Several months ago we embarked on a massive adventure touring trip from London to Morocco by motorcycle. That trip changed us. We realised we wanted to do more motorcycle traveling and of all the other ways to travel (plane, boat, train), traveling by bike was our new preferred method of transport. Read more
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Adventure motorcycle touring sheds an entirley new light on the word gear and that thing I sometimes despise, called packing. You’re exposed to the elements and you need to be prepared for all kinds of eventualities. If you’re camping you need your camp gear, if it’s winter you need your thermals, if it rains you need wet weather gear, if something breaks you need tools. Then there’s non-motorcycle clothing; toiletries, cameras, phones, maps, the list is never ending.
For the past couple of months Neil and his friend Sean have been steadily working towards their adventure motorcycling dream – London to Morocco overland. On the eve of the expedition, Neil talks about the motivations behind the journey, the decision to purchase the Yamaha Tenere and what he’s planning next.
Two and half years ago Neil, Sean and I sat in a cafeteria enjoying our first (albeit interesting) experience with Korean food. Surrounded by expats from America, Canada, England and the antipodean nations, we laughed about the tiny milk cartons, challenged each other to eat kimchi and discussed our dreams of riding from London to Morocco on a motorcycle.
After taking Yammie on a couple of casual jaunts around London the promise of clear blue skies provided the perfect excuse to add a few more miles to our road trip log. A two hour trip to Brighton would be ample time for Neil to get some riding practice in and for me to practice my holding on skills. We should have allowed for longer… Read more
Road trips are something I’ve been missing since we arrived in London; discovering new places, fish n chips on the beach and a few beers whilst watching the sunset are a little more difficult to come by when you’re relying on public transport. Going from two cars to no car has been somewhat challenging and with summer just around the corner we decided it was time to add to the Neil and G family.
From the sidewalk (there wasn’t actually sidewalk anywhere in sight), riding a motorcycle in Penang looks pretty daunting. The streets of Georgetown are a network of one-way alleys and main roads, where you’ll need to dodge pedestrians, hawkers, trishaws, cars and open sewers. Did I mention other crazy motorcyclist’s and other vehicles going against the flow of traffic and doing u-turns without indicating?
Riding a motorcycle in Penang is a hell of a lot of fun, although for the less experienced rider, I imagine it could be a little stressful. Having owned and ridden a Ninja 600 in NZ on a daily basis, a bike with enough poke to hit 60mph from a standing start in about 3 seconds, I thought the 100cc 4 speed Honda would be boring. In all honesty, I think I had more fun on the little Honda than I ever did on my Kawasaki. This is mostly due to the way you need to ride in Penang to stay on 2 wheels, would result in the loss of your license and quite possibly a short stint in jail back home.
Let’s face it, there’s only one way to ride a rented motorcycle… like it’s stolen.
Wanna scoot Penang?
- Scooter hire starts at RM25 for 24 hours.
- You MUST have an International Drivers License. If you want better insurance coverage it helps to have a motorcycle license as well.
- You’ll need to provide a RM200 deposit for the bike and the helmet.
- Wearing a helmet is compulsory and you will be fined if the local police spot you without one.
- At the time of writing this blog post petrol in Penang cost RM1.90L