HU Travellers Meeting Germany-Summer 2018

Horizons Unlimited 20th Deutschland Travellers Meeting

Thursday 31 May - Sunday 3 Jun, 2018
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, 31 May to Sunday, 3 June, 2018. 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.

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 2018 so far...

Noortje Nijkamp and Johannes Weissborn

Noortje Nijkamp & Johannes Weissborn, Adventurism TV

Beginner Mistakes: A Comedy Story
Adventurism Mindset

Beginner Mistakes: A Comedy Story

Without any experience, Nora and Jojo (Johannes) were beginner travellers who left on an overland adventure. Without taking themselves too seriously, they share their embarrassing packing lists and the mistakes they made. Now with some experience under their belts, they are ambassadors for traveling lighter by leaving some things behind. Find out more about their packing tips and guidelines for travel preparations.

Adventurism Mindset

We all do it: over-prepare and overpack! In this reflective talk, Nora offers compelling tips to pack less by bringing the right mindset. She shares stories about her first overland adventure. Without any experience she packed her bags and left. She talks about how to deal with the daily challenges on the road and how to grow with the experience. In the end, she learned that it doesn't matter how you prepare or pack, the most important thing you can bring is the right mindset.

NORA and JOJO are a couple brought together by the adventure of motorcycle overland travel. They have plenty of stories to share from their individual solo travels and from exploring the world together. They are a happy couple with a shared passion: Adventure.

Noortje beside India sign

Joris Joore

Joris Joore

Around The World On Two Wheels

Joris traveled all around the world and is back with storie to share about his motorcycle, adjustments he's made, and what he packed. Find out what it's like to go off-roading in Mongolia (with video footage), experience Tokyo, big-city New York, and riding along the historic and famous U.S. Route 66. Even coming home on a container ship from Philadelphia, U.S.A. to Antwerp was an adventure itself.

JORIS JOORE has done several trips already, from North Cape to Naples. Last year, he went around the world, starting in his hometown Utrecht and kept heading east until he was back home again. He has visited over 25 countries and 22 states on that trip, covering over 50.000 kilometres and two oceans. He and his bike returned from New York on a container ship. He has written a book about his RTW trip.

Joris riding along the highway

Alexander Conrad

Alexander Conrad

Northern North America
From New York across Canada to Prudhoe Bay - The Dalton Highway

After shipping his motorcycle to the United States, Alexander started out from New York City to explore the wild and remote parts of North America. During five months of his journey, he rode up north along the historic "Alaska Highway" where he discovered the wilderness of Alberta, the Yukon Territory, and Klondike by also driving the lonely "Top of the World Highway". When he got to Alaska, he made it all the way to the northern end of the continent by reaching Deadhorse and Prudhoe Bay after accomplishing the remote stretch of the "Dalton Highway". Escaping the quick approaching winter, he then headed south along the "Stewart-Cassiar Highway", crossing British Columbia and the Rocky Mountains back into the US.

He will share his experiences and encounters from the northern parts of North America and will give you some ideas of how to behave and what to do if you encounter a bear or other wildlife, which gear to choose and what the best time might be to explore Canada and Alaska. Join in for some great pictures and stories from America's north.

ALEXANDER CONRAD has traveled more than 180,000 km over the last seven years, across numerous countries in Europe, western Asia and, lately, North America. Born and raised in Germany, he is now living in California and giving "home" a short visit.

Alex on the Dalton Highway

Alex with the Alaska welcome sign

Martin Brucker

Martin Brucker, Auf dem Weg

On The Way (Auf dem Weg): Part 01
A RTW motorcycle trip comes full-circle after 6.5 years

After 9.5 years as a woodwork intructor in Ethiopia, I gave myself a break (12-18 months) to find similar work in South East Asia (a.k.a. travel) and a bit further to Australia to visit my cousin near Brisbane. After 20 months, I reached in Australia after having ridden through many countries (Iran, Syria, Sudan, Jemen, Tibet, China, Vietnam), including some job interviews in Laos and Vietnam. When I learned I got the job in Laos, I had been in Australia for four months and now needed to make a decision: take the job or continue my journey.

To be honest, it was an easy decision - I kept going. And kept going I did, to South America, Cuba, and waiting for the spring season again. At one point, it came to mind that it would be really cool to return to the Black Forest in Germany on the very same motorcycle I first left with. After crossing six continents, about 70 countries, and covering about 255,067 km, I came full-circle to the very same spot I left 6.5 years ago... at the doorstep of my mother's house in Welschensteinach.

From Germany's Black Forest, MARTIN BRUCKER traveled from March 2010 to October 2016 around the world on his trusty BMW G650 Xchallenge. He covered about 255,067 km crossing about 70 countries "On The Way".

Water transport of bike and gear

Desert dirt road

Werner Zwick

Werner Zwick

Hawaii
A natural paradise and motorcycling heaven

Palm trees, sandy beaches, surfers, hula dancers and detective Magnum P.I. with his Ford Mustang. These stereotypes come to mind when the tropical archipelago is mentioned. Apart from Magnum, everything else is true, but there is so much more. Big mountains, active volcanoes, great roads and fantastic vistas characterize the enchanting islands of Hawaii.

WERNER ZWICK has travelled between Alaska and Patagonia, in parts of Asia, the southern part of Africa, and in many parts of Europe.

Werner surfing

Hawaiian lava eruption

Till Göldner and Caro Mittnacht

Till Göldner & Caro Mittnacht, Welt-erfahren

Welt-erfahren
Thirteen months, 2-up, around the world (almost!) on the good ol' Africa Twin

We decided to do it! We took a year off to see parts of the world we had never seen. We did the minimum planning, prepared our good old Africa Twin a little, and left Germany in August 2016. We returned in September 2017. Going to India was the first part we planned... and then where to after?? An amazing year of unexpected adventures.

TILL GÖLDNER and his partner CARO MITTNACHT rode 2-up on an Africa Twin from Germany to India, Korea, Vladivostok, and then back to Germany, passing through Mongolia and the "Stans".

Till and camels at a desert well

Till and Caro under palm trees

Educational Sessions

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


Sonja Ritter and Claudio Gnypek

Sonja Ritter & Claudio Gnypek, Pegasoreise

Workshop: Abenteuer Vorbereitung / Adventure Preparation
Eine Reise zu planen ist simpler als man denkt

Je mehr wir reisen, um so weniger planen wir. Früher machten wir uns Gedanken über Probleme, die auf der Tour auftauchen können. Mittlerweile wissen wir: Vor der Reise ahnten wir oft nicht, welche simplen Lösungen wir unterwegs fanden. Wir erzählen, wie wir unsere Trips planen, worauf wir achten und welche Regeln wir bewußt ignorieren. Man sollte nicht kopflos, sondern sorglos reisen. Wir sprechen über folgende Themen: Das perfekte Reisemotorrad: Mit welchen Motorrad reise ich am besten, wie rüste ich es aus und wie bekomme ich es auf einen anderen Kontinent? Routenplanung: Wie genau plane ich die Route, welche Stopps plane ich ein und wieviele Kilometer pro Tag schaffe ich? Gepäck: Nehme ich ein Zelt, Schlafsäcke und Kocher mit, wieviel Werkzeug, Ersatzteile und welche Kleidung? Auch ihr könnt eure Erfahrungen einbringen.

Sonja & Claudio packing up gear

The more we travel, the less we plan. Previously we started thinking about problems that can occur on the tour. Now we know: Before traveling we had no idea about the simple solutions we found on the road. We talk about how we plan our trips, on what we pay attention and which rules we ignore. One should not travel careless, but carefree.

SONJA RITTER and CLAUDIO GNYPEK love to travel, mostly on a motorbike. The best thing about travelling is to get in contact with other people. That's why they started the adventure-podcast Pegasoreise.de, a radio show about travelling. Once a month, they produce a podcast with stories to which you can listen while on the road.

Claudio opening a bike pannier

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.

Presenters at previous HU Germany meetings included...

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens, Amsterdam to Anywhere

Trip Report
Our Packing List

1. Amsterdam to Anywhere: Trip Report

Leonie and Peter quit their jobs and rented out the house to travel around the world riding their two trusty Honda CRF250Ls over 100,000 km through more than 50 countries on 5 continents. They explored Africa, rode through the Americas and zig-zagged across Asia to arrive back in Europe three years later. Visiting 56 countries, meeting friendly people and experiencing true hospitality. And all along the way: amazing wildlife, beautiful nature, delicious food and great riding! An amazing journey they want to share with you! During the presentation they will give you a seat on their bikes to ride around the world together. Telling you about the amazing hospitality in Libya, the hippos next to their tent in Kenya, New Years celebrations at the most southern tip of the world, exploring ancient Inca routes in Peru, plowing through the snow in Canada, using the Motorcycle Highway in Malaysia, riding through ever-smiling Myanmar, making new friends in Pakistan and riding on top of the world in the Himalayas. All of this, of course, with lots and lots of pictures! They hope to inspire you to get on your bike and start exploring our beautiful world!

2. Amsterdam to Anywhere: Our Packing List
What to take and how to pack? Inside information about our packing list, the gear and the luggage system.

How many pairs of socks? Do we need a satellite telephone? Which tools are you using? What tent do you sleep in? Where to pack your gas stove? Which medication did you take? Why did you use soft luggage instead of hard panniers? Where did you keep your laptop? How many kilo's did you carry? Before Leonie and Peter left on their trip, they had hundreds of questions like this. They asked friends who had been on the road, read travel reports and visited an HU Meeting to find answers. The information helped them enormously to prepare for the trip.

Now, after having been on the road for almost three years, they want to help future adventurers to prepare for their trip and answer all of these questions. There are 1001 different ways to pack your bike for a long trip, so there is no 'perfect way'. They will focus on the gear they chose and packing all your stuff on the bike. They will share their packing list, show you their favorite items, tell what you should not forget, but also what you should definitely leave at home. Lots of practical information, with pictures and opportunity to see and feel the gear from up close.

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens on the road.

Birgit und Rainer Knabe

Birgit und Rainer Knabe, Bembel on Tour

Next Exit Afrika
Westafrika liegt hinter uns, unsere Reise (Fast) rund um Afrika entführt uns nun in den Süden dieses unglaublich freundlichen Kontinents...

Im Wohnzimmer werden mitten im Winter die beiden Motorräder startklar gemacht: Afrika. Gnadenlose Stürze, permanenter Kühlwasserverlust und unerwartete Pannenhilfe in Marokko, staubige Pisten, Nigeria gibt uns kein Visum, wir packen unsere havarierten Maschinen in den Flieger und jetten von Ghana nach Südafrika. Dort entdecken wir unendliche Weite unter strahlend blauem Himmel, cruisen gelassen entlang des Indischen Ozeans, stürzen mal wieder am Sani Pass und klettern auf den Tafelberg über Cape Town. Weiter gehts nach Namibia, wir finden keine Diamanten in Kollmanskuppe, verlieren aber unser Herz in der kargen namibischen Einsamkeit, erleben die roten Dünen im Morgenlicht und schauen tief in die goldenen Augen des Leoparden in der Etosha. Afrika hat uns gepackt ....

In Deutschland mit dem chromglitzernden Softchopper und silbernem Roller herumgetourt. Die SR500, schicke japanische Joghurtbecher und das Traumduo F650GS/Africa Twin zeigten uns Europa. Mit den beiden XChallenge folgten wir unserem Lebenstraum über staubige Pisten quer durch Afrika.

Riding through flooded rocky trail.

Josephine Flohr and Daniel Rintz

Josephine Flohr & Daniel Rintz, Open-Explorers

Putting Off the Finishing Line
The highs and lows of 6 years motorcycling around the world. Can a favourite place in the world be found?

Daniel set off to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle many years ago. Halfway into the trip (Germany – New Zealand), he found the love of his life, Josephine. Like Daniel, Jo loves travelling and it didn't take much to get her excited about motorcycles. On two bikes they continued the second leg of the journey together (Alaska – Argentina). At some point, enjoying dinner, camping on the beach somewhere, another traveller asked us: "What will you do when you've reached your destination (Ushuaia) in a few days? Return home?" Our souls were filled with wonderful experiences while our pockets were running out of money. Daniel and Jo had only played with the idea of shipping the bikes to Cape Town and ride home through Africa. Without giving his answer too much thought, Daniel replied: "We're more afraid of going back home to a regular life than facing Africa without money." Josephine and Daniel talk about the highs and lows of six years motorcycle travel, covering five continents, 100 countries - riding solo and as a couple.

Daniel and Josephine are from Germany. He's been riding motorcycles since he was 7 years old. When he was first allowed to ride on the road at the age of 18, the bike naturally became an essential instrument for exploring the world. Josephine has loved travelling for as long as she can remember. She used to be a backpacker, but became a motorcycle traveller when she met "someone". They have been riding around the world on two bikes ever since.

Starry night sky.

Elephant camp visitors.

Doro Ernsting

Doro Ernsting, Doros Motorblock

Mobile Selbsterfahrung - das erste Jahr
Alle reden vom reisen, aber keiner davon, wie alles begann...

Alles begann irgendwann in meiner Kindheit in den frühen 70ern mit Evil Knievel und Stuntshows, Begeisterung für den Motorsport und für die Faszination der Geschwindigkeit. Das Leben hatte aber erstmal etwas anderes mit mir vor, und so kam 1986 der "vernünftige" Führerschein, nämlich der fürs Auto. In den 90ern entwickelte ich eine Passion für das Reisen mit dem Fahrrad mit eine Aversion für alles, was einen Motor hat. Wie ich dann aufs Motorrad kam? tja, das ist eine lange Geschichte mit meiner mobilen Selbsterfahrung, angefangen hat sie 2009 mit einem Krisenjahr, das mein Leben auf den Kopf stellte...

Doro, 51 und Spätberufene. Den Führerschein habe ich 08/2011 gemacht, mein erstes Moped war eine CBF500, jetzt habe ich eine Africa Twin. Ich bin passionierte Motorradfahrerin und -reisende geworden. Durschnittlich fahre ich im Jahr 20.000-25.000 km und habe bis jetzt Deutschland, Österreich, Schweiz, Kanaren, Frankreich, Italien, Spanien, Dänemark, Schweden und Norwegen bereist.

Doro on her bike by the water.

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!

Sjaak Lucassen.

Sjaak Lucassen (Netherlands)

2 Decades World Travel & Adventure

A tour through all the travels and (winter) adventures, done on sports bikes, by a mad Dutchmen.

From the moment that it all started until the ultimate goal, a ride to the North Pole, in the near future, that's what the presentation, enlivened with videos, photos and a healthy dose of humour will cover. In between we experience a 3 years and 160,000 kilometre lasting World Travel on a Fireblade, during the time that communication with the home front still went by fax! We travel 250,000 kilometre around the world on an R1 on a very extreme way! We tackle the North Cape successfully - in the winter – after an earlier attempt had to be broken off due to worn homemade studs.

Sjaak Lucassen at Pyramids, Egypt.

We visit the USA and Canada for a ride through temperatures colder then minus 30 and we ride over the Polar Ice north of Alaska, towing a huge sledge. Info on www.R1goesExtreme.com

Sjaak Lucassen on the frozen Beaufort Sea in Alaska.

Because motorcycle vacations felt always too short I started to travel. Before I knew it I got bitten by the travel bug. The result was that I spent about 10 years of my live on the road, using rather unusual bikes. I ride sport bikes. The reason is simple. I find it more important to use the right bike for my heart then the right bike for the terrain. During time my travels became more and more extreme. The last one was on the Polar Ice north of Alaska. The next one hopefully to the North Pole.

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 www.pegasoreise.de

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.

Hartmut Heldt.

Hartmut Heldt

From Cologne via the Silk Road to Tokyo
- Circumnavigation of Afghanistan and China

The first part of my trip was five months through Africa from Kenya to South Africa. The second part took me 10 months through America from Argentina to Central America to Canada. In the third part, I traveled 17 months through Asia. I drove along the Silk Road through Central Asia and Russia to Japan. From there I traveled across Southeast and South Asia back to Europe. My three trips led me between July 2011 and September 2015 by a total of 32 months and 130.00 km through 66 countries and 4 continents.

Hartmut Heldt.

After 30 years of work in a public agency I went with 58 years in early retirement. When I thought about what I could do with the extra free time, I noticed my hobbies traveling and motorcycling first. Why not both? So the plan was, my 30-year old dream of a world tour to finally realize.

Marcel Jung.

Marcel Jung

the way to dawn - Welterfahrung

Das sollte Das Jahr sein...und Das war! Ein lang gehegter Traum ging wahr, denn Greta und ich machten uns und sattelten am 01.Mai unsere beiden Hondas. Über die ehemaligen Jugoslawischen Länder führte uns unser Weg durch die Türkei nach Georgien. Von hier aus schlugen wir den Weg nach Aserbaidschan ein, um nach der anschließenden Überquerung des kaspischen Meers uns durch die weiten Steppen Kasachstans, sowie die endlosen Graslandschaften Russlands die Mongolei zu durchqueren. 29000 km ohne eine einzige Panne.

Dennoch War es spannend... Unvorhersehbare Hürden waren zu überwinden. Sei es der eingelaufene Motorradanzug, die unzähligen Stürze in der Mongolei, die Kompromissbereitschaft untereinander, oder einfach nur das Wirrwarr an der kasachischen Grenze. Begleitet von einem paar kurzen Filmsequenzen werde ich euch unsere Reise etwas näher bringen.

Marcel Jung.

"I am Marcel, 31 years old and I did a worldtrip in 2015 to China. I drove with my girlfriend on two customized Honda Transalp through over 20 countries until we arrived back at home after 8 months."

Dan Skeates.Rolf Lange.

Dan Skeates and Rolf Lange

RTW: The most important things to bring

Whether you are a well-organised German or a careless Englishman, here is what you really should prepare for a wonderful journey.

Dan - I left England without a drivers license, essential tools and the wrong clothing and still I thought I was prepared. By meeting more prepared riders (mainly German) I realised that being under prepared didn't detract from my experience but enhanced it.

Rolf - Having had 2½ years before I started out for my round-the-world trip, I felt well prepared and organised: off-road trainings, vaccinations, first aid course, photo workshops, and interviews with mechanics – I did it all. Being prepared in a pretty much perfect way made me feel safer, but it did not teach me what is really important on a long journey through foreign countries.

Rolf Lange.

Being open-minded, having a positive attitude and permanently wearing a smile are prerequisites to maximising your enjoyment. It's all about the people; those daily random encounters wherever you stop or whenever you need help make the adventure perfect.

In an entertaining way, Dan and Rolf will describe why your pack list is not the most important thing before setting out and how the wonderful people of the world made their amazing adventures so unique. Come with an open mind, ask many questions and contribute as much as you want to make this presentation the one that makes you say 'It's my turn to feed my soul'.

Dan from England and Rolf from Germany, typical stereotypes of their home countries. Dan under prepared and carefree and Rolf fully prepared & organised. They both rode for over 500 days but only 15 together; they had amazing experiences in a combined total of over 50 different countries on 5 continents.

Frank Voellm.

Frank Voellm

Holy Cow! – Going Naked in India
and Zig-zagging from Ushuaia to Alaska

Holy Cow! – Going Naked in India

Double-crossing India and Nepal. 33.000 km, 15 months. From Ladakh to Kanyakumari , from the Punjab to Nagaland and through Nepal. Twice.

At first glance the little KTM Duke 390 might not be the perfect bike for dirt roads and white water crossings in the Himalayas of India and Nepal, but she's naked alright, and on her I managed to dodge all the holy cows the traffic mayhem of the two Hindu countries could throw at me in 1 ½ years. Trust me, many a time I shouted expletives of a stronger nature than just an astonished 'holy cow' into my helmet. In the end, it was all worth it, though!

Incredible India is the official slogan, and truer words were never spoken! From the Taj Mahal to the beaches of Goa, the soaring, ancient temples of Tamil Nadu or the splendid forts and palaces of Rajastan, that's what comes to mind when India is mentioned. There is a very different India too, little visited, hidden and difficult to get to - harsh passes and bad roads leading over high passes of the Himalayas to Tibet. This presentation will have you itching to saddle your steed and head east asap!

Frank Voellm on the Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia.

Zig-zagging from Ushuaia to Alaska

Three years. 150.000 km. If I wanted to have a good look at the Americas a 2nd time, that's what I'd do agian!

Crossing an ocean by ship was one of my childhood dreams. The opportunity finally came when I was in my mid-40s and boarded the Grimaldi freighter in Hamburg bound for Buenos Aires. That was in 2010, just two months after I had been here at my first ever HU meeting in Germany.

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.

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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!

Tool Kits - Show us your favorite tools. Toolkit discussion.

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

Farkle Walk - Take a stroll and talk about 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 (To Be 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!

SBV International.

SBV International is located in Brussels, Belgium. We are young entrepreneurs and innovation passionates. Our products are designed to make any mechanical tasks easier for the end user. We offer a life time warranty on our tools. We develop tools for motorcycles, cars etc. we have more than 50 patents worldwide. We continuously develop tools by listening the needs of our customers.

Thierry De Schaetzen will be here to show you Moto-PRO Tool sets and other products.

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 Exhibitors.

Horizons Unlimited Germany Ride-outs

Some folks will be going on ride-outs in this awesome riding area. You are welcome to join them! Note: These are NOT organised by Horizons Unlimited.

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?

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

Camping is €15 per person per night, which is a super bargain. There is lots of room for camping! Please book and pay for camping when you register.

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. Telefon (06357) 9753 -80

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.

Food

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!

PRE-REGISTRATION PRICING FOR FULL PASSES

Includes admission to all slide shows, workshops and demos on Friday and Saturday. Camping is NOT included - see below. Meals are NOT included.

Pre-Register & Pay before:

Event Price

31 Jan, 2018

€39 (saves €20)

24 May, 2018

€49 (saves €10)

AT THE EVENT PRICING (APPLIES AFTER 24 MAY)

Pay Cash on Arrival

Full Pass

€59

ACCOMMODATION

Camping should be booked when you register.
Book rooms and other accommodation directly with the campground.

 

Per night

Camping

€15



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Join the Volunteer Crew

From welcoming travellers at the gate, to taking care of the campsite and making sure all the presentations run smoothly, the success of every HU event relies on the enthusiasm of its volunteer crew.

"What a wonderful bunch of people. I had no idea how much fun I'd have by helping out!"

"It was my absolute pleasure to be able to give something back to the HU community and working with such great folks really made the event special."

Volunteering is a great way to make new friends, get more involved with Horizons Unlimited and have loads of fun! You can sign up to volunteer when you register for the meeting, OR click here if you have already registered and want to add volunteering.

Comments about HU Events

"So many trips, tips, subjects, discussions, questions, answers, experiences, insights... I could go on and on. I will be back, and back, and back."

"It was like being with family... a friendly group with shared love of adventure."

"Everyone was humble, genuine, and encouraging, and I really needed that kind of 'we're all just people' kind of atmosphere."

"You'll see and hear the most useful ideas on so many subjects that it boggles the mind."

"Thank you all for such a superb extended weekend. So good to see everyone, to hear so many stories, to learn so much, and just to feel so at home with my tribe. Thanks to you, my batteries are fully recharged and rarin' to go!"

"Brilliant, entertaining and informative presentations."

"Yoga class was not something we had ever considered but really helpful."

"Full of very inspiring people who got me fired up again and motivated for my next trip!"

"What a fantastic inspirational weekend...we will be back."

"I have picked up so much information... and met some new friends and wonderful people."

"A superb event that was really well organised. I found the atmosphere amongst the attendees to be very positive too."

"I have not done much travelling so it was like visiting with a world traveller - Presenters were very approachable."

"...a new league of awesomeness."

"Great atmosphere and camaraderie, especially at dinner time, and interesting presentations."

"Folks were all great and the most amazing thing was there was NO ATTITUDE."

"I have learned so much, made some great mates and met some of the best people. I was buzzing by the time I got home. I have a little trip planned and just can't wait to get out there."

For more about HU Events, see some magazine articles here.

You can help!

If you have a few minutes, please download the poster (Adobe pdf format) and print off a few and hand them round your club or your local bike shop or anywhere seems like a good place.

Poster in pdf format, English (1.4 MB) full colour Event poster:

HU Germany Summer 2018 meeting poster, English.

POSTCARD

Postcard in pdf format (676kb) full colour Event postcard, can be printed 4 to a page:

HU Germany Summer 2018 postcard - English.

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Thanks!

Be a Presenter

We're inviting submissions for presentations, so whether you're attending the event or exploring a distant continent, if you've got a story to tell or expertise to share we'd like to hear from you.

We love to hear stories about your travel adventures, especially if you have great pics! Also, practical how-to sessions such as roadside cooking, navigation / GPS, trip prep and planning, adventure motorcycling medicine, packing light, setting your bike up, communications / blogging from the road, self-publishing your story, yoga for bikers, bodging / bike maintenance, self-defense, photography, videography, tire repair, safe riding techniques, how to pick up your bike, off-road riding, all are of interest.

There are 40 minute and 90 minute sessions available for talks, workshops, demos and live web chats.

Click here to submit your ideas

PLEASE NOTE:

Submitting a Presenter registration DOES NOT mean you will automatically be included in the schedule, as we often have more presenters than available presentation slots. We will confirm one way or the other as soon as we can (but not immediately!)

Departing or Returning?

If you're planning an expedition, why not make the Horizons Unlimited meeting your official start point? Or maybe you're nearing the completion of a journey and would like a very public welcome home? Of course you might just be passing through and fancy marking a key stage of your travels?

We'd love to make you a big part of the meeting, so feel free to get in touch and tell us your plans.

Advertise at HU Germany!

Run a business that serves the overland adventure travel market? Want to spread the word at HU Germany but can't take a Trade Stand? Send us a vinyl or roller banner and we'll display it in a prominent position.

Click here to arrange advertising

Germany Venue Location

Campingplatz Pfrimmtal
Pfrimmerhof 3
67729 Sippersfeld
49°33'07.0"N 7°57'38.0"E

Information about the area

Located 35 km west of the City of 67549 Worms Rhein, just at the entrance of 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!

If you have any links or details for the area please let us know.

Local Hosts

Jens Ruprecht is the lead organizer of this event. Thanks go to Jens for volunteering to bring Horizons Unlimited Travellers Meetings to Germany, and all his hard work!

Christina and Jens.

Christina and Jens

If you have any questions, contact Jens at jens...@gmx.de. If you have a problem contact Jens (via Grant) here with rideout registration, vendor, venue and speakers questions.

We can always use help on the day - please volunteer to help out for a couple of hours when you register!

HU Events Refund Policy

We know 'stuff happens', and you know we have financial commitments to venues and caterers!

If you're unable to attend an event, please let us know (by e-mail reply to your confirmation e-mail from us) so we don't worry that something has happened to you...

Up to 30 days prior to event start, we will refund all fees in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) fee for handling and PayPal charges.

Up to 15 days prior to event start, we will refund camping/accommodation and food packages in full less a $10 (or €9 or £8) handling fee. We will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

Within 15 days of the event start, there will be no refunds, but we will apply your registration fee to any subsequent HU event in the year or following year. If you have purchased a t-shirt, let us know your mailing address and we'll send it out.

New to Horizons Unlimited?

Horizons Unlimited was founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson following their journey around the world on a BMW R80 G/S motorcycle. The website, HUBB forum and regular events across the globe have inspired thousands of people to follow their dreams and take the road less travelled.

Susan and Grant Johnson
Read more about Grant & Susan's story

Membership - Show you're proud to be a Horizons Unlimited Traveller!

Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love overland adventure travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events such as this one (18 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.

You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.

You can join at a reduced rate as part of your meeting registration. Note that new Memberships with your Meeting Registration are applied as of the Meeting date or as soon as possible thereafter, not earlier, unless you make a special request in the Comments box when you register.