I've been doing a lot of research on motorbikes recently.
There is obviously a restriction of cc/power as I do not hold a full motorcycle licence.
The rules being somewhat strange: I can ride a 50cc moped/scooter with no "L" plates and carry a passenger!
However above 50cc and upto 125cc I must display "L" plates and pass a CBT test and cannot carry a passenger.
I can assure the Government that I could just as easily die on the wheels of a 50cc as I could on a 125cc! And that's without carrying anyone.
Anyway, I digress!
My search brought to a conclusion. I definitely want to do the challenge on a Honda C90 or something very similar.
Now the Honda C90 is no longer built in the shape as the one above, so I am left with the option, of a 20 year old one which may or may not of had some work done to it (a bit of a gamble), or for the same amount of money buy a brand new Chinese copy.
Now before any one says, don't do it, they will fall apart within seconds, I do have proof that they are well built and can withstand a long trip.
If you take a look at the Gobi Girls Blog you will see that they took the exact bike and bought it from the same place as I intend to buy mine all the way to Mongolia!
I will do exactly the same as they did and buy a bike still in it's crate, so I will have to bolt it all together, which is a good way in my opinion of learning a bit more about the bike.
All being well I intend to buy the bike in November 2013 from Riders in Yeovil.
This gives me the winter to get familiar with it and some cold weather runs and camping trips!
It's slightly more powerful at 110cc but other than that it is basically the same bike with most of the parts being interchangeable. So no shortage of spares.
I've learnt a few tricks from reading blogs on adventure biking as to what to take and what not to take along with which spares and mods to do on the bikes to make the journey easier.
So that's the plan as it is today, but who knows, could all change tomorrow!
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