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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..

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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:

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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.

Circumnavigating the Continent Australia

(C) Peter Whitaker in Australia 2011.

A summary of "MOTOR AROUND AUSTRALIA" by Peter Whitaker. A free journalist from Australia, who has ridden over 160,000kms in Australia on dirt bikes and about double that in cars and roadbikes.
The summary below was offered to Bernd Tesch at 05.11.2010. Peter said:
"I've attached the following information on the basis that should you know of other motorcycle journey's around Australia you'll let me know".

Circumnavigating the Continent Australia

+ 1924 Neville Westwood and Greg Davies in a Citroen 5cv. Publication: ??
+ 1925 Arthur Grady on a Douglas Motorcycle. OBA (= Old Bike Australia). Issue 10. "Old Bike Australasia" at
Publisher: Jim Scraysbook.

+ 1925/6 Marion Bell Oldsmobile. Jack Warner Citroen 11hp. Publication: ??
- 1926 Muriel and Jack Dorney – Whippet. Publication: Muriel's book ‘An Adventurous Honeymoon' (now out of print).
+ 1927 Jeff Munro. 500cc Ariel. Story in OBA Issue 21, page 70-75. Story Peter Whitaker. Fotos Brian Greenfield. Jim Scaysbrook. + 05.09.2011
+ 1927 1926. Douglas and Sidecar. Story. No publication by P. Whitaker so far in 2011 (See below 1926.
B.T.: This must be "Len" Leonard Jones with a solo "Indian Scout"..
- 1927 Woodward and Major. Buick Six. Publication: ??
- 1928 MacRobertson Expedition. Karrier 6wd trucks. See internet.
+ 1929 Jack Bowers and Frank Smith. Harley and Sidecar. Publication: Book available.
- 1932 The Faram Family. Ford Model A. See internet.
- 1936 Norman Smith. Pontiac 8. Publication: ??
(+ = known to B.T. 2016)

After the second world war motor car travel around Australia was not uncommon. Less common were motorcycle adventures.

1952 Ken Rivers. A.J.S. Springheel Solo. OBA Issue 18.
1953 Winifred and George Wells on a pair of Royal Enfield Bullets OBA Issue 22.
1958 Martin ?? on a CZ125. Story TBA.
1972 Frank Wheeler. Hodaka Wombat 250 OBA Issue 24. "Old Bike Australasia": Issue Number 25. "Old Bike Australasia" at

By the mid 1970's motor travel around Australia had become commonplace in motor vehicles and on motorcycles. And prior to a blanket 100kph speed limit being applied records were set (if not officially recognised). The record was set in a VW1500 at 5 days 22 hours and 17 minutes in 1964 and no doubt has been bettered illegally since. The motorcycle record is 6 days 22 hours and 51 minutes set by Ross Atkin on a Kawasaki Z1300 in 1982.

+ 1925 Arthur Grady on a Douglas Motorcycle. OBA (= Old Bike Australia). Issue 10. "Old Bike Australasia" at I cannot find the story in the magazine.??????????? 07.09.2011
+ 1952 Ken Rivers. A.J.S. Springheel Solo. OBA Issue 18. I cannot find the story in the magazine..??????????? 07.09.2011
+ 1953 Winifred and George Wells on a pair of Royal Enfield Bullets OBA Issue 22.
- 1972 Frank Wheeler. Hodaka Wombat 250 OBA Issue 24. "Old Bike Australasia": Issue Number 25. "Old Bike Australasia" at

Bernd Tesch adds to the subject above Circumnavigating the Continent Australia:

01.10.1924 - 14.03.1925 (Others say 01.10.1925 - 14.03.1926)
Arthur Grady
was the first motorcyle traveller solo Around Australia. on a Douglas Motorcycle. Model C.W. 348cc.

19.05.1995 - ten weeks
Kevin Cass
Repeated the tour Around Australia in 1995 of Arthur Grady with a 1924 CW Douglas motorcycle in1924-1925.

06.03.1926 - (+ 8 months) 02.11.1926 (Sydney)
Leonard "Len" Jones
was the second motorcyle traveller Around Australia.
He was the first motorcycle traveller "Around Australia" on a motorcycle Indian Scout (without sidecar ??) with a companion (two differnt ones) on the back seat.

1926.04.01: In THE NORTHERN STANDARD, THURSDAY, APRIL 1, 1926 it is written: AROUND AUSTRALIA. TWO ON INDIAN SOLO. "The Daily Guardian," Sydney, of March 5th, states: Without much money, but with tons of confidence in both themselves and their machine, Leonard Jones and William Kennedy, two young men from Five Dock, will start out to-morrow in an euort to encircle Australia. Successful attempts have been made before on side car and solo outnts.


Jeff Munro was the first man on an Ariel (Model E) motorcycle with a single-cylinder.

06.06.1929 - 16.09.1930

Fred Bendle and Harry Hobson were two motorcyle travellers Around Australia on two Harley Davidson with sidecars. 10.000 miles. Their intension was as well to find work.

04.07.1929 - ??.??.1929
Jack BOWERS (Australian, born 1905. +13.08.1999)

Ken Rivers.Around Australia. Ken Rivers von Victor Harbour folgte mit einer AJS 18 S. 12.000 Meilen über noch immer ungemachte und unmarkierte Straßen / Pisten in der unglaublichen Zeit von 4 Monaten. Diese Männer überquerten den Nullabor bevor man überhaupt von „Straßen“ sprach. Sie fuhren die Nord-West-Ecke Australiens durch Löcher, in denen Lastwagen verschwinden konnten. Ihr Ziel war es, einen neuen Rekord der Umrundung zu setzen.

10 billion - 1899

The wordwide largest overview of Motorcycle-Travellers

All the great Motorcycle-Travellers who rode / ride Around-The-World and possibly crossed this continent as well are not included here. See >Englisch or German version >continents >world

This collection of summarieses is uncomplete because of time so far. I know many Australia-Mc-Travellers.

10-20 billion (= Millarden) years ago
The universe started to exist somehow.4.5 billion years ago
The Sun and Earth were created. The earth is one of nine big planets of the sun. Possibly out of change of gravity in the universe it was caused that dust attracted each other at first to smaller parts which are getting bigger and bigger. Finally becoming big rocks which attracted each other to big planets. Most of them were attracted by the biggest part which is the sun. The nine planets could escape somehow the gravity of the sun and started to circle around the sun. All of the men / women who have been in satelits speak about the "blue planet earth" because about 70 % of the earth is water.

1 billion years ago
First signs of life on the earth.

40.000 Mio (?) years ago
"Australia" splitted up from Gondwanaland as an own part and drifted north.

170.0000 The One-Piece-Continent separated in two big blocks. The southern part was called Gondwana.

25.000 years ago

The "homo sapiens" exists.

800 years before Christ
The world-map of Greek writer Homer did not contain India and Australia. 549-486 years before Christ
The world-map of Greek writer Hekatäus did contain India. 450 years before Christ
The "father of the history of knowledge of the earth" the Greek Herodot includes India in his worldmap.

1200 after Chr.
WIKI: Erst 1200 n. Chr. wurde Neuseeland kolonisiert[66], womit dann sämtliche geeignete Inseln bis nach Hawaii und der Oster-Insel von Menschen bewohnt waren.

Welcome to the website of AUSTRALIA'S BICYCLE HISTORY See:

Motorcycle-Books. Including Motorcycle-Travel-Books .
Unter gibt's ebenfalls eine Motorcycle-Library in Australien. Über die australische Motorradgeschichte gibt's folgendes Buch: "The James Flood Book of Motorcycling in Australia 1899-1980" (dieses Buch hast Du sogar gelistet bei Pawntige, Harold). Ansonsten gibt's noch von Brian Greenfield "Vincent HRD in Australia" und von Paul Wilkins "Vincent HRD Story in South Australia". Das Buch "The Motorcycle Heritage in Australia" von Scaysbrooks hast Du ja.


01.11.1889 Start - ??.??18??
(G)eorge W(illiam) Burston (Australian, 1859-1924) and H.R. Stokes (Australians)
Kopierfehler ?? Tomas G. Allen and William L. Sachtleben (Americans)
+ Around-The World by bicycle.
Route: Melbourne in 1888-89. Australia (Melbourne -Sydney. By steamship to Brisbane) By ship to Asia (-Batavia -around Java - by ship to Singapore - by ship to India (Calcutta). After riding in India they travelled by ship to Egypt and rode in Palestine and Syria. This was followed by another sea voyage to Turkey) - by ship to Europe (Italy ( Sicily and Naples) - through Italy - Switzerland - Germany - Holland - by ship to Britain and rode extensively in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland). - They returned to Australia via the United States but did not ride there.
Book: Round about the world on bicycles: the pleasure tour of G.W. Burston and H.R. Stokes, Melbourne Bicycle Club, Australia. Burston, G. W. viii, 315 p. 1 port. 19 cm. George Robertson. 1890. English. 1890 in Australasianaußerdem veröffentlicht.
09.08.2000 1st information by Professor Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing in his book new edited book in German language: Horstmann, Heinrich: "Meine Radreise um die Erde". = "My bicycle tour Around-The World". ISBN 3-931965-06-6.
Im November 1888, mit HR Stokes, unternahm er eine Weltreise: sie waren die ersten Australier dieses zu tun, und gehört zu den wenigen weltweit Radfahrer, die Fahrt auf Hochrad-Maschinen zu erreichen. G.W. Burston helped to found the Melbourne Bicycle Club in 1878, and in 1893 the League of Victorian Wheelmen. Er machte noch mindestens drei weitere Radtouren als Auslandsreisen.

Summary out of:

High wheel bicycle of the 'ordinary' or 'spider' type with a 1.422m (56-inch) wheel. This 'Victory' model was assembled in Melbourne from Imported components by Henry Bassett & Co., Melbourne in 1888-89. The frame was nickel-plated. This bicycle was used by Melbourne Bicycle Club member (later President) George Burston on a "round-the-world' bicycle journey in 1889-90. Along with his companion H.R. Stokes, Burston left Melbourne on 1 November 1889 and rode to Sydney. The by steamship to Brisbane-Batavia. They rode around Java and then went by ship to Singapore and Calcutta. After riding in India they travelled by ship to Egypt and rode in Palestine and Syria. This was followed by another sea voyage to Turkey, Sicily and Naples. After riding through Italy, Switzerland, Germany and Holland they boarded a ship to Britain and rode extensively in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland. They returned to Australia via the United States but did not ride there. The journey was recorded in their limited edition book "Round the World on Bicycles' (George Robertson, 1890).

English Orignal:

Mlle. Serpolette's tricycle: the dawn of the motor age in South Australia

If there was a petrol-driven motor vehicle on the roads of South Australia before May 1898, the press of the day was unaware: the machine to be demonstrated by French racing cycliste Mlle Serpolette was to be "the first motorcycle that the the public of South Australia has been privileged to witness".

Serpolette on her Gladiator motor tricycle
State Library of South Australia

Mademoiselle Serpolette was on an Australia-wide tour accompanied by one Monsieur Lucien Ullmo, who was described as "the representative in Australasia for the Gladiator Cycle Company". The Adelaide stop-over came between similar demonstrations in Fremantle, Western Australia and Sydney, New South Wales. M. Ullmo had brought out the famous Swiss cycle racer Lucien Lesna the previous year, and clearly understood the art of promotion. Drawing heavily on the dainty Serpolette's good looks and somewhat risque wardrobe - she preferred to ride in bloomers on the continent, but in deference to the conservative nature of English-speakers she wore "bifurcated skirts" of her own design while out here - there was considerable interest generated in her visit. The tour was supported by the well-known Gladiator Cycle Co. (or its successor Clement, Gladiator & Humber (France) Ltd.) and Serpolette brought with her two Gladiator racing bicycles, and the Gladiator motor tricycle. Surprisingly, even though women's cycling was accepted in South Australia in 1898, women's cycle racing was not and it was clear well in advance that Serpolette was not  to race in South Australia, as the local rules of the sport forbade it.
But she was allowed to ride her motor tricycle, and here the Serpolette and Lewis stories meet. Reminiscing in The Mail in 1913, T.P. O'Grady takes up the story:

"Mlle. Serpollet's (sic) tricycle was the first motor out here, and well do I remember the fact that she was engaged to appear at the Ariel bicycle race meeting at the Jubilee Oval. Unfortunately the motor refused to go. The management had previously decided that if she did not give a good show they would give an exhibition the next day at noon. I was connected with the Vivian Lewis firm then, and was handed the machine to put it in working order, so that the management could keep faith with the public on the following day. Well, we fixed it up, and at 10 o'clock that morning I took it out to try it on the Belair Hill. I got as far as the Mitcham Station when a stone carter turned me into a fence, the front forks were turned back, and that settled it. The tricycle was hurriedly put into an express wagon and taken back to the city workshop, where we had it straighten up up in time for Mlle. Serpollet to give her exhibition, which was quite successful. This gave a great fillip to the interest in motoring."

It was indeed a great fillip to the interest in motoring, particularly at the Lewis Cycle Works where work must have started almost immediately building the motor that was to power the Lewis motor triplet less than 10 months later. In addition to the 1913 interview, O'Grady had given a similar one to The Critic in 1908, and most of his recollections are in close accord with 1898 reports of the Serpolette visit. Only the motor accident - presumably South Australia's first - is understandably unreported in the period press.
Of note, however, is some confusion about the French lady cycliste's name. All of the period references I have seen so far (more than one hundred separate articles in ten different journals in three Australian colonies, England and France) refer to her uniformly as Mlle. Serpolette, or just Serpolette. In only one is her first name revealed as Anthelmina, and on only one other occasion - when signing a letter she and other lady cyclists had written to the Pall Mall Gazette in 1896 - have I seen her identified as "A. Serpolette". On two occasions it was said that her friends called her "Serpolette". From the Critic interview in 1908 onwards (indeed up to the present day) her name has been uniformly reported - in error, so far as I can see - as Serpollet. The latter is, of course, a name more closely associated with motoring history. A local historian is pursuing jthe possibility that "Serpolette" was a pseudonym used by a member of the Serpollet family: we await his findings with interest.
On Monday 30th May 1898 - a holiday to celebrate the Queen's birthday - Mlle Serpolette “received a capital reception” when she appeared on a single (bicycle), and “covered a couple of laps accompanied by Courtney”. The motorcycle demonstration, as we know, did not go to plan when "the petroleum refused to work, and the machine would not go", even though it “went splendidly on Saturday and on Monday morning”. Afterwards, Mlle Serpolette commented: “In Paris such a failure would have caused a disturbance while the motor would probably have been broken up and the spectators would have demanded their money back”.
A free exhibition was arranged for 12.30 on Tuesday. That morning, the press reported, O’Grady covered 15 miles (no comment about the crash - I wonder if half of the 15 miles might have been covered on the back of the recovery cart!), and on returning to the Lewis works the machine “was taken in hand by the lady” who rode it through the city streets to the oval.

Possibly the first motorcycle / tricycle / vehicle in South Australia.
If there was a petrol-driven motor vehicle on the roads of South Australia before May 1898, the press of the day was unaware: the machine to be demonstrated by French racing cycliste Mlle Serpolette was to be "the first motorcycle that the the public of South Australia has been privileged to witness".
An early tricycle Mademoiselle Serpolette was on an Australia-wide tour accompanied by one Monsieur Lucien Ullmo, who was described as "the representative in Australasia for the Gladiator Cycle Company". The Adelaide stop-over came between similar demonstrations in Fremantle, Western Australia and Sydney, New South Wales. Ullmo had brought out the famous Swiss cycle racer Lucien Lesna the previous year, and clearly understood the art of promotion. Drawing heavily on the dainty Serpolette's good looks and somewhat risque wardrobe -she preferred to ride in bloomers on the continent, but in deference to the conservative nature of English-speakers she wore "bifurcated skirts" of her own design while out here -there was considerable interest generated in her visit. The tour was supported by the well-known Gladiator Cycle Co. (or its successor Clement, Gladiator & Humber (France) Ltd.) and Serpolette brought with her two Gladiator racing bicycles, and the Gladiator motor tricycle. Surprisingly, even though women's cycling was accepted in South Australia in 1898, women's cycle racing was not and it was clear well in advance that Serpolette was not to race in South Australia, as the local rules of the sport forbade it.

< 1905
Francis E. - Birtles
Book Bicycle: Lonely lands, Through the heart of Australia. Australia, Melbourne to Freemantle in 1905. 1909.


1905ca. Unknown date of this foto. Fotographer unknown. Found by Owen page in 2004 at the Rockingham Museum Perth. Western Australia.

No Foto known.
1912 Australia was first crossed by a fossil fuel-powered vehicle in 1912 (WSC 1998; King and others 1993).
Who knows more?

Edward Holden, James' grandson, joined the firm in 1905 with an interest in automobiles.From there, the firm evolved through various partnerships and, in 1908, Holden & Frost moved into the business of minor repairs to car upholstery.
The company began to produce complete motorcycle sidecar bodies in 1913, and Edward experimented with fitting bodies to different types of carriages.
09.01.2015 Info via Wikipedia

Maurice Guilleaux genutzt. Guilleaux stellte im Juli 1914 einen Rekord auf, als er den bis dato längsten Postflug von Flemington (Melbourne) nach Sydney durchführte. Wiki.

Nach Ausbruch des Weltkriegs forderte die britische Regierung in Indien im Februar 1915 erstmals das AFC an. Vier Piloten unter dem Kommando von Petre brachen nach Basra (Irak) auf trafen dort Ende Mai ein. WIKI

Keith und Ross Smith flogen 1919 erstmals ein Flugzeug in nur 28 Tagen von London nach Darwin, wofür sie ein Preisgeld von 10.000 Dollar und einen Adelstitel erhielten. Bert Hinkler stellte 1920 mit seinem London-Turin-Flug einen Non-Stopp-Weltrekord auf. WIKI.
In 1919 the Australian government offered a prize of £A10,000 for the first Australians in a British aircraft to fly from Great Britain to Australia. Of the six entries that started the race, the winners were pilot Ross Smith, his brother Keith Smith as co-pilot, and mechanics James Bennett and Wally Shiers, in a modified Vickers Vimy bomber.-WIKI.
Route: GB- Alexandria- Singapure- Darwin.

Die Strecke Toowoomba- Brisbaine (85 Meilen) in Queensland von einer Harley Davidson in 3 Stunden und 7 Minuten gefahren.

08.01.1920-02.08.1920: Overland-Flight
Erstflug England-Australia (Darwin) in einem einmotorigen Flugzeug in 208 Tagen durch John C. McIntosh (1892-1921) and Raymond J. Parer England-Australia (Darwin).
Seven years before Lindbergh made his historical Atlantic crossing in 1927 the two lieutenants John C. McIntosh and Raymond J. Parer (who founded later New Guinea Airlines) flew half Around The World with the aid of a school atlas. In the year of avitation they were one of the few surviving teams of men in a race England - Australia (Darwin). They had become the first men flying in a single-engine aircraft (second hand, petunia colour. Held together with bits of string) this distance and landed after 8 months. And this without any official backing. Their only rediculous mission was to deliver a bottle of scotch whisky from Scottish Distiller Peter Dawson, who helped him financially to buy the plane, to prime minsier Billy Hughes. When they arrived finally in Darwin they became world famous after a flight described as the greatest flight feat of flying in the history of aviation.
     Route: Europe (England- France- Italy- Greece)- Africa (Egypt)- Asia (Persia- India- Burma)- Australia
And the only second pair in history who have made it.
- The first pair in the race who arrived from England in Australia after 28 days with the support of the aircraft were the Smith-brothers Keith and Ross in a twin-engine Vickers-Vimy Rolls. They were knighted, and collected the prize of 10.000 Austrilan pounds. In March 1919, the Australian Government had offered £A10,000 for the first flight between of an Australian flying Australia and England.
Publication: John Buchan wrote about this in journals.
Raymond Parer wrote a book: The flights and and Adventures of Parar and McIntosh (only copy in National Library)
- 28.03.1921
John Cowe McIntosh decided to go in for civil Passenger Flying. He had an accident on his second flight and became the first dead pilot in the civil aircraft. His unmarked body was dragged from a reckage of a small plane on a dirt airfield in Pithara, 148 north of Perth, Western Australia.
Even though he could not fly, McIntosh took up the challenge with Ray Parer. They left England on 8 January 1920 and arrived in Darwin 208 days later on 2 August 1920. The record stands as the longest time taken to fly between the two countries.

1924-1925 Arthur Grady

01.10.1924 - appr. 14.03.1925: Arthur Grady was the first motorcyle traveller solo Around Australia. on a Douglas Motorcycle. Model C.W. 348cc.

1924.10.01: Arthur Grady when he left Perth.

Appr. 1925.03.14 when Arthur Grady arrived again in Perth. Right Foto from "The Suday Times in Perth. W.A..

01.10.1924 - plus 5 months and 14 days to appr. 14.03.1925
Arthur Grady
(*20.05.1901 in Freemantle East/Perth - + ??.??.1987) - 25 years - on a Douglas Motorcycle. Model C.W. 348cc.-3Speed. All chanin. Clutch. Kick-Start. He covered 9,000 (10.000) miles. Arthur Grady was a bicycle maker in Fremantle.
Route: Perth across the top of Australia to Brisbane and back through the state capitals
1925.03.15: Perth. WA..The Sunday Times: Grady´s Arrival. Australia circled by motorcycle.
1925.06.11: "Motor Cycle", June 11th 1925
1925: Booklet publshed by the Douglas Motorcycle Company.
1981: “Classic Motorcycling” No. 1820..: OBA (= Old Bike Australia). Issue 10. "Old Bike Australasia" at
2016: The story of Arthur Grady written by himself.
2016.05.28: "Arthur Grady Day" in Perth.
Publisher: Jim Scraysbook. 20??: Reprint of the booklet publshed by the Douglas Motorcycle Company
20..: OBA (= Old Bike Australia). Issue 10. "Old Bike Australasia" at Publisher: Jim Scraysbook.
I cannot find the story in the magazine.??????????? 07.09.2011
B.T. In the booklet is standing that he is the first to circle Australia by motorcycle. (it does not work in 2016 anymore)

1993 I found the article in EMAP-Archive in GB. And copied it.
201. This summary
2016.07.04: Arthur Grady’s grandson is flying out from Sydney for the event, as is the editor of Old Bike Australia.


02.06.1984 - 05.07.1984:
Neil Bromilow repeated the tour "Around Australia" by Arthur Grady.
In 1924, Arthur Grady of Fremantle, Western Australia, made the first motorcycle circuit of Australia on a Douglas in five and a half months. Neil Bromilow of the VMCCWA also replicated this on a 1922 678cc Martinsyde with 15,985 km.

19.05.1995 + ten weeks: Kevin Kass repeated the tour "Around Australia" by Arthur Grady.

19.05.1995 - ten weeks
Kevin Cass (*15.10.1938. +12.10.2015)
Kevin (mechanical engineer. Racer. Restoring vintage-motorcycles) repeated the tour Around Australia in 1995 of Arthur Grady with a 1924 CW Douglas motorcycle in1924-1925. Sponsored by Australian Geographic,
Route: Wollongong - Melbourne - Adelaide’s Birdwood Mill motor museum - Nullarbor -
Seventy years on, the first circumnavigation of Australia by a powered vehicle has been retraced by an motorcycle identical to the original.

The rattling crack of an open-piped exhaust split the lazy air of a sunny autumn morning. The motorcycle swung into view, bearing down the main street of the Australian country town, its progress made more regal by the rider’s stance. Large footrests and wide, luxurious handlebars contrasted with a small purposeful motor and well proportioned running gear to cut a dash among the more mundane road users. The ancient
bike wheeled to a halt outside the largest building in the town. a towering, stone mill built last century. Its rider climbed off the flat-tank bike. He seemed to be a man on a mission. He was.

Wollongong historic enthusiast Kevin Cass spent the Australian winter following in the wheeltracks of Arthur Grady, the self reliant adventurer who rode a 350 cc Douglas twin from Perth across the top of Australia to Brisbane and back through the state capitals in 1924-25 becoming the first person to circumnavigate the country by motorised transport.

Cass left Wollongong on May 19 and a week later arrived at Adelaide’s Birdwood Mill motor museum via Melbourne. He then headed across the Nullarbor and was back home ten weeks after leaving it. His 1924 CW Douglas is almost identical to Grady’s right down to the unusual two- stroke exhaust pipes fitted, which give a distinctive staccato bark.

Grady’s exploits, a publicity stunt organised by the West Australian Douglas agent Armstrong, achieved worldwide recognition for the reliability of the new chain drive bike.

After completing the lap of Australia, Grady was immortalised by a small, pen and-ink-illustrated book produced by the factory. It included an introduction by the editor of The Motor Cycle. Part of it read: “Very few can appreciate fully the magnitude of the achievement, the dangers encountered, and the difficulties overcome, for in this modern world of ours it is hard to realise that parts of an island continent like Austalia
remain unexplored and so out of touch with civilisation that failure of the explorer’s mount would mean certain death. ”But if anyone was up to the task it was Grady. A 25 year-old motorcycle racer toughened by years of combat as a teenager in Word War 1. Grady was described in the book as “A tall good looking chap, with auburn hair, and to quote an Australian newspaper - ‘Enough to make the average girl envious -he is a
typical British character’.

Grady travelled alone, without any support. His swag consisted of an army oilskin ground sheet and mosquito net, bound tightly to the front forks. A toothbrush was carried in his pocket. Enough fuel was held on the rear carrier to supplement the one-and-a-half gallon petrol tank. An extra
gallon of oil was carried to supply the prodigious thirst of the total-loss, plunger-pump oil system. An ammunition box mounted on top of the carrier contained essential spares and a tyre-mending kit. Grady also carried a medical outfit and basic army hard rations. Perhaps the most vital item was a two gallon waterbag, the bare minimum for crossing such arid countryside.

Just four days after a rousing send-off from Perth in October, 1924, Grady literally ran out of roads and had to use his wits and a compass to follow little-used bullock tracks. Not an experienced bushman, he soon realised the enormity of his undertaking, especially with the north-west of the continent in drought. He had fitted oversize Bates tyres to his wheels and they soon became invisible, so covered were they with
three-pronged seeds from the area’s spiky grass. However, in 8000 miles the tyres never suffered a puncture.

As he headed north-east into the edge of the Simpson desert, the station homesteads were 80 miles apart. In one district he travelled 14 hours a day without changng out of low gear.

It was tough country. One station bunkhouse he dossed down in had the beds suspended by chains from the roof.”Snakes are very numerous and when I wake at night I can hear them crawling about on the floor,” the owner told him.

Station owners often gave Grady vague instructions, such as “Ride across the paddock until you reach the fence, then turn right”. Often the fence would be a morning’s travelling. In a flat landscape where the outline of a sheep on the horizon took on the proportions of a buffalo or a clump of bushes resembled a vital hillock, it was inevitable that Grady would get lost.

Perhaps the worst incident was when he spent a day retracing his steps and found his waterbag had sprung a leak, emptying its precious contents. “Everything was hushed and awfully still” he wrote. “I would reflect a little faintheartedly on my journey, solitary and melancholy, in that vast, rugged interior. Mile after mile of dreadful riding - it seemed to be maddening.” Grady was also racing against time, for although he had run out of water, the weather was shaping up for a major rain. He wrote later: “When the big wet sets in, all human affairs come to a standstill. The country is one great bog where neither man nor horse may travel.”

Eventually he abandoned the bike, tying his mosquito net on the end of a stick as a marker, and set off on foot to follow a dry creekbed. Darkness and rain stopped even this effort and he sought refuge under scrubby bushes from a two-hour deluge. He had been lost for two days.

In the dawn light he returned to his bike. started it up and stumbled over the faint marks of a buggy track. Miraculously, he was safe. But he had suffered the privations that still exist for outback travellers, and there are many motorcycle tourists on big (often rented) Japanese single-cylinder dirt- bikes who have lost their bearings in the outback.

Now a new problem faced Grady. How to cross the swollen creeks.

“Collecting a few handfuls of grass I stuffed them tightly into the exhaust pipes and, with a piece of fat, kept for lubricating the chains, greased the carburettor and magneto and plugged up the end of the carburettor with a piece of greasy cloth. Then smearing grease over the petrol tank cap. I cautiously started across. In mid-stream the handlebars were just visible.” Once over the plugs were withdrawn and the grand little machine started up with a healthy roar. On another occasion he found it easier to cross a major riverbed by dismantling the bike, carrying the engine across, then the rolling chassis, and reassembling it. He also experienced fuel problems. At one point in the journey across the continent petrol was available at the astronomical price of 10 shillings a gallon! On one occasion he rode 73 miles using kerosene (paraffin) in place of petrol.

His oil supply dried up once, and he made do with a home-brew of six bottles of medicinal castor oil, half a gallon of beef dripping (always semi-liquid in the summer heat) and two pints of windmill oil. “I made it myself and any motorcyclist is free to use my recipe.” he wrote later.

One station Grady crossed was 14.000 square miles. Loneliness was not a problem as he befriended some Aboriginals, who taught him how to harvest the desolate landscape for edible plants and berries. But perhaps the most bizarre incident was when he met a bullock wagon team whose driver seemed to have a knowledge of motorcycles. It transpired the man had a belt-drive Douglas strapped under the wagon
between the axles. When an incredulous Grady asked why, the bullock master said: “When I get 15 miles from a pub I get on the Douglas and ride ahead. This gives me an extra two days drinking time before my Aboriginal offsider arrives with the wagon.”

By the time Grady struck Brisbane the worst of his trip was over, despite the fact he was only halfway
home. He received civic receptions in the state capitals of Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide.
The journey home across the Nullabor from Adelaide was still a daunting experience, but Grady made light
of it saying it is a known road and has been travelled many times by motorists and motorcyclists. The
Douglas purred along contentedly day by day until on the 14th of March 1925 “I had the great pleasure of
riding down the streets of my native town of Fremantle and the Douglas registered the last beat after billions
of beats, in front of the town hall which I had left five months and 14 days before.

The great journey is finished and I am quietly satisfied with the honour of being the first to do it.
To the Douglas and Bates tyres I cannot give too much honour. Not one spare part was used on the
machine, which never once failed me and the Bates tyres never once punctured.”

The Douglas was eventually returned to England and put on display but what happened to it after that is

Grady was later offered a large sum of money to repeat the trip on an lndian but declined. He later raced
speedway motorcycles and continued riding motorcycles until the late 1970s. He died a few years later.

Kevin Cass (*15.10.1938. +12.10.2015), of Wollongong, started from the opposite side of the country to Grady, not that it matters much. He completed the journey in ten weeks, a couple less than he had given himself for the trip. He had the help of a support truck for about half the trip - he parted company with his on-road assistance at Broome, in north-west WA, completing the second-half of the journey by himself.
But Cass, a former Grand Prix racer on the Continental and English circuits in the 1960s, wasn’t out to set any records.

“I’m doing it for the whole movement of historic motorcycling,” he said when he was in Adelaide. “I want to break down the barriers between the clubs in various states and celebrate a piece of motorcycling history.” Cass built up an almost exact replica of the original CW model Grady used. The only differences were practical changes to allow the bike to remain safe in today’s frenetic traffic. The fuel tank was widened for
greater capacity, some bearings were replaced with modern designs, the 26-inch wheels were swapped for 19s, an air cleaner protected the engine, which used Australian-made conrods and pistons. Changes were made to the oiling system for improved reliability, and, having sponsorship from Penrite Oils, Cass had no fear of running out of the liquid gold.

Cass made it around the country without any major dramas, but he was nearly stopped with mechanical failure at Mt Isa. 200 km before Mt Isa, at Camoowheal, he felt the engine’s vibration suddenly increase and noticed a drop in power. It turned out to be a failing main bearing, which he repaired in Mt Isa with the assistance of the local vintage car club. He says, in fact, that he spent many of the nights he was away staying with people from the various vintage motorcycle and car clubs around Australia. and sends his thanks out to all who assisted him.

Doug, a global moderator said: The Grady tale also appeared in “Classic Motorcycling” No. 18, wherein Grady recounted his tale to Paul Reed in 1981.  Included was a route map around the continent.  It has a bit of an introductory and postscript but the part about the trip is a much abbreviated account (with the portion of the carter with the TS model slung under the wagon miss-printed twice) compared to the version credited to the "Motor Cycle", June 11th 1925.  Much of that abbreviated portion of the actual trip is verbatim to passages in the longer version, indicating that rather than printing the complete tale as contemporarily related by Grady, the author relied on extracts of the older publication.  I do not know when this version was printed, as the date does not appear in the photocopy I have. But it does mention at the end Grady died in 1987, so it must postdate that. It also mentions the trip was sponsored by Douglas Motors, Bates tyres, and the western Australian agent Armstrong (of Freemantle (?) to promote the new all chain drive CW model. It is said the machine was sent back to England, and later displayed in the Douglas museum, what ever that was. The current whereabouts of the machine was unknown.  

In the "Motor Cycle" version, in the portion “A Word from Grady”, it refers to the tale as “Previous to the historic attempt recorded in this booklet…” suggesting it was publish as a monograph. Probably by Douglas; like they did after a win in the TT. One wonders if any copies survived of the Douglas-Grady version.

As mentioned in this thread, it was also reprinted in the New ConRod a few years back.  But exactly when and which version I can not recall. Unfortunately the NCR is not indexed, so looking up such items is tedious.

Dirt Track. Senior Member 2004 May 2004:

G'day all
I had a conversation by phone last night with Neil Bromilow from WA. Neil is not a computer enthusiast and admits to not knowing how to turn one on!
Someone has brought this posting to his attention and he would like to make a comment and has asked me to put it in writing on the posting.
As you would expect he and Kevin Cass are great friends having both done the same trip as Grady. Neil and Kevin have spoken many times about both their own trips and Grady's original journey and are both agreed that Grady certainly actually did the trip, there is plenty of pictorial and other evidence backing this up.
But what they also agree on is that they doubt very much Grady's journey was as "uneventfull" as claimed, certainly they both had problems along the way even with modern tyres. wheel spokes and other more serious breakdowns.
Lets not forget that the event was "sponsored" by Douglas, Bates Tyres and other parties.....not much good advertising you went through 15 tyres en route....much better if you can say you had no problems!
Grady had done a couple of similar shorter runs previous to his Douglas effort....on a v twin BSA and then a single cylinder Harley taking them across the Nullabor.
Douglas enthusiast George Stevenson has done a hell of a lot of research on Grady's trip and has come up with a paper on it....shortly available.
Neil would be very glad to talk to anyone re Grady (unfortunately Kevin is not enjoying the best of health at the moment) and can be contacted by phone....should anyone want to contact Neil please email me and I will pass on his phone no.
George would also enjoy a chat about his research...same applies re phone no.

The National Library of NSW in Sydney has a copy of the brochure printed to commemorate the Grady trip. The text is verbatim to the online version in the geocities link.

Yes its true. The Grady-Tour was repeated app 1995- It was recreated 10 years ago by Kevin Cass from Wongawilly (near Wollongong) on a 1926 CW restored by him. His summary was that Arthur Grady could not have done the circumnavigation without tyres problems. And me roads in the Kimberleys.
Regards Daren
In 1924, Arthur Grady of Fremantle, Western Australia, made the first motorcycle circuit of Australia on a Douglas in five and a half months. Neil Bromilow of the VMCCWA also replicated this on a 1922 678cc Martinsyde, from 2 June to 5 July 1984 covering over 15,985 km.
In a guiness-book was standing:
In 1924, Arthur Grady of Fremantle, Western Australia, made the first motorcycle circuit of Australia on a Douglas in five and a half months.


03.02.2016 Søren Højmark Jensen from Denmark informs me about two interesting links:
A debate on the Douglasnet -
And this link -
= Vintage Motorcycle Club of Western Australia

1925 Michael Terry

04.10.1925 - 19.10.1925: Michael Terryy was a motorcyle traveller as well. He rode from Darwin to Broome with a AJS motor cycle and sidecar.

A comprehensive history of the Canning Stock Route


04.10.1925 - 19.10.1925
Michael Terry
(*03.05.1899 in Gateshead, County Durham, England - ??.??.1981, Australian)
+ Darwin - Broome. B.T. in 22.12.2013: On Highway 1 this if today the distance of 1.871 km.
Purpose: He moved to Australia in 1918. Between 1923 and 1935 he led 14, mainly gold prospecting, expeditions through inland Australia; he wrote several books about his experiences.
In 1924, Terry mounted an expedition from Darwin (Northern Territory) to Broome (Western Australia). They used two new one ton Guy Roadless Half Track trucks and an AJS motor cycle and sidecar. Terry left Billiluna on 4 October and travelled along the CSR as far south as Breaden Pool in the Breaden Hills. Leaving the CSR on 15 October, they headed westward to explore Mt Cornish, before returning to Breaden Hills and then back up the CSR to Lake Stretch, arriving on 19 October. (2) Leaving the CSR at Wolfe Creek the expedition headed northward to Ruby Plains Station then westward to Fitzroy Crossing and ultimately Broome.
Terry mentions that the vehicles performed faultlessly throughout the trip. The only difficulty they had was fitting dual radiators, when at Lower Sturt Creek Station.
(Additional information on this traverse  page 3 of this document)

1 West Australian, 25 August 1908, p.3.
(2) Michael Terry. Through a Land of Promise, Herbert Jenkins, London, 1927, pp.211-70.

More about Terry here

Do you know of a website via our National Library called Trove - that site may help
I typed Michael Terry and got this info - you should get more detail about the expedition here.
28.11.2013 All this information was kindly offered me by Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route "Work Completed Canning" in 2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.

68 Email from Martin Hayes to author, 8 May 2011.

Michael Terry

Members of Terry’s 1925 exploration and prospecting expedition were Michael Terry, seven leader, Lord Apsley, A.E. Smitheram, R.A. Prescott,8 E.E. Jolly,9 C.F. Syme and M. Rednap.Ten Leaving Darwin on 21 July, the party headed south towards
Katherine, in two one ton Guy Roadless trucks, both of which were towing trailers. The trucks were christened Maililma11 and Gwalowa.12 Not long into their journey they picked up a AJS motor cycle13 with side car, which was christened Gelaben.Fourteen Departing Katherine, the expedition headed in a westerly direction to Wave Hill Station and Inverway Station, then crossed the border into Western Australia arriving at Gordon Downs Station. Once they reached Billiluna, they left Gelaben with Dave Bickley (Billiluna Station manager), because the motor cycle would be unable to negotiate sand dune country.
Making slow progress, they reached Canning’s C25 blazed tree and a prearranged fuel dump. The next stop was Weriaddo Well, No. 51 well on the CSR. It was four metres down to the water, which was only 300mm deep. The water was brackish, too bitter for drinking and too hard to wash in. Terry made note of the excellent workmanship of the well, especially the neat and precise timbering of the shaft.
In early October Terry was suffering ‘... a touch of Barcoo rot’15 and stayed in camp at the Well while most of the party travelled east to Guda Soak in a trailerless Maililma. After some days rest, the group set off for Godfreys Tank. On approaching the foot of the tablelands, they headed south searching for the tank. To their dismay the party found the tank dry; they had been expecting to be able to bathe in its waters.
On the walls of the tank, Terry noted David Carnegie’s large C with a 96 inside it, Canning’s C23, Trotman’s initials, and the name Rae. Sixteen Terry’s party added their own initials. He also noted that Carnegie’s original C96 inscription had fallen and Canning’s party had cut a replica mark in his honour. Some members of the party climbed to the top of the tableland and discovered a cairn, presumed to be built by Carnegie. Others drove to Breaden’s Pool. On a large grassed flat near the pool:‘... were the remains of a large blacks’ camp. Low brush wind breaks were grouped in rows of three or four. Never before had I seen such a large collection, there must have been accommodation for at least one hundred.’ 17 Scattered around the area they found numerous artefacts including grinding stones, digging sticks, bark twine, a couple of kylies [throwing sticks] and an old shield. - On 15 October they left the CSR and headed westward to explore Mt Cornish, before returning to the tablelands and heading back up the CSR to Lake Stretch, arriving on 19 October.18 Leaving the CSR at Wolfe Creek, the expedition headed
northward to Ruby plains Station, then westward to Fitzroy Crossing and ultimately Broome, to conclude the expedition.
7 Terry Range east of CSR Well 33 was named after Michael Terry by J.J. Veevers.
8 Prescott Lakes west of CSR Well 45 was named after him by J.J. Veevers.
9 Jolly Peaks east of CSR Well 33 was named after him by J.J. Veevers.
10 Rednap Mound east of Libral Well on the CSR was named after him by J.J. Veevers.
11 Maililma - Aboriginal name for centipede. (Terry doesn’t indicate which Aboriginal language was the source).
12 Gwalowa – Aboriginal name for caterpillar. (Terry doesn’t indicate which Aboriginal
language was the source).
13 AJS motor cycles were made by A.J. Stevens & Co. Ltd, Wolverhampton, England, from 1909 to 1931.
14 Gelaben – Aboriginal name for Black Cockatoo. (Terry doesn’t indicate which aboriginal
language was the source).
15 Barcoo Rot is a skin disease characterised by crusted impetiginous skin sores and
occurring in association with heat, dirt, minor traumas and a diet chronically deficient in
fresh fruit and vegetables.
16 Constable Rae from Fitzroy Crossing, with five trackers called here in 1922 in search of
Banjo, who had killed Joseph Condren and Timothy O’Sullivan.
17 Michael Terry. Through a Land of Promise, Herbert Jenkins, London, 1927, p.265.
18 ibid, p.278.
20.12.2013 All this information was kindly offered me by Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route in 2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.


A group of Austrailan motorcyle-travellers who rode in Austraila with Harley Davidson from Perth (Western Australia) to Sydney (New South Wales). The names are unknown. Possibly they all belonged to the Harley Davidson Club of Pert, W.A.

1926-1927 Fotographer unknown. Found by Owen Page in 2004 at the Rockingham Museum Perth. Western Australia. Original of the overlanders Harley Davidson Club 1926-27 tour: Perth (Western Australia) to Sydney (New South Wales). The names are unknown.

B.T. 2016: Do YOU know them?

1990 Re enactment. Overnight stop at Meeedin 162 mile east od Perth in Western Australia. The names of all guys in 1926-27 and in1990 are unknown to B.T.


A Hungarian Around-The-World-Traveller who rode in Austraila as well. From Perth - South - Sydney - Cairns.

1928 - 1936
Zoltan Sulkowski (Hungarian 1902-1952) and Gyula Bartha (Hungarian)
+ Around-The-World with a Harley-Davidson sidecar by Zoltán Sulkowsky und Gyula Bartha. 7 years. 68 countries. 170.000 kms. 5 continents.
Route: Europe (Italy - France - Spain - Portugal) - Africa (Morocco - Algeria - Tunesia - Libya - Egypt) - Asia (Palästina, Syria - Turkey)- Europe (Greece - Bulgara - Romania - Jugoslawia) - ba boat back to Africa (Egypt - Sudan) - Asia (from Jemen (Aden) to India (Norh- and South and Ceylon) by boat 10 days from India (Colombo) to Australia (Freemantle) - 11.000 km in Australia (Fremantle - Perth - Kalgoorlie - Nullabor - Adelaide - Melbourne (- Tasmania (Hobart)) Canberra - Sidney - Brisbaine - Rockhampton - Cairns)- by boat to Asia (Indonesia) - island Clebes (Makassar) - Island Borneo (Banjarmasin) - Island Java (Surbaya) - Island Sumatra (Padang) - Malaya (Penang - Singapore) - ..
      Der schwierigste, anstrengendste, aber auch abenteuerlichste Teil ihrer Reise war in Süd-Ost-Asien durch Java, Sumatra, Malaysia, Siam, Indochina mit Kambodscha, Süd-Vietnam, Annam und Tonkin. Die fremden Schriftzeichen in China und Japan machten ihnen bei der Orientierung oftmals große Schwierigkeiten.
     Über Hawaii gelangten sie nach San Franzisko (USA). Nach 2 Jahren ausführlicher Reisen in Nord-Amerika fuhren sie weiter über Mexiko und Cuba, um zwei weitere Jahre in Süd-Amerika durch Panama, Equador, Peru, Chile, Argentinien, Uruguay und Brasilien zu reisen.
     Von Rio de Janeiro kehrten sie nach einer 8-jährigen Welt-Reise nach Europa (England) zurück. 1936 wurden die beiden Welt-Reisenden mit einer größeren Feier in Ungarn (Budapest) empfangen.
Publications: They did not have a sponsor for their tour. They had many publications in newsparers and magazines worldwide. And they had some different books in differenr languages.
Book: Sulkowsky, Zoltán. Motorral a föld körül. 170.000 km. AZ ÖT Világrész 68 Országán Keresztül. 14 Kapitel. 320 S. 127 SW-Photos. 14 Karten und Skizzen. Ungarisch.
Verlag: Privat herausgegeben von Zoltán Sulkowsky. November 1937. Budapest. Ungarn. Bibliothek.
All publication of books see:

1987: 1st info: Martin Franitza. Die großen Motorrad-Reisen unseres Jahrhunderts. Book in Hungarian: "Motorral a föld körül. 170.000 km".
Museum: Zusammenfassung der Reise in ungarischer Sprache von Dr. János Kubassek in der Museumszeitschrift „Földrajzi múzeumi tanulmányok“. 2. és 6. szám. 1986. Magyar földrajzi Gyüjtemény. Érd. Ungarn.  In dem geographischen Museum „Magyar Földraji“ in Érd liegt auch ein handsigniertes Exemplar dieses Buches und der Nachlaß der Originalaufzeichnungen von Zoltán.
1988 den „Secretary General of the FIM / CTC“, George Martinez, in Budapest besuchte, erzählte er mir erstmalig von der Existenz ausführlicher Unterlagen, die in einer ungarischen Bibliothek zu finden sein müßten.
1990: Erst 1990 konnte ich von ihm erfahren, daß ein Original eines Buches in dem geographischen Museum „Magyar Földraji“ in Érd liegt.
1991: 12.12.1991 B.T. erhielt von einem Mann Enry Sulkowsky in Bukarest (Sulkowsy war sein Onkel) das letzte, doppelte und zudem von Zoltán noch handsignierte Buch - zu einem dicken, hier ungenannten Preis ... Zoltáns Grab ist in Budapest, der genaue Ort unbekannt.
1994 B.Tesch. wrote a long summary of this rare journey and book Around-The-World in his book "Motorrad Abenteuer Touren"..
02.2008 An American translation of the book appeared which you can buy online: Edited in English language by Karoly Kanyo in USA as an ebook of 10 MB.
03.2009 The original book came out in paper in English from the in USA. Bernd Tesch sells this as well.
19.04.2015 Ives Campion informed me by email that he purchased one album and a one book in Hun garian language from Zoltan Sulkowsky. - B.T. has the impression that it comes from a member of the families of one of the travellers.
B.T.: This is the first longest mc-ride Around-The-World in those times. First World-Around-Tour by Hungarians. Second World-Around-Tour with a Harley-Davidson sidecar.

Zoltan Sulkowsky
Perth along the coast southern way to Cairns.
Around the World on a Motorcycle – 1928 to 1936’
 by Zoltan Sulkowsky ISBN 978-1-884313-77-6.
20.03.2015: Peter Whitaker: My guess was the first to Australia.
16.04.2016: B.T. I still have to work out his book concerning his Australian part.

1926 Len Jones

06.03.1926 (departure of Sydney) - (+ 8 months) 02.11.1926 (arrival Sydney): Len Jones
was the second motorcyle traveller Around Australia.
He was the first motorcycle traveller "Around Australia" on a solo-motorcycle (without sidecar?) with a companion (two different ones) on the back seat. He used an "Indian Scout".

Le: This is the official sale brochure of Indian with a sidecar (Internet).

This is a n "Indian Scout" for sale in modern times (Internet).

07.05.2016: For BT. it was NOT possible to get some original fotos from "Len" Leonard Jones who rode Around Australia. If you can make offer thsi it would be a great help for the history,

06.03.1926 - (+ 8 months) 02.11.1926 (in Sydney)
"Len" Leonard Jones (*1909 - †08th.05.1948).
Son of Leonard William Jones (*1886 - †11th.06.1968) and mother Myrtle (*1890 - †19th.11.1972) and "DOUBLE-DINK" VENTURER lived in Fivedock.
- "Len" Leonard Jones rode with William Kennedy (*1907 - †??.??.19?? in ?) from Fivedock on a motorcycle "Indian Scout" as far as Perth (W.A.). Len Jones rode with (Alfred?) Alf (?) Fred Clarke from Perth, W.A. (Leederville,) via Northern Territory to Melbourne. In total a 11,500 miles trip (8000 miles of cattle-track).
Purpose: Len Jones and William Kennedy made "The first attempt to circle Australia by ONE motorcycle with TWO persons". They rode an Indian Scout without (?) sidecar. Just for fun. They also called their ride "double dinking"  (the familiar name for riding with a pillion). - Len Jones of Fivedock was a motor cycle mechanic, and a member of the Bexley Motor Cycle Club. Len decided to work their passage round the continent. They have fuel-tanks good for 500 miles.
Route: Sydney (06.03.1926) - Melbourne (left 26.03.2016) - Adelaide (29.03.1926. - In Adelaid they worked at jobs for five weeks as mechanics) - Port Augusta, at Lincoln Gap (South Australia) - Eucla (Western Australia) - Norseman -Kalgoorlie - Perth (Western Australia. 15.06.1926. 3,000 miles from Melbourne) - Pendan Sands, some distance from Broome (Western Australia) - Geraldton - Meekatharra - Broome - Derby - Hall's Creek (Western Australia) - Willeroo (Northern Territory) - Emungalan (NT, the terminus of their Northern Territory line) - Mataranka Station (NT) - south of the Great Australian Bight - Katherine - Lorne Creek (NT) - Queensland again - Camooweal - Brisbaine (14.10.2013) - Melbourne - Sydney (02.11.1926 back in Sydney by train).
Earlier experiences: "'We've done about 40,00 or 50,000 miles on the machine together in the back country of New South -Wales, and we're keen on seeing if she will take us right round Australia. We're going to cling to the coast as much as we can."
The best: To make the first surrounding of Australia by motorcyle Indiana Scout with two persons on one motorcycle.
The worst:
It was not just fun...
B.T.: Arthur Grady was the first person in 1925 riding solo on a mc "Around Australia". Len Jones wanted to meet Arthur Grady in Perth.
13.08.2011 First info by freelance journalist Peter Whitaker in Australia to B.Tesch:
"I believe a Mr. Len Jones attempted a circumnavigation of Australia on an Indian Scout outfit in 1927 and I am attempting to source further information".
+ Wednesday, March 17. 1926: THE RECORDER. PORT PIERIE.
+ Tuesday, March 30.1926: THE REGISTER, ADELAIDE. A newspaper from Adelaide South Australia.
+ Thursday, April 01, 1926: THE NORTHERN STANDARD.
++ Tuesday, April 13, 1926: THE REGISTER. A newspaper from Adelaide South Australia.
+ Tuesday, June 15, 1926. THE REGISTER. A newspaper from Adelaide South Australia.
+ Monday, November 01, 1926. THE BRISOBANE COURIER, MONDAY.

+ Monday, November 01, 1926. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD.
+ Monday, November 01, 1926. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD (another two publication)
+ Monday, November 01, 1926. THE BRISBANE COURIER.
++ Thursday, November 11, 1926. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, page 5.
+ Tuesday, November 02, 1926. THE REGISTER. A newspaper from Adelaide South Australia.
++ Thursday, December 02, 1926: GERALDTON GUARDIAN.
- 1928. The mention a Len Jones as a Dirt Track racer in 1928.
- August 1929: "The Ariel Motor Cycling News". Ariel Motor Company.

Family-Tree-Structure of Len Jones:

"Len" Leonard Jones 
Son of Leonard William Jones (*1886 - †11th.06.1968) and mother Myrtle Jones (*1890 - †19th.11.1972)
*??.??.1909 - †08.05.1948
Married at ?? with ?? (Jan Mitchell: "I think that Len did marry once, but I am not sure").
Lived in Fivedock.
Jan Mitchell: "I know that he had no children".
Jan Mitchel: "I have NO photographs of "Len" Leonard Jones.
I have NO photographs of his mother Myrtle Jones or his father Len William either.
I have NO contact with any of the families either.
There is nobody of that generation left alive. 
We have never  had  contact with any of them. 

Abbot Osborne 
Son of ?? Osborne and ?? Osborne (born-name??)
*??.??.18?? - †??.??.18?? lived in (?? GB).
Married at ?? with Catherine Egan in Sydney to Catherine Osborne
He came as a convict to Australia in 1801

3 children of Abbot Osborne and Catherine Osborne
One (name??) Osborne was born 1844
. - Bartholomew Morris Osborne (*11.11.1847 - †29.08.1906). Baptised Parramatta Osborne (*16th April 1848 - ??.??.18??).

Bartholomew Morris Osborne
Son of Abbott Osborne and Catherine Osborne (Born Catherine Egan).
*11.11.1847 - †29.08.1906 in Lithgow
Married on 13.07.1870 at Ophir with Hannah Field to Hannah Osborne. 
This is the son that "Len" Leonard’s Jones family and Jan Mitchell´s family came from.

13 children of Bartholomew Morris Osborne and Hannah Osborne (born Field)
Two children (names ?) died in infancy before 1873. Rachel Osborne. Joseph Osborne. Bartholomew Osborne. Hannah Osborne. Thomas Osborne (*1850). Arthur Osborne (1884 he  married Mary Ann Morris. Grandmother of Jan MItchell). Albina Osborne. Frederick Osborne. Myrtle Constance Beatrice Osborne (*??.??.1890 - †19th.11.1972. She married Len William Jones and they were the parents of"Len" Leonard Jones the motor cycle rider). Mary Osborne. Harold Osborne (1894).

Myrtle Constance Beatrice Osborne 
Daughter of Bartholomew Morris Osborne and Hannah Osborne (born Field).
*??.??.1890 - †19th.11.1972 lived in Fivedock.
Married at ?? with Leonard William Jones to Myrtle Jones

1 child of Leonard William Jones and Myrtle Constance Beatrice Jones (born Osborne)
"Len" Leonard Jones (*1886 - †11th.06.1968). Jan Mitchell: "He was an only child".

"Len" Leonard Jones 
Son of Leonard William Jones (*1886 - †11th.06.1968) and mother Myrtle Jones (*1890 - †19th.11.1972)
*??.??.1909 - †08.05.1948
Married at ?? with ?? (Jan Mitchell: "I think that Len did marry once, but I am not sure").
Lived in Fivedock.
Jan Mitchell: "I know that he had no children". And:
" I THINK Uncle Lenonard William Jones had a brother Aleck Jones who was older than him.

Uncle Len and Aunty Myrt were married in 1908 at Wallerawang, it is about 11 km  from Lithgow.

Uncle Len’s father MAY have been a William Jones who married  Sarah Rillett in 1866. 
None of this is secure information.  I cannot do any more Bernd.

I have tried very hard to find more out for you, but you can only go so far without reliable information.  The family put up barriers to some information.

Family tree of Jan Mitchell:

Arthur Osborne 
Son of Bartholomew Morris Osborne and Hannah Osborne (born Field)
*??.??.18?? - †1??.??.18?? lived in (?? Fivedock).
Married at ?? in 1884 with Marry Ann Morris
= Grandparents of Jan Mitchell

?? How many children of Arthur Osborne and Marry Ann Osborne Morris
Emanuel Osborne. Margaret Thelma Osborne. Glen Ellice Osborne (Mother of Jan Mitchel.). Noel Bartholomew Osborne. Neville Warren Osborne. - All are now deceased =verstorben). 

Jan Osborne
Daughter of Glen Ellice Osborne and ??
* ??.??.appr. ?.??.1935 in ??.
Married at ??.??.19?? with Jack Mitchell in ??

Jack Mitchell
Son of ?? Mitchell and ?? Mitchell (Born name??)
Married at ??.??.appr. 1921 with ?? Jan (??born-name?)

?? How many children of Jack Mitchell and Jan Mitchell (Born-name?)

Francis John Mitchell
Son of ?? Mitchell and ?? Mitchel (Born-name?)
*??.??.18?? in ??. +??.??.19??
oo 09.02.1957 Janice Elizabeth Rowland

3 children of Francis John Mitchell and Janice Elizabeth Mitchel (*born Rowland)
Penelope Mitchell (married to Alan Brogan.  3 children Brent, Joel and Adam Brogan).
David Mtchell (married to Susan. 2 children Samantha and Christopher Mitchell).l
Beth Mitchell (married to Gary Knight. 2 children Harry and Stephanie Knight).

David Knox was most interested, but I don’t know that he has ANY information re Len.
I have no more to add and both Jack and I wish you well in your hunt. 
Cheers from Australia

15.04.2016 The story of the "First surrounding of Australia by a solo motorcycle Indian Scout with two persons" by Len Lones in this website:
1970: Bernd Tesch started to research the conquering of each continent by all ways of transport including motorcycle 1885 up to date 1970 while preparing his own tour Transafrica via car VW-Bus in 1970-71..
1979: Since 1979 his focus was more and more concentrated to motorcycle-travels all over the world.
1990: To find more out B.T. visited many libaries and book-authors since 1990 personally in Germany, CH, DK, F, GB, NL and USA.
1993: Although B.T. had the chance to email via Markus Grave in the university of Aachen already in 1993 to USA it really started to be connected with more persons in the end of the 1990s.
1999-2000: B.T. rode with Patricia on two sponsored motorcycles YAMAHA XT 600 E from Kurt Weidner in Glenluce a first round in Australia from Melbourne up the east coats and back through the middle via Alice Spings back to Melbourne. During this time I visited the daughter of Jack Bowers, Antonia Bowers (Married Antonia Horn). Jack has just died some months before. I saw the original diary and got later some fotos as scans from her. Jack Bowers circled Australia in 1929-1929 with a Harley Davidson with sidecar.
I had prepared this Australian own tour very well an dvisited 34 different persons concerning "motorcycle in Australia. Or from Europe to Australia and reverse..
2004-2005 Patricia and B.T. circled Australia the other side by mc with two from BMW sponsored BMW R 1150 GS Adventure from Darwin via Perth to Melbourne. And visited some Australian experts concening historical rides. Very important was the visit of "Fred Bendles" son, Robin H. Bendle and his wife Sandra in Australia. Fred Bendle and Harry Hobson circled 10.000 miles Australia with two Harley-Davidson sidecars 06.06.1929-16.09.1930.
2011: Australian expert on historical Australian mc-travels Peter Whitaker wrote me a short overview of travellers "Around Australia". In this I found a first information about "Len Jones who circled Australia in 1927". He sais: No more publications without one in Ariel-magazine 1929.
2015.12: Jan Mitchell (80 years), a cousin of Len Jones -and later- her brother Lance Rowland, wrote to be by email that I can find more information with clippings in some newspapers like "The Recorder" and "Geraldton Guardian" in internet. We started a research together beginning to know some details of the personal life and family of Len Jones and a bit of his mc-tour around Australia.
B.T. asked the Danish expert on Douglas -Motorcycles, Soeren Hoejmark Jensen, if he knows something of the tour of "Len Jones surrounding of Australia with a Douglas ". He made a lot of successful research in the Australian newspares in internet of the "Around Australia tour by Len Jones on an Indian Scout" for me.
In the newspaper Geraldton (02nd.12.1926) is written that Len Jones finally surrounded Australia with this bike Indian Scout in about 8 months including working on the way to pay the tour. But it was not the first "Around Australia". That was done by Arthur Grady at 01.10.1924 - plus 5 months and 14 days to ??.??.1925 on a Douglas Motorcycle.
2016: Until 2016 B.T. found out more than 1600 worldwide Mc-TRAVEL-Books. Including those existing Mc-Travel-Books books "Around Australia" (I am missing the original dates of the Arthur Grady book). A book about Len Jones Tour Around Australia has never been published.
- I still miss the Ariel publication form 1929 with hopefully the first foto of the Indian Scout with Len Jones during the tour.
- Book-Author Sam Manicom in GB and some others trie to get this for me.
2016 If you reader know the families of the two men who rode with him please inform me. William Kenndy (*1907) and Alf Clarke(or F. Clarke ?) from Perth.
If you know of fotos of the tour, please send them as a scan for this historical blog. Thanks!
2016.04.14: B.T. wrote to an oldtimer club in Perth.
2016: Possible other publication in: National Motorcycle Museum, or the Ariel Owners Club

2016.04.14: The cousin of Len Jones - now woman Jan Mitchell (80 years) -informs B.T.: Jan Mitchell: I think that Len did marry once, but I am not sure. I know that he had no children. He was an only child and the family kept to themselves. I don’t know anything about the people who travelled with him on the round Australia trip.2016.04.15: Peter Whitaker wrote to B.T. Will send account of Len Jones's journey by end April.
15.04.2016: Lance Rowland in Australia, cousin of Len Jones, informed me: Kevin Cass died 12 months ago in 2015.
B.T.: From a chat in 2004: Neil Bromilow from WA and Kevin Cass are great friends having both done the same trip as Grady. Neil and Kevin have spoken about Grady's original journey. Both agreed that Grady certainly actually did the trip, there is plenty of pictorial and other evidence backing this up".

2016.04.15 Letter to John Nash. from the Ariel-Club.

This is a short story read from the newspaper:

"DOUBLE-DINK" VENTURE. Ride Round Australia. Riding' "double-dink" round Australia on a motor cycle, William Kennedy, 19, and Len Jones, 20, of Sydney, reached Melbourne on Saturday. They left Sydney on March 6. This is the first time the feat has been attempted. '"We're just out for tie fun of it" said Jones. "'We've done about 40,00 or 50,000 miles on the machine together in the back country of New South -Wales, and we're keen on seeing if she will take us right round Australia. We're going to cling to the coast as much as we can." They left Melbourne for Adelaide yesterday. Both are taking their turn to sit on the carrier, which is fitted with a leather cushion, and is so comfort able, they say, 'that they can go to sleep on it -while riding. The machine, an Indian Scout, is practically hidden by the equipment they are carrying-tent, blankets, tucker box, billy, tomahawk, gun, and other odds and e??s to meet any emergency.
04.04.2016 Text copied and highlighted by Søren Højmark Jensen: Soren informed B.T.

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By FEXIT. FIVE TIMES INDIAN WINS GOLD HELMET. At Maroubra this month Cecil Brown, on his Indian, with marvellous consistency retained against his fifth challenge the Maroubra gold helmet. The race, is 10 miles all powers dash he won easily. His fastest lap was covered at 99 miles an hour. On the same day, again on an Indian, he won the Maroubra Silver Cup a 10 mile dash for under 500 c.c. machines. His fastest lap was 93 miles an hour. Those two races were the principal motor cycle events on the programme.

Two youths, Len Jones (20) and William Kennedy (19) are out to "double-Dink'" round Australia on an Indian Scout motor cycle. They left Melbourne on March 22, travelling round the continent anti-clockwise. The two youthful adventurers have more than optimism to back them. Both are motor cycle mechanics togeher they have travelled more than 40,000 miles on their machines in New South Wales and Queensland, and are familiar with that, section of their long ride. They are well informed about conditions existing over the rest of the route. The Scout belongs to Jones, but each is taking his turn to ride on it. It has been made comfortable by the provision of a leather cushion, well sprung, and foot rests fixed to the frame. Strapped on to the Scout in a manner that proves the two youths old hands at the game, is a medley of camping equipment, tent, blankets, tucker box, billy, rifle, tomahawk and waterproof sheeting. Their mission, 'Round Australia,' is painted on the tank. The Scout is a 1922 model Inspite of its 40,000 miles, it has not been rebored. To test it before starting on their strenuous undertaking, Jones and Kennedy took it on to the Maroubra track and it went around, touching 65 miles an hour, for three hours without a murmur. Though not yet quite recovered from an illness contracted in Sydney, Spencer Stratton raced on Indian at Warrnambool (Vic) on March 20, and carried off the 5 miles Western District Championship.
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AROUND AUSTRALIA. TWO ON INDIAN SOLO. "The Daily Guardian," Sydney, of March 5th, states: Without much money, but with tons of confidence in both themselves and their machine, Leonard Jones and William Kennedy, two young men from Five Dock, will start out tomorrow in an euort to encircle Australia. Successful attempts have been made before on side car and solo outnts, but Jones and Kennedy will
try to do the journey both on one solo machine, a 1922 model Indian Scout. A big pillion seat will be used by the rider behind, and with plenty
of luggage tied on, they expect to have a fairly comfortable ride. A tent, gun, cooking utensils and many sundries will be carried, and extra tanks, enabling them to carry enough petrol for over 500 miles, have been built on the machine. They do not intend to hurry, and
expect to be away eight or nine months. Dunlop tyres, and Castrol oil will be used throughout the journey. If confidence and optimism go for
anything, Kennedy and Jones should have a most successful trip.
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By FEXIT. ROUNDING AUSTRALIA. Though 71, and having only three sound fingers, Mr. James Parker, of Maree (N.S.W.), is planning to start this month a ride round Australia on his new Indian Superchief and sidecar, purchased last month. The idea was suggested him by the attempt now being made of Len Jones land Will Kennedy to 'double-dink' round Australia on an Indian Scout. Mr. Parker, a pioneer of the New South Wales north-west, lost several fingers when forest clearing some years ago yet he handles his machine with dexterity. Jones and Kennedy, who left Melbourne on March 22, two-up on an Indian Scout, to ride round Australia, reached Adelaide on March 29, with little incident and no trouble. One little happening shows how quietly the two travel. On a sand bed in South Australia Kennedy got off the carrier to make it easier for the Scout to get through. Jones went on. About five miles before he discovered Kennedy's absence. Both are enthusiastic about the Way their Scout is pulling the load it carries. With themselves and equipment they estimate the load at nearly 400 lb.
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MOTOR CYKLING AND CLUB DOINGS. By FEXIT. PROGRESS OF INDIAN. JONES AND KENNEDY REACH PERTH. With little incident, Len Jones and Will Kennedy, who are "double-dinking" round Australia on an Indian Scout, have reached Perth, in Western Australia. They left Melbourne on March 26, and had travelled 3,000 miles on arrival at Perth. Their chances of completing the trip are good, for they are familiar with most of the distance now to be covered. As far as Broome they will keep to the route of the aerial mail. The youths are earning money on the way round, which accounts for their slow progress. In Adelaid they worked at jobs for five weeks, and they intend to find work in Perth. For their actual riding time they have averaged 120 miles a day.
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AROUND AUSTRALIA. MOTOR CYCLISTS REACH BRISBANE. Len. Jones and Fred. Clarke, the two young Australian motor cyclists who, in April last, set out from Melbourne on a trip around Australia, reached Brisbane at 12.45 p.m. yesterday, after having covered by far the greater and more trying part of their Marathon tour. They have had many and varied experiences in making their way from Perth through the the
north-east portion of West Australia, thence to Darwin and the Western towns of Queensland. Ever since they started out they have been "double dinking"  (the familiar name for riding pillion), and their machine, an Indian Scout, has performed remarkably well to stand up to the strain of carrying two men over the country they have traversed. They reached Roma on Tuesday, Toowoomba on Wednesday, and finished the journey to Brisbane yesterday morning.
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ROUND AUSTRALIA. On a Motor Cycle. SYDNEY, Saturday.
Leonard Jones, of Fivedock, Sydney, and Fred Clarke, of Perth, aged 20 years, arrived In Sydney today, having travelled round Australia on a motorcycle. Jones, a motor cycle mechanic, and a member of the Bexley Motor Cycle Club, accompanied by William Kennedy, left Sydney on  March 6 and decided to work their passage round the continent. The route followed was via Melbourne, Adelaide, Kalgoorlie to Perth, at which place Kennedy returned to Sydney. Jones was joined by Clarke, and the journey continued via Geraldton, Meekatharra, Broome, Derby, Hall's Creek, Katherine, and Camooweal to Brisbane, where they arrived three weeks ago. Jones and Clarke left Brisbane on Tuesday, passed through Lismore on' thursday. When Jones reaches Sydney he will have travelled 11,300 miles.
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A- NOTABLE PERFORMANCE. SYDNEY, October 31. The two young motor cyclists, Len Jones and F. Clark, who have ridden one motor cycle round Australia, completed their journey on Saturday afternoon, when they reached the Sydney G.P.O. Len Jones, accompanied by W. Kennedy, left Sydney on March6, but at Perth Kennedy abandoned the venture, and Jones was joined by Clark.
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MOTORING. Speedway Royal. CLOSELY CONTESTED RACES. Some of the closest motor cycle racing jet wit nessed in Sydney took place at Speedway Royal on Saturday evening, several of the events being won by inches only. The principal event of the evening, the Golden Gauntlet sciatch race, was won by the Lithgow collum, Len Jones. The winning cars in the recent 10 days' reliability touring contest of the Royal Automobile Club of Australia,  together with the Oldsmobile, driven by Mr. A.H. Barnes, which broke the Brisbane to Sydney record, and the two motor cyclistst L. Jones and F. Clarke, who are completing a ride around Australia, gave an exhibition drivie around the track.
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AROUND AUSTRALIA. By Motor Cycle. ADVENTUROUS JOURNEY OF 11,500 MILES. After a final stage of about 250 miles, from a point within 20 miles of Dungog to Sydney, the two young motor cyclists, Len Jones and F. Clarke, who rode a motor cycle around Australia, completed their Journey on saturday afternoon. They were welcomed at the General Post Ofllce by Mr. J. Haigh Miller, on behalf of Messrs. Biden and Roberts, and members of the Indian Motor Cycle Club. Len Jones, who is a resident of Fivedock, left Sydney, accompanied by W. Kennedy, on an Indian motor cycle, specially equipped with large fuel tanks and other fittings, with the object of riding completely around the Continent, on March 6 last. They took turns at driving, the passenger sitting on a tandem seat. They followed the southern route, via Melbourne, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Eucla (Western Australia), and Norseman, to Perth. - Their financial resources were small, but they worked their way from town to town, making money by repairing motor vehicles wherever they could do so. Another very strenuous time was experienced by Jones and his new companion. Clarke, who joined him in Perth, when they tackled the roadless section of the Continent from the northern settlements In Western Australia through Hall's Creek to Emungalan, the terminus of teo Northern Territory line, and again through the Territory Into Western Queensland. The motor cyclists passed through some drought- ravaged country, the Northern Territory having suffered in this way for six years past. Stock was in a pitiful condition in many places, and Jones states that on one occasion he saw hundreds of dead horses. During his journey, Jones has covered 11,500 miles on the motor cycle, and states that fully 8000 miles of this distance was over cattle tracks.
14.04.2016 Text copied and highlighted by Søren Højmark Jensen. Soren informed B.T.

This is a short story read from the newspaper:

ROUND AUSTRALIA. JONES AND KENNEDY REACH SYDNEY. The two white pfhellah (fellow) on "wheel-borrow" is what Western Australian blacks called Len Jones and Will Kennedy, who have returned to Sydney on their round-Australia ride, "double-dinking" on an Indian Scout. They left Melbourne on March 26. One slice of the distance— 130 miles front Nullabor Station to Eucla - put the determination of the two youths to a gruelling test. The road, good when dry, vas completely under water, and they were four and a half days covering it, in one long nightmare of back-breaking effort. Every few hundred yards - hundreds of times a day - they had to take out the back wheel of the Scout to scrape mud from underneath the mudguard. In one place, where they thought to dodge the road a bit, they ran into a wombat burrow, and were an hour and of half dragging their machine out. Then, at night, at was so wet underground, that they had to build a platform of saplings to sleep on.'
12.04.2016 Text copied and highlighted by Søren Højmark Jensen. Soren informed B.T.
03.05.2016 WIKI: A wheelbarrow is a small hand-propelled vehicle, usually with just one wheel, designed to be pushed and guided by a single person using two handles at the rear, or by a sail to push the ancient wheelbarrow by wind. The term "wheelbarrow" is made of two words: "wheel" and "barrow." "Barrow" is a derivation of the Old English "bearwe" which was a device used for carrying loads.

This is a short story read from the newspaper:
++ Thursday, November 11, 1926. THE SYDNEY MORNING HERALD, page 5.
Speedway Royal. ... there will be a special match race between Lithgow´s champion, Len Jones, holder of the Golden Gauntlett and the NewcastleCarlie Datson..
23.04.2016 Newspaper-copy send to B.T. by Jan Mitchell, Australia

This is a short story read from the newspaper:

MOTOR CYCLING AROUND AUSTRALIA. NOT A JOY RIDE. Some months ago two young adventurers pushed off from the Perth G.P.O. on a motor cycle trip to Melbourne, via the Northern Territory route. One was a Perth lad named Alf Clarke; the other, Len Jones, of Sydney. Jones rode through to Perth from Melbourne via Adelaide, accompanied by another young man, who, however, broke the journey at Perth, and allowed Clarke to complete the round Australia trip. The cyclists have now reached Melbourne, and during the course of a Press interview Jones stated that now that he had completed the journey round Australia he had a very different opinion about the trip from that which he held when he set out.
"said that we were doing it just for fun and adventure," he remarked, "but I would not do it again for £1,000,000. It took Alf Clarke and myself nearly eight months to do the trip, and we found all the fun and adventure we wanted, and more. Owing to the terrible travelling conditions, and the mile upon mile of shifting sand, we had many spills. Roads there are none. In fact, in the West, and in the Northern Territory we averaged about six crashes a day. Near Port Augusta, at Lincoln Gap, we crashed in loose gravel, and I was in bed for a week with an injury to my knee. At Pendan Sands, some distance from Broome, we had 43 crashes in a 32-mile stretch of heavy sand. At other times the wheels sank up to the hubs in mud. But this was only part of the joys of travel. Going round the Great Australian Bight we went without food for four days. Rain overtook us on our way to Eucla, and made travel impossible. We shot a black rabbit with our last bullet. It was eaten inside 15 minutes. Outside from Willeroo, Northern Territory, we were delayed in the bush for two days, owing to trouble with our mount. Our only water supply was a slimy billabong, and there was a dead bullock lying in it. We came through that more by luck than anything else. The blacks were all right if you treated them right. But many of them would "skewer" you if you gave them a chance. They called us The "two white-feller on wheelbarrow". The motor cycle they called the "sit down, walk away." In the Northern Territory we came across 27 horses caught in a bog. Four of them were still alive, and the dingoes were tearing at them. A few bullets put them out of their misery. At Lorne Creek we passed 1,700 black horses, or brumbies, that had been shot to save grass for cattle, owing to the drought. The carcases lined the track for 25 miles. When we camped at night the dingoes would gather round, howling and fighting among themselves. But they would run when we chased them with sticks. They do not often attack. It was in W.A. that we had some fine sport chasing them across the plains, and shooting them from the bike. A lonely telegraph linesman we met there had constant trouble with them. They bit the tail off one of his camels one night. Petrol was impossible to obtain at times. From Soakage Creek to Wave Hill, in the Northern Territory, a distance of 250 miles, we ran on kerosene. Once, while we were crossing the Bight, we had to walk 15 miles and ride on horseback for 20 miles, and then had to pay 7/6 a gallon for petrol. But we paid as much as 15/- and £1 a gallon. In addition to food, petrol and water shortages, we were often short of cash. We managed to pay the expenses of a 11,500 mile trip on £1/12/-. We arrived in Melbourne with 2/- between us. The two baby opossums we brought back with us have travelled 5.000 miles from Mataranka Station. We carried them in our shirts. And now trip is over, and I am going back to Sydney - by train."
13.04.2016 Text copied and highlighted by Søren Højmark Jensen. Soren informed B.T.


13.08.2011 Infos by freelance journalist Peter Whitaker in Australia:
"I believe a Mr. Len Jones attempted a circumnavigation of Australia on an Indian Scout outfit in 1927 and I am attempting to source further information. If and when I do the story will be submitted for publication. TO BE ALLOCATED. TBA. I have no idea when this might happen. Meantime I’ve provided you with all the information I currently have relating to early motor cycle travel in Australia.
Nothing has been published about Len Jones other than one photograph in ‘The Ariel Motor Cycling News’ August 1929 (of which I do not have a copy).
2016.04.08 Jan Mitchell informs me:
TROVE is where the newspapers are put out for general information in the form of digitised newspapers.  You only have to enter TROVE into Google and it comes up.Enter LITHGOW as the area of newspapers you want to examine.  Give a date say the 1920 to 1930s. 
09.12.2015 Info by Jan Mitchell in Australia (?): "My cousin Len Jones went  around Australia on an Indian Scout  with a Will Kennedy in 1926".  This information is from a  a newspaper clipping  in
THE REGISTER a newspaper from Adelaide South Australia dated Tuesday the 13th April 1926.
There is another clipping from a newspaper in Geraldton, called the 
GERALDTON GUARDIAN. It is dated Thursday 2nd  December 1926.
Both give quite detailed information on the trip. In this entry Will Kennedy gave up the venture and Len was joined by an Alfred Clarke.
09.12.2015 Request to Jan Mitchell to send all clippings including fotos as scans with 600 dpi.
01.02.2016 Next request to Jan Mitchell in Australia
04.02.2016 Jan Mitchell answers

05.02.2016 Soeren Hoejmark Jensen from DK informs B.T.:
Len Jones. Douglas and Sidecar. You mentioned in previous mail, the tour was on Indian scout outfit?
The mention a Len Jones as a Dirt Track racer in 1928. It could be the same man, and I could try emailing to some of the australians directly, outside the internet, to see if anybody knows.

06.02.2016 Soeren Hoejmark Jensen from DK informs B.T.:
I have emailed directly to persons in Australia who migth know about Len Jones: Leon Mitchell and Daren Worboys. I also mailed  to Doug Kephart in USA, who is global moderator for I have had more other contacts with Doug about other subjects, and he know more of the australians.
About Len Jones he write:
I know Daren Worboys (Darren W) and Leon Mitchell (cardan). Leon is a passionate researcher of early Australian motoring, and for a time he published the magazine "Serpolettes Tricycle", issues which can be found here:
Of the folk that I know in Australia, Leon would be my first choice to ask such a query.
22.03.2016 Bernd Tesch tries another time to get information and the clipinngs from Jan Mitchell. Unfortunately his brother died some weeks ago.
04.04.2016 Bernd Tesch contacted woman Jan Mitchell (80 J, cousin of Len Jones. Her husband Jack will be 90 in 5 weeks) several more times. She answered with a lot of personal infos of him.
04.04.2016 Beause it is very dificult for B.T. to find all this details in the Newspapers and clippings he contacted Peter Whitaker with all the infos he had. So I hope he will do ths job to collect all about Len Jones. And Peter will inform me soon.
04.04.2016 - LITHGOW MERCURY
13.04.2016 BT contated British mc-travel-expert Sam Manicom in GB if he knows somebody who owns a photo of Len Jones.
14.04.2016 Sam Maicom answers:
One friend has come back to me with this comment: Happy to help. My library, such as it is, is focused on the 1933 to 1959 period, which is the era of all my bikes. However, I know someone with bound copies of all the 1902 to 1945 motorcycling magazines (there were two rival weekly publications, both with huge circulations, in those days. Sadly, he's not computer literate and won't be able to scan anything. I usually visit him a couple of times a year for a cuppa and to do some research for myself. Sometime in the next 2 months I'll be calling in on him with laptop and scanner so will happily copy the article for Bernd if it's there. Sam: I have more emails out with more people. I'll let you know if I hear anything.
18.04.2016 Sam Manicom informs B.T. concerning his search for fotos of Len Jones.
Suzanne from "The UK Amateur Motorcycle Association" wrote: Further to Craig’s email. The AMCA was formed in 1932 so unfortunately our library does not go back to 1929.
02.05.2016 Until now I did not find one foto of "Len Jones", who had circled Australia. If one reader knows this I would be very grateful of this info!
Jan Mitchell (*1936) form Australia, a real cousin of "Len Jones" red this website. And informed me about him at 05.12.2015. And then many times more. And send me a letter with newspaper clippings as well. Today she send me this foto of her family. So this is the only existing foto of the "blood" of the "Len Jones-family". Thanks, Jan!

Foto: This was taken 1910 at Christmas Day at our home.  Jack and Jan are in the front. Our three children are there along with husbands and our one daughter in law.
03.05.2016 Myrtle Beatrice Constance Osborne was Aunt’s name before marriage to Leonard Jones.

2016.05.16 + 2016.06.25 Dear president Conor (Murphy) personally and dear editor Barry (Curley) personally in Australia, from Bernd (Tesch. *1941) in old Germany. - I am working since 1970 in finding out the conquering of each continent and the world-around-tours by motorcycles. All the summaries I found out you you find since 1998 on my website - most in English: > then left see all the buttons for the continents. - Historical tours in Australia - AND Australia-Europe and reverse - have my special interest. I circled and crossed Australia by mc myself in two journeys wit my wife. - Since 2011 I know from an early circle in Australia by "Len Jones" via Peter Whitaker in Oz. But wheter he not I could find out more by internet. In december 2015 a "woman cousin of Len Jones, Jan Mitchell (80 years)" contacted me from Oz. Since then I and some helpers have been working on this "Total Around Australia by Len Jones with  an Indian Scout" very much. Finally you find a summary and all the clippings of the Australian newspapers at that time published first time on my website of Australia. - I am still searching for one or more fotos of "Len Jones" and the two guys on his back-seat before, during or after his trip. Possibly it was the second "Around Australia by mc at all" after Arthur Grady in 1925. - My request to you: Could you please ask your members if they know such a foto? - You can publish this brandnew "Indian Mc-News" free of charge if you offer my website as well. And send me one copy of the 3-months-news with this news as well please. - Would be kind to answer this email. (some missing fotos will return next..) > See there 1926 Bye Bernd Tesch to

2016.06.20 Jan Mitchell from Australia informs me kindly by letter about an Australian-Book online (only?) - LithgowMotorCycleGuide-2006-2016. Written by Maree Statham. This book for mc-rides in thsi area gives some information about the history of ridesr - most racers - there.
2016.06.20 Email from Bernd Tesch to Maree Statham. "Do you own fotos "of Len Jones from Fivedock (132 km SEE fom Lithgow) who circled Australia in  1926  ??
2016.06.24 Jan Mitchell from Australia informs me kindly by email that a Mr. David from Wallerawang in OZ contacted her about "Len Jones". He will contact B.T..
2016.06.24 B.T. answers Jan Mitchell. And B.T. wrote to Peter Thoeming "The bear" to search for fotos by a publication.
2016.04.25: Peter Whitaker in Australia wrote an 1,5 pages article with his copyright: Bernd Tesch / Len Jones "Around Australia". "Double Dinking" Around Australia.
2016.07.02 B.T. writes to Sam Manicom in GB again:  mc-magazine "The Motorcycle 1903-1956". This publications are stored in EMAP-archive. In 1993 I knew the owner. So I belonged to te rare persons to see this magazine personally with all weekly magazine-reports. Nowadays I have no idea who the owner is. And how I can see the weekly publications in 1926-1927. I suppose that there MUST be an article with a photo. Do YOU know if this publications are digitalisiert and in internet already?
2016.07.02; BT writes again to Sam Manicom: Please contact the man who owns all mc-magazines 1903-1945 of TWO mc.magazines. This man is not fit with a computer.
2016.07.04: BT writes again to  Murray (Barnard) in Western Australiafrom "Western Australia Vintage Motorcycle Club" that I got no answer since april 2016. 13.06.2018 I got an answer from Murry  (Barnard) with two photos of Newspaper which ich owe already in the meantime.
- What I am searching are four things:
- I do NOT have any photo from "Len Jones". No portrait. No one with his motorcyle.
- I do not have any photo from William Kennedy (*1907 - †??.??.19?? in ?) from Fivedock on a motorcycle "Indian Scout" who rode with "Len Jones" as far as Perth (W.A.) in 1926.
- I do not have any photo from (Alfred?) Alf (?) Fred Clarke from Perth, W.A. who rode with "Len Jones" in 1926 from Perth via Northern Territory to Melbourne. May be there are living children or grandchildren of him still living in Perth.....WHO knows this????
- I would like to get the date of born of "Kevin Cass" (??.??.19??)
2016.07.04 Email to Jim Scaysbook. BT found out that Jim Scaysbook in Australia is the grandson of Arthur Grady. BT knows Jim in person from 1999. I informed him about "Len Jones". And asked him for photos of "Len jones". Jim is the editor of "Old Bike Australlia".
2016.07.04: Email to Jan Mitchell to make my family-tree of "Len Jones" better.
2016.07.05: Email from Jan Mitchell with an update of the family tree of "Len" Leonrad Jones.
- Info: David Knox from Lithgow contacted Jan Mitchel after my request to the government. He is intertested in historical motorcycle rides from this area. But he did not contact BT so far.
2016.07.06: Update from BT to Jan MItchell of the family tree.
2016.07.07 National Geographic Society who sponsored Kevin Kass in 1995: or call +61 2 9263 9825.

1927 Jeff Munro

Jeff Munro
He was the first man on an Ariel (Model E) motorcycle with a single-cylinder.
Sydney -Brisbaine - Datwin - Broome - Perth - ...Sydney.
1927.?.?. in ??


+ 05.09.2011: 1927 Jeff Munro. 500cc Ariel. Story in OBA Issue 21, page 70-75. Story Peter Whitaker. Fotos Brian Greenfield. Jim Scaysbrook.


1927 and 1930
George Herbert
In 1927 dingo trapper Herbert rode his motor cycle and sidecar from his home in Wiluna to as far as Well 10 where he set up a base.
(4) Herbert set traps and baits throughout the area, up as far as Well 12. While he was at Weld Spring his brother, who was travelling with him, took the photograph of Forrest’s blazed. (5). This photograph was used as part of the proof that that section of the tree in the Western
Australia Museum was not blazed by Forrest.
(5) In 1930, Herbert made the same trip using a motor vehicle.
(4) Gard and Gard, 2nd edn 1995, p.144.
(5) William J. Peasley. Transcript of an interview with G. Herbert, 3 September 1975.
Manuscript, William J. Peasley, City Beach, Western Australia
2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.
20.12.2013 All this information was kindly offered me by Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route in

19.10.1927 - 07.1928 ?
Francis Birtles ( Francis Edwin Birtles (7 November 1881 in Fitzroy, Melbourne – 1 July 1941 in Sydney ) )
who drove a Bean car (!) from London to Australia in 1927 with Shell.
Francis Edwin Birtles (7 November 1881 in Fitzroy, Melbourne – 1 July 1941 in Sydney ) [ 1 ] was the third child of David Edwin Birtles and Sarah Jane Bartlett. Francis was an Australian adventurer who set many long-distance cycling and driving records, including becoming in 1927 the first man to drive a car from England to Australia. Birtles had set a speed record driving from Darwin to Melbourne the previous year.
He served in the Second Boer War, and later was a mounted police officer in the Transvaal. On his return to Australia, he cycled round Australia twice and by 1912 had crossed the country seven times. He was the first person to cross Australia from west to east on a bicycle and in 1912 he became the first person to make a west to east crossing from Fremantle to Sydney in a Brush Runabout [ 2 ] .

As a publicity stunt, Birtles was commissioned by Barlow Motors, the Melbourne agent for the Bean cars, to drive a modified Bean 14 car from Darwin to Melbourne. With his co-driver Alec Barlow, they left Darwin at 4am on 23 October 1926 and completed the 5440 km (3380 miles) journey in eight days and 13 hours, a record. The car was dubbed the Sundowner by Birtles.

Following this success, Birtles was asked to make an attempt at becoming the first person to drive from England to Australia. He departed from Australia House in London on 19 October 1927, farewelled by a crowd of wellwishers including the 1927 Miss Australia. In an era when there were few roads and gasoline supplies sparse, the epic eight month journey carried him across mountains, deserts and through tropical jungles and included a number of sea voyages - the last being from Singapore to Darwin. He travelled via Europe , Egypt , Persia (now Iran ), India , Burma and Malaya .

The record breaking Bean 14 .

On arrival in Darwin, his car was seized by customs officials demanding import duty, until direct intervention by the Prime Minister Stanley Bruce averted the situation. He continued south via Brisbane and Sydney to the official finishing point of the journey at the General Post Office on Elizabeth Street, Melbourne. He was promptly asked to move on by a policeman for obstructing traffic.

The journey was not repeated until 1955.

Birtles had completed more than 70 transcontinental crossings of Australia by mid-1927, details of which were described in his book Battlefronts of Outback (1955).
In 1929, the Bean car was presented to the Australian Government on condition that it be placed in the national museum. As there was no such museum at the time, the car disappeared for many years before being recovered in the 1960s and placed into the National Motor Museum in Adelaide in 1980 before moving to the National Historical Collection in the National Museum of Australia in Canberra in 2001.
^ Famous Australians at
^ Brush Runabout at
Collections at
Peter Luck (1989). A Time To Remember . William Heinemann. ISBN 0-85561-163-4 .
Peter Wherrett (2005). Grit: An Epic Journey Across the World . Ibis Publishing Australia. ISBN 1-920923-62-4 .
Francis Edwin Birtles (1881 - 1941) Biographical Entry - Australian Dictionary of Biography Online at
National Museum of Australia on preservation

15.11.2003 Information out of Motorcycle magazine "Motorcycle Sport", August 1972, p 296. ROUND THE WORLD ON A RUDGE.
05.01.1929 The Argus (Melbourne, Vic.: 1848-1954). Newspaper. Advertising from Shell: No more information!

A Gibsy Tour from ? to Sydney: "My friend Bob Chamberlain was also into motorcycles at this time. The last one was an Indian Chief and Goulding sidecar about four years old and in 1927 we used this machine to join the Indian Club's Gypsy Tour to Sydney.  Roads were very bad at this period and near Bega we broke the sidecar main bar. However, Jack Booth, who had held a World road record, came along in his car and soon had us mobile again under a jury rig.
Rhodes had supplied a Chief and box sidecar loaded with spares and ridden by a mechanic, but little recourse to this service was needed.
The only foreign machine on the Tour was a new B.S.A. Sloper and floater.  This machine became gradually slower and eventually conked out at Albury (must have been on the return trip because they took the coastal route to Sydney. DW).  When the cylinder was lifted, it was found that the rings would fall through the bore!
An interesting fact disclosed by the run was that the two dearest machines, new Indian Aces, gave some worry with overheating, particularly the rear cylinder."


BERT HINKLER: Flight from England to Australia with Shell..

1928 - 1930
John Gill (Total RTW) with Walter Stephens (British. Australian?? GB > Australia) and Phil Irving (replaced Walter Stephens in Australia > Rest of the world)
Around-The-World. England - Asia - Australia - England.
: England - 02.1930 they reached Australia after 19.000 kms - with Phil Irving then Canada - England (London). Finally 37.000 kms with HRD-Noxal- sidecar.
Quelle Martin Franitza. Die großen Motorradreisen unseres Jahrhunderts. ISBN 3-9801491-3-7.
22.08.1993 1st information by Martin Franitza
22.05.2000 I do not know more details. Who knows them, their earlier or present address of relations or publications about them??
This story is high interesting. I do not know if they managed to ride overland through Iran-Pakistan / Afghanistan to India. If YES this would be a sensation because the so far wellknown first motorcycle-tour overland from Europe to India was made from Austrian Max Reisch in 1933 !
31th.07.04 Ian told me that he owns more information including a picture of their start in GB or Australia.
He knows the address of the second wife and her daughter in Australia / Melbourne.
Phil Irving is the designer of the B-series of Vincent-motor in 1946.
17.11.2005 Next request to Ian McDonald in Australia.
05.01.2006 Next request to Ian McDonald.
16.11.2006 Next request to Ian McDonald in Australia.
12.12.2008 Next request to Ian McDonald in Australia. Could you please send me the addresses of the relations !!!
14.12.2008 Internet: "Fate next took a hand. One John Gill commissioned from Vincent a motorcycle that he and Walter Stephens would ride around the world. Stephens quit in Australia and a young engineer, Philip Irving, replaced him. Back in the UK, Vincent and Irving formed the working partnership that would create their greatest motorcycles (Quelle: )
28.09.2011 Next request to Ian McDonald in Australia
17.08.2012 Next request to Judy McDonald in Australia

Bert Hinkler flog 1928 den ersten Alleinflug von England nach Australien in 15 Tagen und 1931 (nach Lindbergh) die zweite Atlantik-Überquerung im Alleinflug. Charles Kingsford Smith und sein Kopilot Charles Ulm wiederum planten und flogen 1928 den ersten Trans-Pazifik-Flug von Oakland nach Brisbane sowie die erste Non-Stopp-Überquerung Australiens und 1930 den ersten Nordatlantik-Flug von Irland nach Neufundland. 1928 überquerte der australische Polarforscher Hubert Wilkins mit einem Flugzeug den Arktischen Ozean von Point Barrow in Alaska nach Spitzbergen. Die Langstreckenflüge, für die die Australier berühmt wurden, forderten auch Opfer: Hinkler, Ulm und Smith kamen 1933, 1934 und 1935 bei solchen Unternehmungen ums Leben.[24) WIKI

1929 Fred Bentle

06.06.1929 - 16.09.1930: Fred Bendle and Harry Hobson were two motorcyle travellers Around Australia on two Harley Davidson with sidecars. 10.000 miles. Their intension was as well to find work.

1929. Fred Bendle and Harry Hobson with their Harley-D - sidecars. Foto-archive son Peter Bentle.

06.06.1929 - 16.09.1930
Fred Bendle (born 03.08.1906 - 12.07.1998, Australian, Melbourne) and Harry Hobson (Australian, Melbourne)
+ Around Australia. Fred (HD from 1924) and Harry (HD from 1923) circled 10.000 miles Australia with two Harley-Davidson sidecars. Their intension was as well to find work.
Fred (Frederick Harold Charles Bendle) was born on 3rd August 1906 the eldest of 4 children to to Harold and Laura. They both came to Australia from England as small children with their families in the 1880's. Stanley died after a long illness, when Fred was in his teens. He left school at age 13 to go to work, to help support his mother and younger siblings. He had many jobs, and became a self educated motor mechanic. On his return from his trip, he began a business in Fern Tree Gully, selling petrol out of a drum and repairing cars. He became a very successful businessman, and retired at the age of 60, having a large new and used car dealership, and service garage. He married Fay in 1935 and had 3 sons: Roger, Robin and Gary.
Route: Melbourne - Sydney (575 miles) - to Bourke (505 miles) - to Longreach (652 miles) - to Camooweal (760 Miles) - Katherine (742 miles) - Wirrulla (03.09.1930 (arrival at Wirrulla)) - and 500 kms back to Melbourne. In total 3234 miles = 5.174 km. In the HD.magzine it i said that they made 10.000 miles. I do NOT know which part of route is missing above. I own a map of their tour which is a total round.t
Book: No. Publication in "The Harley Davidson Enthusiast" magazine Jan. 1931 with and some original photos. The story was told to Steve Hayward. Another member of the HD-Club.
12.08.2001 Cristopher Hirt informed me at first about Mr. Fred Bendle. He met the son Robin H. Bendle.
04.02.2002 Robin (60) and Sandra (59) informed me by email with a total report of 12 pages which I printed out.
12.02.2002 From Robin and Sandra I got the publication in "The Harley Davidson Enthusiast" magazine, a route map and some original photos while we visited them..
12.10.2004 Tried to send them an email. This came back. Tried to find out if the address is correct by Chris Hirt.
16.04.2016 Created this blog.

1929 Jack Bowers

Jack Bowers and.. Both leaving before the tour in 1929. - Both arriving in 1929. - Book Cover 1995. (C) Antonia Bowers, married Horn.

04.07.1929 - ??.??.1929
Jack Bowers (Australian, born 1905. +??.08.1999) and F. Smith (+??.??.190?. +??.??.19?? in ??)
"Around Australia the hard way in 1929".
The story how Jack Bowers and and a friend F. Smith circled Australia in 1929 by a Harley Davidson-Sidecar. Travel-Report. In English. TR Softcover.
A newspaper clip: 05 Jul 1929 - MOTORING. AROUND AUSTRALIA ...
and J Bowers, both members of the Bexley Motor Cycle Club, left the G.P.O. yesterday in an attempt to make the first sldecar Journey around Australia. They are using a 7 h.p. Harley Davidson motor cycle and special sidecar, and will not ride to a fixed schedule, but travel as far as possible overy day tor six days of the week, resting and attending to their motor cycle on the seventh. The route tallowed will be via Brisbane, Camooweal, Darwin the Northern Territory, Broome, Perth, Norseman, Eucla, Port Augusta, Adelaide, and Melbourne Messrs Smith and Bowers will probably be a couple of months on the Journey. The motorcycle Is standard in every respect, but has a special sidecar body, with accommodation for the passenger and also a medicino chest, camping oppaiatus, including protection from mosquitoes and flics, and suitable remedies for fever or other tropical illness The mac line will carry elght gallons of petrol two of lubricating oil, four of water, half a bag of flour, and tinned foods. A spare tyre and two guns have been fitted, Supplies of petrol and lubricating oil have been ar langod by the Shell Co of Australia Ltd, while the Goodyear Rubber Co will superintend their requirements In tyres. Messrs Smith and Bowers were given an enthusiastic send-off from the a P.O. yesterday, among those who witnessed their depn: hire being Messrs Leo Mark» and S Roberts i representing Mcssis Bennett and Wood, Ltd I Mr Smith was driving the motor cycle when thev staited, but the motorists intend to share the driving.
Books: Jack Bowers. ISBN 0-864176821. Around Australia the Hard Way 1929. One of the first circels Around Australia. Kangaroo Pty Press. Sydney. Australia. 1995. Travel-report. Engl. Sidecar HD. Softcover. 1st Austalian edition.
Jack Bowers. ISBN 0-9586975-7-4. Around Australia the Hard Way in 1929. One of the first circels Around Australia. Peter Thoeming. Bear Face Books. Australia. Sydney. 2003. Travel-report. 134 pp. Engl. Sidecar HD. Softcover. 1st Austalian edition.
Available from: Bear Face Books. Fax: +61 2 9223 5116 Tel: +61 2 9223 5113 E-mail: PO Box 2066, Boronia Park NSW 2111 Australia
B.T.: 21.07.1999 I found the address of Jack Bowers and wrote to him. Jack read my letter. His daughter Antonia Bowers, married Antonia Horn in Montville (Queensland) kindly answered me and told me that he read my letter and "was waiting for me". But Jack died in august 1999 with 94. Only some months before I wanted to see him in Australia. In 2000 Patricia and Bernd visited Antonia and her husband in Australia. I saw the original diary which she owns.
She kindly organised that I got some copies of fotos by email of some original fotos which she owns.


1932 - 1939
Oskar Speck (German, died 1996)
Germany - Australia by Faltboot (Kajak). Oskar did not get a job in Germany. So he decided to travel solo by Kajak from Germany (Ulm) by rivers and along coasts finally to Australia. He arrived in Australia (Tatura) after 7 years. There he was arrested as the first German as a prisoner and stayed in prison until 1945 (Tatura). Oskar stayed in Australia and was digging for Opals. He became a billionär and died in 1996 in OZ.
Oskar made a documenatary film about his "overwater" tour which was shown in German TV ZDF 24.-25.1.02, 24.15 o´clock in "History".

Maude Bonney erwarb ihren Pilotenschein, weil ihr Ehemann ihr den Erwerb eines Führerscheins untersagt hatte. Sie überquerte 1931 als erste Pilotin Australien, und flog 1934 die Route Australien-England, ferner war sie 1932 die erste Pilotin, die Australien mit dem Flugzeug umrundete und die 1937 solo nach Afrika flog. WIKI:

Thea (?)Rasche. 1930. Aus WIKI.

Thea Rasche (* 12. August 1899 in Unna; † 25. Februar 1971 in Essen-Rüttenscheid)
The Flying Fräulein war die erste deutsche Frau mit Kunstflugschein und eine der international bekanntesten deutschen Fliegerinnen aller Zeiten. Die frühere beste deutsche Fliegerin Thea Rasche (vor Elly Beinhorn) wird eingeladen als Journalistin von GB nach Australien mit mehreren Flugzeugen zu fliegen. Das war ein Wettbewerb, um auf die zukünftigen Standard-Flüge von Europa nach Australien aufmerksam zu machen. WIKI:

Zum 100-Jahr-Jubiläum des australischen Bundesstaates Victoria und der Stadt Melbourne im Jahr 1934 wollten die bekanntesten und wagemutigsten Flieger dieser Zeit ein „Internationales Flugzeugrennen für den Frieden“ (das so genannte MacRobertson Luftrennen) von England nach Australien organisieren. Da Thea Rasche kein Geld für ein eigenes Flugzeug hatte und sie erfuhr, dass die niederländische KLM mehrere Maschinen ins Rennen schickte, nutzte sie ihre neuen Kontakte um wenigstens einen Platz als Passagierin in deren Douglas DC-2 namens Uiver zu bekommen.

Rasche war begeistert über das Rennen, denn ein weltumspannendes Flugrennen für den Frieden war einer ihrer langjährigen Träume. Von jeder Zwischenlandung der Uiver aus schickte sie Berichte und Artikel an Zeitungen und Zeitschriften in ganz Europa und Übersee und wurde so zur einzigen Reporterin, die das Rennen aus erster Hand miterlebte. Zudem war sie begeistert vom Reise-Komfort in der DC-2, der Bedienung durch einen richtigen Koch und von der Professionalität der Besatzung. Es waren unter anderem diese Reportagen, die zum großen Aufschwung der zivilen Luftfahrt und insbesondere der Douglas Aircraft Company beitrugen.

Nach der Landung in Melbourne, wo Rasche als einzige Frau, die das Ziel erreichte, so begeistert empfangen wurde, als hätte sie die DC-2 selber geflogen, flog sie weiter in die USA.
29.01.2013 Ein TV-Film über das Leben von Thea Rasche lief im dritten Programm WDR bis 20.15-21.00 Uhr. Quelle z.T. WIKIPEDIA.


Wendy Law Stuart.
Book. Bicycle. - With Bags and Swags: Around Australia in the Forties. Two young women cycle around Australia in the 1940s. 2008. Self published. ISBN: 9780955603822

Ken Rivers
Around Australia. Ken Rivers von Victor Harbour folgte mit einer AJS 18 S. 12.000 Meilen über noch immer ungemachte und unmarkierte Straßen / Pisten in der unglaublichen Zeit von 4 Monaten. Diese Männer überquerten den Nullabor bevor man überhaupt von „Straßen“ sprach. Sie fuhren die Nord-West-Ecke Australiens durch Löcher, in denen Lastwagen verschwinden konnten. Ihr Ziel war es, einen neuen Rekord der Umrundung zu setzen.

Winifred Wells 02 Winifred Wells 01
Out of
©2009 Google - map data. Map out of
26.12.1950 - 16.01.1951
Winifred Wells (Australian, Shenton Park in Perth, born ??.??.1929. Alive in 2011)
Australia west-east-west via Nullabor. The 22-year-young woman Winifred Wells rode solo from Perth-Sydney-Perth via Nullabor
on a Royal Enfield Bullet 350cc with 5.504 miles in 21 days. Firm Carlyle & Co. Ltd, Royal Enfieled dealers at Perth sponsored the Bullet 350 to Miss Wells for the tour.
: Pearth (26.12.) - Southern Cross - Nullabor Plain (1,000 miles wide, Norseman (27.12.) - Eucla (29.12.) - Spargoville mine settlement) - Ceduna ( 30.12.) - Port Augusta (31.12.) - Adelaide (01.01.1951) - Melbourne (02.01.) - Sydney (arrived 05.01.) - Sydney (left 07.01.) - Melbourne (10.01.) - Adelaide (11.01.) - Reached Ceduna (Arrived 12) - Eula (Arr. 13.01.) - Norseman (Arr. 14.01.) - Southern Cross (Arr. 15.01.) - (Arrived Perth (16.01.1951). Back from Sydney to Perth in 9 days. She averaged 366 miles per day.
1951-52 An article appeared in the Royal Enfield REVS magazine, Vol 13, issue 5 (Winter 1951/52).
See a copy of the total article in 2011:
26.09.2011 pdf-article kindly send by journalist Peter Whitaker in Australia to B.T. "First lady" His article published in mc-magazin OldBikeAustralia22 in 2010 or 2011, page 35-37. Based on the original article in 1950-51. With wonderful fotos. Peter offered a new foto of Winifred.
05.10.2011 B.T. At this time the route via Nullabor with still unpaved and out of gravel with corrugations. Would be interesting to know which parts of the total route were payed already.
Winifred was later a member of A.J.S. M.C.C. of Western Australia. Winifred Wells is living in 2010-11 on Mornington Peninsula with two daughters.
05.10.2011 request to manager
of www.royalenfield.


Gustav Pfirrman
"Feuerschlucker in Afghanistan".  € 15,90

Deutschland - Indien - Australien. Student verzaubernd reisend die Welt. Die abenteurliche Motorrad-Reise vom Rhein zum Ganges und weiter nach Australien zur Schwester. Hardcover. 1951 mit einem NSU-Gespann ohne Geld und Paß von Deutschland nach Indien. Eine abenteuerliche Fahrt in der Nachkriegszeit über 10.000 Meilen mit einem vorläufigen Reisepaß. Das Reisegeld verdienten sich Oss Kröher und Dr. Gustav Pfirrmann unterwegs als Zauberer und Sänger. 87 SW-Fotos, 200 S. Strecke: Deutschland - Österreich - Italien (Brindisi) - Griechenland ürkei - Syrien - Indien - Australien (Brisbaine).
Anmerkung von B.T.: Dr. Gustav Pfirrmann ist Journalist und ein echter Globetrotter. Ich lernte ihn 2001 auf einem DZG-Treffen. Sein Reisekamerad Oss hat über diese Reise bis Indien das Buch "Das Morgenland ist weit" (siehe Asien) geschrieben.
Die Fotos darin stammen alle von ihm.


03.1952 - 04.1955
Joan McDonald and Keith (New Zealand)
+ Around-The-World. Lune de Miel en motocyclettes. From the wedding bells round the world. In 3 years Around-The-World with two motorcycles Jawa CZ 125 ccm: 03/1952 through 40 countries.
NZ - Australien (Sydney - Melbourne) - Asien (Ceylon - Indien (Bombay - Delhi)- Pakistan (Lahore) - Afghanistan (Kabul) - Persien (Meshed) - Irak (Bagdad) - Israel (Jerusalem) - Jordanien) - Afrika ( Ägypten (Cairo)- Libyen (Tobruk) - Tunesien (Tunis) - Algerien (Alger) - Marokko (Tanger)) - Europa (Spanien (Madrid - Barcelona) - Frankreich (Marseille) - Italien (Genua - Milano) - Österreich (Wien) - Tschechoslowakei (Prag) - Deutschland - Belgien - NL - Frankreich (Paris) - GB (London, 15.04.1953. 20.000 miles, 13 months, 762 pounds) - Portugal - South America (Argentinien - Bolivien - Peru - Equador - Kolumbien (by a small coffee-boat in one day and one night during heavy rain from Buenaventura to Panama because there was no connecting road to Panama) - North America (Panama - Costa Rica - Nicaragua - Honduras - El Salvador - Guatemala - Mexiko - Cuba - USA - Canada).
Their plate-numbers were: BMU 250 amd 251. I think they were sponsored by "Motokov" in Prague.
03.08.1996 First information by Jean-Paul Schulz.
22.05.2000 I do not know more details. Who knows them, their present address or publications about them??
1953 Until their visit in Wien / Austria in 1953 with a CZ 125 they rode so far 32.000 Kms.
Published in Austrian magazin "Motorrad Nr. 14. von 1953".
15.12.2001 1st information by chiefredacteur of motorcycle-magazin GESPANNE Martin Franitza
15.12.2001 Who knows this couple or owns the Austrian magazin "Motorrad Nr. 14. von 1953"?
29.03.2012 Who knows more of them or their children, relations ?? Who has fotos ?
2012 I wrote to a mc-magazine in NZ. But they could not find any info.
29.03.2012 Recherche-Auftrag für max € 40,00 an die östereichische Nationalbibliothek per E-mail aufgegeben.

23.09.1952 - 26.11.1952
Winifred Wells (Australian, Shenton Park in Perth, born ??.??.1929. Alive in 2011) and father George Wells (Austrailian, born ??.??.18?? - ??.??.19??)
+ Around Australia.The 23-year-young woman Winifred Wells and her father George circled Australia clockwise from Perth via Darwin - Sydney - Adelaide - via Nullabor - Perth on two Royal Enfield Bullet 350 with ? miles in around two months (in ?? days).
Route: Perth - Le Grange (05.10.1952) - Fitzroy Crossing (07.10.) - Katherine - Darwin (14.10.) - Mt. Isa (20.10.) - Cairns (24.10.) - Brisbaine (03.11.) - Newcastle (06.11) - Sydney (07.11.) - Melbourne (12.11.) - Adelaide (17.11.) - Ceduna (21.09.) - Norseman (23.11.) - Kalgoorlie (24.11.) - Pert (26.11.1952)
26.09.2011 pdf-article send by journalist Peter Whitaker in Australia to B.T. "First lady" His article published in mc-magazin OldBikeAustralia page 35-37.
05.10.2011 B.T. At this time the route via Nullabor and many other parts were still unpaved and out of gravel with corrugations. Would be interesting to know which parts were paved already.

Before 1953
Maahir Rajkwinar (Indian)
+ India - ... Iran - Czechoslovakia - ... Iran - India.
In Agra Kevin Murphy met an adventurous Indian lad Maahir Rajkwinar who had successfully negotiated a return journey through Iran to Czechoslovakia on his Panther 350.
Info out of the article of Peter Whitaker below.


Kevin Murphy in 1953. Foto send by Peter Whitaker as a fotocopy to B.T. 26th.09.2011

Ca. 02.04.1953 - 09.06.1953
Kevin Murphy (Australian. Born ??.??.19??. Died 15.10.15. 2011 )
1953: Australia to England without Iran 19,200 miles. After a nine-week journey and 12.000 miles (19.200 kms) the carpenter Kevin arrived in London aboard his 650 cc Golden Flash BSA.
Route: Australia (Longreach in Queensland - Adelaide, 2.500 km from home) - here he boraded the ship "Stratheden" 02nd of april to) - Asia (India (Colombo - Madras - Bombay - New Delhi- Agra) - Pakistan (Karachi) - Because the visa for Iran was refused he was forced to spend all but ten pounds of his remaining money on a boat fare through the Arabima sea and Persian Gulf to Iraq (Basra. Here he met Abdul as a paying pillion-rider for the transport by motorcycle to Baghdad - and to Ad-Diwaniya before Baghdad (from here with new tyres, a totally reconditioned frame courtesy of the Baghdad blacksmiths, panel beaten guards plus re-welded pegs and levers) - Kevin and Abdul started through the Syrian desert 1000 kms with one village in between only to Jordan- Syria (Damascus- three attempts to reach As-Sukhnah) - Lebanon - Turkey (Ankara-)) - Europe (Turkey (Istanbul - Edirine) - Greece (Alexandropolis - Salonika) - Jugoslavia (Belgrade) - Italy (Trieste - Milan) - France - England).
Purpose: His desire was to visit the TT of "Isle of Man".
The Worst: He dropped the bike in Pakistan and damaged the frontend. But the local agents straihtened the forks. And his mirrors in India.
Publications: BSA and Motor Cycling magazine published the odyssey as the first of its kind. Year?? Magazine-no? Perhaps sept. 1953 ??
Keven Murphy´s adventure was to be recorded in the annals of Australia’s remarkable motorcycling heritage. Where? When?
14.04.2001 1st information to B.T. out of his book: "Australia´s Motorcycling Heritage" by Jim Scaysbrook. 1998. ISBN 09 5860 5203.
26.09.2011 Fotocopy of Kevin Murphy send by journalist Peter Whitaker in Australia to B.T..
27.03.2015 Peter Whitaker kindly send me an attachment of his his article about Kevin Murphy´s journey in "Old Bike Magazine Australia" 2012. Page 42-45. Fotos as well by daughter Julie Murphy. Article send as a data.pdf to B.T.
Info: Children: Peter Murphy. Julie Murphy.
27.03.2015 B.T. summarised the trip with more details after the publication of Peter Whitaker. And asked Peter for some remaining details.
03.04.2015 Answer of Peter with some details.
27.03.2015 B.T.: This is a very early overland-tour by a motorcycle from Australia to Europe. The mc was transported by boat from Australia (Adelaide) to Ceylon (Colombo). And by boat from Pakistan (Karachi) to Basra by missing the visa for Iran. - It is recorded somewhere (?) and somehow as the first from "the colonies back to the mother-land"


Zeitungsauschnitt irgendwo, irgendwann unterwegs mit Hans und Eva Schmuecke

09.1954 + 20 months
Eva and Hans Schmücke (Germans)
+ Germany - india - Australia. Both left from the Dom of Köln with an old sidecar from the army of the second world-war (DM 400,00) to live in Australia after they prepared this for two years. They intended to ride six months to Australia via Germany - Austria - Jugoslawia - Greece - Turkey - Iran - India - Thailand - Burma - Singapur - Sumatra - Java. But the trip finally was 20 months.
The routes in "Persien" were very bad so they could only ride 10 kms in 10 hours. In Teheran they made the first longer stop. Eva got a job as a secretary in a German firm and Hans was working in an electric-firm. After a while they travelled overland through south of Iran - Pakistan - India - Ceylon. From Colombo they got a ship to Australia (Fremantle). Eva worked there as a nurse in a hospital. Because they earned good money they travelled a lot. So they visited Japan with the sidecar as well. There they met the head of Kyoto, Mr. Takayama who took a picture of them..
1996 1st information by Norbert Lüdtke who send me a part of an articel of a newspaper "Kölner Stadtanzeiger" Nr. 149 in ca. 1958 or 1959
16.03.2004 1st request to Gerard Daughty to find Schmücke in Fremantle.

??.03.1953 - ??.??.195?
Ernest Bell (*British?. ??.??.19.. in ??).
+ Around-The-World. Ernest rides RTW with a Norton Dominator starting in GB to Australia - N.Y. Europe. There was a woman Val as a sozia who became the girlfriend of Ernest.
Book: Compiled by Ian Whitehead. The Hard Way Round. An illustrated account of a trip around the world on a motorcycle in the mid 50's (26.000 miles on a Norton Dominator. 44 pp, A4. 8 Engl. Pounds.
Hard Way Round by Ernest Bell / Ian Whitehead

In 1954, an adventurer set off on an overland ride from Britain to Australia, aboard a Norton Dominator. These are his diaries, which we asked Dave Blendell to read...

The Hard Way Round is more of a thick pamphlet than a book, taking 44 pages of A4 to tell the tale. There is also a map and foreword -- more of which later. The booklet tells the story of the late Ernest Bell, a former member of the Household Cavalry who had found himself driving buses for a living after his stint in the military. Bored with bus driving, Ernest answers an advert placed by a couple of Australians intent on riding home and with a handful of other adventurers joins them on their trip. This is in March 1954 and the intrepid travellers set off with less back up and forward planning than Ted Simon two decades later. The book is the project of Ian Whitehead, whose sister was Ernest Bell's sister-in-law and inherited the diary.

Hard Way Round differs from other RTW tales in that it was never intended to be published in the first place. Basically it's a diary that Ernest Bell made along the way and as such it can prove frustrating. Ted Simon was a journalist, Ernest Bell was a bus driver doing a trip purely as an adventure so we're lucky that any record remains at all, and as such Hard Way Round is tale that might never have been told. Because of this, the book can be very frustrating. Characters appear and disappear with little explanation at times, and Ernest's female travelling companion seems to turn into a girlfriend with us being none the wiser as to how and when this happened.

There appears to be friction with the Australians with but no real explanation of why. These are just a couple of examples; not a criticism as such but demonstration of how someone else's diary doesn't always tell the whole story. Ernest wrote it for himself and obviously knew the background to the various mysteries that crop up now and again. The actual trip is pure Ted Simon. Gradually the initial group go their separate ways and the story is of Ernest and his pillion Val. They meet all kinds of people along the way, experience different cultures and enjoy the vagaries of bureaucracy on several continents.

The bike is a Norton Dominator that had 20,000 miles on the clock when it left Blighty, another 26,000 on its return, with no off-road modifications, no Sat Nav and no support truck. Sadly the only major damage the bike suffered was when it was vandalised in New York and so badly bodged by a so-called mechanic that it limped into the docks with only one working gear.

Hard Way Round is very much of it's time and reads like a Boy's Own adventure. Ernest definitely has a touch of the old 'Empire attitude'. Various ethnic groups are described in ways that might offend some and would probably get you arrested if you used them in the street today. Ian Whitehead does warn of this in the foreword. Like Jupiter's Travels, it's a look into a time that has long past.

The sad part about this publication is that there is an excellent 'real book' that will never be written. By its very nature, a lot of very interesting parts are mentioned in a couple of sentences. There are two fascinating human interest stories that Ernest doesn't dwell on, because he's more interested in documenting the actual travelling. Why was Monty Joseph's behaviour, the Australian they left Britain with, so hostile and often bizarre? When did Ernest and Val change from travelling companions to lovers? Sadly Ernest has passed away. I really think a good ghostwriter with Mr Bell's input and memories could have made a best-selling book out his story. As it is, it can be frustrating. We don't hear what Ernest or Val did after the trip and incidents that grab the interest only get a couple of lines.

I really hate to appear overly critical of what is obviously a labour of love but apart from the actual diaries, The Hard Way Round could be a lot better. It's riddled with spelling mistakes and grammatical errors .The 'Forward' (presumably 'foreword') is confusing. It actually appears on the second page and much of it repeats what's written on the first. A lot of Ian Whitehead's input is confusing as well. The notes to Chapter 2 ; 'The Lady Disappears', tell us that 'Val is taken off on a motorbike and sidecar by an unknown German'. The actual content mentions neither a German or a motorbike and sidecar, merely that Val disappears in Belgium and re-appears in Austria a couple of days later. Ernest doesn't explain the circumstances and whether this is Bell's omission or Ian Whitehead's I don't know, but the reader is left in the dark.

The introduction, like the foreword, is confusing and repetitive as well. As I've said I really hate to be harsh but The Hard Way round really could do with the attentions of a knowledgeable Editor. We do however owe a debt of gratitude to Ian Whitehead for telling the tale of what would otherwise have been an untold story that deserves to be told. If I'd been given it as a gift then I'd be happy with it: as a reviewer who's views might just encourage someone to part with their hard-earned money, I have to tell it like it is.

Knowing I was going to be critical of parts of this book I've saved the best until last: the photographs. There are a lot of them and they convey the spirit of the journey perfectly. My favourite is of Ernest crossing a river on his trusty Norton deep enough for the bike to not be visible -- bear in mind this is a 1950s roadbike, not several thousand pounds-worth of BMW factory-fettled enduro. Apart from a few punctures and a change of spark plugs, the bike needed very little maintenance. Only vandalism and subsequent ham-fisted repairs managed to break it.

To sum up, this is a fascinating story but potential buyers need to be aware that they're not buying the kind of thing they'll find in Waterstones. It does need some proper editing but apart from that an excellent read about an amazing trip. A lot of work has gone into The Hard Way Round but it is a flawed gem.
Reviewed by Dave Blendell-
10.03.2013 First Information by Dr. Joachim Aurnhammer.
10.03.2013 The review above out of internet.
10.03.2013 Email to Sam Manicom to find the author in GB.
13.08.2018: BT. bought the book in GB in vmcc.
20.08. Asked vmcc for the new email-address of Ian Whitehead
21.2018: First answer from Ian Whitehhead with 7 photos.

The hard way round
There is a book: ‘The Hard Way Round’ based on the diaries of Ernest Bell. NB: The diaries were never intended to be published and reflect ingrained attitudes from the dying days of the British Empire. They were compiled for print after his death by Ian Whitehead, produced as an A4 pamphlet, 46 pages, illustrated with photos and map, available from and the vmcc in HN.
07.10.2016 B.T.
21.08.2018: 1st request to Ian for the updadte of ??

06.07.1954 - ??
Claude Balois
Claude wanted to vist his brother who was living in Sri Lanka.
Book: Balois, Claude: Namo Lanka. De Tours à Ceylan en scooter. Sur la route des Indes... un abbé et un scooter.
Deutsch : Von Tours (Frankreich) bis nach Ceylon mit einem 125 ccm Lambretta-Roller. Auf der Straße nach Indien... ein Pfarrer und ein Roller.
Strecke : Frankreich - Italien - Jugoslawien - Griechenland - Türkei - Syrien - Türkei - Irak - Iran - Pakistan - per Schiff von Karachi nach Bombay Indien - Ceylon. 207 Seiten. 20 SW-Fotos. 4 Kartenskizzen und 1 Kartenskizze zur Übersichts. Französisch.
Verlag: Edite par l'Auteur. Herausgegeben vom Autor. (Imprime chez Mame Tours). Tours. Nummerierte 1. Auflage 1 bis 50. Nummerierte 2. Auflage 1 bis 250. 1955. Frankreich. Bibliothek.
Hardcover-Ausgabe mit Farbumschlag: 241 S. Staatenanhang.
Verlag: Maison Mame.

Reise-Bericht. Europa. Nord-Amerika. Asien. Australien. Welt-Reise. 1955.
John Lennox Cook (geb. 1923). The world before us. Deutsch : Die Welt vor uns.
Vom 12.02.1951 bis 12.09.51 fuhren der Lehrer John Lennox und der Farmer Tim auf zwei Norton Dominator Zweizylindern von London aus um die Welt. Sie legten 35.000 miles (= 56.000 km) zurück, davon 19.150 miles (= 30.690 km) overland in 93 Fahr- und 31 Seetagen.
Strecke : London (Großbritannien) - Nizza (Frankreich) - Italien per Schiff nach Griechenland - Istanbul (Türkei) - Ankara - Aleppo (Syrien) - Beirut (Libanon) - Amman (Jordanien) - Bagdad (Irak) - Teheran (Iran) - Meshed - Herat (Afghanistan) - Kandahar - Kabul - Khber Paß (Pakistan) - Lahore - Delhi (Indien) - Bombay - Madura - Colombo (Ceylon) - per Schiff nach Perth (Australien) - Melbourne - Sydney - per Schiff nach Vancouver (Canada) - San Franzisko (USA) - New York - per Schiff nach Kent (Großbritannien) - London. The authors experiences on a motor-cycle trip around the world. 13 Kapitel. 256 S. 1 SW-Foto. 6 Streckenskizzen. 1 Skizze. 21,5 cm x 14,5. Englisch.
Verlag: Collins. London. Großbritannien. 1955. Bibliothek.
John (links) und Lennox : 35.000 miles to go.

1956 Geneva->Bombay(+ ->South-Africa->East-Africa-Geneva;  organized by international Touring-Club, 12 vehicles, "Meine schönste Autoreise. / Mit dem Auto dürch 12 Länder nach Indien", Dr. Fritz Schindler, 1958, Hermes Druck- und Verlagsanstant - Vienna, 248 pages with 46 pictures from Fridl Schindler and drawings from G. Bardasch )

Germany->Middle-East->Indonesia->Australia->North-America (Wolfram Block, salesman, Bremen/Germany, in factory sponsored 19HP Lloyd 600) Books: 1) "Weltreise mit 19 PS - Ein Kleinwagen rollt um den Erdball", 1958, illustrations by Otto Bussek 96 pages, Neuer Jugendschriften-Vlg. Hannover. 2) "Weltreise mit 19 PS – Im Lloyd auf großer Fahrt", 2006(!), EDITION GARAGE 2CV, ISBN: 3980908232, 159 pages.

??.07.1956 - ??
Reise-Bericht. Europa. Asien. Australien. 1960.
Michael Marriott (geb. 1928)
„Two up“- by scooter to Australia
Nachdem Michael und seine Frau Rita 3 Jahre zuvor (19.02.-12.04.1953) mit einem alten englischen Taxi die Sahara durchquert hatten, starten sie im Juli 1956 auf einem 150 ccm NSU Prima Roller, um mehr von der Welt zu sehen und einen TV-Film von den Aborigines in Australien zu machen.
Strecke : Großbritannien (London) - Frankreich (Reims) - Deutschland (München) - Jugoslawien (Zagreb) - Bulgarien (Belgrad) - Bulgarien (Sofia) - Türkei (Istanbul - Erzurum)) -  Persien (Täbriz - Meshed) - Afghanistan (Kabul) - Pakistan (Lahore) - Indien (Delhi - Bombay - Madurai) - Ceylon (Colombo) - per Schiff nach Australien (Adelaide (South Australia) - Melbourne (Victoria) - Sydney (New South Wales) - Townsville (Queensland) - Darwin (Northern Territory)). 14 Kapitel. 214 S. 3 Streckenskizzen. Keine Fotos. 22 cm H x 14,5 B. Englisch.
Verlag: Longmans. London. England. 1960. Ausgabe für „The Travel Book Club“. London. Großbritannien. Ca. 1961/2. Inhalt unverändert, etwas anderer Einband.

Reise-Bericht. Weltreise
15.07.1956 - 09.09.1959
Cesare Battaglini
Ceylon. India. Oriente Misterioso ed Africa esplorati col mio scooter.
He started with two women: Rita van de Werde (Dutch from Amsterdam got homethick in Central America) and Felicitas Hauch (German from Berlin, got Yellow Fever in Indonesia and flew home) by two scooter Lambretta 150 D. 160.000 kms.
Route: Italy - Indochina - Indonesia - China - Australia - New Caledonia - New Zealand - Polinesia - North America - South America - Africa - Italy.
Book: "Ceylon. India. Oriente Misterioso ed Africa esplorati col mio scooter"
- O. 13.08.2000 1st information by a publication in Motociclisimo 02.1995 given by Frontalini to me in 1999.
+ D. 10.09.2003
+ O. Own the article Piccole ruote grandi raid (Litele Wheels. Big raids)

Malcom Oram (Australian)
+ Europe - Asia - Australia.
The author and his lady - both from Australia - have spend three years in Europe but they are longing for going home. To get an affordabel ticket for a transport by boat to Australia they had to wait eight months. So they hitchhiked to Italy (Genua). From the PIaggio-factory they bought the cheapest Vespa 15 ccm and two up plus gear (including a guitar) they started for Comlombo in Ceylon. Already in Jugoslawia the path turned brown, very steep and narrow with oxcarts and sheep. In Greece heavy rain and slippery road with waterfilled potholes big enouh to hide a Vespa. Cheap hotels in Turkey, dirty and buginfested. Through Syria and in Jordan Malcom was struck by yellow jaundice and had to spend three weeks in an arab hospital. To avoid the Syrian sand desert they took bus-transport from Jordan (Amman) to Irak (Bagdad). But now they were delayed with winter in Iran and Afghanistan. So they headed to Basra in Irak and managed to catch a pilgrim steamer. Cheapest third class deck transport together with natives. Disembarkation in India (Bombay) and finally they reached Ceylon (Colombo). They had only two pounds left but the cheapest boat transort to Australia was 150 pounds. By luck they found an Italian emigrant-boat, bound for Australia, and when they told the commanding officers about their adventoures Vespa-journey, they were allowed onboard togehther with their Vespa. The book is written In English. 223 pages. Hardcover.
Route: Italy (Genua)- Jugoslawia- Greece- Jugoslawia- Syria- Jordan- bus-transport from Jordan (Amman) to Irak (Bagdad)- Basra- from Basra in Irak and managed to catch a pilgrim steamer to India (Bombay)- Ceylon (Colombo)- by boat with the ship to Australia.
The book is written In English. 223 pages. Hardcover.
Publication. Book
: The long brown path. Horwitz Publications Inc. Sidney. 1957.
09.09.1991 1st infortmation by Bent Ellingsson.
17.05.2004 Summary above by Evald Bengtsson in Sweden who owns this book.


< 1957

Shirley Duncan
Book. Bicycle. - Two Wheels to Adventure - Through Australia By Bicycle. The story of a trip around Australia on bicycles by two girls and a dog. 1957.

> 1957 Olabis iAjala
An African abroad (geb. 1930). Deutsch : Ein Afrikaner draußen. Kurze Einführung des Ministers der Justiz von Kenya. Olabisi sagt in seinem Vorwort, daß dieses Buch das erste von 3 Büchern seiner Weit-Reisen sei. Er hatte bis zu dieser Zeit schon 78 Länder besucht. Sein Reisefahrzeug ist ein Motor-Roller Lambretta. Dieses Buch enthält in 7 Kapiteln Erzählungen seiner "one-man Odyssey around the world" ab 1957 aus Indien, Rußland, Iran, dem Mittleren Osten, Israel, Ägypten und Australien. Olabisi sagt, daß die Hauptzwecke seines Buches sind, über die verschiedenen Kulturen zu berichten, über den Charakter verschiedener Persönlichkeiten der Führungsschicht zu erzählen und "to share my conversations and my observations on their mentality". Das Buch ist voll von Treffen mit sehr bekannten Personen dieser Zeit wie Chrustchow, Nasser, Nehru, dem Schah von Persien, Prinz Sihanouk, Golda Meir und Tchiang Kai Chek (Chiang Kai Chek). - Olabisi wurde 1930 in Nigeria geboren und an verschiedenen Universitäten in den USA ausgebildet. 256 S. 7 Teile mit 27 Kapiteln. 18 SW-Fotos. 21,5 cm L x 14,5 H. Hardcover. Englisch. - In der Bibliothek des Britischen Museums waren die beiden anderen Bücher bis 1993 nicht zu finden.
Route: Nord-Amerika, Ost- und West-Europa, Afrika, Asien bis Korea, Indonesien, Australien.
Verlag: Published by Hutchinson with the imprint of Jarrolds Publishing. London. Großbritannien. 11/1963. Bibliothek

17.03.1957 + two months
Pierre Mairé (French)
Pierre left France in the beginning of the fifthies to work in Tahiti and New Caledonia. In 1957 he took a few months off and rode with his three gear Vespa around the blue laggons of New Caledonia. Then he took a ship to Australia and made a two months tour through the bush of Australia. He took then a boat to Germany (Bremerhaven) and took another ride 6.000 km through Scandinavia. His tour in total was 18.000 kms. When he came back to Tahiti the factory of Vespa gave him a new one.

Willi Wegner. Buch: Feuer für Melbourne. Mit dem Fahrrad nach Australien.
Fahrradtour von Essen nach Melbourne im Jahre 1955. Nach Tagebuchaufzeichnungen von Willi Steinhoff, Winfried Wiegand u. Hans Hofstede.

Martin circumnavigated Australia on a motorcycle CZ 125.
Route: Sydney Sydney
05.05.2011 First information by Peter Whitaker out of an article from him in Old Bike Australia.

Maureen Towler and Nora Traynor (Britsh ?)
- Around-The-World ? The two lady riders plan to cirle the world on Norton (?) Model 50s. They reached Calcutta.
Route: GB - Middle East - India (Calcutta) - ?
16.10.1958 Published in British Motorcycle "Motor Cycling", page 771, as a short information without picture.
20.12.2005 1st information to B.T. by Evald Bengsston from Sweden
30.12.2005 Foto-copy under Towler in file "Frauen-Motorrad-Reisen".
30.12.2005 Who knows more and their addresses? Or other publications ? Or fotos of them ?

Graham (British ?) Evans and his wife Doreen Evans (South African, Capetown)
- Around-The-World ? The two met "on the road" and married. This is new history in this globe-trotting business. The riders plan a two-year globe-trotting on their TRIUMPH "Thunderbird". They reached Toowoomba n Austrlia and heading for Alice springs and ....
Route: GB (Wales) - Balkans - Middle East - India - Australia - plan to ride on - ?
16.10.1958 Published in British Motorcycle "Motor Cycling", page 771, as a short information without picture.
20.12.2005 1st information to B.T. by Evald Bengsston from Sweden
30.12.2005 Foto-copy under Towler in file "Frauen-Motorrad-Reisen".
30.12.2005 Who knows more and their addresses? Or other publications ? Or fotos of them ?

07.02.1958 - plan + 15 months
Tony Hutt (British, London) and Graham Rex (Australian)
- England - Australia. Both met at a cocktail party last April and decided to ride back on Lambrettas. They wanted to spend 1 Engl. Pound a day.
Route: Plan GB (London) - 15 European countries - finnaland - U.S.S.R. - Persia - Pakistan - India
19.02.1958 Published in British Motorcycle "Motor Cycling" with "Scooter Weekly", page 771, as a short information without picture.
20.12.2005 1st information to B.T. by Evald Bengsston from Sweden
30.12.2005 Foto-copy under Hutt in file "Australia".
30.12.2005 Who knows more and their addresses? Or other publications ? Or fotos of them ?

07.02.1958 - plan + 15 months
H Sharpe (New Zealnd) and K.F. Hoogstraten (New Zeland)
+ New Zealnad - England . Both rode on a TRIUMPH Speed Twin with sidecar (from 1953 with already 60.000 miles)
Route: Australai - India - Pakistan - Afghanistan - IRan - Tirkey - Greece - Italy - Holland - England.
19.02.1958 Published in British Motorcycle "Motor Cycling" august 1958 as a one page advertising by TRIUMPH with pictures.
20.12.2005 1st information to B.T. by Evald Bengsston from Sweden
30.12.2005 Foto-copy under Sharpe in file "Australia".
30.12.2005 Who knows more and their addresses? Or other publications ? Or fotos of them ?

03.10.1958 - ?
Scot Gladstone Bovell (British ?)
- England > Australia. Scot left London solo on the first stageof a 22.000 mile journey to Australia by NSU QQuickly"
Route: GB (London) - Australia ?
16.10.1958 Published in British Motorcycle "Motor Cycling", page 787, as a short information with picture.
20.12.2005 1st information to B.T. by Evald Bengsston from Sweden
30.12.2005 Foto-copy under Gladstone in file "Australia".
30.12.2005 Who knows more and their addresses? Or other publications ? Or fotos of them ?

Ruth Bayne (U.K. Born 1935: raised in Australia. - Died Bega. New South Wales. 2003) and Pat Hilton (Australian).
+ England > Asia > Australia. In 1959 two women rode in 3 months on one 125 ccm Lambretta from Great Britain to Australia.
Route: Europe (Great Britain - France - Switzerlnd - Italy - Yugoslavia - Greece - Turkey) - Asia (Persia - Pakistan - India - (Calcutta) - by sea to Ceylon and Singapore - by plane to Australia (Sydney).
Book: ISBN 1-74027-216-1 and 978-1740272162. Ruth Bayne. Scooting Through. Ginninderra Press. Port Adelaide. Australia. 2003. Paperback. In English. 206 pages 206 pp. Soft. 21 H x 15 B. . Au $ 25.00 (1 € = 1,43 Au $).
Info: Ruth war ein aktives Mitglied der Far South Coast Fellowship of Australian Writers und starb im Jahr 2003.
2012 First information by Evald Bengsston (Sweden).
2013.06.26 Second information by Linda Bick.
2013.07.19 + O-Copy in Bibliothek.
21.07.2013 Letter to Pat Hilton in Australia NSW Pambula


Book Cover.

May 1962- October 1963
Peter Jeans (born 1936 in Bindoon, Western Australia)
+ Australia - Asia -Europe. Peter road solo in 15 months from Australia (Perth) - Europe (London in England) with a British Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ccm 22.000 miles.
Purpose of your travel: Peter read about a scooter-overland-trip in 1961 and was so motivated to travel himself being 26. Peter knew nothing about motorcycles and had never ridden one before. His plan was to travel 6 months. It came out that the trip was finally 15 months. He had only three punctures. Only a few serious repairs along the way, and it rarely refused to run.
Route: From Australia (Perth) by ship to Asia (Singapore. Here he bought a British Royal Enfield Bullet 350 ccm. - By motorcycle to Malaya (Malaysia) - by ship to India (Ceylon) - India - Nepal (Kathmandu) - India - West Pakistan (Lahore. From Lahore to London are 6372 miles) - Persia (Teheran) - Iraq (Baghdad) - Syria (Damascus) - Libanon (Beirut) - Jordan (Amman - Aqaba) - Israel (Jerusalem) - Syria - Europe (Turkey (Ankara - Istanbul) - Greece (Salonika) - Yugoslavia (Belgrade)- Lubljana) - Italy (Milan) - Switzerland (Lausanne) - France (Reims) - Belgium (Brussels) - England (London))
The worst: ??....
Book or publication: First Edition: Long Road to London. Rawlhouse Publishing Pty. Ltd in Wetsren Australia. 1998. ISBN 0-9587406-1-5. Second edition in 2006.
Useful informations TIPS for others: ??
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:. No.
Peter menitioned in the book that
16.11.2006 After writing many times to the publisher Bernd Tesch finally got a copy of the second edition of the book.
16.11.2006 Bernd Tesch read in the book and made this summary.
16.11.2006 B.T. send this summary to the active PR-lady Pauline McAteer and asked her to send this to the author with my request to answer.

29.10.1965 - to late july 1966
Europe> Australia
Mid september 1967 - 03.03.1968 N- and S-America
Charis Schwarz (Australian born 22.11.1939) and George (Swiss born 22.10.1935)
+ Europe > Australia and Around The World. Charis George rode RTW on a BMW R50 1965-1968 in total 45.000 km. First journey took 8 months: 29.10.1965 to late july 1966 in Europe, Asia, Australia, and Africa. Second journey: Mid september 1967 to 03.03.1968: North, Central and South America.
Purpose of your travel: To find a new place to live and to marry in Australia with Charis's family
Route: Europe (Spain, France, Jugoslavia, Bulgaria Turkey) - Asia (Syria, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Singapore) - Australia - Africa (Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco) - Europe (Spain) - North America (Canada, USA, Mexico, Guatemala, Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica) - South America (Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina) - Europe (Spain).
Highlights:The people we met
The worst: Had no bad experience despite being ambushed in Mexico and ill with pneumonia in Singapore.....
Book or publication Produced a book in 2004 as selfpublishers: HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ROAD Aus $ 60,00 plus postage: 300 pages.
Useful informations TIPS for others: Learn to accept gracefully what is freely given
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:..Spain- Germany.
Produced all profits to the rehaTHE ROAD in 2004 (bilitaton of motorcycle accident victims)
Order only from Schwarz: The book is only available via their website to keep costs down for the rehabilitation purpose. All profits go to the rehabilitaton of motorcycle accident victims of St Vincent¹s Public Hospital Darlinghurst.
December 2004 1st information by John Todd in Australia who rode overland from Australia two times himself: 1973 and 1978.
January 2005 1st contact.
B.T.: This book has benn written about 40 years after the tour. Because the profit is to help other motorcyclists who had an accident I ask you to order the book for you or as a present. The first edition in English is only 1.000.

??.??.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 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 Sergeant, 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

??.04.1968 - ca. ??.12.1968
Tom. W. Futcher (British, now Australian. Born ???)
+ Europe-Transafrica -Australia. With a HONDA 90 solo to Australia 17.000 miles in 8 months. 4 Falls.
Route: Europe (GB (London-Dover) - Belgium (Calais - Rotterdam) - Germany (chrashed here and broke clutch lever wired it together) - Denmark (Copenhageb) - Sweden (Stockholm) - Norwegian Trondheim (temperature - 15°C everyday) - Denmark - Belgium (Rotterdam).
Next stage: Belgium (Rotterdam) - Germany - Austria (Salzburg - Vienna - Graz) - Yugoslavia (Zagreb - Belgrade - Skopje) - Greece (Thessaloniki) - Turkey (Istanbul - Afgon (broke second gear here) - Syria - Lebanon (Lathahia - Sufoti (crashed here) - Syria (Beirut) - by plane with Ethiopian Airlines to Kenia (Nairobi, the bike was lost 10 days by the airline..) - Arusha (engine suffering here) - Tanzania (Dar es Salaam) - due to horroific road conditions bike was tied on top of an oil tanker for the trip to Nolola, deoffered on side of the road at midnight - then to Zambia (Lusaka) - Kariba Dam - Rhodesia (Salisbury - Bulawajo - Victoria Falls (engine rebuilt in Salisbury) - South Africa (Pretoria - Johannesburg - Bloemfonteain - Capetown - Port Elisabeth - East London - Durban - Johannesburg - Durban) - Australia (Perth).
2000 B.T. found this info in the National Motor Museum in Australia with slides. No. BH. 018398722. T.W. Futcher and Asso. 12, Ouekktaler Plc. Vermonut South 3133. Tel. 03-98018796.1119
07.12.2005 Tom contacted me first time and offered to rewrite this overview.
07.12.2005 1st request for update.

The London–Sydney Marathon was a car rally from the United Kingdom to Australia. It was first run in 1968, a second event was organised in 1977 and a third in 1993 to commemorate the 25th anniversary of the original. Two further rallies have subsequently been contested in 2000 and 2004.

29.08.1969 - 30.11.1969
John Allenis (British, born ??)
+ Europe-Asia -Australia.  John rode on a new Triumph TR 6 1969 Motorcycle 650ccm Twin solo within 94 days 7.615 land miles. Total costs of the trip for equipment before start: 1,093.4.3 Engl. pounds.
Route: Europe (England - Belgium - Luxembourg - West Germany - Austria - Italy - Yugoslavia - Bulgaria - Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Afghanistan - West Pakistan - India - Malaya - Singapore) - by plane to Australia (Perth).
05.04.2005 1st information by Ian Mc Donald from Australia. He send me a copy of his brochure. John is a friend of Ian.
05.04.2005 1st request for upadte to Ian and asked him for the address of John.
13.04.2005 2nd request via Deborah Allen. Email:

Mary Sievers
By the way Elspeth Beard is not the first British woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. Mary Sievers started from UK on a 175 Bantam in 1969. I saw a newspaper article about her when she reached Australia in 1971.
07.03.2019: First information by Linda Bick;


James Stan
Book. Bicycle. - Two Wheels, Dust and Flies: A Bicycle Odyssey. Australia & New Zealand in the early 1970s before 1977. 2007. Zeus publications in Ol. Australia. 2007.
Written down from James already in 1977. ISBN 13: 9781921240553 (not be found in Amazon.)

Hans Tholstrup: Erste Motorrad Kreuzung von Australien von Ost nach West, 70er Jahre. He started already in Gerwmayn (bought a huge fule-tank from Bernd Tesch) and race to Australia. Because he had already a time-record from Germany overland to Australia with a new BMW R 80 G/S -sponsored by BMW München- he circledthe world to ride a record of .. days.

Georges Gouron (French, born 28.10.1944) www.??
+ Around Australia and Tasmania. I went to Australia in 1970. In 1971 with a friend I rode a 650 BSA Lightning from Sydney to Cairns through the interior. First discovery of the Australian landscape and the harshness of the sun in the bush. My friend made the mistake to wear shorts one day. Next one he was so burnt he could not climb on the bike ! Luckily I was not so foolish, even in those days, to ride a motorcycle wearing shorts ! In 1972 I left Sydney with an old car and drove to Darwin picking up a french guy (Patrick) in Queensland. From Cairns we went inland as far as Charleville where we got stuck a few days due to a flood. Resumed the trip through a grasshopers cloud then past giant termite mounds. Hit a bull on the road before reaching Darwin. Then we hitchiked from Darwin down to Perth where we bought a VW beetle and rode to Adelaide across the Nullarbor Plain. From Adelaide up to Alice Springs and Mt Isa. Got lost between Mt Isa and the Birdsville track. Down the Birdsville track to Adelaide and on to Melbourne where we arrived after one year of traveling. 1974 saw Patrick and I riding around Tasmania, a motorcycle haven.
The best: In those days the roads were still dirt ! Finding our way back to the Birdsville track thanks to a ranch owner !
The worst: Getting lost between Mt Isa and the Birdsville track !
21.01.01 1st information by Petra Schommer and Ralf Paaske
23.01.01 1st answer by Georges

1970: Linda Joy Bootherstone racing in Australia / Perth.

1971: Linda in Australia travelling and racing.

1975. Linda Bick in Surrey UK with a BMW.

Ca. 04.1971 - ca. 30.06.1971
Linda Joy Bootherstone (England, born 21.11.1945)
+ Around Australia. Linda Joy Bootherstone (BMW R 60/5) rode with Angela (HONDA 350) and Jacky (YAMAHA 180) Griffin a round in Australia. ?? kms.
Purpose: To see Australia. All three have been living and travelling togehter for 3 years.
: Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - Brisbaine - Townsville - Cairns - from Townsville to Mt. Isa Offroad - Tennant Creek - Darwin - Alice Springs - by train to Adelaide because it still was offroad.
The best:  Meeting people, other travellers, other way of life.
The worst: Nothing.
B.T.: Linda is a  long-distance Woman Traveller: Australia Trans-Africa. America. Spain
The British woman Linda went to Australia when she was 24 in ca. 1969, rode in Australia with two other woman, crossed Africa to Capetown, rode USA East-West, rode already in 1969 to Moscow by bike and later to Odessa in Ukraine. When Linda visited us in July 1998 in Zweifall she made 700 kms on her old BMW from Stuttgart during rain in one turn. Then she had to sleep first. We had a wounderful talk and open fire with her selfmade songs "Far away friends" with her guitar and whistle.
1998: She was living now 30 kms north of Gibraltar in the mountains (address: Castillejos. Castillejar de la Frontera. 11350 Cadiz. Spain. Casa Linda had and offered 6 beds for mc-travellers and others for living. It was a good stop over for mc-travellers going to or coming back from Africa !
22.03.2013 Experienced Linda will write another book about her early tour in Australia.

27.11.1971 - (01.?).31.12.1972
Frank C. Wheeler (American, birthday ??? 20.08.1971)  and ??    your homepage www.??? (does not work)
+ Around Australia. Frank rode solo around Australia with a Hodaka ACE 125ccm (Hodak aindustrila company of Nagoya) in a months ca. 11.500 kms.
Purpose of your travel: ........??
Route : Australia 16.000 kms ?? (Melbourne - Gosford - Cairns -Hask Creek - Fitzroy Crossing - Perth - Esperance -Nullabor - Melbourne)
Highlights : ?........
The worst: ?in ......
Book or publication (about your tour): .......
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....
28.04.2011 Frank send an artikel with a foto of him inside. A wayward Wombat.
28th.04.2011 Next request ro overwrite this blog above with his information.
29th.04.2011 The author of the article "Old Bike Australia" Peter Whitaker answered me with the same article as an attachmend. And the important information that he owns more information about mc-travellers Around-Australia
Magazine: 01.05.2011 I send him my webpages of the continents and asked him more asked .him for more information about older tours.
Old Bike Australasia' at .Publisher: Jim Scraysbook.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: ...
1965-1967 Frank was Champion on a ACE 90 on the "100cc California Desert Racing".
1966 Frank rode on a ACE 90 a 3.800 mile tour of the Baja Peninsula.
196? Frank won a 500 mile cross country event through the Moyave desert; standing within 6 hours !
Frank rode on a 125er USA- Panama- Anchorage-Alaska-California. and then to Ushuaia.
1970 Auf einer 80er fuhrt er 1970 die Baja California runter, woraus später die Baja 100 wurde.
1972 Wheeler decided to ride in Autralia, the second biggest market of Hodaka.
?? 1974 I know that you circled (?) Australia on a Postiebike-sidecar 200cc when ?? 1974 ??
1974  Er fuhr rennen, wurde Meister in der Tschechei mit dem Motorrad.
1974 fuhr Wheeler rund um Australien, dann irgenwann mit dem Speedboat nach Tim or, mit dem Kanu den Murray River hinunter.
WEbsites with information about Frank Wheeler:
"Just read an article in the local rag about frank wheeler Riding his postie from east to west following the tropic of Capricorn. Frank said he rode 11,500kls in 31 days. Apparently he was going to fly back from the west coast with postie, but decided to zig zag his way back to the east. Good onya frank. Wish I had the stamina to undertake"
20th.03.2011 First info about Frank Wheeler from Markus Schmidt who met him in Curtis Springs 31.12.2010 riding to Ululuru in Australia.
26th.03.2011 First request to Frank Wheeler.
28th.03.2011 Franks first answer.
28th.03.2011 Second request to Frank Wheeler for update.
Frank the adventurer on Hubpages , Frank Wheelers australian adventurer on Wordpress

John Todd. Testride. Ri: On tour. 1973 ? 1979 ?

John Todd. Testride. Ri: On tour. 1973 ? 1979 ?

11.01.1973 - 28.11.1973
04.08.1978 - 24.08.1979
John Todd (Australian, born 17.10.1944)  no  www...
1973: Australia to England 37,000 miles. The postman John said that his first trip was very difficult: "I had little information and knew no one who had done the trip begore. I just went!  If you worry about risk, you don't go".
Route: leaving 11/1/73, I rode my 1961 BMW R 60/2 across Australia 2,500 miles & 6 days to Perth where I caught a ship to Singapore - rode through Malaysia & Thailand to Chang Mai & Back, 4,000 miles, & 1 month and caught the ship to India (Madras) - rode through India 5,000 miles & 7 weeks (6/3/73 - 24/4/73) -  rode from Amritsar to Kabul, to Bamiyan lakes in central Afghanistan, back to Kabul, Kandahar & Herat  1,700 miles. (25/4/73 -  18/5/73) - rode hard 4,000 miles to Istanbul where my bike was stolen (18/5/73 - 9/6/73) - got to london, bought an BMW R75/5, rode 10,000 miles around europe (25/8/72 to 28/11/73).
The worst: There was very little information in 1973. I made all my mistakes this trip, used the lessons to make a more successful trip in 1979.
1979: Australia to England 37,000 miles.
Route: In 1979, I got the seasons right, & my new bike, another ex police 1961 BMW R60/2, better prepared ( I thought). I rode 2,500 miles 5 days  to Perth (04. - 08.09.79) -  caught the ship to Singapore -  rode 6,200 miles in Thailand to Chiang Mai & back to Singapore in 3 months - by ship  to India (Madras 09.11.79) - in India and Nepal 8,900 miles - rode 2,100 miles to Afghanistan (Kabul - to Mazar-I-Sharif - Kabul - Herat - rode from Herat to london, 6,000 miles - then rode 11,600 miles around Europe.
Purpose of travel and the best: Adventure, (Australia is too safe, too easy) to see new sights and experience new people and cultures. I liked the hills of  Malaysia, most of  Thailand (except Bangkok!) and it's people (outside of  Bangkok). I found the Indians generally very bad for my nerves, but the temples, palaces and fortresses wonderful, their ruins are the best in the world.  Nepal was wonderful, the scenery magnificent and the people as nice as the Thais. Australia doesn't have mountains like Nepal or Europe. Pakistan was too muslim. Afghanistan was probably the most interesting country en route for the goodies in the shops, and the people often attractive if potentially dangerous. Iran I disliked generally. Eeastern Turkey likewise (Kurdish), but Turkey has more Greek & Roman ruins than Greece & Rome, and excellent scenery.
Equipment: In 1972 and 1978 John build boxes out of  aluminium with an aluminium "skin" of  3 or 3/10 of mm: "I replaced the normal windscreen, leg screen, panniers, steel tank & seat with an aluminium tank of 36 litres, aluminium seat base, etc. That added only about 25 kilos to the original bike (with panniers etc.) and weighed about 250 kilos empty, and about 360 kilos loaded (full tank etc.). It was ponderous, (difficult to get on and off, and at low speeds) but handled very well at more normal speeds.
Publications: A few stories for motorcycle club magazines. And two 2 stories in motorcycle magazines, the English "superbike" of november 1979 (no longer published, I believe) & the German magazine "Motorrad Mokick, Mofa und Sport" (mo) of august 1979.
01.09.2000 1st information by Chis Sally and Walter McArdle
19.01.2001 1st contact with John from Adelaide. Para Hills. Patricia and B.T. visited him. His bike is still in hos garage.


1974: Canning Stock Route in Australia. (C) Philip Schubert. le >ri: start. "on the road".

1974: Canning Stock Route in Australia. (C) Philip Schubert.

??.??.1974- ??.??.1974    Yamaha Canning Stock Route Dirt Bike Expedition - 1974
Riders: Paul Alladyce (Australian, born ??.??.19??). www.??
Colin Fitzgerald (Australian, born ??.??.19??). www.??
Andy Bowman (Australian, born ??.??.19??). www.??
Aircraft pilots: Philip Schubert ((Australian, born ??.??.19??) ( )
and John Fitzgerald (Australian, born ??.??.19??). www.??
+ 1570 (exactly please) km Canning Stock Route (CSR). Three motorcycle-travellers managed with three bikes to cover the distance of 15?? Kms in ?? days. They were supported by two pilots. They brought fuel (?) and food (?9 and water (?) to ?? how many ??) places.
Purpose of the tour: ??
Route: Wiluna >
The best: ??
The worst: ??
Important useful informations for others:... ??
Book or publication (about your tour):...??

2013.12.15 First information by Canning Stock Route solo-walker Gaynor Schoeman . Philip has a journal of this event.  Gaynor Schoeman became the first person to walk Australia's 1657km Canning Stock Route, solo, on 05 August 2013. It took 66 days to complete entirely on foot, without a support vehicle, utilising prepositioned supply drops.

I have ride listed here in the table
Photos here
16.12.2013 Fotos send by Gaynor Schoeman to B.T.
18.12.2013 First contact to Philip Schubert. Where is the film? Publications so far??
Yamaha Canning Stock Route Dirt Bike Expedition - 1974
The first riders have on record are back in 1974. Gaynor Schoeman puts them in the same class as Fred Powell and Andreas (see 1983). No car 4x4 supply. They also used supply drops ..... but from an airplain!
19.12.2013 Long e-mails by Phil Schubert (pilot) back to B.T.:
"I chat with Colin Fitzgerald (rider) almost every day, and catch up with his brother John Fitzgerald (pilot) about once a year. Both are still heavily involved in Adventure travel. Andy Bowman (rider) also took up commercial flying with the same airline I was flying for in the late 1970’s early 80’s, but haven’t been in contact with him since 1982.
Will put all the info together over the next few weeks and put it in context. I can send a link to the raw (un-edited journal - its a bit confusing in some places) if you wish. I want to make sure the record is historically accurate before publically publishing.
19.12.2013 Involved somehow, but B.T. does not know how:
Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route in 2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.
19.12.2013 Philip Schubert ( Bindoon, Western Australia) wrote to B.T.:
"At the time we didn’t think it such a big deal, but in hindsight it was a very significant achievement, and carried with it enormous risks that I wouldn’t even consider now. It was very remote and rarely travelled in those days and there was a huge amount of scepticism of our chances of success, let alone survival.
Apart from punctures, the bikes performed flawlessly, not unexpected as we had 16 of them on our sheep stations at the time and they were very tough little machines that took a real pounding mustering sheep, year in year out. At one point we considered using Yamaha DT 360’s as we had 3 new ones on the station, (picture attached) however the sponsor wanted to prove the AG bikes were as good as the horses of old.
It also was filled with some un-reported dramas due to unseasonal heavy rains that caused chaos to our plans. We also used the bikes to rescue mining crews stranded in the desert because of the rain, and a helicopter was called in to locate and rescue another mining party some 80km from their base camp for 5 days without food.
I took many of the photos of the expedition as well as a lot of 8 & 16mm footage was taken which was edited into a short promotional film for our major sponsor Ken Gorge Yamaha.
We also kept a daily journal of the expedition and have retained the original charts we used for navigation and along with the movie footage, and photos , and thus we are able to re-constucted an almost hour by hour description of the expedition.
The original material is currently being held by John Fitzgerald (aircrew). John is the elder brother of Colin who was the instigator of the expedition. He has also done other rides, the full length of Africa in the 80’s.
I had the daily journal typed up into electronic format a few years ago, but have since lost it, however I have contacted my secretary at the time and she may still have a copy. I hope to hear back from her today. If not I will obtain and scan the originals again from John.
He also has the DVD of the movie footage, and I will convert that to an AVI and place it on Youtube.
I will summarise the ride in the format you request below when I have the journal again as I need the dates , duration etc etc from it.
During the next 12 months I hope to put together the full story of the expedition. In recent years there has been considerable interest in the expedition including from several motorbike magazines but as yet I haven’t put together the full story.
have all the photos in a hidden gallery on my website and will also place the scans of the maps and charts there when complete. I will let you know when that is done.

1975 - 1977
Georges Gouron (French, born 28.10.1944) www.??
+ France - India - Singapore - Australia. Went back from Australia to France by boat in 1975. Took my girlfriend and her Suzuki GT 250 as well as my Suzuki GT 750 (2 stroke watercooled) with me. We toured Europe on both bikes. Then I crashed mine on a roundabout by a foggy night. Worked in a banque, bought another Suzuki GT 750. In 1976 we shipped back the 250 and decided to go back overland with the 750. Got enough 2 stroke oil to last me the trip and we left France in April 1976. We had snow in Italy, snow in Greece and even snow in Turkey. Istambul is a great place. We travelled east through Cappadocia, a beautiful part of Turkey with stunning landscapes. We were warned by travellers than further east kids were pretty rough, asking for cigarettes and throwing stones at vehicles. Soon we got the treatment. Having been warned, each time I saw kids waving by the roadside. I would slow down to first gear, put my blinkers and pretend to stop, but instead I would give full throttle and charge at them. They scattered and by the time they threw their stones I was out of reach. It worked well. From Turkey to Iran where we crashed into a garbage truck. Went to court, did not said a word and won the case ! The driver not only had to pay for the repair but also to lodge us in his house until it was ready ! Then it was Afghanistan. Broke down before Kandahar. Got a lift in town where the local mechanice had to manufacture new shaft bearing himself. Meanwhile we had tea and haschich everyday until the bike was ready. Great country and great people. Through the Kyber pass to Pakistan then to India. Down to Madras where we shipped to Singapore and shipped again to Perth. Got to Perth in time, the hand made bearing had done their jobs. They were replaced by original ones and we rode across the Nullarbor (now all bitumen) to Melbourne.
Voilà The best: Cappadocia in Turkey. Afghanistan
21.01.01 1st information by Petra Schommer and Ralf Paaske
23.01.01 1st answer by Georges

08.07.1975 - 15.08.1976
Mirjam and Paul (Dutch) Roelofsen
Holland - Asia - Australia. On one BMW R 60 the Mirjam and Paul rode before the enduro-time in 13 months 32.000 kms overland through 14 countries to Australia.
Book:  "Holland-Iran-Australia" (in Dutch)
19. Tesch-Travel-Treffen. Slides-Show on the Tesch-Meeting.


Fotos (C) Jörg Sorgenicht. 1992. Tänzerinnen Western Highlands Provence.

Jörg Sorgenicht. 15.08.2014 Besuch bei Bernd Tesch. Foto B.T.

Buch "Von Australien nach Europa". Reisen 1970-1972.
50.000 km in 8 Monaten mit 10 US $ pro Tag. Mit Bus, Zug, Schiff und Flugzeug. In Zusammenarbeit mit Bernd Tesch. Auflage 4000. DM 18,70 ca. 1977. 276 pp. 288 Fotos. DIN A 5. 288 Fotos. B&W. ISBN 3-9800145-0-9".
Anlässlich eines jährlichen Globetrotter-Treffens "Tesch-Travel-Treffens" (1977 oder 1978) hielt Jörg ein Seminar über seinen 1-jährigen beruflichen Aufenthalt 1971-1972 mit Reisen in Australien. Und seine 8-monatige Rückreise ab 1972 auf dem Landweg möglichst. Darin zeigte Jörg auch die damaligen Möglichkeiten der Rückwege von Australien nach Europa auf. Sogar mit Preisen.
Alles ist einer 15-seitigen, gehefteten Blattsammlung DIN A 5 genau beschrieben. Diese lag ab dann seinem Buch bei.
Es war damals die Phase, dass "Globetrotter-Reise-Bücher" über außergewöhnliche Reise in Deutschland erschienen. Bernd Tesch wollte gerne eine "Globetrotter-Buch-Reihe" darüber herausgeben. Aber dazu brauchte man viel Anfangskapital. Und da B.T. das nicht hatte, beriet er die Autoren Jörg Sorgenicht (Australienbuch, 1977), Dr. Hans Grundmann (USA Canada. Ein Führer für Individualreisende. 1977) und Karl-Heinz Stölzner (01.01.1978). Diese Reihe trug dann hinten das Label "Abenteuer-Tips und Ausrüstungen. Globebetrott-Zentrale Aachen".
Jörg Sorgenicht (German, born 19.04.1939) ist ein alter Weggenosse. In 1977 veröffentlichte er im Selbstverlag ein Buch "Von Australien nach Europa. 50.000 km in 8 Monaten mit 10 US $ pro Tag. Mit Bus, Zug, Schiff und Flugzeug. In Zusammenarbeit mit Bernd Tesch. Auflage 4000. DM 18,70. 01.01.1977. 276 pp. 288 Fotos. DIN A 5. 288 Fotos. B&W. ISBN 3-9800145-0-9". Im Internet findet man noch ab und zu Bücher von ihm.
Es war damals die Phase, dass "Globetrotter-Reise-Bücher" über außergewöhnliche Reise in Deutschland erschienen. Bernd Tesch wollte gerne eine "Globetrotter-Buch-Reihe" darüber herausgeben. Aber dazu brauchte man viel Anfangskapital. Und da B.T. das nicht hatte, beriet er die Autoren Jörg Sorgenicht (Australienbuch, 1977), Hans Grundmann (USA. Canada-Buch, 1977) und Karl-Heinz (Nachnahme nicht griffbereit, 1979 ca.). Diese Reihe trug dann hinten das Label "Abenteuer-Tips und Ausrüstungen. Globobetrott-Zentrale Aachen".

Jörg war jahrelang verschollen. Und meine Versuche, ihn übers Internet zu finden scheiterten. Wie aus "heiterem Himmel" meldete er sich telefonisch: 75 Jahre! und fit aus Kaufbeuren. Er ist Diplom-Kaufmann und hat bis 2004 sehr viele, jahrelange berufliche Aufenthalte wie 1 Jahr in Australien, Papua Neu Guinea, Kongo Brazzaville und Simbabwe vorzuweisen. Er hat mit deutschen und europäischen Gesellschaften - wie zum Beispiel GTZ (Gesellschaft für Technische Zusammenarbeit) - zusammen gearbeitet. Dabei hat er Projekte, die im Ausland von Deutschen und Europäern unterstützt werden sollten, auf ihre Finanzierbarkeit hin vorbereitet.

Wie das so mit manchen Travellern ist, quillt das Herz unstoppbar über: Der Zuhörer muss sich ein reiches Reiseleben in wenigen Stunden bis auf alle Details anhören.

Eines der interessantesten Reise-Ergebnisse ist seine Ausstellung über seine Fotos aus Papua Neu Guinea. Bekanntlicherweise sehen eine solche Ausstellung nur eine begrenzte kleine Menschenzahl. Das Internet wäre die richtige Welt, um vielen diese wunderbaren Fotos wie das Porträt näher zu bringen.
Bei der Unterhaltung stellte sich dann auch heraus, dass Jörg in 1960 schon mit 21 Jahren und einem französischen Freund Alain Grasset (French. ca. geb. 1942) ganz um Korsika mit einem Capri-Roller gereist ist. Diese Reise ist als Übersicht in meiner website über Europa-Motorrad-Reisen unter 1960 zusammen gefasst. Ein Foto des benutzen Rollers "Capri" wird er nachreichen.
Earlier and later travel-experiences:
Hier sind auch unter seinem Namen und seiner Roller-Reise alle anderen früheren und späteren Reisen von Jörg aufgeführt.

B.T.: I am not sure if this is a real photo of Robyn Davidson in 1977 - or the actor of the film..

09.04.1977 + 9 months
Robyn Davidson (Australian, *06.09.1950 in Stanley Park, a cattle station in Miles, Queensland). website ?
+ Australia. Alice Springs - Indian Ocean. Robyn walked 2700 km (1700 miles) solo with 4 camels and one dog from Alice Springs direction west until the west coast to the Indian Ocean. She was educated on a farm near Brisbaine.
Purpose: Her father had crossed the Kalahari-Desert in 1935. So she wanted to do something similar for herself when she was 24.
Info: She prepared this trip two years in Alice Springs on camel-farms to earn money and to learn about the behaviour of camles. But finally she signed a contract with the magazine National Geographic for $ 4000. An began a conact with the photographer Rick Smolan of National-Geographic. Camels were imported in Australia for an expedition in 1866. Later when cars and lorries were sheaper and quicker camels were send into the desert. But they did not die. Today Australia has most of wild camel heards in the world.
Route: Alice Springs - after 26 days through Great Victoria Desert-: Ayers Rock - Cunbarrel highway -Australian West Coast at Carnavon. Indian Ocean.
The best: To understand Aborgines much better.
The worst: She was attacked by wild camels. She nearly did because of lost of her compass and thurst.
1978: Newspaper "The West Australian" newspaper.
1978 Titelgeschichte des National Geographic.
19??: Robyn Davidson ihren Bestsellerroman „Tracks“. Englisch.
1996: Deutsche Version von Spuren – Eine Reise durch Australien. 1996 Rowohlt. Co80 127-130T. TB.
08.2013.Premiere of TV-Film with Australian "Mia Wasikowska". Filmfestspielen von Venedig. John Curran für den Goldenen Löwen nominiert wurde. Der Film war außerdem der Publikumsliebling auf den Festivals von Toronto und London 2013.
Der Film erhielt von der Deutschen Film- und Medienbewertung (FBW) die Auszeichnung „Prädikat wertvoll“.
2016.05.28, 20:15: TV-Film "Spuren" in Austrain pogram Servus. Trailer zum Film. Als DVD erhältlich.
2016.05.29 First summary by B.T.


09.1981 - 01.10.1981 - ?
Hans Tholstrup (Australian)
London - Asia - Sydney. Then Around - The - World. Hans wanted to brake the record riding overland from London to Sydney / Australia with a BMW R 80 G/S what he did. Having arrived he continued braking the record circling the world by bike. Exact dates unknown.
1981: Hans bought a big fuel-tank from Bernd Tesch in Kornelimünster which BMW paid.
B.T.: Hans informed me that he broke the record London - Sydney on a motorcycle.

Rob van Driesum. Always smiling. He loves to travel and live. Foto B.Tesch 15.09.2012 in Hammer / Germany. Ri: A map with most of Robs mc-travels in Australia.

??.??.1983 - ??.??.1984
Rob van Driesum (born ??.??.1954 in NL)
+ Europe - Asia - Australia.
Purpose: Rob is a Dutch journalist. Rob wrote the very best article with FEELING about the "Tesch-Mc-Meeting for WORLD-TRAVELLERS" in the Dutch Mc-Magazin MOTOR. He tried to get a constant job in NL which was not possible for him at this time. Therefore Rob rode in 1983/84 from Holland overland to Australia with his BMW 1973 R 60/5 , called "open ticket". He rode to Australia because to live there as a journalist. After some jobs as a redacteur at Australian mc-magazines in 1999 he was responsible for all guides of famous LONELY PLANET books in Sydney. We kept contact many years by exchanging letters. Rob was the one who helped me to get two motorcycles in Australia from Kurt Weidner, owner of BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA for which we are very grateful.
Route: Country by country please: Europe (NL – Belgium – Germany - …Asia (……) – Australia (where ?).
The best: ??
The worst: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
Most important: Dide you find articles about othet mc-overlanders travellig Europe > Asia > Australia BEFORE you started ?? Copies possible ??
1980: Publications in MOTOR
25.-26.09.1982   5. deutsche MOTORRAD - TREFFEN für FERNREISEN. 99 Teilnehmer. Rob gave a slides show: Rob van Driesum (Niederländer): Holland- Spanien – Portugal
1983-1984 Overland NL > Australia.
27.10.1999 Patricia and Bernd T. met Rob in Australia near Melbourne. He made a great carrier: He is now responsible for many Travel-Guides from Lonely Planet. Most important was that he did not change his mood: He is as friendly as he always has been. Rob travelled extensively in Australia as well.
14.-15.09.2012 Rob visits us with his 4 year old daugther Mathilda.
16.09.2012 Asked Rob for more dates of his tours.
13.12.2012 Asked Rob for more dates of his tours. And star-photos.
B.T.: The Dutch mc-traveller were the first Dutch persons going overland from Cairo to Capetown.

27.08.1983 (31.?) + 10 days (11 ?) + 11 days
"Fred" Frederick and Andreas Powell. ADV report:
+ Canning Stock Route. Unassisted motor cycle traverse 1983. In October 1983, the Powell brothers on a BMW R80 G/S and BMW R80/7 completed the CSR unassisted from north to south. They customised their motor bikes with 40 litre fuel tanks and carriers for extra fuel cans, water and food. Each bike carried in total 80 litres of fuel and each 15 l of water. No car support. But fuel supply support. They covered 2057 kms. They used 21``front tires Dunlop Supercross and 4.50 x 18 IRC Vucanduro nobby. And long travel suspensions. Fred contacted a few people who have done the CSR in 4WD vehicleses for information. Sub frames and jerry can racks. Carefull enigine preparation.
Bill Sheppard provided from Capricorn Roadhouse to well 23 a a fuel drop.
Flooding around Lake Gregory forced them to take a wide detour. Once they were in dune country, the deep soft sand caused steering problems and resulted in countless falls. They experienced difficulties with trees and overhanging bushes hitting the hands, levers and kill switch. They used an average of 2.5 litres each of drinking and fuel consumption averaged 13 kilometres per litre. At Well 23 they replenished fuel supplies from a pre-ordered 200 litre drum of petrol. Despite the difficulties and poor water quality in some of the wells they successfully traversed the CSR in 11 days.
Purpose of the tour: An Overlander article in the 1970´s.
Route: 27.08.1983 start from ? :.. Geraldton - Minilia (27.08. at night) - Whim Creek (here they got fuel from a biker) - Pt. Hedland (again fuel)- "Sandfire Flat Roadhouse". 29th.08.: One bike failed to start before Halls Creek because the battery was falt. So Fred had to get had the only avalibale 12V -battery in the Kimberlies from Kununurra.
30th.08.: Start from Halls Creek only 56 kms.
31st.08. 308 kms: - around Lake Gregory which has swollen up- Balgo MIssion (here the got some fuel) -
01st.09. 180 kms: - back to CSR - well 49 with excellent water - Great Sandy Desert - Breadon Hills - BReadon Pool - Godfrey Tank -

Wiluna >
The best: ??
The worst: ??
Important useful informations for others:... ??
Book or publication (about your tour):...??
Discovery: gold has been discovered in the Kalgoorlie region. The population increased. So there became a market for the Kimberley-cattle. So they found the "Canning Stock Route" from Halls Crek to Wiluna. Alfred Canning surveyed and constructed in 1908-1910. THe last cattle was brought down in 1958. A first vehicle transferred the whole lenth in 1968.

64 It is their intention to complete a 30 anniversary ride down the CSR in September 2013. (When I wrote this article I wasn’t aware of the detail of the Phil Schubert and crew traverse)
64 http://www.advrider.corniforums/shm,vthread.php?t=547675 as at 16 May 2013.

2004 Bernd Tesch visited Fred Powell in Australia
2013.12.15 Second information by Cannin Stock Route solo-Walker Gaynor Schoeman
20.12.2013 All this information was kindly offered me by Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route in 2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.


1985: Richard Mason, first person to ride the entire length pf the CSR on a motorcycle 1985. Courtesy Martin Hayes.

Richard Mason, motor cycle and Gordon Hayes, two wheel drive buggy

+ Canning Stock Route. Gordon Hayes and Richard Mason were members of a Peter Vernon-led expedition in 1985, that travelled the length of the CSR from north to south and located all of Canning’s wells, test bores and Aboriginal soaks. Hayes successfully drove his two wheel drive buggy to each of the locations along the Canning. His buggy had little difficulty in crossing dunes and he was the first person to successfully drive the CSR in a two wheel drive.
67 Richard Mason, on his Yamaha Tenere 600cc motor cycle, was the first person recorded to ride a motor cycle to all of the wells and related sites on the CSR. He rode that same motor cycle from Wangaratta, Victoria to Halls Creek to start the CSR trek and then he rode it back to Wangaratta, Victoria from Wiluna.
08.05.2011: Email from Martin Hayes to author, 8 May 2011.
20.12.2013 All this information and the foto was kindly offered me by Phil Bianchi. Bush historian and author. Author of a book of Canning Stock Route in 2010: Four Wheel Drive travel writer.
P.S. The Canning Stock Route was pioneered in 1874 by two great Australian explorers, Giles and Gibson. Only Giles survived, THe area he calles afetr Gibson.
On a sign along the CSR is written: Alfred Wernham Canning (1861-1936, Explorer and Surveyor). The 900 mile stock route was surveyed by Alfred Wernham Canning in 1906-07. And the 51 wells between Halls Creek and Wiluna constructed in 1908-10 under his oiutstanding leadership. Because cattle condtions changed it was last used in 1958. In 1968 was the first four-wheel-drive expedition.

Gerd Krämer (German)
+ Perth - Sydney - Cape York - Sydney. Gerd rode solo 20.000 kms in 8 months with HONDA XL 250. He is "specialised" to travel with little luggage. He only travelled with a helmet, handshoes from a gardener, his bags from the bike, only tools from a cycle, no spareparts, no motorcycle-cloth, no rain cloth: "The fourth part of a successful" trip is to have luck: He had no puncture and got wet only once.
Route: Perth - Pilbarra - Goldfelder - Kalgoorlie - Nullarbor Plain - Port Augusta - Cooper Pedy - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - Cairns - Cape York - Sydney.
27.12.2013 Durchs Internet nicht zu finden. Falls Gerd dieses einmal lesen sollte, bitte ich um Kontaktaufnahme mit Bernd Tesc. Suche Foto dazu und ein paar mehr Infos..
Gerd Krämer: Bikefarm. Harley-Seite. - Gerd Kräme; Kawasaki kh 750 Umbauten.

32.10.1986 - ??.12.1986
Jaroslaw Kornacki (Polish)
Jaroslaw rode solo 11.850 kms in 52 days with HONDA XL 250.
Route: Melbourne - Townsville - Mt. Isa - Alice Springs - Adelaide - Melbourne.
09.2000 Met Jaroslaw on Internet. Unfortunately his email and homepage does not work anymore. Who knows him ?
10.03.2004 Next email to me: Dear Bernd, after 10 years of nearly constant travelling I settled down and in 1996 started my own business producing motorcycle equipment in Poland, where I can use my motorcycle experience in designing good and functional accesories. By now, in my eighth season of operation, the KOBI brand starts to be well recognized on the domestic market, and the annually growing sales confirm the good quality of the products. Remembering well the times of my own voyages, I keep helping all those who are about to set out on the trips of their dream, and I have to say that until this day I have helped every one of those who asked for help. My products has travelled from Africa to Nord Cap, Mongolia, Japan and even around the world and here is the last of the "thank you" messages that I receive /from March 4th 2004/ "Welcome! I am just back From Algeria, saddle bags were great - strong, tight, reliable; the tank bag was of a great help too. Once more thanks for the support. Best wishes -Cezary".
10.03.2004 Next request for update

Lörli und Beat Läuppi (Schweizer)
Australia. Es geht auch zu dritt auf einem Motorrad 4,5 Monate (schwanger geworden) durch Australien.
23.-24.04.88  Dia-Vortrag auf dem 10. MOTO - FERNREISE - TREFFEN
Nino Lazzeri (Luxemburg): Solo 1 Jahr lang mit BMW.
Carl: Australienteil seiner Wetreise."

20.06.1987 - 02.02.1989
Naomi Frears (1963) and John Hogg (1958) (now married as Frears Hogg) (British)
John and Naomi rode 2 solo bikes from England to Australia via Europe, Turkey and Indian sub-continent with two YAMAHA XT 550, covering about 40.000 kms. Visited prisoners on behalf of  "Prisoners Abroad". .
Route: Europe: France, Germany, Austria, Slovinia, Croatia, Yugoslavia (Serbia), Bosnia, Macedonia, Greece, Turkey.
Asia: Turkey (refused visa for Iran) shipped bikes to India (Karachi, we flew), Pakistan, India, Nepal, India. Bikes shipped
to Sydney via Singapore from Madras. We flew to Singapore-Sydney. Australia: NSW, ACT (Canberra), NSW,
Queensland, Northern Territory, South Australia, Victoria, NSW. Shipped Sydney-London.
The best: Freedom. Friendship of people. Asian culture. Himalayas and Karakorum Highway. Space in Australia. Red
centre and Barrier reef.
The worst: Naomis crash in Pakistan. Having to leave the prisoners we visited in Turkey, Pakistan and India on behalf of
"Prisoners Abroad".
Book or publication: Motorcycle Sport (Aug 89), Motorcycle News, Visitors Abroad.
Tips: Be open and friendly. Trust your feelings. Take your time. Big fuel tank, heavy-duty wheels and spokes, strong
panniers and frame.
16.04.1999 Participant of the 22nd Meeting for Motorcycle World-Travellers.
Address: Withkenfarm. Laity Lane. St. Ives. Cornwall TR26 3HD,

08.07.- 25.10.1989
Wolfram Ettgen (German)
+ Australia. The student Wolfram and his girl-friend Petra Burg rode on one YAMAHA XT 600 Tenere 18.000 kms in 100 days. They rode some seldom routes. 12.000 kms have been off-road.
Route: They shipped the motorcycle from Hamburg to Perth and flew themselves with "Quantas". Perth - Sydney - Darwin - Cairns - Sydney. They shipped the bike back to Hamburg with firm "Danzas".
Publications: Articel in TOURENFAHRER. He won a XT 600 from YAMAHA in a competition with the best pictures.
15.09.1990 Wolfram gave a slides-show at the 12. Moto - FERNREISE - Treffen: "Australien- Querung". 18.000 km in 100 Tagen.
15.12.2003 Next request for update. Father promised me that Wolfram will answer me for sure. And informed me about his other tours in Africa with Mc and Land-Rover.

02.1989 - 08.1990
Rolf Henniges (German, born in June 1965 in the University-City of Göttingen)
+ Australia in total. Rolf has education as an industrial-salesman, a dieselengine-mechanic and an editor Transafrica from February 1989 till August 1990.
Route: Tunesia - Algeria - Niger - Burkina Faso - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Central-Africa - Zaire - Rwanda - Burundi - Uganda - Kenya - Tansania - Malawi - Mosambique - Botswana - Namibia - South-Africa
Purpose of travel: Always heading for adventure and fun. As an old moto-crossi he always looked at most of rough roads and tracks.
The best: Deep mudded, 300 km long track between Tansania to Malawi in rainy season. Also a rough and funny ride on an old Honda CB 200 with piston-collaps from Göttingen to Genua (Italy) and retour. (It was a funny story for motorcycle Magazine MOTORRAD in winter 98/99). Reaching Capetown after 18 month of journey
The worst: Stone-throwing children in Zaire.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: If there is a wish and a deep will, every time it will be come real.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:.Rolf startet his bigger trips after he hang up his moto-cross career in 1987. First he rode six weeks through Algeria. Infectet by the spirit of the black continent, he startet his big trip a year later and spent nearly two years travelling in several countries of Africa. Ending up in September 1990 in Capetown. There he worked together with a guy from Australia fixing engines. Surely he had the idea to visit him later.So he spent 27 months between 1991 - 1997 in Australia. He rode 100.000 km. Nearly all Outback-tracksavelling. Did trips to Asia as well cross all over Europe. Every time on bikes, mostly of the Yamaha XT-Series. Sometimes he worked for food and petrol and travelled without money as well. In Australia he was also digging for saphires as well as for opals. While he was back in Germany he worked in several jobs. Beside his travels he startet writing in 1990, sold the storys to many magazines and presented slideshows through Germany. Since May 1999 he is redacteur of MOTORRAD, Europes biggest Motobike-Magazin, working as a motorbike-tester and editor. The bike, with which he has done most of all journeys, is now part of his living-room. The good old Yamaha XT 600 Ténéré counts 241.000 km. After more than half a million km on a motorbike, now he is riding pushbikes as his hobby and still working on his next book which will be a novel and has nothing to do with bikes and journeys "Only women, drinks and rock'n roll". One of his dreams of life is, to live on novels. After six years in the past 20 years on the road, Rolf is still hungry for freedom: "There is no guarantee, that I will be a strickly hard working man for the rest of my life". He wants to travel as much as he can. "There's only one life. Live it". See more in this homepage Australia 1991 - 1997. Transafrica 43.230 Kilometer. His other three Afrcia-Tours 11.000 kms. Rolf has education as an industrial-salesman, a dieselengine-mechanic and an editor Transafrica from February 1989 till August 1990. His other three Africa-Tours 11.000 kms.
Book or publication: .In 1996 his first book, named "Australia", was published in Motorbuch Verlag Stuttgart. Meanwhile his has written some short-storys for Lappan-Verlag Oldenburg and is one of the co-authors of the Travellbook "Best of 20 Years of Travel" from the Motorbike-Photographer Klaus H. Daams witch will be published in December 2001.
09.99 Rolf gave a slide-show about Australia at the Veteranen-Meeting of BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA.
B.T. Rolf is an extensive mc-traveller being able sometimes to travel with no money. He crossed Africa and rode extremely in Australia by mc. Rolf  has written the portrait about Bernd Tesch in 1996 in MOTORRAD and has been visiting the Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers since many years. Rolf is a co-author of SHELL´s BIKER BIBLE as well. Although Rolf has sometimes a "special view" of Mr. Tesch and different opions we always kept a good contact with each other since a long time.

??.09.1989 - ??.06.1990
Martin Schröder (German, born 10.04.1966). website planned
+ Australia.
Martin rode ca. 40.000 km solo in 9 months with Yamaha XT 550.
Purpose of travel: Adventure
Route in Australia: Sydney - Eden - Melbourne - Adelaide - Sydney - Brisbane - Cooktown - Mount Isa - Katherine - Alice Springs - Sydney.
Highlight: Riding the Kennedy Developmental Highway from Cooktown to Mount Isa (all red dirt & bulldust).
The worst: Riding ca. 2.000 km with a worn out sprocket
Book or publication: None
Earlier experiences: None
Later experience: Reise Januar 1992, vier Wochen mit Auto von Sydney nach Brisbane, entlang des sunshine-coast
3. Reise Juni-August 1994, drei Monate mit Auto und Motorrad Queensland, Süd-Australien, NSW
4. Reise Januar-April 1997, drei Monate mit umgebautem Crysler Valliant von Sydney nach Broome über den Tanami-desert-track, zurück über Derby, Darwin, Mt. Isa, Brisbane
5. Reise November - Januar 1997, 6 Wochen mit Motorrad NSW, SA und Tasmania
6. Reise Juli 2000, vier Wochen Sydney, Darwin, Kakadu-National-Park, Sydney mit Auto und Motorrad
08.10.2003 1st information
11.10.2003 Visit for recommendation.

Jürgen Sindhu. 3,5 Monate mit BMW R 100 GS und 50 L-Alu-Tesch-Tank in Australien.
24.05.2018 Hat Fotos geschickt.
24.05.2018 Habe Jürgen um summary-blog gebten.


21.08.1992 - ca. 21.04.1995
Gerhard Iten and Lucia Fuchs (Swiss)
- Not completly Around-The-World. With a Dnepr-sidecar .
Route: Europa - Asia - Australien - New Zealand. 60.000 kms. Schweiz - Italien - mit der Fähre in die über Griechenland in die Türkei - Iran - Pakistan - China - Indien - Australien - Neuseeland.
Book: Speichenbruch und Motorschaden. Vom Abenteuer einer Dnepr-Weltreise.

Marie-Claude in 1994 in Australia

Marie-Claude in 2005 with daughter Elodie in Switzerland

17.01.1994 – 30.05.1994
Marie-Claude Hefti (Swiss, born 26.11.1968)
+ Australia.
I first rode as pillion with David Hoxley (Australia) on his Suzuki 700 cc, together with fellow mc-travellers Catherine Germillac (France) and Andrew (Australia). I learned to drive a motorbike on the outback roads and trails, than bought myself a second-hand Kawasaki 250 cc in Alice Springs to continue solo (without a drivers’ licence !) in the Australian outback.
Purpose of my travel : discover the amazing Australian continent, outback, fauna, flora, climate and people.
Route : Australia 10'000 km (not on a very straight line): Mount Gambier (Great Ocean Road), Murray River, Adelaide, Port Augusta, Coober Pedy, Kings Canyon, Uluru, Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine, Litchfield National Park, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Derby, Broome – then sold the bike in Broome.
Highlights : aquired the taste of freedom, made the brilliant experience of sleeping under the stars, discovered the bare shape of my head after shaving it. Worked in a camel farm close to Alice Springs (Ross River homestead). Found opals in Coober Pedy. Paddled down the Ord River infested with thousands of crocodiles. Met great people, gained confidence.
The worst : beeing woken up in the middle of the night in the middle of nowhere by a herd of dingos surrounding my camp (which was finally nicer than being woken up by a local man thinking a woman cannot camp on her own). Jumped up to my feet at the stare of a Giant Bull Ant inside the tent.
Book or publication : none.
My useful informations and TIPS for others : just do it ! Make sure you carry enough water. If you travel solo, tell people (local authorities or other reliable travellers) what road you are taking and when you expect to arrive, they will check on you (make sure you made it or send assistance).
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours : none
14.07.2011 Bernd Tesch: In 1995 and 1998 a wonderful looking Swiss girl came to the mc-meeting for world-travellers in company with Catherine Germillac. Marie-Claude then told me an unbelievable story. She was working in a Switzerland bank for good money and in best quality cloth with long black hair. She just wanted to make normal holidays in Australia for 4 weeks. Then she met French Catherine Germillac who was a long-year-rider (6 years) and riding Around-The-World. Marie-Claude was so impressed by Catherines way of life and riding a motorcycle that she gave a tel. call to her bank in Switzerland telling her that she would not come back to fullfill her dreams now. So she cut her hair and learned to ride a motorcycle in the outback of Australia.
Marie-Claude is now married in Switzerland and got a baby.

22.03.1991 - 01.08.1991
Peter Brohammer (Sweden, born 1962)
+ Around Australia. Peter rode solo around Australia on a 1985 Honda XR 600 . Ca.20.000 kms. I bought the bike privatly in Sydney for AUS$2200 and spent another AUS$500 before leaving Sydney.
Purpose of your travel: Experience Australia (espesially the outback).
Route: Sydney- Blue mountains- Wollongong- Canberra- Great Ocean road to Melbourne- Adelaide- Nullabor plains- Esperences- Albany- Bunburry- Perth- Carnavon- Paraburdoo (Hamersley ranges)- Port Hedland- Broome- Derby- Gibb River road (Kimberly) to Kathrine- Darwin- Kakadu- Tennant creek- Kennedy road to Ravenshoe- Cairns- Magnetic Island- Sydney.
The best: Kakadu NP. Kimberly. All the nice people I met, locals and travellers. Diving at Great Barrier Reef.
The worst: The bike breaking down all the time (2 rocker arms, 2 camshafts, 1 alternator etc). Difficult to sell the bike. Sold it to a dealer for AUS$1400
Book or publication:
Info: I met about 10 Around-Australia bikies. Most interesting of them was the Japanese on a DT 175 who hardly spoke any english at all. And the 2 aussie brothers from Adelaide. One on an old Yamaha TX 650 with kawasaki tank and the other on a TT600 with his dog as a pillion!
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Never trust a XR.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Short trips around scandinavia
April 2004: 1st information. Last update.
16.06.2004 His next tour in 2005 will be in Africa again. Not decided so far if he will travel form Egypt to east Africa by KTM.

27.08.1991 - 01.11.1991
Dagmar und Udo Fischer   no www
+ First ride in Australia ca. 11.000 kms. With one BMW R 100 GS Dagmar and Udo rode in 8 weeks 10.-11.000 kms, and 1.000 km by car 1 week in Atherton Tableland. They organised themselves to buy and sell the BMW in Australia: Buy Back from a usual Dealer in Sydney. It was a personal good decison but very expensive because it was a new bike and not a professional buy-back-company. But it was cheaper than to rent a bike for one way (which was impossible). And cheaper and easier than to bring our own bike to Oz concerning our information. Cost of flight (ca. 2.500 DM incl. stoppover in Bangkok and 2 Inlandflights.
Route: Flight with Qantas airlines from Frankfurt to Australia: Darwin - Kakadu NP - Litchfield Park - Darwin - Nitmiluk NP - Mataranka - Alice-Springs - West McDonnel Ranges - Watarrka NP - Uluru (Ayers Rock) - Kata Tjuta - Coober Pedy - Flinders Ranges - Grampians - Great Ocean Road - Shepparton - Melbourne - Wilson´s Prom - Lakes Entrance - Canberra - Sydney - Blue Mountains - by plane to Cairns - Townsville -  Cairns. Flight with airlines Quantas from Cairns - Frankfurt.
The best : Pefect holiday. The feelig to come "home" especially in the North although the continent was unknown. We feld as we have been there before in the tropical north.
The Worst:  Rassisme against the Aborigines and Asians. That we had to fly home. That we had to stay for 2 days in loud and smelling Bangkok. Destroying of  the nature since 200 years by white people.

Andreas Hülsmann (German, born 02.06.1961) und Petra Lange (German, birthday 09.10.1962)
+ "Transaustralien und NZ " Petra und Andreas haben sich mit zwei Yamaha XT 600 Tenere den Traum einer Australien-Tour erfüllt: 45.000 km. Australia km 36.000 in 9,5 months and km 8.500 New Zealand in 2,5 months.
Purpose of your travel: go away from normal life
Route: We flew from Europe (Frankfurt) to Australia (Perth by Singapore Airlines to Perth. With two bikes Broome – Gibb River Road – Kathrine – Kakadu National Park – Darwin – Alice Springs – Ayers Rock – Oodnadatta Track – Cooper Pedy – Flinders Range – Adelaide – Great Ocean Road – Melbourne – Snowy Mountains – Sydney – Brisbane – Cairns – Mount Isa – Alice Springs – Broken Hill – Sydney. Flight to New Zealand. With bikes we rode 9000 kms on both Island). Flight back from NZ (Auckland) to Europe (Frankfurt?.
Highlights: Landscape, People, Australian way of life
The worst: Three Accidents
Book or publication: (Tourenfahrer 1 / 2 1995).
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:.June - August 1988: Solo North of Europe: Sweden , Finnland , Norway , Iceland , Yamaha. XT 600 Tenere, 10.000 km April 1993 - April 1994: Australia / New Zealand . Andreas with Yamaha XT 600 Tenere. Petra Lange with XT 600 Tenere. 40.000 km. May - October 1995: Solo Australia with a Toyota Landcruiser, 25.000 km. Juni - Juli 1996: North Amerika (USA / Canada). Suzuki DR 650, 9.000 km. Jo Deleker with Honda Dominator October 1997  - April 1998: South Amerika - Yamaha XT 600 Tenere, 25.000 km. Birgit Pütz with BMW GS 80. Jo Deleker with Honda Dominator. January - February 2001: Oman and UA Emirates. Andreas with Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin. 8.000 km. Silke Marten with Suzuki DR 350. July - August 2002: Russia , Baltic States and Poland . Andreas with  Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin. 12.000 km. Ludwig Hauhoff with Africa Twin. Gerd Brüning with BMW GS 80. July - August 2004: Australia Canning Stock Route (2.000). Andreas with BMW F 650, Touratechumbau. 10.000 km. Jörg Becker with BMW F 650. Planned tour start may 2006: Course East, 5 Month 15 Countries, 25.000 Kilometres. Central Asia and Siberia . More see: Routes in continents: Europe: all countries, without Spain and Greece , 300.000 km. Southamerika: Argentina , Chile , Brasil , Uruguay , 25.000 km. Australia : Perth , Broome, Darwin , Alice Springs Adelaide, Melbourne , Sydney , km 36.000.
1995 Dia-Vortrag auf dem 17 MFTreffen.
19.12.2005 1st request

Willy Schmitz und Michael Wehrberger in ??. 1993. Design B.T.

Michael Werlberger (German, born ??) and Willy Schmitz (German, born ??)
+ Europe - Asia - Australia. Michael und Willy reisten mit einem Gespann 13 Monate und 50.000 km durch drei Kontinnete und ?? Länder.
Route: Europe (Germany (Berlin) - Italien (Tirol) - Griechenland - Türkei) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - Indien - Nepal) - by ship to Australia (Perth - Adelaide by car - in Adelaide the motorcycle arrived - by mc Melbourne - Canberra - Sydney - Brisbane - Cairns - Cape York - Northern Territory - Darwin - Kimberleys - Western Australia -Perth. THe mc was send to Germany by ship. The persons flew home.
Publication: Buch „Der lange Weg nach Australien“ Logbuch einer Gespannreise. Erzählt die Gespannreise. Wurde im Guinness Buch der Rekorde als längste Gespannreise aller Zeiten angemeldet. 210 S. 22 Fotos. 4 Karten. 22 H x 15,5 B. € 16,80 (2010). Verlag: Reiseliteratur-Verlag. Germany.
Ein Buch über das Erfahren fremder Kulturen, Reifenpannen, gerissene Alufelgen, Rahmenbrüche und improvisierte Reparaturen, behördliche Willkür, freundliche Menschen und Sprachlosigkeiten, über Naturwunder, Weltwunder und diese wunderbare Sache: Reisen.
10.2010 B.T. Got the book and contacted Willy Schmitz via the publisher.
09.11.2010 1st summary by Will.
09.11.2010 1st request for update.

Australien. Welt-Reise. 1994.
Robert Bob Auburn (Born 1929 exact date ???). The Endless Ride.
The Pictorial Guide to Worldwide Motorcycle Touring. Mit einer neuen Honda Magna 700 und 132 pounds Gewicht startet Bob solo, 60 Jahre jung, 1989 und kommt erst nach 5 Jahren und 165.000 miles ( = 264.000 km) durch 51 Länder rund um die Welt zurück. Er braucht US $ 71.000 inklusive Motorrad und Transportkosten. Zum Leben braucht Robert US $ 800 / Monat, weniger als in Amerika zuhause.
Roberts Buch gliedert sich in vier Teile: Drei Foto-Dokumentationen, je 103 Seiten "From Kasbahs to Kangaroos" (Marokko bis Australien), 184 Seiten "From Buckingham Palace to The Grand Palace" (London bis Bangkok) und 74 Seiten "From Totems to Tacos", Riding the Americas (Alaska to Mexico). Der vierte Buchteil mit 144 Seiten, "The 19-Language Parts & Service Phrasebook", wurde mit der Hilfe von 20 führenden Honda-Händlern, die Robert auf seiner Reise getroffen hat, zusammengestellt. Ein einmaliger, umfangreicher, übersichtlich dargestellter Fragenkomplex des Travellers für Tankstellen, Ersatzteile, Kundendienst, Rahmen und Motorbegriffe auf 144 Seiten. (TIP: Durch eine tabellarische Anordnung könnte man dieses Nachschlagewerk erheblich verkürzen und als Beilage mitnehmen).
Roberts Bucharbeit ist mehr eine kaum zu überbietende Bildershow mit optischen, kommentierten Höhepunkten als eine Reise-Erzählung. Während Roberts aufwendiges Werk einen großartigen Bild-Durchblick für jeden an der Welt interessierten bietet, ist sein Wörter-Satzbuch in 19 Sprachen für den Motorrad-Service als äußerst brauchbar für den Motorrad-Reisenden anzusehen. 438 S. 312 Fotos in National Geographic-Qualität. 3 farbige Übersichtliche Kartenskizzen. Paperback.
US S 39,95 (1994)
Strecke: West - Europa - Marokko - mit der Fähre von Griechenland nach Ägypten - Jordanien - Israel - mit der Fähre nach Griechenland - per Flugzeug nach Indien - Nepal - Indien - per Zug von Bombay nach Madras - per Fähre von Madras nach Australien (Darwin) - rund um Australien per Motorrad. Großbritannien - per Fähre nach Dänemark - Skandinavien - Deutschland - Griechenland - Türkei - per Fähre von Griechenland nach Malaysia - Thailand. Alaska - Canada - Mexico.
Verlag: Eigen-Verlag. The Endless Ride Publications. Newport Beach. CA, USA. ISBN 0-9639583-4-8.

05.08.1994 - 16.09.1994
Dagmar und Udo  Fischer no www
+ Second ride in Australia ca. 6000 kms. Dagmar (YAMAHA XT 600 E) and Udo (BMW Paris Dakar) rode 6 weeks together with German mc-friends Jens Günther and Hanka Liß (on one BMW).
Cost of flight with Quantas ca. 2.500 DM incl. no stoppover in Bangkok and 1 inlandflight.
We bought some bikes from a dealer in Adelaide / Darwin. Because we bought some it was much cheaper than in 1991. But the dealer will not do it again.
Route: Flight by airlines Quantas Frankfurt Australia: 5 days Sydney/Blue Mountains (viting relatives). By plane to Darwin where we bought the bikes. Kakadu NP - Katherine - Kunnunnarra - Purnululu NP - Halls Creek - Fitzroy Crossing - Tunnel Creek - Windjana Gorge NP - Derby - Broome - Fitzroy Crossing (Geikie Gorge) - Halls Creek - Kunnunnarra - Keep River NP - Edith Falls - Litchfield NP - Darwin. Flight by airlines (QANTAS) Darwin - Frankfurt.
The best: Dagmar rode first time "off road" which went well. Tour by canoe on Katherine River. We loved Australia after our first tour in 1991 even more. Especially because we took some more time for a smaller area. Although we got a good view on our first long tour we found out that we travelled too much kms in 1991. Each couple bought a wonderful
didjeridu. The men play them very well now, the women try and try....
The Worst: The tourisme was getting much bigger in comparison to 1991 and destroying the nature. See more 1991.

Reise-Bericht. Europa. Afrika. Nord-Amerika. Süd-Amerika. Asien. Australien. Welt-Reise 1995.
Dave Barr with Mike Wourms.
Riding the edge. An 83.000 Mile Adventure Around The World!
Ein Buch voller Erlebnisse von Dave, der als doppelt amputierter Mann mit einer Harley Davidson nicht nur rund um die Welt fuhr. Er befuhr alle Kontinente Nord-Süd, umrundete Australien und duchquerte selbst China, die Mongolei und Rußland. Dave, den ich persönlich gut kenne, strahlt trotz seiner Behinderung einen positiven, großen Lebensmut aus. Das war sicher die Voraussetzung für seinen unglaublichen Erfolg. Die "Harley" nahm er, "weil er sie hatte"...38 Kapitel. 502 S. 57 SW-Fotos. Paperback. 23 cm H x 15 B.DM 35,90. In Deutschland ist das Buch nur bei Tesch zu bekommen.
Verlag: Promotion Publishing. 3368 Governor Drive. Suite 144. San Diego. Ca 92122. USA. 1995. ISBN 1-887314-12-1.
US $ 19.95 (1995)
11.03.96 Laut Dave Barr: Muß ich US $ 18,00 schicken. Das Buch kostet hier mit Porto US $ 23,00. VK 35,90.

??.??.1995 - ??.??.1996
Maartje and Leon Batta (Dutch) Schneemann or
+ "Op vijf wielen door Russland, Azie en Australia". Dutch. Book.:Eu 22,00
Die Niederländer Maartje und Leon reisen 1995-96 in 461 Tagen durch 17 Länder von den Niederlanden nach Australien. Sie fahren overland mit einer YAMAHA XT 500 + einem YAMAHA XT 500 Cross-Gespann. 33.016 km plus 639 Hondakilometer. 21 Kapitel nach Staaten gegliedert. Am Anfang eine kleine Kartenskizze mit Streckenverlauf.
Purpose: ??
Route: Niederlande - Deutschland - Polen - Ukraine - Russland - Kasachstan - Usbekistan - Kirgistan - auf einem LKW durch China - Pakistan - Indien - Nepal - Indien - Bangladesh - Thailand - Malaisia - Singapore - Indonesien - Australien - Rückreise mit Transsibirischer Eisenbahn.
The worst: ??
The best: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
Publications: 404 S. 20,5 cm H x 14 B. Softcover. Niederländisch. Das Buch ist eine lange Reiserzählung in kleiner Schrift ohne Fotos. Mit dem Buch wird eine CD geliefert, auf der man die Reise eindrucksvoll in Karten und Fotos nachvollziehen kann. ISBN 90-76953-35-X. 2001.
B.T.: 1994 always smiling Maartje and Leon visited the Tesch-Meeting for Motorcycle-WORLD-Travellers.
22.11.1996 I met both again in Amsterdam. Maartje told me that the carried 15 months a letter from me with her during her trip to answer my questions: No time !
04.08.1999 1st answer by email.
01.11.2001 1st information about existing book by Patricia Govers durch Zeitschrift Viva.
22.04.2002 Spoke with Louies Damhof. She will send me both books.
25.07.2011 B.T. found her new website and invited them to his 70th birthday. Website von Maartje und Leon
03.08.2011 They answered. B.T, asked again for their summary above plus fotos from the rip.

David and Volker in OZ.

01.1995 - 03.1995
David Böll (German, born 06.05.1965) with Volker Beek "Pego"
David rode 20.000 km in Australia with KAWASAKI Tengai. Volker rode three weeks with David with a YAMAHA XT 600 Teneré.
Route: Melbourne - Great Ocean road to Adelaide - Maree - Birdsville - Mount Isa - Alice Springs - Ayers Rock - Williams Creek - Port Augusta - Nullarbor - Perth - Broome - Darwin - Kakadu Nat. Park - Alice Springs - Adelaide - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne. Sold bike in Melbourne with buyback garanty.
Purpose of Travel: Wanted to have experience in deserts and with "the wild contry and rough people".
The best: Birdsville trek. Alice Springs. Desert.Kakadu Nat. Park. Diving near Perth
The worst: "500 kms" straight without a curve riding to Perth via Nullabor. In Darwin the bank stopped credtcard. So David had only money left for petrol and US $ 2,00 for living a day.
Useful tips for others: I liked the desert-tour but I did not feel great to ride solo for five weeks so long distances. I paid about US $ 500 for using the bike and so it was no problem to buy or sell the bike. But the Tengai was not agood choose for off road.

19.03.1996 - 29.07.1997
Anette Bovin (Swedish) no www.
Europe - Asia - Australia. Anette (28) and her ex (Ola Bovin) rode on one BMW R 80 GS  50.000 kms. Both shared riding the bike.
Route: Sweden - Germany - Austria - Hungary - Rumania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - India. By plane from New Dehli to Bankok. Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore - Malaysia. We shipped the bike from Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia because it was cheaper than in Singapore. So from Darwin in Australia down to Brisbane and flying back to Frankfurt.
The best: Hospitalty in Iran and the wild and amazing scenery in Pakistan.
The Worst: That must be the crazy driving in India. Still suffers from nightmares about TATA-truck drivers.

05.1996- 11.1996
Doris Wiedermann
+ Around Australia. Mit "meiner" BMW R 100 GS rund um Australien: Start in Sydney, über den Nullarbor an die Westküste, rauf nach Broom, über die Gibb River Road und weiter nach Darwin, runter zum Ayers Rock, über den Plenty Hwy. nach Mt. Isa, rüber nach Cooktown, entlang der Ostküste in den Süden, eine kleine Abschiedsrunde durch die Blue Mountains und zurück nach Sydney.

01.08.1996 - 20.09.1996
Dagmar und Udo Fischer  no www
Third ride in Australia about 10.000 kms (6.500 km outback: 3.500 km "zivilisation" and 1.700 km gravel roads). Dagmar and Udo rode 5 weeks together with German mc-friends Jens Günther and Hanka Liß on 2 BMW R100 GS Paris/Dakar, 1 Yamaha XT 600 E, 1 BMW K100 LT, 1 BMW R1100 RS (1 day), 1 BMW R65 (1 day), 1 Toyota HiLux, 1 Toyota Corolla. Dagmar and Udo rode two weeks alone.
Cost of flight with Quantas ca. 2.500 DM incl. no stoppover in Bangkok and no inland flight.
We bought 1 GS In Sydney from Tom Byrne MC and we left it in a workshop for the next trip. We made a good buyback agreement with BIKE TOURS in Glenluce (the XT 500 for Dagmar). Jens and Hanka rented a bike. But it was already  "kaputt". So Jens rode the other bikes and the cars.
Route: Flight by airlines Quantas Frankfurt - Sydney. Sydney/Blue Mountains - Albury - Shepparton - Melbourne - Shepparton - Nyah - Adelaide - Flinders Ranges NP - Marree - William Creek - Oodnadatta - Uluru (Ayers Rock) / Kata Tjuta NP - Watarrka NP - Mereenie Loop - Palm Valley - Wallace Rockhole - Alice Springs - Henbury Crater - Coober Pedy - Adelaide - Coorong NP - Beachport - Warrnambol - Great Ocean Road/Cape - Otway NP - Shepparton - Mount Buller - Melbourne - Shepparton - flight by airlines Qantas Melbourne - Frankfurt.
The best : Dagmar could ride again after she had a leg broken 3 months before. Because we had some punctures we got more contact to Australians and are grateful for their help.
The Worst: We lost a lot of time through many punctures with the bikes. See more 1991 + 1994.
Dagmars and Udos experience to rent, to buy or to fly a bike:
Bikes 1991: When we came the first time to Australia we did not know that we would like this continent so much and we will come back for two other travels. We had "only" 8 weeks time. So we wanted to avoid to ship our own bikes to Australia. Out of our knowledge in 1991 (without internet) the costs to ship our own bike two ways would not have been much cheaper. And to ship a bike cost some time in Australia to get it out of the harbour. Of course we would have liked to rent a bike in Darwin. But to fly a bike directly to Darwin was imposibble at this time. And to rent a bike in Darwin as well impossible.
Bikes 1993:  To fly a bike (with e.g. airlines Lufthansa) is possible to Sydney and Perth. Because we wanted to start in Darwin again and to transport our bikes by lorry to Darwin would have been too exepensive. Therefore we bought the bikes in Darwin.
Bikes 1996:  Because we want to travel again in Australia we bought a BMW RGS in Sydney and left in Australia for the next tour. For Dagmar we made a buy back agreement with Kurt Weidner which is a cheap and fair solution.
Bikes 1999: Jens Günther and Hanka Liß flew their motorcycle BMW in 1999 from Germany to Australia. Comparing our costs with them we did not spent much more money in 1991.

??.10.1996 - ??.04.1997
Martin Wehner (German, born ??.??.19??)  and Harry Müller (German, born ??.??.19??) your http://www.???
+ Australia. ??? The teachers Martin and Harry rode 24.000 kms in 6 months with two BMW R 80 G/S.
Purpose: To visit two friends who stayed in Australia.
Route: ?? 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):...
16.09.2011 Martin (whom I never met in person) called me. In 199? I organised that he got a unique alu-fuel-tank with 45 liters from Friedhelm Lammers. - Martin now sold his bike with a broken enigine after 280.000 kms he rode himself. Before he went to Australia he bought a bigger oil-cooler from a firm (called ?? in ???) than the one which is used in the later BMW 100 GS and fitted this very high under the lamp. Although the oil-pump in the G/S normally is not build for another oil-cooler nothing ever happened before to the engine. Martin used a Tesch-Travel-Träger (Rack) and build the alu-boxes himself.
16.09.2011 First request for a summary and best foto of both with the engines in Australia. And two portratis of that time from them as scans.

06.12.1996 - 10.07.1997
Martin Didier (living in Australia but born in France 1957)
+ Australia - France. Didier rode solo from Australia to Paris France on a Yamaha XTZ 660, 35.000 kms.
Route: Australia (Melbourne to Darwin via Adelaide and Alice Spring (4.500 kms)) - shipped the bike to Singapor, I flew to Timor and made my way through Indonesia to Singapor on busses and ferries - from Singapor rode through Malaysia and Thailand (3.500 kms) - flew over Burma to Bangladesh with the bike - then rode to Nepal - India - Pakistan (including the Karakoram Highway) - Iran - Turkey - Bulgaria - Roumania - Hungaria - Austria - Switzerland - France (Paris, 27.000kms)
Purpose of travel: Fun and adventures.
The best: The friendliness of the people in Bangladesh, trekking in Nepal, Muharram festival in Pakistan, the smuggler Bazaar in Peshawar(Pakistan) and reaching the Eiffel tower in Paris.
The worst: Crashing the bike in Bangladesh, all of the punchers I got in Iran.
Book or publication: Australian Motorcycle News.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Get to the countries borders early in the morning while you are still fresh from a good night of sleep, travel as light as possible.
B.T.: Martin plans a tour RTW in 10.2002:
02.07.2002 1st contact
06.04.2008 2nd request for a n update on this planned world-tour

15.09.1997 - 15.03.1998
Michael Meier (born 18.08.1968, German)
Australia. The Schreiner (furnitsher maker) Michael, called Mike-Mike, rode solo in Australia with HONDA XRV 750 Africa Twin. 35.000 kms. Mike-Mike makes often his decisions "where to go" where he is. And the distances between sightseeing places in West Australia are much bigger. This explains that he rode 35.000 kms. Rode 5 weeks together with Roland Roski (German) who rode a YAMAHA XT600.
Route: Darwin - Kathrine - Derby - Broome - Port Hedland - Tennant Creek - Cairns - Brisbane - Sydney - Melbourne - Adelaide - Perth. The best: Friendly people. Wounderful West Australia.
The worst: A flat tyre between Esperance and Albany.
Important useful informations for others: Big fuel tank in West Australia and the outback...Wants to go back to Austraaaaalia 18.08.2001. See there.

Reise-Bericht. Australien. 1998.
Manfred Bichler
Deutschland - Australien
In 19 Wochen per Bike auf dem Landweg nach Sydney. Manfreds Bichlers Solo-Tour mit einer BMW R 100 GS überland nach Australien. Diese bisher unveröffentlichte Reise-Erzählung von 40.000 km gibt es erstmalig in kopierter, gebundener Form bei Tesch. Manfred Bichler hat von 1971-1987 zuerst 76.000 Reise-km in Europa und N-Afrika "geschnuppert" bevor er dann 1988 bis 1995 mit BMW-Enduros in allen Kontinenten 143.000 km rundum zurückgelegt hat.
DM 39,90

24.05.1998 - 07.06.2000
Gerd (DER GERD) Kaufhold
Europe - Trans-Asia - Australia. The mechanical engineeer Gerd rode about two years solo Europe - Asia - Australia with YAMAHA SR 500. 60.000 kms.
Route: Germany - Tchec Rep. - Slowakia - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India (3 months) - from Delhi to Bangkok (Aeroflot) with mc by air-cargo (Air India) - Malaysia - Singapore - mc by ship to Australia, Gerd flew with Malaysia Airlines to Australia (Sydney - Cairns - Cape Tribulation - Darwin - Broom - Perth - Adelaide - Melbourne - Tasmania (3 months) - Sydney) - mc by ship to Antwerpen, Gerd flew to Amsterdam.
The best: To be "on the road". To meet people allways if you are in case of emergency. 3 months sailing in the Pacific with friends. Flight over Vanuatu islands.
The worst: Singapore: The inhabitants only have $ signs in their eyes.
Gerd from Aachen met Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch by accident "on the way" from Australia to Tasmania.24.05.1998 - 07.06.2000

07.11.1998 - 22.11.2000
Cathie Easter (born 22.07.1967) and Marcus Easter (born 26.04.1966) (Australians)
+ Australia - England. My wife and I left Australia on November for our trip to Sydney. Together we travelled 25 months. We spent exactly 12 months in S.E. Asia and 13 months travelling from India (Madras) to England (Winchester). We travelled 67,500 km in 21 countries on our 1989 NTX 650 Motoguzzi. We carried all spares, tools, camping gear etc in soft bags protected by steel rucksack bags.
Route: They flew from Sydney to Bangkok. The bike was shipped to Singapore. We backpacked through Vietnam, Burma and Cambodia, before picking the bike up in Singapore and spent 6 months in Thailand, 2 months in Malaysia and 2.5 months in Laos before flying out of Panang to Madras in India. After 5.5 months in India, we rode to Nepal - Pakistan - Iran - Turkey - Syria - Jordon - Egypt - Isreal - Greece - Italy - Switerland - France - UK.
Purpose: Fun
Best Time: Seeing Ankor Wat, the Indian Himalyala's, the Taj Mahal, Nemrut Dagi and Luxor.
Worst Time: Lost in a mine field, Cambodians attempting to kidnap us, landing my wife in hospital after my front tyre exploded.
Book or publication (about your tour): ....... They have a whole collection of emails which you possibly could get from them.
07.2002 1st contact

03.12.1998 - 25.01.1999
Markus Schmidt (German)
+ New Zealand.  In 7 weeks Markus rode 5.500 kms on both islands. Wanted to buy a used Honda XR 250, endet up with an cheaper Suzuki LS 400 softchopper. Very hard riding, and only 5 cm suspension.
Route: Auckland, Kauriforests, Cape Reinga, Auckland, Wellington, Westcoast, Queensland, Arthurs Pass, Wellington, Auckland and much more inbetween!
The best: The northern Kauri-forests are great and the south is beautiful.
The worst: At the end he liked his Suzuki .... .
Book or publication : Not yet
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Good hostel in Auckland is Oaklands Lodge. Best Place in New Zealand is "The Royal Hostel" in Okarito, small Town with nothing and 11 inhabitants.

07.06.1999 - 09.01.2000
Simon Birrer
+ Switzerland - Asia - Australia. Simon rode overland from Switzerland to Australia.
01.2000 We met him in Australia at Ayers Rock.

2000. Tobias Tremmel, den ersten Motorrad-Reisenden, den wir nach 5000 km On the road trafen...

03.08.1999 - 02.03.2000
Tobias Tremmel  (German)
+ Nearly around Australia. Tobias (25 years) rode solo Around Australia with HONDA CX500 24.000 kms.
Purpose of tour: I wanted to find myself.
Route: Australia 24.000 kms. I flew together with my bike to Perth on the Westcost - by bike from Perth - Kalbarri - Exmouth - Tom Price - Broom - Alice Springs - Ajers Rock - Threeways - Towswille - Cairns - Great Tableland - Brisbane - Blou Mountailns - Sydney and Millenium Party 2000 - Canbera and high Mountains - Meulborne - and after an accident back home.
The best: The Friendship of the people are grate!!! And realising a long dream - riding with my bike around Australia.
The worst:  I had an accident with a car before I finished my trip back to Perth.
Feature: I come back to OZ and finish my trip!! Dont dream it, just do it !
Useful tips mfor others:
12.1999 Tobias was the first Mc-Traveller Bernd Tesch met in Australia touring himself.
2001 + 2002 visitor of TTTreffen
23.04.2002 1st personal visit of Tobias.
11.11.2009 Von Markus Schmidt erfuhr ich, dass er mit Christine nach S-Amerika reist. Tobias war 5 Mal bisher auf dem TTTreffen.
12.11.2009 1st request to Tobia to give a summary

25.10.1999 - 26.01.2000
Patricia Govers-Tesch (Dutch) and Bernd Tesch (German)
+ Around Australia and Tasmania.  Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch rode somehow around Australia (13.000 kms) and Tasmania (1000 kms).
The two sponsored YAMAHA XT 600 E from BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA ( and email-address in Germany: did not have any problems. Bernd did not fall down from the bike, Patricia just made one test in soft mud off-road. It was the most luxury trip Bernd T. ever made: No mc-problems/punctures. I could share all with the wonderful Dutch woman Patricia. Amazing how only 18 mio Australians can build such huge long good sealed roads AND keep the off-roads in excellent conditions as well. Never problem with orientation, to get petrol, water, food, to find accommodation. We spend 2,5 times more money than Bernd planned without a woman and with African/Russian money-scales. It was Bernds first long distance-tour with a woman and a motorcycle. So I had to sleep first time in a motel and to offer Patricia a shower more than all 6 weeks. We slept 70 % outdoor. We travelled through big cities, along empty beaches, through endless savannah, bush, deserts and rainforest. You find all this in ONE continent ! We liked the wild Koalas, Emus, cangeroos. Bernd even liked the scorpions and snakes we met. Patricia preferred to go in the tend at night after meeting 3 scorpions. In 3 months we met about 15 Mc-Travellers. With four of them we celebrated chrismas at an open fire with the view on Ayers Rock. Patricia and I celebrated new year in the desert at Coward Springs, a hot spring on Oodnadatta-track with the milkyway in the sky. Unbelieveable wonderful.
Highlihts: We flew like queen and king with inexpensive EMIRATES Airlines. One of the best airlines in the world we can highly recommend:
Australia and its people. Especialy all the Australian and international motorcycle-travellers we met.
One highlight for me was to visit the planned 25 addresses of motorcycle-travellers/specialist who could add important informations to my research "Conquer of Australia by motorcycle-TRAVELLERS 1900-2000". I will write about this in future in mc-magazines in Australia and here hopefully. These Australians mostly gave Patricia and me a very personal and heartly reception for what we are very grateful.
27.10.1999 "The first Australian Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers" was organised with help of Kurt Weidner at his private place. Present were "Hardy" who knows nearly all places in Austraila and dutch born "Rob van Driesum" who crossed Africa and rode solo overland from NL to Australia - now resident there. B.T. and Patricia-Govers-Tesch (2 years Afrikca-tour with YAMAHA XT 500). And some more participants.
Route: Melbourne - Sydney - Cairns - Bay - Karumba (at Gulf of Carpentaria) - Tennant Creek - Alice Springs - Ayers Rock - via Oodnatta Track to Porta Augusta - Adelaide - Melbouren - via ship to Tasmania - 1.000 km around Australia.
Book: Australia by motorcycle. Dicivering Australia by motorcycle 100 years.

23.11.1999 - 03.02.2000
Markus Schmidt (German)
Australia. Markus travelled 14.000 kms. Great travelling, hot in the outback, cold in Tasmania (called Australien - Siberia).
The best: Australia is great. Especially Tasmania is nice, and small. Australia has some longer distances.
The worst: Missed Bernd Tesch and Patricia Govers on the Oodnadatta-Track by 100 Meters (they left the road, that´s not fair).
Book or publication (about your tour): Not yet... (Acknowlegdement from Bernd Tesch: BUT good fotos!)
Useful informations and TIPS for others:  Bike-Transport Germany-Sydney with Schenker Cargo (Export Seefracht: 06107-7426

24.07.2000 - Ca. 02.05.2001
Gernot Minig (13.05.1952, German)
Europe - Asia - Australia. The teacher Gernot rode solo with HONDA Africa Twin RD 04 from Germany to Australia 25.000 kms to Australia, 24.000 kms in Australia.
Route: Deutschland - Frankreich - Schweiz - Italien - Griechenland - Tuerkei - Iran - Pakistan - Indien - Nepal - Thailand - Laos - Kambodscha - Malaysia - Singapur - Inonesien (Sumatra, Java, Bali) - Australien.
Earlier experiences: Africa + Australia.
Purpose of travel: just for the fun of it
The best: Karakorum Highway. Sumatra.
The worse: Traffic in Jakarta
Useful tips for others: How to get into Indonesia.
1998 1st contact
1998, 26.03.99, 2000 Visiter of Motorcycle Meeting for World-Traveller
B.T.: 07.1999 Gernot passed bye and we fixed a Tesch-rack to the HONDA Africa Twin 1997. Gernot has been living for a longer time in Australia before. Now he wants to visit this country again starting overland in june 2000 with an Australian Mc-friend. Gernot met this Mc-Traveller by the Australian motorcycle-club ULYSSES CLUB for members over 40 years (1999 more than 17.000 members). Both exchanged their houses and motorcycles for holiday-time already. So Gernot could ride in Australia. Gernot can afford this one year tour as a teacher, because he is working full time but get´s paid only 3/4. He can save all the time and take off one year in 2000.
8, good service) in a Crate.

L: Conny Müller and Dirk Meifort in 2000 in Australia. R: Conny and Dirk and daughter Elsa Meifort in 2010 in Zansibar. Fotos Dirk Meifort.

26.04.2000 - 25.04.2001
Conny Mueller (German, born 1966) and Dirk Meifort (German, born 1965)
+ Australia. Since April 2000 "on the road", since June on two XT 600's in Australia. Dirk has crossed Africa already on a BMW R80 GS in 1994/95. Conny crossed Africa on a truck in 1990/91. Now they travel a year in Australia on two motorbikes. Conny made her motorcycle-license just half a year before the trip... now learning by doing.:
Route: Brisbaine - Cairns - CapeYork - back by boat to Cairns with a freighter (22.07.2000) - Normanton - Darwin - Kununarra - Bungle-Bungles - Broome - Perth - Warburton Road to Ayers Rock - Coober Pedy - Adelaide - Melbourne - Tasmania - Melbourne - Victorian Alps - Canberra - Sydney - Brisbaine - Airlie Beach - Rockhampton - Longreach - Broken Hill - Melbourne.
Highlights: CAPE YORK (worst-best Offroad and Rivercrossings...) - BROOME (nicest Beach) - NINGALOO REEF (Scuba-Diving) - AYERS ROCK (not because of the thousands of tourists, but because of the thunderstorms over the rock when we saw it!) - TASMANIA (great Motorbike roads and beautiful nature for hiking).
The best:
- to just do it !!!!
The worst: Hundreds of stinking dead kangoroos on the road.
Book or publication: Regular "Reiseberichte" by email
Earlier /  later mc-tours: 1994/95 Transafrica, several European motorcycle holidays and trips before and still
Useful tipps for others: loose weight to get to the remotest areas.
P.S. Back after 14 months, elven days, five hours and 33 minutes.
22.04.2007 Next request for update. Please answer the ?? and please send only the VERY BEST foto of you both and the bike in Australia
06.04.2011 Next request for update and the best foto with the persons and the bike “on the road”.
27.04.2011 Last summary

Ca. 01.11.2000 - 07.06.2001
Klaus Kellner (German, born 23.09.1976)
Around Australia. The Diplom Betriebswirt Klaus planned 20.000 kms in Australia. But finally he rode 30.000 kms around Australia and through the centre as well on a Yamaha Thunderace. Only 600 kms of gravel, the rest on bitumen.
Route: I shipped my bike over from Hamburg to Sydney-no problems. Sydney - Byron Bay - Moree - Albury - Mount Gambier - Great Ocean Road - Melbourne - Snowy Mountains - Canberra - Sydney - Albury-Snowy Mountains - Melbourne - Mildura-Port Augusta - Kalgoorlie - Northam - Albany - Margaret River - Perth - Coral Bay - Exmouth - Tom Price - Karijini NP - Broome - Kununurra - Gibb River Road (northend) - Kathrine - Litchfield NP - Darwin - Kakadu NP - Alice Springs - West MacDonnel Ranges - Ayers Rock - Mount Isa - Normanton - Karumba - Cairns - Port Dopuglas - Cape tribulation - tablelands - Mackay - Whitsundays - Rockhampton - Moree - Albury - Snowy Mountains - Sydney. Ship bike back on the 7th of June.
The best: Karijini NP. Gibb river Road. Whitsundays. Tablelands. Red centre.
Worse thing: In the middle of the flood in november (afterwards good fun as well!).
Useful tips for others: It was absolutely fantastic and Australia is as you said a very easy country.
Earlier experiences: With 16 he rode 80 ccm HONDA Enduro. With 18 HONDA CBR 100 35.000 kms in two years. First tour in the Alps.1997: With YAMAHA THUNDER ACE 1000 ccm 70.000 kms.
01.2000 1st contact. Januar 2000

19.11.2000 - ?
Arne Kristoffer Olstad (Norwegian, born 17.09.1966)
NZ - Australia - Asia - Europe.19.11.00 - 10.04.01: The engineer Arne rode solo around New Zealand. 20.04.01 - ? Planning around Australia (until 09.2001) and then overland Asia back to Europe with BMW R1150GS. 60-70 000 kms.
Route: All over New Zealand 14 500 kms. Shipped the bike from NZ (Nelson) to Australia (Sydney). Followed the coast around Australia + the middle with Alice Springs aprox.20 000 kms. Sydney - Blue Mountains - Dubbo-Broken Hills - Port Augusta - Norseman - Kalgoorlie -Yellowdine - Hayden - Albany - Perth - Broome - Darwin - Cairns - Brisbane - Sydney - Canberra - Melbourne - Adelaide - Alice Springs and most likely up to Darwin and ship the bike over to Malaysia. Do a tour around Malaysia, Kambodia, Laos and Thailand. Fly the bike over to Nepal (Katmandu). From Nepal to India, Pakistan, Iran down Syria and Jordan to Egypt Back up to Turkey, Greece, Italy Austria, Germany, and use Colour Line to Oslo Norway.
Purpose of travel: Doing something different, have fun, meeting good friends. I have no idea when the trip will be finished.
The best: Until May 2001: Southern part of NZ with different dirt tracks. Working a few weeks on Nic's fishing boat. Good fun!!! Test drive on a road train in NSW Australia. One of my big dreams came thrue.
The worst: Nothing till now.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Might be easier and definetly quicker to ship with plane. Be aware of high port charges in Sydney.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Traveled around Europe a few times with MC.
12.05.2001 First contact.


??.??.06.2003 - ??.??.2003
Thorvaldur Stefansson (Icelander, born 20.08.1955)
Crossed the Australian Continent from Darwin to Adelaide and back again in 10 days with my wife Sigridur on a BMW R1150GS.
Thorvaldur rode a BMW R1150GS from Darwin to Broome and back through the Kimberleys on the Gibb River Road. Went too fast through water and got water into the engine. Had to be rescued from Kununurra 360km away. Engine damage not fully known at this time - most likely a bent connecting rod.
Accident-story: The storyThe BMW trained mechanic in Darwin diagnosed the problem as a bent crankshaft and I should buy a new engine because the engine would not turn. I contacted BMW in Munich and they said that they trusted the mechanic. I could not accept this diagnosis and I sent the bike 3.500km by truck to Adelaide in South Australia. where they diagnosed the problem. I had made the mistake of trying to start the engine with water in the cylinders (Yes I know that fluids cannot be compressed, but I thought that the water had gotten into the electric system of the bike..). When I tried to start the engine, the starter broke a tooth on the starter ring, this broken piece then jammed the engine and it would not turn. The problem now was that the Darwin mechanic had thrown the pistons rings and the pistons into a box and they were now ruined. So there was nothing wrong with the engine, but because of the incompetence of the Darwin Mechanic - BMW trained! , I had to pay for the road transport of 7.000 km and a full rebuild of the engine. Now the truth must be told. The Telelever of the BMW motorcycles channels water into the air intake if you go too deep. It is easy to say that it was the my mistake, but I consider this to be a major design fault of the motorcycle. I am very disappointed with BMW.
The result of this experience is that when I got home to Iceland, I purchased a Mercedes 320S instead of a BMW.
Iceland-Info. Motorcycle tours in the Western Fjords of Iceland: I have left the UN service after 11 years in hell broken in mind and body, and purchased a large farm property in the wild Western Fjords of Iceland. I hope to build my health back by developing a forest on my farm along with a nesting colony of wild Eider Ducks. I can also offer winter hunting of the Arctic Fox in my valley.
This is an area of exquisite beauty and quite remote. The area is not seen by many tourists and I wonder if you would like to organize tours of the area for motorcyclists. I run a small hostel at my farmhouse - online booking at and I can accept up to 4 persons in luxurious beds, and 3 more in sleeping bag accommodation. My farm is 1500 hektares, there are no neighbors and there is a mix of dirt roads and bitumen in the area.
I have an outbuilding of 200 square meters.
Please look at my other website at where I have some photos of the area. I wrote to Edelweiss tours about my idea of but got no reply. This was disappointing because I think there is great potential here.
26.06.2002 1st contact
27.06.2002 1st request for more update
30.08.2005 2nd request


Plan 01.2001 for 6 weeks
Carsten Ehlers (German)
Australia. Carsten (Honda Africa Twin RD 07) and his girl friend Tania Spieß (BMW F 650 GS) plan to ride in Australia for 6 weeks with there own motorcycle so far. Carsten has been already in Australia in 05.12.1993 - 15.02.1994 by car. He liked the landscape and people. Therefore he wants to go back.
Planned Route: Western Australia.
23.06.2000 Carsten visted me for a cup of tea first time.

11.04.2001 - 19.05.2001
Sonn iHerold (German, 28.06.1972) + Peter Lob (Austrian, ) and Joerg Hoppe (German, 09.10.1965)
Plob on a KLX 650 and Sonni and Joerg on a Dominator NX 650 rode their way through the Australian Outback. 8.000 km.
Route: Toowoomba-Quilpie (by train (bikes by truck)), Quilpie - Windorah - Birdsville - Mungerannia - Maree - Wiliam Creek - Cober Pedy - Uluru - Alice Springs - Plenty Highway - Mt. Isa (by bikes) - Brisbane (plane).
Purpose: Meet friends in Australie, see Birdsville, check out the Simpson Desert area for a later propper cross, biking in arid country...
The best: Being there!, Sonni and Plob, Plenty Highway, Simpson Desert...
The worst: Kawasaki KLX 650 and all the repairs it needed.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Don't go in summer - far too hot - dangerous! Get in contact with the locals - even if they my apear a little stiff on the first - they are very nice and friendly people and they are for sure helpful and make you see more! Don't worry too much about temperatures in winter - it get's coolish during night time, but not very cold - e.g. like in the Sahara. Joerg: Don't ride Kawasaki.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: (Sahara, Ukraine, most of Europe). Allways have some DIRKO on you ! Saved my as a lotta times.
22.01.2002 1st contact

19.09. - 18.11.2001
Dagmar Fischer and Udo (Germans)
4th ride in Oz: Australia East Coast. The fans of Australia Dagmar and Udo (see above) tried another part. Udo rode on a BMW R100 GS Paris-Dakar (1991), that we bought 5 years ago in Sydney (used) and that we parked after our tour in 1996 in the workshop of Dagmar´s uncle in Shepparton. Dagmar bought again a Yamaha XT 600 E (1995) from Kurt Weidner. But this time we kept it, too, and the bikes are waiting for us in Townsville. That was about 7.000 km, the BMW did because of some extra trips 1.000 km more than the XT.
Route: Melbourne - Shepparton - Melbourne - Shepparton - Swan Hill - Mungo NP - Mildura - Hattah - Kulkyne NP - West Wyalla - Lithgow (Blue Mountains)- Dunedoo - Warrumbungle NP - Gibraltar Range/Washpool NP - Yugaidir NP (Minnie Water) - Byron Bay - Nimbin with Mt. Warning und Nightcap NP - Chinchilla - Carnavon NP - (Carnavon Gorge) - Blackdown Tablelands - Eungella NP - Airlie Beach and Conway - NP - Townsville - Palmerston NP - Ettie Bay with trip to Atherton Tableland - Townsville - Cairns.
Purpose: Getting off our feeling of "homesickness", meeting old friends and relatives again...
The best: We travelled so slowly, that we could spend really much time in the Nationalparks, walking, watching, enjoying - although the time was still too short! Great feeling in Nimbin during a market day with wonderful music. Except the part at the coast we did not meet very many European travellers! Because we were near by the coast and most of the time in "civilised" area, we could by a lot of cheap food of very good quality, often straight from the farmers or in butcherys, or we bought it from small shops beside the road. We saw some platypusses, one "really" wild in a small river during the day.
The worst: The huge number of dead animals along the road. The 11.9.01, one week before we started, and all the news about it and bombing Afghanistan while we were travelling. Leaving family and friends after this bad day.

11.2001 + 6 months
Sean Kelly (English, 1964) and Adrian Scott (English,1964)
Plan Europe-Asia-Australia.
: Start in UK, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, ship bikes to Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, ship bikes to Darwin, Sydney and fly home. We will freight the bikes back to the UK. The bikes are two 94 paralever BMW R80GS, with HPN tanks, touratech aluminium panniers, white power shocks, modified front forks, PD single seat and rack, leaky pushrod seals, PD bash plates.. rack, leaky pushrod seals, PD bash plates, driveshafts that make you paranoid and so on.

??.??.2001 - ??
Shaughan Tonya (Australian ?)
Will circle Australia on a XV 1100 going clockwise from Brisbaine and  being back 15.000 kms later.
13.01.2001 1st contact

04.04.2001 - 05.08.2001
Natascha Wacker (German. born ??) and Christopher Hirt (German, born 24.03.1970)
+ Australia. The Around-The-World Motorcycle Traveller Chris rode at once after he became a Motorcycle-Mechanic "Meister" (Engineer) with a YAMAHA Tenere XT 600 about 24.000 km in Australia. His sweet girlfriend Natascha accompanaied him for 6 weeks 17.05.-28.06.01.
Purpose: ??
Route: By airlines ??? form ?? to Perth. By motorcycle Perth - Albany - Perth - along the coast north - Pilbara Mountains - Broome - Derby - Gib River Road - Kimberley (BEST !) - Byndhan - Darwin - Kimberleys - Halls Creek - Tanami road - Alice Springs - Kings Canyon - Ayers Rock - Alice Springs - Sand Over Highway - Camooweal - Lawn Hill nat. Park - Cairns - East Coast down until Sydney - Blue Mountians - Canberra (- 5°C) - Can River - Melbourne - Great Ocean Road - Adelaide - Port Augusta - Coober Peedy - Odnaddata Track - Flinders Range - Berrier Highway - Nevertire - Brisbaine. I fFlew home by Quantas and shipped the bike home.
The best: ??
The worst: ???
Earlier experiences of mc-tours: ??
12.08.2001 Cristopher Hirt informed me at first about Mr. Bendle who rode around Australia in 1929 with a friend on two Harley Davidson sidecars. He met the son Robin H. Bendle who will help me to get informations and pictures of this tour.
13.11.2005 2nd request for update.

18.08.2001 - 20.01.2002 Australia and 20.01.2002 - ca. 09.03.2002 New Zealand
Michael Meier (German)
"Mike-MIke" wants to ride solo Australia and New Zealand with XRV 750 Afirica Twin.
Route: Melbourne - Alice Springs - Broome - Perth - Melbourne - Tasmania - Wellington - Aukland - Wellington - Christchurch.


Jenny ?? (British ? in 2002 ca. 40 ) and Chris ?? (Brtish, ? in 2002 ca 49)
GB > New Zealand in 1 year with two BMW F 650.
01st.04.2011 information from Sam Manicom
01st.04.2011 request to Jenny for a suumary and best 3 fotos from their tour

2002 - ?
Geoff Duff (American)
- Plan Around Australia. With KTM adventure 640.
05.12.01 Asked for his overview.

05.01.2002 - 20.06.2002
Join Ken and Phil rode from Australia to Turkey
+ Australia - Asia - Africa - Great Britain
Purpose of travel: ??
: Prior to the Trip Brisbane, Australia
5th - 8th January 2002 Brisbane - Singapore - 10th-11th January 2002 Melaka, Malaysia - 12th-15th January 2002 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia - 16th-17th January 2002 Penang , Malaysia - 18th-23rd January 2002 Thailand > 25th-30th January 2002 Indonesia > 1st-2nd February 2002 Cambodia > 3rd-7th February 2002 Thailand > 8th-17th February 2002 Bangladesh > 18th-25th February 2002 Calcutta, India > 26th February -11th March 2002 Bangladesh > 12th - 16th March 2002 India > 17th March - 5th April 2002 Nepal >
?? how did you reach Turkey coming from India ??i
6th -25th April 2002 Turkey >26th April - 5th May 2002 Greece > 6th - 13th May 2002 Italy > 14th - 19th May 2002 Tunisia > 20th - 28th May 2002 Algeria > 29th May - 11th June 2002 Spain > 12th - 18th June 2002 France > 19th June 2002 - Present England > 28th June 2002 until the next adventure Brisbane, Australia
The best: ??
The Worst: ??
Uselful tips for others: ??
Earlier big mc-tours ?
26.05.2002 1st information by Stefan Thiel
21.09.2003 1st request for update to contact
10.11.2004 2nd request for update

14.09.-27.10.2002, 01.03.-13.04.2003, 14.02.-39.03.2004
Renate Greulach (German, born 26.02.1951) and Gino Grimbacher (German/USA, born 08.05.1956)
+ Australia. We had spent more than a year in Germany working and where hungry to see more of the world. In 2002 we picked Australia – another continent on our list to visit. From friends at the famous “Bernd-Tesch-Meeting” we got the information, that to import a bike to Australia is very difficult. There are lots of things to do beforehand. The major problem is that your bike will be inspected by a quarantine officer on arrival. If your bike is not clean. It does not have to be clean - it has to be spotless clean. They will refuse the entry of your bike or put your bike in quarantine and/or will charge you a lot of money. You also need a carnet (the easy way) or a temporary import certificate for your bike (if wanted, ask us for more info). Your bike has to be crated (don't use a wooden case – there are better and cheaper possibilities (if wanted, ask us for details)).
Once you are in the country, travelling is very easy, exciting and safe. For someone who does not like the desert (outback), high temperatures and being alone, should not travel along the west coast or through the centre. That does not mean that you should skip Australia – not at all – you are just better off staying along the east coast. The east coast is green, lovely beaches, plenty places to party and beautiful cities like Cairns, Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne and lots to see in the surroundings of those cities. We loved Australia , stored the bike in Melbourne at a friends house and came back the following year 2003. Again we stored the bike in Melbourne and had it shipped to New Zealand in 2004. After touring through New Zealand in 2004 and being back in Germany we recognized, that we made a mistake. We should have stored the bike in New Zealand and should have gone once again the following year. The people are so open and friendly and we just loved the country side of those two islands. While waiting for our bike (it was shipped back to Germany ) we decided to go to S.Africa the following year 2005. We will keep Australia and New Zealand always in our mind and we are sure, that we will go back for another trip or two.
Route 2002: Perth – Fremantle – Pinnacle Desert – Monkey Mia – Bungle-Bungle NP – Darwin – Kakadu NP – Devils Marbles – Alice Springs –Ayers Rock – Olgas – Coober Pedy - Adelaide – Melbourne (6 weeks and 11 100km).
Route 2003: Melbourne – Wagga Wagga – Bourke – Tablelands – Cape Tribulation –Cairns – Arlie Beach – Rainbow Beach – Brisbane – Sydney – Dandenongs – Great Ocean Road – Melbourne (6 weeks and 9 000km).
Route 2004: Auckland – Cape Reinga – Auckland – Rotorua – Waipukurau – Wellington – Picton – Westport – Wanaka – Queenstown – Milford Sound – Bluff – Dunedin – Christchurch – Kaikoura – Picton – Wellington – New Plymouth – Hamilton – Auckland . (6 weeks and 6 700km).
Purpose of travel: After having gone twice around the world on freighters (ships) we wanted to do it overland as well.
The best: To know other nations, other people, different cultures and living and dealing with " Mother Nature ".
The worst: NONE, because whenever it looked like a problem is coming up, there was always someone who gave us help and/or hospitality, so that the problem turned into a good and great experience.
Useful Information: Going to the yearly "Bernd-Tesch-Meeting" in Germany and take the chance to use "Bernd's Individual Consulting" which safes you lots of money during your trip. We can give information, how to get the bike into Australia without having a carnet and less stress.
Earlier experiences: Gino Grimbacher started 1974 with little motorcycle trips around Germany (20 000km) on a DKW 200.
04.02.2007 1st summary
1980 - 1994 he toured in several trips around Europe (60 000km) between North Cape – Marocco and between Ireland and Czechoslovakia on a BMW R80/7.
Renate Greulach and Gino Grimbacher together:
1995 - 1998: In 1995 they bought a BMW R100 GS PD in New York ( USA ) and travelled both on this bike 35.000 km around North-America , Canada and Alaska . See North-America
1999-2000 from Vancouver – Tierra del Fuego and Brasil (43 000km). See North and South America.
Dreaming off: S.Africa and Russia/Asia

David Böll and Peter Gottschlich somewhere in Australia. (C) Foto David Böll.

29.09.2002 - ca. 28.02.2003
David Böll (German, born 06.05.1965) and Peter Gottschlich (German, 23.05.1968)
+ Australia overland.
David and Peter (PeGo) rode overland from Cologne, Germany to Australia on two HONDA Africa Twin. 23 000 km. They both work together in the Cologne Fire Service. So they drove with a motto: to lay a long distance hose line from Cologne to Alice Springs.
Because they wanted "to lie a hoseline" from Cologne to Alice Springs because they are firemen. 20 Kollegen, dem Kompletten Loeschzug der Koelner Innenstadt und der Polýzeý Motorradstaffel und ungefaer 50 Freunden und Verwandten auf der Domplatte verabschýedet worden sýnd, haben uns dýe Polizisten noch býs zur Stadtgraenze gebracht. Mit Blaulicht versteht sich...was für eýn Trubel!!! Zeitweise war mir das etwas zuviel, aber ihr seht was dabei herauskommt, wenn man als Feuerwehrmann sagt, man macht da mal so eine Feuerwehrtour...! They call their motorcycles "Beauty & Beast".
Purpose of travel: To make a dream come true we had for years.
Route: Europe (Germany - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey). We met our wifes Claudia and Heike in Kapadokia and travelled together on two bikes for two weeks. - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal. Bike by plane to Thailand. We flew to Thailand as well. Thailand - Malaysia - back to Thailand – Malaysia again). We met our wifes and Heikes daughter Patricia in Kuala Lumpur for two weeks over Christmas and new year and travelled around together. - Australia (we flew from Kuala Lumpur to Perth. Our bikes came to Fremantle by container ship ten days later. In Australia we rode: Perth – Kalgoorlie – Leonora – New Gun Barrel Highway to Yulara – Alice Springs – Coober Pedy – Williams Creek – Flinders Ranges - Adelaide) - Europe (Bikes by ship to Hamburg - Cologne).
The best: the contact to Fire Fighters (the FAMILY) in all the countries we rode through, to connect the hose line. To choose a motto like this was one of the real good ideas whitch Bernd always supported. - People, people, people. To meet all the really different people, even if it was only for a short time. - Iran!!! (Iranian hospitality and friendliness of people is something I can't describe!!) - Our two HONDA's, the beauty and the beast. We did not have any puncture (it's Honda, the power of our dreams!!). Both have rack and boxes from Bernd Tesch
The worst: Pakistan police and border police. - Traffic in India (suicide command). - Paperwork in Malaysia and Australia. The Oz people are very keen about their paper work!!
Book or publication: not jet
Useful information's and TIPS for others: Check your Carnet de Passage before you start. German ADAC made a mistake with Peters chassis no. in the papers. We always had discussions at borders!!
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Europe. - 20 000 km in Australia
Summary: 27.11.02: Wir sind in Nepal und fuehlen uns sauwohl hier. Weil Nepal wesentlich ruhiger und relaxter ist als Iran, Pakistan und Indien. Die Menschen lachen nicht nur viel, sondern wir fanden, dass sie auch ein Lachen ausstrahlen. Ausserdem hat uns die Landschaft ganz gewaltig beeindruckt.
Flugtransport Nepal-Thailand: Cargo Agency "Eagle Eye Cargo, Thamel, Kathmandu/Nepal ": Fuer 1 Moped und 1 Person ca. 800 US$. Wir haben jedes Moped einzeln auf eine Palette gebracht und dann wurde eine Kiste drumherum gebaut. Wir haben die Mopeds vorher vermessen und nach den Angaben wurde die Kiste angefertigt. Das hat der Agent veranlasst.
Wir werden nun das erste mal auf unserer Tour den Land/Wasserweg verlassen und per Flieger weiterreisen. Fuer uns ist es so eine Art "Abschnitt" unserer Reise, der hier zuende geht und das hielten wir fuer einen guten Grund einmal ein paar Dinge zusammen zu fassen!
Summary: 24.02.2003: Die "Schoene und das Biest" stehen verpackt in Port Adelaide und PeGo und ich kommen uns vor, als wuerden wir auf die Henkersmahlzeit warten. Nur noch wenige Tage bis zu unserem Heimflug. Gemischte Gefuehle.
Folgende "Zwischenergebnisse" Deutschland - Nepal:
- Km insgesamt: Von Koeln bis Kathmandu. hat jeder von uns zurueckgelegt: km 12.542
- Spritverbrauch insgesamt: 1430,98 l für beide. So: 715 l jeder.
- Motoroelverbrauch insgesamt: 2 l für beide
- Scottoiler Oel Verbrauch insgesamt: 1.75 l
- Reifen vorne: 2 zusammen. Jeder 1.
- Reifen hinten: 4 zusammen. Jeder 2.
- Kettenkit: Jeder 1
- Luftfilter: Jeder 2
- Sonstige Verschleissteile: 0
- Motormaessige Ausfaelle: 0
- Oelwechsel in Bangkok: Jedes Moped
- Unfaelle: Keine
- Regentage: 7
- Die schoensten Unterkuenfte: 1) Amasya/Tuerkei. 2) Parkside Hotel/Nepal. 3) Privatunterkunft bei unserem Freund Siamek in Zanjan/Iran.
- Die von uns gesehenen "abgefahrensten Fahrzeuge bzw Transportmittel unterwegs":
1) Radfahrer mit ca. 100 leeren Plastikkanistern. 2) nackte LKW Fahrgestelle. 3) Kamelkarren und Karavanen
- Ungezaehlt: Haendeschuetteln ;das Wort HONDA sagen; Interviews geben; zu Fototerminen erscheinen; netten Menschen begegnen; Schlagloecher; dem hupenden, blinkenden Gegenverkehr ausweichen; selber hupen; an unsere Frauen denken; unsere Arbeit nicht vermissen; zurueckwinken;
- Die schoenste Feuerwache: Sursee/Schweiz
- Hoechstgeschwindigkeit: 160 km/h, auf der A3 in Deutschland
- Die langsamste Geschwindigkeit: ca. 10 km/h auf einem pakistanischen "Highway"
- Durchschnittsgeschwindigkeit: 51 km/h und damit schneller als die Tour de France
- Groesste Ueberraschung: Das der PeGo im Iran gar nicht in Badeschlappen und Boxershort, volltrunken, Moped gefahren ist. Ich musste ihn bisher noch gar nicht aus 'ner Zelle hohlen!!!
- Groesste Enttaeuschung: Keine
- Die laengste gefahrene Strecke am Stueck: Sursee- Ancona. Ca. 750 km
- Die mieseste Toilette: Im Hinterhof einer illegelen Tankstelle in der pakistanischen Wueste
- Die schoensten Frauen: Nepal
- Die schoensten Maenner: Mc Leod Ganj/Indien
- Die beeindruckensten Gebaeude: 1) Wuestenstadt Bam/Iran, Goldener Tempel/Indien, Taj Mahal/Indien
09.12.2002 They are now in Bangkok. It took them 11 hours in 20 different offices to get all the stamps to get their motorcycles out of the office !

Folgende "Endergebnisse" meiner Strecke; Deutschland - Australien:
Ich bin auf dieser Tour insgesamt 22 293 km gefahren. Von der Domplatte bis zum Lagerhaus in Port Adelaide. Dafuer hat das Biest 1258,45 l Benzin gebraucht. Das macht einen Schnitt von 5,64 l/100 km bei meiner Africa-Twin. Den Sprit habe ich an 83 Tankstellen aufgenommen, wobei manche davon den Namen eigentlich nicht verdient haben.
In Bangkok haben wir das einzige mal Luftfilter, Motoroel komplett und hintere Bremsbelaege getauscht. Ausserdem habe ich in Bangkok einen neuen Hinterreifen aufgezogen. Seit Bangkok habe ich noch ungefaehr 0,3 l Motoroel nachgekippt. Scottoil habe ich auf der gesamten Strecke ca. 600 ml gebraucht und die Kette ist immer noch nicht hinueber. Sie ist jetzt seit ueber 30 000 km 'drauf.
Das Land mit den meisten Regentagen war zweifelsohne Malaysia. Den tiefsten Punkt haben wir am Lake Eyre in Australien, mit -12 m durchfahren. In Australien hatten wir mit Sicherheit auch die heissesten Tage. 48-50 Grad im Roten Zentrum haben uns ganz schoen zu schaffen gemacht. (Seit ein paar Tagen sind die Pisten, die wir dort gefahren sind, im Uebrigen Ueberschwemmt. Die staerksten Regenfaelle seit 29 Jahren... Glueck gehabt!)
Pannen: KEINE. Richtig krank: WAS IST DAS? KEIN MAL (keen Zick fuer Bloedsinn!!)
Ich habe nicht gezaehlt, wie oft ich den "Startknopf" gedrueckt habe, aber es war jedesmal wieder schoen, das Geraeusch, wenn das Biest anspringt...
Dem Kollegen Itschert moechte ich an dieser Stelle mitteilen, dass wir nicht mit einem Motorroller, der aus dem letzten Loch pfeift, vollgepackt, nach Koeln zurueckkehren. Die "Schoene und das Biest" sehen aus wie am ersten Tag. Gut, etwas verschmutzt, aber ansonsten haben sie sich aeusserlich nicht veraendert.
Am Ende dieser Tour, das nun erreicht ist, verbringen PeGo und ich einige Zeit damit, ueber das Erlebte nach zu denken. Wir koennen es selber kaum glauben, dass alles so reibungslos "gelaufen" ist. Natuerlich freuen wir uns darueber.
Ich behaupte von mir, dass ich Fantasie habe: Die zehnte Kasse musste ich unter anderem wiederholen, weil ich mich, statt mich um schulische Dinge zu kuemmern, lieber in Tagtraeumen verloren habe.
Schon vorher habe ich im Haus meiner Eltern, in meinem Zimmer, aus dem Fenster gesehen und mir vorgestellt woanders zu sein, andere Laender zu bereisen. Das habe ich immer getan. Als ich ungefaehr 16 war hatte ich den Wunsch einfach meine Sachen zu packen und los zu fahren. Im Atlas habe ich nachgeschaut, wie weit man kommen kann, wenn man in Stommeln aufbricht und keine Faehre oder ein Flugzeug benutzen will. Bis nach Sued-Ost-Asien und dann mit einem Schiff nach Australien. Seit dieser Zeit ist mir diese Reise nicht mehr aus dem Kopf gegangen. Nicht, dass ich ununterbrochen daran gedacht haette, aber der Traum war immer da.In diesen Tagen nun ist er ausgetraeumt. Ein seltsames Gefuehl, das kann ich euch versichern. Und es war gar nicht so schwer. Es war "nur" eine Strasse.
Bevor wir gestartet sind habe ich erwartet, dass mich die Landschaften, die wir durchfahren werden, am meisten beeindrucken wuerden. Sicherlich haben wir da atemberaubendes gesehen, aber das war noch gar nichts, verglichen mit den Menschen, denen wir auf unserer gesamten Reise begegnet sind. Sie haben mich am meisten beeindruckt und beruehrt. Die Menschen der verschiedenen Laender genauso, wie andere Touristen. Wir sind fast immer nett, herzlich oder sogar liebenswert aufgenommen worden. Wir haben Freundschaften geschlossen. Obwohl die Kulturen und teilweise auch die Sprache so unterschiedlich war, wie es nur sein kann, haben wir uns groestenteils wohl gefuehlt. Zunaechst war ich traurig darueber, dass mein Traum nun ausgetraeumt ist. Aber die Verwirklichung dieser Idee hat gewirkt wie ein Katalysator. Die Traeume hoeren einfach nicht auf....!
B.T.: Eine der besten Übersichten einer Motorrad-Reise overland Deutschland - Nepal - Bangkok - Australien. Jetzt fehlt nur noch etwwas Überszeugungsarbeit bei seiner netten Frau Claudia, damit SIE die nächste Tour nicht verpaßt !
2002 1st contact before the tour for recommendation
12.12.2003 Finally I got the requested summary above. Unfortunately David never answers my question when his book about this tour is ready. Hereby I order the first one. Hopefully personally signed:
27.04.2011 David has a bad old but send me the foto.
29.04.2011 Hopefull he will join the 53rd. Tesch-Travel-Treffen in Malmedy

05.10.2002 - ca. 19.11.2002 (I hit the northern most point fo Australia)
Dave Barr (American)
The Journey was 16,000 km 5,000 was on dirt track. I did it on a 2002 HD Sportster 883.
Route: Perth - to Steep Point the far western point of Australia mainland - to the far eastern point through the interior - a bit of the Gibson desert - Victoria desert and the edge of the great Sandy desert - to Bryon Bay the far eastern point - to Wilson's promontory the far southern point - onward north to the tip top of the Cape York Peninsula. No one is on record of taking a motor vehicle to all four points. It was 16,000km, 5,000km was on dirt track.
The Best: The best part of the journey was the Australians them selves. They were very >helpful and always jolly. The country is uncrowded and big my kind of place.
The worst: I was gone 8 weeks hard being away from wife Susan and Baby boy Luke.
16.02.2003 Dave: I am a bit late in letting you know but i have in Dec completed another Guinness Book Record ride to the 4 extreme cumpuss points of Australia. This has not been done before. Guinness Book only let me know about 2 weeks ago.
21.02.2003 3rd request for update
Earlier experiences
: Around-The-World. An 83.000 Mile (132.800 km) Adventure Around The World in 3,5 years solo on a 1972 HDavidson
Pubilcation: Dave will NOT write a book. He made a TV-video and hopes to sell this.
B.T.: Out of my knowledge no other Motorcycle Traveller had the idea to travel the four corners of Australia and no one did it.
November 19th that was the day

Stefan Gabel
New Zealand's Travel Site - Neuseelands Reise-Website - Le site de voyage de - la Nouvelle-Zélande
4 Cheyne Walk . Nelson . New Zealand. Phone + 64 - 3 - 544 0829. Fax + 64 - 3 - 544 0849. Email
11.10.2002 Stefan has been several times in NZ and started now a new internet TRavel-Agency. Renting out Motorcycles as well.
11.10.2002 1st request for update.

02.10.2002 - 26.11.2002
Dagmar Fischer and Udo (Germans)
+ Fifth ride in Australia ca. 6.000 kms.
Route: Townsville - Daintree NP - Chillagoe - Croydon - Karumba - Lawn Hill NP - Gregory Downs - Mt Isa (via sealed road)- Camoveal - Devil's Marble Nature Reserve - Alice Springs with a few days in the East and West MacDonnel Ranges.
Best: We met a lot of new friends and could save "Lucky" a Joey which we found next to its dead mother. Also we experienced some thunderstorms, canoing on a fast flowing river and swimming in the cold waterholes in the MacDonnels.
Worst: 3 weeks of extreme heat, and we had to change our kind of travelling, which means we had to avoid strenous action like long walks and too many tracks. 2 weeks waiting for a new shock absorber, although it is possible (and normal) to send spare parts by plane to Townsville in 24 hours (for 20 $ more).
Flight: With Qantas: Frankfurt - Singapore - Sydney - Townsville. Back: Alice Springs - Melbourne - Singapore - Frankfurt. Very expensive (much more than the years before), but the shortest possibility. Very good: railway (from home to Frankfurt) is included.
Bikes: BMW R100 GS Paris Dakar and Yamaha XT 600 E. We left them last year in Townsville and got them back one day after arrival. The battery of the GS was gone, probably because of the high humidity in Townsville, the battery of the Yamaha was empty, too, but we could recharge it (although it is smaller and much older).
Buying bikes in Australia and storing them means that you need friends, who can receive the registration papers. In all states except Victoria the bikes need an inspection each year. In Victoria you need this (roadworthy) only, when you sell a bike, or transfer it into this state. So make the first registration there.
It was not possible to make a third party insurance in Queensland, because we are no Queensland residents. And we could not make a third party insurance in Victoria unless we where there ! (Other humans, you may injure or kill, are insured with the registration, things not). Storing them is easier, but it can be expensive, if you don't find a friend or a friendly workshop, who wants to help you. But in bigger cities there are self catering storage systems, you can find them in the yellow pages.
Spareparts: It is getting more difficult to get spare parts for the BMW than it was the years before, but tyres and spare parts for the XT you can buy in every bigger city like Mt. Isa and Alice Springs. It was not a problem to send Yamaha Parts from Melbourne to Alice Springs in 2 days, but a big problem to get a shock absorber in Townsville - it took nearly 2 weeks...
During 5 journeys we learnt, that the first and the third were too fast, we had not enough time to meet people and stay longer at some places we liked. This (2002) was our slowest trip and the one we met a lot of new friends. We could spend more time watching animals and learnt a lot more about the country, its people and its history. Also we found out, that 40°C is too hot to do long walks and long rides on rough roads, but we enjoyed the cool waterholes and rivers. And it was very interesting to spend 7 weeks in heat. The other years we also had time in the cool areas of Australia.
One week after coming home we again are a little bit worried about the difference between Germans and Australians: Most Australians say g´day (or hello or hi or....) and are talking to other people about weather, beauty of the landscape or whatever. But also most Australians avoid disturbing other people, if you are on a campground, or in a pool or if you are taking pictures. Germans are much more reserved, but on the other side also much more obstrusive in their behavior. But the peoüle in the Eifel - where we live - are a little bit like the Australians...

01.12.2002 - 27.02.2003
Tobias Tremmel (German, 12,03.1975)
Australia. Tobias rode solo in Australia with BMW R 100 GS
Route: Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, including backland - outback, Adilaide, Cooper Pedy, Perth
Purpose of travel: Fun. Meeting the best girls and country
The best: I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship
The worst: ?
Book or publication (about your tour): .......
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:...
20.11.02 1st request for next update
15.07.2003 No email from him.


Kate Leeming. Book-Cover. Route.

Kate Leeming
+ Around Australia. Kate circled most solo (second part) Australiaby bicycle: "Great Australian Cycle Expedition (GRACE)". A 25.000 km journey through her own country. 7000 kilometres of which were to be ‘off road’ on isolated tracks in remote regions.
The purpose of the expedition was to promote the importance of, and contribute towards, education for sustainable development. The expedition was the first Australian project, and one of the world’s first, to be selected as a Demonstration Activity for the United Nations Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005-14).
Book: ISBN 978-1920892463. OUT THERE AND BACK. The story of the 25 000-km Great Australian Cycle Expedition. It is Kate’s personal chronicle of the GRACE Expedition. At the same time it raises awareness of the importance of education for sustainable development, underpinned by the author’s beliefs and fuelled by her experiences cycling across Russia in 1993. This detailed, often graphic, account of an amazing journey into the heart of Australia is told with style, humour and insight. A highlight is Kate’s description of the first bicycle crossing of the Canning Stock Route (CSR) by a woman. The CSR, the world’s longest, most arduous stock route, bisects four deserts and approximately one thousand sand dunes.
Cycling without the aid of a support vehicle (for all but the CSR), and alone for the second half of the expedition, Kate develops a close connection with and respect for the Australian people and landscapes, skilfully weaving in information about early explorers, pioneers and colourful characters who shaped the outback. She gives impressions of her visits to Indigenous communities and glimpses of life on cattle stations and in remote outposts and country towns.
This quality publication, with foreword by Robert Swan, OBE, is illustrated by over 300 full-colour photographs and will appeal to a wide readership around the world.
Earlier experiences: In 1993, Kate Leeming became the first woman in history to cycle across the ‘New Russia’, when she organised, led and completed the five-month, 13 400-kilometre Trans-Siberian Cycle Expedition in aid of the children of Chernobyl.
Organization: First info by John Weiss in USA.
24.06.2016 First summary by B.T.
27.06.2016 First summary. First request for update

11.05.2003 - 24.11.2005
Daniel Schaller (Swiss, born 29.11.1974)

B.T.: As far as I know Daniel is the first mc-overland-traveller at all who rode overland on this route especially trough Albania.+ Switzerland - India - Australia - Japan -Russia - Europe. Daniel rode solo with motorcycle YAMAHA XT 600 from Switzerland to Australia. And then Daniel wanted to decide new what to do.... Finally he rode through Japan - Russia back to Europe. in 30 months he rode 98.000 kms. It has been all different during the trip. About 3000km in the air, close to 12000km on boats and, of course, 98000km on the road, the place to be. 927 days of travel.
Route: Europe (Switzerland - Liechtenstein - Austria - Italia - Slovenia - Croatia - Bosnia - Serbia - Kosovo - Albania - Macedonia - Bulgaria - Turkey - Asia (Syria - Lebanon - back to Syria - Jordan - Syria) - Europe (Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - back to India - flight from Bangladesch (Chittagong) to Thailand (Chiang Mai, april 2004) - Laos - Cambodia - Thailand - Malaysia - Singapore - Malaysia - motorcycle by freightrr to Indonesia / Sumatra and I by ferry to Indonesia - Sumatra > Java > Bali > Lombok > Flores > Timor > East Timor > mc by freighter from shippinglines Perkins to Australia (Darwin) - I flew with air north to Australia (Darwin) - 6 months by mc Broome > Perth - Nullabor - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney - mc by shipping lines ?? to NZ (Christchurch) - I flew with air NZ to NZ (Christchurch) - South and north Island 2 months - both by German shipping lines Oldendorff from NZ (Tauranga) to Japan (Osaka) - 2 months Japan - both by ferry from Japan (Fushiki) to Russia (Vladivostok) - by mc Transsiberia (MOscow - St. Petersburg) - Estonia - Latvia - Lithuania - Russia (Kaliningrad) - Poland - Germany - Netherlands - Germany - Switzerland.
Purpose of Travel: Can't really tell you why, just felt this urge to do it.
Balkan-Route: I can only recommend you the route through the Balkans to get to Turkey. As a Swiss (and most probably other Western European nationalities) I didn't have to get any visa in advance. I had to pay something on entering Serbia, Kosovo (the insurance only if I remember it well) and Albania. I don't remember if it was for a real visa or just for the immigration formalities. Anyway, you can complete all formalities at the borders. Don't be afraid about your bike. Take the usal precautions. Your bike is probably safer in the Balkans than on any beach road in southern France or so. But go there, see how close the war was to your home (assuming you life in Europe).
Bangladesh to Singapore: I tried to get together with my bike on a passenger ship from Chittagong in Bangladesh to Singapore. I had no success. I was running from office to office in Chittagong for a week but no one wanted to take the responsability and make a decision to allow me on a cargo ship. Unfortunately I was not able to talk directly to a captain. The port is heaviliy guarded for obvious reasons: Every ship setting sail here heads for a more prosperous country than Bangladesh. So I decided to ship the bike by air to Chiang Mai. Thai Airways has three flights a week to Chiang Mai, but only the flight on wednesday can carry heavy freight as the other planes are loaded manually. If you want to go this way, please inquire if Thai Airways still flies this route as I heard it will be dropped due to low demand. The shipping agent I chose is quite reputable as he also handles cargo of any kind for most of the embassies in Bangladesh. Thai Airways' cargo charges are very competitive with US$ 0.64/kg, but it didn't get that cheap in the end. I paid BDT4,500 for the wooden box, BDT13,302 for the Thai Airways' cargo charges (352kg volumetric weight) and BDT15,000 for the agent's services like paperwork, loading, shipping and unloading at the airport. All in all about US$570. This includes "speed money" for the customs authorities as well, but this does not refer to extra speed but to any non-zero speed. So if you want to have something done, you have to pay. If you could do the paperwork yourself, you'd manage to get a very cheap overall price.
But I saw bureaucracy here on getting a visa extension so it's probably a good idea to have an agent for that. Futhermore he justified the big expense for his services with the missing import stamp in my carnet. They didn't ask for the carnet at the border, so I thought it's a good idea to enter the country without that stamp. But even if I had had that stamp, the agent would have found some other excuses to get the money from me. The bike was on the same plane as me (US$183 for the one-way ticket) and I could get it through customs at Chiang Mai within some hours and just the ususal cargo handling charges paid. I really tried to do my trip without flying, but it didn't work out. But at least this is probably the shortest flight across this Myanmar oddity.
The best: There sure is one, the unprecedented freedom I experience.
The worst: There are tough times, but that's life.
2003 Daniel war hier zum Trägerbau.
01.2004 Postkarte aus Indien, dass alles o.k. ist.
05.04.2004 Last update.
2004.12.?? We met Daniel by accident in Australia before the Nullabor.
2005.11.21 Daniel visited us in Hammer / Germany coming von Vlad
03.01.2006 His final letter to all:
It's already more than a month that I'm back in Switzerland. At the end of October, after having crossed the whole of Russia, I left snowy St Petersburg to ride the last kilometers back home to Central Europe. The European Union expanded eastwards during the time I've been away so it was only the short trip to Estonia that brought me back into the EU.
It's still a long way from there but it instantly feels much more like home. This was probably the reason why I rushed through the Baltic states and Poland to get to Western Europe. I slowed down through Germany and Holland to visit some people I met on the trip before I finally crossed the border and got back to Switzerland on November the 24th, after 927 days of travel. Nationality looses some importance when you travel through many contries but I caught myself having some patriotic feelings when I set foot on my homeland. I always hoped to come back home by road, the same way that I left, and it really is special to get into known territory kilometer by kilometer. But all too soon you think you've never been away. Not many things changed in Switzerland, far less than you'd probably think. But this is probably what makes you feel home. Everything is as expected.

It has been all different during the trip. About 3000km in the air, close to 12000km on boats and, of course, 98000km on the road, the place to be. It was a time of constant change, almost every day brought something unknown. New countries, new landscapes, new cities, new people, new climates, new food and sometimes new problems, too. It was a wonderful experience, excitement day by day and above all, unprecedented freedom. Thanks to all the people I met around the world - some of them for longer, some of them for only a very short time - and who helped me along the way. You made the trip!

In the meantime I already did some acclimatisation work including some time in the army (you have to do that here in Switzerland, honestly) but it will still take some time to really get back into daily life. It's so different to traveling that sometimes I think I just read a book about my trip but didn't actually do it. Getting home also means to get back to work again and this actually sounds quite exciting to me. I wish you a very exciting 2006, too, in good health, lots of success with what you do (or not do) and hopefully some travels as well. Cheers, Daniel.

30.04.2003 - 06.06.2003
Bernd Raffelt (Geb. 21.06.1950)
+ Around Australia.
Bernd circled Australia solo with a Simson KR 80 classic scooter 70 ccm. in 27 days plus 6 days rest he made 13.332 kms. He had a lot of sponsors.
Book : Bernd writes another book. He still writes by hand and refuses to write on a computer.
Ca. 12.07.03 Bernd called me.
18.07.2003, 22 o´clock TV-show in MDR.

Ulrike und Kai in 2005.

01.05.2003 - 22.02.2005
Ulrike Teutriene (German, born 20.11.1965) and Kai Grimmel (German, born 16.07.1958)
+ Germany- Asia - Australia - New Zealan Ulrike (BMW F 650) and Kai (BMW R 1100 GS) rode overland from Germany (Hilden) to Nepal (Kathmandu), flew to SE Asia, travelled SE Asia, flew to Australia and rode in Australia and New Zealand. 70.000 kms in 22 months though 18 countries.
Route: 6.000km (Germany-Czech Republic-Slovakia-Hungary-Romania-Bulgaria) Asia: 20.000km (Turkey-Iran-Pakistan-India-Nepal). Flight to SE Asia: 12.000km (Thailand-Cambodia-Laos-Malaysia-Singapore). Shipping of Bikes to Australia. Australia: 24.000km. Shipping of Bikes to New Zealand : New Zealand 11.000km.
The best: We both have quit our jobs !!! Wonderful people in Romania. Trekking in Turkey / Lycian Way. As a Woman on a big bike in Iran and Pakistan. Karakorum Highway in Pakistan. Road Manali- Leh in Ladakh / India. Desert Thar in India. Trekking the Himalayas in Nepal and/or India. Rainforest and Jungle in SE Asia. Friendly people in Laos. Ho Chi Min Trail in Vietnam. Wild camping in the Outback in Australia
The Worst: A broken Gear Shaft at the F650; a broken Drive Shaft at the R1150GS, Sandflies in New Zealand.
Book or Publication: planned
Earlier Experience of Big Motorcycle Tours: Greece / Turkey 10.000 km, Scandinavia around the East Sea 10.000km.
14.12.2003 Ulrike is a high potential writing woman. So - if you want to travel overland look in their website as well !
Die Fakten unserer Air Cargo Versandes von Nepal nach Bangkok:
Die Kiste fuer die R1100GS war 91x34x46 inch gross. In der Hoehe haetten wir noch 2 inch einsparen koennen. Die Kiste wog 380 kg, nach der Volumengewicht 91x34x46/366=389 kg, es gilt immer das hoehere Gewicht. Das Vorderrad wird entfernt, der Lenker geloest und verschraenkt. Dann wird das Motorrad mit den Gepaeckgurten an der Bodenplatte fixiert. In die Hohlraueme passen die Boxen und etliches Kleingepaeck. Jacken und weiches Gepaeck kann als Schutz fuer die empfindlichen Lackteile wie Tank genutzt werden. Ulrikes Box ist 73x25x44 inch gross = 219 kg, sie wog 255 kg. Viel Platz fuer zusaetzliches Gepaeck ist nicht vorhanden, die Box ist sehr knapp bemessen, die Maschine sehr schmal. Benzin haben wir bis auf die Reserve in Tank abgelassen und an die Nepalis verkauft, die Batterie muss abgeklemmt werden, die Luft wird aus den Reifen gelassen. Danach werden die Boxen mit Metallbaendern verschlossen und muessen zwei Tage im Zollbereich stehen bleiben, da es sich wegen des Benzins um gefaehrliche Gueter handelt. Die Kosten berechnen sich aus dem Gewicht 608 kg x 1.07 USD = 650.56 USD. Dazu kommen noch die Dangerous Goods Declarations 2 x 20 USD, die Airway Bill 2 USD umd die Frachtversicherung (0.63%) mit 46.50 USD, die Boxen mit 111 USD (4000 NRp pro Box, wiegen 50 kg), die Handling Fees fuer den Agenten mit 42 USD (1500 NRp pro Bike), macht zusammen 892 USD und da der Euro ja so guenstig steht 731 Euro.
Die Tickets nach Bangkok kosten 220 USD pro Person, am Flughafen werden 16 USD pro Person Flughafengebuehren erhoben. Summa summarum sind das 1364 US-Dollar oder 1118 Euro. Auf der Airway Bill muesst ihr mit Namen als Consignee (Empfaenger) genannt werden, da nur diese Personen die Waren abholen koennen. In Bangkok muss ein langer Tag fuer das Abholen eingeplant werden, Kosten 1BT pro kg plus 200 BT Gebuehren, 808 BT oder rund 17 Euro.
Die Fakten unseres Shipping Versandes von Singapore nach Darwin:
1. Hotel in Johor Bahru (JB) nehmen
2. Motorradversicherung bei UniAsia General (17/18th Floor Jln Tebrau, 80250 Jahor Bahru, Tel. 07-2230488 ca.70 RM pro Motorrad fuer einen Monat (14 Euro), gilt in Malaysia und Singapur
3. Mit dem Expressbus nach Singapur fahren bis Endstation (2,40 RM p.P.), MRT-Bahn von Station Busit bis Somerset fahren, 10 min Fussweg bis Automobilclub Singapore, River Valley Road (Mo-Fr, 8.30-17.30), dort bekommt ihr das ICP (International Circulation Permit). Dafuer braucht ihr das Carnet de Passage, Versicherungspolice, Pass, deutschen Kfz-Schein sowie 10,50 S$ pro Motorrad. Dort auch das Carnet fuer die Einreise und evtl. die Ausreise auf der Rueckseite stempeln lassen (endorsement). Der AAS will wissen, wann und wie die Motorraeder das Land verlassen. Daher am besten vorher Kontakt mit einem Shipping Agent aufnehmen. Die rufen da tatsaechlich an und kontrollieren. Stadtkarte von Singapur gibt es dort auch.
4. Zurueck nach JB. Auf dem Rueckweg an der Grenze mehrere Departure und Arrival Cards mitnehmen und bereits im Hotel ausfuellen, das spart Zeit an der Grenze.
Einreise nach Singapur mit dem Motorrad
1. Frueh starten
2. Auf der malayischen Seite ganz links die Motorradspur nehmen. Nach der Passkontrolle nach Customs fragen und Carnet stempeln lassen.
3. Rueber nach Singapur fahren
4. Direkt bei der Cargo/LKW-Spur anstellen (hier werdet ihr eh hingeschickt)
5. Carnet stempeln lassen
6. Bei Transport Authority einen Autopass kaufen (1 Tag = 10 S$). Folgende Papiere werden benoetigt: ICP, Carnet, Pass, Versicherungsnachweiss, Fuehrerschein (nationaler reicht).
7. Willkommen in Singapur
8. Die Expressways zum Shipping Agent nehmen. Wir haben mit Megastar Shipping in der Neil Road 21 a verschifft.
9. Angie Ong von Megastar Shipping stellt die Ladepapiere aus.
10. Den PSA (Hafen-) Pass bekommt ihr am Verwaltungsgebaeude des Hafens am Gate 1, am Ende der Cantonment Road.
11. Am Gate 3 werdet ihr mit den Motorraedern hereingelassen. Das liegt ca. 10 km westlich vom Gate 1 direkt an der Hafenfront. Bei Customs direkt am Gate die Carnets stempeln lassen.
12. Im Hafen Halle PT1 und bei Mr. Sum melden.
13. Ladepapiere abgeben und Motorraeder in den Container fahren.
14. Motorraeder werden verzurrt und der Container versiegelt. Evtl. wird noch anderes Ladegut beigepackt. Tankinhalt wird nicht kontrolliert, Batterie muss nicht abgeklemmt werden wie bei Aircargo.
15. Hafen zu Fuss verlassen und Buslinie 143 bis New Bridge Road nehmen. Von dort 10 min Fussweg zu Megastar. 16. Die Bill of Landing ist euer Versanddokument. Oben rechts steht die B/L No. (Referenznummer), im Hauptfeld die Container Nummer und die Siegelnummer.
17. Urlaub auf Bali machen oder Freunde in Australien besuchen, denn die Schiffsreise dauert 10 - 12 Tage.

Kosten in Singapur
Shipping Charges: 275 USD pro Motorrad
LCL Charge (less container load): 20 S$ pro cbm
WHC Charge (wharf handling charge): 1,75 S$ pro cbm
UCI Fee: 10 S$ pro Ladung
B/L Document Fee: 50 S$ pro Ladung Wir haben fuer 2 Motorraeder (5,8 cbm Aussendimensionen nehmen) 550 USD und 186,10 S$ bezahlt.

Motorraeder abholen in Darwin
1.  Am besten telefonisch Kontakt mit Perkins aufnehmen und nachfragen, wann die Motorraeder von Customs und Quarantine Inspection besichtigt werden koennen.
2. Mit diesem Termin zu Customs in der 21 Lindsay Street gehen und Termin vereinbaren. Der Customsbeamte benoetigt die B/L. Er organisiert auch den Quarantine Termin, so dass beide Inspectionen zur gleichen Zeit stattfinden koennen. Kostet 87 AUS$. Carnets, Zulassung und Pass nicht vergessen.
3. Etwas vor dem Termin bei Perkins im Francis Bay Drive erscheinen und die Hafengebuehren von rund 150 AUS$ bezahlen.
4. Jetzt zeigt sich, ob ihr Ausruestung und Motorrad gut gereinigt habt. Die Campingausruestung wird eingehend inspiziert, ebenso das Motorrad einschl. Luftfilter. Bei uns gab es keine Beanstandungen. Uebrigens kleinere Stellen duerft ihr selbst reinigen, ansonsten darf nur Perkins reinigen und das kostet 50 AUS$ pro Stunde. Und wenn die Leute von Perkins sehr beschaeftigt sind, kann das auch mal einige Tage dauern. Inspektionsgebuehr wird dann auch wieder faellig.
5. Jetzt koennt ihr losfahren und zwar zur Motor Vehicle Registry in der Goyder Road am Stuart Highway. Dort gibt es einen Mini-TUeV und die Registrierung eures Fahrzeugs. Auch muss dort die "Third Party Compensation Contribution" faellig, eine Versicherung von Personenschaeden Dritter, ist also keine Motorradhaftpflichtversicherung eures Motorrades. Kostet fuer drei Monaten in den NT rund 150 AUS $ pro Bike. Muss nach Ablauf in dem Bundesstaat , in dem ihr gerade seid, verlaengert werden. Gleiche Prozedur.
6. Hit the road now - good luck.

Die Fakten unseres Shipping Versandes von Sydney nach Auckland: Spediteuer in Sydney / Australien:
Towers International Freight, Unit 14/33 Maddox Street , Alexandria NSW 2015 Sydney
Asprechpartner Anthony Legisa +61-2-9550-6610, Spediteur in Auckland / Neuseeland:
Jas Jenners Worldwide, 47Richard Pearse Drive , Mangere, Auckland
Ansprechpartner Phil Gibbs +64-9-275-1103, Holz fuer Kisten von Procycles (BMW Haendler) in Hornsby, Sydney. Masse: 2,25 x 1,10 x 1.00 m = 2.50 cbm je Kiste. Kosten:  440,50 Euro fuer 2 Motorraeder Export Australien = 540,50 AUD = 313,50 Euro
Seafright 2 x 2,50 cbm x 85 AUD = 425,00 AUD
Documentation Fee = 65 AUD
Custom Inspection = 50 AUD Import Neuseeland = 240,00 NZD = 127,00 Euro
PSC NZ = 37,95 NZD
Forestry Fee = 10,12 NZD
Delivery Order = 40,00 NZD
MAF Permit = 15,00 NZD
MAF Inspection Fee = 110,00 NZD
21.11.2002 1st request for update
11.-13.04.2 003 Visiting 25th Meeting for Mc-WORLD-Travellers
14.12.2003 Ulrike is a high potential writing woman. So - if you want to travel overland look in their website as well: From: Bernd Tesch
14.12.2005 last update
12.-23.04.2006 Ulrike and Kai will give a slide-show about their tour "Deutschland > Asien > Australien > NZ".

10.2009: Buch:Ulrike Teutrine und Kai Grimmel: „Bis zum Ende der Welt. 70.000 Kilometer Erlebnisse“.
Mit einer BMW 1100 (Kai) + F 650 GS (Ulrike) reisen die Autoren in 22 Monaten durch 18 Länder: „Europa - Asien - Australien – Neuseeland“. Ein Taschenbuch mit Ulrikes lesenswertem Schreibstil und Kais Organisationstalent. Viele träumen von dieser Tour; wenige realisieren sie; kaum einer schreibt darüber ein Buch. Vorwort Bernd Tesch. Kastanienhof Verlag. Softcover. 306 S. 20 Farbfotos. Zahlreiche SW. ISBN 3941760149. € 16,99. Mehr Infos und signierte Bücher von den Autoren über: n

20.05.2003 - 04.04.2004
Shirley Hardy-Rix (Australian, born 08.02.1955) and Brian Rix (Australian, born 11.10.1955)
+ Great Britain (London) - Australia. Journalist Shirley - daughter of famous Australian author Frank Hardy - and Detective Inspector Brian will ride in 11 months from London to Australia on one BMW R 1150. They rode 56.000 kms
Purpose of travel: Holiday - the first of many international motorcycle adventures.
Route: We shipped the bike by sea from Australia (Melbourne) to Europe (Great Britain, London and travelled to the Isle of Man for the TT - through the UK - France - Spain - Germany - Austria - Czech Republic - Italy - Dalmatian Coast - Montenegro - Kosovo - Macedonia - Greece - Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan (late November 2003). We will cross into India the first week of December 2003 - Nepal - from Nepal we will ship the bike by air to Thailand and then travel overland to Singapore. (Our route will depend on time available) - by plane to Australia (Darwin, in northern Australia - we will ride home to Melbourne in the south of the country).
The best: Turkey
The worst: The drivers in Iran
Earlier motorcycle experiences: We have travelled extensively around Australia from East to West and North to South plus the island state of Tasmania.
Book or publication: Hopefully a book of our adventure will be published late in 2004
Useful tips for others: Don't talk about it - just do never know what might happen in the future to put off your plans. And remember - roads are for journeys not destinations.
20.06.2003 Patricia and Bernd met them in GB on the traveller-meeting from horizonsunlimited
30.11.2003 last update from Pakistan with information that they caught up with Heidi Gleitz and Bernd Kleine
28.09.2004 Invited us by email to stay with them in Melbourne.
28.09.2004 Answered and asked for update.
Their new book: Overland Europa > Asia > Australia
SHIRLEY-RIX and Brian Rix
"Two for the road" Aus $30.00. US $23.75. € 17.95 . English.
TR. 56671 km. 27 countries. One dream. Roads are for journeys, not destinations…In 2003 Melbourne couple Shirley Hardy-Rix and her husband Brian Rix fulfilled a lifelong ambition of motorcycling across the world. In an incredible 350-day journey, they would do everything they'd ever dreamed of as well as getting much more than they'd bargained for. Crossing 27 countries and covering 56,671 kilometres, they raced around the Isle of Man motorcycle circuit on Mad Sunday, survived Iran's traffic and travelled through Taliban strongholds under armed guard. Shirley and Brian's story is an epic account of the ups and downs of seeing the world on two wheels - from the frustrations of potholes and flat tyres, to the splendour of some of Europe and Asia's most awe-inspiring sights.
Full of terrific anecdotes, down-to-earth humour and practical advice, Two for the Road is a must for anyone who's ever imagined escaping the daily grind to experience the romance of the open road. 328 pp. 2 maps. 35 colour- pictures. Trade paperback: ?? cm wide x ?? cm high. Paperback.
Publisher: Pan Macmillan. Australia. 2005. ISBN 14050 3643 5.
02.02.2005 Note from B.T.: Bernd and Patricia met Shirley (the writer) and Brian (the motorcycle-rider of both) in Great Britain before the started in 2003. In october 2004 and january 2005 they were kindly our hosts in Australia / Melbourne. They were still full of their adventures. So we wish them a lot of success for the sale of the book.
Orders: Directly and handsigned from the author: In future from Bernd Tesch.
From a book-shop in Merlbourne:'
Reader's Feast Bookstore. Midtown Plaza. Cnr Bourke & Swanston Streets. Melbourne Vic Aust 3000. Phone 61 3 9662 4699. Fax 61 3 9663
28.07.2011 Asked for the best best foto of the two with bike on tour. And TWO PORTRAITS.
19.12.2012 Asked for the best best foto of the two with bike on tour. And TWO PORTRAITS.
13.03.2013 Last request for the best best foto of the two with bike on tour. And TWO PORTRAITS.

03.09.2003 - 13.05.2004
Helge Hahnfeld (German. Born 29.07.1963)
+ Germany > Asia > Australia. In 8 months I (called Helge der Fuchs) rode solo 40.000 km on the road with bike Honda CB 500 from Berlin to Australia. Germany (Berlin) to Australia (Darwin) 19.000 km. Around Australia 21.000 km.
Purpose of travel: To meet a friend in Melbourne.
Route: Europe (Germany (Berlin) - Poland - Slovakia - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey) - Asien (Iran - Pakistan -India - Nepal (trekking in Nepal) - I and the bike flew Thailand (Bangkok) - Malaysia - by boat to Sumatra (Belawan) - and then I rode on the Indonesian Islands - East Timor (Dili) - bike by boat and I flew to Australia (Darwin - by bike to Alice Springs - Adelade -Melbourne - Tasmania - Sidney - Cairns - Broome - Perth). From Fremantle I send the bike by ship in a container to Germany for AUS $ 400. I flew back to Germany vie Moscow - Tokio - Berlin for € 730.
The best: No big trouble with the bike. I met many helpful people who show me the direction. Sometimes I could follow them, drink tea with policemen in Pakistan. In Australia I got many invitations into homes of people. I had a great feeling when I had arrived at the aeqator in Bujol near Bugguttingi in Sumatra on 24.12.2003.
The worst: I had 3 accidents in Subawa Besar and in Pakistan. But I am ok and the bike was easy to repair. The traffic in india is terrible. Trucks and busses come opposite on your site.
Earlier experiences: Not really. Never so long and far with a bike. Only shorter backpacker trips.
Usefull tips:
In Iran they accepted no credidcards. I could use my ec card in all other countries without Iran. Change money in Turkey on blackmarket. Petrol is very ceap in Iran: 6 cent per liter. But in the price is sometimes a very big different between petrol stations.
Usefull tips for transport in
28.08.2005 1st summary
28.08.2005 1st request for update.
22.-24.04.2005 Visitor of the 27th Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers.

07.09.2003 - 18.06.2005 (as long as they have money / time)
Heidi Gleitz (German, 20.11.1978) and Bernd Kleine (German, 31.07.1970)
+ Germany - Australia - NZ
. Heidi and Bernd rode overland to Australia and New Zealand with 2 KTM LC 4 Adventure. 21 Länder, 651 Tage und 79.213 km.
Their plan was to travel in South America as well.
Purpose of travel: free ! Ride on our world…See our World!!
Route: Europe (Germany - Austria - Hungaria - Rumania - Bulgaria - Turkey ) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India – Nepal - Bike by plane to - Thailand - Laos - Malaysia – Indonesia – Timor Leste) - Australia / NZ - Bike by plane to London – Great Britain – Scotland – Ireland – Great Britain – France - Germany.
Europe 6000 kms (Germany - Austria - Hungaria - Rumania - Bulgaria - Turkey ....) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India (16.500 km) - Nepal - Thailand - Laos - Malaysia - Indonesia) - Australia / NZ
The best: Friendship and the unbelievable hospitality of the poor people in the world. Feeling Free! Karakorum Highway ! Indonesia 's Island hopping! Guest friendly people everywhere!
The Worst: the f***** bus drivers in India ! And the bloody fly's in Down under!
Earlier Mc-Experiences: Europe, Northafrica, 2 months Australia (1997/98)
11.04.2003 Bernd has been visiter of the Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellesr 2001, 2002, 2003 and..2010
30.09.2003 1st information about the trip
14.03.2010 After 3 request from 2003-2006 I finally got this good overview
14.03.2010 Request for the best picture of both with the bike "on route" for this blog

30.09.2003 - 29.11.2003
Dagmar und Udo Fischer (Germans)
+ 6th ride in Australia ca. 9.000 kms (with BMW R 100 GS PD and 8.000 km with YAMAHA XT 600 E) in 60 days.
Route: Flight with Quantas from Frankfurt to Melbourne. Four nights in Shepparton + Melbourne - by plane to Alice Springs – Two Mile Camp at Finke River – Alice Springs – Tennant Creek – Mataranka – Katherine (Shopping) – Victoria River Crossing – Gregory National Park – Keep River National Park – Kunnunnurra – Fitzroy Crossing – Broome – Eighty Mile Beach – Port Hedland (only shopping) – Indee Station – Karijini National Park – Tom Price – Giralia Station – Cape Range National Park / Ningaloo Reef – Carnarvon – Shark Bay (Monkey Mia) – Kalbarri – Cervantes / Nambung National Park (Pinnacles) – Hilton (Fremantle) – Leeuwin-Naturaliste National Park – Hilton
Bikes:The same as every year…
The best:The breathtaking gorges in Kalbarri NP and the Pinnacles. Amazing wild flowers. Hospitality of new friends Angela and Daniele in Hilton. All the wild animals around (dolphins, marsupials, birds and so on) except of….
Finding again a friend of a friend of a friend, who stores our bikes…. Meeting another man, an old German, who offered us also a place for the bikes for some months.
The worst:...the billions of flies. Sooooo bad they have never been. The singapore ants, who nearly ate the XT and the tent.
All the “adventure tour groups” with a few young and noisy people who would like to be an adventurer. Because of those organized 4wd tours they can reach all these quiet and silent places and turn them into a swimming pool or playground without any consideration for other people, nature or the animals which live there.
The extremely stressful time of holiday preparation which took at least three weeks of our time in Australia to recover from a little bit. Udo was sick for one week because of that, so we missed a few places we wanted to stay. More and more bureaucracy to keep and insure and store our motorbikes in Australia as a foreigner.
Flight-Info: in 2003 we had the cheapest flight so far: Per person Frankfurt > Melbourne and back 997 € plus tax + fees. In 2004 it will be more expensive: With Qantas to Perth and back ca.1230 including tax and fees. With Emirates 1020 € all including (Offers from Flugbörse von Freund Andreas).

05.12.2003 - 16.01.2004
Kerstin Doose (German, born 1961)
+ New Zealand. Six amazing weeks travelling solo on a rented XT225 about 7200km through this wonderful country. It was adventurous to explore the wide variedly landscape and to get in touch with the nature. Even in the form of plenty of rain or dancing on the volcanoes - as I got in closer contact with Kiwis the journey was going to get unique. Kiwis are lucky to have moto-cross-playgrounds right outside their front door - and I was lucky to smell a little of it.
Route: By plane (Korean Air, price 1200Euro) from Germany to NZ. North Island (Auckland - Russell - Coromandel Peninsula - Rotorua - Tongariro NP - Napier - Wellington - Nelson - St. Arnaud) - South Island (Westcoast - Milford Sound - The Catlins - Oamaru - Central Otago - Dunedin - Christchurch - Arthur´s Pass - Amberley) - North Island (Wellington/Levin - Taihape/Flaxmere - Coromandel Peninsula - Auckland). The best: meeting "crazy" Kiwis, 4 wheeled drive tracks.
The best: meeting "crazy" Kiwis.
The worst: too short time
Useful information for others:It´s quite easy to buy a bike in NZ, prices are a little lower than in Germany, registration and insurance is no problem and the AA (of NZ ???, website ?? kenne ich nicht, war auch nicht nötig, ist überall zu finden) a good helping hand. I also have had a good experience with the mc-rental company (name "NZ motorcycle rentals" , price for six weeks ca. 1200Euro incl. much service).
Book or publication
: no.
Earlier experience: See more in my site South America about; Dec. 2000 - Jan. 2001 South America

14.12.2003 - ??.07.2004
Sonni Herold (German, 28.06.1972) and Joerg Hoppe (German, 09.10.1965)
- Australia. Both plan 6-8 months again to travel in OZ with one HONDA AFRICA.
Purpose: Meet friends in Australia, see Birdsville, check out the Simpson Desert area for a later propper cross, biking in arid country, to have a lotta time
Route: The motorcycle will be send by airline "Cargolux" and we will fly with airline "Quantas". Christams and New Year with friends in Toowoomba - than - South down the east coast! Have no schedule and no route but make everything as it happens along the road... and: listen to a gig (=concert) of the trio-band John Butler!!
The best: So far - the singed note telling me - that I ll have 8 months off.
The worst: Australian Customs..
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Always have some DIRKO (=hitzebeständige Dichtmasse) on you ! Saved my ass a lotta times
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: (Sahara 1989 ca. 4000 km. Tunesia and Algeria 6 weeks. Ukraine ca. 3000 km. Westukraine 4 weeks. And most of Europe. Australia see 11.04.2001.
06.10.2003 1st contact
05.11.2003 4th request for update
B.T.: On their website you find a lot of good route-descriptions of routes.

2004: van Marle, Quentin & Dapne - A Pedalling Pom's Australian Odyssey
Australia - Cairns to Melbourne
2004. ISBN: 1904744249

01.01.2004 - 30.01.2004
Gerry Mayr (German, Konstanz , born ??? ) and /Abenteuer Australia
+ Around Australia. Gerry plan was to ride solo Around Australia = 18.000 kms in 50 days with a enduro 125 ccm Derbi. Gerry rode solo overland 12.450 kms from Sydney to Sydney with an enduo 125 ccm DERBI in only 18 days.
Purpose of travel: One of the reason is to ride a small bike over a long distance. To show, especially young people that everything is possible with a small bike and you don`t have to be a rich person to see our world.
Route: I and the bike flew to Sydney . By bike > Melbourne > along the coast, passing the 12 Apostels > via Nullabor in direction to Perth . After Perth I choose a gravel road up to Darwin (which one, some more details please???? > across the country to Townsville > down the east coast to Sydney.
The best: To dive in the great Barrier Reef with a turtle.
The worst:
To have an accident with a stupid kangaroo. Get hurt by flying my Advance paraglider.
Earlier experiences: 24.000 km along the Panamericana with a pick up truck 18.000 km across Africa with a 750ccm dirtbike built by myself 14.000 km around the east Mediterranian Sea  by a truck. 13.500 km around the Mediterranian Sea with a 250ccm KYMCO Scooter. 10.000 km with 150ccm KYMCO Quad over Russia to the northpole in Winter. I hope that my experience from other tripps help me to manage everything on my coming adventure Singapore > Germany with a Wunderlich- BMW.
Tipp : Don`t sleep go for it- live your dreams
28.10.2003 1st information
01.11.2003 1st request for update.15.11.2005 1st summary
02.12.2005 2nd request.

Spring 2004 - ??.??.2005
Conny Eriksson (Swedish, 14 th.10 1967) website under construction..
Sweden - Asia - Australia. Conny plans to ride solo with a XR HONDA R (1987) from Sweden overland to Australia for more than one year.
Purpose of travel: A boy dream Fun. Meeting new friends. Love motorcycles and adventure
Route: Europe (Sweden - Poland - Eastern states to Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India (Calcutta) - by plane to Thailand (Bangkok) - Laos - Cambodja - Vietnam - back to Thailand - Singapore - Indonesia - by plane to Australia (And around Australia). Then the same way back to Sweden.
If my economy is okay I will ship my bike to Alaska or Los Angeles and try to cross South America and over to Africa. Up to Turkey and back to Sweden
The best: I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship.. to be on the road for over 1 year. Fun to rebuild my old honda xr600r-1987 to better shape than a new bike..
The worst: Afraid for economic..
Book or publication: Maybe write a travel guide or a techical advice for motorcycel people..
Useful informations and TIPS for others: .... just take this first step it is the beginning of rest of your life..
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... non.. but has allways had and drove motorcycle since as was young.
03.01.2004 1st contact
03.01.2004 3rd request for update
04.03.2007 4th request


 Fotos (C) Andreas Hülsmann.  (3): fuel dump is 900m from Well 23. (4): Great evening.

Le>Ri: Jörg Becker. Andreas Hülsmann.

13.06. - 26.08.2004
Jörg Becker (German, 15.05.1969) and Andreas Hülsmann (German, born 02.06.1961)
+ Australia, Canning Stock Route. Andreas (BMW F 650 with TT 39 (fuel-tank) = Touratech compl. Changed with a TT39 (fuel tank) from Touratech) and Jörg (own BMW F 650 GS with TT39 = Touratech 39 Liter Tank and complet Kit) rode in total ca. 10.000 kms in Australia. The most difficult part was the Canning Stock Route (CSR) with ca. 2000 km. Her they used Satelitetracking.
Info (by Andreas 17.12.2013): If you ride on the "Canning Stock Route" from von Wiluna to Halls creek it is ca. 1870 kms. Including visting the water holes (which are not directly besides the CST) rwith water-holes nearly 2000 kms. From Wiluna to Biluna it is ca. 1570 kms.
Andreas and Jörg started each with 60 liters of fuel (a 39 l fuel tank. And two ca.11 liters plastic containers). They ordered a 200 liter fuel-container (you could only order thsi not less at this time) at well 24, fuel dump. 300 km north Ccunnavara G (an Aborigines Community they filled up their fuel-tank as well). - On the whole trip of 2000 kms they have eaten müsli (Riegel). But in Cunnavara G. they ate what they were offered. And - because ther were other cars on the way in both directions they offered the motorcycle-ridesr something to eat as well.
Purpose of travel:
Andreas: just for fun.
Purpose of travel Jörg:
Erste Europäer auf Motorrädern ohne Begleitfahrzeug über die Canning Stock doch schon was.
Die Wüste, egal welche begeistert mich immer wieder und in Australien war ich zuvor auch noch nicht..
Route: Two bikes were shipped with shipping-line MBS SeaCargo, Cologne for 750 € (to Autralia). Back to Germany with Schenker Melbourne - Niedereschach for 900 Euro each bike. Andreas and Jörg flew with airline Malysian Airline for € 850 (both flihgts) from Frankfurt to Perth . Both rode by bikes together Perth > Kalgoorlie > Wiluna > Canning Stock Route > Halls Creek > Kununurra > Kathrine > Alice Springs > Ayers Rock > Odnadatta Track > Adelaide > Melbourne . Both flew back from Melbourne to Frankfurt . The bikes were shipped back from Melbourne to Niedereschach (Touratech Headquarter).
Highlights Andreas: pure Nature
Highlights Jörg:
Die Vielfalt der Landschaft und Natur. Lebensart der Australier. War für mich eine wichtige schöne Erfahrung (extreme Hilfsbereitschaft, Gastfreundschaft).
The worst
Andreas: Nothing to eat: on the Canning Stock Route. We where short on food the whole time. The daily daily ration to eat was: a cup of muesli (breakfast), two muesli bars (during the day), a package "two minutes noodles (for dinner)" thats all. On the hole 2.000 km, is only one possibility to buy food. Knee injury: a couple of accident during the trip. The leg was cought under the big and twistet.
The worst
Jörg: Zu wenig Zeit um alles genau anzusehen.
Earlier experiences
Andreas: June - August 1988: Solo North of Europe: Sweden , Finnland , Norway , Iceland , Yamaha. XT 600 Tenere, 10.000 km April 1993 - April 1994: Australia / New Zealand . Andreas with Yamaha XT 600 Tenere. Petra Lange with XT 600 Tenere. 40.000 km. May - October 1995: Solo Australia with a Toyota Landcruiser, 25.000 km. Juni - Juli 1996: North Amerika (USA / Canada). Suzuki DR 650, 9.000 km. Jo Deleker with Honda Dominator October 1997  - April 1998: South Amerika - Yamaha XT 600 Tenere, 25.000 km. Birgit Pütz with BMW GS 80. Jo Deleker with Honda Dominator. January - February 2001: Oman and UA Emirates. Andreas with Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin. 8.000 km. Silke Marten with Suzuki DR 350. July - August 2002: Russia , Baltic States and Poland . Andreas with  Honda XRV 750 Africa Twin. 12.000 km. Ludwig Hauhoff with Africa Twin. Gerd Brüning with BMW GS 80. July - August 2004: Australia Canning Stock Route (2.000). Andreas with BMW F 650, Touratechumbau. 10.000 km. Jörg Becker with BMW F 650. Planned tour start may 2006: Course East, 5 Month 15 Countries, 25.000 Kilometres. Central Asia and Siberia . More see: Routes in continents: Europe: all countries, without Spain and Greece , 300.000 km. Southamerika: Argentina , Chile , Brasil , Uruguay , 25.000 km. Australia : Perth , Broome, Darwin , Alice Springs Adelaide, Melbourne , Sydney , km 36.000.
Earlier experiences
Jörg: 1990: Skandinavien, Süd Lappland mit Yamaha XT500 1991: Skandinavien, Nord Lappland mit Yamaha XJ900 1992: Canada/Alaska mit Campmobil (war grauhenhaft in der Karre) 1993: Ungarn-Rumänien-Bulgarien-Griechenland-Italien-Deutschland mit Yamaha XT600 1994: Skandinavien bis Russische Grenze/ Inarie See / Nordkap /. mit Yamaha XTz750 1995: Tunesien / Libyen mit Yamaha XT600 Tunesien als Tramper 1996: Nordamerika (ca. 33000 km in 4 ½ Monaten Kalifornien, LA > Alaska und vieles drumrum, halte die gesamte Westküste mit vielen Inlandanteilen, das meißte solo, einen Teil mit Sozia (damals Sandra Weißhuhn) alles auf (der selben) Yamaha XT600 (wie auch schon die anderen Reisen Ägypten als Taucher + Kulturreise. 1997: Canada, Vancouver Island und die Gegend zwischen Seattle und Vancouver Ägypten als Taucher 1998: Tschechien, Slowenien, Rumänien, Ungarn, Deutschland mit Yamaha XT600 ( Sandra Weißhuhn mit Suzuki DR350 S). Ägypten als Taucher 1999/2000: Südamerika. 20.000 km Argentinien, Chile, Peru, Bolivien, Chile auf Yamaha XT600, (Sandra Weißhuhn mit Suzuki DR350 SE) 2001: Schwarzmeer fast Umrundung, Italien, Türkei, Georgien, Russland, Ukraine, Polen, Slowakei, Tschechei, Deutschland auf Yamaha XT600 2003: Schweden / Norwegen mit Honda Africa Twin 750 2004: Australien. 2005: USA / Canada 10.000 km in 5 Wochen mit BMW G/S 650 Eigenbau vom Tommy Ryser aus Blaine / WA USA. Und zwischen durch war ich immer wieder (meist mit Sandra) auf diversen Inseln. Von den meisten Reisen gab es einen Bericht in einer dieser Zeitschriften: Enduro, Motorrad Kontakte, Tourenfahrer, Motorrad News, Motorrad-Reisen-Sport, Enduro Abenteuer.
>>>Mit der Aussage oben kann man nichst anfangen. Entweder Du gibt genau die Publiktaionen jeweils bei der Reise an, oder Du läßt diese ungenaue Aussage ganz weg.,
Ach ja mit einer Ente 2CV bin ich mal bis Portugal, das war auch Klasse.
>>bitte genauere Angaben zum Jahr / Reisedauer / km oder weglassen
Hints for other traveller Andreas:
Don´t dream it, do it. (Das Leben ist zu kurz, um Träume zu verschieben)
Hints for other traveller Jörg:
Versuche nicht zu Leben um zu arbeiten, arbeite um zu leben und dir deine Träume zu erfüllen. Make friendship - not bullshit
Book publication Andreas
: Four books (Spurensuche, Schottland Reiseführer, Auszeit, Sauerland Reiseführer), nearly 100 publications in different motorcycle magazins.
Book publication Jörg : Spurensuche ist mein erstes Buch (also meine erste Hälfte an einem Buch).
30.08.2004 1st request for update after the tour
21.12.2005 Last update

Dr. Lutz Fehling

Zur Canning Stock Route schrieb mir Dr. Lutz Fehling (DZG) dieses in 2014:

- 2000 km unverbesserte Allrad-Spuren
 - über 1000 rote Sanddünen bis 20m hoch
 - sehr abwechslungsreiche Landschaft
 - unendlicher südlicher Sternenhimmel ohne Lichtverschmutzung
 - keine Internet- oder Handyverbindung (SatPhone für Notfälle), auch keine Nachrichten
 - keinerlei Restriktionen bezüglich Übernachtung
 - allabendliches Lagerfeuer mit genügend Brennholz
 - unzählige Buschtoiletten (mit Spaten)
 - keine räuberischen Gefahren

 - Canning Stock Route (CSR): Wurde 1908-10 im Regierungsauftrag von Alfred Canning und seinen 30 Mannen als Viehtriebroute mit 50 Brunnen angelegt. Bis 1959 wurden dann Rinderherden aus dem Norden in die Verbrauchergebiete im Süden getrieben. Sie führt von Wiluna im Süden (800 km nördlich von Perth) nach Halls Creek in den Kimberleys. Diese Route war allerdings mehrere Kilometer breit, es gab also keinen verbindenden Pfad. Erst 1968 verbanden Allrad-Fans die einzelnen Brunnen (einige sind heute reaktiviert) mit einem Track, der heute von etwa 2000 Fahrzeugen pro Jahr benutzt wird. Die Strecke ist seit kurzem sogar im normalen Navie drin. Sie ist meist sandig, zum Teil aber auch sehr steinig und mörderisches Wellblech, eine Herausfordrung für das Material.- Die Hauptreisezeit ist der australische Winter, also Mai bis Oktober, der Sommer ist mit bis zu 50 Grad zu heiß. Die Übergangsmonate Mai und September sind ideal: Tagsüber sind es um 25 Grad, nachts 10 Grad, sodaß wir immer noch genüßlich bis 23 Uhr am Lagerfeuer sitzen konnten. Die eigentlichen Wintermonate kennen 60 Frosttage!

 - Reiseablauf: Der deutschstämmige Otto organisiert Konvois ( und dies war seine 64. Tour! Ich fuhr in seinem Führungsfahrzeug mit und schlief im Zelt. Wir fuhren täglich um die acht Stunden und schafften so etwa 150 km. Bei der einzigen Aborigines-Siedlung auf der Strecke gibt es eine Tankstelle 1100 km von Wiluna aus. Otto hatte aber vorsorglich ein Dieselfaß (200 l) deponieren lassen. Für die CSR am besten bewährt hat sich der Toyota-Troopcarrier, der zudem serienmäßig mit zwei 90-Liter-Tanks ausgerüstet ist. - Auch die gesamte Verpflegung wird natürlich vorher besorgt.

03.10.2004 - 02.04.2005
Hannes Wienands (German, 29.11.1957)
Australia. Hannes rode 50.000km alone through Australia on a BMW R 1150 GS in 6 months.
Purpose of travel: Freedom, Liberty and without work a long travel...
Route: Sydney - Cairns. With BMW Club of Brisbane to BMW Bikermeeting of Australia with ferrie from Melbourne to Tasmania - by motorcycle over Nullarbour to Perth - Broome - Alice Springs - Brisbane - by aeroplane to isalnd New Caledonia 1200 kms - by motorcycle to Grampians - Coonabarabran - Sydney
Highlights: Tasmanien, Ayers Rock, New Caledonia, Sydney
The Worst : Fuel pump defect (Call to Sydney , they send a new one ). After 4 months kidney stones ( CT in hospital, medical and a lot of water: I loose my stones, Insurance of ADAC payed) 
Report of Journey : Send an Email via Bernd Tesch.
Useful Information: No risk, many fun, nice people, bike with flight to Australia (Thomas Bergmeier, 3000 Euro ), you must drink a lot .....
Earlier tours with motorcycle : Ukraina, New Zealand, South Africa ( Namibia, Simbabwe, Botwana, South Africa ), all over Europe, North Kap and so on....
2005 We met by accident in Australia
16.04.2006 1st summary
17.04.2006 Last summary

2004-2005 Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch toured second time in Australia. Now Darwin > Melbourne. - This creation was made from our travel-friend "Teddy" McCrea. It was lost but "Teddy" send this new to B.T. in 19.03.2016.

2004-2005 Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch Now Darwin > Melbourne. - This foto was made from our travel-friend "Teddy" McCrea. First time send to B.T. in 19.03.2016.

2004-2005 Patricia Govers and Bernd Tesch: Darwin > Melbourne. - This foto was made from our travel-friend "Teddy" McCrea. First time send to B.T. in 21.03.2016.

20.10.2004 - 21.01.2005
Govers-Tesch (Dutch, born 28.06.1956) and Bernd Tesch (German, born 20.08.1941)
+ Tesch-Tour "Australia North-West-South". Patricia and Bernd rode 12.500 km with two by BMW-Australia ( sponsored BMW R 1150 GS Adventure
Purpose of travel: Patricia and Bernd toured already in 25th.10.1999 - 26th.01.2000 "A Round in Australia and Tasmania": South (Melbourne) > east-coast up to Cairns > west > center down via Alice Springs > Melbourne >Tasmania > Melbourne. About 14.000 kms somehow with two sponsored YAMAHA XT 600 E from BIKE TOURS AUSTRALIA( ). In 2004/05 we wanted to see the north, west and more of the south part of Australia and to finish our "Circle Around Australia". Finding and visiting famous historical motorcycle-travellers
It was time again that Patricia and Bernd travelled a bit. Already in 1999-2000 we made very good experiences with Emirates Airline ( and flew with them again. In 2004/2005 we rode the other side of Australia : Darwin in the north > West-Australia > Broome > Perth > Albany > east via plain Nullabor > southern coast > Adelaide - Melbourne.
Our long tour was a mixture: Roaring up the hill and discovering, what was coming behind the next curve or bush. Outdoor-living with cangeroos and snakes. Looking at different landscapes. Visiting Australians and meeting travellers. And loving the freedom with the wind around the nose with two of those technical wonders of two BMW R 1150 GS Adventures by BMW Motorcycle Australia. After this tour I finally will write about "100 years of discovering Australia by Motorcycle-TRAVELLERs".
Do you know other addresses / publications of "Historical Motorcycle-Travellers in Australia" ?
Can you add to this topic an overview about your tour ?? BEST pictures of your tour ?
Route: Darwin > Broome > Perth > Augusta > Esperance > Balladonia Track > Nullabor > Eyre Peninsula > Adelaide > Great Ocean Road > Melbourne > "Tesch´s second Australian Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers" in Rubicon Valley > Melbourne > back with Emirates Airline again via V.E.A. (Dubai) - Germany (Düsseldorf).
The best: The trip was a collection of highlights. Especially as well finding and visiting famous historical motorcycle-travellers. The wonderful attitude of Australians to us.
The worst: Patti wanted to travel by herself from Adelaide to Melbourne. Both trips were much more expensive than planned..
Book or publication: In "World of Bike´s year atlas / catalogue 2005": An overview about the Australian trip. 23.04.2005: On the 27th Motorcycle-Meeting for WORLD-Travellers 22.-24.04.205 a slides-show. Brochure / boocklet about "100 years discovering Australia by Motorcycle".
Useful informations and TIPS for others: You don´t have to be prepared for "normal" Australian mc-trips so much as for an "Africa-Tour". But to prepare helps a lot to save money and find out the best times / places for your route. Australia is 21 times bigger than Germany and has only 20 million inhabitans!!
Earlier Experiences of Motorcycle-Tours: B.T. started to ride a bike in 1961. All continents without South-America.

15th.-16th.january 2005 "The 2nd Australian Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers"

was organised in Rubicon Valley / Australia. This is a bout 150 km north of Melbourne. A very small village. The idea came from Bernd T. The top-organisation women Heather Ellis in Melbourne helped a lot. "The first Austrailian Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers" was..

Foto und (C) Jo Deleker
: "Über den Wolken muss das Motorradfahren grenzenlos sein.."
Anmerkung von Bernd Tesch 26.08.2005: Bei 47 veranstalteten Globetrotter-Treffen bisher mit ca. 170 Dia-Vorträgen , war dieses "MEIN FOTO".

15.01.2005 -18.04.2005
Birgit Pütz (German, born 1961) with Jo Deleker (German, born 1959)
+ Around New Zeland.
Jo rode 14.000 kms in 3 months around both islands of New Zealand with own motorcycle YAMAHA XT 660 R. Birgit rode 4 weeks with him with a borrowed BMW F 650 Dakar ?? kms.
Purpose of travel: Discoverin NZ. Vacation. An order to wroite a publication about it.
The best: Wanderungen im Tongariro NP, Kajaktour im Abel Tasman NP, die Westküste der Südinsel (zumindest stellenweise), die Steppenlandschaft in Central Otago, die großen Seen Pukaki und Tekapo mit mit Southern Alps als Hintergrund, Regen in einer neuen Dimension am Milford Sound, die vielen Cafés mit lecker Kuchen und bestem Cappuccino
The worst: ??
Book or publication
: Article in MOTORRAD ???
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Lufttransport der Yamaha nach/von Auckland für etwa 2200 Euro. Äußerst nette und offene Menschen, beeindruckende Landschaften vor allem auf der Südinsel. Erschreckend aber auch, wie wenige Menschen in so kurzer Zeit ein so kleines Land so zerstört haben. Will sagen: Der größte Teil des Landes ist kultiviert, Wiesen, Felder, alles eingezäunt, Baumplantagen, Langeweile. Nur in den Schutzgebieten gibt es noch diese grandiose unberührte Natur. Das Reisen ist sehr einfach, perfekte Infrastruktur, kaum anders als in Kanada oder Irland. Ein prima Land zum "Urlaub machen."
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... A lot. Search for Deleker in my website.
Following motorcycle tours: Morgen früh fahre ich mit dem Moped in die frz. Alpen (Story produzieren), Mitte Sept. nach Stromboli (Vulkan gucken und mehr), Weihnachten in die Antarktis (mit WeZwi), danach Patagonien (mit Birgit und Kerstin)
02.10.2004 1st information
02.10.2004 1st request for update, No answer.
28.01.2005 Tried to tel. to Birgit and Jo and spoke on the answering-machine
03.01.2005 2nd request for update
07.01.2004 3rd request for more update
24.08.2004 4th request.
26.08.2005 5th request for update
05.03.2007 6th request for update.

03.04.2005 - ??.01.2007 (plan was plus 1 year)
Linda Bick (born Bootherstone, British, born 21.11.1945)
+ Europe - Asia - Australia. Linda planned to travel solo overland with a SUZUKI DR 650 (of 1996. Start 11.500 km). She made it and arrived 21 months later in Australia.
Purpose: To make another mc-trip and to investigate her pension in Austrailia. Linda has been working in Australia 1969-1989.
Route: Europe (Spain ( Castelar de la Fronteira (Spain)) - France - Germany - NL - B - D - Tchech. Rep. - Hungary - Serbia - Bulgaria - Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India - Malaysia - Thailand - Indonesia) - Australia.
The best: ??
The worst: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Search in ths website with her name: 1971 in Australia.
27.08.2003 1st information
05.05.2005 Linda has been our guest. Since then she sends news by email.l
21.01.2006 Linda send my a new address of an Indian who crossed overland GB > India in 1961. But this man nevert answered.
15.07.2011 Linda is now resident in South-Australia. Asked for update.
26.03.2013 Asked for update and the three best fotos in high quality

08.04.2005 - 22.08.2006
Erika Tunick (American, birthday 08.11.61) and David McMillan (American, birthday 07.04.1969)
+ France - Australia. Dave and Erika rode two-up from Paris, France to Sydney, Australia with one 1989 Honda Transalp 50.000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: Fulfilling a dream, learning a bit more about the world and ourselves and of course, having fun.
Route : Europe (France, Switzerland, Liechtenstein, Austria, Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Bosnia, Serbia, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan) - Asia (Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, China, Pakistan, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Malaysia, Indonesia) - Australia.
Info: We entered China by hiring a travel agency (Caravan Cafe, to provide us with the necessary documents and the mandatory guide.
We got into China the "legal" way with the Chinese licence and registration and the mandatory guide using a travel agency based in Kashgar, Caravan Cafe.  The cost was approx $1100 USD.  As you know its virtually impossible to get in independently.  If you use a Chinese travel agency, its very easy, but expensive.
Highlights : Way to many to list, but some of our favorites were France, Turkey, Pakistan, Nepal, Laos, Indonesia, Australia.  The hospitality in Pakistan and Turkey was incredible! The worst: The food in Central Asia and having stomach problems.  Hitting a cow and breaking my collarbone in Laos was tough too, although hanging out in Bangkok recovering made it bearable.
Book or publication: Nothing yet, but stay tuned.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: If you are interested in making a big trip, don't put it off, the time to do it in your life is now.  Set a firm date and go, you won't regret it! Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: ...Previous trips include a dirt bike tour of Cambodia, San Francisco to Baja and San Francisco to Western Canada and the Western USA.
19.10.2006 1st summary
20.10.2006 last update.

Nataly Sörries (German, born ??) and Claus Holtmann (German, born ??)
+ East coast: Melbourne > Cape Trubulation. Nataly and Claus rode together ?? km on one YAMAHA XT 600 E ?? kms.
Purpose of travel: ??
Leihmaschine Yamaha XT 600 von Kurt Weidner, Australien
Route: Flug Frankfurt - Singapur - Sydney mit Singapur Airlines super:
11.-12.7. Sydney zu Fuß und per Bus / Fähre, Noah´s Backpacker am Bondi Beach 13.7. Flug Sydney-Melbourne, dort von Carconnection Hartmut abgeholt, im malerischen Westernstädtchen Castlemaine (ca. 100 km von Melbourne) übernachtet. 14.7. los über Melbourne nach Koo Wee Rup (Richtung Sydney) - 204 km 15.7. Philip Island - Cape Paterson - Leongatha - Hazelwood Village/Churchill - 206 km 16.7. Morwell NP (Känguruhs, Koalas, Papageien) - Sale - Bairnsdale - Metung - Lakes Entrance (Pelikane) - 225 km 17.7. Orbost - Cape Conran - Cann River (Thurrariver Camp - ganz einfach und einsam direkt am Meer, Lagerfeuer, Opossum). 18.7. Gipsy Point - Eden (Killer whale museum) - Pambula (Big4-Camping, unzählige Känguruhs auf dem Platz- genial!)199 km. 19.7. Merimbula - Tathra - Bergamui - Narooma - Moruya (nettes Internet-Café) - Braidwood - Goulbourn (Stadt mit Aldi! - lecker Thai essen) 352 km 20.7. Oberon - Blue Mountains - Blackheath - (Perrys Lookout, Anvins Rock Falls, Govetts Leap) - Katoomba (Three sisters, Echo Point) - Mt. Victoria (uriges Hotel Imperial - Pub, Kamin) 307 km 21.7. Vereiste Straße -Bilpin - Kurrogong - Colo Heights - Putty - Singleton - Gresford - Dungog - Bulahdelah - Myall Lake - Bungwahl - Pacific Palms - Lake Smith - Paradise Drive - 418 km. 22.7. Booti Booti NP, Beach Elisabeth (Delphine, Pelikane) - Forster - Taree - Port Macquarie (schwarze Schwäne) - Kempsey - Coffs Harbour (Big Banana) - Minnie Water - Yuraygir NP - 441 km 23.7. Ulmara (Adler) - Ballina - Byron Bay - Chillingham (super Gegend, total grün und schön, kleine Sträßchen / Natural Bridge / Regenwald) - Nerang - Brisbane - Redcliffe - 442 km. 24.7. Glass House Mountains (Rodeo) - Beerburrum - Beerwah - Landsborough - Noosa Head - Great Sandy NP (Pelikane, absolutes Highlight: ca. 60 km Strandstraße) - Rainbow Beach245 km 25.7. Fraser Island (super, 75mile beach, beautiful Lake McKenzie), Tagestour mit Fähre und Allrad-Bus 26.7. Maryborough - Childers - Bundaberg (Paranüsse frisch vom Baum) - Miriam Vale - Rockhampton - Capricorn caves Camp - 537 km 27.7. Marlborough - Clairview - Mackay - Airlie Beach (turistisch) - 482 km 28.7. Whitsunday Islands: Hooh Island - Whiteheaven Beach, Tagestour mit Reefjet (Boot), wandern, schnorcheln, tauchen. 29.7.Bowen - Ayr - Townsville - Ingham - Innisfail - Cairns - 646 km 30.7. Cairns - Port Douglas - Cape Tribulation 31.7. Cooktown - Mossman - Cairns (von hier wurde Mopped zurückgeholt). Abflug Sydney / Deutschland Mopped: super, kein einziges Problem
Absolute Highlights : Landschaft, vor allem Great Sandy NP bei Noosa - Rainbow Beach (generell toll: Weite, grün, Regenwald), die tollen Tiere, nette Aussies, jeden Tag Highlights
Nicht so toll : sehr kalt (australischer Winter) - noch nie so gefroren auf ´m Bock (gut: Motels mit Heizdecke), Aussie-Essen ziemlich öde (Pommes, Sandwiches)
2005 1st infrmarion
12.04.2006 1st summary
14.04.2006 1st request for update


WHO is the guy? Please send me his name and E-mail!

This 2006 ride is a start
2013.12.15 First information by Canning Stock Route solo-Walker Gaynor Schoeman
Gaynor Schoeman
I am still looking to confirm the first solo MC rider. And we are still waiting for the MC rider who does it completely unsupported i.e. no resupply.  It appears that this has not happened yet.

Gronau-Morrison, Lycetta and Michael - Wheels of Adventure: 20,000 miles from Europe to Australia by Bicycle
2007. ISBN: 978-0955762703

05.01.2007 - 05.05.2007
Katja Janssen (German, birthday 07.02.1973) and Arndt (German, birthday 04.07.1971)
- Australien.  
Arndt & Katja planen für 4 Monate durch Australien zu fahren. Die Route steht noch nicht fest.  Arndt wird mit der BMW R 1150 GS Adventure fahren und Katja die BMW R 1200 GS.
Purpose of your travel: Natürlich Spaß, aber auch die Natur, das Land mit seinen verschiedenen "Gesichtern" und die Menschen kennenzulernen. Abenteuer, weg vom Pauschaltourismus, spontane Stops und Aufenthalte an schönen Orten. Interessant wird es sicher auch an die eigenen Grenzen zu stoßen. Außerdem ist es für Katja sehr wichtig Fahrpraxis zu bekommen, da der FS dann noch ganz frisch sein wird :-)
Route :  in Planung- hoffe auf baldigen Termin bei Bernd (Tesch)
Highlights : die Freiheit zu spüren und genießen, Motorradfahren, das Land kennenlernen, Interessante Menschen treffen
The worst:
 4 Monate Dauerregen, schwerer Sturz
Book or publication
(about your tour): .......
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others:
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:
19.05.2006 1st summary
04.03.2007 Aksked for update.

??.??.2007 Abfahrt Sommer-Herbst 2007 - ??.??.2008
Jens Gloede (German, birthday 06.02.1987)
- Germany - Austrailia. Jens plans solo ?? overland to Australia with Honda XRV 750.
Purpose of your travel: See the world and interesting people.
Route: Europe 12.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Ukraine - Turkey ....) - Asia 15.000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - Afganistan - India - Nepal - Bangladech - Singapore - Indonesia - East Timor and FINALY AUSTRALIA. In Australia I will ride to Darwin, Sydney, Perth. 2008 I will come back by plane and ride in New-Zeeland. After this shiping my bike to Vladiwostok and ride back to Germany.
Highlights: I want to see the world. Freedom. Sun. Friendship of Bike people.
The worst: I got Malaria in Nairobi ???. Attack of soldiers with weapons in ......
Book or publication (about your tour): .......??
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: ...??.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: In 2006 I rode to Wladiwostok and back in 6 weeks and 30.000 km. Now I won´t to travel more far.......
27.11.2006 1st summary
26.02.2007 1st request for update

01.09.2007 - 31.08.2008
Doreen Dähnhardt (German, birthday 22.10.1971)  and Nick Dähnhardt (German, birthday 22.07.1973)
- Germany - Austrailia. Doreen and Nick (both on KTM LC 4 Adventure) plan to ride solo from Innsbruck/Austria to Australia .
Purpose of your travel: cause there is the possibility
Route (planed) : Europe ( Austria - Italy - Greece - Turkey) - Asia (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - Tibet by treckking - Thailand - Cambodia - Malaysia - Singapore) - by boat / plane to Australia.
Highlights : few sights, trekking Himalaya, diving or skydiving somewhere
The worst: -
Book or publication: -
Useful informations and TIPS for others: -
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: No
03.03.2007 1st summary
10.03.2007 Both came for recommendation to B.T.
23.09.2007 Nick and Doreen visited us for friendship to say "good bye". They were one of the first to hear that Bernd and Patricia Govers-Tesch start about 01st.10.2007 by one BMW R 80 G/S overland possibly to Iran (Tehran).
26.12.2008 1st request for update

15.10.2007 - + ca. 1 year
Barbara Kaltz ( German, 04.04.1966 ) and Michael Narozny ( American, in Germany since 1976 years, birthday 18 . 10 .19 64)
- Germany - Australia
. Barbara (HONDA DOMINATOR 650) and Michael (African Twin RD 07) plan to ride overland to Australia in 1 year. Barbara will be first five weeks "on the road" until Turkey.
Purpose of your travel: For health reasons because infected by travel virus !
Route : Europe (Germany - Austria - Slowenia - Croatia - Albania - Greek - Turkey) - A sia ( Syria -Jordan ) - Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ehtiopia - Djibouti) - Asia (Jemen - Oman) - by boat to India - Sri Lanka - India -Nepal - by plane to Laos - Vietnam - Laos - Cambodia - Thailand - Malaysia - by boat to Indonesia - Timor - by boat to Australia - NZ.
Highlights: plan a foto with bald head and a monk cowl in front of a Buddah-tempel..
The worst:   ?
Book or publication (about your tour):
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: .... Small alu-boxes . Drink a lot of beer in bars "on route" to meet interesting people.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 02.02.2004 - 20.05.2005 in Africa with a HONDA AFRICA Twin RD 07
22.07.2007 1 st summary while a personal visit at Bernd Tesch
Request a similar blog for the African tour
10.08.2007  2nd summary

??.??.2007 - ??.??.2007
Thomas Nemeth (born ??.??.19??. Luxembourg )
+ New Zealand. Thomas rode solo in 6 weeks with a ??? 8.000 km through New Zealand 's south and north island
Purpose : ??
Highlights : Meeting Rosco Pennell and his friends (Who are this ?????) on the ferry from the north island to the south island with whom I ended up doing the South America trip in 2008. What was the best on the islands for you ????
The worst: The sandflies on the South Island.
Useful tips for others : ?? Costs ? How did you transport the bike ? The person ?? Both ways ? Costs for this ??
Earlier experiences : ??
12.04.2009 1st summary
12.04.2009 1st request for update
17.-19.04.2009 Patricipant of the 51th. Tesch-Travel-Treffen in 2009

04.06.2008 - Open end
Walter Gubler "Gubi" (Swiss, born ??.07.1967)
- Switzerland - Australia - NZ. Gubi plant solo mit einer Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Tenere. Von der Schweiz aus durch Asien nach Australien, Neuseeland.
Zweck der Reise : Spass, Fremde Länder und Kulturen kennenlernen und erleben. Open your mind.
Route : Europa (Schweiz - Deutschland - Tschechien - Slowakei - Ukraine - Russland) - Asien (Sibirien - Mongolei - Kasachstan -Kirgisien - Tschadsichistan - Usbekistan - Iran - Pakistan - Indien - Nepal - per Flugzeug nach Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Malaysia).
In Phuket werd ich ca. 5 Monate bleiben und als Tauchlehrer arbeiten können.
In Malaysia werde ich mein Motorrad verschiffen Richtung Australien und werde als Backpacker durch Indonesien reisen.  In Australien und Neuseeland bin ich schon an diversen Orten eingeladen. In "Down Under" wird geschaut, was noch in der Reisekasse ist, wie es mir gesundheitlich geht und ob die Motivation zum Weiterreisen noch da ist. Stimmen diese Faktoren werde ich weiterreisen nach Südamerika und auch diesen Kontinent unter die Räder nehmen.
Highlights: Reisen, Menschen kennenlernen, Länder erfahren und die Religionen besser verstehen.
The worst: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
21.02.2008 1st summary
25.-27.04.2008 Walter besucht das 50. Tesch-Globetrotter-Treffen.
20.03.2009 1st request for update
Kilometerstand bei der Abfahrt auf meiner "Dicken" = 80'513 km
Kilometerstand in Moron Mongolei = 95'754 km
Kilometerstand in Amritsar, Indien = 109'902 km
Kilometerstand in Udaipur, Indien = 111'437 km
Kilometerstand in Kathmandu, Nepal = 117'623 km
KILOMETERSTAND IN Phuket, Thailand = 118'840 km,

Alfred Wittelings (NL) und Alwin (NL)

- Plan NL > Australia. Alfred (YAMAHA XT 600 E) and Alwin (XT 600 E) plan to ride overland in 4 months to Perth.
19.02.2008 1st request for summary.
20.04.2008 2nd request for summary.
16.05.2005 Both were here for three days. Bernd build two indivual racks in more than 27 hours.
21.05.2008 3rd request for summary. No answer so far.
21.11.2008 4th and last request.

(Plan was 01.03.2009) Start: 20.03.2009 - 30.06.2009
Simon Soussouridis (German, born ??? in 2009 ca. 40 years)

- Plan: Europe > Australia. Simon plans to ride solo overland with a BMW R 100 GS to Australia in 4 months.
Purpose of my travel: I did work 20 years very hard and needed to treat myself and learn more about the world.
Planned Route: Europe (Germany, Austria, Italy, Greece, Turkey) - Asia (Iran, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Kambodia, Thailand, Kuala Lumphur, Singapore) - by plane or ship ?? to Australia.
Highlights: ??
The worst: ??
Useful tips for others: ??
20.11.2008 Simon was here for recommendation.
21.11.2008 First request for summary
08.12.2008 Second request summary.
17.03.2009 Third request
20.03.2009 Second short more summary 20 minutes before he started his trip.

01.05.2010 - 01.05.2011
Frank Giesa (German, birthday 29.12.1965) with Günter..?? (German, Born ???)
- Plan Europe-Asia-Australia-Europe. Policeman Frank plans to ride with his friend Günter on 2 Africa Twins all over Asia, may be Australia for one year, 40-50.000 km. He will take off a year at work.
he actually bikes are Aprilia Caponord and Honda Africa Twin. Frank is the President of chapter Germany1 from the "International Police Motorbike Club Blue Knights". Therefore he has a of lot of international contacts.
Purpose of your travel: Meeting friends, adventure and still living.
Route (of the coming route): Europe (....????) - Asia (Russia till Vladivostok, Mongolia, China, Thailand may be Indonesia) and Australia back to Asia (India - Pakistan - Iran) - Europe (Turkey - Greece .....Germany).
Highlights of coming tour: a lot of adventure and feel free
The worst of coming tour: to get no beer
Book or publication: Wrote so far some reports about Africa and South America, was published in German motorcycle-magazine Tourenfahrer in number 06/05.
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: If you want to know more, contact me via Bernd Tesch
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Different experiences on different bikes since 1983. Approx. 100.000 km in West Europe included UK and Ireland. And in several continents. March/ April 2004, rode through North Africa (Tunisia, Libya, Morocco) 16.000 km with bike Aprilia Caponord. January 2006 till January 2007 was on duty in Kosovo. Rode to the complete Balkan (Kosovo, Serbia, Albania, Croatia, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Rumania, Greece) 15.000 km with Aprilia Caponord. Nov./Dec. 2007 travelled in South America the Pan-American from Venezuela to Tierra del Fuego, 18.000 km, with Benelli Amazonas.
03.06.2009 First information
15.06.2009 Last summary
19.06.2009 Asked for the best picture of him or both with bikes "on route"

Elke und Gerd Stock
1999-2010 Experienced mc-traveller Gerd has been already 10 times on TTTreffen for World-travellers-
08.2010 1st information by Gerd Stock of his planned Australian-tour for one year. Already in Australia.
13.08.2010 Send my two links to him
15.08.2010 Asked for a summary

??.??.2010 - ??.??.20?
Andre Krumpe (German, Born ??.??.19??)  and Alexandra Klier (German, Born ??.??.19??)
- Plan overland Australia - Asia - Europe.
Andre (HONDA Africa Twin) and Alexandra (HONDA Dominator) plan to ride overland back to Germany.
Purpose of your travel:
Time to explore different countries, its culture and people.
: Australia - New Zealand - Asia (South East Asia - Japan - Russia - Stan-Countries) - Europe (South East Europe - Germany).
Highlights: ??
The worst: Crash on a long, remote dirt road.
Book or publication (about your tour): none.
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: Observe the seasons in Australia and plan your trip accordingly. Otherwise it can be very frustrating, time consuming and sometimes dangerous. If you plan to travel to Australia and New Zealand, go to NZ first because it is much cheaper to ship from NZ to AUS than the other way around.
Clean your vehicle and gear carefully. Some people have enough luck to get away with a quarantine inspector in good mud. The others will need a lot of money if their equipment is dirty.
A fuel range of 250 km is good for NZ and Australia 's East Coast. If you want to go into the Outback, consider 350 km as the absolute minimum. 500 km is good enough to ride the most tracks and save money on long distance road travel (fuel in remote outback road houses, even on main roads, is bloody expensive). If you want to be able to go on really remote tracks, you will need 700 km or more. With a range of 1000 km there will be still some tracks that you will not manage.  And consider that you need something to drink for you too. The Outback is big and dry. But if it rains, you will be better in a safe and dry place.
Don't travel between dusk and dawn. The kangaroos are most active at that time.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Libya , Island, Several trips within Europe
20.09.2010 First request to both
03.11.2010 First summary by Andre
03.11.2010 First request for update




Manuela and Robert Brand in Australia in 2012. - ri: Portraits of both. Foto out of theire website.

07.11.2011 - 22.04.2012
Manuela Brand (German, born 1965) and Robert Brand (German, born 1964)
+ Australia and New Zealand. Manuela (Triumph 650 Bonneville, build in 1973) and Robert (Harley-Davidson 1340 Custom-Shovelhead, build in 1982) rode 16.000 km (until 19.03.2012) in ca. six months in Australia and New Zealand.
Purpose: After a serious throat cancer operation we didn´t want to wait until retirement to start such a trip.
Route: Australia (Perth Australia-Nullarbor- Adelaide- Mt. Gambier- Coonabarabran- Eastcoast- Melbourne-by ship to Tasmania)- by ship from ?? (for ?? US-Dollar ?? each person plus motorcycle with shippingline ??) to New Zeland (Auckland- Cape Reinga- Invercargill- Auckland )
Best: All the people where we stayed. Everybody is unique by his own.
Worst: Coffee on the Nullarbor
Earlier experieneces:...
Useful informations after we are back:...
17.03.2012 First request for update
19.03.2012 First summary with fotos.
19.03.2012 First request for update.

17.11.2011 - 05.07.2012
Paul Griffiths
+ GB > New Zealand.
31.07.2018: Peter Fieldings send me a detailed info by a data.pdf. Have you heard about Paul Griffiths? He has ridden twice from New Zealand to the UK and once from the UK back to New Zealand in 2012. The link below will find a diary I kept for him on the latter trip. As far as I am aware, there is no record of his first trip to the UK circa 2005 (through the Americas)  but someone else was keeping a web page for him when he came back to the UK circa 2015 when he came via the USSR. I do not have a link for this at present but a search may find it  on the internet . He currently lives near Bath in the UK and though retired works at Bath University on the electric bike project which they have raced in the Isle of Man recently.  Last time I spoke to him he was restoring his BMW F650 for yet another trip possibly through Africa.

HPN-BMW R 100 GS mit längerer Mazochi-Gabel. Verstärktes Federbein von ??. Verstärkter Rahmen (wo ??). Niedriggelegte Doppelrohr Auspuff-Anlage (Vorteile:?? Nachteile: mehr Kosten, mehr Gewicht, eher steinschlagefährdet). 40 Liter Plastik-Acerbis-Tank von HPN. Träger von ??. Tesch-Travel-Taschen 7 kürzer. Michelin Desert Reifen (Optimal für Gelände soweit Schlamm und Steine und Steine mit Sand. Ungeeignet für tiefen Sand und besonders für lange Asphalt-Strecken). Ungeeignet wegen der Schwerpunktverlagerung sind die schweren Zusatzbefestigungen hinten: Öl- oder Benzin-Tank (links) und Wasservorrat (rechts). (C) Fotos Carsten P.


Carsten P. voller Begeisterung vor seiner Australien-Reise.

01.01.2012 - 10.03.2012
Carsten P. (German, born in 1975) – Private blog will be added when available.
- South Australia. Plan: Solo-motorcycle tour through South Australia (east coast to west coast) with BMW R 80 G/S modified by HPN. Flying with THAI AIRWAYS INTL for about 1500€ from Frankfurt to Melbourne. And back from Perth via Bangkok (2 week stopover there) to Frankfurt.
The motorcycle will be shipped both ways by INTIME Hamburg. Shipments are from Hamburg to Melbourne and back from Fremantle. The Price of approx. 3000 - 3200€ includes full logistics: e.g. transportation of my bike to Hamburg and back, shipment to Melbourne, on road shipment of my motorcycle box from Melbourne harbour to Freemantle, shipment back from Fremantle to Hamburg. Costs for customs, registration etc. is not included.
Purpose: Why Australia ? After consultations with experienced people (also, after Bernd and Patricia’s confirmation) I think that Australia combines the safety of Europe with the African adventure (which I hopefully may find in the outback). Thus, Australia seems to be a perfect place for me to do this solo trip. Especially because this trip is intended to have a preparation character for my planned trip from Cairo to Capetown. In addition, I want to find out how I manage being alone in a remote area and an unknown environment. Furthermore, I’m really interested in the OZ way of life, especially in remote areas and not at the well developed east coast.
Route: Starting in Melbourne, ending in Perth. Rough route plantings or places to visit are: Melboure – Great Ocean Road up to Adelaide – Big Desert – Broken Hill – Flinder Ranges -Wentworse – Borke – Birdsville – Big Red – Birdsville / Oodnadatta Track – Alice Springs. Than heading south west to Perth.
But what will be the best: I will let you know as soon as I am back
The worst: Up to now, nothing.
Book or publication: Undecided yet, probably a blog and/or a homepage. Further information about any process will be presented here.
22.08.2011 1st summary.
22.08.2011 1st request for update. Please send a portrait already of you as well. Later you with thwe bike on route.
02.11.2011 Fotos
04.11.2011 Request for update.

20.09.2012 - 6 or 12 months -2013
Daniel Flesser (born 26.05. 1978) + ???
- Plan overland Europe-Asia-Australia. Daniel plan to ride on a YAMAHA XTZ 750 Super Tenere from Germany (Cologne) to Australia (Darwin) and travel arround in Australia.
: take a break, meet people, have fun, see other cultures, ride motorcycle..
Route: Europe 3.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Solvenia - Croatia - Bosnia and Herzegovina - Serbia - Bulgary - Turkey ) - Asia 9 000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - India - Bike solo by ship to Singapure or Malaysia(Kuala Lumpur). I will fly to Singapure/ Kuala Lumpur. Across Indonesia (with ferrys from island to island) and than up to Timor -  Around  Australia ca. 16 000 km.
But what will be the best:
The worst: ??
Book or publication: ??
Earlier experiences: ??
Useful tip for others: ??
11.06.2011 Daniel bought 2 TTT7short for a XTZ Super Tenere and we had 4 hours conversation. Promised to send his view soon.
21.09.2011 2nd request.
12.11.2011 3rd request for update.

2012. Dr. Daniela Dreymüller vor dem Ululuru in Australien. Der Zaun zeigt an, dass der Platz um den Ululuru ein Nationalpark ist, der den Aborigines gehört.

2012. Dr. Daniela Dreymüller "auf Piste", "in Pause" und auf dem Autodach auf Hardys Dach - auf der Mulga Park Road.

14.10.2012 - 03.11.2012 
Dr. Daniela Dreymueller (German, birthday 30.07.1982) and Georg (31) and Ulf (51)
+ Australia: Melbourne - Darwin.
Daniela Georg and Ulf crossed Australia from Melbourne via the centre of Australia to Darwin 5900 km in 16 days. Each on a Yamaha XT 600 E. It was an organised moto-tour with the experienced guide Hardy Meyer (orignal German, 53) who supported all with a 4WD.  German Stefan Bockisch is the owner of Southern Cross Australia (S.C.A.).
05.11.2012 - 08.11.2012: As well Daniela visited the Kakadu National Park and Mary River National Park with a rented Nissan Xtrail.
Purpose of my travel: Fulfill a 12-year-dream turing 30, means getting my driving lisence in 2012, cross Australia and enjoy the diversity of Australia and the tour.
Route: 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: I wanted to have time to think about the life. - 410 km and 510 km routes from Alice Springs to Daly Waters on the Stuart Highway, only few times internet and phone access. Wallking around Uluru and feeling the peace at Devils Marbels were best for this purpose. - Life is more than work and should not be done single. Highlights in Australia: Banyeroo Valley and Brachina Gorge. Mulga Park Road. Uluru/Kata Tjuta. Devils Marbles. Crossing bush fire. I enjoyed the time with "my three men", the perfect Australien-German man Hardy, and really relaxed and came to myself.
The worst: I just saw little of Australia, so I need to get back several times - but actually not worst, it's great.
Meine Reise kostete 3250 Euro plus 160 AUS Dollar/Woche für Verpflegung. Plus Benzin fürs Motorrad: 1.40 AUS bis 2.20 AUS ( je nachdem, ob man sich in Melbourne oder in Marree befindet). Flüge zwischen 1400 und 2000 Euro für Hin- und Rückflug. Die Lebenshaltungskosten sind recht hoch - 25 AUS Dollar für einen Cesar Salad + Chicken sind keine Ausnahme. Cola 0.5l-Flasche kostet im Roadhouse 5 AUS, ist aber auch im Supermarkt nicht viel günstiger. Wo es nicht viel Angebot gibt, können halt die Preise gemacht werden. 25 AUS Eintritt in den Desert Park in Alice Springs. Hotelkosten - Cabine- Kosten: 90 bis 170 AUS. Allerdings gibt es immer Angebote im Netz, d.h. jeder Reisende sollte mal schauen, welche Cabine gerade im Angebot ist oder ob es nicht 3 Nächte für 2 Nächte etc. gibt. Powered Sites 20 AUS für 2 Personen. Mückenschutz vor Ort kaufen: Bushman kann ich empfehlen. Geldautomaten gibt es an jeder BP (ATM). 
18.11.2012 1st summary
18.11.2012 1st request for update.
20.11.2012 Last summary.


Nina Kaitinnis 1995 (1.TTT. im sidecar. Foto Helmut K.). - Re: Nina Kaitnnis beim Surfen in NZ 2014.

Nina Kaitinnis 2013 / 2014 in New Zealand

04.11.2013 - 01.11.2014
Nina Kaitinnis (German, birthday 27.03.1994)  Family Homepage:
+ New Zealand. Nina rode solo on a Suzuki GN250 through New Zealand 18.000 Km. In Asia In Neuseeland after NZ in three countries Thailand, Kambodscha, Laos ca. 4.000 Km by motorcycle.
Purpose of your travel: I just finished school and wanted to see something of the world, manage to live on my own and have some adventures on the other side of the world in the land of the Hobbit.
Route: New Zealand (until 09.2014 ca. 12.000 Km). Start in Auckland - Northland - Coromandel - Taupō - Wellington. Ferry over to Southisland. Down the Eastcoast: Picton - Christchurch - Invercargill. Up the Westcoast: Invercargill - Haast - Hokitika. - Further Plans: Head over to the Northisland, ride up the Westcoast, around the Eastcape and come up through the middle (Wellington - Taupō - Tauranga) again.
Later in Asia: Thailand, Kambodscha, Laos.
Highlights: This was my first biketrip which I made on my own. My passion for biking grew bigger. My self-confidence and knowledge grew with the time and finally: I experienced one year of pure freedom!
The worst: I didn't suffer any serious setbacks. Just a couple of blown fuses (no spare fuse, next fuelstation 30Km back) on the Westcoast. 
Book or publication: Nothing yet. 
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 
My parents took me on my first trip in a sidecar to the TTT in 1995 when I was 1 year old. Since then I have been in 26 countries and traveled more than 100.000 Km on bikes: In a sidecar with my brother, as a pillion on the back of my mother's bike and on my own bike. 
27.03.1994 Nina was born
1995 Nina´s first visit of a Tesch-Travel-Treffen in her parents sidecar.
2013 First Request for a slide-show
15.09.2014 First summary of Nina´s mc-travels in NZ.
19.04.2015 Last summary by f.
24.-26.04.2015 Nina will give a slides-show on the 57th. TTT in Malmedy about her tour in NZ and Asia.

11.12.2013 First request for earliest travellers of the canning-stock-route.
11.12.2013 First answer.


2014 ??
Maximilian Semsch wollte wissen, was die neuen E-Bikes wirklich taugen und hat damit Australien umrundet. Im Gespräch mit dem Weltreisemagazin zieht der Abenteurer und Filmmacher Bilanz.

WRM: Auf deiner ersten Langzeitreise bist du mit einem gewöhnlichen Fahrrad von Deutschland nach Singapur geradelt. Diesmal nahmst du ein E-Bike. Bist du faul geworden?
Maximilian Semsch: Das ist ein Vorurteil, mit dem ich oft zu kämpfen habe. Ich würde nicht sagen, dass ich faul geworden bin, sondern viel eher neugierig. Nach meiner letzten Reise mit einem normalen Fahrrad, wollte ich einerseits auf das Rad als Fortbewegungsmittel nicht verzichten, aber dennoch etwas Neues ausprobieren. Das große Thema der Fahrradindustrie war in den letzten Jahren eindeutig die Elektromobilität. Jeder redet darüber, aber noch niemand hat diese Technik ernsthaft getestet. So war die Idee entstanden, die erste und bisher längste Testfahrt zu unternehmen. Ich wollte wissen, ob es überhaupt möglich ist, damit soweit zu fahren, und ob es noch etwas mit Radfahren zu tun hat, oder doch schon die Vorstufe zum Rollator ist, wie viele sagen.

Auch auf dem E-Bike kommt man ins Schwitzen. Foto: ZVG

Auch auf dem E-Bike kommt man ins Schwitzen. Foto: ZVG

Die neue Technik hättest du ja auch mit einem Elektroroller testen können. So musstest du dich ja trotzdem hauptsächlich auf deine Muskelkraft und nicht auf die Batterie verlassen.
Einer der größten Vorteile des Elektro-Rads ist, dass es eben noch immer ein Fahrrad ist. Selbst wenn der Akku leer ist komme ich noch vom Fleck. Anders sieht das bei Elektrorollern oder -autos aus. Und natürlich kommt dazu, dass ich leidenschaftlicher Fahrradfahrer bin und meine Muskelkraft gerne einsetze.

Du warst auch als Produktetester unterwegs und deine Erfahrungen werden voraussichtlich in die Produktion einfließen. Wo gibt es deiner Meinung nach noch Handlungsbedarf?
Ja, ich arbeite eng mit meinen Partnern und Sponsoren zusammen und meine Erfahrungen und Anregungen fließen tatsächlich in die Weiterentwicklung ein. Meiner Meinung nach ist die Technik insgesamt sehr ausgereift, trotzdem kann man natürlich immer etwas verbessern. Einer der größten Kritikpunkte ist vielleicht das Gewicht und die Akkureichweite, aber die Entwicklung geht auch hier rasant weiter. Alles in allem war ich positiv überrascht, wie zuverlässig die Technik heute schon ist.

Was sind die spezifischen Herausforderungen bei einer Reise mit einem E-Bike?
Die Reise ist nicht so viel anders als mit einem “normalen” Fahrrad. Die größte Schwierigkeit war sicherlich das Laden der Akkus. Aber Steckdosen waren weiter verbreitet als ich mir das im Vorfeld gedacht hatte: auf öffentlichen Toiletten, im Stadtpark oder auch an den Tankstellen.  Wenn wir freundlich gefragt haben, durften wir eigentlich immer unsere Akkus dranhängen. Außerdem hatten wir für die leeren Gebiete Australiens eine große Solarzelle dabei. Je nach Sonneneinstrahlung konnten wir so zwei bis vier Akkus pro Tag nachladen.

Die Akkus wurden aber in einem Begleitfahrzeug geladen. Wäre das Unterfangen alleine überhaupt möglich gewesen?
Jein. Es war ja keine reine Reise, sondern auch ein Filmprojekt. Alleine die Kameraausrüstung wog fast 40 Kilo. Es wäre niemals möglich gewesen, das alles auf einem Fahrrad zu transportieren. Außerdem hatten meine Frau Marion und der Kameramann Frank, die in Australien dabei waren, schon im Vorfeld gesagt, dass sie keine Lust hätten, bei über 40 Grad Fahrrad zu fahren. Wenn man allerdings die Reise ohne den filmischen Aufwand betreibt, ist es auch möglich mit einem Pedelec ohne Begleitfahrzeug zu reisen. Das haben schon mehreren Leuten gemacht.  Dann würde man sinnvollerweise die Solarzelle auf einem Anhänger anbringen und mitziehen. Möglich ist das auf jeden Fall.

Kommen wir auf Australien zu sprechen. Was hat dich am roten Kontinent gereizt?
Ganz besonders die Natur. 80 Prozent der Tier- und Pflanzenwelt auf dem fünften Kontinent gibt es in keinem anderen Land der Welt. Auch die spektakulären Landschaften haben mich sehr beeindruckt. Und die Australier sind unglaublich nett und sehr aufgeschlossen. Wir wurden immer wieder von Leuten eingeladen

.Maximilian Semsch hat eine fünfstündige Video-Doku zu seiner Reise zusammengestellt. Mehr Infos mit Klick aufs Bild.
Maximilian Semsch hat eine fünfstündige Video-Doku zu seiner Reise zusammengestellt. Mehr Infos mit Klick aufs Bild.
Text und Foto aus weltreiseforum: de

Du hast in anderen Interviews immer wieder den starken Gegenwind beklagt. Hast du falsch geplant?

Im Norden Australiens hatte ich fast 7.000 Kilometer Gegenwind, als ich von West nach Ost gefahren bin. Ich bin am Neujahrstag in Sydney gestartet und im Uhrzeigersinn um Australien geradelt. Der Grund dafür: Ich wollte im australischen Sommer nicht im Norden sein, da dann dort Regenzeit ist und das Klima unglaublich schwül-heiß wird. Wenn ich die Reise noch einmal machen würde, würde ich im April/Mai in Sydney starten und in die andere Richtung fahren.

Du hast die Videodokumentation bereits erwähnt. Was war dir beim Filmen besonders wichtig?
Ich mache keine reinen Länderdokus, das finde ich langweilig. Natürlich dreht sich die Doku um Australien, schließlich waren wir ein halbes Jahr dort. Aber mir geht es bei meinen Filmen vor allem um die Reisenden und wie sie ihre Reise erleben. Mit all den Höhen und Tiefen, den Konflikten, der Begeisterung aber auch dem Frust. Wenn der Zuschauer das Gefühl hat, die gesamte Reise auf meinem Gepäckträger mitgefahren zu sein, dann habe ich mein Ziel erreicht. Ursprünglich wollte ich einen 90-Minuten Film über die Reise machen. Wir hatten aber so viel gutes Material und es ist so viel passiert, dass nun eine Serie mit neun Teile à 30 Minuten entstanden ist. Gesamtlaufzeit mit Bonusmaterial ist knapp 5 Stunden.


04.2014 + 1,5 Jahre
Stefan Fay and Fou
Germany-Australia. Stefan road with "Fou" on two bikes. Sttefan followed alone his way overland from Malysia via Indonesia to Australia.
Route: D- Russland- Zentralasien (Kirgstan)- Iran- Pakistan- INdien- Malaysia- Indonesien- Ost-Timor- Australien (an mit € 140,00).
Highlights: Kirgestan. Manali Ley Highway. Gibb River Road (Australia).
The worst: ?
The best: ?
Useful Tips for others: ?
Publication: Book Good by Lehmann. Auf der Suche nach einem guten Leben. 280 S. Karten-Skizzen. Keine Fotos. 280 S,ISBN 978-3-9819292-0-1.
28.01.2017 First Info by Stefan. Asked for his overview like Müller.
Send me an overview like: Der Ultimative Alukoffer-Test. Aber ich konnte das nicht sehen.
28.12.2017 Signiertes Beleg-Exemplar bekommen. Erneuet Bitte, den Block oben zu vervollständigen und die besten max drei Fotos für diesen Block zu schicken. Plus Gesamt-Route.

01.08.2014 - heute
Tino Werner (German. * 21.06.1972).
+ Europe- Asia- NewZaeland- Asia- Europe. Tino rode > 60.000 km solo from Germany to New Zeeland with Honda cbf 500!
Purpose of your travel:  Make my own expierence. Meet other people. I want to know how to feel free!
Route: Europe  (Germany - Chech Republick- Poland - Slowakia - Hungaria - Rumania - Serbia - Bulgaria - Mazedonia - Greek - Turkey) - Asia (Georgia - Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - Myanmar - Thailand - Cambodia - Laos - Malaysia)
Highlights: Ride the Karakorum Highway untill to the border between Pakistan and China. See the Dalai Lama in India. Trakking Tour with 3 Italian to the Annapurna Basecamp in Nedpal. Crossing Myanmar.
The worst: I got a big stomach problem in Pakistan but could not have a break because the visa was running out. Vegetarian for the next 4 months!
Book or publication : Only my Blog.
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: You dont need a big high end Enduro with the most expensiv "high tech equipment"! If you want to reach NZ you can do it with a small bike and very simple equipment. The most difficuld think at a trip like this is the start! If you are on the way everything is a part of the adventure. But at first you have to start and take your time! It's not nice to make 5 countrys in 10 days, you need time to meet inhabitants and to learn something about other cultures.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: This is really my first tour!
24.02.2016 First request from BT.
25.04.2016 First summary from Tino-
06.07.2016 First summary on this site and next request for update.


01.10.2015 - 09.01.2016
Tracey Curtis-Taylor (GB, born 1962)
+ GB - Australia by air. Die britische Abenteurerin ist drei Monate solo im offenen Cockpit eines Doppeldecker-Flugzeuges von 1942 unterwegs. Von England (Farnborough) bis Australia (Sydney) ist sie 21.000 km mit 50 Tankstops unterwegs. - Sie folgte  folgte dem historischen Flug der britischen Flugpionierin Amy Johnson von England nach Australien von 1930.
Route: Europe (GB- Osteuropa)- Asia (Türkei, Jordanien, Saudi-Arabien, Pakistan, Indien, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia und Indonesien) - Australia..

Ulman, Meg & Jones, Patrick - The Art of Free Travel: A frugal family adventure
A family of five ride two tandems from Daylesford, Victoria to Cape York and back.
2015. ISBN 13: 9781742234434

Australia - Europa.
Motorcycle FN 4 Zylinder from 1912. Australia. No room for water melon. Engländer.

02.2015 Booklet published.
Route: Countries Visited: Australia- Austria- Belgium- Bulgaria- Czech Republic- England- France- Germany- Hungary- India- Iran- Nepal- Pakistan- Romania- Slovakia- *Turkey.


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.


2017. Cathrin on her overland Mongolia-Motorcycle-Tour.

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Cathrin Altenbach (German. Born January 1981)
Australia. Cathrin plans to travel by motorcycle one year in Australia.
Purpose: Cathrin will buy a motorbike in Perth (WA) and then start travelling the the red continent. During her trip she will work as Workaway for food and accomodation. Cathrin has a one year tourist visa and will travel as far as her money will take her.
I quit my job and appartment and am 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.
Route: Start will be in Perth, but the route from there is not yet set. Most probably I will travel east first to meet some friends and ride together for a while.
The best: I will find out.
The worst: I will find out.
Important useful information for others: I hope I will be able to give some information after my trip!
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..

Summaries in progess:
Graham Holden (British, Born 1961)
15.08.2010 second request for update please
09.01.2015 Third and last request: Please send a summary like all others on the worldwide largest website for motorcycles-travellers about your tour. The website does not work anymore. Please answer in any way.. Bernd Tesch

ca. 1975 - ??
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
18..11.2012 3rd and last request to John by email

??.??.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.

??.??2000 - ??.??.20??
Volker Rebske (German, born ??)
Australia. The engineer Volker has been an exchange student in Australia for one year. There he rode 20.000 kms with a ??. He made another mc-tour of 6000 km with a ???
05.08.2003 1st information by Volker.
05.08.2003 Asked for update.
10.11.2005 2nd request for update
18.11.2012 3rd and last request to Volker by email

Ralph Dixonand Fionnuala Livingston (Australia)
- Australia - England. Ralph and Fionuala plan to travel from Sydney to London with two (?) BMW 650.
08.07.02 1st request for update
10.11.2004 2nd request for update
10.11.2005 email unknown
We Ride 4 MS Charity Motor Cycle Ride
Trish MS Research Foundation PO Box 28, 12 Philip Mall, WEST PYMBLE  NSW 2073 Ph  + 61 2 9403 3320 Fax  + 61 2 9403 3320 Mobile  0410 410 491 Email:
10.11.2005 2nd request to

Chris Bassett & Ina Werner. 36 Fusilier St. Hoon Hay. Christchurch 8025. New Zealand
Home +64-3-335 0801. Mobile +64-2-108 269 411.
Mit der Vorwahl 01037  kostet ein Anruf bei uns nur 1,2 Cent/Minute.

Chris Bassett (*1965 in Christchurch/Neuseeland) hat in seiner Heimat, in Australien, England und Deutschland gelebt und gearbeitet. Seit 1992 wohnt er in Stuttgart und hat dort neben der Firma Bassett Verzahnungstechnik auch Kolben & Zylinder - International beers and bikes gegründet, wo er mit seinem Geschäftspartner vor allem Oldtimer wieder fit gemacht hat – u.a. mit selbstproduzierten Teilen.

Seit seinem 16. Lebensjahr lebt Chris für Motorräder und hat im Motorcross bereits viele Preise gewonnen und erfolgreich an der Marokko Raid Rallye 2001 teilgenommen. Längere Touren hat er in Australien und Europa und auch auf der Straße gefahren. Neben dem Motorradfahren ist Chris begeisterter Hiker – neben seinem Heimatland als Venturer der neuseeländischen Scouts hat er auch die Schweiz zu Fuss durchquert.chris(a) Skype: kiwichrisbassett

Ina Werner (*1973 in Eutin/Schleswig-Holstein) hat in Kiel, Limerick und Berlin Politikwissenschaften studiert. Seit ihrem 11. Lebensjahr beim Bund der Pfadfinderinnen und Pfadfinder e.V. war sie in Deutschland, Skandinavien, Kroatien, Polen, Chile und Kasachstan auf Fahrt. Nach jahrelanger freier Mitarbeit bei verschiedenen Regionalzeitungen arbeitete Ina als Presse- und Öffentlichkeitsreferentin beim Landesjugendring Hamburg und baute das Ostseesekretariat für Jugendangelegenheiten in Kiel auf.

Nach zwei Jahren als Boschlektorin in Minsk/Belarus an der Europäischen Humanistischen Universität, leitete Ina das Lektorenprogramm der Robert Bosch Stiftung und war im Anschluss Referentin für Personalentwicklung bei der DKMS Deutsche Knochenmarkspenderdatei gemeinnützige GmbH. Gewandert ist sie mit Freunden bereits durch Irland, am Baikalsee, in Kirgistan und Georgien. Aserbaidschan und Tadschikistan kennt sie von ihren Wahlbeobachtungseinsätzen für die OSZE.


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Karen Polock - Vertretung Rechtsberatung mail
Cilia Tournier – Webmasterin   mail
Benny Spatz – Reisemanagement für Besucher   mail
Anna Ventouri - Versicherungsagentin mail
Martin Edelmann - Architektur, Speditionsfragen und Trockenheit  im Container mail
Mum & Dad - New Zealand Welcoming Comittee    mail

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


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