Grab your maps, international visas and bike insurance – here’s our guide to 4 of the greatest motorcycle journeys of all time. Far from being reserved for petrol heads and rockers, motorbikes serve as the essential means of transportation for a diverse range of people the world over, whilst throughout history they and the journeys they take us on have come to represent iconic symbols in all areas of life, from philosophy, revolution, exploration, art and cult culture.

Motorcycle Diaries – South America

If you’re a Che fan, seen the beautifully shot movie and have enough cash to ship you and your bike to South America, taking eight months to travel the sub-continent is a dream come true. The movie, which follows the book of the same name, recounts a famous journey in 1952 of the 23 year old doctor and his friend Alberto as they travel 5,000 miles across South America on an old 500cc Norton. The journey begins in Buenos Aires and takes in the Andes, Atacama Desert and the Amazon.


The Long Way Down – Scotland to South Africa

Follow in the footsteps of Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman and drive your bike right the way to Cape Town.

The 15,000 mile journey, which was done by Ewan and Charley on BMW R1200GS Adventure bikes, takes in the pyramids, the Nile, Ethiopia, the Okavango Delta wetlands, Sudan, Libya and the Congo, ending at the southerly tip of South Africa – with 20 countries on the travel agenda visas and border crossing are de rigueur.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance – mid-America

More philosophical adventure than travel adventure, the 1974 publication of Zen charts a 17-day motorcycle journey across the United States, which is undertaken by the protagonist and his son on a CB77 Honda SuperHawk.

The journey starts in Minneapolis and ends at San Francisco, incorporating Route 55, Camp Buell, Shadehill Reservoir, Missouri River Valley, Miles City, Jefferson Island, Beartooth Highway and Yellowstone.

Easy Rider – America

1969 American road movie, written by Peter Fonda and starring Dennis Hopper, about two bikers who travel through the American Southwest and South with the aim of achieving freedom was awarded cult status from day one.

Four former police bikes were used in the film, their design based on hardtail frames and built by chopper experts – the journey starts in Mexico and Los Angeles, before the bikers head east to New Orleans, Louisiana, in time to catch Mardi Gras.

So go grab a map, get your international visa sorted and bike insurance and get a cool bike trip planned.

Star Wars fans will love this Storm Trooper Speeder Bike. Just how cool is this motorbike! Not sure how road worthy it is but it will certainly turn heads!

Speeder Motorbike

For those of you who don’t know what a speeder bike is from Star Wars, shame on you! here’s a picture and video of a speeder to help you sad people.

Speeder Bike Chase Video

The bike insurance division of has teamed up with Silverstone to offer a 20% discount on the price of tickets to this year’s British round of the Moto GP championship. Britain’s leading price comparison service is making this exclusive offer to anyone who utilises its bike insurance comparison service prior to the event.

Get your discounted tickets
In order to be eligible for the 20% discount off the price of tickets to this year’s British Moto GP race, all you have to do is visit the bike insurance page and click on the Moto GP logo on the top right hand side of the screen and follow the instructions.

You will be asked to supply some information about yourself and a relevant bike registration plate number, both of which will be needed in order for you to be provided with a quote. Within minutes you will be shown bike insurance offers which are available through some of the UK’s leading insurers.

Then just phone the Silverstone box office as normal to order your tickets on 0844 372 8260, but this time you should quote the letters “MSM-MGP”. The phone operator will then ask for the bike insurance registration plate number you used to get your quote on and for the name of the insurer who offered you the cheapest deal. Correctly answering these questions will mean that you are automatically entitled to the 20% discount on the price of tickets to this year’s event which will take place on the weekend of the 12th June.

On the right track
This year’s race will mark the first time that Silverstone’s new £27 million pit and paddock complex has been used for a major international event. Construction of the new facilities started in April 2010 and it has been built on the opposite side of the track to the old facilities.

This means that the start/finish straight will now be along hangar straight where Nigel Mansell famously passed his team-mate Nelson Piquet in the F1 race there in 1987. The new facilities have been completed ahead of schedule and were hailed as “fantastic” by Red Bull boss Christian Horner during the launch ceremony.

A great event
The 2010 championship was dominated by Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo after his closest challenger, his team-mate Valentino Rossi, broke his leg early in the season. However, in 2011 the Honda team has made huge strides which have actually given their lead riders Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa a pace advantage in the early races of the season. This has set the scene for a fascinating three way championship battle.

Slightly further down the field, fans will be treated to the fantastic spectacle of the now recovered nine times world champion Valentino Rossi who has joined the ailing Ducati team. Expect fireworks at Silverstone as the legendary Rossi battles against the odds in his attempts to beat the stronger teams.

On top of this, British fans will have eight home grown riders taking part in this years event in the variously categories. The most high profile of these is former British Superbike race winner Cal Crutchlow, who is contesting the 2011 season for the Monster Yamaha Tech 3. He has acquainted himself well so far and will be hoping for more points on home soil. It’s set to be a fantastic battle, so make sure you don’t miss out.

These cool street bumper cars were created by California based builder Tom Wright. Using abandoned bumper cars from the Long Beach Pike amusement park, Tom Wright modified them to become bumper cars fit to drive on the road.

He replaced the Harley motors with 750cc Honda and Kawasaki boxes and redesigned them to pass city driving standards. He has completed eight crazy-looking street bumper cars with licenses to drive on the roads. Some of these bumper cars cars can hit 160mph!

There’s no word on whether Tom Wright is selling any of these cool bumper cars!

Check out this cool skeleton motorbike called Bone Bike or Iron Death has it’s owner calls it. Straight out of hell or straight out of Hollywood this bike has a 2.3 liter Ford engine with a variable flow hydraulic drive, hammer forged 16 gauge cold rolled steel skeleton shell. It Weighs 850 lbs and has a top speed of 90 – 95 mph.

Below is a photo of John Holt, who actually names his Bonebike as ” Iron Death “

Here’s a link to their website: