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Important: Please read this at first:
Bye Bernd Tesch. Village Hammer in forest EIFEL / Germany / United Europe / Multiversum.
Welcome on this site!
- Motorcycle - Travels / Reisen / Adventures
zu Alaska-Feuerland Motorrad-Touren :
to, in and around North-America by Motorcycle
Der untere Artikel ist S. 1 von drei Seiten von John Weiss (USA, near San Francisco)..
14.03.1895 - 09.12.1895
Since1903, when George Wyman became the first man to ride a motorcycle across the United States, many others have tried to become the next person to complete the feat more quickly than his or her predecessor. Early on, the record was broken by days. In 1906, George Holden knocked 20 days off of Wyman’s record. In 1911, Volney Davis knocked off another ten days, reducing the transcontinental ride to 20 days and nine hours. Just three years later, Erwin Baker knocked off another nine days, crossing in 11 days, 12 hours. But as time wore on and motorcycles became faster, success became measured in hours, and even minutes. And it was mere minutes that kept a New York Harley rider named Lenny Bauer out (pictured left above) of the record books in 1969.
John Penton’s record stood for a decade, then in 1969, another Ohio rider, Tibor Sirossy, rode his BMW across in 45 hours, 41 minutes. Though Sirossy’s BMW was not significantly different from Penton’s machine, by this time highways had improved and effective fairings had become available for touring motorcycles. As it had done with Penton’s feat, the U.S. BMW distributor heavily advertised Sirossy’s success. Because the motorcycle media also had improved over the ensuing decade, Sirossy’s achievement got more widespread attention than any of the men and women who had broken the record before him.
At the time of his ride, Bauer treated his chain solution as a trade secret, but later would disclose the solution. To keep engine oil as clean and cool as possible on the long ride, it was routed through a cooling radiator mounted in front of the engine, and through a big two-quart oil filter designed for a truck. Within this system, Bauer installed a hose and a regulating valve that enabled him to deliver a controlled drip of oil to the drive chain and rear sprocket. It worked.
Bauer set out on May 12, 1959, but was denied access to the New Jersey Turnpike, due to high winds. He turned back, then re-launched his adventure one week later. Incidentally, there was another little secret that Bauer chose not to mention to the press that followed his record attempt. He was a law enforcement officer, and the speeds he would be running would make his ride inherently illegal. There were times when he could have played his “cop card,” but he didn’t. One was when he decided to split lanes to get past a long, double line of cars on the Pennsylvania Turnpike, only to discover that at the head of the line was a state trooper. Bauer got a talking-to while he watched the big line of cars re-pass him.
As time wore on, Bauer became more aware of another disadvantage of the Harley-Davidson. This was before the era of balanced and rubber-mounted engines, and vibration through the handlebars at sustained, high speed became unbearable. He had to grip the bars tightly, and at one point his hands became so swollen that during a fuel stop he stuck his hand into at tub of grease to remove a ring that was cutting into a bloated finger.
John Penton before him had spoken of hallucinations brought on by extreme fatigue during the final hours of his journey. As he rode from Arizona into California, Bauer saw the telephone poles striding along the highway beside him, like stilted giants giving him a race.
Undoubtedly, he dozed off in the saddle, because in the morning moisture he had dream-like memories of his dog licking his face, and at one point he thought himself cruising along behind the wheel of the family sedan, with his wife beside him.
Bauer pulled into Los Angeles with an elapsed time of 46 hours, 9 minutes. He has missed Sirossy’s record by 28 minutes. Realizing he had failed, Bauer pulled off the road and went to sleep sitting bolt-upright on the motorcycle. He slept sitting up through six hours of rain, until a state trooper awoke him and helped him get to a motel.
In its July 16, 1969 issue, Cycle News East covered Bauer’s record attempt, and reporter Abram Schoenfeld brought some interesting comparisons to light (above right and left are photos that appeared with the Cycle News story). Sirossy and Bauer traveled the same route, using trip-ticks provided by ESSO. However, Sirossy’s odometer registered 2,689 miles while Bauer’s clicked off 2,840. This means that Sirossy averaged 58.86 mph while Bauer averaged 61.53. According to his instruments, Bauer went farther and faster. Of course, none of this matters. Odometers can be notoriously inaccurate and verifiable elapsed time is how records are determined.
Eventually, the transcontinental solo motorcycle record would be reduced to 42 hours by George Egloff, but the whole enterprise was coming to the end of its era. The government had begun to strongly emphasize safety, law enforcement agencies were getting electronic tools and better communication that more easily thwarted speeding scofflaws, and barnstorming from coast to coast for gain and glory was no longer politically correct. No matter that both highways and motorcycles have since become faster and better. No right-minded manufacturer will even think about advertising a transcontinental record.
Lenny Bauer’s effort, however, has been memorialized in a way that others were not. The Motorcyclepedia Museum, in Newburgh, New York—a neighbor city of New Windsor—has built an accurate replica of Bauer’s Harley-Davidson. Motorcyclepedia Curator Ted Doering came up with the idea when he learned that Bauer still had tucked away in his garage the original beer barrel fuel tank. The record attempt replica is not on display at the Museum, and its unveiling by Doering and Bauer was covered by journalist Donna Kessler of the Times Herald-Record (3/5/2012).
Women Legends in Motorcycling
Addie and Gussie Van Buren conquered every stubborn, small-minded convention in their way. What they accomplished would be brave and courageous now; in 1916, their daring was amazingly heroic, and in defiance of almost every standard that kept women in subservient positions to their husbands and homes.
Remember, 1916 was the year before the U.S. entered "The Great War." Women couldn't vote, weren't considered the legal equals of men, and the roads outside big cities were dusty unpaved dirt. Augusta and Adeline Van Buren, two sisters from New York, set out to cross the face of America on motorcycles – even though no women had ever done that before.
The two dimpled sisters set out from Sheepshead Bay in New York on the Fourth of July, 1916. Gussie was 32, and Addie was about to turn 27. Gussie and Addie pulled into Los Angeles, California on September 8th – but that makes their trip sound simple and easy, and it was neither. The sisters rode their Indian Model F Power-Plus cycles through Buffalo, Akron, Chicago, on to Omaha and then Denver, and up the narrow dirt switchbacks of a new road climbing Pike's Peak.
The Rocky Mountains were the most difficult part of the trip: the rugged ride was over narrow dusty trails full of ruts, or washed out completely. The sisters were often thrown off their bikes, though luckily neither was ever badly injured. They sometimes needed help from locals to get back on their bikes – and once, to get their bikes back, after they had to leave them on the nearly impassable roads outside Gilman, Colorado. Several times, they were handcuffed and arrested — for wearing men's clothing!
Addie and Gussie spent more than eight weeks riding across the topography of America: 5,500 miles of hazardous roads, dry weather, crashes, breakdowns, dehydration, heavy rains, washouts and mud. In 1916, there were no paved superhighways, no motels, no Triple-A maps. The sisters became lost in the desert west of Salt Lake, and a friendly prospector saved them by sharing his water when theirs ran out. He also put them back on the trail to Reno, Nevada. From Reno, they trekked through Sacramento, then south to Los Angeles and San Diego. The sisters even rode down to Tijuana, before making their way back to the East Coast.
The Van Buren sisters' story has an intermediate sad chapter, but ultimately ends well. The sisters had dreamed of serving their country by becoming motorcycle dispatch riders, freeing up men for combat support in the impending war effort; their cross-country ride proved that women could do whatever their nation needed, under any harsh conditions. But when Adeline applied to the military to become a dispatch rider, her application was rejected. And the media coverage of the day praised the bike, but not the daring women who rode them. Their record-setting achievement was described as a "vacation" instead of an historic triumph.
After their cross-country ride, Gussie and Addie each married — and kept breaking barriers. Addie moved from teaching English to earning a law degree from NYU. Gussie became a pilot, flying with the 99s, a women's group founded by Amelia Earhart. Augusta and Adeline Van Buren transcended the stereotypes and restrictions of their time, proving that a woman could do anything a man could do. In Augusta's words, "Woman can — if she will."
The sisters' legacy is extraordinary, and it continues. Augusta and Adeline Van Buren were inducted into the American Motorcyclist Association Hall of Fame in 2002 and into the Sturgis Motorcycle Museum Hall of Fame in 2003. In 2006, riders retraced the route the sisters took in 1916, as a tribute 90th Anniversary Ride and Fundraiser for the Intrepid Fallen Heroes Fund. And every woman on wheels today should climb on and whisper, "Thank you, Gussie, thank you, Addie," for the trails they blazed for us all.
The Sturgis Buffalo Chip's Biker Belle's Ride celebrates Women in Motorcycling – women like Gussie and Addi
Wednesday August 8 2012, the Biker Belle's Ride will kick off from The Lodge in the historic town of Deadwood after the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Museum & Hall of Fame Induction Breakfast . The ride will be lead by Ride Captain, and famed Motor Maids member, Meg McDonough. Meg will take this group of incredible ladies on a scenic ride through the the beautiful Black Hills to the Legendary Buffalo Chip for a special Biker Belle celebration.
Join us for this historic Sturgis Motorcycle Rally event and be part of the Legend!
Motorcycle Lawyer Russ Brown with partners Chuck Koro and Jim Romag are proud to be part of the Biker Belles Ride during the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally. Russ Brown Motorcycle Attorneys have been fighting for injured bikers for over thirty years, on the road and in the courtroom!
See you in Sturgis!03.02.2012 Nach einer Info von Martin Franitza: Aus: http://www.russbrown.com/motorcycle-lawyer-blog/3421/addie-gussie-van-buren-true-legends.html
2012 B.T. owns an article about the van Burens tour across Americ in Road Rider Magazin 1979. Dieses Heft lieht unter Wyman bei den Tesch-Büchern
Adeline and Augusta VanBuren
"Trailblazers in Women's Motorcycle Riding - Avis and Effie Hotchkiss", Harley-Davidson museum online (Harley-Davidson), retrieved 2012-06-18
Soon afterward, Effie and Avis headed back East and arrived in New York City in October after having covered a grand total of nine thousand miles on the trip. You can learn more about their interesting run at the Harley-Davidson Museum.
Cris Sommer Simmons of Hawaii authored The American Motorcycle Girls 1900-1950, a book that takes a look back at women riders in motorcycling. In 2010, Cris honored Effie Hotchkiss by riding her own 1915 Harley-Davidson V-twin across America in the 2010 Motorcycle Cannonball. A photo of Cris on her machine can be seen (below) along with a map of next year’s run. You can also view hundreds more motorcycle-related photos here on The Old Motor.
Take a few moments to learn about the automotive version of the motorcycle cross-country adventure that is going to be combined in 2016 with the motorcycle run at the Race Of The Century. It now has ten pre-1917 cars signed up for the 3400-mile journey from Atlantic City to Dan Diego with the latest entrant being Gil Klecan, who will drive a 1913 Pierce-Arrow in the event.
J. Graham Oates
In 1928 a WW1 dispatch rider, ex-motorcycle racer and builder from the Isle of Man, Mr J. Graham Oates, was the first to take a rubber-tyred vehicle across Canada, coast to coast. Although he had designed and briefly produced his own bike, the Aurora (a venture which unfortunately failed), he did the Canadian trip aboard a 500cc single cylinder Ariel with a Sturgess sidecar built in Hamilton Ontario.
Having left the Isle of Man he moved to Bolivia before settling in Toronto and eventually becoming the general manager of JV & JW Conroy’s motorcycle emporium, selling Royal Enfields, Douglas’ and Ariel machines.
Gaining sponsorship from both Ariel and Castrol Oils, he set off in July 1928 to prove them both by riding from Halifax to Vanvouver using roads when he could find them, but more often by riding the sleepers of railtracks – an incredibly tough undertaking. He had to lift his outfit off the railway every time a train approached (hoping the muskeg or swamp in eastern Manitoba wouldn’t swallow him) and lift it back on afterwards.
On Thursday, Sept. 13, 1928 Oates arrived in Calgary, Alberta and a front-page story in the Calgary Herald ran the next day. The headline and first paragraph:
‘Coast to Coast Cyclist Arrives. J. Graham Oates Reaches Calgary on Motorcycle in Cross-Canada Trip.’
“Four days from Regina through discouraging prairie ‘gumbo’ and 18 days from Halifax on a coast-to-coast motorcycle tour in an effort to establish for the Ariel motorcycle the record of being the first gas-propelled vehicle to travel across Canada on rubber tires, J. Graham Oates, general manager of Conroy and Company, of Toronto, arrived in Calgary at 7 o’clock, Thursday evening, tired and dusty, but cheerfully satisfied with the results of his trip so far, having covered the 6,700 miles in 18 days. Mr. Oates emphasizes that Western Canada’s chief need is more and better motor roads and he heartily endorses the campaign of the Alberta Motor Association to awaken public interest in the subject.”
According to the article, Oates left Calgary heading west on what was the beginnings of the Trans-Canada highway, but he expected to cross the Rocky Mountains once again bouncing over railway sleepers.
In 1937, John Logan took a 2-week vacation to Alaska, and was smitten with the Great Land. Later, he was intrigued by an article by Donald MacDonald proposing a road to Asia via Alaska. Logan, with help from a cousin, contacted former territorial governor Tom Riggs, who had led the US survey team that established the Alaska-Canada boundary. Riggs recommended that Logan meet a man called "Slim" Williams who was planning to journey by motorcycle from Alaska to the Lower 48. "I said, 'He's going to do WHAT?'" recalled Logan.
09.11.2011 This youtube link with the information was send to me kindly by Dal Smile from USA. - Dal was the president of BMW Ownersclub
and is now retired. He owns probably the largest collection of "in english written motorcyle-travel-books". Especially the very first series of fiction books starting in 1910.
German book: Deutsche Übersetzung:
Peggy didn’t ride RTW but she did encapsulate the very ethos of overlanding.She trusted strangers, had very, very little money but worked where she could, and everyday she challenged herself to see, and to discover, because she was interested. The good news is that she wrote a fantastic account of her trip which is now back in print, under the dual title of ‘A ride in the Sun’ and ‘Gasoline Gypsy’, by Rixon Groove Publishing, ISBN 9780956 1168 40, a review of which is here.
Sadly, Peggy died in a car accident on Angelsey in 1982, while returning to her native Surrey from her newly adopted Donegal.
Robert M. Pirsig war von 1954 bis 1978 mit Nancy Ann James verheiratet. 1956 wurde sein Sohn Chris, 1958 sein zweiter Sohn Theodore geboren. 1978 heiratete er seine zweite Frau und zog nach England. Chris wurde 1979 auf offener Straße bei einem Überfall erstochen. 1981 wurde Robert M. Pirsigs Tochter Nell geboren.
01.07.1997 - 25.02.1998
von Deutschland nach USA
Bernd Tesch.Motorcycle-WORLD-Travel-Expert. It is free for you to read this and learn out of it. It is not
allowed to take off or to publish any information of this without written permission
of Bernd Tesch. This all is a part of the books in work "Süd-Amerika Motorrad-Reisen"
= South-America Motorcycle-Travels. ISBN 3-9800099-4-7 and "Nord-Amerika
Motorrad-Reisen" = North-America Motorcycle-Travels. ISBN 3-9800099-4-9
Die unteren Daten müßten eigentlich alle oben enthalten sein. Sie stammen aus einer älteren website von mir über North-America.
Wenn ich Zeit habe werde ich die unteren kontrollieren, ob sie oben drin sind. Und dann unten löschen.
Macaluso, Giorgio (Swiss)
+ Canada - Alaska - Mexiko - Canada. Girgio rode solo 37.000 km in four months with BMW R100 GS. With several motorcycles Giorgio rode in total 320.500 km.
Purpose of travel: Der Gwunder trieb mich in die Welt
Highlights: Alle Kontakte mit den Leuten in den Länder und das Entdecken, daß wir - so verschieden wir sind - doch immer Gleich sind.
The worst: In Israel wurde ich in der Nähe von Gaza bestohlen: Motorradjacke und 50% des Werkzeugs. En riesieger Verlust, wenn die Reise noch 2 Monate gehen soll.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: .Gutes Material der Ausrüstung, das zuhause eingehend vorher im Winter und unter der Dusche getestet werde sollte. Gute Unterlagen. Realistische bewegliche Reise-Routen.
1986 2 Wochen. Europa: .Schweiz - Deutschland - Frankreich with Suzuki RV 125 3000 km.
1986 5 Wochen. Europa: Schweiz - Östereich Tschechien - Ungarn Schweiz mit Honda 125 .5.000 km
1987 3 Monate. Europa + N-Afrika. Schweiz - Italien - Griechenland - Israel - Sinai - Ägypten - Italien - Schweiz mit Jamaha XT 600. 8000 km.
1988 6 Wochen. Europa. Schweiz - Italien - Griechenland - Türkei - Rodos - Italien Schweiz mit MW GS 80 ca. 7500 km.
1989 3 Monate Europa + N-Afrika. Schweiz - Frankreich - Andorra - Spanien - Marokko - Algerien - Tunesien - Frankreich - Schweiz mit 11.000 km.
1990 1 Monate: Europa. Schweiz - Italien - Sizilien - Malta - Italien - Schweiz BMW GS 80 5500
1992 1 Monat: Asien. Indonesien - Bali mit Suzuki 3500 km.
1993 4 Monate: Nord-Amerika. Canada - Alaska (Prudoe Bay) - Mexiko - Canada mit BMW R100 GS. 37.000 km
1995 1 Monat: Europa. Schweiz - Deutschland - Belgien - Dänemark - Färörer Island - Dänemark - Deutschland - Schweiz miz BMW R100 GS 3000 km.
1996 1 Monat: Europa. Schweiz - Deutschalnd - Dänemark - Schweden - Finland - Schweden - Deutschland - Schweiz mit BMW R100 GS 7000 km.
1997 2 Wochen Europa. Schweiz - Frankreich - England - Frankreich - Schweiz mit BMW R100 GS 4000 km.
2000 1 Monat Europa: Schweiz - Deutschalnd - Dänemark - Schweden - Finland - Schweden - Deutschland - Schweiz mit BMW R100 GS 8000 km.
Dazwischen X Reisen in Italien Frankreich Deutschland
Auch habe ich 5 USA Reisen mit Camper Auto und Ruchsack gemacht. Auch Seltene Gebiete Neufundland....Grönland , griechische Inseln, Norwegen, Holland, Tunesien, Malaisia, und weitere europäische Länder aber nicht mit dem Motorrad
Also neben den Motorradreisen habe ich traditionell per Flugzeug eine Tour rund um die Welt Gemacht: Schweiz - Island - USA - Hawaii Neuseland - Australien - Singapore - Malasia - Indonesien - Schweiz
Die Gesamten Killometer von ca 330.500 km zählen sich aus den km-Zählstände der Motorräder:
Kilometer mit eigenen Motorrädern: Susuki 23.000 km. Honda 32.000 km. Jamaha XT 65.000 km .BMW R 80 GS 92.000 km. BMW R100 GS 115,000 km. Mit gemietetem Motorrad Jamaha 3.500 km.
25.02.1996 First contact.
27.03.2002 1st answer: Infiziert binn ich schon seit Langem und werde diese Krankheit auch nich Heilen können und wollen. Der "Virus Motorrad Reisen" ist auch so Speziel das ich Ihn auch nicht vermissen möchte.
17.10.1993 - 04.11.1996 Alaska-Feuerland
Sbampato, Thomas and Petra (Ketelsen, heute Sbampato. Schweizer) http://www.sbampato.ch
Drei Jahre lang erforschten der freischaffende Fotograf Thomy und die Lehrerin und Schriftstellerin Petra mit einer BMW R 100 GS den amerikanischen Kontinent. Alaska - Feuerland: 120.000 km. Hielten Dia-Vorträge. Vermutlich längste Alaska-Feuerland-Tour.
Sbampato, Thomas and Björn Würmli
??.05. - ??.09.1982 4 Monate Europa mit Yamaha 125 DT. 20.000 km.
Sbampato, Thomas und Petra Ketelsen:
17.10.1989 - 11.10.1990 1 Jahr Nord und Central Amerika mit einer Kawasaki KLR 650. 50.000 km.
Route: Florida - Kalifornien - Panama - Florida mit einigen Abstechern in verschiedene Nationalparks wie Arches, Grand Canyon, Bryce usw.
Our highlights: Dass wir am Ende der Reise uns so gut verstanden, daß wir beschlossen zusammenzubleiben und heirateten.
The worst: Wir gerieten in Nicaragua zwischen die Fronten der Contras und den Sandinisten. Schüsse, Schreie, Tote, Kampfhelikopter. Das wir aus der Situation lebend herauskamen war absoluter Zufall.
Petra und Thomas Sbampato
17.10.1993 - 04.11.96 Feuerland - Alaska mit einer BMW R 100 GS. 120.000 kms.
Route: Alle Länder Amerikas bis auf die drei Guayanas.
Highlights: Die Leute am Wegesrand, die uns in scheinbar ausweglosen Situationen immer wieder neuen Mut gaben und weiterhalfen.
The worst: Es gab einige schlimme Situationen, aber der Überfall nachts in unserem Zimmer in Mexiko, wo ich beinahe mein rechtes Auge verlor, gehörte bestimmt zu den schlimmsten Erlebnissen. Mein Schneidezahn wackelt heute noch davon.
Book or Publikation: Magazine wie das Globetrotter-Magazin Schweiz. Motorradmagazin Schweiz. Gegen hundert Tageszeitungen in der Schweiz und Süddeutschland. In der zweiten Jahreshälfte 2000 erscheint die Reportage im Motorrad - Magazin Deutschland.
Info: Zwei CD´s und eine CD - ROM Feuerland - Alaska. Die CD-ROM ist mit Wort, Bild und Musik. Buch von Petra geplant. Bestellbar bei Thomas Sbampato oder Bernd Tesch.
02.2000 1st Info by MOTORRAD 4/2000
31.05.2000 1st contact
17.06.1995 - 24.09.1995 100 days
Gagnon, Dee (American) http://www.deegagnon.com
USA. The woman Dee (35) rode solo over the backroads of U.S.A. for 100 days, on her 1986 Honda Interceptor 500, covering more than 17,000 miles.
Route: Dee explored, ate and slept (usually camping) in 38 States, with no planned agenda. The adventures she encountered, obstacles overcome, and fine people she met along the way inspired her to share her story with others, by writing a book, published July 2000.
Highlights: Ten of the same questions were asked everywhere she went. Number One question was "Aren't you afraid?" Others were, "All by yourself ? What if you break down? What do you for work, that you can just take off this way?" and the dumbest "You rode it all the way here?"
The worst part: Crashing.
Book: "Dee Tours". Publisher. Pegasus Publishing. USA. Ssoftbound, 6 x 9 inches, 464 hefty pages with color and b/w photos, jam packed full of adventures. Takes the reader on a journey of road and spirit. Unique observations about life, the world around us, and the strength of a woman, who thinks of herself as just the girl next door. The book is only available from Dee.
21.08.2000 First information by Dal Smile.
01.07.1997 - 25.02.1998
Bausenhart, Werner Ph.D. DM 38,90 www.??
"8 Around the Americas on a Motorcycle." English. 240 pp. 23 b +w fotos, 1 map. 47,543 miles (=76.069km)
The German Werner (living in Canada) rode around North and South America after he retired. He wrote a book with a day-to-day account of a trip by BMW R 100 GSPD from Ontario, Canada, to Prudhoe Bay (Alaska) to Ushuaia
(Tierra del Fuego, Argentina), and back to Canada. It gives an insight into matters specific to motorcycle adventure
travel: the documents required, the maintenance of the bike, road and riding conditions as they affect the motorcyclist, border crossings, transporting the bike by air freight, and accommodation and security for bike and rider. An appendix lists exact distances, and the names of secure campgrounds and hotels. The travelogue includes conversations with many of the fellow travellers Bausenhart met along the route. The book also touches on more personal questions. How does the family-oriented traveller obtain a leave of absence from a significant other who hates motorcycles? How does one overcome one's own fear of the unknown? The writer demonstrates that anyone with a strong desire to do so can indulge in motorcycle adventure travel. All that is required is a reliable
motorcycle, a bit of money, and a lot of time. Appendix: Route with kms, camping places and hotels.
Tour North America: 01.07.1997 - 21.08.97 28,864 Miles. Canada - U.S.A (Alaska) - Canada - U.S.A (Oregon - California) - Mexico - U.S.A (Texas - Florida - New York) - Canada.
Tour: South America: 20.10.1997-02.02.1998. 37,038 miles. Canada - U.S.A - Mexico - Guatemala - El Salvador -
Honduras - Nicaragua- Costa Rica - Panama - Colombia - Venezuela - Brazil - Paraguay - Argentina - Chile - Argentina - Chile - Bolivia - Peru - Bolivia - Peru - Ecuador - Colombia.
Tour: Central America and Mexico: 03.02.98 - 25.02.98. 47,543-37,090 =10.453 miles Panama - Costa Rica -
Nicaragua - Honduras - Guatemala - Belize - Mexico - U.S.A - Canada.
Book: His private published book in English is available from Bernd Tesch after 25th of May 2000: "8 Around Americas".
18.02.1999 + 140 days in 1999
Johannes, Jan (German) no www.
USA. Canada. Mexico. The medicine student Jan (30) rode first time solo out of Europe: 140 days with a BMW 100 GS/PD in NAmerika. 43.000 kms with four sets of tires.
Route: Germany - flew to USA (N.Y.) with bike. Planned original to circle around N.Y. and then to ride to Canada. Because Jan never was very organised concerning weather he changed his plan and rode 3 days in snow south to warmer Florida - New Orleans - Houston - San Diego - Baja California/Mexico. Because of problems with gearbox Jan returned to
BMW-dealer in San Diego. From San Franzisco he made a 14 days tour by a wohnmobil with his parents through the region of Grand Canyon. Because he liked this area so much he started again with his BMW via Parks Sequoria and Yosemiti.
But the snow wanted HIM to wait there... Continueing to Death Valley to Grand Canyon it rained or snowed the next 14 days all the time. In Lake Tahoe he only wanted to relax two days but the snow came again. So he skied 1st of may there. In the Redwoods (Westcost) his battery did not work any longer - Salt Lake City - Yellowstone-NP. The street through the
South of the Park was just opend again because of snow. So he followed it. Because the snow came back again he only could safed by others. Further to the north until the border of Canada and return to Vancouver where he wanted to meet his girlfriend for 14 days. But she decided not to meet him and flew to Alaska. So Jan decided to ride to Vancouver-Island - Whistler - Dawson-Creek to Alaska. On the Alaska-Highway he rode one day 1.500 kms in 15 hours to Whitehorse. He
tried to leave the Yukon via the top-of-the-world-highway. But in Dawson-City his rear tire broke and a new one had to be flown it. When he reached finally Alaska he had two weeks holiday with his girl-friend Angela. Again with continueally rain: By ferry from Skagway to Prince Ruppert. From here he had only 14 days to ride back 10.000 kms via Toronto (here he had one of the hottest days of the last centuries) N.Y. Back by plane to Germany.
Best: The most streets are really bouring, but the many, many Nationalparks were really big highlights. I have been in 90% of the US-NParks. The infrastructure in USA and Canada is perfekt. You can get the feeling of being alone somewhere in the wilderness too. Mexico I liked very much because of their lifestyle.
The worst: Heaving problems with gearbox in Baja California. The BMW-rack crashed in Death Valley "riding off road". My batterie did not work any more in Redwoods. My carburator was leaking 10.000 kms back through Canada. Had to pay 140 Canadian dollars because of watching the landscape and not my speedometer...
Infos: In North America are very big distances. So for me it was normal to ride beween 400-1200 kms in one day. But I rode this distances only once or twice a week. After I reached a new nice place then I rode only a few kilometers a days. Very relaxing without all the package. Another problem for me was the speedlimits on those big distances. But I was
lucky because I was stopped only 5 times and had to pay only ones. I did not have to pay my parking tickest because the police-officers do not know from which country the numberplate is. Most expensive have been the rough roads in USA, because you need a lot of tires: My first two pairs of tires have been run down after 3.000 kms already an after 5.000 kms they were like slices. In Germany the same tire is good for 12.000 kms (Metzeler Enduro 3). Later I used US-MILAGE-ENDURO-TIRES (Avon). They worked until they broke in the Youkon.The best tires were the same new METZLER-ENDURO-MILAGE-TIRES (25.000 kms). But these tires are very hard and are not allowed in Germany. These tires are not really good for off road. But I only rode about ca. 5000 kms off road in Mexico, Alaska and in some US-National-Parks.
21.03. - 02.12.1999
Kleiner, Verena (Baden Baden, Germany, born 19.09.1978) and Cyril Gaehler (Zurich, Switzerland, born 06.05.1978)
North America. USA (NY) - Canada - Alaska - USA (NY). Verena and Cyril rode 14.000 miles in 9 months in north America. One funny thing is how we met : Verena tried to find a female travel partner to travel the panamericana with a scooter ! She did everything but no one responded. She then record a radio interview. Cyril just came back from a trip from the southern pacific. While fixing the car he did listen to the radio and called up right away. They have met only 7 times before they left together .
Cyril's was looking for the bike HONDA Africa Twina but there was no way to get one in the USA. So he bought a Honda Transalp XLV600 in NY which was finally a wonderful bike. Verena bought a Kawasaki KLX 650 in Los Angeles ( Cyril cannot recommend that bike for such a trip).
Route: By plane from Switzerland (Basel) to USA (New York. We had the order to drive two Caravans to Los Angeles and back until end of April - then by bikes along the shore Connecticut - Rhode Island - Boston MA - through Maine direction Canada - New Brunswick - Halifax in Nova Scotia. Friends came to Halifax and so wie drove two weeks in a rented car. Then by bikes: New Foundland - Prince Edward Island - Quebec - Montreal - Toronto - Ottawa in Ontario - Manitoba - Winniepeg in Saskatchewan. The streets always go straight and we were happy to see a tiny curve. Off the civilisation to La Ronge in the northern part, back down to Saskatoon and towards Calgary into the Rockies - Banff - Jasper. Wonderful road but too many tourists. End of august we headed up north (made a loop to Steward and Hyder in Alaska) - direction Watson Lake YT (there we met Dutch RTW-Traveller Peter Theuwissen). Whitehorse - Dawson City 777 km gravel road one way to Inuvik in the North West Territories and back to Dawson.
We crossed all states of Canada from east to west and then made it to Alaska, entering via the Top of the World Hwy to Chicken and Tok.
This has been at 2nd of october and nobody dared to ride to Alaska. But we went on to already closed Denali NP - Anchorage. Three days ferry from Skagway to Birmingham just next Seattle. By bike to Vancouver. Here we worked until we had an order to drive two van to New York. Unfortunately our trip and our relationship ended after a wonderful experience in Dec 99 in New York, the place were everything started.
Purpose of travel: We originally planed to go to Alaska then the Panamericana down to Chile. Unfourtenately we run out of cash ever we have been working on our way.
Highlights: lifestyle / Indian Summer / The Dempster Highway (from Dawson City YT to Inuvik NWT.). Alaska without tourists (everybody is supposed to be out of Alaska by the end of september, we arrived in October). The east cost mentality in Nova Scotia. The Maine lobsters. Price Edward Island.
The worst: Get stuck in snow and mud after a 12 hour horror day (110 miles), fighting with the bike in the freezing cold of the arctic fall.
Book or publication: none
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....contact or visit me - you are always welcome
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... No big ones.
10.06.2002 1st contact.
10.08.1999 - 16.03.2000
Mannes, Dorith und Helmut Zitzlaff no www.
Canada. USA. Mexico. Dorith (BMW F 650 ST) and Helmut (BMW R 80) rode 30.000 kms in 3 different countries.
Route: USA (N.Y.) - Canada (Montreal - Quebec - Prince Edward Island - New Foundland - Nova Scotia - USA - Niagara Falls - Toronto) - USA (Chigaco - Route 66 to Santa Monica - Death Valley - St. Diego) - Mexico (Baja California -
Mazantas - Playa Azul - Mexico City) - Cuba (5 weeks without motorcycle) - Mexico (Mexico City - Oaxaca - San Christobal de las Casas - Tapachula - Yukatan - Villahermosa) - USA (Texas - Miami) - by plane back to Germany.
Highlights: : Daytona Beach "Bike Week" with 500.000 bikers. Chiapas. Route 66.
The Worst: Topez in Mexico (road bumps). A theft at night out of the hotel room.
Earlier experiences: Before I (Dorith) got my own motorcycle-license I road with Helmut Zitlaff as a pillion rider a always six weeks in: Europe Northafrica (Tunesia, Algeria, Morokko), Australia, Alaska, Canada, USA. Our plan to ride with two motorcycles for one year in North America ended up after 6 months.
31.04. - 15.07.2000
Freitag, Enrico (German) www. under construction
USA. Enrico (28) rode solo in 2,5 months in USA from East to West, from South to North with Kawasaki VN 800 Classic, 20.000 kms.
Motorcycle by ship from Germany to Orlando / Florida in January. I flew in april and picked it up. This was organized from "Knopf-Motorradreisen", Heidelberg/Germany ( No problems for a good price: 2.500,-DM for moto-transport Germany - Orlando per ship and L.A. - Germany per airplane, incl. tax and customs). I flew back from L.A. without bike. Bike came 1 week later via aircraft.
Route: Florida - rode West on the coast to Jackson/Mississippi along the "Natches Trace Pkwy" - across the "Chattahooche
Nat. Forest" and "Great Smoky Mountains" along the "Blue Ridge Pkwy" to "Shenandoah Nat.Park" Washington D.C - "Niagara Falls" - Canada (above the "Great Lakes") - back in USA to Milwaukee - 1.600 km straigth ahead to west - "Badlands Nat. Park" - "Black Hills" - south to Chimney Rock - Nebraska - Denver/Colorado - across the "Rocky´s" to "Arches Nat.Park" - "Canyonlands" - "Monument Valley" - "Bryce" and "Zion" in Utah - Arizona ("Grand Canyon") on the Road "66" - California - "Joshua Tree Park" - San Diego (Mexican border and Pacific Ocean) - Las Vegas/ Nevada - Death Valley (realy dry) - "Sequoia Nat. Park" - "Kings Canyon" - "Yosemite Valley" - "Ghosttown" Bodie (20 mls north on "Mono Lake") - Bridgeport and "Biker-Meeting" - San Francisco - Pacific-Hwy. No.1 - L.A.
Highlights: Too much for a short report, but take this... freedom, wind, dust, stars, fire, natural arches, friendly people and new friends, (and last but not least) inexpensive gas.
The Worst: Cold weather in Canada (5- 8°C). A plenty of sweet food.
23.06.2000 1st contact with Tina (Harley-Girl from Germany on tour in USA, she lives and drives there 9 month)
1998 Partcipant of the Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers.
20.05.2000 - ?
Spittel, Tini und Lars (Germans)
Plan Alaska - Tierra del Fuego. Both riding on one HONDA Africa Twin.
Route: USA - Canada - Alaska - all the way to Panama
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