Nick Sanders Parallel World - 55,000 miles in 100 days on Continental Road Attack tyres.
Nick Sanders is one of Britain’s great adventurers, having circumnavigated the globe no fewer than six times by motorcycle. But where Nick differs from the Ewans and Charleys of this world (also lovers of Conti rubber), is that his expeditions are no holiday.
Nick’s 2005 record for riding over 19,000 miles around the world stands at just 19 days and three hours. And this was done aboard a wholly inappropriate (or so you would expect - Nick thinks it’s perfect) Yamaha R1.
In April 2008, Nick set off on his most extreme expedition yet. ‘Parallel World’ saw our intrepid adventurer cover around 55,000 miles - up and down and all around the globe, the longest possible way, through 49 countries in just over 100 days .... with ContiRoad Attack his preferred choice! "The Road Attacks were not just good, they were incredible. I have circumnavigated the world 7 times, more than anyone else, and in my experience I have never come across such a tyre. I used 3 sets of tyres to ride 33 000 miles and a final set to get home from the USA. Each set covered 11 500 miles. Admittedly, in certain areas such as Bolivia and the various deserts I crossed in the Sudan and Northern Kenya I rode them beyond their legal limit, but this amount of mileage is unheard of in sports tyres on a sports bike.
In the past I have managed to achieve 8000 miles on the equivalent 190 tyre but the Road Attacks made these pale by comparison. But, mileage is not the only story. The big story was how they faired on the terrain.
There is no doubt in my mind that this Parallel World journey crossed most of the worst roads and tracks that exist for a non-dual purpose bike. The Nubian crossed was soft but sandy and the tyre tread swept the loam and dirt with impunity. It was hard, but just possible. The Didi Gugalu Desert in Northern Kenya was a track with wall-splitting rocks embedded in the surface on what is one of the hardest roads I have come across. I worked hard not to hit these rocks but when inevitably I did, the rubber coped incredibly well. There were times when if I had ridden on the roads I did with tyres I didnt trust, I would not be here to tell the tale. I go for sponsors whose products I believe in and I have to have the best."
See the video diaries below for part of Nicks story. If you like what you see, then youll need to se his self made DVD (3 part series) on the trip which beggars beleif that one man managed to film, produce and front such a professional presentation whilst on the road 16 hours a day!
Copies can be purchased here - http://www.nicksanders.com
Nicks First Podcast.
Nicks 3rd Podcast 2008.
Nicks 4th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 5th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 6th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 7th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 8th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 9th Podcast 2008.
Nicks 10th Podcast 2008 - Nubian Desert 1
Nicks 11th Podcast 2008 - Nubian Desert 2
Nicks 12th Podcast 2008 - Kenya
Review 3 - Africa
Bike Service - South Africa
India - Review
Australia - Port Augusta
Crossing the Andes