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Motorcycling in Melbourne, Australia

Motorcycling in Melbourne, Australia

Since getting my bike licence in 2010, I’ve been well and truly bitten by the motorcycling bug! I did my first big trip in 2011, riding round the Mediterranean coast through Italy, France and Spain, and have done  numerous trips since including, in 2013, a big ride through Arizona, including the Grand Canyon, and across Utah, Colorado and New Mexico on a Honda Rebel. I’m now planning a bigger two-wheeled expedition for early 2015, inspired by motorbike heroes like Ted Simon, Lois Pryce, and of course Ewan and Charley!

I’m a big fan of smaller bikes and “Volty” was one of my favourites – a retro-style Suzuki TU250X. I rode all over Australia on it! It’s a beautiful bike to ride (did I mention it’s got Fuel Injection?!) and was heartbroken when I left Melbourne last year and had to sell my beloved TU. How I  miss that bike!

Jeanie and Suzuki at Phillip IslandBefore Volty, I had a trusty year 2000 Suzuki Marauder GZ250 cruiser. It was basically the bike I learnt to ride on and was pretty bullet-proof, surviving the inevitable newbie drops and crunchy experimental gear changes! Here I am down at Phillip Island, 90 minutes out of Melbourne, on an early trip I did across the State of Victoria to raise money for UNICEF.

Every chance I get, I’m at bike/adventure events like the Hubb UK, the Overland Expo and the Adventure Travel Film Festival, seeking ideas and inspiration for my next big bike trip. The photo below was taken in Arizona, USA, in 2013, where I was running Charley Boorman’s stand at the Overland Expo before heading off on my trans-USA biking adventure.

I’m always keen to meet/chat with fellow adventure bikers, so please feel free to say hello via Twitter – @jeanied1.

Overland Expo 2013

Overland Expo 2013

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13 responses to “Motorbike Adventures

  1. azdagb

    May 21, 2013 at 3:47 PM

    Hi there Jeanie! Nice to have met you and Billy at the Overland Expo. Here’s a great group-shot that captured the moment. http://s290.photobucket.com/user/arewethereyet_photos/slideshow/Billy%20Charley?sort=2 Wifey (Jaime) was given a signed Charlie picture now i’m not getting a look-in in the bedroom! Hope all’s well and that you had a great time. Cheers, Peter (from Somerset remember?)

     
    • Jeanie Davison

      May 21, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Hi Peter!

      Great to hear from you – and yes, of course I remember meeting you guys! Thanks so much for dropping by the stand – and for the photos! Glad to see that Jaime is treasuring her Charley picture – too bad for you though!

      Happy travelling and maybe see you again on the road somewhere!

      Jeanie

       
  2. Texas Rambler

    June 14, 2012 at 11:08 AM

    Hey Jeanie, Just checking in to see if I missed anything lately. If you ever get over to the states and want some good places to ride let me know. The U.S. has a great many places to ride like Australia. I’m still hoping to get over to OZ with my mates and our wives. Got most of the trip planned and working on some of the numbers for cost. It’s look costly at the moment. Wish us luck.

     
  3. Texas Rambler

    April 20, 2012 at 12:49 PM

    Hey Jeanie,
    You have been bitten by the motorcycling bug. One of theses days I hope to get back to Australia and do some riding. I lived in Sydney about 45 years ago for 14 glorious months. I was there on business. There are so many great places to ride there. Me and 3 of my buddies and our wives want to ride the parameter of Australia. Long story… I’m working up a trip plan now. The biggest problem is coming up with finances for all 6 of us. Wish us luck. Maybe you might want to be our guide… I’m looking forward to more of your post particularly any about touring down under… Ride safe…

     
    • Jeanie Davison

      April 20, 2012 at 5:26 PM

      Hey Texas Rambler,

      Great to hear from you – and yes, I am indeed well and truly bitten by the biking bug! 🙂

      Australia is a brilliant place for riding – so much open road, and some truly spectacular routes for biking trips long and short (on- or off-road!).

      Good luck with plans for your Aussie trip, sounds great. I know how hard it is too to scrape the money together for these journeys but it will be well worth it in the end.

      Hope to see you here in Oz very soon – and do keep in touch meantime!

      Jeanie

       
      • Texas Rambler

        April 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

        Hi Jeanie,

        I too have been bitten by the bug… A lot of people and friends don’t understand being bitten…

        I did do a little riding when I lived in Sydney. A friend’s car was always in the shop so I would lend him my car (1965 Holden X2) and he would let me ride his Honda 350. Good exchange. I didn’t do any long rides but I did explore in and around Sydney a lot. I rode it a lot to Manly and North Stein. I just about lived at the beaches. Good memories.

        I could probably find the money to do the Aussie ride but my 2 buddies would have a big problem coming up with the money. I wish I could afford to pay for all of us… Its a dream that I’m working on to do before we are too old…

        Ride safe…

        Ivan

         
      • Jeanie Davison

        April 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM

        Hi Ivan,

        Well here’s hoping you find a way for you and your mates to come over to Oz very soon and create some new memories.

        Meantime, rubber side down! 🙂

        Jeanie

         
  4. jim Moore

    April 3, 2011 at 10:44 PM

    Hi Jeanie. Jim in Illinois here. Great read. You seem to be coming along fine. Hoping my wife and I can make it your way in few years to ride with you. She’s going through many of the same issues as you are. Keep your head up. Your doing great.

     
    • Jeanie Davison

      April 5, 2011 at 8:09 AM

      Hey Jim,

      Great to hear from you, and thanks for the words of encouragement! When I read back those diaries, it seems hard to believe the difficulties I had in those early days – now motorcycling feels almost like second nature. Almost.

      Tell your wife to keep going – it will come eventually and then she’ll never look back!

      Rubber side down!

      Jeanie

       
  5. Jeanie Davison

    April 3, 2011 at 2:09 PM

    Hey Martin,

    Hope you’re still on track to leave on your RTW adventure this month!

    Still planning my Africa expedition, but it’s taking longer to raise the funds than I imagined…

    Will be following your trip with interest – ride safe!

    Jeanie

     
    • Martin Lloyd

      April 8, 2011 at 10:46 AM

      Hi Jeanie

      All going well on our RTW so far. We are in the States at the moment (Baltimore to be exact) just sitting it out waiting for our bikes to arrive from the UK by ship. We are just hoping that the Government strike due to start tomorrow doesn’t impact on us getting our bikes out of customs !!

      If it happens we will have to go to plan B which is fine or would be if we actually had a plan B

      Keep saving those pennies

      Martin

       
      • Jeanie Davison

        April 10, 2011 at 4:33 PM

        Hi Martin,

        Glad to hear your trip’s going well – hope you get your bikes very soon so you can get on the road!

        Rubber side down… 🙂

        Jeanie

         
  6. Martin Lloyd

    December 6, 2010 at 5:23 AM

    Jeanie, Picked up your post on the Horizons Unlimited site.

    Good luck with your test.

    I am on the cusp of a round the world trip with my good pal Mark Rowles. We leave the UK in April. I have just started a blog which is following the preparation for the trip.
    http://strimstrum.blogspot.com

    As for the right bike for Africa – something light for sure – you will probably have to pick it up a few times. A suzuki dr400 comes to mind – great bike but I’m a shorty so it’s no good for me. To be honest any bike will do it – Ted Simon did his round the world trip on a Triumph Bonneville !

    The important bit is to have fun I reckon.

    Martin

     

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