My motorcycle build
These are the mods I've made to my BMW F850GS Adventure. As well as the accessories I've put on. Nothing too fancy, just the essentials.
If you have questions or if you have ideas for useful additions to the bike feel free to send a message using the icons on the lower left.
Download GPX routes
I love to go on road trips, and explore back roads all over the place. Even if people say I shouldn't. I also like to plan routes and go where tourists generally do not go. Visit little villages and seeing things most people don't. If you're looking for the best route to Chichen Itza or Mexico City, this is not the page for you, though some routes may take you there... If you're looking for a touring adventure and want to take round-about ways on secondary roads and trails then you're in the right place.
I've driven all these routes on a motorcycle. All routes have a generic Start and (often) End point in the city/place I stayed at at the time of the adventure. All downloads are created as a GPX file and include Waypoints, Track data (often in segments) and usually a bunch of POI. Most GPS devices can import these. Some apps for iOS/Android can too - I use OsMand for iPhone.
I'm currently in Mexico and with my BMW F850GSA ready for action I'm making overtime planning all kinds of routes and adventures. You'll find the noteworthy ones below.
Cancun - Valladolid
Description: An easy route from Cancun to Valladolid and back, passing through small towns with old Spanish architecture. Includes several POI along the way and touristy attractions in Valladolid to visit.
Read more and download the Valladolid route
Cancun - Punta Allen
Description: A challenging route from Cancun to Punta Allen and back. Heading into the Sian Ka'an nature preserve, all pavement ends. The trail to Punta Allen takes about 2-3 hours (one way) at a 20-30km/h pace. The trail was mostly destroyed and hard to navigate. Entry into the nature preserve is $90MXN per person/vehicle.
Read more and download the Punta Allen route
Cancun - Tizimin
Description: Easy touring through north-eastern rural Yucatan. Pass through many small villages. Route includes several POI such as a Cenote, old churches and buildings.
Read more and download the Tizimin route
Cancun - Merida
Description: Easy ride crossing Quintana Roo into Yucatan to Merida and back. Explore central/northern rural Yucatan. Pass through many small villages. Route includes several POI such as a Cenote, old churches and buildings. 2 stretches of gravelly roads are unpaved as marked in the POI.
Read more and download the Cancun - Merida route
Cancun - Ek Balam - Coba
Description: An easy ride visiting the amazing Ek Balam ruins and popular Coba ruins. Avoiding highways where possible taking smaller roads through the country side and small villages. Route includes several POI such as a Cenote, some restaurants and the highlights; the Ek Balam and Coba ruins.
Read more and download the Ek Balam/Coba route
Between 2015 and 2019 I lived in the Philippines. I've travelled a lot through the country on a Honda XR150L and Kawasaki Versys X300. Some of the more memorable routes and experiences are below.
Batangas to Dumaguete City (Via Iloilo City)
Description: A mostly easy to traverse route following mostly major roads. Plenty of scenic views and opportunities for breaks, snacks and sightseeing along the way. Ferry services can be unreliable. Ports and some alternatives are marked as waypoint or POI. Also marked are hotels/motels so you have a place to stay along the route or while waiting for ferries.
Read more and download the Batangas to Dumaguete (Via Iloilo) route
Batangas to Dumaguete City (Via Tacloban/Samar)
Description: Follow parts of the Pan Philippine Highway (AH26) through the Islands of Luzon, Samar and Leyte. Hop over to Bohol and Cebu Island to finally reach Dumaguete City on Negros Island. Plenty of scenic views, a (often active) volcano and many twisting roads. Pass through hundreds of small villages and towns on your way. Ferry services can be unreliable. Includes POI with hotels/motels so you have a place to stay along the route as well as some attractions to visit.
Read more and download the Batangas to Dumaguete (Via Tacloban) route
Negros Island Adventure (Small and Large)
Description: Explore the southern Negros Island mountains and hills on 2 loops from Dumaguete. The smaller loop has no particular attraction other than tons of scenic views. The larger loop as the excellent Niludhan Falls right in the middle of the trip. Both adventures have lots of twisting mountain roads with little traffic. But beware on the coastal stretches as traffic there is often dangerous. Some POI included for restaurants or small shops, but all along the road you'll find small SariSari shops selling drinks and more.
Read more and download the Negros Island Adventure routes