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post #1 of 7 Old Nov 20th, 2006, 3:34 pm Thread Starter
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Round the World on an LT

Well, our village roads are finally covered in a 1" tilth of salt/leaves/horse droppings etc, so the bikes (and MB!) are laid up for winter, and we're looking forward to next seasons riding. Most of the trips for next year have been planned - biggy to Aisian Turkey (just to get another continent on the list!!), Ireland, Norway (my favorite country) - anyway, one of my ride buddies, Harry, (Goldwing) announced last night in the pub, that, in 2009 we're GOING ROUND THE WORLD - Not like 'Long Way Round' ( Ewan McGregor & Charley Boorman), but more like Graham Saunders (he did it on a Honda Blackbird, all on metalled roads)

Any one out there done it (or similar) on an LT??

  • 2005 LT - 17 countries, 2 CONTINENTS & counting !
  • MB SLK 350 MT
  • 1974 Triumph Bonneville 750

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post #2 of 7 Old Nov 20th, 2006, 4:33 pm
 
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Sure, with a BMW factory certified chase team!
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What kind of route would you guys be planning? And what kind of budget (both time & money) ?
I found flying the bike across the Atlantic quite convenient timewise and not terribly expensive.
So you could already be half way by flying your bike to the East Coast of Canada (not US, as that will no longer work..) and doing the American continent down South - well, how far you wanna go? Is Mexico South enough or all the way to South America? Then bike on the plane again and do Australia and why not NZ.

From there...I don't know... but you surely will get good suggestions from the friends living on that corner of the Globe.

For bike transportation you could start asking these people: http://www.motorcycleservices.com/Sh...ShippingQuote/
Their list of ports only seems to cover Europe and US / Canada but they surely must have contacts to other parts of the world as well.

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Ari "the Farkle-Freak-Finn" Ignatius

Hyvinkää, Finland
2004 ('05) LT, Dark Graphite, "Sunset Cruiser II"

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post #4 of 7 Old Nov 21st, 2006, 6:36 am
 
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I'm envious already -
several groups have done Cairo to Cape Town on road bikes. Its mostly tarmac except for some short sections.
I would be more concerned about getting parts/tyres delivered in the middle of Africa - better have a good relationship with a dealer to ship to you and travel with someone who knows how to work on these bikes.

If you get here you will not have to worry about accomodation or meals.
BMW has a huge following here ( 50% of the market ) You will be a celeb!
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Route would be similar to this (unfortunately, probably have to give SA a miss this time (sad, cos my father was born in Port Elizabeth))

Stage 1 USA
Leave
London and fly to Canada. Will cross Canada via the Yellow head Highway and before easing off in the Banff and Jasper National Park in Alberta and British Columbia. After this, ride into Yukon Territory where the Top of the World Highway goes through Fairbanks into Alaska. Continuing west along the Glenn Highway to Anchorage.

Stage 2 USA (Alaska)
Re-routing east on the Glenn to Tok the trip turns south to ride nearly the full length of the
Alaskan Highway. Descending through British Columbia to Vancouver and Seattle, there will be an overnight service stop in Olympia prior to stage 3.
Stage 3 USA & Canada
The route travels south along Highway 101 set against the
Pacific Ocean before turning inland into Oregon, NE California and across the deserts of Nevada and Death Valley. After a deserved night off in Las Vegas the journey continues on through the Grand Canyon National Park, Marble Canyon, the Canyons of the Ancients and onto Durango along one of the finest road journeys in America, to end up in UFO country and Roswell before the third overnight service stop in El Paso.
Stage 4 Mexico
The route through
Mexico will head towards Copper Canyon and cross the Sierra Madre Occidental before boarding the car ferry for the southern tip of Baja California. For the next three days the trip proceeds north through magnificent desert landscapes before reaching San Diego and a rest stop in Los Angeles. Bikes will be air freighted to Sydney where the second stage begins.
Stage 5 Australia
This leg around
Australia will include 1000 mile trip across central Australia and the west coast towards Perth. .
Stage 6 Asia
Stage 6 takes the riders to
South East Asia. After air freighting the bikes from Perth to Singapore the teams will head north through Malaysia and Thailand to Bangkok. Riders can sightsee in Bangkok and Chang Mai or again, teams can decide to ride east to Cambodia via the 9th century Buddhist temple Angkor Wat. The route will only provisionally head to Vietnam before returning across eastern Thailand.
Stage 7 Asia
After reaching
Bangkok, riders will head 1500 miles south to Singapore where the bikes will be freighted to Madras as riders rest in Malaysia.
Stage 8 India
The next leg will take riders to
Delhi. Teams can choose to fly on to Istanbul or head west to the Rajasthan Desert before entering Pakistan at Lahore to cross the Indus Valley and ride overland through Iran and Turkey, to finish in Istanbul over 6000 miles later.
Stage 9 Europe & back to the UK
Istanbul to London across Europe. The final 1800 mile run in.


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  • MB SLK 350 MT
  • 1974 Triumph Bonneville 750

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What type of bike did they do this trip on? I find it hard to believe that it would of been on a luxury touring bike.
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What type of bike did they do this trip on? I find it hard to believe that it would of been on a luxury touring bike.
The tour Leader of that trip did it on a Blackbird - I know there's more flyin than ridin, but it's got to be done. The route is not written in stone, couple of years, b4 we set off, things might change - I've got one chance at it - it's got to be done, or just dream about it. Not as a tour, but as an independant trip.

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  • MB SLK 350 MT
  • 1974 Triumph Bonneville 750

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