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Aussie teen attempts motorcycle world record

Discussion in 'General Motorcycling Discussion' at netrider.net.au started by Mouth, Nov 11, 2015.

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    In a few weeks Aussie teenager Bronwyn Kealy will start out to set a Guinness World Record as the Youngest Woman to Ride a Motorcycle Around the World. Along the way she hopes to raise awareness and much needed funds for a great cause - the Big Cats Initiative. However the falling exchange rate has blown out costs and she needs your help.

    Five years ago, Bronwyn met Jessica Watson, the youngest person to sail solo, single-handed and non-stop around the world. This inspired Bron and she decided that she’d set out to become the youngest woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. Bron has made steady progress towards that dream ever since.

    Now the time has come: Bron's final school exams will be finished in a few weeks, preparations are almost complete, but money is running short and so she is asking you to help.

    Her record attempt will be run according to stringent Guinness World Record rules: these mean starting and finishing at the same point, travelling in the same direction (Eastwards), riding at least 29,800km by motorcycle and covering 40,000km in total and passing through two antipodean points: places on exactly the opposite side of the planet to each other. This isn’t as easy as it sounds and she has to keep rigorous records the whole way.

    While simply riding a motorcycle a long way doesn’t sound too hard, Bron has just 90 days to make the trip, between the end of high school and the beginning of First Year at University. So she will have to ride almost 400km every day, most of it in foreign countries, often on the "other" side of the road and on very substandard roads – or even no roads at all. She will cross four deserts, three significant mountain ranges and 21 countries as she circumnavigates our planet.

    It’s a sadly ironic fact that crossing the ocean with a motorcycle is much more expensive than the land. So, we’re inviting you to join Bron on this epic ride.



    Bronwyn Kealy is an Aussie-born teenager who has been riding motorcycles since she was four years old in the dirt, on road-race circuits, on dry salt lakes and now the road.

    In March 2015 she set an Australian Land Speed Record during Speed Week on the salt at Lake Gairdner in Outback South Australia – it’s our version of Bonneville.

    She’s a qualified volunteer fire-fighter with the Country Fire Authority in Victoria, Australia - the most bushfire-prone place on earth. She’s an open-water scuba-diver, Wilderness Camp Captain at her school, a Scout and an Australian Scout Medallion recipient, and she’s also a member of Mensa.

    She organised her first charitable event at the age of 7 when she collected more than 500 toys from school children to give to children in refugee camps. She did the same for young victims of the 2009 Victorian Bush Fires who had lost everything.Two years ago she travelled to Guatemala and worked as a volunteer, building a High school in the northern village of Prima Vera.

    Earlier this year she was a State Finalist in the Lions Club Youth of the Year Quest, winning the State Public Speaking Award. She has a passion for animals, empowerment through education, and gender equality.




    • Australia: Melbourne to Brisbane approx - 2000km
    • North America: San Francisco to Guatemala City - approx 5800km
    • South America: Lima to Sao Paulo - approx 5740km
    • Africa: Cape Town to Dar es Salaam - approx 7080km
    • Asia: Bangkok to Singapore - approx 6540km
    • Australia (again): Perth to Melbourne - approx 4030km
    Total = approx 31,190km by motorcycle



    A new Suzuki DR650SE was chosen because it’s light, rugged, reliable, fuel-efficient, is easy to work on and has been on sale for years. Which is not to say it’s perfect: over the last 5 months there have been many improvements made, including:
    • Lowered by 40mm with Intiminators in the upgraded front and rear suspension
    • Improved engine protection with SW Motech sump-guard, B&B Case-savers
    • Improved long-distance comfort with a Seat Concepts seat, Barkbuster handguards, Gerbing heated glove liners and a windscreen
    • Improved range with upgraded exhaust system and tuning, and a 25 litre Acerbis tank
    • General upgrades with Trailtech Vapor instrument panel, Barkbuster LED lights and acentre stand
    • Mix of hard and soft luggage with requisite racks
    In addition, Bron wears Klim Altitude riding gear (because it really fits women and is simply the best all-terrain riding gear available), an Arai XD4 Adventure helmet and Forma Adventure boots.


    “We are committed to saving lions, tigers, cheetahs, leopards, jaguars, and other big cats in the wild.”

    Supported by National Geographic, BCI is a three-pronged intervention with the aim of reducing threats to predatory wild cats, assisting rural farmers to co-exist with them, and educating rural students.

    The initiative helps remove lion snares, put tracking devices on wild cats, build cat-proof fences for domestic livestock (which reduces retaliatory killing of big cats who kill livestock) and show villagers the worth of eco-tourism by preserving the African eco-vironment.

    BCI also helps train guard dogs and relocates troublesome cats to less-inhabited areas, and through the Simba Scholarship program, primary school children are given access to four years of secondary boarding school education. Simba Scholarships are awarded to children from rural communities who show need and also a desire to continue their education. Many of these students are girls: through education they can break the cycle of early marriage, high birth-rates and elevated infant mortality. Research shows that every additional year a girl in Africa spends in secondary education increases her lifetime income by up to 25% and that 90% of that will benefit her local community.


    Bron will be roaring around the world on her Suzuki and she’ll be hoping to keep the big cats roaring in their natural habitats. Join her Pride and come along for the ride!


    Most of the costs have already been covered, but a sponsorship manager supposed to be talking to freight companies about a partnership was long on promises and short on delivery.

    Here’s where the money’s gone ($AU):

    • The Bikes $27,000
    • Modifications $12,000
    • Riding gear $7,000
    • Visas $2,400
    • Vaccinations $2,700
    • Carnets $1,500
    • Travel Ins. $2,000
    • Daily Exp $13,500 - food, accommodation/camping fees


    When the British actors Ewan Macgregor and Charlie Boorman did their two epic rides (The Long Way Round – London to New York via Moscow – and later on, The Long Way Down – London to Cape Town); they had a large staff, plus a back-up crew of medics, camera crew, facilitators and fixers travelling along in 4x4s. Those trips were long and arduous but this is longer. Bron will have exactly two people as support-crew: Steve will be photographer, videographer, writer & technician to maintain the bikes and Liz will take care of navigation, finance, nutrition and logistics. We will be on identical bikes – no 4x4s and between us, we will carry all the gear, food & shelter we will need with us on the road.



    Between them, Bron, Liz and Steve have amassed a century – 100 years – of motorcycle-riding experience, in all sorts of places, on all sorts of surfaces and on all sorts of bikes - but none of us have tackled anything as daunting as the World Roar. There comes a time when you need to stop dreaming large and start living it.

    Which leads us to the end and where we ask for your help. If you can participate and make a donation, that would be wonderful; if you could pass on this campaign to friends, family, neighbours, colleagues and adventure-loving people everywhere, we will do our bit to keeping the big cats roaring!

    To help with this project, please visit
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  2. Just WOW!!!
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  3. That is so AWESOME!!! I'm jealous beyond belief. Just imagine the stories she is going to accumulate during this trip.....as a teenager.

    Well done.
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  4. I love people like this. What an amazing adventure! :)
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  5. I'll do something similar to this eventually... & most likely on the same bike but like her, I'm also strapped for cash. Bummer!
  6. Working in a charity. Rarely do these types of things raise more money then they cost. I see this has a camera crew etc so this will be a show to be sold to BBC and commercial stations? Should not the whole thing be funded by the commercial interests. Is there even going to be any donations to a charity at all or is this just a bit of publicity for the charity which does little to nothing? Why associate with a charity if you bring nothing to the table except incidental media coverage. Charity Names brings funds but they are for the Charity not personal use. Its like collecting money for the red cross but buying lunch with the money because your out all day and are hungry.

    Its all cool with going etc and what an adventure it would be but please don't ask for charity donations for the trip if its not already fully paid for. People will donate for the charity and its used for freight, flights and fuel and never makes it to the charity. Using the Charity guise to raise funds that don't go to charity is unethical. Raising awareness is also pointless unless at that moment requests are made for donations direct to a charity. It could be fairly well argued that this is taking money away from a charity if its not fully funded privately before it even starts.

    Im sure ill get flack over this but unless you have seen and supported charity events to raise money for a charity you don't know how much "middle men (the people between the generous people giving money and the charity getting money" take out of the pockets of charities. Ive personally seen 95% of funds raised go in event costs ive even seen events that raise over $100,000 give NOTHING to a charity.

    Nothing donated under the guise of a Charity should go to anything but that Charity. This trip will cost over $100,000 id be literally amazed if the charity got $5000 out of it. Yes i am cynical but I know ive seen it all before. I have worked in charities for over 7 years now projects that i work with now have a minimum return on the time the charity invests and helps these types of events to prevent these charity events COSTING a charity money.

    I throw the gauntlet down to this project that they give written liable assurances that they will donate just 25% of the total project cost to the "Big Cats Initiative". If they do that Ill even donate to the cause.
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  7. An amazing lass :) hope she achieves her dream :)

    While this endeavour may not make squillions for the cause it may highlight the problems.

    Good on her.