We couldn’t undertake this ride without acknowledging the generosity of our supporters who have sponsored or discounted equipment or who have contributed in other ways, supplying unique services and valuable advice.
|Motocom is a specialist marketing communications agency for the motorcycle industry. Founded in 2000, Motocom’s directors blended their complimentary skills and more than a lifetime’s experience of motorcycle marketing, to offer a range of communication services to manufacturers, wholesalers and dealers. Visit Motocom’s website at http://www.motocom.co.uk.|
|We’ll be linking up with GlobeBusters’ Ace to Ace Expedition in Kyrgyzstan for the ride across China. Thanks to Kevin and Julia Sanders for allowing us to join them at the eleventh hour, ending our Chinese bureaucracy woes and taking our trip of a lifetime to a whole new level. GlobeBusters was founded as the first overland motorcycle expedition company in the UK, specializing in taking riders on amazing journeys in unusual destinations. No other company can give you the same quality of experience. Visit GlobeBusters’ website at http://www.globebusters.com.|
|Our followers will be pleased to learn that they will be able to keep tabs on our progress, thanks to the generosity of Bike Trac, who are providing us with a tracking device. In addition to the obvious security benefits, our friends at Motocom will be setting up an Event page showing our progress via regular automated check-ins. The Bike Trac is suitable for all types of motorcycles and ATVs. Measuring only 66mm x 33mm x 15mm, weighing only 45 grams, and with an in-built battery that lasts up to 30 days, it can be fitted to almost any bike. To find out more, visit: http://www.biketrac.co.uk/|
|We thank Craig Carey-Clinch, Managing Director of Rowan Public Affairs Ltd., for his help and advice in formulating our business plan. RPA offers public policy services and marketing development services and is an expert in lobbying Government, Parliament and other NGOs. They have particular expertise in relation to minority transport sector services and in developing road safety policy in these areas. Visit RPA’s website at http://www.rowanpublicaffairs.com/|
|Very many thanks to RoadHawk for supplying two of their fabulous Ride R+ cameras so that we can share the highlights of our ride with our supporters and other followers. RoadHawk’s latest innovation, the RoadHawk Ride is the first discreet, loop recording safety camera specifically designed for cyclists, motorcyclists and horse riders. Find out more at: http://motorcycle.roadhawk.co.uk/|
|We are indebted to Scottoiler for their generosity in supplying a brand new automatic chain lube system for John’s Triumph. The vSystem is proven by many adventure bikers to provide excellent performance in very difficult terrain. It has less parts and is completely mechanic making it extremely robust for adventure trips. Scottoiler produce a range of products to suit all types of motorcycling. To find out more, visit: http://www.scottoiler.com/|
|Layerable clothes were always going to be a priority for us, given our luggage/weight limitations and the need for comfort in any climate never more so than with our recent route change, via Tibet! We are therefore doubly indebted to the guys at Motohaus, for supplying us with two Keis x10 heated bodywarmers. Powered via a 12v motorcycle battery or with an optional Keis battery pack, the x10 bodywarmer is designed to keep you warm whether you’re riding the bike or walking the dog. To find out more, visit: http://www.motohaus.com/acatalog/Keis-X10-Heated-Bodywarmer.html.
the optional Keis battery packs.
the optional Keis battery packs.
|While we will be riding in some of the world’s most remote places, off the grid in terms of cellphone coverage, we will, at least, be able to talk to each other, thanks to Autocom’s latest SPA kit. Autocom has been developing world class motorcycle communication systems for 25 years and is recognised worldwide and highly respected for its product quality and unrivalled product performance.Visit Autocom’s website at http://autocom.co.uk.|
|KLIM Technical Riding Gear is the global leader in designing, developing and manufacturing the most advanced motor sports apparel for the snowmobile and motorcycle rider. Our KLIM Overland jackets and pants will, hopefully, prove the ideal complement to this adventure, providing a lightweight water and wind-proof shell under which we can wear as many or as few layers as the climate demands. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, KLIM builds gear for the most demanding riders.Visit KLIM’s website at http://www.klim.com.|
|We’re indebted to Touratech for their help in equipping both Brigid’s BMW R1150GS and John’s Triumph Tiger 1050cc for the extreme conditions that we are likely to encounter both on and off the tarmac. Touratech are the renowned World market leaders for protective parts, accessories, and luggage for a range of touring and adventure motorbikes. Visit Touratech’s UK website at http://www.touratech.co.uk.|
|On those occasions when we feel the need to spend a night under the stars, we’ll be using Vango’s Ultralite 900 sleeping bags and Mirage 300+ tent to keep us warm and cosy and protect us from the elements. Vango has been developing tents and outdoor equipment since 1966 and, coming from Scotland, they know a thing or two about weather! Visit Vango’s website at http://www.vango.co.uk/gb/.|
|Kearys Motorrad have always been Brigid’s number one choice for exemplary BMW customer service in Ireland. They’ve been looking after both her 1150GS and her previous R1200GS long before we became resident here and are owed a very special vote of thanks for the particular care they took in preparing the 1150 for its epic journey. You can find Kearys at Little Island, a few kilometres from the centre of Cork city, or visit their website: http://www.kearysmotorrad.ie/.|
|Many thanks to Dublin Triumph for their thorough preparation of John’s Tiger 1050cc. Currently the only official Triumph dealer in the Republic of Ireland, visit them at Red Cow, Dublin or find out more at: http://www.triumph.ie/|
|Thanks to Irish Ferries for getting our journey off to the best possible start, aboard the luxurious Oscar Wilde – probably the most comfortable of the all-year cross-channel ferry routes: http://www.irishferries.com|
|Brigid won’t be entirely alone for her return trip from Moscow, thanks to the DeLorme In-Reach tracker, supplied by Global Telesat Communications. Many thanks for your support. Find out more about this amazing piece of kit at : http://www.globaltelesat.co.uk|