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Travelling the world on a motorcycle

Wayne Ravelich

There are more ways than one to travel the country, or the world, for that matter. LeRoy Knierim decided to do it on a motorcycle. It took ten years to circle the globe.


Selling up in New York as a structural engineer he loaded his bike and camper trailer and set off for There are more ways than one to travel the country, or the world, for that matter. LeRoy Knierim decided to do it on a motorcycle. It took ten years to circle the globe.the experience of a lifetime. He arrived in New Zealand December 1988 after spending a year traveling the coastline of Australia, working his way up the East coast with a circus, setting up their equipment. 


He arrived in Wellington and met us at a Bikers Rights Meeting. Staying at mine while he waited for his transport to arrive by ship from OZ. That made for an interesting Christmas as LeRoy regaled us with stories of his travels (and my daughter was born Xmas Day). 


The camper trailer opens out on both sides giving plenty of room to sleep and lots of storage space.  The bike is a Suzuki 850, not available in New Zealand. We got the baby brother 750. 


We spent many hours on the road traveling NZ and attending motorbike rallies that were popular in the 80s and 90s. Le Roy had the distinction of being the ONLY person to have attended the Northern- and Southern-most bike rallies in the world with the Brass Monkey being in Central Otago. We travelled light with only the essentials.


Although we camped along the way we did not consider ourselves as campers but as riders or bikers, as opposed to the patched bikies. We camped responsibly, leaving no trace.  


How times have changed. Now we would need Le Roy’s trailer to carry the toilet. 


BY: Wayne Ravelich


Now, we would need Le Roy’s trailer to carry the toilet.

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