Vital statistics


Adding up the totals is quite interesting, sometimes surprising and in places a tad disappointing. I’ll let you decide which is which!

33,956 km or 21,100 miles.
15 countries
2 Sets of Brake pads
7 Oil Changes
3 Oil Filters
2 Spark Plugs
2 Chains
1 Set of sprockets
2 Sets of Tyres
0 New Headlamp Bulbs
0 Punctures !!!!
0 Breakdowns !!
2 Accidents (Mongolia)
0 Fights
3 Encounters with the police
(Kazakhstan, Latvia & Russia)

The best I got from a single tank of fuel was 908 km, or 564 miles. I could have pushed for 600 miles, but I trust my inner chicken – maybe next time. I topped up with exactly 36 litres, which gives me a very respectable 71.33 mpg.

How much did it cost? I’m not an accountant, but the ‘on road’ costs I’d put around $10k AUD. The most expensive part was definitely shipping the bike between major land masses, import duties and visas. Some of these were paid before I left. Certainly not a fortune, and a drop in the ocean next to the $45M for a SAAB 37 Viggen.

Taking of which, there IS still a model one hanging up in my Dad’s loft!


About Sophie Whiptank - aka Bart

I'm just a bloke doing some stuff, the more interesting bits I post on my blog. Scroll down far enough and you'll see me riding from Melbourne Australia to Birmingham, England in 2014. But now I'm working on another project, a single cylinder motorbike engine at 2750cc!

2 responses »

  1. Congratulations on completing your journey. I have really enjoyed following your adventures since meeting you in Katherine, NT, Aust. Thank you for taking the time to blog.

  2. Well done mate. I have been following you from Australia ever since you met up with dave Upson. If ever you want t ride across the USA let me know and we could meet up. Whats your face book page? Take care mate

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