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Old 05-29-2011, 06:44 AM   #1
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Five weeks, 12 countries and just practice!

Sending $10,000 halfway around the globe to purchase a bike I haven't seen is not something I do everyday. To compound my feeling of angst, I usually buy bikes brand new. This 2006 KTM990 Adventure was second hand.

It's scary how large sums of money so quickly disappear with electronic funds transfer and it would be a week before I would rendezvous with my ride and ease my anxiety.

Also waiting on the other side of the globe was Darren, my riding buddy. He would be riding a BMW R1200GS Adventure for the trip. Darren uses the bike as a daily commuter into London and he was looking forward to taking his steed off this well travelled route.

This trip is very open ended and we hope to post regularly and encourage riders to contribute to our tour of Europe. For the five weeks there are only two definites; the ferry trip from Plymouth UK to Santander in Spain and getting a photograph of my bike in front of my mother in law's old house in the Czech Republic.

Both Darren and I film our adventures on motorcycles and post them on youtube and sell some stuff to bike magazines. We hope to share this adventure in the same way and this thread allows riders to follow and even influence the outcome of the ride.

Our first stop is Bideford where we will camp for a couple of days and attend the Austin Vince adventure Film Festival and hopefully get some pointers to improving our story telling before we head into Europe.

Now the title mentions practice. Our aim for this trip. in addition to having fun, is to practice filming and story telling for our more adventurous London to Sydney ride in 2012.

Anyway time to show you my bike for the trip.


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Old 05-29-2011, 11:51 AM   #2
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Old 05-29-2011, 02:31 PM   #3
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Here is my bike.

I purchased the bike from The KTM Centre in Hemel Hempstead, which is less than an hour north of London. It's a 2006 model KTM990 Adventure with a low 6,500 miles on the clock.

Jason Jones, the owner of the KTM Centre, was very helpful right from the start of this project. He went out of his way to help this crazy Australian realise a dream and did so with patience, humour and enthusiasm. The bike looks like it is brand new. Nothing was too hard for Jason and his staff, who prepped the bike beautifully.



Now I might warn you at this stage that there is going to be some KTM, BMW rivalry. If you look in the back ground of this picture you'll see Darren's mount, a red tanked BMW R 1200Gs.

Here is a photo of both bikes nestled under an Aston Martin transporter at Snetterton raceway.

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Old 05-29-2011, 02:38 PM   #4
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this is going to be good.
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:30 PM   #5
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Old 05-29-2011, 06:43 PM   #6
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Best wishes for a fantastic trip. Look forward to following your travels. Rod
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Old 10-08-2011, 12:21 PM   #7
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Still haven't got a name for the big trip. Anyone got any suggestions?
Getting down and dirty or down to earth or down under
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Old 10-09-2011, 12:26 AM   #8
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Getting down and dirty or down to earth or down under
YOu haven't won me on any of those but keep trying

How does our route help in terms of catching up with you?
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Old 06-30-2012, 03:06 PM   #9
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