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Old 04-20-2015, 01:55 PM   #1
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I just finished riding my motorcycle around the world (in 636 days and 53,888 miles)

Hey folks,
If you're on reddit, maybe you've already seen this, but a few people there said I should post up here...
Anyway, as you can see, I just finished up a pretty big trip (hopefully it's not a once in a lifetime thing!)
I left Denver, Colorado on July 5th, 2013, riding east on my BMW F800GS, and on April 1st, 2015 I made it back home!

Here's the route I took: https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?m...I.kGNjS6TVZ-jw

And if anyone is interested, I kept a blog for the trip here: http://apatonamotorcycle.com/?order=asc

I plan on posting some gear reviews up on my blog in the near future, now that I've put a few things through their paces. Once I do, I post those reviews up on ADVRider as well.
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Old 04-20-2015, 03:58 PM   #2
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Well done. That was an extensive trip! I see you got to my backyard...Australia & NZ.
I presume the Beemer performed well. What are yor thoughts on its performance? (apologies if it is in the report)
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:05 PM   #3
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Looks great, I will enjoy reading through your trip. Mind telling us the ballpark for how much a trip like this might cost? just trying to plan for my trip some day.
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:25 PM   #4
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Awesome!

I'm looking forward to reading it. I'm Jealous!
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Old 04-20-2015, 06:30 PM   #5
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WOW congrats
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Old 04-20-2015, 09:42 PM   #6
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Holy crap! I did 57,000 miles in the US once and didn't see shit. lol

Good on ya bro.

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Old 04-20-2015, 11:13 PM   #7
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WOW.....!!!!

Its Awesome
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Old 04-21-2015, 03:26 AM   #8
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Well done mate, look forward to reading all about it.
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Old 04-21-2015, 06:40 AM   #9
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Welcome home, Thanks for the blog, photos, seems like you brought us to ridding with you and enjoy with these great views.

What Gear do you review?
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:15 AM   #10
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Amazing trip, I skimmed through it all, I will take a few hours to read it. Thanks for sharing.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:30 AM   #11
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Just read your blog, great trip good photos.

Your switch solution was resourceful, even though BMW helped you out. Likely a switch recall anyway. How did the rest of the bike handle the trip mechanically and how about your thoughts on bike weight for the varying terrain you encountered?
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:40 AM   #12
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Hats off to you

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Originally Posted by sirrahtap View Post
Hey folks, ... as you can see, I just finished up a pretty big trip (hopefully it's not a once in a lifetime thing!) I left Denver, Colorado on July 5th, 2013, riding east on my BMW F800GS, and on April 1st, 2015 I made it back home!
The phrase, 'Live to Ride, Ride to Live' is now very real for you. It could be on my bucket list too. Take care.
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Old 04-21-2015, 07:53 AM   #13
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The F800GS held up great. The starter/kill switch issue was the only thing that really ever held me up (just for a couple hours though). Since getting home, I've been able to get both switches replaced under recall though, so hopefully those days are over (but if not, it's at least good to know how easy it is to bypass them).

The only other issue I have with the bike is that the wheels are a bit soft...for a GS type bike, I'd think that BMW would send them out the door with something a little more durable (but I guess I can see why they don't, as most of these bikes don't often/ever leave pavement).

As far as weight of the bike, of course I wish it was lighter, but overall, I think its a good package for where I rode, and my type of riding. By no means am I a hardcore, dedicated (or skilled...haha) off road rider, but I do like to get on some dirt tracks, and on occasion, some of the more messy stuff. If I were constantly seeking out dirt roads and offered, a lighter bike would've been great.

Other than, the bike did well, and overall, I'm REALLY happy with it.

Costwise - my budget was $100 a day, which included everything. So I've spent around $60k (keep in mind that included about $11,000 just for the cargo flights/ships for the bike, so eliminating those cargo trips will drop your costs quite a bit). Also, a rough estimate on gas/petrol is about $9k

I plan to do a couple reviews on my riding gear and some of the aftermarket parts in the next month or two (depending on when I find a bit of spare time)
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:57 PM   #14
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Look forward to reading through your blog! I just got my first bike last May and so far I've made it 12,000 miles around the US. After a bit more experience this kind of trip is definitely on my list!
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