Adventure in history

…or the history of adventure riding.

It all started with riding giant badgers in 1910’s. It was quiet an adventure for sure. Some people still doing it with the same spirit, just changed the slow and difficult to handle giant badger to a BMW R1200GS. :-) Just joking, don’t be offended!

It started with riding giant badgers in 1910

Back in 1920’s practically it was an adventure or off road ride everywhere, due to the lack of paved roads.

Douglas motorcycles in Esztergom, Hungary, 1920’s

Then around the world trips started. Do you know what is that awful big box on the front of the motorcycle? Motion picture camera. :-)

1930’s – Robert Fulton Jr

The 1940’s brought a very different kind of motorcycle adventure.

German soldiers on motorcycle somewhere in Europe in 1940’s.

In the 1950’s, whatever you had, you rode it everywhere.

A ride in the 1950’s

The 1960’s brought us specialized adventure machines.

It started to look familiar in the 1960’s

In the 1970’s our dads and grandfathers took us on motorcycle adventures.

Father and son in the 1970’s

The 1980’s is the rise of the Paris – Dakar, and we started to dream about going to Africa for a tour.

1980 Paris – Dakar race

We already lived and done these adventures in the 1990’s.

1990 Suzuki DR with adventure gear

Since 2000’s we still ride these bikes and doing those rides again and again.

This is our age since 2000

And we will not stop.

Plans are nothing. Planning is everything.

… and so, Joni Bar Team with KLR Ramblers are cooking something in the adventure kitchen. Soon we can reveal if we could produce something “delicious”.003

And as this quote is credited to Abraham Lincoln.

“Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe.”

We are taking our sweet time with the planning.



While we are slowly getting through the “winter” here on the southern hemisphere, the guys on the top half of the planet are enjoying the summer much as they can.

If you had enough of the cold and rain, check out this summer ride video to warm your heart at least, while your riding gear is drying. :-)

May ride report

Despite the unstable weather eight of us gathered at the Puhoi Domain car park Saturday morning.

We had everything during the ride. Wet road, dusty road, drizzling, medium rain, heavy rain, sunshine and wind in all sorts of strength. We even run into a convoy of the New Zealand Military Vehicle Club on Kaipara Hills Rd.

I can say all of us had both fun and challenges on this ride, it was a really an adventure.

Thank you for all of you to coming along on this ride.


Ps.: Mr Bond did not turn up finally. I guess he could not find a helmet in Q’s gadget storage….


Finally I had the time to process all the pictures from the ride on 08/04/2017 and put it here on the blog. Technically it was not a KLR Ramblers ride, I just tagged along. We had a loads of fun and I am sure, everyone learned something useful there. We did all sorts of exercises like breaking, safe cornering, down-hill, up-hill riding and so on. A big thank you going to Joao for organizing this ride.

Click on the circles for the full size picture.