The Shakedown – Motonomad II

Well, we’re finally on a plane out of Australia to get Motonomad II underway… holy shit!

And while this is another unsupported ride – independent of any back-up or film crew – I’d really like to acknowledge my sponsors who are helping make this dream a reality.

KTM Australia have been a long time supporter of myself and Motology Films, but it’s a relationship built around trust, opposed to a simple transaction of bikes, race results or media exposure. They know I believe in their products, which I feel is the main reason they’ve supplied me with three competition Enduro bikes ( 2015 KTM 500EXC’s ) to take on a journey that goes well beyond what the machines are actually designed for. It’s kinda like taking the winning horse of the Melbourne cup, fattening it up a bit, throwing a packsaddle on its back then riding it across Australia. Most people would think the idea is absolutely ridiculous and the horse wouldn’t handle the distance – that it would simply perish after a few thousand kilometres.

Whatever, I’m willing to bet the rider would have complete faith in the horse… that together, at the right pace, they could do it.


Riemann believes all the preparation and custom work on the Motonamad fleet will allow the film production to reach a new level.

I’ve already ridden a 500cc Racehorse 7000km from Austria to Egypt, so I have no apprehensions toward attempting 12’000km across Central Asia on the same model machines – albeit with an additional custom rally screen and soft pannier system. And with the help of RST Adventure apparel, Fox Instinct boots, gloves and goggles, LS2 Adventure Helmets, Mitas Rally tyres and Repsol Oil, I firmly believe I have the best gear available to get our bikes and bodies through 8-weeks of extreme terrain. As for my team, I couldn’t be happier with our dynamic, which is built on experience and trust. No doubt you’re wondering who’s been enlisted to pilot M2 and M3, and, do they have the nuts to live off a dirt bike for 12’000km of nomadic adventure? I believe they do, but I’ll introduce you to them in my next blog.

Right now we’re getting closer to kicking this off, but I won’t be content until we’re reunited with our bikes and riding off into the big bad world. Stay tuned.


The shakedown ride earlier this month, testing tyres and equipment in the Blue Mountains prior to air freighting the bikes to Asia.

If you’ve just stumbled onto this blog, here’s an insight into our first Motonomad Adventure from Austria to Egypt in 2013.

14 replies
  1. john sinclair
    john sinclair says:

    What an adventure. Awesome bikes and set ups. Looking forward to see the footage , if its as good as austria to egypt. Lucky Bastards. Enjoy!

  2. Lance Chia
    Lance Chia says:

    Good luck Adam, ‘M2 and M3’!
    Stay safe and I hope all goes as planned with the just the right amount of surprise and ‘unplanned’ events to make the trip fun and exciting.
    Can’t wait for Motonomad II

  3. Quinn van Niekerk
    Quinn van Niekerk says:

    Sounds like a awesome adventure mate. Will Potts be joining? Motonomad 3 needs to be Africa next…”this guy right here” will be up for a trip, Namibia, South africa, botswana, zambia, Lesotho and zimbabwe will challenge the 500 exc. The only bike i trust. Please make a video on the changes to the bikes. Safe travels

  4. Bazza
    Bazza says:

    Awesome! Can’t wait. Loved Motonomad. Would like to know how you transfer all your video data to a hardrive (I presume) fit to travel offroad? Do you have several USB’s wired into as well?
    Good Luck!

  5. Brett
    Brett says:

    Good luck with the trip mate, and please don’t keep us waiting too long for the video! The first 3 were very well done, and I can’t wait to see what you do with this one. I even had non-bike people enjoying watching them – I called them travel docos with bikes.

    Looks like a few of us want to see what you’ve done to the bikes to prep them. Any plans to cover this in a video? In the utter absence of a midsize, lightweight adventure bike I’m looking at turning my ’14 500EXC into something close, but please tell KTM that there’s a market out there for a 500-700cc adventure bike! I really don’t want to have to turn to another brand.

  6. Lucia
    Lucia says:

    Exitos a usted y su equipo, a la espera de nuevas fotografias. ¡¡¡¡¡BRAVO ZULU!!!! adam riemman y equipo. saludos desde argentina

  7. Clinton Gray
    Clinton Gray says:

    To Adam and the team – have a fantastic session, look forward to the next 8 weeks of BLOG action. Godspeed.

  8. Justin
    Justin says:

    Who makes tracking rally wind screen headlight combo you are running? In the move you are working on the bikes with it folded open looks like an awesome setup, I would love to recreate it for my bike.

  9. Francois Barkhuizen
    Francois Barkhuizen says:

    Hi Guys, which sprocket setup do you recommend for long distance enduro rides like the Austria to Egypt for example. And rear Tyre?
    I have the new 2018 KTM500 6day. Which tank? And when you do long rides like this what about the 15hr recommended service intervals?

    • Motology Films
      Motology Films says:

      Hi Francois, we used 15/48 gearing on this years MN3 trip through South America and also the Acerbic 15-litre tanks with extra 7-litre Giant Loop bladders. Good luck.


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