Howdy Doody from Edmonton, Canada, home of The Peck Family!
Since we wrote last we were on our way by ferry without the bike from Crete to Athens. We met up with our Greek God friend Orestis Padouvas (see photo below!)who we have been in email contact with for a few years now. He has a Super Tenere too and we stayed in his parents penthouse and had a great time checking out Athens and surrounding area and the Peloponnesus. We travelled by hire car and it was different but great, we saw some amazing scenery and Pats friend, George Andrew's, family roots in a small town called Stemnitsa.
We were a week ahead of schedule, so decided to fly to Romania and have a week of fun and parties with our great friends Csilla and Oliver Schul. They are a really amazing couple who think big, are fantastic company and really good people to call friends. They are a motorcycle accessories dealer for Romania and work and play hard.
Next step was the much looked forward to week in Paris. We had a great time, saw all the sights and walked our legs off while staying at JJs very homely house with a great fireplace! JJ is a lovely, hospitable French biker with a beautiful African Queen wife.
Boulder, Colarado, USA was our next stop to see another biking couple, Chris and Erin Ratay who have travelled for 4 years on their bikes, see we are not the only people who do this!! Check out their site www.ultimatejourney.com The world of long distance motorbike travellers is a wonderfully close and welcoming family! We were very active there skiing, hiking and even went on a motorbike ride with Belinda riding this time! It was great to finally meet them after many close calls all over the world!
It is now snowing and -15 degC in Edmonton, Canada with -25 expected tonight BBRRRR! We will be here till 26 December, with a week in Calgary for a Bikers meeting and a week in Jasper to catch up with friends in the middle. Arrival home in Cairns, Australia on 29 December to +32degC expected!!
Thanks for all your love and interest in our lives! This will probably be the last update till we get on the road again in January 2008. Remember, we are the ODD couple and you can visit us at home in the ODD years only! Have a great Christmas and we hope the new year is a good one for you!
Patrick and Belinda and Miss Adventure II taken 2006.
Our friend Orestis The Greek God! (Horizons member in Athens)
Patrick on Frederics Paris Dakar Replica Super Tenere.
Amazing fortified walls and moat in Rhodes, Island, Greece, complete with cannon balls!
Spiros Amitzoglou (Horizons member for Crete) with Miss AdventureII packed away for 16 months!
The boat we chartered in Turkey for A$139 each for 3 nights, 2 days, all inclusive!!!!
Kas sunken city in Turkey, amazing clear water!
Beautiful Beach in South Coast of Turkey near Kas.
Grant Davis and Susan Markwell with magic lips on our boat in Turkey!!
Lots of people ask us about the bike and what we have done to modify her, so we thought we would put finger to keyboard! This will probably be boring for non-bikers!
We have chosen a 1996 Yamaha Super Tenere XTZ 750 for many reasons. The year 1996 was the last year Yamaha made the Super Tenere, so its the youngest one available. The Super tenere is an enduro bike, so she can go on any road surface with few restrictions. She won the Paris-Dakar Race 6 years in a row. Yamaha parts are available in all countries. She has a big 30 litre fuel tank. She is big and strong enough to carry 2 people and a years worth of luggage. To date she has proven to be super reliable. Her value is A$5,000 so not a lot of money is tied up and our risk of loss is mimimalised if she gets stolen or damaged. The cost for Carnet de Passage is cheap.
Modifications include: Rear Ohlins Shock absorber, Scottoiler- automatic chain oiler, Autocom communication system, custom made seat (gel inserts) with Australian sheep skin cover, 3 X GIVI plastic luggage- 45litre each, GIVI Passenger backrest Wrist rest on the throttle, Aluminium tube for tools in front of bashplate to keep weight low and forward, strong custommade frame for the GIVI boxes and to reinforce subframe, large plate on end of sidestange for soft ground, foam airfilters that are easy to clean, clear paper fuelfilter, larger GIVI windscreen, Enginebar protectors, Bagster tank cover and tankbag, bicycle speedo as extra trip meter, extra rubber tube liners inside tyres, bark busters handguards, 12v outlet, ball compass and clock on dash. We put the parts and service manual on CD and carry that with us, a lot lighter than the real thing!
The best tyre combination for the dirt is Michelin Desert for the rear and Continental TKC80 for the front (15,000-18,000km). The best allround tyre is the Perelli Scorpion MT90 or Metzeler Tourance for long wear (at least 20,000km.)
We have now bought our fifth Super Tenere and still think they are the best travel bike for us and cant believe the value for money!
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