Women Mc Travels
World Around Traveller

Important to read at first:

After 44 years - on 18th.09.2014 - I decided to stop my researches on: "How were all continents discovered 1885-2014 by motorcycle-travellers?" The reason is that I have been sitting with all my passion behind the computers and reading books and articles for years day and night to come to the knowledge of these sites.
I am still full of other ideas including some travels. Also I want to move a bit more for my health instead of sitting too long behind the computer.

You can use all information for yourself. If you use infos and fotos for any other reason like publications please know, that there is still Copyright on all of it by myself and others.

I am German. I did my best to write most in English. If I missed some ,,,,,,,,, please take some of these and put them on the right place (Churchill)!

Bye Bernd Tesch. Village Hammer in forest EIFEL / Germany / United Europe / Multiversum.

Persönliche Hilfe war erbeten:

Grafik Min Tesch

Tesch Neuseeland- und Australien-Reise:

Suche Neuseeland und Australien-Infos von Kennern dort.

Mein Sohn Min Tesch möchte mit seiner Frau und ihren zwei Jungs zwei Monate Neuseeland bereisen. Anschließend drei Wochen individuell in Australien reisen.
New Zealand: Sie starten am 14.01.2023 in Neuseeland in Christchurch  und beenden ihre NZ-Reise am 12.03.2023 in Auckland.
Kennst du dort Neuseeländer oder Australier, die die Teschs unterstützen würden, ein Wohnmobil-Fahrzeug / Caravan / Reisefahrzeug in Christchurch und Sydney privat oder offiziell zu mieten oder zu kaufen?
Oder Menschen, die sich über einen Besuch einer deutschen Familie freuen würden? 

: Anschließend möchten die Teschs drei weitere Wochen in Australien rund um Sydney reisen. Sie landen am 12.03.2023 in Sydney und fliegen am 02.04.2023 von Sydney über Singapur wieder nach Deutschland. Auch in Sydney suchen sie ein Wohnmobil.
Kannst du helfen?
Schön wäre es, wenn du in der Nähe von Köln für ein persönliches Gespräch mit der Min-Tesch-Familie wohnst.
Antworten bitte an mit CC an .
Danke sagt Vater Bernd Tesch mit herrlichen Grüßen aus dem Paradies im Dorf Hammer / EIFEL-Wald / Germany

Last update: 19.12.2023+ 15.12.2023+ 28.11.2023+ 29.08.2023+ 05.08.2023 + 13.07.2023 + 10.06.2023 + 08.03.2023 + 03.12.2022 + 18.10.2022
You are on this site: 2016-2030.html
Australia. Australien by motorcycle

This chapters below you can NOT see here at the moment: 10Bi-1980.html
10 bi-1900 Australia
1901-1950 Australia
1951-1970 Australia
1971-1980 Australia

This chapters below you can see here: 1981-2000.html
1981-1990 Australia
1991-1994 Australia
1995-2000 Australia

This chapters below you can see here: 2001-2015.html
2001-2004 Australia
2005-2010 Australia
2011-2015 Australia

This chapters below you can see here: 2016-2030.html
2016-2030 Australia in 2014
Ohne Rand mit Hilfe von Stephan Hahnel

Australia and New Zeland - Motorcycle - Travels / Adventures

= Australien- und Neuseeland Motorrad-Reisen (German)

Welcome on this site!
Bem Vindo ! Benvenuti ! Bien Venido ! Bienavenue ! Bom Bini ! Dobrodosli ! Huan yin (CN) ! Namaste ! Tanastalink ! Välkommen (S) ! Velkommen (N) ! Welkom !  Willkommen (G) ! Bienvenue (F) !
Do you know this in other languages?

DID you see the "Yowie" yesterday?
Everybody is looking since years for the monster "Yowie" in Australia....

How to see and print out (free of charge) or to buy maps for your mc-tour ?
See a good view for all continents or countries at:

< Bernd Tesch in Australia 2004-2005

Copyright 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
GLOBETROTT-ZENTRALE Bernd TESCH. Grünentalstr. 31, 52152 Simmerath-Hammer, Germany. Tel 0049(0)2473-938686. website:

contact: copy please

Tasmania. A very good view from satelits. This is made with digitaltechnique out of many different fotos.
You can buy this as cards, artificial prints or poster from the producer: Claudius Diemer, owner of

Australia, Tasmania and New Zeland - Motorcycle - Travels / Adventures

= Australien- und Neuseeland Motorrad-Reisen (German)

Summaries of motorcycle-travellers riding
1. Overland from Europe to Australia and New Zealand
2. Overland from Australia or New Zealand
3. In and around Australia and New Zealand

For the part overland from Europe to India / Nepal / Singapore see Asia as well

First list in Internet about "Australia-Motorcycle-Travels". A part of this you find already published since 02.1998. (> >NEWS).  Start of this list in Internet: 28.05.2000 (> >Englisch or German version>countries or Staaten>Australia). I would be grateful if you could help to keep this update ! So far you find many language and grammar mistakes inside because of lack of time. Pardon. Will be corrected and updated with more travellers in future.

Bernd Tesch has been travelling in Australia / Tasmania 14.000 kms until 2000 himself. But much more important is that he knows a lot of Australia-Motorcycle-Travellers himself. He is working in this field since 1970. In this times I had to write letters and to phone or to visit the World-Around-Travellers to get contact / informations. Later Fax helped. In 1991 I visited the most famous motorcycle-travellers in Denmark, in 1993 in Britain, in 1994 in USA, in 1999/ 2000 in Australia and in between many in Europe (France, Germany, Netherland, Switzerland). Many of  famous Australia Motorcycle Travellers have been at my yearly Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers in april yearly. I own the largest archive of  oveland to Australia-Travellers and Around Australia Travellers. Especially I am as well best  informed the history: "Discovering Australia by Motorcycle in 100 years 1900 -2000". In 2000 Bernd Tesch is preparing an article about this. In 02.1998 I started in internet to publish informations about Motorcycle-World-Travellers

To find all this and all my activities was a "life-long job" and cost me a lot of money. Since many years I am working in a two new book called "Australien-Motorrad-Reisen = Australia Motorcycle Travels" and "Australien Motorrad Abenteuer" = Australia Motorcycle Adventures. Nearly all books about "Australia by Motorcycle" which have been published until 1994 are published in my in German written, but very international understandable book called "Motorrad-Abenteuer-Touren" (432 pp, 500 pictures / drawings. About 264 Motorcyle World-Tours. ISBN 3-9800099-55-5. DM 38.90). I own all this books in all languages.

I am very grateful to all the individuals who knew that I am working in this field. They informed me worldwide by sending letters, later faxes and emails since 1994 about World-Around-Travellers. Without their help I could not get to this level. This internet-list had to be done very quick, because I did not have enough time. So please give me your "pardon" that there are mistakes inside of the informations and a lot in my language. At least you will never have seen such a huge collection of informations.

If there is shown "Book:" under the traveller and you want to read / order this you can check if it is still available: >> >> German or English version >> Bestelliste or order. If you find this book there you can order it. I offer about 183 international available Motorcycle-TRAVEL-Books for sale.

If you are a Australia-Motorcycle-Traveller or plan to do this or "on the road" already or know anyone who is not listed here, please send my any details, addresses, publications, homepages and most important: best pictures.

PLEASE give me at first a complete view like this EXAMPLE in this STILE in English:
01.10.2010 - 27.10.2011
Sven Müller (German, born ??.??.19??)   your http://www.???
+ Australia. Solo Australia with BMW R 100 GS. 50.000 kms. Rode together with Susan Smith (British) who rode a HONDA 500 XL.
Purpose of the tour: ??
Route: Europe 12.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey ....) - Asia 15.000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal. Bike solo by plane to Singapure. I flew to Singapure. Malaysia - Thailand - back to Singapure). - Australia 16.000 kms (I flew together with bike to Darwin. Around  Australia 16.000 kms. Or offer names like: Darwin - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney ...) - North-America (I flew with bike to Los Angeles. LA - New York) - Africa - Europe (Bike by ship to Netherlands / Amsterdam - Germany / Cologne).
The best: I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship of  Turkey people. invitation by Pakistani. Climbing the Himalayas........)
The worst: I got Malaria in Nairobi. Attack of soldiers with weapons in Iran.....)...
Important useful informations for others:...
Book or publication (about your tour):...

Overland to, in and around Australia by Motorcycle

How to inform about your own motorcycle tour overland Europe > Australia or in Australia easyly ?
Who has been traveling overland to Australia or in Australia already ?

1. You can read this website carefully free of charge. It is a Bernd Tesch-Service.
It is the worldwide largest view about "Australian-Motorcycle-Travellers".

2. You can come to the "worldwide oldest and largest Motorcyle Meeting for WORLD-Travellers". There you find about 300 Motorcycle-WORLD-Travellers including those guys and girls who have been there or plan to travel there.

3. You can buy books about motorcycle- travelling in Australia

4. If you plan to travel to Australia or in Australia visit Bernd Tesch for Beratung or Recommendation.
The advantage for you would be that you can get all information from one person with >30 years of experience in Motorcycle-WORLD-Travelling. And you can speak about the equipment you need and buy this from Bernd Tesch.

5. In any case please send me your plan or experienec-overview about your Autralia-Plan like example "Müller" below". THis overview possibly could even help you to get information about your tour and contacts.

How to organise a flight to Australia easy and cheaply??
Wenn man sich per websites erkundigt, enthält man unterschiedliche Auskünfte, aber die Größenordnung dürfte stimmen. Es gibt ca. 400 Airlines und davon fliegen ca. 30 nach Australien. Der Preis richtet sich nach der Saison. Im eurpäischen Sommer ist in Australien Winter (und zum Teil Regenzeiten) und deshalb sind die Flüge preiswerter. Die australische Airlines Qantas bietet in dieser Zeit Angebote mit Flügen hin ud zurück für € 999,00. Im europäischen Winter ist die australische Saison und dieselben Flüge werden viel teurer. Die presiwertesten Economy-Flüge liegen dann um € 1200-1300 per Person für Hin- und Rückflug.
Wie findet man den eigenen passenden und besonders preiswertesten Flug zunächst einmal herraus ??? Es gibt jede Menge websites über welche man sich eine Übersicht verschaffen kann. EINE davon ist ? Natürlich kann man bei diesen websites auch buchen.
Die Flügzeit von Deutschland nach Australien / Melbourne beträgt ca. 22-24 Stunden. Es gut dort bereits ein Zimmer zum Ausschlafen zu haben !

Eine andere Information ist die eigene Erfahrung mit Airlines. Patricia und Bernd Tesch sind 1999 - 2000 mit
EMIRATES Airlines geflogen.
Wir wußten damals nicht viel von dieser Airline und haben sie zunächst ausgewählt wegen der guten Preise. Wir waren dann erstaunt zu erfahren, wieviele Auszeichnungen diese Fluglinie laut offiziellen Umfragen hat und dass sie danach zu den allerbesten Fluglinien der Welt gehörte und noch gehört. Wir können diese Linie nur bestens weiter empfehlen. Zusätzlich mußte man ein Visum für die Vereinigten Emirate haben und in der sehr interessanten "hochmodernen Wüstenstadt Dubai" mindestens eine Nacht übernachten. Von Dubai ging es dann über Singapur mit kurzem Zwischenstop nach Melbourne. Trotz dieser Zusatzkosten war die Airline preiswert und super gut im Service.

How to organise a flight to and a bike in Australia easy and cheaply together??

Kurt Weidner   BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA Kurt Weidner is not the owner anymore.
Australia +  USA +  Canada    Organised Tours + Buyback (Mietkauf) + Rental (Verleih)
The German Kurt offered as the first firm since 1982 organised Motorcycle-Tours in Australia. In the meantime you can book organised Motorcyle- Tours in Australia, USA and Canada, rent / buy / buyback motorcycles / cars. His firm name worldwide is BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA. In Germany the same firm is known as TRAVEL ACTION as well. You can get more information about mc-tours by his homepage  You can order prospects of his tours by email in Germany: In Australia:  or  Address: TRAVEL ACTION Kurt Weidner. Einsiedeleiweg 16. D-57399 Kirchhunden. Tel. 02764-7824. Fax: 02764-7938. The Dutch woman Evelyn speaks German, English and Dutch.

Kurt owned up to 50 Motorcycles YAMAHA XT 600 E in Australia. Each months they start an organised mc-tour for three weeks. One enduro-tour is five weeks. The areas in Australia are different concerning to the climate. In total they ride eight different routes. As well the difficulties are from just hard-road-tours to expeditions. This camping-tours are accompanied by a leader in a service-car, who takes your luggage and buys the food.  Normally this is always smiling and very experienced Hardy. If you have friends who would not like to ride a mc (sometimes women like this) but accompany you there are always two seats available in the leader-car. Minimum for each tour are three motorcycles, maximum are about 10 normally. "On the road" you can go yourself with your own speed or in a small group and the car will come behind you and meet you in the evening. So in reality you have a lot of freedom as if you would travel alone. They could organise the flight with Quantas or Singapure-Airlines for you as well. Flight costs depend on the season and are about DM 2000 to DM 2300 both ways. Because of the season in Australia most customers book tours between october and march.

As well interested for you is that Kurt offers bikes and cars for your individual tour as well. For short tours he asks for one XT 600 E  $ Au 65/day or only $ Au 1950 as long as six months (1 $ Au is about DM 1,06). This is extremly sheap, because one flight with your own motorcycle will cost you more than to rent his motorcycle up to six month.  You can get more informations about how to rent a bike for yourself:  homepage:

The reason that inform you about Kurts firm so detailed is that we help each other: Kurt offered in 18.08.98 Bernd Tesch and Patricia Govers two YAMAHA XT 600 E for our  Round-Australia / Tasmania tour 25.10.1999 - 26.01.2000. We had no problems with both YAMAHA XT 600 E. I think that these are very good bikes for Autralia. You can ride with comfort on the long sealed road and are able to ride off-road everywhere. If you would have any problems with the bikes you can call his firm by Tel and handy. Seeing personally his firm we liked very much his and Hardys personal handling of his customers. So you are very well "personally protected" during your trip.

If you want to travel by mc / car in Australia with an organised tour or as an individualist I can recommed his firm very well. Especially if you just have 2-6 weeks holiday do NOT bring your own bike to Australia. You will save a lot of trouble here and in Australia organising all this AND will save a lot of money. Just relax: Fly to Australia (Melbourne), get your bike there, have fun riding in Australia, return the bike and fly back. All together very easy and cheap.

How to ship a travel by bike from Australia to NZ or GB or the other way?
If you can arrange to ship your bike in special times of David this probaly will help you to save a lot of money!
David Milligan. Boss of firm Superbike & Grand Prix World Tours. Event Specialists Exclusively for Motorcyclists the Aussie & NZ Isle of Man TT Festival specialists & Bike Shippers to NZ & UK/Europe. P.O.Box 167, Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039, Australia. Ph/fax + (61 3) 9331 0947 Mobile Ph. 0412 689 849. Email:
David started in 1996 to take Australian motorcyclists to World Superbike and MotoGP race meetings in Europe. But now it has been evolved into a business which ships (by shipping container) Australian registered motorcycles for their owners to go touring in New Zealand and the UK/Europe. We put 20 bikes in one container and unload them at our destination (Christchurch in New Zealand and Ipswich in England) so our clients can go touring for 1 month in New Zealand during the southern summer and 3 months in UK/Europe during the northern summer. We also take 1 tour each year with clients (on their bikes shipped to England) which includes England, Wales, Ireland, Scotland and the Isle of Man (for the TT Festival). This tour is for 43 days and all accommodation (B&B) is included.


Luis Kepplinger. 2016. Noch vor der Abreise.

01.02.2016 - ??.??.2017

Luis Kepplinger ( German, born 09.04.1996 )
- Plan: Germany- Australia. Luis plans a tour solo overland from Germany to Australia with a Honda Africa Twin XRV750 RD07 (departure 87.000 km).
Purpose: Fun. Meeting nice people. To collect experiences. To oberserve nature. To come possibly to my to limits. To find myself. To collect experiences with motorcycles as one of the youngest travelling alone through Europe and Asia to Australia.
Route: Europe appr. 4.500km (Germany- Austria- Italy-Albania- Greece-Turkey. Asia appr. 18.000km (Iran- Pakistan- India- Myanmar- Laos-Vietnam- Kambodscha- Thailand- Malaysia- Indonesia- Timor-Leste).  Australien km unknown because my route is not plant so far (appr. 5.000-8.000km). Flight back Australia > Gerrmany in 1 year.
Highlights: ??
The worst: ??
Earlier experiences: No.
Publication: On my website you see during my travel all infos.
09.01.2015 First summary
09.01.2015 First request for update
09.01.2016 Last summary.
06.07.2016 Luis scheint in Nepal festzuhängen, weill ein neues thailändische Gesetz besagt, dass man in Thailand nicht mit ausländischem Kennzeichen reisen draf. Um Update seines Blocks gebeten.
30.01.2019: Luis erbitte Update. Mit Digi-Karte und 3 der besten digi-Fotos in hoher Qualität.

  2020. Cathrin in Australia.- R: 2017. Cathrin on her overland Mongolia-Motorcycle-Tour.

2020. Cathrin in Australia.

2020. Map of "Cats" mc-tour 1990-2020

09.02.2019 - 04.07.2020

Cathrin Altenbach (German. *01.1981)
+ Australia. Cathrin planned to travel by motorcycle one year in Australia. But she lived and travelled there 16 months.
Purpose: Cathrin bought -as planned- in Albany in Australia a used SUZUKI DR 650 from a private person and registerd and insured it easyly in Perth (WA). Then she started travelling the red continent. During her trip she worked as Workaway for food and accomodation. Cathrin had a one year tourist visa and wanted to travel as far as her money will take her.
She quit her job and appartment and was curious to find out how it feels to travel with no material bonds and no deadline.
I am also curious to visit the huge red continent and it´s relaxed people.
Info: "Travelling with no material bond and deadline turned out to be quite joyful. Instead of one year, after 17 months in Australia I am truly in love with the country and its people. Although I have to leave soon, I am already planning my next trip. Due to Covid-19 I was not able to finalize my trip and I want to come back to travel the west coast of Australia as well as the Simpson Desert.”
Route (so far): I started from Perth (WA) to head south east along the southern coastline. From Norseman I crossed the famous Nullarbor Plain direction west to east to meet friends in the Flinders Ranges. From there, we headed north to meet more friends and visit Uluru / Ayers Rock and some other close by sightseeing spots. With my good friend Brian, with whom I travelled in 2017 already, I continued on to Cairns region. The last few weeks I have been travelling from there down towards Brisbane crisscrossing between the coast and inland areas.

- “After visiting the Horizons Unlimited Meeting in Boonah (near Brisbane) in May 2019 I continued my travels on the eastern half of the Australian Continent. 38.000 kilometers have taken me far in to the Outback, enjoying the desert landscape and remote areas of central Australia. I have been to Tasmania where I had a beer in the southernmost pub of the country and enjoyed the beautiful lush green landscapes after weeks in the dry desert. My friend Brian once again set out to meet me in Victoria after I got back from Tasmania. Our plan to take on the Great Central Road to get to the west coast was, however, cut short when the world started to tumble into the Covid madness. With state borders closing we decided to head back up to North Queensland where Brian lives. Here I have spent the last three month of my trip relaxing, cleaning and repairing my equipment, servecing my bike, doing sports and reading a lot.”
The best (so far): The ever-changing landscape and the cool, very hospitable Aussie people.
The worst (so far): Mosquitoes and flies.
Important useful information for others: Bring a fly hat if you want to visit outback Australia.
Book or publication: We will see.
Earlier experiences: Greece 2004. Italy/Slovenia 2011. Croatia 2012. Romania 2013. Ukraine/Romania 2014 (approx.. 6.000 km). Germany to Mongolia and back in 2017 (ca. 30.000 km).

23.01.2019: 1st summary.
23.01.2019: First request for update with one portait-selfi-foto before she starts.
24.04.2019: Next information by Cathrin
14.05.2019: Next request for update.
15.05.2019: Last update by Cathrin.
11.03.2020: Long distance-Travel-Insurance for 1 year: Envivas (a daugter of "Techniker Krankenkasse in Deutschland". Ca. 350 Euro für ein Jahr.- The new Insurance for the second year is HHMIS Atlas. Costs: 340 Euro for 6 months.
18.06.2020: Kathrin wrote that her time in Australia will come soon in Juli 2020 to the end
18.06.2020: BT aks for an update of her blog.
19.06.2020: "Cat" kindly send her update.
28.11.2023: New update by B.T.
03.12.2023: New update by B.T.

29.08.2019 - 27.09.2019
Carola Möller (German, *17.03.1978. YAMAHA XT 600E) with Jürgen Schmitz (German, *1964. YAMAHA XT600K),
Purpose of travel: Explore other cultures, dirt roads Cape York, meeting nice people, stay in the nature, have a good time.
Route: Starting in Cairns to the most northern point in Australia via Creb track and old telegraph track. Back to Cairns. Following the Savannah Way to Darwin.
A friend bought two XTs in australia for us. We will fly with Singapur Airlines from Düsseldorf to Cairns.
Earlier experiences:
1999.03.26: First time participant of the motorcycle-meeting for world-travellers called Tesch-Travel-Treffen" without having a motorcycle - just ideas to travel.
1999. 5 weeks solo by mc to France/Spain.
03.10.2000 - 28.05.2001: Carola rode solo around south of Africa on a XT 600. 25.000 kms.
31.07.2001: Carola wrote: I hope to meet you next to thank you in person, Bernd: Without the inspiration I got at your Mc-Meeting for World Travellers I would never got the idea to travel through Africa and around the world. For this I want to take you in my arms again.
2001-2007: Several trips in Europe
01.12.2007- 04.06.2011 Carola rode 4.5 years solo through both Americas, middle east and Australia.
2011-2017:Several trips with Jürgen to Marocco, Namibia and through Europe (Romania, Poand, Italy, France, Switzerland, Portugal)
07.11.2017 - 15.01.2018: Southamerica with Jürgen, Andreas, Carsten und Pascal (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru)

05.08.2019: 1st request
09.08.2019: 1st summary

< 2019.
Ewen Levick.
Publication: Buch. ISBN: 9780646805207. Overland From Australia to Switzerland. Blurb. 2019.1st edition. TR = RB. English. Australia. Asia. Europe. Australia. Indonesia. Burma. Laos. China. Motorcycle. 262. Softcover. 12,7 x 20,3. Internet. PG. BT.
10.07.2020 First request for summary

In the last 2-3 years of Corona in Europe (and the world) practically no long-distance motorcyle-travellers rode overland to India or even Australia. Now there are just a few overlanders "on route". Australia opened his borders for strangers beginning of 2022.
- Because of a lot of time and my age I stopped to summaries overland travels like this below already in 2014 after 44 years.
- We know Ralf already many years. Because he lives close to us in the forest EIFEL in the western part of Germany our friendship grew continually.


Digi- Vorträge:
Live-Vortrag von Ralf Plachetka in deutscher Sprache

Überland Europa > Asien > Australien mit einer BMW K 75 umgebaut zur Enduro BMW 100 G/S. 53.000 km. 14 Monate.

2023. Ralf Plachetka. Asia. Indonesia. Lake?.

2023. Australien. Asien. Manali-HWY- Pass. R: Querverbindung auf dem Weg zum Ayers Rock.

2023. Asien. Indonesien. Natur-Transport.  R: Asien. Laos. Die Natur prouziert wunderbare Bäume.

26.-28.04.2024 64. Tesch-Travel-Treffen. Ralfs Vortrag in deutsch wird dieses beinhalten:
Don’t panic too early!
Meine Probleme auf einer phantastischen Motorradreise. Meine Befürchtungen und Sorgen lösten sich in Luft auf. Ich konnte die tatsächlichen Herausforderungen annehmen und meistern.  
Davon will ich euch erzählen, von kleinen und großen Problemen unterwegs..

20.05.2022 - 29.07.2023 (Australia) - 03.08.2023 in Germany (Hummerzsheim).
Ralf Placherka (*German, 1961, self employed) .
+ Europe > Asia > Australia > Germany. Ralf reached finally solo Australia (Darwin) after 53.000 km in 14 months. He rode a BMW R 75 which he converted into an enduro with BMW 100 GS parts according to his own ideas.
Purpose: Ralf wanted to travel the continents by motorcycle where he has bot been so far.
Route: Europe > Asia via Indonesia > Australia
The best: To fullfill his wish finally to reach Australia.
The worst: Many problems. More km (less were planned). More money paments (less were planned) for eveything. More time (one year was planned).
Book or publication: None so far. Planned.


Cathrin at the gibb-river-road


L: Now to do the road.... R: This google-map shows the "circle" of 2023

"Cat" off-road R: Cathrin moves the cattle with the motorcycle

L: The herd of young animals attacked me while I was working with the wheel loader. R: Cat feeding the young animals

Australia Part 1: See above 09.02.2019 - 04.07.2020
Australia Part 2: Below

05.04.2023 - 29.09.2023

Cathrin Altenbach (German. *01.1981)
+  Australia. Cathrin planned to travel by motorcycle one year in Australia. In the end she stayed for nearly two years in two trips. Roughly 55.000 km with both tours.
Purpose: Cathrin bought a used SUZUKI DR 650 and then started travelling the red continent. Travelling with no material bond and deadline turned out to be quite joyful and instead of one year, after 17 months in Australia she was truly in love with the country and its people. Due to Covid-19 she had to return in July 2020 and was not able to finalize her trip. So in 2023 she went back to travel the north-western parts of Australia and rode another 15.000 km in 6 months.
Info: In 2020 I left my bike at a friends place in Cairns to continue my travels later on. Finally, in 2023 I flew back to Cairns, collected my bike and two friends joined me on a ride to the north-western part of Australia.

Route: From the Atherton Tablelands near Cairns the three of us rode south-west through Queensland, as one of my friends wanted to visit the Painted Desert near Oodnadatta in South Australia. From there, my friend Brian and I continued our trip to Alice Springs and west via the Great Central Road. From Leonora in Western Australia we headed north to visit places such as Mt. Augustus, Karijini National Park and the Kimberley region. Going back to Queensland from the Kimberley´s I worked for two months on a cattle station near Charters Towers before I sold my bike and flew home from Cairns by end of September 2023.
The best: Conquering the rivers of the Gibb River Road and my experience working on a cattle station in Queensland
The worst: Visiting the place where a friend had a fatal motorcycle accident one year before.
Important useful information for others: Enjoy the dirt roads, but always expect the unexpected. Plan very carefully, especially when travelling to remote areas.
Book or publication: None.
Earlier experiences: Greece 2004. Italy/Slovenia 2011. Croatia 2012. Romania 2013. Ukraine/Romania 2014 (approx.. 6.000 km). Germany to Mongolia and back in 2017 (ca. 30.000 km), around Australia 2019/2020 (38.000 km).

1.11.2023: "Cat" kindly send her first update.
28.11.2023: B.T. send her the first summary.
28.11.2023. BT. asked for more photos from the farm with her.
03.12.2023. BT last summary.


Surname ?Taylor  Two Wheel Daydream sticker.
- Australia- Asia- Europe. Solo overland on a 2022 Ducati Desert X (a fan of this motorcycle) from Australia (Brisbaine) >Asia (-Indonesia >Malaysis >Thailand..?) >.Europe. He met Ralf Plachetka in Indonesia / Sumatra about 27th.02.2023.
28.02.2023: Ralf please transfer this to: Dear "Taylor" please offer me your email-address, your best photo and planned route with your Ducati! Ralf possibly told you who I am. Many greetingsa from Bernd Tesch in Europe > Germany > EIFEL-forest > village Hammer.
08.03.2023: ? Taylor answered me first time by email. His route is not written down anywhere, only in his
08.03.2023: Asked for a summary of his tour.
12.09.2023: Asked for a google-map with his total route.

Summaries in progess:

Affe auf Buke

09.07.2023: Erste info von Min Tesch. Danke.
09.07.2023: Ertse email an AnnkatrinBendixen.

PLEASE give me at first a complete view like this EXAMPLE in this STILE in English:
01.10.2010 - 27.10.2011
Sven Müller (German, born ??.??.19??)   your http://www.???
+ Australia. Solo Australia with BMW R 100 GS. 50.000 kms. Rode together with Susan Smith (British) who rode a HONDA 500 XL.
Purpose of the tour: ??
Route: Europe 12.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey ....) - Asia 15.000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal. Bike solo by plane to Singapure. I flew to Singapure. Malaysia - Thailand - back to Singapure). - Australia 16.000 kms (I flew together with bike to Darwin. Around  Australia 16.000 kms. Or offer names like: Darwin - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney ...) - North-America (I flew with bike to Los Angeles. LA - New York) - Africa - Europe (Bike by ship to Netherlands / Amsterdam - Germany / Cologne).
The best: I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship of  Turkey people. invitation by Pakistani. Climbing the Himalayas........)
The worst: I got Malaria in Nairobi. Attack of soldiers with weapons in Iran.....)...
Important useful informations for others:...
Book or publication (about your tour):...

??.05.1954 - 11.04.1956 (in Melbourne. Info by TROVE)
+ Europe > Asia > Australia.
Cecil St. "Tex?" Ledger (*1899 GB in +1961 in Queensland. Bundaberg?) and his wife "Vina" (Elvina Florence Ledger (*1918 appr. born in ??. Died in 1979 in Queensland in 1979).
They rode a motorcycle with sidecar Sunbeam 500 from London to Melbourne in 1954-56. After 23 months and 50,000 miles.including a 7 months jail in India!
They rode through Burma presumably on the Stillwell Road from Ledo. Trouble only a few minor electrical faults. One tire is still the original. The others have been renewed in Darwin (Australia. NT)..
Purpose of the tour: According to press reports in England (dated Nov, 1953) their journey to migrate to Australia began "as a joke".
Route: Europe
12.000 kms (GB- France - Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek before arriving in Turkey).
- Asia 15.000 kms (Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India - Burma - Thailand - Malaya - Singapore. In Singapore they experienced difficulty finding cheap sea transport to Australia eventually settling on a cattle transporter that was returning, basically empty, to Derby in Western Australia
- Australia (Bike by ship from ? to Australia ?. Did they flew? to ?).

From there (where?) they travelled down the west coast to Perth - across the Nullabor to Adelaide - Melbourne in 11.04.1956.
The best: ??
The worst: Seven months in jail in India (for what reason?).
Important useful informations for others:..??.
Book or publication (about the tour):
11.04.1956: TROVE. I
nfo retrieved from contemporary newspaper reports accessed via TROVE, the Australian National Library's newspaper data base and the recollections of Steve Campbell.
Info: 08.06.2023: Steven Campbells recollections of the Ledgers: We were sitting at the kitchen table when there was a very loud knock on the back door. My father jumped up and exclaimed, "Who the bloody hell's that?" He rushed to the back door. I remember a lot of shouting and noise and then he returned to the kitchen with this couple - the Ledgers. Cecil was a mate of his in London and they had worked together doing house repairs. Cecil had lived in Australia in the 1930s. My Father had no idea that the Ledgers were coming.
They looked very weather beaten. Cecil was of medium build and height and very dark from the sun. Vina was blonde and much younger than him with long straight hair. She was a nurse. They both wore long coats and big boots. They had a tabby cat with them.
They stayed with us for about a week before heading north as they didn't like cold weather.
The highlight for me was being taken for a ride on the back of the bike to get petrol. We went to a garage about 3km away. For a young kid it was a thrilling experience - the wind, the noise, the speed, the smell of the hot engine, the scenery rushing by. I fell in love with motorcycling that day.
The Ledgers ended up in Bundaberg in Queensland  but our family did not keep in touch with them. I remember my Father telling me that when we migrated from England in 1951, Cecil Ledger said to him: "I'll see you in Australia one day." But he didn’t say "It will be a surprise visit"!!!
As far as I know from a records search a man called Cecil St Ledger died in Queensland in 1961 and a woman named Elvina Florence Ledger died in Queensland in 1979.

07.06.2023: Steven Campbell (*1949) wrote me from Australia that
> Cecil St. Ledger (57) and fis wife "Vina" (38) rode a Sunbeam 500 and sidecar from London to Melbourne in 1953/54.
> 1973: Steven Campbell and his sister: Singapore to London - in 1973 riding a Honda 450 DOHC twin.
07.06.2023: I asked for help for Ralf Plachetka.
08.06.2023: Next info out of TROVE.
08.06.2023: Steven asked for help for Ralf in Australia. Bernd askef update for the two journeys.
Steven Campbell (*1949) wrote me this by facebook:
Hi Bernd. I just discovered your travel research into Europeans and journeys to the east - a fantastic achievement. Here's some more information for you. Cecil Ledger (57) and fis wife Vina (38) rode a Sunbeam 500 and sidecar from London to Melbourne in 1953/54. They rode through Burma presumably on the Stillwell Road from Ledo. They stayed with us in Melbourne for a while. He took me for a ride on the back. It was an unforgettable trip for a 5 year old! I fell in love with motorcycles on that day. I made my first big trip - Singapore to London - in 1973 riding a Honda 450 DOHC twin.
10.06.2023: Summarised Cecli St. Ledger s ride so far. Asked for update.

Foto: My sister, Cecil and our dog. Me and my sister in ? 1956?? in Sydney?


John Sargent (born ??, born in GB, Australian )
John rode solo ?? overland from GB to Australia with a Honda...
>> I (Linda) have written to him to ask if he has Trevors address. John also did an England to Oz trip on a Honda in the mid 1970s so perhaps he will give you info on his trip.
Purpose of my travel: ??
Route: Please write your route like this example:
Melbourne - Cape Otaway (Great Ocean Road) - Halls Gap (Grampians) - Mildura (Murray River) - Tanunda (Barossa and Clare Valley) - Wilpena (Flinders Ranges) - Coward Springs (Oodnadatta Track)  - Coober Pedy (Opal City) - Kulgera - Yulara via Mulga Park Road :-) (Uluru/ Kata Tjuta) - Kings Creek (Kings Canyon) - Alice Springs (MacDonnell Ranges) - Devils Marbles - Daly Waters - Katherine (Katherine Gorge, Edith Falls) - Lichtfield National Park - Darwin. 
Personal Highlights: ??
Highlights in Australia: ??
The worst: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
18.09.2003 1st information by Linda Bick.
18.09.2003 1st request to John by Bernd Tesch
30.11.2003 2nd request to John
ca. 1975 - ??
18.11.2012 3rd and last request to John by email
29.08.2022 4th request to John by email. till akive and happy? He lives in Adelaide. South Australia. 

??.??.1967(68 or 69) -
Trevor Green (Australia, Adelaide, born ??)
Around-The-World including Australia - Great Britain. Green rode RTW with with an Australian girl called Jan as pillion on a BMW R60 about 1965 - 1967....
Route: They took the usual route through Turkey and over the Kyber pass and then went through Malasia and India. Boat from Madras to Penang and then Singapore to Oz I think..
26th.03.2003 2nd information by Linda Bick again after her visit in Zweifall 1998
26th.03.2003 2nd request to Linda Bick
Green, Trevor
Went around the world on a BMW in the late ca. 1965. Linda Botherstone met him in Russia (going to a Film-Rallye in Moscow 1967). John Sergeant will have his adress. Green is about 56 years.
++ Infos hand address of Trevor Green has John Sargeant (or Sergeantt, about 50). Braodview 5083 (near Adelaide)
29.07.98 Both adresses from Linda Bootherstrone.
17.09.2003 3rd request to Linda.
17.09.2003 Second request to David McGonical in Sydney
30.11.2003 Third request to David McGonical in Sydney
12.2004 We tried to visit Trevor in Adelaide but he had to work,
01.2005 A personal letter to his address from Melbourne.

1970 Start of search of Australia-Motorcycle-Travellers.
1992-1994 More intensive search because of my book "Motorrad Abenteuer" in work by phone, fax and personal visits.
1995 - 1997 First tries to find and contact Australia-Motorcycle-Travellers by email.
02.1998 Start of my website. Not knowing what will come out of it in future. A part of this information you found already under > > German or Engl. version > News
28.05.2000: Start of this collection first time in internet under > > German or Engl. version > continents > Australia by motorcycle.
01.08.2001 Visitor 50.000
29.10.2001: 62 KBytes
13.01.2003: 95 KB
24.03.2004 122 KB. Ca. visitor 94.000
28.03.2005 159 KB. Ca. visitor 109.00
01.04.2011 523 KB. Next overwork
18.11.2012 Next overwork with frames.
2013 Overworked with frames and some new infos.
2015-2016 Overworked with frames and some new infos.
2016-0630 Overworked in old form.
2022-0811: Overworked because the overland-tour Germany-Asia-Australia from German Ralf Plachetka

Summaries in progress;

2022 > 2023 approximal one year

German Ralf Plachetka is a world-traveller. He rode already as well Trans-Americas and Transafria. This parts are already summarised by BT here:
His current was is to travel the part of his World-Tour. Part 2022-2023:
Overland Europe > Asia > Indonesia > Australia > Europe

20.05.2022 - 03.08.2023 . Overland Europa > Australien. 53.000 km.
Ralf Plachetka (Deutscher *08.06.1961, self employed)
Europa > Asien > Indonesien > Australien (> Europa). Ralf erreichte solo nach 14 Monaten (geplant war 1 Jahr) und 53.000 km (weniger waren geplant) und mit viel mehr Ausgaben für alles (viel weniger war geplant) Australien (Darwin). Zehn Kilo leichter. Er fuhr auf einer BMW R 75, die er nach eigenen Vorstellungen mit BMW 100 GS-Teilen zur Enduro umgerüstet hatte. Ralf benutzte die Tesch-Travel-Taschen 6 lang.
Purpose of travel:
Diese Route zu erkunden. Stichworte?
Route: Europe total km ? (Germany- Austria- Italy- Greece-)- Asia total km ? (Turkey- Iran- Pakistan- China-Grenze- India- Nepal- per Flugzeug nach Malaysia- per Moto nach Thailand- Laos- Kambodscha- Thailand- Malaysia > Singapore- per Schiff nach Indonesia - Timor East- Indonesia- per Schiff ship nach) - Australia total km? (Sydney- Uluru- Darwin).
Highlights: ? Einige Stichworte.
The worst: ? Einige Stichworte
Book or publication
: A book is planned. 
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: German Ralf Plachetka is a world-traveller. He rode already as well Trans-Americas and Transafria. This parts are already summarised by BT here:
My useful information and TIPS for others: ??
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 2013/14 Africa West 34.000 kilometers, 21 countries, 7 months, solo on Yamaha XT600
BT: > Die beste und aktuellste optische Dokumentation der Strecke Europa > Asien > Australien eines Motorrad-Reisenden bisher.
Eine sehr gute Mischung von Fotos, Videos und Texten.
Mehr zu dieser Reise und zu Australien-Reisen: 2016-2030.html
12.09.2023: Karte und fehlende Infos ? erbeten.
06.10.2023: Im November 2023 kommen hier abschliessende Infos.
04.12.2023: Im Dezember 2023 kommen hier abschliessende Infos.

14.05.2022: Ralf Plachetka mit "Seinem Reise-Motorrad BMW K75-R 100 GS". Ralf Plachetka mit BT.

14.05.2022: Verabschieduneg von Ralf Plachetka.
Fotos: Patricia Govers-Tesch: li>re; Patricia. Matthes St. Bernd T. Conny St. Ralf. Dagmar und Udo Fi. - Herbert und Yuri S. , Luise Ge. und Heike Nü.

2005-2007: Alukoffer "Tesch-Travel-Tasche" mit BMW R1200GS bei Transafrika praktisch erprobt.- Re: 05.2022: "TTT" schon mal Probe testen bei seiner Reise-BMW K75 mit BMW R 100 GS-Teilen. - Alle Fotos Ralf Plachetka.

L: 2022.06.09. Asia. Turkey, Goereme: Ralf on a camping-place Göreme Ameth. R: Appr. 12.06.2022 in Turkey off-road-parking..
- All Fotos Ralf Plachetka.

L: Asia. Turkey. Near Euphrat. Monuments from our early humans. -. R: Asia. Iran. Ralfs road down to the Caspian Lake..

Asia. Turkey. Best and only jumper in front of mountain Ararat. - All fotos "on route" by Ralf Plachetka.

29.06.2022: R: Asia. Iran. Ralfs road reached the Caspian Lake..

12.07.2022: Asia. Iran. Ostan e Yazd.
Ralf: "I love places like this. They are beautiful and repellent. Here is silence and solitude. Time slows down. I’m just a temporary guest". .Solo vernight-camp with wolfes-sounds and storm at night. R: 16.07. 2022: Asia. Iran. Old village Maymand.

2022.07.18. Asia. Iran. Zahedan-border-Restaurant-Owner. R: Parkingplace in Lahore.

25.08,2022. Pakistan border. The Pakistan custom denied to stamp the Carnet des Passage because Ralfs papers are nor correct.
BT: In Africa the could have put him in prison for this! . > 07.09.2022: Ralf ist eingeladen als Ehrengast bei einer Hochzeit in India
, Shimla.

xy.ab.2022. India. Up the way to Nepal.

11.10.2022: Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur. Ralfs motorcycle was transported by cargo from Nepal (Kathmandu) to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). Not to Bangkok (which was normal in the past) because you need now a spezial permission form the Thailand governmnet to travel in Thailand with bigger bikes over 150 ccm.
> On a hking tour with three European traveller-women (see Swedish Jasmin right photo) Ralf visited a tea-plantage (Malaysian worker left photo)..

- 29.07.2023 (Australia) - 03.08.2023 an Germany (Hummerzsheim).
Europe > Asia Indonesia > Australia
Ralf Placherka (*German, 08.06.1961, self employed) plans to ride solo overland to Australia. Ralf publishes his route in:

Dieses ist die kürzeste Übersicht in Deutsch (Stand 02.09.2023):
Ralf (Plachetka, 62) erreichte nach 14 Monaten (geplant war 1 Jahr) und 53.000 km (weniger waren geplant) und mit viel mehr Ausgaben für alles (viel weniger war geplant) solo Australien (Darwin). Zehn Kilo leichter. Er fuhr auf einer BMW R 75, die er nach eigenen Vorstellungen mit BMW 100 GS-Teilen zur Enduro umgerüstet hatte. Ralf benutzte die Tesch-Travel-Taschen 6 lang (TTT7)..
Der Rücktransport des Motorrades wurde von Australien (Darwin) nach Germany (Hamburg) durch eine Fa in Melbourne (Australien) für 2500 US $ durchgeführt. Ralf reiste per Flugzeug in 40 Stunden von Australien (Darwin > Sydney) > Singapore > Great Britain (London (British Airways)- Germany (Frankfurt (BA))- Per ICE-Bahn bis zum Bahnhof Siegburg / Bonn. Da wurde er überraschend abgeholt von sechs Travellern und im Gespann nach Hummerzheim gefahren.
: Europa > Asien > Australien > Europa.
Maximal 2 Wochen kann man unter diesem Link die Ankunft von Ralf Plachetka am Bhf Siegburg/Bonn sehen, die im WDR-Bonn gezeigt wurde. Das kommt nach ein paar wenigen Minuten:

This is the shortest overview in English (08/01/2023):
Ralf (Plachetka, 62) reached Australia (Darwin) after more than a year (One year was planned) and 53,000 km (less were planned) solo with more money payments (less were planned) for all. Minus 10 kg body-weight. He rode a BMW R 75 which he converted into an enduro with BMW 100 GS parts according to his own ideas. Ralf used the alu-panniers Tesch-Travel Tasche 7.
The motorcycle will be transported back from Australia (Darwin) to Germany (Hamburg) by a company in Melbourne (Australia) for 2500 US $.
Panned Route
: Europe > Asia > Australia > Europe- .
: This is a short oveview about his route, Europe (20.05. Deutschland (Hummerzheim- Wuppertal- München)- Österreich (Plan was Slowenien, Kroatien, Montenegro, Albanien) - Italien (Venedig - Ancona- by ferry to Greece (Igoumenitsa. By moto to Lefkada - Piräus. By ferry to Greek Insland Kos. With a turkey ferry to)- Asia (Turkey (06.06.2022: Bodrum. 07.06.2022: Minor Asia Turkey Aphrodisias km 3.810). Konya- 08.06.2022 (on Ralfs birthday): Minor Asia Turkey Konya to Kapadokya km 4.712. - 11.06 2022. Km 4.984. After 3 days in Göreme Ameth on the Campsire of Panormama. Here he met two younger German guys from German, Frankfurt who want to travel overland to Australia as well. But they were not interested to exchange datas.- 13:06.2022, 11:00: We telephoned with Ralf in Turkey, before Malacy. His Goretex-boots are too hot. He wants to send him his plastik-boots. I recommended him to aks the militaries and police where the get their shoes. He lost his leathermen)- 14.06.2022: Kemaliye beside river Euphrat. Hotel. Rain outsite. Ralf could order new leather boots directly in Turkey via amazon (?)..- 23.06.2022: After 8.000 kms.happy to be in Iran (Urmia ). This was easy because an Iranian professional helper organised all the necessary papers. HousseinHossein Sheykhlou 1 € is appr. Iran 45.000 Rial. - 27.06.2022: Täbriz, Iran. Shops with a lot of cloth and shoes of police and military. 28.06.2022: Tabriz (km 8.690) - Qazin - into the mountains of Albroz Berge. Km 9.180).- Stayed there because it is great there. > 09.07.2022: Km 10.220 (North of Mordab e Gav Westasia Iran, City Isfahan)) till 11.07. km 10.550 (Province Khuni, Khara Salt mine).- ?-?-?. 16.07.2022 (- halbtrockens Wüstenklima in Höhelendorf Maymand (Province Kerman). Unesco Kulturerbe seit 2015)- 18.07.2022: through desert on a good asphalt-road to km ?? until Bam (?? °C)- to km ?? Zahedan (??°C. Pakistan Consulate) at the border. The Iran visa is only valuable until 20.07.2022.- Ralf made it at the border with a help of Iran man into Pakistan. Instead of normally two days he had to travel very slow with the police-konvoi 5 days (km-convoi-begin? to km-.convoi-end?) Somebody hit Ralfs motorcycle from the back. From Ouetta (day? km ? °C) Ralf could ride himself again. He was very happy about this and went into a motorcyle shop in Islamabad (day? km? °C). Solo ? to city Lahore (day? km? °C). A mc-club-band played for him welcome.
25.and 26.07.2022: From Quetta (13.000 km?. °C ? Monsun ?)- Lahore (13.600 km ? - °C ? Monsun ?)- nach Kranksein (bis 07.08. schlapp) in Lahore in Totel und später Hostel. > 30th July till 11th August 2022 km 14.100 to km 14.800 > 11.08.2022: Lahore-Islamabad (ca.380 km). Dort Indien-Visum-Antrag gestellt: 20 Seiten. Foto war 3 mm zu klein. € 100,00. Genehmigungsdauer kann bis zu zwei Wochen dauern. > 13.08.2022, km 15.080 (Gilgit ?) to 15.400 (to the Khunjerab Pass ?).on the N35 north, called Karakoram Highway. The trading road between China and Pakistan. 2022.08.12. Asia. Pakistan. Karakorum Mountain Range, Naran (14.800 km) to Gilgit (15.080 km). > 13:08.2022: Pakistan, Gilgit-Baltistan (km 15.080) to Kunjirap Pass (km 15.400). 20. and 21.08.2022: km 15.400​ (Gilgit)​ to 15.945​ (Tranna)​ > ​22​.08.2022, km 15.945​ (​Tranna ​)​ to 16.145​ (​Islamabad​)​. Here Ralf got his visa for India.- 23th. and Aug. 2022, km 16.145 ( Islamabad) to Lahore (16.450). >25.08.2022: km 16.450 (Wagah Border crossing from Pakistan to India) to km 16.590 (India). > 26. + 27.08.2022; km 16.590 (India, Amritsar) to km 16.860 to Nangal Uperla.> 28.08.2022: Nangal Uperla  (km 18.860)  to Shimla (17.020 km).> 31.03.2022 - 01.09.2022. India. Himachal Pradesh, Shimla (km 17.020 ) to Manali (km 17.250). The highway between Manali and the city Leh in Ladakh is famous for its beautiful high mountain roads. Pure motorcycling fun. .>01.09.2022: Passing city Kulla along the rivers Beas. > India. Himachal Pradesh, Manali (km 17.250) to Ladakh Sarchu (km 17.680). > 03.-04.09.2022: Village Sarchu (Ladakh. km 17.680 ) to City Shimal (km 18.120). Ralf had to return because he got the altitude illness of heihgt at 4.300 m. Because he got this at night it was very bad because there was no escape.
Höhenkrankheit: Conny Storms dazu: Höhenkrank kann man immer werden. Auf unserer Kilimanjarobesteigung in Afrika (Tansania) sind wir hoch gegangen. Dann haben wir wieder 300 bis 400 m tiefer geschlafen. Am nächsten Tag wieder langsam höher. Sehr viel trinken und ganz langsam hoch!
07.09.2022: Ehrengast bei einer Hochzeit in India Shimla

10.10.2022: km 20.018 to km 20.225: Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur to Kameron Mountains. After a short time riding the highway north out of KL the skyscrapers had disappeared and the the landscape turned into densely green.

11.10.2022: Malaysia. Kuala Lumpur. km 20.225 unchanged. In Hostel Bunker in Tanah Rata are many travellers from Europe.
17.02.2023 : I stopped already summarising Ralfs great detailed dokumentation because he did offer this in his.way. I could not just copy the villages and dates by copying. It is very complicated to offer it here.

Overview: Nepal (Kathmandu)> by air to Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur). About Thailand Ralf could not find official information about riding big motorcycles in Thailand. In internet Ralf could only find three years old infomation by travellers. (B.T. Since some years Thailand government does not allow big motorcycles over 250 (?) ccm. You can try to get a special permission in the depatment of interior in advance). So Ralf flew to Malaysia. So Ralf did not choose Thailand (Bangkok) to avoid a stop of his travel.
At the airport in Malaysia, Kuala Lunpur,.he got a visa and the Carnet de Passage was stamped. Ralf bougth additionally an insurance for the mc for Thailand.
> Ralf just rode overland from Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur to the border of Thailand with his big motorcyle. The border-people made no problem and let him pass into Thailand. The Thailand-Visum Ralf got at the border. The carnet was stamped.
To get from THailand into Laos Ralf needed help. Eine Agentur (wo und wie hast Du die gefunden?). hat sich um Visum, Zoll, Versicherung und Reiseerlaubnis gekümmert. Wo und wie hast du die Agentur gefunden?.
To ride from Laos to Kambodscha was easy. Carnet and Visum at the border.
Ro ride aögain from Kambodscha into Thailand was no problem because the insurance for the mc was still gültig.
> Thailand > Laos > Kambodscha > Thailand > Malaysia > Singapore. To get a visa in ?? there for Indonesia was very easy at the airport online? in Singapore. Ralf sent his motorcycle by a cargo-ship from Singapore (Maysia, Malaka) to Indonesia (Island Sumatra (city Medan). Ralf flew by air with airline ? to Medan for € ? because there is no normal RoRo ferry as it was bebore Corona-time.
10.02.2023: With the help of a facebook-group Ralf became teh tip how to transport his bike by ship from Malaysia to Indonesia. It took him 5 days to get the motorcycle back in the Indonesian island Sumatra in the city Medan.
Ralf lost his handy in a taxi in Sumatra but got it back after one hour!.. Ralfs first impression in Indonesia was like in India. Many peoeple outside. Many people and many vehicles are on the street. It's loud, dusty and the air smells of two-stroke engines. ..
17.02.2023: Ralf rode by motorcyle in Indonesia, Island Sumatra from.City ? Medan to City Sibolga. Ralf kindly tried to reach me by phone. But we missed each other again.

17.02.2023: I sent this hcapter to Ralf by email to overwork it.
Die Fähre wurde mit der Pandemie eingestellt und ist immer noch nicht wieder im Einsatz.

27.01.-04.02.2023: No RoRo Ferry in Malakka, maybe in the south of Malaysia? So I drove to Johor Bahru. But also here I couldn’t find a ferry to Sumatra. I was close to Singapore.

27.02. 2023: Ralfs overview about Indonesia: This is my new adventure, Indonesia. It is the largest country in Southeast Asia, the country of 17,000 islands, 250 million inhabitants, diverse cultures, many different ethnic groups. A relatively young country, about my age. In the next two months I will make my way here.

. . Überraschender Weise bekam ich bei der Ausreise Thailand Probleme mit dem Zoll. Die wollten mir den Ausgangsstempel in meinem Carnet nicht geben. Begründung, ein Carnet sei in Thailand nicht gültig. Also können die auch meinen Pfand für das Motorrad nicht fordern und so habe ich Thailand ohne Ausgangsstempel verlassen. Wieder nach Mallaysia mit dem Carnet und Visum an der Grenze.
Singapore habe ich nur mit dem Rucksack gesucht. Da sah kleine Stadt, statt zig eine Motorradeinreise nicht lohnt. Visum gab’es an der Grenze.
Indonesien war schwierig, da ich über die Insel Sumatra reisen wollte. Und diese Insel hat keinen RoRo Fähre mit Malaysia. Fracht aufgeben und ich bin mit dem Flugzeug nach Medan. Mein Telefon hatte ich 1 Stunde später wieder bekommen.

19.04.2023: Ralf managed already solo 40.000 kms until Idonesia/Bali.

08.06.2023. Ralf Plachetka will fly from Indonesia / Bali to Syney/Australia with his bike on his 62nd birthday. Ralf rode all the way before in Indonesia from Island to Island via Bali to Island Timor / East with town Leiste / Chilli. It wass impossible for him to get a transport from there to Darwin/Australia, which was only 700 km distant. So Ralf wrore back all the way to Bali....

8th to 31th June 2023 km 45.000: I ner drove so far on one journey.
Overview from Ralfs route through Australia so far:
01.07.2023. +8°C. Sydney.Abfahrt von Ralf in Sydney nachdem er sein Motorrad in einer Werkstatt selber zusammen gebaut hat. Biso-Check war ohne Probleme. Plan: 6 Wochen zund 5.000 km bis Darwin und dann verschiffen! Einziges Angebot bisher: € 4,000 für den Rücktransport des Motorrades nach Deutschland.
Sydney > Blue Mountains > Auf dem Oodnadatta-Trek (der ca. 200 km parallel im Osten von Süden nach Norden zu dem Stuart Highway Verläuft) > Peterborough Hotel (bis Kulgera 1322 km) > Blinman Hotel > Maree > Wlliam Creek > Oodnadatta > Pink Road House > Mount Dare > Kulgera Hotel (ab ca. 11.07.2023) am Stuart Highway. > Noch ca. 330 m Asphalt bis zum Uluru (Ayers Rock) wäre es gewesen..
Alice Springs via Tanami desert offroad nach Halls Creek (NT. an ca. 23.07.2023). Unterwegs den ersten Motorrad-Reisenden in Australien getroffen. Einen Niederländer.

03.08.2023: Rückreise von Ralf: Per Flugzeug Darwin > Sydney > mit British Airways von> Singapur > London > Frankfurt > dann per Zug nach Siegburg/Bonn BHF: An 03.08.2023, 11:39 am ICE-Bhanhof. Adenauer Allee > nach Hummersheim.

29.08.2023: Ralf beantwortet mein Fragen nach der Ausrüstung so:
> Die Benzinzelle (?) hat sich bewährt. Die hatte ich zwar auch nur 5 mal benutzt, aber ich war immer bereit , wenn etwas Unvorhersehbares kam. Auf dem Tank hat mich Die Benzinzelle "Desert-Fox"

auch nicht gestört. Leider sind die Gurte nicht UV fest. Nach einem Jahr Sonnenschein bröselten die aus und rissen.
> Reise-Ausrüstung. Weitgehend hatte ich mich am Set aus den Amerika und Afrika Touren orientiert. In Südostasien habe ich kaum gecampt oder selbst gekocht, weil....

Aber es war jederzeit möglich, was ich auch ein paar mal machen wollte oder musste. In Thailand habe ich einem Stausee gefunden, an dem ich zelten konnte. In Indonesia waren mal alle Unterkünfte ausgebucht, so dass ich campen musste. Das Zelt war diesmal größer damit ich bei Regen meine Ausrüstung im Vorzeit lagern konnte, das war gut. Auch eine zweiter Perso hätte Platz. Ein Allradbecher hatte ich noch nie. Wahrscheinlich weil ich nie Militärdienst gemacht habe.
> Werkzeuge hatte Ich diesmal bis auf ein Minimum abgespeckt. Ersatzteile keine dabei. Das war gut. Auch weil ich mein Motorrad immer in Werkstätten selbst gewartet hatte.
> Bewährt hat sich die BMW K75 und der eigene Umbau zur GS, eine preiswerte und robuste Konstruktion.
> Der Heidenau K60 Scout ist der beste Reisereifen. Hält ewig und ist gut für lose und feste Untergründe, bin begeistert. Der YSS Stoßdämpfer von ?? war zu schwach.
Ich musste den später wegen Zoll teuer durch einen Wilber’s Stoßdämpfer ersetzen.
> Auf der Reise habe ich aus Gewichtsgründen weiter abgespeckt. Weniger Kleidung und Wanderschuhe raus.
> Mit dem IPhone und IPad war Navigation, Kommunikation, photography, Notruf, Unterhaltung, Information abgedeckt. Phantastischer Fortschritt!
> Bei den Alu-Koffern war ich von den Klebe-Nietverbindungen positiv überrascht, sind besser als Schweißnähte.
Ich werde die losen Stabilisierungen verschweißen, da sie mich beim Be- und Entpacken oft störten. Die Tisch-Funktion habe ich nicht genutzt.
27.04.2024 Digi-Vortrag in Malmedy versprochen.

Vorher: Plan-Traumroute: Iran, Pakistan, Indien und dann irgendwie weiter nach Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesien). Gerne Australien und zu guter letzt bis nach Neuseeland führen. Von Auckland kann das Moto mit Schiff heim- Ob ich auch nach Hause will ?
Google-maps kann mir keine Route vorschlagen oder sagen, wie lange ich unterwegs bin. Egal, ist ja nur ein Plan. Vielleicht bin ich ein Jahr unterwegs oder auch weniger.
BT: > Die beste und aktuellste optische Dokumentation der Strecke Europa > Asien > Australien eines Motorrad-Reisenden bisher.
> Eine sehr gute Mischung von Fotos und Videos mit Texten. Leider-leider mit manchen unverständlichen km-Angaben. Leider auch keien konstane Angaben von Temperaturen. 

14.05.2022: Verabschiedung vom erfahrenen Moto-Traveller Ralf Plachetka aus Hummerzheim in Hammer: Ab 20.05.2022 für ca. 1 Jahr overland Europe > Asia > Indonesia > Australia. Ralf kombinierte eine "BMW K 75 GS" mit stabilem Rahmen und wassergekühltem 3-Zyl.-Motor mit vielen Elementen der Enduro BMW der R 100 GS (wie Gabel und Schwinge, etc.) in vielen Jahen Arbeit selbstständig; eine Reise-Motorrad-Meisterleistung! Natürlich mit Alukoffer "Tesch-Travel-Taschen".
waren schon wieder abgereist. - Wir wünschen Ralf viele "Fesch Fesch", Schlamm und große Steine unterm Vorderrad.
19.05.2022: Ralf:
Morgen geht´s für mich auf die schon lang ersehnte große Motorrad-Reise mit Kurs Süd/Ost.
22.06.2022: The world changed: We could contact and telephone with Ralf several times.
27.06.2022: This summary above was published first time on the Australia-site.
27.07.2022: Another try to get a short update of his route at least.
13.12.2023: The complete wooden box with his motorcycle arrived from Australia in his hom in Germany.
19.12.2023: 1st summary-overview by Ralf for his report 26.-28.04.2024 in Malmedy / Belgium.
19.12.2023: Wieviel des oberen Textes und der Fotos hier sthen blibet wird bis zum 19.03.2024 entschieden.-------

Don’t panic too early! 

Meine Probleme mit einer phantastischen Motorradreise.

Schon die Abfahrt war schwierig: Pandemie weltweit,  Krieg in Europa, Hochwasserkatastrophe daheim. Doch im Mai 22 gelang mir der Absprung. Mit einem Kniff. Ich sagte nicht mehr: Ich fahre mit dem Motorrad nach Australien. Stattdessen: ich versuche mit dem Motorrad Australien zu erreichen.

Das war der Auftakt zu einer fantastischen Reise, denn viele meiner Befürchtungen und Sorgen lösten sich in Luft auf. Gott sei Dank, denn so konnte ich die tatsächlichen Herausforderungen annehmen. 

Davon will ich euch erzählen,  von kleinen und großen Problemen unterwegs .

Ralf Plachetka, Mai 2022 bis August 2023



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