The motorcycle

2010: In the mist outside the Einasleigh Hotel, North Queensland

The motorcycle I will be riding from Kathmandu to Dublin is a 1992 BMW R100GS PD. I bought it in 2006 and it only had 65,000km on the speedo. It has still only done about 85,000km.

The modifications/improvements I have made include:

  • progressive front fork springs with 10wt fork oil
  • Goodridge braided stainless steel front brake hose
  • Barkbusters handguards
  • Aeroflow perspex headlight protector
  • PivotPegz footpegs
  • Featherlight clutch cable
  • Siebenrock oil resistant clutchplate
  • Roller gearlever
  • Wunderlich sidestand foot enlarger
  • WUDO sump extension
  • Staintune stainless steel exhaust collector box
  • Hepco & Becker Aluminium panniers on OE frames
  • Wunderlich handlebar risers (25mm)
  • upgraded diode board with solid aluminium mounts

The tyres are tube-type tyres (with heavy duty tubes) to replace standard tubeless tyres:

  • front: Dunlop 3.00 x 21 D604
  • rear:   Mitas 130/80 x 17 E07 (formerly Trelleborg tyres)

Major maintenance included:

  • full service (oils, filters, plugs, tune-up etc)
  • replacing paralever bearings
  • replacing all worn springs/roller in gear selector mechanism
  • replacing gearbox input/output/selector seals

Minor maintenace included:

  • replacing throttle tube/grip and gear
  • replacing throttle cables

Suppliers of Parts/Accessories:

These are the companies that supplied most of the parts or accessories that I bought for my bike.


  • Munich Motorcycles  (Perth)
  • Rising Sun Honda (Townsville)
  • Locke’s Motorcycle Tyre Service (Townsville)
  • Motohansa (Sydney)
  • AdventureMoto
  • Lionel Otto Instruments (Brisbane)


  • Motorworks UK
  • Motobins
  • BoxxerParts

2010: Camped by a billabong – under the shade of a coolibah tree. Near Dunbar Station, Cape York Peninsula.

1 Comment

One thought on “The motorcycle

  1. nev watson

    thanks for the plug mate,wish i could come

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