Can you share a bit about yourselves and the inspiration behind this incredible journey?
We're Alexander and Emil, a dynamic duo from Sweden bonded by a shared passion for photography. Emil's acquisition of a motorcycle license sparked the envy in me, and that's how this journey began – fueled by a desire for adventure and the open road.
So, when and how did the spark for this epic motorcycle trip ignite?
My envy led to action, prompting me to get my own license. With Emil having previously explored Norway, we set the dates and embarked on a journey born from a thirst for a genuine road trip experience.
Give us a glimpse of your travel route from Sweden to Norway.
Our journey kicked off just outside Gothenburg, weaving through northern Bohuslän for a caffeine pitstop at my grandad's. Then, heading further north, we landed at my cousin's place near Oslo. From there, we charted a course to Geiranger, traversing the breathtaking Norwegian highlands. The west coast unfolded with stops at Hoddavika, Vestkapp, and Laerdal, each turn revealing a new awe-inspiring vista.
Any standout destinations or moments that etched themselves into your memory?
Post-Geiranger, our descent down the Norwegian west coast showcased the wonders of Hoddavika, Vestkapp, and Laerdal. Every twist and turn held the promise of a picturesque surprise.
Riding and Motorcycles:
Tell us about your motorcycles and the rationale behind choosing them.
My ride is a Yamaha XSR 700, and Emil cruises on a BMW F800GS – both being our inaugural motorcycles. These bikes are more than machines; they're our companions on this journey.
How did your motorcycles handle diverse terrains and weather?
Traversing an array of terrains and weather conditions, our motorcycles proved to be resilient companions on this journey. My Yamaha XSR 700, though not tailored for gravel with its current tires, excelled on winding asphalt roads in Norway, resembling a thrilling roller coaster ride. Emil's BMW F800GS, designed for varied terrains, navigated coastal roads and mountain twists effortlessly. Despite encountering rain and chilly temperatures, both bikes showcased adaptability, adding a layer of unpredictability and excitement to our adventure. In essence, our motorcycles not only endured but thrived in the face of diverse conditions, contributing to the unforgettable experiences of our expedition.
Any standout moments or challenges you faced during the trip?
Swimming in a glacial lake and stumbling upon a breathtaking road at sunset are etched in our memories. However, battling rain, navigating mountain passes, and the constant challenge of packing efficiently were unexpected hurdles.
Gear and Preparation
How did you gear up for this journey, and how did Fuel Motorcycle’s gear hold up?
Preparing for this extensive motorcycle journey involved meticulous planning and strategic gear selection. Recognizing the importance of efficient packing, we prioritized essentials and invested time in fitting saddlebags to ensure optimal storage capacity. The process included a comprehensive assessment of the weather conditions we might encounter, considering factors like rain and varying temperatures.
Fuel Motorcycle's gear played a pivotal role in our preparation and proved to be a reliable asset throughout the adventure. The durability and functionality of their gear were evident as we encountered diverse conditions. From waterproof capabilities that shielded us during unexpected rain showers to the robust construction that withstood the wear and tear of long rides, Fuel Motorcycle's gear consistently delivered.
Moreover, the thoughtfully designed gear contributed to our overall comfort and safety, allowing us to focus on the journey rather than worrying about the functionality of our equipment. Whether it was riding through changing weather or enduring long stretches on the road, Fuel Motorcycle's gear stood the test, emerging as a trustworthy companion for the duration of our exhilarating expedition. In hindsight, the investment in quality gear proved to be a wise choice, enhancing the overall experience and reaffirming the importance of reliable equipment for extended motorcycle adventures.
Advice for Aspiring Adventurers
What words of wisdom do you have for those contemplating a similar motorcycle escapade?
Pack light; we only used a fraction of what we brought. Prioritize the essentials and savor the experience!
Any lessons you wish you'd known beforehand?
Looking back, there are valuable lessons we wish we had known before setting out on this adventure. Firstly, the sheer joy and fulfillment of a motorcycle trip of this scale exceeded our expectations, prompting a realization that such experiences are treasures to be embraced sooner rather than later.
Additionally, we learned the importance of efficient packing, understanding that less is indeed more. Navigating the challenge of overpacking highlighted the need for a streamlined approach, allowing us to focus on the journey rather than managing excess belongings.
A lesson learned in hindsight involves the impact of weather on mountain passes. Foreknowledge of temperature drops and unexpected rain would have influenced our gear selection and packing strategy.
What's on the horizon for your next adventure?
Possibly exploring Spain on adventure bikes next spring – stay tuned for more thrilling escapades!
Alexander and Emil