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Barbara Alam.

Barbara Alam

The Alternative Madagascar, led by Tiffany Coates
(Assisted by Caroline Carver, Pat Thomson and Sheonagh Ravensdale)

In Oct/Nov 2016 an international group of nine women accompanied Tiffany Coates on a 3-week trip along the entire length of Madagascar. We rode on dirt, sand, mud, dodgy bridges and pot-holed tarmac. We visited tropical swimming-holes, a tea plantation, met lemurs and chameleons, swam with tropical fish on coral beaches and with whale sharks out at sea, and experienced the heat and dust of this amazing island as well as its soaking tropical cyclones. A trip to Madagascar needn't be an endurance exercise – come and find out how to do it the fun way. A panel of four of us who did the trip will be showing photos and sharing tales from the road and probably giggling a lot. Do join us!

Barbara Alam.

My bike travels have taken me variously through Europe, across the Sahara and into West Africa, and trans-Canada on her BMW F650 Twin, as well as over the Himalayas. I am Secretariat to the Parliamentary Motorcycling Group and also help run the charity Motorcycle Outreach.

Chris Bright.

Chris Bright

Far East Siberia: Baikal via the BAM to Magadan, the clean way

Far East Siberia. "Nah, you couldn't have ridden the BAM, your bikes are too clean!". Irkutsk to Magadan via the western BAM road and the Road of Bones. Lots of fun, lots of rain, big mud holes, many railway bridges, multiple mosquitos, a broken bike etc. on a BMW X-Challenge that didn't belong to me, also known as a "Honda Transalp Mk 2". It's a long story :-)

Chris Bright crossing river in Siberia.

Zoe Cano.

Zoë Cano

Solo & No Riding Experience across USA!

Proof that without money, experience, resources or time but with enough self-belief you can set off on a massive life changing adventure!

This will be a Q & A session on how I achieved my dream and goal to travel on a Triumph Bonneville motorcycle across the American continent solo with no previous experience for such a mammoth trip. With no assistance, I set off naively just using old National Geographic maps to discover the roads 'less travelled' across this fascinating continent. The journey covered more than 8 000 kms over a two month period during the hottest summer on record. With no advice from anyone and being totally unprepared for the extreme weather conditions, it was always a question of whether it would be 'Go or Bust' on whether I'd succeed or even finish the journey with the most unexpected obstacles, dangers and surprises along the way.

Since that first escapade, I was then invited back to America by Triumph where I rode once again through the Deep South. Both journeys and adventures have been transformed into two successful books - 'Bonneville Go or Bust - on the roads less travelled' and 'Southern Escapades' My new travel book will be available late summer 'Chilli, Skulls & Tequila' of another solo road trip through the lost roads and places of Baja California, Mexico.

Zoë Cano on the Bonneville Salt Flats.

Zoë started rowing competitively and took the challenge to skiff the entire length of the Thames from its source in the centre of England to Greenwich. She has crossed the Peruvian Andes on horseback and recently motorcycled, having never ridden before, solo across the American continent using just old maps!

Zoë will be in the 'Authors Tent' to sign books throughout the weekend, so get her to sign a copy for you!

Craig Carey-Clinch.

Craig Carey-Clinch

Motorcycle Outreach

Motorcycle Outreach (MoR) was established in 2005 as a result of the work and vision of RTW biking humanitarian Simon Milward.

As Simon travelled he realised that basic healthcare provision was not reaching people in remote areas of developing countries due to problems with poor roads and transport. He established a motorcycle healthcare logistics project in Flores, Indonesia which successfully operates to this day.

Simon died in Mali in 2005, but his vision remains, with Motorcycle Outreach continuing his work to develop motorcycle based primary healthcare projects.

This presentation will bring you the latest news from MoR and you'll be able to learn about our plans for the future.

Craig has been the leading campaigner on motorcycling political issues for over 20 years. He has also travelled extensively in Europe, West Africa, North America and the Sub Continent. In addition to his work to protect, promote and advocate motorcycling he also works with GlobeBusters and has led expeditions in Africa and the Americas.

Tiffany Coates.

Tiffany Coates

Tiffany's Twenty Years On The Road and
On the Road Safety for Female Travellers

20 Years of Travel - The Trials and Tribulations of a Solo Motorcycle Adventurer

Amazed by how quickly the years and the countries have passed, Tiffany recounts a round-up of mishaps from her various trans-continental journeys to recent exploits earlier this year filming in Africa. So just what can go wrong... guns in the 'Stans, wild animals in South America, banditos in Ethiopia, fuel shortages and mechanical breakdowns on all five continents. Tiffany explains how using ingenuity, humour and at least eight of her nine lives has resulted in not just surviving, but flourishing on the road. A word of warning: Tiffany's presentation may leave you not only questioning her sanity, but surprisingly, desperate to embark on your own two-wheeled global adventure.

Tiffany Coates - Shikara boat in Kashmir!

On the Road Safety for Female Travellers

Feeling uncertain about your safety while on a journey? You're definitely not alone, this class from one of the world's foremost solo female adventurers will teach you how to keep yourself safe and feel more confident as a traveller. From wild camping in an ice-covered tent in Siberia, encounters with bushmen in Ethiopia, and unexpectedly sharing a bed with Chinese truckers, Tiffany's anecdotes and real-life scenarios enliven the class. Tips, advice, physical techniques and common sense prevail in this fun yet informative hands on class. Attendance is for women only!

Tiffany Coates.

Tiffany is the world's foremost female motorcycle adventurer having travelled over 200,000 miles, crossing every continent, some of them several times and still managing to find more remote destinations to discover. Her first journey started 20 years ago, setting off with her best friend two-up on a BMW R80GS having sold everything including her hair and with just two months riding experience between them. That ride to India became an epic two years on the road and an eventual return to England with a full head of hair and a burning desire to see even more places on two wheels.

Mario Costa-Sa.

Mario Costa-Sa

Where can I ride "Off Road"? and Isn't there an app for that?

Where can I ride "Off Road" - A beginners guide to finding trail and riding "off road"

Trail riding in England in Wales is an immensely rewarding countryside pursuit, bringing adventure and exploration together with technical riding skills, orienteering and land access knowledge. It is enjoyed in sunshine, wind, rain and snow throughout the year in some of the countries most striking landscapes, from the wild moorlands of Northumberland, over the rocky mountains of North Wales to the flat farm plains of Lincolnshire and down to the furthest reaches of Devon and Cornwall. However, just because you own a trail bike doesn't mean you can ride anywhere you like. In fact, responsible trail riders technically never ride 'off road' as the trails and green lanes we use are actually classified as Byways Open To All Traffic (BOATS) or Unclassified Country Roads (UCR's). Access to these historic legal lanes is under scrutiny by national and regional government organisations as well as land-owners and the wider countryside population. There are 208,000, miles of road in England and Wales, 115,000 miles of footpaths, bridleways and restricted byways, and 6,000 miles of BOATs. The TRF exists to help preserve access to these historic BOATs by working with (and sometimes lobbying against) lawmakers as well as helping new and existing members learn where they can and can't ride (and why), promoting a confident and responsible code of conduct that ensures all countryside users are able to enjoy our diverse landscape well into the future. Can't tell your BOAT from your UCR? We can help!

Mario Costa-Sa.

Isn't there an app for that? Want a GPS but don't yet have a Garmin - how about your smartphone?

You can't beat a good old fashioned map. It's hard to break and won't run out of batteries. It's also bulky, gets wet and is not always very practical. Thank heavens for the introduction of GPS, "Whatever did I do without Google maps?" The TRF has teamed up with ViewRanger, the complete offline mapping, navigation & guided trail service for active people. It's free to download onto your smartphone and is a great introduction to route planning with a GPS. We have worked with our network of Rights of Way officers to upload a collection of trails that you can start riding right now. You can use the app to log your own routes and share them with others. The green lane network in England and Wales is ever evolving, so enjoy the routes on ViewRanger but remember it's your responsibility to stay legal. Your local TRF group will have the most up to date and extensive knowledge of routes in your region.

Trail Riders Fellowship.

Mario is an experienced traveller and has ridden and driven across all continents. Following his last RTW trip 5 years ago he prefers discovering little known treasures on his doorstep. He is the longest serving current Director of the Trail Riders Fellowship, and holds Institute of Advanced Motorcyclists qualifications in Ride Leading.

Simon Dufton.

Simon Dufton

Taking Motorcycle Outreach forwards!

A touch of MoR history, a look current exciting developments in Flores, Indonesia and our vision for the future of MoR in Flores and beyond.

This will not be a dry 'charity' presentation! Yes - we will give you a short history of why (the inspiring vision of a dynamic global traveller) and how we have got to where we are today delivering healthcare to remote communities using small engine motorcycles in Flores, Indonesia and why we are taking new directions in Tanzania. We will also give you an insight into our exciting plans for the future with new investments, new operations on new continents and most importantly we will try to inspire you and then tell you why and how you can get involved!

Simon Dufton.

I am not a true 'overlander' but I am a passionate biker who sadly lets work commitments get in the way of feeling truly alive on my R1200R! Trustee of Motorcycle Outreach and Founder of the Dambusters Charity Motorcycle Rides.

Motorcycle Outreach.

Claire Elsdon.

Claire Elsdon

Lone Female rides to Capetown! and The story of Pikilily Tanzania!

Lone Female rides to Capetown!

All the adventures, twists and turns of quitting the City, choosing life and riding solo to Capetown

How it came to be that I decided to quit my City job in 2012, throw caution to the wind and ride solo from London to Capetown on a Suzuki Drz. An amazing year of discovery, not just of the many beautiful countries that I visited, but also a personal journey too. This trip ended up changing my life completely, resulting in me moving to Tanzania in 2016 (after the successful conclusion of the trip in Capetown in 2013) and establishing Pikilily (

Claire Elsdon in Zambia.

The story of Pikilily Tanzania! (with Khalid Maagi)

How I ended up moving to Tanzania to establish the First Women's Motorcycle Maintenance Workshop!

How it came to be that after my London to Capetown trip, I ended up training midwives in motorcycle maintenance in Tanzania, prompting a move here in 2016 to establish a motorcycle maintenance workshop with female only apprentices! How it works out when you move to a country on your own with no backing and no grasp of the language to start something like this...and the incredible things that can happen when you just put your mind to it, including running a much needed motorcycle ambulance service. (

Claire Elsdon quit the City in 2012 to ride London to Capetown solo. Ended up training Malawian loan officers in essential maintenance skills & eventually in 2016 moved to Tanzania and established Pikilily, Tanzania's first women's motorcycle workshop - we now run motorcycle ambulance services too.

Graham Field.

Graham Field

It's not failure if you don't tell anyone!

A small budget, cheap bike, limited research and no one to go with has never stopped me going.

A light-hearted history of how I was thrown into the deep end of Overland travel, persevered, succeeded and then with inexcusable confidence went on to fail spectacular on the next trip. How sometimes turning around can turn the trip around and ultimately fulfilment is found.

Graham Field.

Author of 3 books, resident Adventure Rider Radio presenter and occasional contributor on Adventurer Bike TV, proving beyond argument via several mediums that having little knowledge and strong desires has been enough to satisfy many travel yearnings. Doing my best to inspire, encourage and inform without too much emphasis on what could go wrong.

Richard Field.

Richard Field

Slow riding! Balkans, Caucasus, Turkey and Eastern Europe!

Slow riding! Part 1: Balkans and Turkey!

A nervous rider's slow, nine-month motorcycle trip through the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus on a DR650 called Felix. Averaging less than 80 miles a day, I got to hear a lot of stories from soldiers and freedom fighters, missionaries, and 'Muslim atheists', nomads, refugees, artists, photographers, and Ali and Seurat, the best layabout comedy duo in Turkey. I narrowly escaped being blown up by ISIS in Kobane, became paranoid about Turkish informants in Diyarbakir, and spent a surreal evening taking outdoor tea in Sirnak as the city exploded around me into the chaos of civil war. I also discovered how to eat comb honey and cream cheese for breakfast in a mountain oasis among spectacular scenery.

Richard Field.

Slow riding! Part 2: Caucasus, Turkey and Eastern Europe

A nervous rider's slow, nine-month, motorcycle trip through the Balkans, Turkey and the Caucasus on a DR650 called Felix. I got to hear a lot of stories from former police chiefs, Russian artists, mountaineers, Georgian bikers, and travelling photographers. I learned of the secret, al fresco sex lives of Montenegrin peasants. I gazed admiringly (?) at Joseph's Stalin's travelling toilet, broke down in Tbilisi, visited some spectacular mountain villages in Azerbaijan, took a Soviet-era train to Yerevan, shared a house and parts of my flesh with seven ferrets in Germany, and accidentally rode 180 kms of sand, rubble and bedrock over the highest mountain pass in the Caucasus before I realised that I didn't know how to do off-road.

Richard Field describes himself as: "Male; 65; a nervous rider, prone to fall off, but very stubborn; romantic with a tendency to fall in love with people and places. Several short motorcycle trips to Europe and India; one big, nine-month trip through the Balkans and Turkey to the Caucasus on a DR650SE called Felix."

Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr

Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr

Putting Off The Finishing Line

The highs and lows of 6 years motorcycling around the world, solo and as a couple. Can a favourite place in the world be found?

I set off to circumnavigate the world by motorcycle many years ago. Halfway into the trip (Germany – New Zealand) I found the love of my life. Like me, she loves travelling and it didn't take much to get her excited about motorcycles. On two bikes we continued the second leg of the journey together (Alaska – Argentina).

Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr.

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. Josie and I had only played with the idea of shipping the bikes to Cape Town and ride home through Africa. Without giving my answer too much thought I replied: "We're more afraid of going back home to a regular life than facing Africa without money."

Daniel Rintz and Josephine Flohr.

Come see us talk about the highs and lows of 6 years motorcycle travel, covering 5 continents, 100 countries, riding solo and as a couple.

Daniel Rintz has been riding motorcycles since he was 7 years old. Daniel says: "When I 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 Flohr has loved travelling for as long as she can remember. Josephine says: "I used to be a backpacker, but was turned into a motorcycle traveller when I met 'someone'. We've been riding around the world on two bikes since."

Kobus Fourie.

Kobus Fourie

Southern Africa, the way to go!

Why travel Southern Africa? The world in one. I will do a Presentation on the Beautiful Southern Africa countries and what to expect and keep in mind when planning your trip. This is without doubt a trip that is affordable and worth every cent. If you come in November you can join us at spectacular Elgro River Lodge for HU South Africa from 9-12 November. Among many attractions there will be a game ride for bikes through our wild game reserve!

Antelopes on the game ride in HU South Africa 2016.

Kobus Fourie is the local host for Horizons Unlimited South Africa. He has been riding motorcycles for 37+ years, and has travelled throughout Southern Africa, including the Cape to Cairo.

Kobus Fourie hosting HU South Africa 2016.

Matt and Liz Fox.

Matt and Liz Fox

Riding Bikes and Boards Away from Bears - the story of our 15 Month Trip in North America on CCM SR 40 motorcycles

Riding Bikes and Boards Away from Bears

This is the story of our "Big Trip" how we set about conquering the world and ended up only discovering a corner of North America. In 15 months we rode from Vancouver to Alaska and back to California. Including a couple of disasters, a ski season in Whistler and BEARS!!!

Matt and Liz Fox.

Trips wot I did on my time off - A brief summary of adventures I have undertaken while remaining successfully employed

I hope in this talk to provide some info on accessible adventures you can have in your annual leave and attempt to show adventure is achievable with out taking a year off and shipping your bike to the otherside of the world.

Matt Fox.

Simple Garmin GPS Route Planning - A quick guide as to why gps and maps is not a choice but actually the two work in harmony

I have been asked what my must have adventure gadget is, my reply "with out a doubt GPS." To which I see about half our adventure riding communiy grimace like saying I worship the devil at the westboro baptist church. This presentation is about working with both gps and maps in harmony. I hope to show how putting time with the maps before you set off riding make hassle free adventuring with GPS on the road.

Me, I really know nothing so if I can get a bike to Canada and ride it around for a year and a bit then you can do. On return from my year traveling in North america I set up the Bristol Adventure and Trail Bike Collective getting Local bikers to talk about adventures off line.

Jacqui Furneaux.

Jacqui Furneaux

Plan? What Plan? - A holiday turns into a way of life thanks to a Dutchman and an Enfield Bullet

A woman nearing 50 goes off to India with a young Dutch motorcycle traveller she hardly knows, buys her own Enfield, thinking this little adventure might last six months and trails around aimlessly but happily with him for 4 years until they reach Australia where he decides to stay. She wonders if she can continue on her own...

Jacqui Furneaux.

I gave up my job as a nurse when I was forty-eight to go travelling and found I really liked it so bought a motorbike in India. It was all an accident, a way of life I couldn't stop...

Ove Gehrmann.

Ove Gehrmann

Self Fund Your RTW Trip and MC Swap Globally

Self Fund Your RTW Trip (create additional income to finance your dream MC / trip

Could be a topic of on creating positive Cash Flow (away from taking pictures and selling them through an image library or writing a travel book) before & during a RTW trip might be more interesting. Present 3-4 strategies (each strategy 7-8 minutes). The balance of time available, around 25 minutes, would be to answer questions from the floor.

MC Swap Globally

Sharing my experience of setting up a small group of MC owners round the world and sharing, swapping MC between the 'members'. 'Our Group' currently has access to 6 MCs globally. We are aiming for 2 more, one in South Africa and one in South America. Thereafter no more expansion as I believe it will be too hard to manage.

Ove Gehrmann.

Ove Gehrmann lives in Australia but owns motorcycles round the world: USA, New Zealand, UK and makes a point in several short trips (round 3 weeks at the time). Will be doing NZ South Island over X-mas/New Year. He will be riding his UK MC to Nordkapp through Norway on the way up and through Sweden on my way back to London.

Duncan Gough.

Duncan Gough

Writing your Adventure & Travelling in Spain

Writing your Adventure - A guide to travel writing for adventure travellers, tips and techniques.

This presentation is specifically aimed at adventure travellers who wish to keep a record of their journey whether for personal use, family and grandchildren or perhaps for a wider audience. The aim is to examine the writing and recording techniques that are going to be of the most use to an adventure traveller, and give tips for making the most of writing description and style. Now with a handy accompanying book.

Travelling in Spain - Legal and safety requirements for Spain, how to see the real Spain even if only passing through.

Road safety, in particular various road layouts that will not be familiar. Legal requirements and laws. A bit about the culture and customs of Spain with particular reference to the real back-roads Spain. The best routes across the country. Free travel advice and suggestions in the latter part of the presentation.

Duncan Gough.

Duncan Gough was born in London, but at the age of three his family moved to a mixed fruit farm in the middle of 100 acres of Rhodesian bush. An unusual early childhood was spent nearly always barefoot, often with only the company of a younger sister and the African children of farm workers. He spent a lot of time off in the bush learning self-reliance and about the natural world. At the age of eighteen he got a job on a sugar-cane farm in Zululand, South Africa. In the following years he worked on Feature Films, as a boat-fitter and engineer in Greece, and a general carpenter and builder. He became in his own words – "A Jack of all trades". In 1980, he took a degree in Visual Art at Aberystwyth University. And in the years after graduation has added Theatre Designer and Tour Guide to his C.V. He is now a full-time Travel Writer and is working on a series of Historical Novels set in the 1800's. He has been a motorcyclist for over 40 years. Every year since 1999 he has travelled in Europe on his Moto Guzzi.

Duncan is the author of 'Back Roads of Spain' – a book about motorcycle journeys in Spain and motorcycling in general. "The first time I visited Spain I felt at ease, felt like I was coming home. That feeling has only deepened over the years."

Geoff Grimmett.

Geoff Grimmett

Top of the World: A Himalayan Adventure & Road to Spiti Valley

A self-organised trip through Indian Kashmir taking in the highest road, Srinagar lakes, a riot and two of the world's most dangerous roads.

This is the story of two friends who came up with a plan one afternoon at work to travel to India. Geoff and Andy (both HUBB veterans) have for years seen the presentations of others travelling far and wide. The plan was simple: why pay a fortune to a travel company lets organise it ourselves. So the guys set about planning and organising. Flights, bikes, paperwork, visas… Through a chance meeting at the HUBB a third person joined the team. In 2013 they flew to Delhi, India.

Three weeks of riding through a conflict zone between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control. The guys got to the highest road, found themselves in a riot, got stranded on top of a mountain and completed two of the world's most dangerous roads. Add to this they were riding through the most amazing scenery and visited the Golden Temple of Amritsar. So if want to know how they got on and how to organise your own very cheap trip to India come and listen to the presentation.

Geoff Grimmett.

Road to Spiti Valley

On his Second adventure to the Himalayas, Geoff ventured into the Spiti Valley and found something very special. A text message started this adventure "Fancy some mountain time?". Within 24 hours flights were booked, domestic arrangements made and visas applications prepped. Simon (a HUBB veteran & presenter), Dean and Jim were going to India and I was going to be their tail end Charlie. In June 2016 we all arrived at South Delhi separately over a number of days. Royal Enfields were collected from Lalli Singh and we were off. The plan was to see the highest road but altitude sickness and the weather ended that. A minor turning off the Rothang Pass signposted to Spiti Valley looked interesting and we decided to take a look. And so a fantastic journey developed with the most amazing scenery and every imaginable road surface. Spiti Valley is truly one of the world's most amazing places. If you have heard of Spiti and wondered what it was like come and see the presentation. You will want to go there afterwards I promise you.

Geoff is 48 years old and married with children. He is a keen part time adventurer and rides a Super Tenere. Geoff has travelled extensively over the years including Europe, India and Cambodia. Geoff is looking forward his dream, of packing up and riding off into the sunset.

Graham Hoskins.

Graham Hoskins, Host of Adventure Bike TV

You meet the best people...

The very best thing about all the trips I've done is the people I've met along the way. Meet some of them with me.

It doesn't matter whether it was in Russian, the Egyptian desert, Syria, West Africa, Poland or Norway, the very best bits of every adventure I've been on have been around the incredible people I've met and the amazing friends I've travelled with. Luckily most of them are on film, either in the one of the TV series I've made or with adventurebiketv. Join me and let's share some of the best moments!

Graham Hoskins.

Graham's early promise of a career flying fast jets in the Navy was cut short by a battle with cancer aged 21. Side-effects of his cancer treatment caused him to go through 5 total hip replacements in the last 22 years. All of which drive his resolve to take life by throat and make the most of it. Graham has started several successful businesses and now combines his day job as the MD of a business consultancy with projects that explore his passion for adventure, motorcycling and entertainment.

In 1990, Graham did his first charity bike ride after he found out that he had cancer. He and his best pal dressed as chickens and motorcycled from college in Plymouth to London and back. In 2005, they decided that a much bigger challenge was needed so they rode 4000 miles to Moscow and back in under 7 days for BBC Children In Need. Inspired by the 4000 mile, 6 day motorcycle challenge to Moscow, he has written, directed and produces three TV series on a similar theme, despite having no experience of the industry. His two Motorbike Diaries series and new 'World's Best Biking Adventures' series are all based on what you can on bikes that is amazing, life changing and in just two weeks.

In 2010 Graham persuaded Danny John-Jules from Red Dwarf to ride 7000 miles through 16 countries and 3 continents, circumnavigating the Mediterranean Sea in just 16 days for Sport Relief in 2010. In 2012, they undertook a new challenge to ride to Dakar in West Africa. In 2014 he took a new team 5000 miles to the northernmost point in Europe along the Arctic Highway. Graham also writes about his challenges and presents the monthly internet TV show Adventure Bike TV.

Jimmy Howe.

Jimmy Howe

Angolan Amigos The War's Over

If there's footprints and tyre tracks then we'll use it, If not? You're gonna have to tread lightly. All we found was kindness and friendship.

Jimmy Howe and Helen Lloyd set off with a couple of Serows and a vague plan to travel the length of the African continent. Angola was a small part of this much larger journey. The war's over but millions of landmines remain. It's been estimated that some 20 million mines were laid during the Angolan War. Halotrust claims a mine-free Angola target by 2025 is unattainable at today's demining program levels. Not knowing what awaited them beyond the endless warnings of troubled times - an expensive, corrupt country with a broken economy - they found a country which surprised them in many ways.

Setting off from the south western corner on sandy trails into the Namibe desert, they rode the silky smooth Tarmac of the Leba Pass (Stelvio of Angola!), visited Oil-rich Luanda and travelled through the diamond-rich east where Angola meets the Congo towards the remote Jimbe border post at Zambia. Over 4000km of the worst and very best roads in Africa, through villages of extreme poverty and obscene oil rich cities, they found that this former Portuguese colony is slowly finding its feet and coming to peace with itself. But it was the kindness of such beautiful people, which helped Angola out-shine the rest of the continent. What a Ride!

Jimmy Howe.

Leaving The Marines with a box of CD's, a bag full of T-shirts and a bicycle, Jimmy thought his days of traveling the globe were over. 20 years later, how his world has changed! He has a motorbike and a bag with a few less T-shirts... Hey he's still smiling.


Christian James, Taffy Dakar

Create Your own adventure (Big or Small)

How to create your own adventure. How to get inspired Where to go? What to do? Why go on an Adventure? What's this all about?

Simon Jarratt.

Simon Jarratt

Your Turn Next ?

A practical if sometimes irreverent guide to how you too can fulfill your travel dreams.

After many years of travelling the world and over a decade to date of living on the road in a VW camper (currently showing 320,000 miles on the clock), I hope to inspire, inform and amuse fellow HUBB visitors with a presentation covering planning, vehicle preparation, shipping and the practicalities of a life on the road in various places around the globe. Slides combined with an informal chat will I hope lead to an open question and answer format that will encourage others to ask those awkward questions and enjoy the sometimes perhaps frank and surprising answers.

Simon Jarratt.

I consider myself an experienced global traveller on a medium budget who prefers to tackle challenges independently - South America, Oz, New Zealand, Europe, Asia and Africa so far... come and be inspired!

Grant and Susan Johnson.

Grant and Susan Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! AND How it all began.

4 Easy Steps to Overland Travel! You can do it - we can help! Finding your way around Horizons Unlimited, other resources. Lots of great pics and video clips.

This seminar will be an overview of 'How To' travel overland topics. Includes content from the Achievable Dream series and great pics from HU Photo Contest winners!

Get Inspired on Horizons Unlimited.

How it all began. The story of Grant and Susan's 11-year trip around the world, without a plan or a clue!

Way back in 1987, before the Internet, two young and naive Canadians set out from Vancouver to ride around the world on a motorcycle. The plan (and budget) was for 3 years, but it didn't quite work out that way!

This presentation will focus on the Johnson's travels in Latin America, where many adventures were had as they navigated the results of massive flooding in an El Niño year, traversing from the Pan American Highway to the jungles of the Amazon!

Grant steers around a road hazard - aftermath of flooding on the Pan American Highway!

"Grant and Susan Johnson are icons in the round-the-world (RTW) motorcycling community. The Johnsons host - or more appropriately write, edit, produce, manage and coordinate Horizons Unlimited - a global network of motorcycle travelers... and a bona fide adventure motorcycling phenomenon." Dan Hilton, Rider Magazine

Grant Johnson.

Grant Johnson, Horizons Unlimited

Fix that flat! AND Making better Travel Photos!

Grant's tyre changing seminars are always well attended and appreciated. This seminar covers: how to prevent flats in the first place, and fix them when you get one; the best tools and how to use them for tube and tubeless tires; hands-on practical for beginners to experts.

Grant Johnson demonstrates the black art of tyre changing at HU South Africa. Grant Johnson demonstrates the black art of tyre changing at HU South Africa.

Grant Johnson demonstrates the black art of tyre changing at HU South Africa

Making better Travel Photos - it's all about where you put stuff!

We all want to take great photos of our trip - so why don't we? Your friends think you are NUTS for traveling around the world on a motorcycle. You try to describe these destinations to them, only for it to fall short. Why is that? The human brain is highly driven by visual stimulation. In order to truly convey the EXPERIENCE of being there, you need great visuals!

This easy seminar for everyone will transform your photos from boring to FABULOUS! No technical expertise required!

Leopard, Okonjima

Gareth Jones.

Gareth Jones

Pan without a plan and Tigers in Africa on The Great Fruit Adventure

Pan without a plan - 6 months, 20,000 km solo journey through 10 countries of Southern Africa on my modified 1951 Harley Panhead.

From Cape Town to the first Horizons event in South Africa at Elgro River Lodge, through the deserts of Namibia to the wildlife and waterfalls of Zambia, the lake at Malawi and the mountains of Lesotho. 6 months, 20,000 km solo journey through 10 countries of Southern Africa on my modified 1951 Harley Panhead. No rear suspension, no electric start, no back up and no plan. A truly fantastic adventure of fabulous riding and the friendliest people – a lifelong dream realised.

Gareth Jones.

Cardiff to Cape Town on Triumph Tigers teaching kids about healthy eating.

Tigers in Africa on The Great Fruit Adventure, Cardiff to Cape Town visiting farms and schools to promote healthy eating for kids while having a fantastic adventure.

Tori Lang.

Tori Lang, Yoga for Bikers

Yoga? Why not give it a go?

Yoga? I'm not bendy enough!

What's this yoga about then? how can it help me? aren't I too stiff for that? find out more how yoga can help you enjoy your trip to the max

This is a talk with a little demonstration (see the other slot if you fancy giving it a go!) explaining how yoga can be hugely beneficial to motorcyclists, and most importantly, to help you to get the most out of your trip. Yoga is for everyone - come and see how it could help you!

As a seasoned biker myself, and as someone who first started practising yoga over 20 years ago, I understand firsthand the benefits that yoga gives to make riding more pleasurable including:

* Improved attention and focus whilst riding
* Improved comfort whilst riding
* Improved balance
* Quicker recovery from injury
* Improved sleep, and therefore energy and attention whilst riding
* Improved ability to cope with pain and discomfort
* Greater strength and flexibility
* Increased energy levels
* Better posture
* Control over body temperature

Tori Lang - not bendy enough?

Yoga practical session - try it

Experience Yoga for Bikers: Do you ache after a long ride? Carrying an injury? Not as fit and supple as you used to be? Tired? Yoga can help!

This is a practical session to teach some yoga - to help people enjoy their riding more fully. The emphasis of the session is on the areas that have become tight or injured through riding, releasing the tensions that accumulate, helping injuries to recover, and bringing balance, suppleness and well being back to the mind and body. We'll also cover yoga techniques to help moderate body temperature and to stay alert. All this enables people to enjoy their riding experience more confidently, comfortably, safely, and for longer.

Tori Lang is a biker and yoga instructor.

Tori is a BWY certified yoga teacher, with over 20 years of both motorcycling and yoga experience. She understands the aches, strains and general demands that riding, particularly for long periods can bring, and how yoga can help to recover good health and well-being so the journey can be even more enjoyable.

Tori Lang.

Rachel Lawson

Your Data on the Move - Protecting your private information and files when connecting home

It's all very well remembering to hide cards and cash about your person and bike when travelling in unfamiliar places but it is at least as important these days to protect your private information and data, too. We are way too used to having bank information etc on our phones and laptops and then connecting it to the internet in strange places. I'll explain the things you should consider when travelling with your gadgets and how you can protect yourselves. Knowledge is key.

Rachel Lawson at HUMM Spain 2016.

I'm a new rider, having bought my first bike in 2014, but making up for that fast! I have also discovered that it really is possible to work and travel. Being a freelance web developer and beginning my first steps into travelling, I jumped at the chance to help work on the HU website and here I am to tell you all about it.

Seb Leeson and Kim Van Aerde.

Seb Leeson and Kim Van Aerde, Wandering Souls

Things don't always go according to plan
and Money, money, money...

Things don't always go according to plan

The plan was to go from Alaska to Argentina, but somehow we ended up on an island on the west coast of Africa.

The idea was to go for the classic Americas route, from Alaska to Argentina. We haven't seen Alaska and we never made it to Argentina... However, we became sponsored riders, went to remote islands in Honduras, got into trouble with the police in Nicaragua and ended up on an island off the west coast of Africa.

Money, money, money...

How to afford overlanding and how to budget your trips?

Do you wonder HOW people can afford to go travel the world? Over the past 8 years we have been travelling to over 65 countries, we are in our mid 30's and we have no debt. And no, we are not rich and neither did we win the lottery, yet we travel all over the place and have sufficient funds to pay for it. Our secret is simple...

Seb Leeson and Kim Van Aerde.

Kim and Sebastian have been travelling and overlanding to 65 countries in the last 8 years and the end is not even in sight yet... Their journeys are a delicate balance between the rat race and the freedom of overlanding. Those of you who were at HUBB UK 2013 will remember their trip started from there, welcome back to HUBB UK guys!

Joseph Lewiston.

Joseph Lewiston

The Mongol Rally - Flat tyres, dead batteries and a drone

A brief summary of a 2 month 17,500 mile round trip in a 1.2l Vauxhall Agila from a rookie traveller and film maker.

In 2016 Joseph and his two travel buddies set out to take part in the Mongol Rally. After committing to the adventure, they then decided to A) film the whole thing and B) hit the finish line and keep going. Here's to the good, bad and the ugly when travelling across the world for the first time. Visas, Border crossings, Tech on the road and some really odd people. France, Germany, Czechia, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Mongolia, Russia, Latvia, Lithuania and Russia again?

Joe Lewiston.

Joseph is a recent graduate and director of a small media production company based in London. He specialises in documentary work and photography, and has recently learned not to refer to his aerial camera as a 'drone' when abroad...

Helen Lloyd.

Helen Lloyd

Africa on 2 Wheels: Serow and Cycle

An African adventure riding 40,000km on Yamaha XT225's from Cape Town to Cairo. But how does it compare to travelling the world by bicycle?

Five years ago Helen cycled solo from the UK to Cape Town. It took 18 months to pedal 25,000km across the Sahara, through West Africa, the DRC and on to South Africa.

Helen Lloyd.

Last year she returned to the African continent to ride from Cape Town to Cairo with Jimmy Howe. But this time she upgraded to a motorbike (Serow XT225). It took almost as long, detouring through Lesotho and the Namibian desert, traversing Angola, visiting Zimbabwe and Malawi, riding through Uganda's National Parks and battling Ethiopia's stone-throwing kids to reach the Danakil depression. Helen will talk about her journeys, describing the pros and cons of cycling vs. motorbike travel, the benefits of travelling alone or with a partner, as well as outlining some smaller adventures off the bikes.

Helen Lloyd.

Helen says she's an engineer, but spends most of her time doing other things... mostly in remote corners of the globe. Like cycling through Siberia in winter, packrafting in Nicaragua and horse-riding in Kyrgyzstan. Now she's ridden her motorbike across Africa. Oh, and she writes books about her journeys too.

Rebecca Lowe.

Rebecca Lowe

Pedalling against prejudice - One woman's 11,000km solo cycle through the Middle East, from London to Tehran

The day Rebecca Lowe left London to embark on an 11,000km cycle to Tehran, she was deeply unprepared. She wasn't fit, had never used panniers and had no sense of direction. For most of her friends and family, expectations she'd make it out alive were disappointingly low.

But for all the doubts, she was tentatively confident she'd get there in the end. Her aims were simple: develop enviably shapely calves; survive; and shed light on a region long misunderstood by the West. Mostly she hoped to show, at a time of increasing prejudice and division, that the bulk of the Middle East is far from the heady morass of violence and fanaticism many people believe. And that a woman could cycle through it safely.

Rebecca Lowe.

Thankfully, the gamble paid off. Not only did she survive, but she was privileged to discover an enchanting world of warmth, colour and compassion; a world far safer and more familiar than she could ever have imagined.

Hear about Rebecca's year-long adventure through Europe, Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Oman, the UAE and Iran. Discover how she collapsed from thirst in the Sahara, was stalked by police in Egypt, hit the party circuit in Iran – and managed to stay on her bike despite eating a Guinness World Record number of kebabs.

Rebecca is a freelance journalist, specialising in human rights and the law. She currently lives and works in London, and is writing a book about her trip. Read more about her and her journey at

Sjaak Lucassen.

Sjaak Lucassen

Travel Tips - Inventive tips which have proven to be great value

Being on the road, you need to be creative, especially when you have to repair your bike or gear in the middle of nowhere. What we think that does not work in ‘civilised’ countries seems to work if you need it to! Looking at a ‘problem’ while throwing the conventional (conservative) thinking away and by seeing it as a challenge rather than an annoying issue will bring you, in the end, not only a good result, but also a great story to tell. Sjaak will give several examples that were of great value to him. Presented with his usual humour, Sjaak also hopes you'll bring in your experiences and stories.

Sjaak Lucassen on the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

Sjaak started to travel because motorcycle vacations always felt too short. Before he knew it, he was bitten by the travel bug, resulting in about 10 years of his life on the road using rather unusual bikes. Sjaak rides sport bikes. The reason is simple: he finds it more important to use the right bike for his heart than for the terrain. Over time, his travels became more and more extreme. The last one was on the polar ice north of Alaska. Next goal is to reach the North Pole with the bike that he is currently building, 'aRctic1'.

Marj Lunn.

Marj Lunn

Presentation Skills for Overlanders and Polish Your Presentation

Presentation Skills for Overlanders - How to present your trip without boring the pants off the audience

Speaking in front of a group of people is rated as one of the top ten greatest fears. If you've done an amazing trip and love talking about it but stop at telling it with one or two people in the bar or around the camp fire, come along and learn how to share your story in your personal style without boring the pants off your audience. Or if you would like to polish your presentation or manage those nerves better, this session is for you too. It will cover: • Working out what to share – what do people want to listen to? • Structuring your presentation – easy frameworks that work • Balancing visuals with talk – tips on the use of PowerPoint • Do's and Don'ts of presenting • Dealing with nerves and apprehension • Managing questions and unexpected situations

Polish Your Presentation - How to present your trip successfully and avoid some of the common pitfalls that leave you or your audience thinking 'if only ...'

A practical and interactive session for presenters and would-be presenters to help you polish your presentation skills and avoid some of the common pitfalls. This session will get to the heart of what will help make you a great presenter. So whether this is your first ever presentation, the first time you've shared your trip or just want to polish your content or delivery skills, deal with nerves or find some answers to questions about the best way to present your trip, please pop along. If you are presenting at this year's HUBB there will also be opportunity for 1:1 coaching.

Marj Lunn.

Having travelled to most continents I thought I was a seasoned traveller. Then I discovered overlanding and wilderness camping in 2010 when we drove from the UK in our 4x4 Troopy to Morocco... and the world of travel opened up once more.

Mark Manley.

Mark Manley

An introduction to bikepacking/touring

An introduction to bikepacking and bicycle touring for anyone thinking of a few days away to a multi-year around the world trip.

Advice on what type of bike, what to take and how to carry it, also including information about taking your bike on an airline and public transport, what spare parts you might need, health on the road particularly relating to diet and the benefits of travelling with a folding bike when backpacking.

Mark Manley.

I have been motorcycling and motorcycle travelling for nearly 40 years and have been to every motorable continent by motorcycle. In the past few years I have developed an interest in bicycle touring and would like to pass on some of my experience in this area.

Colin and Dee Masters.

Colin and Dee Masters, Wrinklies round the world!

Planning & Preparation for that Big trip and
Turmoil in Turkey & the Balkans
- When it all goes wrong!

Good times, Bad times and how to cope with both...

Colin and Dee Masters.


After all the preparation and planning, how events, politics, and geological happenings can 'gang-up' on your 'well planned' adventure.

View from the back - what's that coming!

Colin and Dee Masters describe themselves as OLD riders with 45yrs+ riding experience, in Europe, Turkey, Pakistan, India, Australia, N. Africa... etc! All done 'two-up'. Still traveling on two wheels.

Ken McGreevy.

Ken McGreevy

The cop, his xbike and the kazak road omg

Everything in life has the 3C's Cost Compromise and Commitment... The best 400 € a middle aged biker can spend.

Inspired at HU almost 10yrs ago I finally made the leap 5yrs ago from hungover Sunday spins and lads wet bike weekends. With a budget of just 400 Euros, an ex Irish cop bike was acquired and adventurised with ammo boxes for panniers and compulsory beard. Both high milers, bike and biker, headed off alone on the yearly adventures for 5 years. Hibernating the machinery in some new friends greenery every year. First across Europe to Romania. The next time 2 yrs later from Romania to Crete. The following year back to Crete and on to Armenia, hitching through Iran and returning the following year back to Armenia to nurse the old workhorse acrross the Caspian Sea with a hope to do the Pamir Highway... That was the plan till I became a copper in a cropper in a Kazak desert...

Ken McGreevy.

This is a lighthearted look at cheap adv biking, trusting strangers and dispelling stereotypes, dealing with loneliness, customs and damm visas and finding out that Guardian Angels are for big roughty tufty bikers too.

Alright, listen up, ladies and gentlemen, our fugitive has been on the run for 5 years . Average speed of a well worn Kawasaki GT 550 over uneven ground barring injuries is 44 miles-per-hour. That gives us a radius of 6000 miles. What I want from each and every one of you is a hard-target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in that area. Checkpoints go up at fifteen miles. Your fugitive's name is ....YOU.... Be inspired. Go find yourself. It's all on my FB page... tall tales... but true.

Iain Nicholson.

Iain Nicholson

Overland in Spain - Hidden Backroads and
20 essential items for your trip

Spain is a place many simply pass through on their way South to North Africa, and miss the off road paradise! Iain has travelled in Europe and Scandinavia from a very very young age! Trips have covered everything from mountaineering to motorcycle travel. This presentation is a compilation of trips to Spain on a trusty 650 single. All of the trips start at home in Lancashire, riding all of the way (except the ferries!) on 650 cc bikes, camping along the way and making the most of the landscape, culture and scenery.

20 essential items for your trip

Deciding what to take on a trip is always a long process, and there's always the essentials you need. This short presentation will cover the essentials and hopefully provoke some thought on what you need to take and how to prepare.

Iain Nicholson.

Iain is a seasoned traveller who grew a bit older and moved from exploring the mountains on foot to overland travel when he discovered the joys of riding rough roads and trails to explore further. More recently, Iain has spent the past few years of holidays riding the trails in Spain on his motorcycle.

Kai-Uwe Och.

Kai-Uwe Och, Nordic Biker

X-Canada - across the continent

X-Canada - a three month motorcycle experience from Halifax to Vancouver - including a little detour to Inuvik and the Yukon - 26,000 km of adventure!

Kai-Uwe Och in Canada.

Flying to Halifax in Nova Scotia, buying a motorcycle and riding it through all of Canada, that was the plan. Only the flight ticket home 88 days later was fixed, the rest came as a surprise, like hiking in the Rockies, skidding around on the wet Dempster Highway, navigating sround damaged road sections on the forestry trunk road and washing gold (with no success) around Dawson. A great trip in a great country, meeting great people and finally experiencing the great motivational shows at the HUBB meeting in Nakusp BC!

Anna Penrose.

Anna Penrose and Howard Heffer

A novice on the Pamir Highway...

A novice on the Pamir Highway...

Some people told us not to go, you 'have' to be more experienced to ride the Pamir. They were wrong.

My colleagues in a corporate IT consultancy said said 'if anyone can do it you can', my family gave me the unimpressed 'what a silly idea' look and one person told me in no uncertain terms that I was a fool for even attempting Central Asia as a novice. This presentation is aimed to inspire all those who are hesitating, not quite sure, who think they 'can't'. Through my story of zero to absolute motorbiking hero (in the eyes of some!), I'd like to share what it is really like to ride some of the most 'dangerous roads in the world' and how Howard (my partner) and I survived relatively unscathed and full of the most amazing memories. This presentation will come with a warning that my enthusiasm may be over the top infectious leaving you almost certain to go and ask for a sabbatical from work...

Anna Penrose.

I consider myself a novice motorcyclist. I passed my test in May 2016, came to HUBB in June and headed out on an overland adventure through Russia and Central Asia to Mongolia on 2nd July. In real life I work in events for a corporate IT company. Life couldn't have been more different.

Dave Perkes.

Dave Perkes

Tribes and Tribulations in West Papua -
The Bailem Valley Tribal Festival in the centre of remote West Papua

August 2015 I was fortunate enough to visit the vast island of Papua to see the spectacular Bailem tribal festival in Wamena in the Central Highlands. Wamena is a small isolated town with no road links so the only way the get there is to fly in. The area around Wamena is inhabited by many indigenous tribes who live a stone age existance almost untouched by modern life. The Dani are a hardy race who live by agriculture in the remote valleys of over 2000 metres. The men wear nothing but penis gourds and the women grass skirts.

The festival is famous for amazing battle scenes and tribal dances; the headdresses of both men and woman are impressive often using brightly coloured bird of paradise feathers. The festival was a fabulous place for photography; however some of my best shots were taken in the Dani Villages. Its an amazing place but hard to reach from Europe; even from Cambodia it took 10 hours flying time to get there.

Dave Perkes.

I have been Living in Cambodia working as a photographer and running Photo and adventure tours in SE Asia since 2003. I have travelled all over the region inc: Cambodia, Laos, Burma, Borneo, Indonesia,Papua, Thailand, Vietnam and Several Nepal Trips in 2 years.

Mathew Quarterman.

Mathew Quarterman & Isis Valerio

Favela fabulous in Rio de Janeiro

A year of living in two different favelas in Rio de Janeiro. What you didn't see during the World Cup or Olympics!

An outsider's perspective on favela life. After cycling from Lima to Rio, I didn't want to leave, but I was too broke after travelling to live in a 'normal' neighbourhood. Luckily I was able to live relatively cheaply in favelas. Great location, amazing views, lovely people, stark inequality, guns, drugs and the best parties.

Matthew Quarterman.

I developed itchy feet from an early age, getting a motorbike licence I realised how great they are for travelling, doing several month-long trips. After quitting my job, I was too broke, so turned to cycling and rode 5800km on the trip of a lifetime from Lima to Rio.

Lucy Quintin-Archard and Thomas Baraona.

Lucy Quintin-Archard and Thomas Baraona

Two Up Fifteen Down - Mexico to Uruguay, two-up on a 1970 BSA

Two twenty-somethings travelling two-up from Mexico to Uruguay on a 1970 BSA A65 Thunderbolt. Through seventeen countries encountering jungle, desert, mountains, salt, mud, sand, snow, tears, tantrums, misery... awe-inspiring beauty, courage, friendliness, hospitality and the best 6 months of my life. Proving you don't need the latest bike, the best gear or a great deal of mechanical knowledge to take on an overland adventure and have the most incredible time on the road.

Lucy Quintin-Archard and Thomas Baraona.

Went on a 3-month post-uni adventure and came back 4 years later having visited 21 countries, lived in Australia & New Zealand, met the love of my life and spent six and a half months travelling two up from Mexico to Uruguay on a 1970 BSA.


Travelling close to 20,000 km two up and breaking down most days this presentation will take you through our highs and lows of the Americas and why BSA could be the new BMW?

Sheonagh Ravensdale.Pat Thomson.

Sheonagh Ravensdale and Pat Thomson

India – Hardly Driveable? and
Panama to Cambodia on Brazilian bikes

India – Hardly Driveable?

South India. Are Harleys really suitable bikes? What possessed us? A light-hearted tale of survival and the other women riders we met.

The plan was to fly to Mumbai, buy a couple of small bikes and go off for a quiet two-month tour of Rajasthan and the north. However, making contact with a couple of Indian women riders and rekindling an acquaintance from 27 years ago resulted in:
a) Being invited to speak at India Bike Week in Goa.
b) Being lent a couple of brand new Harley Davidsons in return for two articles for BIKE India Magazine.

So the plans went out of the window; we dumped most of the luggage and the northern half of the map and set off southwards. We met many Indian riders including a bunch of amazing women and their bikes. Six weeks and 5000 kms later, we handed the keys back, thankful that both we and the Harleys had survived!

Pat Thomson navigating bridge in Laos.

Panama to Cambodia on Brazilian bikes

The "Dusty Old Bags" serendipitous route through 15 countries in 16 months. A women's take on travel in these regions.

The plan was to start where we left off last time after South America. Seven Central American countries and six Asian countries later, the bikes and us still have a long way to go. Along the way, we listened to Nahuatl protest songs in Mexico, had an encounter with a Nicaraguan policeman, planted rice for a Korean farmer in Tokyo, wild camped in South Korea, joined in Ramadan celebrations in Malaysia, shared a boarding house with ladyboys in Chiang Mai and dodged tanks in northern Cambodia.

When the passports, insurance and carnets ran out after 16 months, we had to come home. The rest of RTW awaits!

Sheonagh Ravensdale and Pat Thomson in Cambodia.

With over 80 years of biking experience between them, two women, Sheonagh Ravensdale and Pat Thomson have motorcycled through 45 countries over the years. The end plan is RTW, but we keep getting diverted. Known on Horizons as The Dusty Old Bags, this actually refers to our luggage.

Alistair and Maria Robinson.

Maria and Alistair Robinson (the Franglais Riders)

Russia & Central Asia: practical guide and making a case for Russia!

In 2014 we bought two cheap and old Honda XR125s off eBay and rode from London to Mongolia and back. We followed the Silk road and came back (cheating a bit) by taking the trans-Siberian, with our bikes.

During summer 2015 we went back to Siberia for a very short 10 days blast across the glorious Altai mountains, with Russian friends, on local bikes (DR250).

In 2016, we bought a couple of 250 Enduro bikes and we decided to spend few summer months exploring further Northern Russia and Kyrgyzstan.

This presentation is not about our trips! It is about practical information regarding Russia and Central Asia: from paper work, easiest borders, most beautiful roads to ride, transporting the bikes and everything that may make your trip easier to organise and more enjoyable to ride.

We hope, along the way, to debunk some false assumptions and convince you that this region of the world, and Russia in particular, are amazing countries to explore.

Maria and Alistair Robinson.

We are Maria and Alistair, known also as "the Franglais Riders". We have travelled extensively, over the years, on motorbikes, through South America, Vietnam, Russia, Central Asia, USA and of course Europe. We hope to inspire you and encourage you to visit these countries, just on our doorstep! If we can do it, anyone can!

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens,
Amsterdam to Anywhere

Trip Report, Our Packing List and All About Border Crossings

Amsterdam to Anywhere: trip report

Stories and pictures of our 3-year RTW trip on two Honda CRF250L's: 110,000 km, 5 continents, 56 countries. Small bikes, big adventure!

We quit our jobs and rented out the house to travel around the world. We explored Africa, rode through the America's and zigzagged 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, we want to share with you! During the presentation we will give you a seat on our bikes to ride around the world together. Telling you about the amazing hospitality in Libya, the Hippo's next to our 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 off course with lots and lots of pictures! We hope we can inspire you to get on your bike and start exploring our beautiful world!

Leonie Sinnige and Peter Scheltens on the road.

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 we left on our trip, we had hundreds of questions like this. We asked friends who had been on the road, read travel reports and visited a HU Meeting to find our answers. The information helped us enormously to prepare for the trip. Now, after having been on the road for almost three years, we 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'. We did learn a thing or two during our trip that we would love to share with you. During the presentation we will focus on the gear we chose and packing all your stuff on the bike. We will share our packing list, show you our favorite items, tell what you should not forget, but also what you should definitely leave at home. We will show our bags and explain why we chose soft luggage. We will also show how we manage to pack all our stuff in the bags, how we spread the weight over the bikes and how we strapped it all to the bikes. Lots of practical information, with pictures and opportunity to see and feel the gear from up close.

All about border crossings

How to tackle border crossings? With our tips and tricks from the road you will be prepared to cross any future border.

On our RTW trip we visited 56 countries, crossing borders 71 times on 5 different continents. Some were easy 10-minute crossings, but others took 8-hours and involved lots of paperwork. We met friendly border officials, but also angry money changers, hassling fixers, grumpy x-ray personnel and opportunistic officials looking for a bribe. We dealt with paperwork in any language from Arabic to Thai and Spanish to Russian, a Carnet the Passage, (fake) insurance, veterinarian checks, vaccination reports, body-scans, disinfectant baths and lots more. In our presentation we will share all our border cross experience with you. We will tell you what to expect, how to prepare, what to bring and what not to do. There will be lots of opportunity to answer all your questions. We hope to prepare you the best way possible for all your future border crossings and take away any worries you might have.

Leonie and Peter quit their jobs, rented out the house and left for what would become a 3-year motorcycle trip around the world. Riding their two trusty Honda CRF250L's over 100,000 km on 5 continents through more than 50 countries.

Matt Stait.

Matt Stait, Modern Samurai Martial Arts

Self defence for lone travellers

We will present a workshop that covers both the physical and mental side of self-defence. We will look at the effects of adrenaline, ways to deal with the fight or flight response. How to effectively communicate in a confrontational situation. Do's and don'ts when travelling alone. How to react physically if all else has failed. What type of actions are effective and exposing some common myths. Although travelling is a great way to learn about yourself there are risks involved. We hope to give you some basic information to help you manage that.

Dylan Wickrama.

Dylan Wickrama

When the road ends - Boatercycle Adventure on the Pacific Ocean and
Zanzibar and the Toughest Sailing Race

When the road ends -A motorcycle-raft adventure on the Pacific Ocean

After having travelled for three and half years around the world on his motorcycle, Dylan arrives in Panama. As all other overlanders do, in Panama, he encounters the problem of the Darien. No roads to continue from here to Colombia. But Dylan comes up with a plan and accepts the challenge. The answer to the Darien is a self built raft made of ten oil barrels. Motorcycle mounted atop the raft, and propeller attached to the final drive of the motorcycle, he sails six weeks on the Pacific ocean. Man and his motorcycle vs Darien and the Pacific Ocean.

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 Wickrama's 'boatercycle.'

Zanzibar and the Toughest Sailing Race

Discovering Zanzibar on a scooter and winning the toughest sailing race on the planet.

The name Zanzibar sounds exotic. It kindles your wanderlust and makes you dream of adventures. Unexpectedly, one day, Dylan was asked by a friend to join him in a sailing race in Tanzania. Not just any sailing race but, according to the organisers, the toughest sailing race on the planet. But before they take to sea, there is the opportunity to explore the island of Zanzibar (starting point of the race) on a scooter. Then comes the 500km stretch on a leaky dugout canoe equipped with a rudimentary sail and a wobbly outriggers and they enjoy island hopping from one paradise like island to the next against seven international teams. But sailors not only get the glimpse of Paradise but hell too!

Dylan has done a few motorcycle journeys across a few regions of the planet. He is the co-author of the book When the Road Ends and lives life as if tomorrow may never come. Dylan's book 'When the Road Ends' has now been published in English! Ask him to autograph your copy at the meeting!

Tom Woodrow.

Tom Woodrow, Adventure Bike TV

What makes a good adventure travel film? and Ask a filming expert!

What makes a good adventure travel film? A workshop where everyone works together to find out what is really need to make a great adventure film.

NOTE: Workshop numbers are strictly limited, so sign up at the Registration Desk when you check in!

Ask a filming expert

An open question and answer session with Tom Woodrow, where anything about filming can be asked. He will take questions on: Filming Equipment; Packing your film gear; Charging on the road; What you should film; Editing; Funding; and What to do with a finished film.

Tom Woodrow.

Tom Woodrow is a cinematographer, who has filmed 3 travel series, 2 films and is the man behind Adventure Bike TV. His production company Geek Media also produces other shows and has an impressive list of corporate clients. He has travelled through Africa on both a old 200cc Honda and a new 1200 Yamaha and has also travelled to Nordkapp and Nepal, India and Bangladesh.


Zebb, MotoLoco

Kyrgyzstan - what to expect and how to freight and store your bike

Ride Kyrgyzstan

What to expect when riding in Kyrgyzstan

A video and slide show of riding a motor bike in the magnificent Kyrgyzstan followed by a short Q&A session.

Zebb in Kyrgyzstan.

Kyrgyzstan, freight and store your bike

How to freight and store your bike in Kyrgyzstan and what paperwork you need

A short presentation followed by a Q&A session on how to get your bike too and how to store it in Kyrgyzstan.

I first travelled abroad by motor bike in 1978 and have been travelling most years since then, most recently in the stans. Still getting things wrong but also getting a hell of a lot right. Started Motoloco Ltd in 2010.