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Fabian Asam

Age: 28
As of now I am a Student of Computer Science at the Ludwigs Maximilian University in Munich. I am currently planning to finish my master degree in 2016. Basti is my 6 year older Brother and surely contributed to my fixation on motorcycles. Other hobbies include volleyball, gaming, badminton and squash.

I always loved traveling. As a child, I spend lots of vacations in Europe with my parents and grew accustomed to visiting new places and looking at the sights. When I was 16 I decided it was time to go on my own adventure and so I went to the United States to learn the language and to widen my understanding of other cultures and people. I had a great time as an exchange student in Wisconsin which further encouraged my will to travel.

Right after my 18th birthday, I was able to get my motorcycle license and for the next two years i rode Basti's old 125cc suzuki marauder. It was a comfortable ride and was fine for the first 2 years. But traveling far was no option.

As soon as I was allowed to ride a real motorcycle I bought myself a BMW K1300R which was quite the opposite to the suzuki. I had a couple of nice tours with it right until I ran out of tarmac in a tight right bend and crashed. The motorcycle was sadly totaled and I had an injury on my left hip, which turned out to be more complicated than expected.

One year and a couple of surgeries later all was well again and since not riding motorcycle was not an option I bought myself the BMW R1200R. I liked that it is an all around more comfortable bike, which is easier to handle and better equipped for longer tours. You can read more about in our bike section.

I soon rode a couple of tours with my Basti and my longest friend from elementary school Denis. We then decided to go on longer adventures and see more of Europe. Some of the more remote locations included Croatia, Bosnia, Serbia, Hungary as well as France, Andorra and Spain. In our latest journeys we ventured even further east up to the Khsachstanian border. We all share the pleasures of riding and traveling which makes those two the perfect companions.

I have decided that the BMW R1200GS Triple Black will be my bike for our world tour. It is in my opinion the most advanced and well designed adventure bike out there. Every part of it has been designed with one thing in mind, go anywhere anytime with as much comfort as possible. I love the new boxer engine, it has more power, torque and a higher rev range than the old model, but with less vibrations. When we testrode it I decided on the spot that this would be the bike for me.
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Denis Härtinger

Age: 29
I know Basti and Fabi since the age of 7 and when I am not riding my bike I like playing volleyball, snowboarding or hanging out with some friends.

I inherited the passion to ride bikes from my Dad. I got my motorcycle license as soon as I turned 18. Ever Since that day I am infected. At first I only took short trips. I drove nearly every day, but never long distances. I took my first big trip when I was 19. I drove for 5 days on my own to Tuscany/Italy and back. That was a absolutely new experience for me. About two years later Fabi, Basti and I started our first weekend trips. We discovered that we all share the same passion for riding to different countries, meeting new people and at the same time having a feeling of absolute freedom.

After some trips we agreed that the countries you can reach in only one vacation aren't enough, so we bought three bikes for taking a large tour with different stages. I've visited so many places I never would have imagined traveling all thanks to my passion riding motorcycles. The people we met on our way were always nice and so far we never had any troubles. With the exception of the bikes ;)

So far I could not settle for a specific bike. Every time I bought one I though that it will last for a while, but it didn't... I changed them every year or every two years. My actual "old" Africa Twin holds the record with over three years so far. So I have much hope in the new Africa Twin. I hope I will ride it for a long time and I will not change my mind after a year or two.

I am really looking forward to test riding it as soon as it will be for sale. I expect we will explore even more places, countries and hopefully meet so many more nice people on our future trips.
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Bastian Asam

Age: 34
Directly after my Computer Science diploma I started working at Maurer AG. By now I advanced to become their CIO. Prior to my time at the university, I spend 9 months in the military as a mountain ranger in the beautiful alps collecting money for my first real motorcycle.
Apart from loving motorcycles I like to do water sports (wakeboard, monoskiing, kitesurfing) and alpine skiing.

Even though in Germany riding a motorcycle is considered dangerous, especially for teenagers, I was lucky enough to get a Suzuki Marauder 125 for my 18th birthday. But very soon, I got desperate for more power. As long as I remember, my father only drove scooters and I could only imagine what riding a real bike must be like.

In a fortunate moment I obtained the promise from my father that we would rent two big bikes as soon as I am allowed to drive one with 20. He kept his promise and on the 4th of August in 2003 we rented a BMW R 1150 GS for him and a BMW R 1100 S for me.

Boy that day changed us! We had an overwhelming journey of almost 500 km from Munich to Italy and back. The incredible power, the sound during takeovers and the smooth ride in an astonishing mountain scenery infected us and with the start of the next motorcycle season my father bought the famous Suzuki Bandit 1200 on my birthday, but sadly not for me.

Two years later he bought himself the almighty Suzuki GSX 1400 and sold the Bandit to me. My Marauder went on to my brother to help him make the first steps on motorcycles like it helped me.

Finally, I was able to do long rides and explore foreign countries on two wheels. On one trip I visited Ex-Yugoslavia and on countless weekend trips I explored every corner of Austria and northern Italy. Soon my brother and Denis joined in and we drove even further to the south of France and Spain.

Right up until Europe just wasn't enough for me any more and I had the idea of an ongoing tour in stages to reach countries you just cannot reach in the usual three weeks vacation.

I am looking forward to all the unknown places, beautiful wonders of nature, foreign people and cultures! And in my opinion the best way to do that is and always will be on a bike.