7 countries on 125cc Bikes - and they are Chinese!!

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7 countries on 125cc Bikes - and they are Chinese!!

Ok so its not around the world, but I thought 3200 kms in 7 days, through 7 countries for Riders for Health was pretty impressive. Oh, and on Chinese 125cc bikes!!

 

We wanted to take in the Nurburgring on the tour too, for a couple of laps

The purpose of the trip originally to highlight our new model we are releasing the SP125 and one of our other models from 2014, the Cafe 125cc, but I soon realised that charity could benefit as well as the good publicity for our own brand Sinnis Motorcycles, here in the UK. Also we wanted to prove that you dont have to own some £10,000 bike to see the world and have an adventure

We started from Brighton UK, and in 7 days had "done" France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Germany, Czech Republic and the Netherlands and covered 3200 KMs with Zero break downs, a small crash, two new rear light bulbs and a change of spark plugs (Just as preventative maints).

Ok the gear - this is the thing we were warned about. And good god they were right. Best gizmos in the world? Bluetooth headset from Chatterbox (saved our lives many times) and Iphone 5 waterproof bike mount from Twisty Ride (When the crap Garmin satnav gave up, the trusty Iphone was the only way - even in a monsoon this thing was amazing). Also I have to mention my Nitro helmet - it was £100 and it was absolutely brilliant!

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 Before the trip we threadlocked and checked all of the nuts on the bike, and also threaded a new clutch cable and throttle cable to rest along side the old one on the bike (quick change if needed). We didnt change the tyres (everyone bangs on about crap Chinese tyres in the wet, and I wanted to disprove that on our bikes in particular), and we put 250 miles on the bikes and then serviced them the day before leaving. Spares - we took a spark plug and reg rec, plus a few bulbs.

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 We left on Sunday afternoon and headed from Brighton to Ashford in Kent to catch Le Shuttle. (Underground train (under the channel) from UK to Calais - takes about 25 mins) Met some cool French Po Po who were very interested in the adventure, but they wouldnt let me photograph them.

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Once in Calais we blazed up to Belgium, in particualr Bruges. I (the 6'2" 17 stone one) have been there before, but my colleague Lukas (bigger beard - ZZ Top revival) had always wanted to go, so it was first on our hit list.          

After a couple of hours walking about sampling waffles, chocolate and the clean air (and overpriced ..... everything) we got back on the bikes and headed to Spa Francorchampe racetrack - our stay that night was at AEAventures, biker only really friendly accomodation. Neil (the owner) and his wife, have an awesome set up, not to mention he is a Nurburgring instructor and does conducted tours etc. The place is full of memorabelia and they even have a dry room, so the massive down pour we suffered on the way (which soaked absolutely everything) didnt ruin our time - as by the morning it was totally dry! AE Aventures is located withing the old Spa racetrack, and next to the new one - an absolutely amazing location!! I will be going back - without doubt A view from AE Aventures - you drive through this forest on the way    Their website is here - http://www.aeaventures.com/ I could live there - its beautiful So far we had had, one massive down pour, and no dramas (other than the price of Tourist food) and fully ladened the SP was doing 62 mph and the Cafe 70+ on the motorway. We didnt want to do much more motorway though - so A roads it was On the way from AE Aventures we took in Spa Racetrack   Welcome to Germany  I love a good Trabant When we arrived at the Ring, we witness the speeds that some cars were doing on the track and decided that for safety reasons we would not go on. To be fair if a car is doing 80mph around a corner and they see me in front doing 25mph exiting the corner - it would not be a good outcome. Beautiful place and setting anyway - so we were really glad we went     While we were there, sipping coffee we got chatting to two guys (One from Canada and one from Germany) who were best friends and had never been on a bike before - so we though we would give them lessons.  

   We then headed off via Luxembourg to make our way to the Czech Republic The Bavarian hills were just amazing (we got so much video footage!)    It got so cold I decided to turn into a Bavarian!   Then we headed for the Black Hills and the Czech Republic          

  Found an awesome tea house in Prague      And the Sex Machine museum!      

Astronomical clock  Then we headed fuirther up to the hills to Liberec Still no breakdowns or faults at all!! Chinese tyres all the way!            

We stayed at the house of editor for Moto Haus Magazine - Czech republics biggest bike mag. This guy was 6'8!!!!         Czech Po Po  Then we headed back - via Leipzig, and Dresden (The Allies effed this place up good and proper in WW2 - well done boys) One of the most beautiful places I have ever seen. The only problem - German public holiday, no hotels at all. We arrived middle of the night and no where was available. We eventuially found two bed in a hostel called Lollis Hostel. It was amazing, the best hostel ever (that I have seen) and just up the road from the Heavy Duty Metal bar. So we decided to let our hair down - too much Stay here - 14 Euro per night with bedding and nice showers and really cool staff              

Then we headed to Leipzig               I do love german roads    

Back through Germany to the Netherlands       Then back to crappy calais in the rain    Than a dash down from Kent to Brighton - in the rain!! So all in all - to sum up 3200 kms or 2000 miles on two Sinnis 125cc Machines through 7 countries. No breakdowns, the bikes cost £1500 for the Cafe and £1295 for the SP125 and the kit (which could have all been dumped bar the Lomo bag, Twisty ride Iphone holder, Chatterbox Bluetooth set and a decent coverall waterproof suit). Id say not bad at all Didnt even swap the tyres out for stickier ones and the only maints was a spark plug and a couple of bulbs. Raised a bit of money for charity too. How bad can it be? I loved it all - even in the monsoon. I have loads of Go Pro video and Muvi Video that im now editing (we had four cameras) I woke up the next day wanting to get back out there. Ok, maybe on a 250cc + machine, but thats only because of speed on the motorways. The 125s were perfectly capable on the A roads. Great experiance. And would gladly help anyone else in their quest to do the same New arse please    

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