Spiderman in France

| Leonie | Belgium, EUROPE, France | 11 Reacties (Comments)

schaatsweer-en-warme-douche-2When we wake up on Sunday, it is still foggy in Fraîture (Belgium). Luckily that fog dissolves quickly. When we start the bikes after a good breakfast, we ride off in the sun. Despite the sunshine it’s quite chilly. Under our helmet we both wear a ’balaclava’. That’s a lot warmer, but looks like we are about to rob a bank. Peter even looks like Spiderman, when he does not have his helmet on yet. Lees meer (Read more)

From steel steeds to beasts of burden

| Leonie | PREPARATION | 3 Reacties (Comments)

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)

Goodbye Party

| Leonie | PREPARATION | 5 Reacties (Comments)

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!

| Leonie | PREPARATION | 1 Reactie (Comment)

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

| Leonie | PREPARATION | Comments Off on Recipe for an adventure bike

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)

New bikes

| Leonie | PREPARATION | Comments Off on New bikes

Nieuwe motorenThe wish to travel on a motorbike already existed some time, whether for a ‘short’ holiday of three weeks within Europe or a longer trip around the world. The motorbikes that we had chosen to take were a Honda Africa Twin and a Honda Transalp. One of the questions we often heared was; “Is it not too heavy?” Yes, heavy they are, but we had already chosen to go a certain direction. We had already spent so much time and money to prepare the Twin and the Alp, that we did not just want to switch bikes. That changed, especially for me, in Morocco. Lees meer (Read more)

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