One of the most active folks on our Facebook page is Ferenc and his V-Strom 1000 adventures. We caught up with him after a trip to the Isle of Wight to try and add a bit of colour to the pictures and posts he sends us of his adventure rides. Here’s what he had to tell us!
Ferenc, how long have you been riding your V-Strom 1000?
I’ve had my V-Strom 1000 for a year now and I’ve done just over 12,000 miles on it so far (both on and off road).
How long have you been into adventure riding?
I think every biker has a bit of adventure in his soul. I think I realised that about two years ago when I was touring around Transylvania on a Suzuki GSX1250. I was passing all these dirt tracks with a big question in my mind.
I always wanted to know where these roads would take me, so I decided to change my bike to something more capable of doing that more adventurous type of riding. Then, Suzuki told the world about the new V-Strom 1000 and the long wait began for the launch. I was invited to John’s of Romford for a test ride and I was hooked. A new chapter had just began in my life titled “adventure riding”.
Once I got used to the V-engine, I added a bit of personality to the bike, adapting it to my needs. I added a pair of Cree LED lights, a proper skid plate made by SW Motech, a set of foot pegs, bar raisers and I anchored my gear leaver and brake peddle to avoid braking them when off road.
Video by Adventure Bike TV from Taffy Dakar featuring Ferenc
What have you been up to this year?
So far this year I been on two trips to South Wales which were really great events. I’ve been to March Motto Madness (www.marchmotomadness.com), which is a world event organised on the last weekend in March with the aim to have as many countries involved each year.
My second trip to Wales was an invitation to take part on “Taffy Dakar” which is a charity treasure hunt rally. I had the pleasure of teaming up with the Adventure Bike TV guys and ride with them all day in beautiful Brecon Beacons. Most recently I organised a two day trip to the Isle of Wight. In future I have planned a trip to the mountains of Transylvania to do some recce in order to organise a rally down there called “Dracula Taffy” 🙂
I think the most precious things that we gather is not objects but moments
Are you part of a club or is it just you and friends?
I’ve been part of IAM and ELAM (East London Advanced Motorists) for more then three years now and enjoy every moment with them. As a member, I highly recommend everyone to do a course of advance riding… in the end you got nothing to loose but a lot to gain trust me!
Do you have any stories from your travels?
Hmmm, I think the best story so far is an off road trip with a BMW GS club on my V-Strom 1000 where i turned up on my in the morning and was greeted with little attention or no attention at all because I was an outsider. However, by evening after I pushed, lifted and drag a few BMW bikes out of the ditches and was very soon everyones’ friend!
Do you have any advice for anyone thinking of going touring for the first time?
I don’t have any advice really. I think if you really want to do it just take a map, put the finger on it and go for it! In the end I think the most precious things that we gather is not objects but moments. Nothing can match the feeling of achieving a goal!!
What are you plans for the Summer?
My plans for this summer are all around my business back in my homeland: Transylvania. I run a touring company called Motoride Transylvania which provides my fellow riders with all-inclusive tours around the best tourist spots the land of Dracula can offer; including riding over Transfagarasan highway (the best road in the world according to some) and it’s sibling Transalpina highway.
Where are the best roads for touring?
I will say every country has beautiful roads and places to ride, but in terms of tracks I think because of the position of Romania you get the best places in Europe to explore off road and i think the best example is the hardest race in the world that’s held there: The Redbull Romaniacs.