Links and Sponsors

I have not sought any sponsorship for this trip, but have been knocked out by the generosity of a few great helping hands:

The Ultimate sponsor is Illustration Ltd, which has enabled me to take time out to do this venture. We represent many of the worlds' finest illustrators and are involved in many of the most cutting edge, creative campaigns and publications the World over.

Other companies I am involved in are:

Bikini Lists, which has the most accurate, up-to-date database of Creative Buyers in the World. Photographers, Illustrators, Stock Agencies and Creative Reps: Win New Clients & Build Your Business.

Stock Illustrations Ltd, delivering both high quality stock illustrations and commissioning opportunities from many hundreds of brilliant illustrators in a multitude of styles, medias and endless subjects.

Alkara Ltd priding itself on working closely with small ethically run co-operatives and workshops from around the globe, to offer you collections that enrich any wardrobe.  Focused on caring about the environment and believing that sustainable materials are the textiles of the future. 
The products are designed in London, and then created, by hand, with heartfelt attention to detail.

Other great sites and organisations that have helped are:

Henry has been fantastic in helping prepare Batty and myself for the trip and also coaching and supplying me along the way.

Metal Mule, for their excellent Panniers etc, which they helped a great deal, as it was the first time they had fitted a classic bike and making some other bespoke evolutions.

Big Agnes who make the tent and sleeping bag that I am taking. George Bowie, my fellow EO forum mate, has set up a new business, Nine Point Nine, supplying those who want the best kit for all things out doors. His offer of the kit turned into Big Agnes saying that they would supply it for free, if I let them know how it performs on the trip.
5 stars so far. The products are very light and seem super tough. With Big Agnes coming over to the UK, the likes of Eurohike will have to be upping their game to compete, and by some measure. 

Aquafuel's extremely generous sponsorship, they have been awarded many times for their innovative and successful development of  engines and power sources in both environmental and highly efficient ways. Paul has waived the charge for their very valuable time setting me up, and the incredible engine oil, wishing me every luck along the way. I am very very touched by this and I know Batty is loving her new oil  and will run forever on it.

I am very very grateful to both Alex Ashworth of Manifest for his inspiring and completely pertinent design on my logo, and to Mark Watkinson for the great illustration of some chap on a rather unique motorcycle.

Some Travel Blogs and Sites from those I have met and/or found valuable, helpful and fun:

Ted Simon's Foundation and Jupitalia sites:

I guess he for me and thousands like me, showed the way to do a big bike journey. I read his book, Jupiter's Travel  in the eighties and have been Dreaming of Jupiter  (his second book) until I started on my own trip.

John and Jane McComb's excellent RTW blog

Gordon May's classic ride from London to India is Neil and Helen's Blog of their trip to India...soon to be continued to Australia. Neil has been generous in his help over matters Pakistan.

This site has been a God send for all my planning and info...there are literally hundreds of people at any given time traveling the world on 2 wheels and this shows a great number of them.

THE Motorcycle Travel website for everything you need to go travelling.

 Go to Horizons Unlimited, the website that's all about motorcycle travel. Travellers Community, Bike Travel information on the Bulletin Board, free Monthly Motorcycle Travel E-zine, Travellers' Stories, and plenty of tips and info!

Sebastian Marian Termegan, who I met in Paralia, Greece, has made a Facebook webpage kindly. It is effectively an rss feed off this blog.

-Giancarlo, from Switzerland, who I met in Dubai. It is in French, but google translate does an OK job He is a bit ahead of me on his Yamaha trail machine.
-Stephan on his XT500 I met in Jammu, has done an amazing journey through the Stans, into China and then on to Pakistan and India.
again use Google to translate it from is a good read  Mirjam who I kept bumping into in NZ and Oz...amazing girl in a life of travel

Fellow bikers aboard the Strahlratte's blogs:
-Chris and Chloe:
-Carmen and Michael
-Steve, Ray and Jacek:
-Serafina and Arun:
-Marjolein en Chris
Sean Dillon on the amazing 90cc Honda Cub, El Burrito.
Pete and Jon