Published on 13 May 2009 by Alison
On May 8th, Italian motorcyclist Gionata Nencini celebrated four years of two wheel adventuring on the road. When he first left for what became a world tour, Nencini was 21 years old, he had 2,200 euros in his pocket and a vague idea of travelling by motorcycle. Today he has so far covered approximately 170,000 kilometres, visited 26 countries across four continents and spent more than 1,461 days travelling with nine punctures.
The trip is less about numbers and statistics, and more about a personal project that was inspired by various books Nencini had read and certain ideals that would be easy to give up for the comfort of society.
Gionata’s trip doesn’t have much to do with the Long Way Round, as he wants to tell his story and show people what it really means to travel and see the world, and the people who live in it. He believes that motorcycle travel can be done by anyone, without support teams, sponsors and specialist knowledge; he is a traveller, not a professional rider.
Gionata travels with a budget of 2,200 euros, with no visas, safe passage cards, international driver’s licence, external financing. It’s just him and his Honda Transalp xl600v that’s 22 years old. All this to prove that travelling the world by motorcycle is not about money and preparation, but health, time and curiosity.
For more information on Gionata Nencini’s travels, see www.partireper.it.