AMERICAN MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURER 4-PEATS THE GLOBE –WORLD’S FIRST
(Denver, CO) Professional motorcycle adventurer Dr. Gregory W. Frazier has successfully completed a fourth solo motorcycle ‘round the world ride. His 4-peat found him circling the globe over a five-month period, riding 19,631 miles and tagging four continents.
The Montana motorcyclist previously had ridden motorcycles literally “to the ends of the earth” on three earlier rides around the earth. For his fourth global loop, Frazier chose to stay in the northern half of the hemispheres. His route included riding on the continents of North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. The longest single stretch was across Russia where he motorcycled through eight time zones.
Asked why he chose the northern route and the motorcycle he used, he said:
“I had a limited amount of time and money, for instance only 30 days to cross Asia and less than $1,000.00 to do it. Due to the unrest in certain countries, and the inability to secure a transit visa for both my motorcycle and myself, I was going to have to fly the motorcycle several long distances, an expensive proposition at $2.50 per pound for air cargo. So I chose the northern route, across Russia. Although the Russians only granted me a 30-day visa to make the entire trip, it seemed more feasible than trying to deal with borders, visas, and bad roads in countries like Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh and Burma. China wanted me to follow a guide driving a car, plus pay an exorbitant entry fee. For an adventurer, following the automobile tail lamps of a government bureaucrat-guide would be like watching a trip through Disney World on the Discovery Channel – a sterile vicarious journey. That left me the northern route as an option, across Siberia.
The motorcycle I chose was a Kawasaki because I wanted something bullet proof, a motorcycle that would not break, nor which needed daily attention. I knew there would be nothing after entering Africa or Russia, no spare parts, not a tire or a battery, let alone a motorcycle dealer for the brand I chose. I also wanted a motorcycle that could do 75 miles per hour, carrying a full load, on the autobahns of Germany and interstates of the USA, as well as one that would plow through the deep sands of the Sahara or the swamps of Siberia. And I wanted a motorcycle that was affordable. The Kawasaki met my requirements.”
Upon completing his fourth motorcycle ride around the globe, Frazier became the first motorcyclist known to have made four solo global circumnavigation’s. Asked about low or high points on his record setting ride, he said:
“I was run into from behind in Morocco. Twice I got flat tires, and both times it was hot enough to melt paint where I had to make repairs. Plans to use a GPS, laptop computer, computerized dictionary and digital camera crossing Russia died in Moscow when we were separated. I left Moscow knowing two Russian words, those for beer and toilet. The high points were the many nice people I met, surprised in these troubled times that an American would venture alone outside of the USA and attempt to ride a motorcycle around the world. Not having to check the spark plug in nearly 20,000 miles was a high point. The quiet of the desert in Africa will always be remembered, as well as the pristine motorcycle riding in the European Alps. To ride across the steppes of Russia, day after day, sometimes for 20 hours each day, was a reminder of the immensity and greatness of the earth.”
Asked what future motorcycle adventures he has planned, Frazier said,
“I’m pretty beat-up right now. A Russian air cargo company whacked my budget badly when they held my motorcycle captive and demanded more money after I paid them to ship it to the USA. A near-death accident back in the USA reminded me how lucky I am to still be alive after four solo rides around the world in the last 16 years. Maybe I have another long ride in me, maybe not. Now I’m just tired.”
Frazier’s adventure can be followed on the Internet under “What’s New” at horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier.