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Bike thieves end dream for global explorer

Machine pinched while weary rider relaxes with friends

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Submitted by Visordown News on Thu, 14/02/2008 - 11:15

Bike thieves end dream for global explorer

A ROUND the world biker has had his dream adventure shattered by thieves who stole the man's bike while he was travelling through the Middle-East.

Aussie biker, Allan Roberts, 29, had taken his bike through 37 countries across Europe and Africa in the past 18 months before it was stolen in Dubai on Friday night, while Roberts was enjoying a meal with a friend.

Allan was planning to head through Iran, Russia and South-East Asia before eventually reaching Australia via East Timor. The theft means Roberts will be unable to complete his trip, unless a sponsor comes to replave his stolen machine.

"I've fully self-funded the trip and have never asked for sponsorship or support," he said, "but now this has happened I can't go on."

Mr Roberts had no insurance for his Honda Africa Twin because, "no insurance company on the planet would cover me for riding through countries like Nigeria, Angola and the Congo".

"This has been a dream of mine for about 10 years," he said, "and I spent more than two years putting the trip together and planning. And now this has happened."

"It's supposed to be the safest city in the world," he said. "I can't believe it. I'm gutted."

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