Don’t tell my Mom I rode 17,000kms from China to her house in Normandy, France with a stolen Yamaha XT250X prototype crossing the middle east on the way.
Episode 2: Katanas, Chinese Post and Ignition.
Here we are, back in Qingdao, China, in June 2009.
My German boss, who was scared to death of me driving a scooter to work, had no idea I was test-riding my Yamaha XT250X whenever I could to get ready for the first large scale motorcycle trip of my life.
I did not have many ideas of what to expect, actually my gear was very basic, a HJC Cross Helmet, bags with clothes, bungee ropes, some tools, some oil and good North Face trekking shoes.
The only thing I was sure to expect was a lot of attention for the bike. I got my 200euros scooter stolen in 15minutes in China with a U-Lock on, in a very busy parking lot. So if the thieves can and are willing to do that, I guess they could be interested in a shiny new Yamaha!
Therefore I was moving the bike from place to place in the city so it doesn’t get too much attention, covering it up and using a proper U-lock (Xena) with a lot of other (actually useless) Chinese locks on it.
25th of June 2009
: A very good French friend, Matthieu B., just landed in China to come with me for the first two weeks of the trip, on the back of the motorcycle. It was going to be a ę heavy Ľ start for the little 130kg motorcycle. The Yamaha was going to carry more than 160kilos for its first 2 weeks, everyday, all day long.
26th of June 2009
: Last day at work, bye bye. They had no idea that my main occupation for the upcoming months was going to be riding a motorcycle direction France.
Saturday 27th of June 2009
: After coming back in the middle of the night with my friend, I just thought about having a look at the motorcycle to see if everything was fine. We walked to the place it was parked and:
One Chinese Van is blocking the bike from moving! Another one is just parked next to it.
The bike has been there for more than one week and apparently got noticed. Now the situation is bad, it is exactly the kind of set up the thieves use to steal scooters and motorcycles.
No one can see the bike from the street; it is hidden by the first Van. It is very easy to use tools there; no one will see you, especially at 3am.
It is time to act very fast; they were probably going to come back in a few hours to do the job.
We ran to my house to pick up the keys of the bike + some Japanese decorative swords hanging on the wall.
We started removing the locks and then we made the first van slide on the right by pulling it from the rear bumper.
We got the bike out, hide it somewhere else and came back to punch the Van’s tires with the Katanas!
We ran out laughing after this great burst of adrenalin.
1st of July 2009
: First day of the trip from China to France.
I go to the post office to send all the stuff that matters that was in my apartment, 80 Euros to ship a 25 kilos suitcase to France, niiiiiiiice. There is chance that my suitcase will not reach France but well there was no option!
We get on the bike, IGNITION
After a few luggage adjustments, the feeling is greaaaaat, it is summer, wearing tee-shirts, going west with no precise itinerary, we are having a lot of fun.
We do not know where we will stop at night, how many kilometers we will do, just enjoying the ride every day!
My daily job: scaring the Chinese waitresses
Wow, I had to take that picture: this cleaning lady was holding her broom, then fell asleep against the wall in 2 seconds.
First stop at the mechanic to clean the carburetor.
Matt B. chilling out with dragons or tigers or whatever.
China is under construction for sure.
We were not the only one with carburetor problems. These guys are literally taking a bath in their truck’s oil.
Electric scooters rock man.
Here are the cities we crossed for those first hundred kilometers.
We did some couchsurfing on the way (http://www.couchsurfing.org, for those who are not familiar with the system) and I therefore would like to thank the people who hosted us on this Episode2 : Anje S., Colombe L., Renato G.
Kung-fu and stone soldiers !
Heyyyya, I will now answer the comments at the end of the articles, so here we go:
Hiding behind trucks in China toll roads... Que El Fk! ese! And I feel like a badass zooming thru the gate without paying in full view of armed gards here. I could be your wingman here in Mexicrapstan!
Come in Buenos Aires man, there is a huge need of wingmen here!
your balls are made of stainless steel! i have no doubt!
amazing idea and thanks for sharing
Thanks man and my balls are so glad they have so much attention.
Maybe you should remove "stolen' from your headline. Call me selfish, but I want you to finish your RR before the police come
It is alright man, the bike is burried in France with 100liters of gas, ready to pop up in 50 years to wreak havoc in an all electric world!
Look’s like you most definitely are a Doer! Has somebody asked you for the rights on your story already..??
I wish it was that easy!
the engine you have very similar with Yamaha Motor Indonesia build with local name Yamaha Scorpion 225 cc..... well, can't wait your epic RR.
greeting from indonesia
Yep I just watched some pictures of the Scorpio, it looks very similar. The engine on my bike actually seems to be the exact same on than on the Yamaha 250cc Tricker!
See ya all,
hi from Argentina.