I was asked by someone why no list of rides. I thought well there is but it’s split into categories, which are then split into parts which are… ok perhaps that’s a good point – why don’t I have a plain list of rides like I had previously on Blogger. So here it is, another way to find content on this blog.
Looking back I have no idea how I managed to pack so much into a couple of those years, but achieving that is exactly what I set out to do when deciding to take a different path at this point in my life so I am pleased. But I need to pick the pace because time is slipping by and I hope to do much more before I start thinking things are too difficult or dangerous.
I have been interested to tour Turkey for some years but put off by the negative ride reports. I decided I had to see for myself and it turned out to be one of the best ride destinations yet.
Mini back roads tour. I’ve been thinking to swap from tourer to ADV bike so took to the smallest roads and came away with a different point of view.
This is my biggest tour of Japan and the best motorcycle tour I have ever done. I called it a view of Japan as I visit many high viewpoints from Kyushu to Hokkaido.
Highlands tour. I revisit what is my favourite part of Australia the New England Tablelands to enjoy more of the terrific sights and history this area has.
I return to my favourite SE Asian riding area for great food and to explore some more. I include a guide for anyone interested in riding Northern Thailand.
With my favourite prefectures for autumn still recovering from floods I tour closer to home and find much beauty there also.
Not a place that would be on many peoples ride list but I have long wanted to go after finding out that it has good riding and dramatic landscapes. Lots of challenges but spectacular.
2018 South Africa
A destination that I have always put in the too hard basket due to combination of cost, distance and security concerns – well I reached the point that it was time to go. One of my best rides ever.
North Sumatra. The area around Lake Toba the home of the Batak people has interested me for long time but I had no idea how to ride there.
Flores island. I had made some enquiries about one way rental Bali to Yogyakarta when I found I could also rent a bike on Flores instead.
I travel south in late Spring visiting some of my favourite prefectures and best viewpoints enjoying beautiful scenery in Japan.
I was not initially planning to ride Nepal but a great airfare and affordable bike rental made it attractive enough for me to give it a go with not much of a plan.
Luzon. Third time to attempt this loop ride of the highest roads in the Philippines and still some issues prevented me fully completing it but had a great time all the same.
2018 Sri Lanka
Having enjoyed India I decided to bring forward my idea to ride Sri Lanka and enjoyed the friendly people and tea plantations very much.
The Black Dog ride club had been planning a ride from Thailand to Laos so I decided to join but border issues stopped it. I decided to go for a look myself and the scenery was amazing.
I was planning to ride from bottom to top but unseasonal weather meant I converted this to a loop which in turn gave me a nice look at Southern Vietnam.
I had been planning to take my bike to South Korea via a ferry. I made it to Tsushima instead just 50km from Busan and a place rarely visited in Japan.
Himalaya ride. I finally got myself to India and did so in grand fashion. I rode the three highest passes in the world with jaw dropping scenery. Tough but the most amazing ride I have done.
Croatia, Serbia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montengro, Slovenia, Italy, Austria. This ride has a bit of the Balkans and bit of the European alps in a fantastic ride.
2017 Japan Tohoku Tour
I revisit some of the best roads in Tohoku and the amazing Neputa summer festival.
In this two week tour I ride south during Spring eventually reaching Goto Islands using ten ferries along the way.
By any means. I wanted to ride Taiwan for years but there is no motorcycle rental for foreigners. Scooters however can be obtained so eventually I decided to ride by whatever means available to me.
Black dog adventure club. I love riding northern Thailand and felt I should try be less of a hermit so when I got an invite to join a group of riders on a non professional not for profit group tour it was perfect timing.
2016 Down Under Tour
I visit some the gold rush towns of the East coast states and examine the somewhat forgotten wild days when outlaws and bounty hunters roamed the land. Of course I also ride some of the best roads and visit plenty of nice pubs.
2016 Hokkaido Tour
As the name suggests I ride north to Hokkaido but this ride also features some of the best sights in Tohoku as well and is a two week tour.
2016 Japan Summer Tour
A week of fine summer weather arrived and I rode a big loop route visiting some of the best closer to me roads and the Japanese alps.
2016 Grand Tour of Japan
This is a 17 day ride that does an arc north and to the west before travelling south to Nagasaki to visit the abandoned ‘battleship island’. It truly was a grand tour.
Took 15 years from when I first booked a flight to Sicily until I actually finally got there. I had a wonderful time, the people were great and the food heavenly.
2016 Spain Andalucia
Spain is a fantastic motorcycle travel destination. Cannot believe I missed visiting here on my extended travels around Europe when I was young. The alps are famous for riding but I would say Spain is better and on my list to ride more in future.
A ride at the end of winter visiting the area of Japan known as the inland sea – this tour was really special.
This for me also rates as one of my better tours. Great scenery, weather and roads every day as well as friendly people and the terrific Yamaha MT-09 to ride. Terrific destination.
2015 Japan Autumn Tour
Southern Japan explodes in colour as I ride all the way to Kagoshima and return.
2015 Japan Tohoku Tour
A wonderful week of riding mountains to the north.
I had some challenging conditions to deal with on this ride, both weather and an injury which combined to really get the better of me but it is such a beautiful place.
A small tour in a spell of fine weather at the end of winter, lots of snow still around on this ride.
I wanted to see Borneo Malaysia and have been exploring the Pacific War history. 2nd attempt to go after illness sidelined me previously. This time my mate from the Philippines also joined the ride.
Bataan. Before travelling to Borneo to see the war memorial I did a mini ride to explore the lesser known but just as tragic death march route in the Philippines with two good friends.
Two loonies ride. My good friend and ride partner from Australia had arranged to meet me in Chiang Mai to tour on some of the best roads.
Volcano tour. If I mention I rode Indonesia everyone says ‘Oh Bali’, but no this ride was in East Java, the ‘real Indonesia’ as one local pointed out to me.
‘It’s more fun in the Philippines’. Meeting my mate who retired to Philippines we rode around a number of locations and it was a real delight to travel with him to places I otherwise would never have visited.
A ten day ride to the southern regions to enjoy the yellow and red colours of autumn.
A four day ride focussing on the beautiful Fukushima prefecture which is is unfortunately associated with the disaster but that is only one small area.
2014 Japan Mini Tour
A three day ride taking the long way when I moved from Nagoya to Yokohama.
Golden triangle tour. No luggage, no GPS which was in my lost baggage, broken camera. It was not the best start but turned into my best ride in Thailand by the time it was over.
Highlands ride. I returned to ride more of Malaysia which is a great destination with good roads and fantastic food. A terrific motorcycle tour I wish I could repeat but no rentals now.
First motorcycle tour in northern Thailand. This was another big step after my Singapore ride and it really was so fantastic. Cannot think of a better place to start riding overseas than this.
I had been wanting to start riding solo in Asia and rather than Thailand Malaysia was more attractive to me but hard to source a bike then I found a tour business in Singapore.
The weather made things a little difficult but this still was a enjoyable ride which made me realise the North Island is fantastic even if the South island gets all the press.
2012 Philippines Cebu
This is was sort of a prelude to my solo rides in Asia. I was visiting my mate in the Philippines and talked him into doing a couple of days riding in the mountains on small bikes.
2012 USA and Canada
This was an exceptionally scenic ride in the North West states and British Columbia. I very much want to return but it is so expensive and has to wait.
I travelled to ride the South island with my regular ride buddy from Northern NSW and we had terrific weather.
A few days riding some of the best roads in NSW.
2010 Europe Alps
Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy. I joined a tour for this my first ride overseas despite having driven around Europe in a van in the early 90’s. I just wanted a hassle free experience to test the water so to speak on motorcycle touring.
2010 Easter Tour
A few days riding the New England Tablelands region of NSW.
2010 Scorching Hot Tour
A much longer ride was converted to a mini tour when a heat wave hit.
2007 Moto-GP Tour
A two week ride on many of the best roads Brisbane to the Great Ocean Road and attending the Moto-GP. (Images re-mastered 2017)
This ride predates the site launch on Blogger and is only listed here. My first motorcycle tour was a very rushed affair with wildly ambitious daily distances. I’m surprised it did not turn me off doing further as it seemed to for my regular ride partner but it was a few years until I tried again.