I'm Vincent Schuller, and I drive a 1989 Honda Transalp.
This piece is about a solo motorcycle trip I made through the Middle East.
I crossed Southern Europe to Iran and returned from Jordan and Syria though
Eastern Europe back to Amsterdam. It was my first motorcycle journey,
as a matter of fact; I didn't get my motorcycle drivers licence until
a few months before I departed. I was totally unfamiliar with motorcycles,
I actually started driving one because of the disastrous parking situation
in central Amsterdam and traffic jams.
I travelled around 19.000 kilometres through one of the
more inflammable but interesting areas we know. I encountered cities right
out of the old tales of a thousand and one nights, Lawrence of Arabia
and the Bible.
I travelled alone for the greater part, only in Syria
was I joined by a German motorcycle traveller for a week. In former travels
I had acquainted myself with the cultures and habits of the peoples I
was to meet. These travels were done together with a friend and never
included transport as free and flexible as a motorcycle.
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