Guides

Not meant to be professional articles, just my personal experiences.

Travelling light

I wrote an article about my packing for the multi country ride I made to South Africa and Oman awhile back and what to take is something people continue to ask me about. I just threw all my gear together for a short ride in Vietnam and took some photos […]

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A Better Luggage Strap For Riders.

Securing a bag to a bike is simple thing, but I have a couple of tips. I have tried numerous types of straps, flat, round, thin and thick. The most versatile I have come across is the design below. This is a 2 metre stretch cord with two additional sliding […]

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Yamaha FJR1300 engine and final drive oil change.

The Yamaha FJR1300 must be one of the easiest bikes to change lubricants. Starting with the engine oil you can access the drain plug very easy underneath, simply remove and drain the oil, I am using a designated container that has plastic liner which has to be taken to a […]

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How to create and navigate a GPS route for motorcycle touring

GPS navigation for motorcycle touring is a subject that seems to still be misunderstood. There are two primary choices of device, the smartphone or a GPS and two schools of thought. First lets clear up why standard navigation tools are of little use for a rider. Regular navigation software is […]

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Loss of water resistance in Gore-tex rider gear and how to restore

After repeatedly getting wet recently I have come to the conclusion Gore-tex rider gear totally loses its water resistance over time.. Yes I probably am the last person to realise this, I usually am with many things. My experience has been that the gear works exceptionally well the first ride […]

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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. *This page is very much a work in progress being updated gradually* Here is the beginning of a list of ferries I have used. The sites are all in Japanese so […]

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Motorcycle Fly-Ride travel tips

Once more into the fray I was thinking as I pack for another ride. Whilst not an expert I have travelled a bit. I jotted a few things down that I find helpful.Sicily 2016 Weather I try to match my rides to dry seasons. Climates to travel This is a […]

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Best Motorcycle Roads New Zealand

With the demise of the other sites listing good roads in New Zealand I have decided to try document them myself. This will probably lack some local knowledge however I have ridden there 3 times and also driven around the country and have covered a good portion of the roads […]

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5 things that have improved my ride photos

I am by no means a good photographer. It is just a hobby that I dabble in, however looking back I can see my photos from a few years ago were poor compared to recently and was thinking what things have I changed. Of course my composition has developed a […]

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Best motorcycle roads in Japan

I made this map just as a record of my riding here not intending it to be a guide for others but after some requests decided to share it and every ride I add a little more – but it is by no means complete and probably only has 1/2 […]

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