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Meet our Steeds


Meet Elspeth, Humlan & Battle Panda

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Meet our Steeds


Meet Elspeth, Humlan & Battle Panda

Airhead Family


Airhead Family


A Family of BMW Boxer Airheads

We're Thomas, Igor and Penny -  a NZ trio of two brothers and one wife who share a love for travel by motorbike. Over the last few years we've taken some shorter trips through Europe together and we're now on a big adventure across the Americas. 

We're fans of Airheads for their reliability, relative ease of repair and unfussy ability to handle pretty much anything.

 

Battle panda

A 1989 BMW R100GS, Battle Panda has already seen half the world... Igor and Penny rode 2-up on this bike from South Korea through Russia and Central Asia to Western Europe in 2013. If you're so inclined, you can catch up on that adventure here. 

And the name? It comes from a roller derby drill (Penny's a retired skater) whereby players repeatedly body block each other until one of them falls over. Plus the bike originally had a black rimmed headlight in a white bucket. Seemed apt. 

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HUMLAN

A 1990 BMW R100GS, Humlan ("bumblebee" in Swedish) is Thomas' adventure bike. Humlan was saved from farm life in Värmland, Sweden and has been lovingly restored. Some upgrades include DRZ forks, Hyperpro rear shock, twin disc brakes and Akrapovic exhaust.

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elspeth

Named for the inspirational Elspeth Beard, this 1989 R65GS ex-Danish military bike is the newest addition to our gang. 

The bike is generally pretty stock, but has been lowered to accommodate Penny better by swapping out the sub-frame and seat for the Mystic version and replacing the standard 21" front for a 19". It's even still got the power restriction in place, so will be rocketing along at 27hp. 

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Planned Route


Where are we going?

 

Planned Route


Where are we going?

 

Route Map


Route Map


First - we tackle the Trans American Trail.

First - we tackle the Trans American Trail.

Then, once we've dusted ourselves off, we'll make our way down the Pacific Coast. 

Then, once we've dusted ourselves off, we'll make our way down the Pacific Coast. 

Onward through Mexico...

Onward through Mexico...

And through Central America, until we reach the infamous Darien Gap. 

And through Central America, until we reach the infamous Darien Gap. 

From Colombia, we'll continue south, with our eyes on reaching Ushuaia before coming back up the eastern coast of the peninsula to Buenos Aires, where our adventure will come to an end. 

From Colombia, we'll continue south, with our eyes on reaching Ushuaia before coming back up the eastern coast of the peninsula to Buenos Aires, where our adventure will come to an end.