GlobeBusters expedition to Tokyo overland

Our friends at GlobeBusters are used to pushing boundaries with their far flung expeditions, but their latest 16,000 mile guided ride from London to Tokyo has just trail-blazed a brand new route across the Yellow Sea.

Led by World Record holder Kevin Sanders, the international group of riders left London’s iconic Ace Cafe in April and eventually found themselves on the old Silk Road to China.

After a brief rest period at Beijing’s Ace Cafe, a select group pushed eastwards to the port city of Weihai to be the first foreign bikers to take advantage of a brand new vehicle ferry service which took them to Incheon in South Korea.

From there the group, now joined by Kevin’s wife Julia, crossed South Korea from west to east before another ferry trip across the Sea of Japan saw them arrive in the port of Sakaiminato.

Riding in Japan was certainly an eye-opener for Kevin and Julia, and the group even caught the tail end of Typhoon Noru, the most intense tropical cyclone experienced to date in 2017.

“Japan gave a fitting end to trip, with awesome views of Mount Fuji on our final day’s ride towards Tokyo” says Kevin. “Mind you, it wasn’t easy, with 40°C heat, followed by torrential rainfall. It was made up for by the warm welcome we received the President of Triumph Japan, Mr Kazuo Noda and Satoshi Muroi, Director Marketing, at Triumph’s new flagship dealership in Tokyo”.

For the gargantuan trip, Kevin rode a standard Triumph Explorer XCA, fitted with Continental TKC 80 tyres, for the whole route, travelling through 21 countries in 16 weeks.

Emboldened by their experience on the road with GlobeBusters, three riders from the group are now flying to the USA, where they plan to continue independently on a round-the-world journey, culminating in a visit to the recently opened Ace Café Orlando – the ultimate Ace-to-Ace ride!

As an official Continental partner, GlobeBusters are able to select the right tyre from our range for every tour they lead. For forays into Europe, the ContiTrailAttack 2 is the ideal choice on the tarmac. When heading further afield, the expedition guides will often start off by fitting the off-road capable TKC 70, only switching to the more aggressive TKC 80 as the roads really start to deteriorate. We’ve got a tyre for every type of adventure.

You can find out more about the Continental adventure tyre range here – all tried and tested by GlobeBusters!