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Once upon a time in Anatolia

Turkey motorcycle tour Turkey lies at the most westerly point of Asia at the crossroads of civilizations. It is a country with a staggering amount of history having been home to the Ancient Greek, Roman, Byzantine and Ottoman empires among others. With a interior 80% mountains and western coast sharing […]

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Japan Backroads

Mini adventure It’s peak summer in Japan, mid 30’s and 60% humidity which makes the ‘real feel’ about 40. Reminds me of my home state in February. I used to ride at home that time of year so with new tyres and fine weather thought I’d give it a go […]

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View of Japan tour – 4

Hokkaido I am on my way to Hokkaido. The ferry takes 20 hours from Tsuruga to Tomamokai. I have been on dozens of ferries in Japan and none of them had much in the way of food except cup noodle vending machines so I packed a few things but need […]

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View of Japan tour – 3

The Inland Sea My tour of Japan continues in the Yamaguchi prefecture. I am exploring some of the islands that are in waters known as the Seto Inland Sea. My first destination is Yamashima. When you visit the small islands of Japan you step back in time. Not many foreigners […]

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View of Japan tour continued.

The Treasure Islands I am continuing south on day four from Kochi, a beautiful area I would gladly choose to live if I could. Shikoku is overflowing with great riding and scenery. (lots of images loading, please be little patient) Some people like riding the same old but for me […]

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View of Japan tour

I had this idea to ride south to Kyushu as well as north to Hokkaido in one tour. Not to prove anything, rather to get the most out of May, which is the best month to ride Japan and the only time of year likely to get a run of […]

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Motorcycle Touring Northern Thailand – a guide

This is my 5th motorcycle tour of Thailand, and about my 15th visit to the country. I feel completely at ease riding or just hanging out here. I think it is an ideal place for a rider to visit and so this post is about how you might ride here […]

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Small Autumn Ride Japan

Winter is approaching but I have too much rubber left on my tyres for the year. Time for a ride. The FJR is very comfortable protecting me from the cold air. Overseas I rent cheapest bikes but this is so much nicer. Just three hours away yet this is the […]

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Sado Island Motorcycle Tour

In between heat waves and typhoons a fine week appeared. Time to ride. Previously I toured the remote Goto islands then Tsushima. Now Sado island was beckoning me. I decided to trace some of the route used by an annual event here known as Coast to Coast Twisty Butt. An […]

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Japan vehicle ferries. Timetables and how to use.

If you are going to really explore Japan by motorcycle then you will need to use the ferry network. Here is a list of ferries I have used. The sites are all in Japanese so you need to use Google Chrome and have it set to auto translate Japanese to […]

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Tohoku region summer tour

Last year on my return from Hokkaido I stayed in Aomori prefecture and enjoyed one of Japan’s major summer festivals. I actually did not know about it prior to arriving and by sheer chance got a room thanks to a late cancellation. I was so impressed I decided to design […]

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