The most frustrating thing with many rider blogs I visit is trying to find their content – so I try to provide a few ways to do that. This is a reverse chronological list of motorcycle tours I have completed.
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Still unable to travel overseas I mapped out an ambitious route to ride a good portion of Japan in a big loop including visiting some remote islands in Kagoshima in what was my biggest motorcycle tour yet.
Another ride I might not have made if not for the Covid situation but one that turned out both scenic and interesting.
Unable to travel as planned due to Covid this summer to the USA I decided to explore Shikoku and despite the extreme heat of the Japan summer it was nice to be on the road.
After the Covid restrictions lifted I put together a ride through Tohoku then decided to extend it into Hokkaido. An amazing run of fine weather turns this into one of the best rides I have completed in Japan.
I was fortunate to complete a four day ride before the Covid shutdown to explore the Noto peninsular, a lesser seen part of Japan where the cherry blossoms were in bloom.
Below this point is travel pre Covid 19 which stopped international touring.
2020 Central Vietnam
I am riding the central region of Vietnam and discover this might be the best riding in all of Vietnam.
2020 Northern Thailand
This is my 6th ride of Northern Thailand and still I am finding new amazing roads and having great time.
Myanmar is still developing its infrastructure and not yet affected by mass tourism.
2019 Southern Japan
I decided to try a very late autumn ride south to Kyushu with a cruise back via ocean ferry.
2019 Northern Vietnam
I have attempted to ride the far north of Vietnam before a couple of times but finally make it there this year. The scenery is amazing.
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 huge FJR on the smallest roads and came away with a different point of view.
2019 A view of Japan
This is my biggest tour of Japan and perhaps 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 offers.
I return to my favourite SE Asian riding area for great food and to explore a little 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.
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 or forever miss out. Challenging but one of my best rides ever.
2018 Sado Island Japan
I travelled across the country and via high speed catamaran to Sado island which impressed me with its beautiful scenery.
A small motorcycle tour where I visited the Honda museum.
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. An incredible destination not yet spoiled by tourism offering great scenery and riding.
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.
There had been a club ride planned for Laos that fell through so I decided to go for a look myself and the scenery was amazing.
2018 Vietnam South
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.
2017 Japan Tsushima
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.
Adventure club ride. I love riding northern Thailand and felt I should try be less of a hermit so when I received an invite to join a group of riders 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 best tours. Great scenery, weather and roads every day as well as friendly people and the 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 and end the ride early 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.
2014 Indonesia East Java
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.
2014 Japan Fukushima ride
A four day ride focusing 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 to Yokohama.
2014 Golden Triangle tour
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 affordable rentals now.
The rides forward from this point were after I quit my career to focus on trying to ride my bucket list so the frequency increases.
First motorcycle tour in Thailand. This was another big step after my Singapore ride and it really was a fantastic experience. Cannot think of a better place to start riding overseas than this. I’m jealous of anyone who is going first time and the sheer joy that brings.
I had been wanting to start riding solo in Asia and rather than Thailand where most everyone begins I chose Malaysia and to ride from Singapore after seeing a ride report from a guy in Singapore offering bike rentals.
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 many 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
First big solo tour. This was an exceptionally scenic ride in the North West states and British Columbia. I very much want to return to North America when I can find affordable way.
I traveled to the South island with my regular ride buddy from Northern NSW and we had terrific weather. I think this ride was the one that convinced me that I liked motorcycle touring more than any other form of travel. I had previously toured NZ by car and it was no where near as enjoyable as this.
A few days riding some of the best roads in NSW.
2010 Europe Alps
Germany, Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Italy. I joined a tour for my first proper ride overseas despite having actually driven solo around Europe in a van in the early 90’s. I just wanted a hassle free experience and a ‘holiday’. Remains still the best trip I have done to Europe, a place I always find challenging.
2010 Easter Tour
A few days riding the New England Tablelands, a fantastic region of NSW.
2010 Scorching Hot Tour
A much longer ride plan was hastily converted to a mini tour when a heat wave hit.
2009 Buell Muster Tour
Best laid plans came undone so was another short tour in the New England Highlands
2007 Moto-GP Tour
A two week ride on many of the best roads from Brisbane to Melbourne and attending the Moto-GP. (Images updated 2020)
This ride predates the Blog originally posted to my previous ‘home page’. My first motorcycle tour was a very rushed affair with wildly ambitious daily distances. I’m surprised it did not turn me off touring.