Five go east

I recently took part in the inaugural Adventure Travel Sessions in Bucharest Romania. There is a thriving adventure motorcycling scene out there populated by some hardcore riders. We met one family that had travelled 17,000 miles in a Ural sidecar outfit, a local cartographer who is mapping a network of off-road trails across the country, and the guys from Heavy Duties, a homegrown business building super tough motorcycle luggage. 

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Cyprus Thrill

My story begins June 2016 at my daughter’s wedding in Edinburgh, Scotland. A few days after the ceremony and we are in a bar when the TT comes on the news. I look up and mention to my wife and daughter that I would love to go. As one they say I should. It turns out both think I’ll fly into the Isle of Man from our Cyprus home, but I have other ideas...

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It’s not all about the sand...

Sometimes things go smoothly, but this isn't one of those times. We have both completely run out of water as we foolishly thought we’d eventually come across a river or a lake at some point during the day. Needless to say local knowledge would have been helpful in this area locals refer to as the high desert. Rookie mistake and now we are both very thirsty and there’s a lot of riding ahead.

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Vive la différence

Priority from the right. European suburbia is a perilous place if you don’t understand that traffic coming from the right has priority. ‘Priority from the right happens whenever there are no other signs,’ explains Edelweiss Bike’s Christian Preining. ‘It happens everywhere in Europe, from French suburbia to small Austrian villages where they’ve taken down all road signs.’ Look for yellow diamond signs, though. These tell you that the route you’re on has priority over routes joining from the right, but it’s cancelled by a yellow diamond struck out by a black line. 

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Seize the day

My plan is to travel from Singapore to Europe on my Vespa scooter. I set off from Singapore in May 2015 and have ridden through Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Northeast India, Nepal, India and Pakistan. After Iran I will head to Armenia, Georgia, Turkey, then to the Balkans and towards Western Europe. I do not have a fixed route in Europe. I prefer to let spontaneity guide me.

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March of madness

When I received the instruction that this issue was to feature The Craziest Trip of the Year, I knew there was only one person for the job. It had to be Ed March and his C90 adventures. Infamous among motorcycle travellers, Ed’s insane escapades over the last few years have provided a welcome antidote to the army of identikit GS riders ploughing the same old routes. If you’re not familiar with his crazy world, here we go...

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