AUSTRIA TO EGYPT
Well, it was a relief to finally switch off the A-game and board the plane out of Cairo. The last month has been an absolute mission, but the challenge of filming a moto adventure from Austria to Egypt has kept me motivated through every ordeal – and we've had everything thrown at us. The dodging of trucks, cars and animals has been the most dangerous part, but the uncertainty of riding towards armed soldiers with their fingers on the trigger was definitely the scary part. But, I'd like to think it's a gamble that's paid off, given I've compiled over 1000GB of video content across 7-countries. All of which was stored on hard drives sealed in the KTM tool pack you can see around my waist. A Canon 5D, 7D and five GoPro cameras were capturing all the content, as well as an X650 quadcopter. I crashed "Elliot" more times than I did my KTM, but thanks to the sponsorship package from XAircraft, I was able to repair and keep him airborne through all the epic parts of the journey. And yes, we were carrying everything on our backs and bikes - unassisted. Don't even ask what it's been like getting all this stuff through police and military checkpoints, airports and customs, but we did it.
I can't extend enough gratitude and thanks to Greg Chambers and Jeff Leisk of KTM Australia, for believing in the project from day one and convincing the factory in Austria to supply us with bikes for this trip. The factory were very dubious about our final destination and would have no doubt preferred us to ride one of their bigger adventure bike models, but I've been racing KTM's long enough to know that the 2014 500EXC would be the perfect bike for the terrain we took on. Seven-countries, 7000km and 32 days – they did it easy. A massive thanks to Hannes Hpoint, our man on the ground in Austria who organised all the licensing and special documents needed for the KTM's to pass in and out of middle eastern countries. And to everybody who's been following this adventure for the last month, thanks for coming along for the ride … I'm back in Australia now and have finished editing the promo clip for the full-length film set to launch next year. Please be patient as I will post updates here and on Motology Film's facebook page as soon as I can confirm dates and retail outlets for the release of the film! In the meantime I've got a lot of video to proof for this edit, which is our biggest project to date. Cheers, and stay tuned ...
Having spent the last decade as a journalist for Australia's leading dirt bike magazines, Riemann has ridden, raced, photographed and reported on practically every new model dirt bike to come into the country during that time. While his roots stem from the core of dirt bike racing,his journalistic pursuits have armed him with the skills to create this website you now see ... motology.
Whether it's turning throttles, filming moto or capturing the essence of dirt bikes with photography, rest assured Riemann will be pushing the boundaries to bring you a unique insight into the world of dirt bikes.