I am the original 'Uneasy Rider' .. not especially blessed with much natural motorcycling talent, nor am I a particularly courageous motorcycle rider.
Nevertheless I went 'Right Way Round' New Zealand (at least twice) followed by a wonderful ride around Australia.

Then it was up to southeast Asia, around Indo-China, across southern Central Asia to the Middle East, Asia Minor .. and finally into Europe.

Right Way Round - all the way home .. from New Zealand to England, 2-up on a Honda Transalp.


PROGRESS SO FAR - Distance covered across Western Europe: 6,411 km [3,984 miles] - as at Thursday, October-22nd, 2015

Apparel & Personal Effects

  • Nolan N104 N-com - White (for me)
  • Nolan N101 Vintage VPS - Silver (for her)
We've used Nolans for around 12 years now. The flip-front feature is very handy and they fit our heads like a glove. I upgraded (Dec '12) from my previous Nolan N102, which was 5½ years old at the time. No doubt Ellen will go for a newer Nolan to replace her N101 model when the time comes.
  • including: Integrated Autocom Headsets - and Coiled Extension Leads (x 2)

  • 'Joe Rocket' Mesh Jackets
  • and Kevlar trousers
Armoured mesh jackets are a much cooler type of apparel, which is important consideration when riding in 30ÂșC+ climates. These jackets c/w removable waterproof liners.

  • Riding Boots
    1. Alpinestars Apex Goretex Boots - me
    2. Prexport Waterproof [not!] - her
    One day 'Er Indoors will get around to buying the left boot too!

    • Clothing and Personal Effects
         MY STUFF 

         – Waterproof Anorak - with integral collar-hood
         – Waterproof over-leggings
         – Fluorescent Hi-Viz Vest
         – Black lightweight Sneaker Shoes
         – Flip-flops
         – Lightweight Fleece
         – Craghoppers Men's Kiwi Zip-Off Trousers
         – 3 x T-shirts (inc one long-sleeved)
         – Swimming Trunks
         – 3 x pair of Underpants
         – 3 x pair of White Socks
         – Soft-rimmed Hat (FlowerPot Man type)
         – Summer Riding Gloves - soft leather
         – Waterproof over-glove Mittens
         – Toiletry Wash Bag - containing the usual essentials (inc battery-powered razor)
         – Large-size microfibre towel
         – Silk sleeping-bag liner
         – Bum /Fanny-Bag
         – Wallet
         – Eye Glasses
         – Prescription Sunglasses

        HER STUFF

        – Waterproof Anorak
        – Waterproof over-leggings
        – Sandals
        – Flip-flops
        – Sweat shirt
        – 1 x pair of jeans
        – Long Skirt
        – Short Skirt
        – 3 x T-shirts
        – Long-sleeved top
        – Wrap-around Sarong
        – 3 sets of Underwear
        – 2 x pair of Socks
        – Swimming Costume
        – Chiffon Scarf
        – Summer Gloves
        – Large-size microfibre towel
        – Silk sleeping-bag liner
        – Purse-bag /wallet
        – Toiletry Wash Bag - containing the usual female essentials
        – Eye Glasses
        – Sunglasses

    •  Paperwork!
     You're not going to get very far without this bundle:

    Passports, visas, airline tickets; the bike's 'passport', called a CPD (Carnet de Passage en Douane); registration docs, manuals, insurance policies, etc.

    Helps devoid the inevitable hassles associated with not having it .. and consequently waiting in long queues!