See Dr. Frazier’s adventuring kin in the Dr. Frazier: Adventure with Character photo gallery.
- Robin Thomas from Darwin, Australia had been riding motorcycles for 48 years before stepping off a BMW F650GS three years earlier to tour Southeast Asia on a well-used Australian postal service 2006 Honda CT110 (Honda Cub Trail).
- One of my favorite adventure characters was Pat Parker from Fort Worth, Texas, who had logged over 9,000 miles on his $300.00, 49cc Jonway. That’s all his travel gear and he had been traveling for nearly two weeks.
- Definitely a motorcycle with character, this Africa Twin was as wide as some cars, but had more weight than I wanted to be dragging through the jungle tracks where the owner was headed.
- Some characters add character to their adventure motorcycles by taking everything with them, including the lawn chair from their front yard, something not possible on the smaller motorcycles.
- Top speed of Thomas’s “Postie” was just less than 50 mph, with a tail wind, downhill.
- Thomas spent $600 to upgrade the motorcycle in Thailand from 7.8 hp to 16 hp by having a local expert bump it up to 125cc, which included a new engine, exhaust, carburetor and oil cooler.
- Sasha Herman, from New York, flew into Malaysia with a small wad of cash and bought a 2009 Kawasaki KLX150 for $2,000.00 for adventuring in Southeast Asia.
- Herman and the KLX150 were headed to Cambodia and Laos and hoped the small displacement bike would also be allowed into Vietnam.
- British adventurer Geoff Thomas chose a 110cc Tiger Retro, manufactured in Thailand, to explore.
- Thomas outfitted his Tiger Retro with bird cages for panniers, an inexpensive option to standard touring equipment. Top speed was about 50 mph, before Thomas affixed the adventure touring panniers.
- In wet weather Thomas would pack his belongings in plastic bags before storing them in his “adventure panniers.”
- The manufacturer of the 110cc Tiger Retro claimed it was not a copy of a Honda C90 Super Cub, but a “faithful reproduction.”