Sydney to London on a105cc Honda callled Dot

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by nathanthepostman, May 4, 2009.

  1. DeeGee

    DeeGee I'm a Yorkshireman thanoz

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    finally finished it!

    Absolutely awesome and funny! I love your wit and humour :D where are you from on the UK Nate? Cos that doesn't sound like a cockney accent to me?

    Stay safe my friend and when you make it to the UK well have a beer or 10! :wink:

    Cheers for sharing

    Gav
  2. Belgian Waffles

    Belgian Waffles Been here awhile

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    +1
    Theres even a RR from a fellow inmate who talks a lot about that.

    Nathan, your ride is absolutely amazing. Keep it up and stay...as safe as you can with the equipment you have. An inspiration to us all. You have my full support. I dont know when you plan on passing through Europe, but Im staying in Belgium for a few more months, so if you need information about parts/language barriers/crazy administrative systems, I would be glad to offer all my help...though that isnt necissarily saying much, its the best I have to offer! Except a drink or five if you ever come by here.

    RIDE RIDE RIDE!!!

    Belgian Waffles
  3. Rhodie

    Rhodie Gusset Nuzzler

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    Pakistan is a bit sticky at present - avoid Quetta and NWFP.
    Iran -if you can get a visa- will be a delightful change to the rest of the sub-continent.
    The Iranian people are wonderfully hospitable and unlike the perceptions that exist of a "fundementalist nation".
    I you cannot get a visa fly in to Turkey or one of the Stans.
    Whilst in Pai or around Chiang Mai look up riders on the
    http://www.gt-rider.co forum.
    Cheers
    Rhodie
  4. Chad M

    Chad M A full head of air.

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    Knowingly or not Nathan, you've chosen well in naming your motorcycle. DOT was an english motorcyle marque whose name came from the acronym Devoid Of Trouble. Certainly a great omen on such peril filled journey!

    Keep on thumpin':clap
  5. wasions

    wasions Hang 10

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    Note to Motorcycle Magazines (any):
    The first to sign this guy up as a columnist or reviewer gets my subscription. At the present time, I find no magazine has anyone close to being this entertaining.
  6. Tsaven Nava

    Tsaven Nava Banned

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    Dude. You are fucking hardcore.

    In my whole life I can holy hope to be half the badass you are.

    Good on ya!
  7. A.S.F.

    A.S.F. Adventurer

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    Would be a shame if iran causes problems.
    :rofl :clap KEEP GOING!
  8. Seattle Jimmy

    Seattle Jimmy happy dipshit.

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    :lurk i am in!
    careful and post as much as possible!
  9. autoxracer

    autoxracer ride a 'wing

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    well I just found this - showed it to my fifteen year old and am wondering if ANYTHING will light his fire. But yours is well and truly lit. This is awesome, it makes me wish for the opportunity to be young and foolish all over again. Makes my 19 yrold's plans to do a month in Italy with a college opera program seem like a walk in the park. GO - GO - GO :clap
  10. Wingspan

    Wingspan Been here awhile

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    Fantastic! :clap:clap:clap
  11. ice`breaker

    ice`breaker Adventurer

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    happy ride bro ...

    please enjoy the indonesia ...
    I always monitor this trade...
  12. flying.moto

    flying.moto Earthbound Misfit, I

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    wow.... your adventure has just underlined the thought thats been buggin me for a while now, to keep adv'ing on my old Vulcan of all things... offroad or not :rofl"any bike can do it"

    im sooo in! keep it coming! :clap
  13. jwmitch

    jwmitch Running on empty

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    Safe passage to "Dear Old Blighty"


    Insanity rules!!

    Great stuff:D


    jwmitch.
  14. markymark

    markymark pigkiller

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    mate, the postie bike will make it no worries, they are one of the toughest bikes on the planet.

    And, apart from the insane traffic, Iran is one of the safest countries in the world to travel around... lovely people, amazing history, beautiful scenery. Don't let anyone talk you out of it, just make sure you get a visa sorted well in advance.

    Awesome trip, can't wait for more.
  15. nathanthepostman

    nathanthepostman Been here awhile

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    AGGGhHHHHHHH, I've just written this big old email explaining why I'm on this trip and why my bollocks aren't as big as cocunuts as some of you predicted, I went to hit send, and I lost it all. Bugger.

    Never mind, in a nutshell it just said I'm giving this trip everything and if it kills me then so be it. It's something I have to do, failiure is not an option and neither is surrender. Me and Dot will make it to the end, one way or another and we're hoping its completion will stop us feeling like soft-cocks like we do back in the real world.

    I also mentioned some pictures I have to upload. They were taken on a disposable Fuji (I dropped my SLR in the sea, broken, being fixed) as me and Dot rode the 850 kays from Pai to Bangkok in a bumb-numbingly long 25 hours. Okay, so that included a four hour tent up and sleep stop but nonetheless it's the biggest distance we've done in that time which, at 60km/h, makes you count every single minute. We were going to get the train but that was too expensive and with me needing to collect my passport from the Indian embassy and get it to the shipping agents offices to get that ball rolling we just thought we'd ride through much of the night and be there in the morning-ish.

    We wouldn't have done it in Indo but here the roads are really good and the drivers pretty decent so we left Pai at 1pm, made it to Chiang Mai at 5pm, slept by the road midnight to 4am somewhere on the way to Bangkok, then rode the rest of the way in the morning, sauntering in to the city in the middle of downpour at 2pm the following day.

    Then we had to race to the Indian embassy to pick the passport complete with visa up, then over to the Canon shop to collect my camera which, I'm totally grateful, they've fixed for free, despite it being water damage.

    Now I've just had a shower and heading off to bed. Knackered. So is Dot. She's got a strange vibration coming through the bars which i can't figure out.

    Anyway...

    While I was waiting for the pics to be developed I thought I'd upload this vid.

    <object width="576" height="384" ><param name="allowfullscreen" value="true" /><param name="allowscriptaccess" value="always" /><param name="movie" value="http://www.facebook.com/v/91292924687" /><embed src="http://www.facebook.com/v/91292924687" type="application/x-shockwave-flash" allowscriptaccess="always" allowfullscreen="true" width="576" height="384"></embed></object>

    Thanks for all the comments. They remind me how privilleged I am to be on this trip.
  16. enduro Dan

    enduro Dan Sticks and Stones™..

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    I'm really enjoying the ride
    That sucks when you lose a post like you did
    I'm not sure if this is what happened to you but I know when I was doing a report if you go to long without activity(other than typing) it buggers up the post
    I found if you preview the post periodicly it keeps from knocking your post out
    Hope that helps and looking forward to more
  17. slojon

    slojon SLOJON

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    [quote=Chanderjeet]You are brave and kinda funny for doing this on a moped but brave nonetheless. You're earning some bragging right there. Keep riding my friend.
    I would like to buy you dinner when you reach New DElhi, India.[/quote]

    I'd say you already have enough bragging rights- keep going. Enjoy. When you look back on this it won't matter if none of the "plumbing" works anymore or your arse looks like a baboons or anything else. You will have done something really worth doing. After this everything will be easy, ordinary, but easy.
    GO WEST YOUNG MAN!
  18. jscompto

    jscompto Been here awhile

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    you're truly a hero to some of us nate. i'm making a trip here in the states this summer that i thought was gonna be a little tough, but now that i see you doing this.....man, thats just awesome. if you ever come to the US, get a hold of me and i'll treat you to dinner, drinks, and some new oil for DOT or something. Keep going buddy, it looks like you're having a blast!
  19. ramblin66

    ramblin66 HappyHappyJoyJoy

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  20. driller

    driller Twist and Go

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