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Georgia, Green Lane Paradise

Georgia, the South Caucasus nation, is hardly on the radar of western mass tourism and isn't really part of the beaten backpacker track either. In fact, the country’s existence and location is regrettably ignored by most people.  For sure Georgia's past as a somewhat...

Two days in Oslo

Think Norway and images of expensive beer, amazing fjords and blue eyed blond Viking folk generally come to mind. Though not far from wrong, stereotyping Norway this way and Oslo in particular can lead to srprises. Norway has long left it’s past as a predominantly...

Five essentials for a bike tour

Helmet, jacket, trousers and boots are ready to wear. Your bike is clean, full of fuel, serviced and fitted with bulging panniers, navigation gizmos and action cam technology. Everything is sorted with insurance, road side assistance and itinerary.  You just...

Just like a Celebrity

In India “Hey man, I’ve been following you for the past three blocks” said the lad r as he pulled up next to me in the dark on an ageing Honda 125.I was trying to figure my way around Amritsar (India), after crossing the border from Pakistan, it was getting late, I...

The Fairy Tail Homes of Sumatra

I doubt anyone could travel through Sumatra and not be totally taken at the beauty of  the spired roof houses (the “Rumah Bagonjong”) typical of  Minangkabau culture. These iconic Minang long house dwellings have become a well known symbol of Indonesian heritage to the point that their features are often mimicked in the architecture of Indonesian consulate and embassy buildings around the globe.

Guide to military check points.

An unfamiliar motorbike with a foreign number plate always will always raise interest and concern from the locals of countries excluded from mainstream tourism routes. Sometimnes however, unsolicited interest can come from those in a position of autrhority: the police, over zealous border officials, traffic cops and of course the military, perhaps the most unpredictable out of the uniformed lot.

Five great hacks to make your motorbike tour hassle free.

Top boxes, tank bags, extra lighting all have their place in the adventure motorcycling scene and often serve their purpose well. There are a plethora of reviews online debating the virtues of soft luggage over hard, extra cushioned comfy seats and air bagged rider wear. Pick and choose to your hearts content. However, there are some lower end simple, cheap bits and pieces (some self made) that can make an amazing difference to the comfort and quality of your ride especially when on a long tour. 

The Golden Bolder of Burma.

Getting into Myanmar on a motorcycle is no easy feat. Current laws in Burma make it a bit of an obstacle for overlanders who intend to cross on their vehicles regardless of whether these be fully equipped 4 x 4 trucks or simple  pushbikes, it makes no difference....

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