|02-20-2013, 05:00 PM||#16|
Joined: Feb 2007
Location: Granbury Texas
I just returned from Antartica and ships leave Ushuaia Argentina and there are ships leaving there almost daily but not sure you can bring a bike onto Antartica. Might be able to have someone with a zodiac bring it. Highly unlikely though due to strict laws about conservation issues.
|03-11-2013, 10:00 PM||#17|
Joined: Nov 2008
Location: Central Illinois
I've looked into doing just such a thing and may be able to do so in a couple of years if I can find the time. The really big battle is the Treaty of 1959. Seems everyone is afraid of letting your actually "ride" a motorbike there anymore. Pretty much every bike that has been there in recent years, whatever that is , have been without fuel, oil or even a battery. The girl mentioned above, covered her bike with oil and it sat on the deck of a cruise ship. Then it was hoisted down and taken to land where she posed with it on the rocks. No gas, oil, or battery. At least that is what I was told.
I was told that pee in the snow is treated as hazardous waste down there, so any chances of a motorcycle being ridden are few and far between.
That being said, I have been told that once I'm ready, I should be able to make the trip and "ride" the bike. My plans are to ride the bike on the airstrip where I land. As others have said. There really are no roads to speak of. You also need to go during summer months. That is December thru early March.
Now when the time comes, will I truly get to ride? Only time will tell. And if I do, it will be a spur of the moment thing with no "official" knowledge that I plan to ride. I been sworn to secrecy on the issue as far as who is willing to take me, how I'm taken there, and even where I will land. So we will see.
Good luck to you in you endeavors to do the same. As you have or will soon see, most people do not want anyone to take a motorcycle to Antarctica. And I fully appreciate their concern. In fact, many will tell you it is actually illegal to do so. And with all the tourist trips now bringing people to Antarctica there is plenty of reason for concern.
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|04-29-2015, 02:34 AM||#18|
Joined: Jul 2006
South Pole by Motorcycle? Been Done.
Japanese adventurer Shinji Kazama was there in Antarctica 1991/92, over 7 years before Pulko. And unlike Pulko who unloaded her greased up, cling wrapped bike on the shore for a photo, Kazama actually took a film crew and a snowmobile towing all his fuel and rode his TW200 several thousand kilometres across the ice to the south pole. He reached the pole in January 1992. Thats the real deal
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Those who watched Michael Palin’s documentary series Pole to Pole will recall Palin getting on the same adventure network flight from Chile to Antarctica in late 1991 as Kazama and his team. http://palinstravels.co.uk/book-1257
That chrome ball atop a barbershop pole is the ceremonial South Pole marker, just outside Amundsen-Scott base.
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|04-29-2015, 03:33 PM||#19|
Joined: Aug 2012
As mentioned earlier there are strict regulations in regards to importation of, well anything, onto the ice. Most of which has been outlined and international agreed upon in the 1959 Antarctic Treaty and again in 1999 Antartic Protection Treaty. Of course yeah, yeah, I get it, people bend/ break the rules, especially when it involves money. During the cold war everybody was watching everybody and everybody wanted to maintain a presence down there without any thought of conservation.
Recently it has been the tourist hordes that bring unnecessary impact and risk of catastrophe because of the pervasive and myopic greed of tour operators and officials.
So, sure if you really have "connections" like Prince William does or whatever or just an ungodly amount of money to burn I'm sure you could get your bike to the ice, maybe smuggled in tiny little boxes and then reassembled on the spot undercover in the dark of an austral winter.
But I have a better idea, how about you/ we/ everyone makes a "symbolic gesture" of NOT engaging in tourist or other frivolous activity and not supporting fishing or other industries in and around Antarctica.
Sure the aforementioned folks Kazama, Pulko, et al. did it, but how about we, knowing the damage we cause, even inadvertently, set a better example by not going there.
Some places need to be left untouched, not every square inch of the planet is mean for motos, wheeled vehicles, stock or even human footprints. Let's leave this one alone...
|05-01-2015, 10:15 AM||#20|
Joined: Sep 2011
Location: New York
I'm all in favor of not disturbing Antarctica with quick pointless photo-op visits. The OP's tag-the-continent trip idea sounds like a parody of adventure riding, not like a real ADV ride. No plan to explore, no plan to get to know the place. It's like the current selfie craze, taken to its most ridiculous extreme.
But I also think a lot of ADV riding I've seen on this forum is brushing up against this very same ridiculous extreme. Guys who go blasting all around the world, riding through remote areas and taking photos, but not staying long enough to get even a clue as to what a place is really like, what the people there have to teach us, etc. Let's be honest; a lot of the ride reports on this forum are really similar to the OP's idea, just longer, and involving a long string of remote places instead of just one iconic frozen continent.
Some ADV rides I've seen on this forum cover so much ground so quickly, they are really the motorcycle equivalent of an evening of watching TV. Constant distraction, constantly moving, never really letting anything soak in. Just an extension of our distracted, self-absorbed culture, and not an exploration or adventure.
After you're done with that philosophical question, here's another one: The previous poster ^^^ said maybe some areas should be left untouched. I totally sympathize with his point, but I wonder: where to draw the line? Is Antarctica really the only place ADV riders shouldn't go? If so, why? Is it more important to preserve Antarctica's purity than that of the Gobi desert, the High Sierra, the Arctic?
Steve in OC screwed with this post 05-01-2015 at 10:21 AM
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