake of his life.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 15 Mar 2010 - 17:53
In Assam, to our surprise, we had taken on celebrity status. Everywhere we stopped we would draw crowds of hundreds, all wanting to take a look at the strange foreigners on even stranger looking bikes.....
Posted by Grant Johnson on 14 Mar 2010 - 06:30
Too young to retire, not enough money to get where you need to go? Some planning and desire for challenges take this young Mexican girl and her Canadian man across the Americas. Join us as we travel North to South with "MD Moto Adventure Researchers".
Posted by Grant Johnson on 13 Mar 2010 - 03:28
From December 2009 through the spring of 2010 I'll be traveling by motorcycle from Boulder, Colorado through Mexico, Central America and South America.
The purpose of this trip is simple- to live in the moment, enjoy life, see the world, make some great memories and maybe learn a thing or two along the way.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 9 Mar 2010 - 16:42
There are some great places to ride to in Europe and I have been to some of them but this is the ultimate dream. We are riding to the Nordkapp and this blog tells the tale. We are planning and thinking at the moment (done dreaming- it's time to do it) but will be Nordkapp bound in June 2010. I intend to blog each day during the trip itself but for now, its about getting set for the start line.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 6 Mar 2010 - 17:30
Hi guys. My name is Valerka, I live in Ukraine. This year I had an interesting journey from Kiev to Vladivostok. I traveled alone on my Africa Twin. Duration of trip - 2 months. Budget-$ 2000.
At this link you can see my photo report and read the stories:)
Also on my site I want to lay out as much useful information for you, those who intend to travel to Ukraine and Russia. I've traveled to these countries and I can tell you many things.
With great pleasure will answer all your questions and accept your wishes regarding the right information on my site for you.
Now I am preparing a trip around the world. I plan to leave in early summer 2010.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 2 Mar 2010 - 21:24
Alex decided to spend the money he earns to improve his experience, not his situation. 'Without a Tether' is a website and blog describing his journey from there, and supplying information on cheap living and traveling with a motorcycle.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 24 Feb 2010 - 23:18
Bruce and Jean running away (again), this time 6 months + to go from Canada to somewhere in South America, maybe Ushuaia, maybe not. One on an Aprilia Pegaso Trail, and the other on a 10 year old XJR1300(SP).
Posted by Grant Johnson on 20 Feb 2010 - 20:48
Wisdom is found in all places, and all places are within.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 15 Feb 2010 - 16:59
The journey of two Latinos exploring Central and South America on Sidecar, while they help Bruce Organisation to educate street kids and eradicate poverty.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 9 Feb 2010 - 18:13
Our magnificent site (please excuse our English)!
The Americas 2010 on XT Yamaha's.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 6 Feb 2010 - 20:37
The very first motorcycle trip this Canadian takes keeps getting bigger- from North America, to Mainland Europe, to Iceland, to Iraq, to Africa, to... To he really doesn't have a clue until he winds up at the border.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 4 Feb 2010 - 02:24
In 2010, Gareth "Bok" Davey will be attempting a Trans-Africa trip on his trusty motorbike, a KTM990 Adventure. The idea is to head from South Africa through East Africa and on to Egypt. The route will be made up has Bok goes along but the aim is to try and see as many interesting people and places as possible. Bok will set off from Johannesburg in early March 2010.
Posted by Grant Johnson on 30 Jan 2010 - 10:37
Voyage en Inde en BMW R80 GS bleue - partie 1
Posted by Grant Johnson on 30 Jan 2010 - 08:32
An Irish couple ride through North West Africa and the fun and problems start on day 1
Posted by Grant Johnson on 27 Jan 2010 - 14:14
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