on the road
Meet my motorcycles, trace the roads I've ridden with them, and discover their stories.
Rental: Indian Himalayan Mountains
When I had the chance to rent a Royal Enfield Himalayan BS3 to explore the most northern parts of India, my decision was quickly made. I traveled 3.000 kilometers alone through the Indian Himalayan mountains.
In a mere three weeks, I made my way through Ladakh, Kashmir, Jammu, and Himachal Pradesh. I rode over several famous high mountain passes such as the Rohtang Pass and the Khardung La.
At that time, I didn't have a YouTube channel, but I did write several articles about my first motorcycle journey.
Basanti: From Asia to Europe
After that fantastic first motorcycle journey, I bought my own Royal Enfield Himalayan in Delhi. I named my bike Basanti in reference to the heroine from the famous Indian movie 'Sholay'.
My plan was to travel to Malaysia, but when I arrived there, I didn't want to stop! So, I shipped Basanti to Oman and rode with her via Central Asia, Russia, the Caucasus, and the Balkans to my home country The Netherlands.
Dhanno: Patagonia to Peru
With my second Royal Enfield Himalayan Dhanno, a name also derived from the Indian movie Sholay, I started my next motorcycle adventure. My dream was to ride from Patagonia to Alaska.
Dhanno and I had an amazing time in South America. Besides capturing our journey from day-to-day, I also wrote several blogs with tips and suggestions about riding in Argentina. Unfortunately, our journey together ended in Lima, Peru, due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
After my unexpected return to The Netherlands, it didn’t take long before my boots became itchy again.
The Covid-19 pandemic did not go away quickly in South-America, so I bought a second-hand Honda CB500x to tour around Europe with. I named her Ronin which is Japanese for a wanderer or a samurai without a master.
With Ronin, I recorded two seasons Season 3: Adventures with Ronin and Season 4: Investigating the Dutch Motorcycle scene. More details about the gear and equipment I used and some of the most memorable experiences of those two seasons, you can read in my blog mini-series Travels with Ronin.
At a certain point, I realized I could no longer stay in The Netherlands and wait for Covid-19 to disappear. I had to get back on the road and get back to filming my journeys again.
The first destination was South Africa. There, in Johannesburg, I bought a Honda CRF250L and named her Savannah.
With Savannah, I started filming Season 5, Destination Unknown. We explored all corners of South Africa and made our way to Namibia. Where I will go after Namibia? That is unknown. You can read more about my travels with Savannah so far in my blog series Travels with Savannah.