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The Road over the Bosporus

on 2016-05-03 in Turkey
We crossed into Turkey without any troubles and after a short distance we decided to stop in a tiny village to get our first chai tea and possibly something to eat.
The look on the faces of the locals were priceless when Denis and Fabi started walking towards them. Everyone was incredibly nice especially once we noticed that we had forgoten
to pick up currency for Turkey. The owner of the bar invited us for a round of chais and even picked up some cookies for us in the nearby store. We were once again amazed at how friendly and welcoming the Turkish
people treated us.

Our way to Istanbul was disrupted by heavy rains and we found out for the first time how well the Touratech Companero World Jacket and Pants worked during heavy rain and bad weather.
We stayed completly dry and warm and managed despite incredible slippery roads to arrive in Istanbul savely. We got used to the traffic in Istanbul much faster than the last time and therefore managed to find our way smoothly and wihtout any problems.
We had planned to look for a Hotel with parking which turned out to be quite difficult at first. Luckily Fabi decided to stop at a Coffee shop with some bikes in front. By pure luck we found ourselves at a well
known meeting place for bikers in Istanbul. It was the Santoka Coffe Shop. The owner and his friends were extremely helpful and found us a great hotel with parking for a special price. At night we joined them for some tea and enjoyed a friendly conversation with them. We would recommend any biker that travels through Istanbul to drop by for some of their great coffee or chai.
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17° | sunny | km 1458

Muddy Roads

on 2016-05-04 in Turkey
Our first stop before leaving Istanbul was at the Touratech Shop in the east of Istanbul. Since our gear and equipment still works perfectly we were just stopping by for a quick "Merhaba" and some Chai. Also we were looking for a couple of small parts that we thought would be nice to have in the next countries. After we took some pictures in front of the store and a nice conversation with the owner we took of in the direction of the black sea.

Later that day we left the paved road to look for our sleeping spot. The dirt road was quite muddy since it had rained the day before. Since we were still on the factory tires Basti stopped in front of a larger mud hole to take a careful look.To give you an short excerpt from our Sena communication.
Fabi:I think Basti is afraid of the... mud...
DenisAlways without fear, without fear!
At the same time Denis passed both Basti and Denis. As soon as he hit the mud his front tire started to slip, Denis started to realize it might not have been the best idea. The whole bike started to wobble and shortly after it ended in a slow muddy crash. As you can imagine the laughter was according to his big mouth quite loud. You can find the video of the crash on our YouTube Channel or directly in this video!

The next day we decided to sleep in a hotel because a storm was coming up behind us and we were afraid the spent the night praying our tents would keep us dry. The hotelier insisted that we park our bikes in the lobby. He did not have to convince us for too long and so we parked our bikes directly next to the reception.
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Many new friends!

on 2016-05-05 in Turkey
Shortly before we got to Trabzon, we received a Facebook message from Tobias, an enthusiastic reader of our blog. He told us that he had contact to a local biker club in Trabzon and would happily give it to us. Since we were longing for our new Heidenau tires which were send from motorradreifendirekt.de to Trabzon, we were eager to accept his offer.
At first we met with "Yamaha Osman", just to follow him a few minutes later to "Honda Murat". Murat owns a small shop and repairs almost every motorcycle brand and also boat motors. After we had sorted everything out, Murat started looking for a place to sleep for us.

After short while Sedat turned up with a beautifully restored BMW R80GS. At that time we did not know yet what to expect or what luck was awaiting us. Sedat speaks English very well and he explained to us that he was the owner of a local dormitory. He usually has rooms for travelers like us but since his building was undergoing renovations he did not have any at this time. However he offered us a small wooden shed in the common area of the dormitory. We did not have any complaints about his suggested location in complete contrast to Sedats Mother. Sedat got into a lot of trouble from his Mother for trying to let us sleep in the wooden shed and not his own home. His mother told him that we had to sleep at his house and that he should remember the famous Turkish hospitality. This is why in the end we moved in with Sedat and his parents in a very nice larger and comfortable house. :)

Sedat, not at all mad, took us to a nice little Turkish restaurant where we would eat local delicacies, meet fellow bikers and friends of Sedat and also "had" to drink Raki, a lot of Raki...
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16° | sunny / cloudy | km 387

Broken Bike

on 2016-05-05 in Turkey
Because of the night before our productivity the next day was close to 0. We did not manage to get any videos or blog entries done that day.

Later that day we spontaneously got invited by "Honda Murat" to a small shed in the mountains for as Murat put it: "dinner together and talk each other" :). After about an hour drive we finally arrived and were greeted by some of his friends. The grill and chai machine was already fired up, and for a good conversation we only needed to express our love for bikes. Since Murat and his friends also loved the old Africa Twins a strong friendship was born.
A little later Murat picked up a bobby pistol and fired a couple of shots in the air. He explained to us that the locals do this to show their love of Trabzon and the surroundings. We have a lot to learn. :)

The next day we had agreed to meet the bikers early in the morning and ride together into the mountains. Already before we reached the mountains one of their bikes had some troubles and lost some oil. It did not stop the rider though and so we continued to ride further into the countryside. After a bit we found ourselves riding along a beautiful river. Riding as a group we had time to really enjoy the nature. As lunch we had an amazing cheese fondue which prepared us for the ride back home.

With 60 kilometers to Trabzon left, the oil leaking bike finally gave up. We learned that it was normal for these sort of Chinese bikes. The pressure of the water cooler ripped the hose out of the water cooler. Luckily Fabi had too much time during his study, so that he learned in a YouTube video how Dakar riders tow one another after a break down. So we connected one rope to Murats Africa Twin and wound the loose end of the rope around the foot pegs of the chopper. While riding the pressure of the boot would keep the rope from slipping. If anything was to happen the biker in back could just lift off his foot and both bikes could come to a safe stop. For the last 60 Kilometers we continued as a group and blocked the traffic with our hazard lights. From time to time we got some company from other bikers or even cars that helped us to get through the traffic. After less than two hours we managed to bring the bike to Murats shop safely.
You can find the video in our YouTube channel or at the end of this video!
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19° | sunny | km 394

Trabzon - Güle Güle

on 2016-05-09 in Turkey
Our tires were set to arrive friday morning. We got up very excited and went down to the dormitory straight away. After some packages had already arrived we ordered some breakfast and looked at the tracking code. Our tires were already in Trabzon and supposedly on their way. It turned out later that they were not... Friday turned into a very lazy day therefore. There was not much motivation to get anything done so we just enjoyed our day off with some foosball and backgammon.

On saturday Sedat managed to get the tires picked up by an employee and had them delivered to us. We were high in spirits when we finally held our new set of tires in our hands. We quickly went down to Murats shop to get our tires changed. Murat was very careful with all the bikes, he also took special care of the new Africa Twins. Once they were all finished we were stunned by the look of our new bikes. Finally they looked like real adventure bikes. We had ridden the Heidenaus before and were certain that they would be great on our new bikes as well.

On Sunday we rode a small mountain pass to Bayburt with Sedat and his friends. It was a beautiful rocky road, where we were able to try out our new Heidenau K60 Scout right away. And what a difference they make!! Right from the start we had more trust in the new tires off as well as on the road. It is incredible how well they behave at higher speeds and in the corners. Also they give you much more traction in the dirt and so we really enjoyed our ride out, especially because we were able to ride without all our luggage. The mountains were still white and we even crossed some large snow fields on our way.

In the end Sedat was running a flat tire. Luckily he had tubeless tires and Fabi tools to fix flat tires with him. In no time Fabi was able to fix Sedats flat and we were on our way back home. It was a perfect day and a good way to end our stay at Trabzon.

Saying goodbye to our new friends was hard but as Sedat has put it, we are leaving Europe and our adventure will begin now!
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13° | sunny | km 614

Cold boarder crossing

on 2016-05-10 in Turkey
We had planned to stay in Trabzon for 5 days... we left after 11. On Monday it was time, we were back on the road and it was time to continue our journey. Later that day we tried to cross the mountains. Sadly we were stopped by more than one snow field which is why we had to give up and find a camp spot later at night.

Since we couldn't pass the mountains, we had to ride along the black sea the next day, which is why early on we were setting a good paste. Quite some time after Rize we crossed back into the mountains. The streets were good and we were able to let the bikes loose for a while. 100 km to Ardahan we passed a couple of Italians on an old BMW. We quickly exchanged information at the next gas station and decided to meet up at the next city for lunch. While we ate we learned that their route would also take them to Mongolia. Although they had planned to sent their bike home from Mongolia and continue by foot. We convinced them quickly that contacting China Overland was a good idea and worth a try. We said our goodbyes after lunch and parted ways, maybe we will meet again on the Chinese border!

The weather on this day was unstable. Even though we had lost some time during lunch, we all agreed to keep going and try to pass the Georgian border that day. It was still over 200 km away and the closer we came the worse the weather got. We also did not expect to have to climb up to 2,600 meters to the border checkpoint. It slowly grew dark and we had still some kilometers to go. It also became really cold, with only 2.5°C and under heavy rain we stopped at a gas station to spent our last Turkish Lira. The gas station attendant invited us for some hot chai tea when he saw how wet we were. He actually tried to convince us to stay some more, but we told him our destination for today was Georgia no matter the cost.

Crossing the border was absolutely no problem and we soon found ourselves in Georgia where it was dry and it had 15°C. It felt good. We quickly decided to spend the night at a hotel and to shop at a local grocery store for our late night dinner. It was a 24/7 store and we even got a bottle of Georgian whine from a local as a welcome present. We went to bed glad that we had come so far and very exhausted from the ride through the cold and wet mountains.
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Arman
2018-11-10 06:28:17
Thank you very much for the good description.And I was very happy to be acquainted with you.I hope to see you again
I wish I could serve you more and I should give you all the points about Iran and its people at the beginning of your trip, but unfortunately I forgot.
be successful and victorious .
Rolf
2018-05-19 19:08:53
Hello Basti, welcome back to the Old World!
Enjoy the last leg of the ride home!
Basti
2018-05-05 03:40:58
Vielen Dank Michl,
nein gstritten wäre übertrieben. Wir haben nur feststellen müssen dass wir sehr unterschiedliche Auffassungen vom Ende der Tour hatten.
Daher konnten wir auch keinen Kompromiss mehr finden und die Trennung war letztlich die einzige Möglichkeit alle zufrieden zu stellen.
Wir freuen uns aber schon auf das baldige Wiedersehen!
Michl
2018-04-25 21:31:52
kann mich meinem Namensvetter unten nur anschließen, 2 Jahre spannende Geschichten in Text, Bild und Video, Danke dafür.

Aber sagt mal, nur noch Basti on the Road? In Österreich würde man sagen: " habt's g'stritten Mander?" ... ???
Basti
2018-03-26 03:22:12
Richtig Tom und vielen Dank!
Tom
2018-03-24 12:48:10
dann betrifft Eure Standortanzeige nur noch Basti?
Ich bin gespannt auf Euren Bericht.

Basti weiterhin eine gute Reise.
Basti
2018-03-24 11:21:32
hahaha Moe! Da hast du natürlich völlig recht, aber dann würde der Text zu 80% aus ride bestehen ;)
Moe
2018-03-23 02:35:21
Kleiner Übersetzungsfehler: you don't drive a bike, you ride it;) 'Driving' is just for cars.
Basti
2018-03-18 03:54:16
Hi Tom,
ja da hast du recht ;)
Wir sind ja leider nicht mehr zu dritt unterwegs. Fabi und Denis sind schon seit einiger Zeit zuhause und Basti wird es wohl nicht rechtzeitig heim schaffen... Derzeitiger Plan ist Mitte Mai.
Tom
2018-03-14 12:41:09
Wenn Ihr in vier Wochen wieder in DE sein wollt, müsst Ihr aber ordentlich am Kabel ziehen?!
Basti
2018-03-13 03:52:37
Servus Michael,
WOW das freut uns riesig! Vielen Dank für die netten Worte. Es ist wirklich viel zu lesen und wir haben uns immer gefragt ob das wirklich jemand liest... Also Danke für die Aufklärung! ;)
Schick uns doch bitte ne FB Nachricht oder ne Mail, in den deutschen Norden werden sicher bald mal aufbrechen. Denn von Deutschland haben wir wirklich noch nicht viel gesehen...
Liebe Grüße nach "oben" und ein paar Stories kommen noch...
Michael
2018-03-09 14:20:42
Moin Männers!
Nachdem ich vor einiger Zeit alle Eure Video geschaut habe, hab ich jede freie Minute in den letzten Tagen genutzt um Euren Blog von vorne bis hinten zu lesen (inkl. der beiden Alt-Touren).
Was soll ich sagen, außer, dass mein Leben jetzt keinen Sinn mehr hat, weil ich nichts mehr zu lesen habe:

MEGA GEILE STORY!
Es hat mir so unfassbar viel Spaß gemacht Eure Geschichten zu lesen, danke dafür!

Solltet Ihr jemand in den Deutschen Norden kommen, bitte bescheid geben! Lade Euch gerne auf ein oder zwei Bier ein :D

Gonzalo Bueno
2017-12-10 16:58:43
It was a pleasure
Basti
2017-11-06 20:01:23
Hi Thai, thank you, yes we are having a great time in Ecuador right now.
I enjoyed the night in Big Sur a lot and will always remember you and your nice family! Hope all is well!

Also thank you MHMT and Fred. We still have half a year left with hopefully plenty of adventures to come :)
Thai
2017-11-03 06:08:09
Hi Sebastian, this is Thai. You stopped by my camp site at Bigsur California. I was with my mother and 2 kids. Hope you are doing well...have fun and good luck with your journey.
Mhmt
2017-10-21 22:04:48
Great story with great team!
Fred
2017-10-06 10:28:42
Man what a fantastic journey,i am jalous!
Thanks for the beatiful recordings!
And safe travels!
Good luck to you all
Warm greet fred,the netherlands
Rolf
2017-07-29 20:16:20
Hi guys, hope it is not too hot in CA. Was trying to see how you were doing but have not seen a tracker signal since Thursday. All good? Need any help? Have a great weekend. Rolf
Basti
2017-07-29 11:21:49
Hi Robert,
vielen danke für deine Kritik! Haben wir bisher noch nicht gehabt. Dass wir ziemlich hinten dran sind ist absolut richtig, wir nehmen uns gerade eine kleine Auszeit um aufzuholen.
Allerdings kann ich deinen Punkt zu den Sponsoren und Spenden überhaupt nicht nachvollziehen. Wir sind überrascht und froh wie wenig wir die Sponsoren erwähnen müssen. Außer in der eher kleinen Rubrik Support kommt eigentlich nichts in der Richtung vor.
In den nächsten Wochen werden wir auf jeden Fall zügig aufschließen und du darfst viele neue Berichte und Videos erwarten :)
Robert
2017-07-29 10:37:56
Korrektur des ersten Satzesvon vorher:
Ich finde Eure Tour sehr interessant.
Robert
2017-07-29 10:36:51
Hallo,
ich hab Euch in Osoyoos am Campingplatz getroffen und finde Eure Tour. Leider find ich Euren Internetauftritt nicht besonders aktuell.
Mit am meisten Raum nimmt der Verweis auf gesponsorte Produkte und der Aufruf zu Spenden ein
Schade.
Webseiten anderer Weltreisender sind da wesentlich interessanter und aktueller mit mehr persönlichen Eindrücken.
Da drückt man dann vielleicht auch mal eher auf den Spenden Button.
just my2cents
Trotzdem weiterhin viel Spaß und gutes Durchkommen bei Eurer Tour
Basti
2017-07-28 04:25:16
Hey Phil,
das ist ja super von dir! Fabi hat bereits 2 mal seine Gabeln deswegen austauschen müssen. Zumindest das zweite mal geht jetzt schon mal sicher auf Garantie!
Das erste mal war auch eher ein Crash und somit wohl kein Garantie Fall.
Er fährt jetzt übrigens mit zusätzlichen Klemmen als Verstärkung!
Phil
2017-07-27 10:34:27
Wichtige Info für Fabi!
Rückruf von BMW für die GS, wegen Problemen mit den Standrohren
der Telelever. Im harten Einsatz können sich die oberen Stopfen lösen. Werkstätten pressen Hülsen zur Verstärkung auf. Am besten
bei einer BMW Werkstatt vorbei-
fahren und prüfen lassen.
Basti
2017-06-28 07:41:21
Oh wow! Ich hab gerade einen kleinen Fehler entdeckt weshalb Kommentare im Blog Bereich nicht angezeigt wurden! Wir hatten uns schon gewundert ;) Vielen vielen Dank für die vielen lieben Worte!!!

I just discovered a small error which caused comments in the blog sections not to show! We already wondered ;) Thank you so much for all the nice words!!!
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:29:31
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Amir
2017-06-28 07:28:55
Welcome Iran Dudes....
Sebastian EBN ;-)
2017-06-28 07:28:40
Hallo Jungs, viele Grüße an euch. Beeindruckend schöne Bilder, Erlebnisse und Abenteuer. Ich bin gespannt auf die nächsten Geschichten. Euch viel Spaß, Gesundheit und Glück bei der Weiterreise. Liebe Grüße Sebastian
Steffen
2017-06-28 07:28:34
Hallo ihr drei, viele Grüße aus dem verregneten München sendet euch die Maurer AV. Wir schauen ab und zu auf eurer Seite vorbei und freuen uns über Neuigkeiten. Zugegebenermaßen, nicht ohne eine kleine Neidträne zu vergießen. Denkt an unser Elend und erhellt unser dunkles Sein weiterhin mit Euren Reiseberichten. Grüße von München . Steffen Z.
Marin
2017-06-28 07:28:30
My friends, I am Bulgarian and I should congrats you for the courage to do such trip. But I think you should better plan your visit in Bg :) there were a lot more interesting plases to see in spring than "abandoned" tourist city. Interesting name you gave to my country :)
Chris
2017-06-28 07:28:26
Hi Guy's.
I am interested to know how you prepared custom clearance and visa for all the countries. Did you do it in advance or will you do it on the run.
Cheers from Queensland
Chris

Btw. just a shame to miss out of Downunder :)
Jussy
2017-06-28 07:28:23
Hey Jungs ich hoffe es geht euch gut, wenn ihr so weiter macht wird es ja nur eine Ein-Jahres-Reise.
Viele grüße auch von meinen Kolegen der gesamten AV ( Maurer).
Ps: ich hoffe das bei euch das Wetter besser ist bei uns hat es nur 2 Grad und es fällt Schnee !!!!!
salih
2017-06-28 07:28:18
I prefer you to visit our North Sea Side not south.After you finish the north side you can ride across form north to south.
Salih from Turkey
Hemuli
2017-06-28 07:28:13
Keep stories coming :)
Have you checked if you can take the drone to all countries you plan to visit? I could imagine some borders might give you a really hard time if you have drone...
Ernst Huber( Jussy)
2017-06-28 07:27:04
Hallo Jungs bitte weiter so und viele Videos ich bin begeistert von euerer Reise.
Bleibt bitte Unfallfrei.
Gruß Huber Ernst ( Jussy )
Micha NC700X
2017-06-28 07:26:52
Sehr schöne Berichte, Fotos und Videos. Danke und macht weiter so! Viel Glück auf Eurer Reise!
Vahid
2017-06-28 07:26:42
Great! Hope to see you again soon!
Anastasia
2017-06-28 07:26:25
Don't you miss kebab yet? :)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:26:12
Super! Danke für die Reiseberichte und weiter viel Glück und Gesundheit!
Lars
2017-06-28 07:25:12
Hallo ihr lieben! Der Azubi Lehrmeister meldet sich auch mal wieder :-)
Ich hoff euch geht´s gut - In Deutschland ist es kalt und es regnet - Ich hoff ihr habt an Heiligabend ein schöneres Wetter :-)
Sonny
2017-06-28 07:25:04
what happened afterwards ? you left them there ?
Sonny mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:56
In the caves of laos where you visited one is where the biggest spiders In the world lives. Watch out haha, We saw one ist like 30 cm wide ...
Sonny Mulder
2017-06-28 07:24:47
Cool stories guys ! Keep up the amazing writing, where are some updates from December ?? :-D !!! Its so epic that you can do this trip
Daniel
2017-06-28 07:24:38
What a great time we had :-)
Micha
2017-06-28 07:24:30
Ihr bereitet uns in der Motorrad freien Winterzeit eine große Freude mit Euren Berichten. Vielen Dank und Alles Gute weiterhin.

Gruß Micha (NC700X im Winterschlaf)
Jörch
2017-06-28 07:23:57
Also Leute, dass geht ja wohl überhaupt nicht. Ich schaue jeden Tag ob es Neuigkeiten von euch gibt und ihr lasst nichts von euch hören oder sehen. Unglaublich!
Natürlich Quatsch! Ich verfolge seit geraumer Zeit euren Blog voller Ungeduld und sauge jeden eurer Beiträge auf. Ich finde eure Aktion super und drücke euch beide Daumen für eure weitere Reise.
Micha
2017-06-28 07:23:47
Super, Euch Alles Gute!
Trixxie
2017-06-28 07:23:34
Hey guys! Great to meet you in Death Valley! I took a couple photos, and a small video of you going through the slot canyon. If you're interested in getting those, let me know where it would be best to send it! Also, let me know if you're planning to head to San Diego, California. Happy Trails! Trixxie
Jörg
2017-06-28 07:23:20
Hallo Leute,
ich bin gerade zufällig auf Eure Seite gestoßen. Sehr schön und informativ gemacht. Den Tipp mit dem magnetischen 12V-Verbinder kannte ich noch nicht. Das realisiere ich vielleicht, wenn ich von meiner Reise zurück bin. Denn wir könnten uns demnächst begegnen, wenn ich ab Sonntag in Halifax bin und von dort aus Richtung Süden starte. Einen Blog habe ich mal aufgesetzt und da ist auch meine Position per Tracker sichtbar. Würd` mich freuen, wenn wir uns mal auf einem Campingplatz treffen.
Der Blog: joergreiter.blogspot.de
LG
Jörg
Lisa
2017-06-28 07:20:26
Hey Basti, Hope you were able to replace the chair in Munich. Nice meeting you at SFO airport. Love your website; what a great trip you are on! You have crossed the Rubicon. No going back.
Via con Dios,

Lisa
Maxim
2017-06-28 07:15:54
you'll love the mavic pro. got it for a bike trip myself and the active track funktions are perfect for following bikes even at higher speeds. looking forward to watch new videos from your trip.

cheers,
maxim