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Around the world on a Vespa

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Epic Rides' started by s_gogos, Mar 15, 2015.

  1. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Guys thanks for your comments!
    In the next days I'll start posting all my experiences from the trip through Africa, the preparation I had to do, and other interesting stuff like my expenses and other facts.
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  2. HelloPitty

    HelloPitty Motorbike Enthusiast

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    Subscribed!
    Do you plan to come to the USA?
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  3. fullmetalscooter

    fullmetalscooter Let me take this duck off

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    might want to head to the battle scooter part of adv and talk to use there 2. We don't bite much.
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  4. conchscooter

    conchscooter Long timer

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    I have followed your Greek pages for a while but seeing it in English is so much better than reading Google translate.
    I hope you will describe the advantages and disadvantages of the Vespa. It will help educate Americans.
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  5. Dabears

    Dabears Long Timer

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    Subscribed!
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  6. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Yes, but I'm not sure when exactly.

    That's going to be the subject of one of my next videos for sure!
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  7. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    - All my expenses and other interesting facts, after 14 months of traveling around Africa…-

    Many of you, are asking me how do I finance my trip and where do I find the money to pay for my accommodation, the petrol and the food that I need. People think that in order to do such a big trip you need to be a millionaire. Big mistake! Not only I’m not a millionaire but at the time I took the decision to start this adventure I was actually unemployed, with literally no money in my pockets.

    So how is it possible?

    First of all, I sold all the small and unnecessary things I had (a bicycle, my old mobile phone, some motorcycle cloths and accessories and another motorcycle I had – an Aprilia rs250). Then I was very lucky and I finally took a scholarship from my technical school after a five years delay (!) and some money as severance pay, all thanks to my beloved government. But the most important of all is that I try to keep all of my expenses in a very low level! Usually, I prefer to sleep in my tent, I always travel in low speeds so my scooter consumes less petrol, I try to have only the absolutely necessary things with me and be as lightweight as possible (I’m not the best in this part but I’m working on it!) and most of the time, I cook my own food on a petrol stove avoiding all the fancy restaurants. So here are all the money that I spent and all of my expenses for the 438 days I had been traveling through Africa.

    Days on the road: 438

    Days I was not traveling: 273 (62.34%)

    Days I was traveling: 165 (37.66%)

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    Countries visited: 19 (Italy, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho)

    Number of days in each country

    South Africa: 84 (19.19%)

    Democratic Republic of Congo: 79 (18.05%)

    Zambia: 30 (6.84%)

    Namibia: 30 (6.84%)

    Morocco: 26 (5.93%)

    Mali: 23 (5.25%)

    Burkina Faso: 22 (5.02%)

    Cameroon: 20 (4.56%)

    Republic of Congo: 18 (4.11%)

    Ghana: 18 (4.11%)

    Senegal: 17 (3.88%)

    Botswana: 15 (3.42%)

    Mauritania: 12 (2.73%)

    Togo: 11 (2.51%)

    Nigeria: 10 (2.28%)

    Italy: 8 (1.82%)

    Western Sahara: 8 (1.82%)

    Lesoto: 5 (1.14%)

    Benin: 2 (0.45%)




    Total distance traveled: 34,310km


    Average distance covered per day: 73km


    Average fuel consumption: 3.315 liters / 100km


    Petrol I used: 1,061 liters



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    790km (2.3%) on ships


    1,520km (4.4%) on trucks


    32,000km (93.4%) on the Vespa from which:


    • 25,450km on paved roads (79,53%)
    • 6,550km on dirt roads (20,47%)



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    Accommodation


    Campsites (in my own tent): 145 nights (33,11%)


    Wild camping: 102 nights (23,31%)


    Guest in friends’ houses: 73 nights (16,66%)


    Couchsurfing.com: 65 nights (14,85%)


    Hotels: 37 nights (8,45%)


    Trucks: 13 nights (2,96%)


    Ships: 3 nights (0,69%)



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    Average accommodation cost


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    Campsites: 4,48€ / night

    Hotels: 6,38€ / night



    Visa cost

    Democratic Republic of Congo: 124€ (in Lome)


    Nigeria: 112€ (in Ouagadougou)


    Republic of Congo: 105€ (in Lome)


    Cameroon: 90€ (in Abuja)


    Senegal: 52.5€ (online)


    Togo: 52€ (in Accra)


    Ghana: 45€ (in Bamako)


    Namibia: 40€ (in Lusaka)


    Zambia: 40€ (in Lubumbashi)


    Burkina Faso: 35€ (in Bamako)


    Mauritania: 30€ (in Kenitra)


    Mali: 16€ (in Nouakchott)


    Benin: 11€ (in Accra)


    Total: 752.5€


    * inside the parenthesis I write the name of the city where I bought the visa



    The total of my expenses

    So here is the total. Every single day of this trip I keep detailed notes of all the money that I spend, the exact amount of petrol I buy and all the information that I think that may be useful.

    In the «supermarket» category I put all the supplies I buy from the supermarkets and small markets, and which are not cooked and ready for consumption (when talking for food). For example if I stop in a supermarket and buy a burger with chips and a juice, this will automatically go to the «food» category where I place all the money I spend in restaurants or for street food.


    Petrol: 1,268€ (23.09%)


    Supermarket: 1,164€ (21.23%)


    Accommodation: 886€ (16.15%)


    Food (restaurants, street food): 786€ (14.32%)


    VISA: 753€ (13.71%)


    Various: 212€ (3.86%)


    Insurances, tolls, etc: 190€ (3.46%)


    Spare parts, oil, etc: 128€ (2.33%)


    Sightseeing: 104€ (1.89%)


    5,491€ in total or 12.53€ per day!


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  8. MassiveLee

    MassiveLee Banned

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    Wow. Such gorgious photography. Impressive challenge.
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  9. popscycle

    popscycle Fahren Away Super Supporter

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    Great ride with exceptional pictures!! Thanks for posting
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  10. Ironforge

    Ironforge Adventurer

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    Stergios you are a star!
    I am subscribed to this thread. I never meet anybody from Thessaloniki who is in to long distance rides, especially on vespa. Respect.
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  11. TrimSlim

    TrimSlim Where's the chile?

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    Stergios,
    Thanks for starting this thread, posting these great pics and heading out on this wonderful journey! Best to you as you continue on your way.
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  12. Luis Rosado

    Luis Rosado n00b

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    Great report, keep on the road ... until home, all around ;)
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  13. airhead_irl

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    Brilliant story and really brilliant photos ! Safe travels.
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  14. BuffaloStapler

    BuffaloStapler Adventurer

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    Beautiful photos!
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  15. m21000

    m21000 Adventurer

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    i just saw your ride report on forum, I hope you will get back with reports more often.

    I love vespa... I had two of them so far (both px 200) and recently changed it for yamaha 250 scooter, but I never got over my first love....

    Enjoy your ride and share beautiful photos with us!
    cheers
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  16. grizzzly

    grizzzly The Pre-Banned Version

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    cool pics:clap
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  17. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Guys thank you all for your comments!
    My plan is to post all my travel stories and photos here,
    but I'm in Buenos Aires at the moment organizing my
    trip around South America this time.
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  18. xto777

    xto777 n00b

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    I like your traveling photo,
    Best of all, your traveling expense break down..
    inspiring me... thanks:clap
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  19. s_gogos

    s_gogos Been here awhile

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    Hello advriders!
    I'm in Buenos Aires at the moment doing the last preparations to hit the road again soon.
    Here's the report:

    Preparing the Vespa for South America



    *you can watch the video with English subtitles

    It’s time for some news! As some of you may have already guessed, we are getting ready to hit the road again. And I wrote “we” because this time I’m not refering only to the 2 of us – me and my Vespa – but to the 3 of us – me, my Vespa and Alexandra, the girl I had traveled with in South Africa and Lesotho. This is going to be the new challenge for the Vespa…

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    The first thing we had to do was to take the motorcycle to a good mechanic to check it…we knew that it already had a problem (the shock absorber was scratching the rear wheel) but maybe after 32,000 difficult kms on African soil, it was time for a more “experienced eye” to take a thorough look at it. If you consider that the engine had never been opened and that the vespa had a total of around 150,000 kms on the clock, we were suspecting that the time to open the engine had come…

    The guys from “Vespa Club Buenos Aires” suggested that the only ones we could trust for this job, were the mechanics of “Motonetas Clasicas Arg.”. So, we called them, arranged an appointment and decided to trust our priceless vehicle in their hands.

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    The neighbourhood’s security guard

    The neighbourhood’s security guard
    In Greece we say that “as long as you dig, you find things” and starting from the replacement of the shock absorber which resembled more to an “S” and not to a normal shock absorber (see in the picture the shape it had taken), we found many things that needed replacement or repair in order to continue traveling safely.

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    The old rear shock absorber has the shape of an «S»!

    Here is the list with all the parts we had to replace/repair:

    • Cruciform (replacement)
    • Primary drive (repair)
    • Engine Gasket (replacement)
    • Push Rod kit for clutch (replacement)
    • Gearbox oil (change)
    • Piston rings (replacement)
    • Oil seal (replacement)
    • Rear wheel bearing (replacement)
    • Oil pump gear (replacement)
    • Rear wheel shock absorber (replacement)
    • 2 new tires

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    Proof of payment, with everything that we replaced in detail

    Unfortunately, the total cost for all these (including the work hours) was 481EUR and we really hope that the Vespa is not going to need anything else for at least 150,000 more kilometers!

    Cheers
    Stergios & Alexandra
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  20. johnnybgood8

    johnnybgood8 Been here awhile

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    Great report!
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