A world trip by GS enduro
has not only attracted the successful extreme biker couple Kevin and Julia
Sanders (see "Globebuster" travel report
under GS on tour) and the Hollywood stars Ewan
McGregor and Charley Boorman: the Baden-Württemberg
enduro riders Tommy (46) and Rosa (32) have also
been working for months on realising their big dream: in two years they will
cover an impressive 68,000 kilometres on their two BMW F 650 GS Dakar! They
intend to travel through a total of 25 countries in the continents of Eurasia,
and Africa. An
amazing challenge to both man and machine!
It will start in April 2005: setting off from their home town of Denzlingen
Tommy and Rosa will undertake their big adventure around the globe on their
bikes. Car electrician Tommy and watchmaker Rosa will then become genuine
globetrotters. A trip of superlatives full of incredible destinations and
experiences, but also full of challenges involving considerable hardships and
dangers. For this period of time, Tommy and Rosa will be leaving everything
behind them so that they can experience landscapes and people close up,
liberated from any time pressure. Their social commitment is one thing they
won't be leaving behind however: in many countries they will visit orphans,
providing them with an interesting break from their daily lives with exciting
From Denzlingen the trip will take them straight
across Europe to Russia
After the completion of this first section of the journey, the two enduro riders will have been on their bikes for 16,500
kilometres. The trip takes them on through Japan
and the Philippines, they then go for three
months and another 15,000 kilometres to Australia
and New Zealand.
From there they will be crossing over to America.
For South and North America,
Tommy and Rosa are allowing themselves around 14 months. They will then
travel through the north-western countries of Africa
they will then return to Germany.
Tommy has been an amateur racer for many years and is deliberately choosing
the BMW F 650 GS Dakar for this "trip of a lifetime" - the model
is no coincidence. With its extended spring travel, the large 21-inch front
wheel, the engine management system BMS-C II in conjunction with the
two-spark dual ignition and the powerful 4-valve single cylinder engine, it
is a reliable partner for demanding cross-country trekking and use on
Tommy has already completed the conversion of the two bikes: additional tanks
with a capacity of 22 litres provide the required range for deserted regions.
Other useful features for the journey are the exhaust system without
catalytic converter and a chain lubrication system. Self-made constructions
such as the GPS holder and a side stand complete the customisation.
On an interesting website at