The Bike

Here’s the info on our adventure bike and two-wheel travel plan

The Mad or Nomad Adventure Bike

We’re using a 2010 Yamaha XT660R for the trip. The reason we opted for the XT is because we already owned it!

Andy bought the bike brand new in 2010 and used it to ride from the UK to Iraq in 2011. It’s a tried and tested bike that’s been battered, bruised and abused. It has endured sandstorms, snowstorms, been up and over mountains, through deserts and covered around 50,000 miles so far.

Here’s how we modified the bike for the trip and click here our round-the-world kit list

However, the bike isn’t suitable for two-up travel. After riding through the Pamirs, the shock broke causing the frame and subframe to snap.

But the plan was always to buy a second bike once we get to Nepal and have two bikes for the remainder of the journey. That’ll take the pressure off the XT. The reason we didn’t set off with two bikes was because it’d save a miniature fortune on shipping from Vladivostok to Japan, Japan to South Korea and South Korea to Cambodia.

We love riding other motorcycles and are always up for leaving the Yamaha behind to rent, buy and sell smaller bikes where it’d be too expensive to take our own. As long as we’re on two wheels, we’re happy!

If you have any questions about our Yamaha XT660R, any of the bikes we’ve ridden on this trip, or any adventure bike question at all, please feel free to get in touch!

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