Motorcycle adventures

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Singapore to London

I’m planning to ride my motorcycle from Singapore to Europe starting April/May this year, 2019. I will go through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos before joining a group ride through western China. After a month in China riding through Tibet I will enter Kirghistan. Then into Kazakhstan and further towards Europe.


This will be a long trip and there’s lot’s of stuff to prepare.  I will be going through many countries and visa requirements will vary from country to country.  There are also preparations to do for the bike.

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Singapore to Laos

The first part of the trip was easy with no visas or other paperwork needed and went from Singapore through Malaysia, Thailand and Laos.

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Laos to Lhasa, Tibet

We rode 3200 km to Lhasa through amazing and scenic landscapes gradually ascending to an elevation of around 4000m.

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Lhasa to Kashgar

The highlight of this stretch was undoubtedly Mount Everest base camp but there were many other exciting sights as well.

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Silk Road



Once out of China the real adventure starts!  Kirghistan starts off as a bit of a bad dream, but Uzbekistan through Samarkand is amazing while the route through Kazakhstan is more of a transport stretch.  

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Astrakhan, Volgograd, Moscow and onward to London

Russia turned out to be a lot nicer than it’s reputation and I particularly enjoyed Volgograd.  Of course, Moscow was amazing and I got to see the famous buildings we often see on the news.  After a ferry across the Baltic I spent some time in Sweden before going to London and the end of my adventure.

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  1. Joseph Savant

    March 14, 2019 at 09:55


  2. Safe travels Carl!

  3. Leon Chernis

    May 5, 2019 at 09:51

    Congratulations on having such the great physical abilities!!!
    Looks like quite a heroic adventure!
    Careful when driving through the southern republic of Former Soviet Union – you may want to have some of the locals to be in the riding group.
    Good luck!

    • Carl

      May 8, 2019 at 18:41

      Thanks Leon. I’ll be going through several of the Stans, then through Russia west of the Caspian sea and into Georgia. What do I need to worry about?

  4. Wolfgang Wetzel

    March 2, 2021 at 05:34

    Bin durch Zufall auf deine Seite gestossen
    Ich wollte mal fragen ob es ohne Probleme möglich ist mit dem Eigenen Motorrad von Malaysia nach Thailand einzureisen ,wir haben vor im Dezember für ca, 3 Monate Asien mit dem Motorrad zu bereisen
    Eventuell kannst Du uns einpaar Tipps geben
    Gruss Deutschland

    • Hi, in normal times, ie. non covid times, it’s easy to cross into Thailand with a Malaysian (or Singapore) registered vehicle. With a, say, German registered motorcycle it’s probably more difficult and I’m pretty sure you’d need a Carnet. I think that to travel in Thailand you might even need a government approved guide when travelling with a non Malaysian or SIngaporean vehicle.

      • Wolfgang Wetzel

        March 25, 2021 at 10:42

        Vielen Dank für die Informationen , das mit dem Carnet wäre kein Problem
        Aber wenn man einen Führer braucht dann ist es keine Option für uns

        • Wolfgang Wetzel

          March 26, 2021 at 02:30

          Hallo Carl
          Hast du Ewl Informationen ob man in Malaysia mit einem Deutschen Motorrad
          Einreisen kann?
          Gruß Wolfgang

  5. Great adventure and experience. I would love to be able to ride from Singapore to London too.
    What bike did you ride on for this trip (Sorry if I missed on the bike model)?
    Are the roads tarmac all the way or at least most of your adventures?
    I ride GTR1400 and wasn’t sure if it will be a right bike to ride such journey. Hope you able to share some of your tips and experience.

    • Hi, thanks for your comment! I rode a Triumph Tiger 800 Xrx. It was great for 95% of the trip but on really bad roads I wished I’d had more of a dual purpose bike like an Africa Twin. The benefits of an adventure bike is the longer suspension travel, larger front wheel, spoked wheels and more low end torque. The GTR 1400 is a pretty bike bike and, I’m sure, wonderful on good asphalt roads, but I think you might struggle on some of the roads in the Stans. Outside of the Stans the roads were generally very good. I wish you good luck in your travels!

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