Some people collect bikes, photos or even memories... I like to 'collect' the stories behind the amazing people through my travels. When I came across the story of this young adventurer I was hooked.
I won't state too much of his epic adventure, for I'll just put his link here:
250cc 14000km Round Australia. And...
FROM ONLINE GAMER TO CONTINENT TAMER
Needless to say a picture is worth 1000 words, a few eye raises and sometimes even sighs at the locations depicted. His story & photos do this.
I was as curious as a cat and as giddy as a pre-teen about to meet their pop-star idol when he agreed to give me some of his time. I know my background story; but what makes a young noob to motorcycling just 'take off' halfway across Australia through some of the harshest environments and isolation?
I cannot come close to do his story justice, but was I was privileged to hear, will inspire anyone to try that little bit more, push that little bit further, think twice about using little things as an excuse not to ride (this includes me! Lol) No more using the cold as an excuse.
Pelting through the twisties on powerful machines may be a thrilling near-life experience, but so is plodding along steadily in the saddle through some isolated environment away from civilization, where you have no one but yourself in your helmet to contend with.
I think one of the 1000's of squished bugs he collected in the outback while riding, bit him; & now there's no going back.!!.. Behind the sunglasses and cool-controlled exterior I got a glimpse of a young trooper already planning for the next epic trip on his faithful iron pony.
Which brings me to my assessment of his iron steed: From afar it looked as out of place as an oompa loopa at a Victoria's Secret runway show parked in one of Melbs nicer city streets. With its rugged off-road look, slightly bent, as well as scratched handlebars & Aussie town stickers plastered over the tank & mud guards, with bits of red earth melded into its frame...However once you delve deeper into its story, you see it as a capable work horse, tough as jerky & even loveable. What it may lack in size, it certainly makes up for it in character against any adventure bike.
They say the bikes take on their owner's characteristics - I believe this metal pony is well suited to its adventurous master.
Thank you sjmho for your time & having let me meet your steed. You've made this Qld traveller v v happy indeed (as well as newly inspired to tackle the cold!).
I wish you all the v best in your future bike adventures, which in sure they'll be many. Keep adventuring, but don't discount the lovely places in your own backyard!
PS. I hope YAMAHA sit up and take notice & give you a new pony!!