About this blog
Hi! I’m Niek, and this website is about my experiences about traveling on my motorcycle. Although I never had that passion about motorcycles, that some people have had since they were kids, I got my motorcycle license in 2013. It was more because I needed a challenge than that I really wanted to drive a motorcycle.
During my last motorcycling lessons, just before my exam, I realized that I actually really enjoyed to drive a motorcycle. When I passed my exam, I decided that I should consider buying a motorcycle. It took me about one month of researching, comparing and test driving multiple motorcycles before I got my first bike…
My first bike had to be a beginners bike, a bike that was easy to handle and not too fast. I decided to buy this Honda NC700X with a dual clutch transmission, so I could focus on gaining experience with driving, instead of worrying too much about changing gears. Although some people called my motorcycle “a scooter”, or at least “not a proper motorcycle”, I was really happy with my bike. The DCT was really convenient in the city and made me able to focus more on the road and other drivers. I learned a lot!
I started with some small tours in Germany in 2014. I had only seen Berlin and Dresden so far, therefore I really wanted to explore the rest of Germany. I visited: Leipzig, Weimar, Jena, Nürnberg, Konstanz, Freiburg, Baden-Baden, Heidelberg, Köln, Bonn, Trier, Niederdorla (midpoint of Germany) and Wernigerode. Those were some lovely cities and I really started to fall in love with touring on a motorcycle.
Although Fritz was an amazing bike, I wanted to have a bigger bike so I would be able to drive longer distances. I tested a Yamaha Super Tenere, Suzuki’s V-Strom 1000, KTM’s 1190 and 1050 Adventure and the Kawasaki Versys 1000. The KTM’s really impressed me. It was a lot of fun to drive them, but they might not be as comfortable as I was looking for. My last test drive was on a BMW R1200GS, the bike everyone has, the boring alternative… at least… so I thought. This bike immediately showed me why so many people drive a GS, the handling and the comfort were amazing.
A couple of weeks later I bought my first big motorcycle, a BMW R1200 GS, with a real German name: “Hans-Peter” (this has to be pronounced with a German accent)
Exploring Europe on a motorcycle
In 2015, just after I got “Hans-Peter”, I decided that I wanted to explore Europe on my motorcycle. My girlfriend was on vacation in the USA for three weeks and I had plenty of time to take my motorcycle out for an “extended test drive”. I did not book anything in advance and just drove to Norway. I decided I could visit the North Cape as well. I mean, I was “almost there” anyway. Four weeks later I returned home. What a trip it was. I’m currently blogging about this trip, although my next adventure is already planned:
I WANT TO VISIT THE REST OF CONTINENTAL EUROPE IN 2016Niek, August 2015
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