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THE REAL WAY ROUND: Jonathan Yates proves than anyone with a passion for motorcycling can embark on an epic adventure.Images: Veloce Publishing

No back-up crew, no spare bikes or parts... Briton Jonathan Yates has completed a one-year journey with his Yamaha XT660 Ténéré that covered 67 500km across six continents and through 35 countries.

Yates has always been a keen traveller, backpacking through Australia and Asia after graduating from university. His father’s motorcycle exploits on a BSA Bantam back in the 1960's made a lasting impression and he passed his motorcycle test in 1999.

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The combination of wanderlust and a motorcycle licence proved a great temptation and he soon exchanged his Yamaha Fazer for a Ténéré to embark on his journey.

THE REAL WAY ROUND


He headed east across Europe and Asia to Beijing before heading south through south-east Asia and Australia and then east across the Americas. It took him a year, nine oil changes and three sets of tyres.

In a new book called 'The Real Way Round', Yates proved than anybody with a passion for motorcycling can embark on such an adventure. The book's title takes a dig at The Long Way Round series about rider Charley Boorman and actor Ewan McGregor  but is also a guide to motorcycling around the world.

Yates explains how to plan your adventure and cope with life on the road. 

You can buy 'The Real Way Round' from Kalahari for R510.

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