HU Travellers Meeting Germany-Summer 2015

Horizons Unlimited 14th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Thursday 14 May - Sunday 17 May, 2015
Campingplatz Pfrimmtal, Deutschland


It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited Germany Summer Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Thursday, 14 May to Sunday, 17 May, 2015. Presentations will start Thursday night. Rideouts will start Friday morning. Organizers will be there most of Wednesday, hopefully Wednesday evening, if anyone wishes to arrive early and just hang out or go for a ride in the area. Please LET US KNOW you will be arriving early.

Schedule will be posted here, with a print version as well, when it's ready... The schedule is subject to change - stuff happens! Check the latest schedule to be posted at the meeting on the day.

Presenters at HU Germany Summer 2015 included...

Workshops and Tech Sessions below

Dylan Samarawickrama.

Dylan Samarawickrama

When the road ends - Beating the Darien Gap on a Boatercycle

Then you arrive at a point where there is no road to continue. Between Panama and Colombia, there is one of the most dense jungles of this planet: The Darien! Stretching from the Pacific coast from the West to the Atlantic coast on the East, the Darien is home to many different groups of guerrilla fighters, drug smugglers and randomly scattered but notorious tribal groups which makes it to one of the most isolated and dangerous regions on Earth.

A perfect challenge for Dylan! As the first man ever he sails, solo, 650km around Darien, on the Pacific Ocean from Panama into Colombia on a self-built raft propelled by a motorcycle and experiences one of a kind adventure! A journey that is not only takes him across country borders but also tests his personal limits.

Click to see a video excerpt of Dylan Samarawickrama crossing the Darien Gap on a boatercycle!

Constant break downs, storms, currents and zero sailing experience were some of the challenges of his incredible journey. When things go from bad to worse, dolphins come to his rescue! Watch the video excerpt of his trip.

Dylan Samarawickrama has travelled around the world for three and half years and modestly says he has 'done some interesting adventures'.

Dylan Samarawickrama.

Dylan's book 'Am Ende der Strasse' has now been published in German, the English version 'When the Road Ends' is promised for this year! Ask him to autograph your copy at the meeting!

Jim Sherry.

Jim Sherry

UK to Dakar, one rider, one cylinder!

First Solo ride in Africa, UK to Dakar and Gambia and return, including 4,000km of the Sahara, on BMW 650.

With 6 weeks free in October/November, I needed a destination for an adventurous round trip. For me the answer was Dakar, all in, around 6,000 miles (10,000 km). Still new to the overland travelling game this would be my second solo trip, after a ride down to Turkey the year before on my R1200GS, visiting Istanbul, skirting the Syrian border, returning via Gallipoli and Greece. Africa would be different, I'd be swapping the autobahns of Europe with the coastal road through the Sahara. The border crossings would be more challenging and may include the notorious Rosso! Of course I may not even get that far, as a case of Ebola was being monitored in Dakar as I prepared, and it may be the start of an epademic in Senegal.

Jim Sherry.

With some reluctance I decided to leave the trusty R1200GS in the garage and take the G650 XCounty. The XCountry was lighter and more nimble, qualities I may need on African roads. Not many of these bikes have been used for long overland trips but I felt with modification it could work and the trusty 650 Rotax engine had a great pedigree. The first issue was the 9.5l petrol tank, not perfect for Moritania where fuel stations can be 300miles (500km) apart. Suspension and subframe needed to be upgraded, etc. Then the rider required a service with a healthcheck, innoculations and improving fitness. Maps, routes, visas required planning. For this planning the HUBB was a great source of up to date information. So how did it go, well you will have to come to the presentation!

Jim says: "I was a novice overland biker in 2009, riding with 20 others from UK to Croatia. Groups have been smaller since and my ride to Turkey 2013 and Senegal and Gambia 2014, have been solo. You learn a lot about yourself riding solo across the Sahara, with the yellow fuel light on..."

Claudio Gypnek and Sonja Ritter.

Claudio Gnypek and Sonja Ritter

Jalan-Jalan Sumatra - Eine Motorradreise auf Sumatra / Indonesien

Sonja und Claudio reisten quer durch Sumatra auf zwei landestypischen Mopeds. Sie lernten die Menschen vom Batak-Volk kennen, sahen wie die Kaffeebauern arbeiten, übernachteten im Regenwald und verirrten sich in den Bergen. Ihre Erlebnisse hielten sie nicht nur in Fotos, sondern auch als Töne fest, die sie für ihre Radiosendung "PegasoReise" aufzeichneten. Diese Reisereportage wird ergänzt mit den Klängen, Dialogen und Interviews, die auf der Tour entstanden. Ein Abenteuer zum Sehen und Hören. Mehr dazu auf

Claudio Gnypek in Sumatra.

Jalan-Jalan Sumatra - An adventure with pictures and sounds

Sonja and Claudio traveled through Sumatra on two small typical motorbikes. They met wonderful people and learned to know the life of the Batak tribe. But chaotic traffic, exotic landscapes and great encounters also belong to this adventure. With a microphone they took on the atmosphere, voices and conversations of the trip. In their presentation, 'Jalan-jalan Sumatra' they show not only photos but also the sounds of the trip.

Here is a trailer of the presentation.

We (Sonja & Claudio) love to travel and we love to talk about travels. For this we run a radio show called PEGASOREISE. Once a month we produce a podcast, on which you can listen to the stories on the road.

Ron Youngs.

Ron Youngs

Wyoming to Alaska's Arctic Ocean

Riding a motorcycle from Wyoming through Yellowstone Park and along Albert's Ice Field Parkway, one sees bears, bison, moose, caribou, Big Horn Sheep, glaciers, and spectacular scenery around every bend.

In this presentation we will visit the famous "Dust to Dawson" motorcycle event in Canada's Yukon Territory; ride the infamous "Ice Road Truckers" highway to the Arctic Ocean; See Killer Whales and calving glaciers in Glacier Bay; take the beautiful ferry ride through Alaska's Inland Waterway; and visit the the Indians of British Columbia where we can marvel at their Totem Poles and Seal Houses.

Ron Youngs in Alaska.

Ron says: "In a lifetime of adventures, I have become a private pilot, a licensed small boat sailor, a scuba diver, a class 5 whitewater kayaker, a mountain climber and a world explorer. Having enjoyed a long and rewarding career teaching biology, physics, geography and geology, I have a deep passion for mountains, wildlife and nature. You can see some of this reverence for nature in my presentation of my motorcycle trip from Wyoming to Alaska's Arctic Ocean."

Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg.

Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg, Dos Chinos

Iran & Turkey - Different aspects of riding through Iran & Turkey

We enter Iran through the backdoor; arriving by boat from the UAE and started our overland journey there. It was a great way to start and we had many wonderful experiences, met warm people and enjoyed the great vistas of both countries. This presentation highlights a few of those experiences.

Dos Chinos in action.

Vince and Karen Partridge.

Vince and Karen Partridge

Aussies Abroad! and Riding in Australia - the real story!

Aussie's Abroad! Dream it... Live it... Ride it!

Vince and Karen Partridge's 12 month Honeymoon - so far they are still together! How do two Australian Public Servants come to suddenly get married, take 12 months leave without pay and travel the world on their motorbike as a honeymoon?

Hear how, just over a year ago, their passion for riding brought them together through the Perth Motorcycle and Sidecar Riders meet up group (That Vince founded) how they fell in love and decided to make their riding dreams come true. How they got inspired, got ready, geared up, are currently on the road and how they connect! How they Dream it... Live it... Ride it!

Vince and Karen Partridge at Cape of Good Hope, South Africa.

Riding in Australia - the real story!

We come from the Land Down Under! Australia yarns and tall tales of genuine firsthand outback adventures in the Australian bush, including the depth and breadth of the kind of riding available in this beautiful country.

Vince and Karen will share with you their experiences as both a rider and pillion and the wide variety of climate and roads to excite and tantalise you. See some awesome photographs, hear stories and get answers to all those questions you were afraid to ask and the travel agents never tell you. Come and get inspired... you will never, never know... if you never, never go!

Vince and Karen organise the Perth Motorcycle and Sidecar Riders Meetup group in Western Australia with over 570 members and ride regularly all over WA. They have been inspired by HU and wanted to travel overseas by motorbike. They have already had a few OS rides with hire bikes but this is the first time they have brought their own ANIMAL (BMW R1200 GSA). They were just married on 1.1.2015 and will be setting out on a 12 month honeymoon from the UK back to Perth on the ANIMAL.

Confirmed presenters (topics TBA) include...

Sjaak Lucassen on the frozen Beaufort Sea!
Sjaak Lucassen (also known as the Crazy Dutchman)

Educational Sessions

Because Horizons Unlimited events are about informing, not just inspiring, we also have a great lineup of educational sessions for you...


Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg.

Shu Liang & Quirien Wijnberg, Dos Chinos

A non-mechanic's RTW-trip and Top 3 Annoyances - A pillion's perspective

Quirien Wijnberg (Q) - A non-mechanic's RTW-trip - How we dealt with mechanical problems during our trip

We are by no means mechanics, but we did end up doing a 14-month overland journey with several small and some larger mechanical challenges. Here's how we dealt with these challenges. I will also show the toolkit that I assembled for our 14-month journey and how I used those tools.

Shu Liang - Top 3 Annoyances - A pillion's perspective

To share the not-so-glorious aspects of an extended motorcycle trip from a pillion's perspective.

Some wise man once said, 'Be master of your petty annoyances and conserve your energies for the big, worthwhile things. It isn't the mountain ahead that wears you out - it's the grain of sand in your shoe.' So here I am, after a 14-months' motorcycle trip with my husband, with a good few pairs of worn-out shoes in my hands, ready to share my grains of sand with you.

Juri Klusak.

Juri Klusak

Towing - two bikes, one engine

Ever broke down in the middle of nowhere with no way of fixing? If you're with a buddy, towing bike by bike is the way out.

After getting stuck on a Laotian dirt track last year, having to tow bike to bike for two hours on dirt in the dark and then towing over 100k to the next city, our so far basic towing abilities had to improve rapidly. Having towed about 200k on part of our RTW trip, we'd like to share what we've learnt, see how you address the issue and discuss the pros and cons of different techniques.

Towing is an awkward way of riding your bike, but practice and know-how can save your day - or even more. This workshop will start with a short introduction, video footage and a bit of theory basics and then give a demonstration of towing "peg to peg". You can bring your own bike and give it a go, to get a feel for it and help if needed.

We believe that everyone riding as a team should be able to tow each other - so get a rope and practice!

Juri Klusak's bike.

Juri says: "I am 26, study geography in Kiel. Travelled a month on an old Heinkel Tourist scooter through Norway in 2011 and spent the last 20 months on the road attempting an RTW - then my Mom got a heart attack and I had to return prematurely from Malaysia. I am quite into photography and luckily could get a bunch of sponsors for my trips - travelling is not easy at 600€ a month... My website is currently being rebuilt, if you like check out my pictures on Flicker.

More to come...

How about you? We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please sign up here.

Panel discussions at most HU events include...

Border crossings - How to get through borders with minimal stress and cost!

Packing light - Tips and techniques from experienced travellers to reduce weight and bulk.

Regional discussions - e.g. travelling in South America or Asia.

For Women Only - A must for the ladies, so be sure to plan on being there! A chance to talk to experienced travelling women without the men around!

Experienced Travellers Panel - ask the experts anything you want!

Walk arounds / Show and tell!

Tents and Bedding discussion (in the camping area) - What works, cheap vs dear and which ones keep you dry, warm and comfy!

Bike mods - Show off your best bike mods - homemade saddle bags, toolbox mounts, GPS mounts, seats, side stands, tank panniers, cup holders, etc.

The Adventure Travel Zone

  • Equipment Specialists
  • Manufacturers
  • Tour Operators
  • Adventure Travel Authors and Film-Makers
  • The HU Store

Exhibitors Confirmed

Overland Adventure - our passion for technical perfection and quality standards make your dream trip possible.

Overland Adventure

Overland Adventure is a motorcycle expedition company specializing in parts and accessories for Touring and long on and off road travel. Our passion for technical perfection and quality standards make your dream trip possible. We offer you the best you can get on the market!

Peru Motors - Ride with Experience.

Peru Motors offers Motorcycle and 4x4 tours in Peru, Bolivia, Chili and Argentina. Our professional multi-lingual tour-guides are very knowledgeable of the main routes and most visited places, but will also take you 'off the beaten track' in small groups (max 12 persons). See our YouTube videos for a taster!

If you know of any other motorcycle or travel equipment vendors or tour operators who should be there, please suggest it to them! Vendors please contact me for details.

If you'd like to secure your place in the Adventure Travel Zone, there's a pre-registration form for Authors & Film-Makers and a booking form for Trade Stands.

Horizons Unlimited Germany 2015 Ride-outs

Ride-outs are limited to 6 or 10 people per ride, no exceptions.

All rides will be back on site at or before 5.00pm

  • Road Rides - two planned, details to come.
  • Off-road - we could use some help - any ideas, locations, routes, off-road tracks?

The cost of going on any ride is included in the registration fee.

All rides are "register on the day." There will be signup sheets for each ride posted the evening before. First in best dressed.

Facilities for a Fantastic Four Days


The event will be held at:

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal
Pfrimmerhof 3
67729 Sippersfeld
Telefon (06357) 9753 -80

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Jens has found a great new venue! Official Campground in beautiful surroundings features:

  • Separate Camping Area for Groups
  • Fireplace
  • Great toilets and real showers – finally!
  • German/Greek Restaurant on the spot (lunch, dinners and breakfast)
  • Swimming in several lakes possible (depends on the weather!)
  • Good for hiking
  • Fishing possible
  • Absolutely quiet – no traffic around!
  • Great Barn for slide shows
  • Cabins/mobilhomes and apartments are also available

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Great riding in one of the best riding areas of Germany – the Pfälzer Wald! The famous Motorcycle Meeting Point "Johanniskreuz" is just around the corner... Endless turns with nearly no traffic! Plenty of attractions in the area - see list!

Tech session in the big tent, HU Germany meeting.

There will stil be the big tent!


Camping (value €10 per person per night) IS included in your registration fee. There is lots of room for camping!

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal. Campingplatz Pfrimmtal.

Cabins/Mobilhomes and Apartments

Are NOT included in your registration fee. You must book soon if you want a cabin or other accommodation, as they WILL FILL UP!

Please book directly through the campground and pay them for your cabin. Keep your receipt, and Jens will refund the camping portion of your registration at the event.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking a cabin DOES NOT register you for the meeting, you will still have to register as usual and pay the full registration fee.


Is NOT included in your registration price. There is a Greek/German restaurant serving breakfasts, lunches and dinners.


I've already registered - I just want to pay!


Includes admission to all slide shows Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday,
Tech Clinics and demonstrations. Meals are NOT included.
NOTE: CAMPING is included - our cost from campground is €10 per person per night!

Pre-Register & Pay before 7 May:


At the Event Pricing (applies after 7 May):



Meals are NOT included but food may be purchased on site.


Camping (with real showers!) is included with your registration fee.

Cabins/Mobilhomes and Apartments are NOT included in your registration fee. You must book soon if you want a cabin or other accommodation, as they WILL FILL UP! Please book directly through the campground and pay them for your cabin.

PLEASE NOTE: Booking a cabin DOES NOT register you for the meeting, you will still have to register as usual and pay the full registration fee. Keep your receipt, and Jens will refund the camping portion of your registration at the event.


Next HU Eventscalendar

HU Event and other updates on the HUBB Forum "Traveller's Advisories" thread.
ALL Dates subject to change.


Add yourself to the Updates List for each event!

Questions about an event? Ask here

HUBBUK: info

See all event details