We did it, we left!

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Het is gelukt, we zijn vertrokken!On Saturday 30 November, a chilly sunny morning, we did it, we left on our round the world trip. Two motorbikes, fully packed and with the nose in the right direction, an unexpected good party and several sad but proud faces. We turned the key, switched on the bike, put it in gear and……gas!

We now are in a warm and cosy B&B in the Belgian Ardennes, about 300 km (186 miles) from home. Quit a bit happened before we left. Lees meer (Read more)

From steel steeds to beasts of burden

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Van stalen ros tot pakezelPeter and I take quite a bit of gear on our trip, about 35 kilo (77 pound) on each bike. We carry all that gear in bags that are attached to the bike: a tank bag on the tank, two bags next to the rear wheel and a duffel on top. In addition, we take a fuel jerrycan and a tool tube on each bike. We have turned our steel steeds into real beasts of burden. Lees meer (Read more)

We have moved!

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VerhuisdWe have rented out our house in Amsterdam, the cat is staying out and we have moved to Barneveld. Until we leave we live with my father. All our stuff is under the bed in my old bedroom and the motorbikes are safely in the garage.
The move was preceded by a lot of hard work. Lees meer (Read more)

Around the world on a motorbike, who does that?

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BoekenWhat would it be like if we could travel for more than three weeks? If, after riding to the south for 1.5 week, we would not have to turn around to go home to be back in time to go to work?” If you go on the internet with those thoughts, you will soon find out that we are not the first with such ideas. The internet is full of great travel blogs, with pictures from all corners of the world.

If you search for ‘round the world’ and ‘motor’ you will soon find the website of Horizons Unlimited. Lees meer (Read more)

Goodbye Party

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Wij-gaan-op-reis FeestjeA scouting clubhouse in the woods, garlands on the ceiling, a map of the world on the wall, a music system in one corner, a beer tap in the other corner and right next to it a CRF250L. Now add friends and family and you have our perfect party.

In the beginning of October we held our Goodbye Party. It was a great night, on which we toasted with everyone we love on life and the adventure that awaits. Lees meer (Read more)

No sore butt!

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Nooit meer een houten kont100.000 kilometre (62.000 miles), that is how long our possible route is. From Amsterdam to South-Africa, then the complete Pan-American Highway, a tour in Australia and from Asia back home to the Netherlands. A long way! And all those miles we sit on the bike. Reason enough to pay some attention the a proper seat in our surge for the perfect travel bike! Lees meer (Read more)

Recipe for an adventure bike

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Recept voor een reismotorTo travel around the world, we have to adjust the bikes and prepare them as ‚travel bikes’. The most important adjustment is the possibility to take luggage. Buying a bag does not do the job. The bags have to be fitted to the bike and -maybe even more importantly- the bike has to be able to carry the extra weight. To be able to drive comfortably and safely with luggage, we had the shocks and the suspension adjusted. Lees meer (Read more)