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Number 1 in the US motorcycle books charts

 

Never thought this could happen, but "Motorcycle Vagabonds - Around the World, Part 1: The Americas, New Zealand and Australia" made it to #1 in Amazon´s Bestseller list in the categorie "motorcycle".

(snapshot: amazon.com).

 

Get your copy of the paperback / ebook here:

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A motorcycle journey to the Mediterranean Sea and the southern Pyrenees in March / early April.

 

Why to wait for the end of the winter if you can ride towards spring?

 

motorcycle trip to France, Spain and Andorra

Motorcycle Journey through the Beskid Mountains (Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia)

 

Plenty of photos and the gps-data for download are online:

 

Beskid-Mountain Motorcycle Tour

Motorcycle Tour Through Wales

 

Many pictures + download of the gps-data of our Wales trip are online:

 

motorcycle journey through Wales

Motorcycle Gloves Mandatory in France + Introduction fo Enviromental Badge

 

France has introduced a Environmental badge in 2016. Now it becomes mandatory for various kinds of vehicle including motorcycles (French and foreign) if you want to enter some cities: Paris + Grenoble. Others will follow.
For details and online order of the badge see: https://www.crit-air.fr/nc/en/bestellshop.html#c22826

 

A bit earlier motorcycle gloves became mandatory for motorcycle riders:

http://www.thelocal.fr/20160921/france-makes-gloves-mandatory-for-motorbikes-and-scooters

 

Let´s see how this will work in reality and if the biker unions won´t bring it done as usual. I keep my fingers crossed for them!

Interview ADVMoto Magazine

 

Some think of a three-and-a-half year RTW trip as a never-ending holiday - any thoughts on that?


You’ve been to several Muslim countries—how did things measure up to the impressions the media gives us?


How’s life after the big journey?


Just three out of many questions Paul Smith (ADVMoto Magazine) had for us.

For a short glimpse into motorcycle vagabonds´ life check the 7-pages-interview.

Download here:

 

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Uzbekistan Visa News

 

From April 1, 2017, the visa-free regime will be expanded. Citizens of Australia, Austria, Britain, Germany, Spain, Italy, Canada, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, South Korea, Singapore, Finland, Switzerland and Japan can enter the country without a visa for tourism purposes for up to 30 days.
Source: http://caravanistan.com/visa/uzbekistan/

Kyrgyzstan Visa News

 

Another country that made a step back instead one towards more travel freedom: Foreigners who stay longer than a certain number of days in Kyrgyz Republic (Kyrgyzstan) have to register at a State Registration Service Passport Desk now. The mumber of days depends on the country, you are from.
http://caravanistan.com/visa/kyrgyzstan/registration/

Hobo versus fuel stove: which one do you prefer?

 

Usually we travel with fuel stoves but this year we used a Hobo stove on several tours.

 

This is my resume:

 

 

 

 

pro:
- packing size smaller then a fuel stove with bottle: 11,5 x 15 x 1 cm
- because of the chimney effect it burns even real wet wood
- you safe money – less than 1.5 GBP / 2 USD per week
- cooking is no longer an annoying duty for me. I love to collect branches and start and maintain the fire. High romantic factor!

con:
- soot
- you can´t find branches everywhere – e.g. not in desert like areas and on smart regular campgrounds
- if you burn wet wood it smokes a lot, which is a pain for you as the operator as well as for neighbours on the campground – but in moscito infested areas this turned out to be big pro for us: it kept these bastards away
- depending on the kind of wood: heating efficiency is sometimes as good as a fuel stove, but sometimes it´s far below

 

Quality and prices for Hobo stoves differ very much:
Hobo stoves

 

It might be fun to build your own. Ain´t difficult.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GuUyWFBVkL0

Thailand - no longer with your own bike without guide possible?

 

The times when you could roam Thailand on your own motorcycle seem to be over. Some month ago the Goverment allready introduced rules going into this direction. But now the final shot is coming: Soon it will be like in Myanmar, China or Buthan. For the latest news see: RideAsia  - Thailand News


Similar things are going on in Laos.
This concerns only motorcycle travellers, who want to ride through Thailand with their OWN bike, not those, who rent a bike overthere - at least that´s my understanding. I´m glad that we could explore the country extensively without these restrictions on our RTW trip.

New Motorcyce Vagabonds Motive

 

For friends and like minded motorcycle travellers we´ve created a motorcycle vagabonds motive.
Check out our spreadshirt stores for shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts and more with the new design.
 

Motorcyce Vagabonds shirts, hoodies and more

Tools for Campsites

 

This seems to be a nice tool to find campsites for free. At least in North America there are plenty of them listed. For the rest of the world it´s terra incognita more or less.
freecampsites.net.

 

Check out this one, too: http://ioverlander.com/
You have to flag "informal campsites" and "wild camping". It has a much better global coverage than freecampsites.net.

Just one page to read.


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