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Proof You Don’t Need an Adventure Bike To Ride the World

Five examples show anything with two wheels can take you around the world.

Published on 09.03.2015

2. Ed March Riding a Honda C90

If Emilio Scotto was a thoughtful traveler who longed to experience everything the world had to offer, then Ed March is the class clown who’ll try anything; like riding across Asia on a 90cc motorbike, or taking a spin up to the Arctic Circle in the winter.

March’s first trip was in 2011, from Malaysia to his home in the U.K. Someone told him there was no way his little Honda C90 would make it, and that’s all it took. He shipped the bike from his home in Great Britain and had to rebuild the engine in Thailand, which set him back a whopping $45. He bribed a Cambodian army officer into letting him shoot a fully automatic M16 from the handlebars of his bike, and lob a live grenade. March is not your typical traveler.


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In 2013 he rode the mighty C90 4,000 miles (6,437 km) from Great Britain to north of the Arctic Circle in Sweden. He camped when the temperature dipped to 20 degrees below zero, and had to light a fire under the bike to warm up the oil enough to start it in the morning. A video of him sticking his tongue to a metal pole in below-zero weather is not for the squeamish.

He also led a group of seven other small-bike enthusiasts on a budget tour from Mongolia to the U.K. to show that adventure doesn’t have to be costly. March is currently riding from Alaska to Argentina — once again on his trusty C90.

March’s choice of adventure bike may seem ridiculous, but it actually makes perfect sense. The C90 has been around in one form or another since 1958 and it is the most mass produced vehicle in history. That means no matter where you go on the planet, parts are plentiful and cheap. And the little Honda has a reputation for being tough. It’s used all over the world as a taxi, mail-delivery vehicle, and hauler of whatever you manage to strap to it.

Ed March made a film and book about his journey titled Malaysia to UK and you can also follow his journey by visiting his website.

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Author: Bob Whitby
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