My friend Rick, Jay and Rick’s wife Diane, and I had a couple of get togethers lately discussing the possibility of a world tour on motorcycles. Of course this wouldn’t happen for another few years, but if it is to happen, a trip like this has to be planned way in advanced.
Last weekend we spend a few hours looking over Striking Viking’s trip pictures and reading parts of his ride report on advrider.com. Making mental notes of what is really needed for a world tour. This weekend we watched the Long Way Around DVD, we’re definitely not riding though Mongolia.
A trip of these proportions just boggles my mind. I can’t even fathom how long the planning process will be. I’m such a perfectionist. Every year I do a long trip, long meaning about 7-9 days. To research roads and designations and map out everything takes me about 2 months. This world tour we want to take will probably last a year. A year on the road? There is no way we can map out 365 individual days of riding. So basically, I think we have to pick some destinations, some roads and then just wing it.
I envision this trip very much like the trips I do in the US, good twisty roads, interesting places to see and out of this world breathtaking scenery, just all on other continents. We’re not planning to ride though the Congo on some primitive roads. I’m sure there will be some dirt roads on our route but the the plan is to seek out paved roads. I want to sport-tour the word not adventure tour.
So far this is what we have decided. All 4 riders should ride the same bike so that we can carry minimal spare parts and anyone can use them for their bikes. Since 3 out of 4 people are on the shorter side, that doesn’t really give us too many options for bikes.
Since three of us ride Ducatis, the crazy woman in me things that a Ducati Multistada 620 would be a way cool bike to take around the world, it even does all right on dirt roads. And it sure would be different. Yea, but that can happen only if someone else is paying for the bike and maintenance. Unfortunately, just because it’s a dual-sport, that doesn’t make it a great choice for a trip of this proportion. Riding around the world on Ducati does have a nice ring to it though. The logical choice is a BMW F650GS. It’s light enough, low enough, it can even be lowered some more. It can go dirt if needed. It’s a BMW ‘nuff said.
Now we just have to figure out where to start this trip. I think it would be most economical to fly to Europe, buy some bikes there and start the trip from there. I bought a nice world atlas, so I can thinking of the places we might want to go. The great thing about this group, is that between the four of us, we have a lot of languages covered: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish, Italian, French, some German, two south Indian languages: Tamil and Telegu and soon Jay is going to learn Chinese for work.
The planning has begun
Jay’s rough route of 60,021 miles around the world