I am Michael, born in 1987 in beautiful Franconia, Bavaria’s northernmost region, in Germany. Throughout the past 15 years, I have developed a passion for riding motorcycles and for traveling. My first motorcycle was a 125-cc Honda NSR at age 16, which — since my father had an own garage — also led me to learning about motorcycle maintenance. I did show some loyalty to the bikes I owned, however I have been upgrading to a 250-cc two-stroke sports bike (which I still own) and some bigger four-strokes — lastly to a Modern Classic, a BMW R 100 R. My first outside-Europe overland road trip was in a car, a BMW E28 5-Series, through South Africa, Namibia and Botswana in 2013. In the following years, I increasingly enjoyed individual traveling to Latin America and South-East Asia.
Having graduated in Mechanical Engineering and having worked with some of Germany’s big car manufacturers, I decided to embark on a world trip with my motorcycle. Leaving Germany in October 2017, I first wanted to reach India, which has been fascinating me as a country.
Motorcycle traveling gives me a sense of freedom and connection. For sure, the constant exposure that comes with riding on a motorcycle can be challenging, but ultimately, it does provide the opportunity to learn about oneself. To my understanding, traveling starts with investing in and inspiring oneself, so that one can come to a state where he/she can inspire others.
“The place to improve the world is first in one’s own heart and head and hands, and then work outward from there.”
— Robert M. Pirsig