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Route1Million – Venturers Handbook © from a million miles.
It’s not what you think

After almost constant momentum from passing a driving test on my 17th birthday, I’m now gathering it all together into a new venturers handbook.  There’s lots of inspirations from a million miles to share.

Whatever happens, wherever it leads – it’s an adventure 

due in the west from around 2021.  

meanwhile a few things I’ve been up to a long the way;

1st 250,000

I started riding back in the days before metal luggage, mobile phones, or the internet. Looking at the map, The Pyramids & Egypt seemed like a good exploring adventure, not too far away & in 1989 not too many folk were going that way for their summer ride outs. I bought a 600 single cylinder Tenere, cheap tent and plotted a rough route – no real plans, other than to keep heading towards Egypt until we got there, (2 up). The ride was good, down to Luxur, Aswan & back.  No spares, no back up plan, no big preparation – I’ve done a few rides like that and it does show that less can be more. Just gather the basics and so long as you’re comfortable with your bike & love the riding, you’ll have a great adventure.

Things don’t always go just how we like it, That’s the way it is – if you’re happy with yourself, everyone else will be happy to see you.  This quite ‘informal’ approach to World travel on 2 wheels seems to have set the foundation for MotoExplorers and a scouting ride to China, set in a similar vain to the Egypt ride. China was there, not many people seemed to be travelling to China overland from Britain, it’s always looked just a short hop across to Russia & then if you can keep plodding on through Kazakhstan you’re on the Chinese border, how hard can it be to just keep riding east for 30 days!?

Scouting ride to China in 2009, traveling west to East, freighting bikes back from Beijing, was a big adventure, it’s a long story!  Since that trip, I have helped many riders explore the silk roads east.

Prior to 09, I’ve explored Eastern Europe, the Balkans, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia – all regions I know well & still explore.  In a past life I’d trained and worked as a professional photographer and prior to that a few motor related jobs, as us guys from the 60’s often did! including mechanicing, couriering, transport, lots of self taught spanner work on various vehicles with exploding engines, plus numerous motoring distractions along the way!  

Riding motorcycles has been a stop start affair for me, as is often the case – various ‘life events’ take us in numerous directions.  Motoexplorer was actually founded as a result of suffering quite a serious back injury, which I knew would result in surgery and a good time away from travel – so prior to the surgery I decided to buy an old motorcycle, ditch my professional photography business and take a leap into the un-known, let’s see if it’s possible to ride overland to the Chinese olympics, as you do!

MotoExplorer – Steve Hotson
I’ve spent the last decade exploring the Silk Road to China, I’m now dedicating more time to helping fellow overlanders & motor travellers explore eastern Europe and the Silk Road travelling through the Stans to the China border at their own pace, or as part of their own ride team/group.

motoexplorer GS Adventure motorcycle riderH-in-Kazak
Haven’t been riding motorcycles all my life, yet!
Age: only 54 (Just’
Anglo-European (Budapest 2nd city)
Open minded, AntiFragile, generally think anything’s possible & ‘where there’s a riding will there’s a way’.

Free-spirited Explorers way

silk road

GS800 motorbike party group tour
People we meet in the Kazakhstan desert!


motoexplorer motorbike riders at great wall china

2009 Scouted first routes overland China riding a GS800

The first China expedition actually started out as a plan to motorcycle to the Chinese Olympic games in Beijing, riding west to East finishing on the China east coast. Arrived just a year late for the Olympics, but at least entry into the stadium was half price.

China’s an amazingly diverse, exciting country & makes for a really great challenge to get yourself, bike and life together and go see just how people live on the other side of our planet. Very few western motorcyclists will ever make that great journey, it’s quite an exclusive club

motorcycle rider bmw gs adventure

Great wall china silk road tour


Motoexplorer Ride History

RTW / Alaska – Canada – Yukon
Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan – about 10 laps
China – Laos – Thailand
USA west to East coast
Alaska & Canada
Russia, Ukraine – about 10 laps
East Europe / Balkans
Bosnia – Kosovo
Romania – Slovakia – Croatia – Hungary – about 20 laps
Turkey, Greece
Montenegro, Macedonia
Europe – most of – 1st drive to Paris age 17, +Denmark & Sweden
England, Scotland, Wales – about 100 laps
Albania – maybe!

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