Documents

Never knew how many documents are needed for a journey with your own motorbike if you want to go far.

It’s not just a valid passport and all the visa required to enter certain countries. We even got a 2nd passport to be able to apply for certain visas during the trip and still hold a valid passport with ourselves.

It is also a so called „Carnet de Passage“ which you apply for at your local Automobil Club while you put down a deposit at the organisation. Actually quite a big amount of €€€. Being a requirement to enter Iran and India with the bikes, this document shall prove that after exporting your bike you’ll bring it back to your country of origin. Hence you need to get a stamp at the borders requiring the CdP for entering in order to get your money back from the organisation once your motorbike is back in your country, in our case Germany. There are very specific rules on how to get stamped in/stamped out in the Carnet de Passage and how to get it filled out during the trip.

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Further the international drivers license, international documents for the vehicle, health insurance, Fan-ID for Russia, etc are needed.

For China we are not sure yet what is needed however it seems you have to organize a guide which will accompany us on our way to Nepal and also organizes needed licenses for this part of the trip.

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Actually it’s not only the documents, but also vaccinations, private health insurance and technical docuements for the bikes.

ADAC Driving and Safety Training

…. happened yesterday 14th April.

As I am a newbie on the motorbike I am glad that one of my birthday presents had been a driving & safety training at the ADAC Hansa premises around Lüneburg in Northern Germany.

It probably has been the worst day this April so far, climate wise. However even better to practice certain break-, driving- & handling-techniques with our bikes during these bad weather conditions.

After the welcome in the morning and a short theoretical lesson we started on the course with break techniques and how to ride the perfect curve on different grounds as sand, gravel, cobblestones and wet tar. We went onto the off-road track, had a few rounds on the race track, drove into serpentines, sharp curves, practiced start/stop at a hill, and many more exercises.

In between we had stops to discuss, report and ask questions regarding the different tasks and exercises to our trainer.

It was a fun-filled day, we got a lot of input and got to know our bikes even better.

We came back to Hamburg around 6 in the evening. Happy, tired and very wet from the constant rain.

Thanks again Uwe Tobian, our coach and the friendly group for an intense, cheerful and interesting day!

Our mission – India 2018

Hi it’s Jendrik and Daniel.

We are two mates knowing each other for almost 30 years. And we have a big challenge ahead of us: a road trip with our motorbikes for more than 12.000km

Few years ago, to me more as a joke, Daniel mentioned that he would like to go from our hometown Hamburg in Germany to India with a motorbike!

Crazy, but yeah, why not!?

In 2016 we met up again in Australia for a few weeks of road tripping the Australian East coast. He again came up with this idea for the trip to India – and more in a happy mood I agreed to go with him. Only problem at that time: I have been living in Australia and didn’t even have a motorbike license yet and not to mention, a motorbike.

In 2017 I came back to Germany, went through the driving lessons, got my license and in August the same year bought a BMW F650GS from 2004.

Daniel on the other hand is well ahead, having the license since 2009 and his Yamaha Super Teneré from 1998 is well prepared, after he invested big numbers of hours preparing, equipping and tuning it and still doing so.

During our youth days we have been driving around with our Piaggios Ciao and 3,4HP! Now a bit more power, a bit more knowledge and a bit more further destinations!

We will start our trip in May 2018 heading to Eastern Europe cutting into St. Petersburg to visit the first of in total 7 games during the FIFA World Cup in Russia and keep going South-East to India.

The route is not 100% finalized, but the final destination is India.

With this WordPress Blog we would like to keep our friends, family and anyone who is interested up to date with the progress, pictures, videos and hope to keep everyone entertained!

Namaste!

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