MATTEO BELLI (responsible for Alps Sumatra Tours, Europe-Russia-Central Asia-Mongolia and driver for support vehicle in Usa). Born in Milan in 1984.
Graduated in Science of Sport from Università degli Studi di Milano.
First aid certification obtained during lifeguard school.
Languages spoken: Italian, English, Russian, some Spanish, a little French and Indonesian.
Riding experience: 19 years legally since I was 14 yrs old (honestly, I started well before the age of 14).
Total days on a motorcycle trips over 1, 310 days
Total km just on motorcycle trips Over 181 000 km
Countries travelled by a motorcycle on world tour + other European tours : 59
1-10 Italy, Slovenia, Croatia, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Belarus, Ukraine
11-19 Romania, Serbia, Macedonia, Bulgaria, Greece, Turkey, Georgia, Russia, Kazakhstan,
20-28 Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan,Turkmenistan, Iran, Azerbaijan, Armenia, Iraq, Pakistan
29-38 India, Nepal, Thailand, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam, Philippines, Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia
39-47 Australia, South Korea, Japan, Latvia, Germany, Denmark, Netherlands, Belgium, Luxemburg
48-55 France, Andorra, Spain, Monaco, United States, Canada, Bosnia Herzegovina, Montenegro
56-59 Albania, Kosovo, Switzerland, San Marino
Countries visited without motorcycles
60-63 UK, Ireland, Sweden
In Italy, there are two main national sports: football and motorcycles. I inherited my passion for motorcycles from my grandfather, who used to be a racer in 1950’s. Both of my parents ride, so not surprisingly I started my riding career long before turning 14!
I remember when I was a kid my father used to take me to see the Superbike in Monza with his Honda 750 CB. Those were the best memories I had of my childhood.
Luigi, my father, who is now 68 years old still works full time as a mechanic, with over 54 years of experience. When I was a kid, engines were my toys. Thanks to him, I learned to be a skilled mechanic myself.
Alps are just a stone’s throw away from Milan, so as soon I had my motorcycle lycense I started to explore the Alps, a motorcycle paradise. Almost everyweekend of the riding season I was exploring a new mountain pass. Every time I wanted more and more till in jumped in my mind the idea of travelling the world by motorcycle. After graduating from University with a degree in Sports, I started saving money by working as personal trainer 7 days/week, cutting out all the unnecessary expenses. A Motorcycle World Tour was a highly ambitious goal for a young guy, just an ordinary trainer. You have no idea how many people told me I was just dreaming!
A few years later, on April 4, 2011, I finally took off. My Motorcycle World Tour had commenced!
From the Italian Alps, I crossed Eastern Europe up to the Baltic Sea, then rode South through the Carpathian Mountains to the Balkans. I crossed Turkey from West to East and entered the Caucasus. I rode up to the Russian Urals and down to the Pamir Mountains, crossing Central Asia and a part of the Middle East. I spent another year exploring South-East Asia, including 4 months in Indonesia. Then, I went on a three-month ride in Australia, followed by taking a ship to Japan. I explored South Korea and then crossed all of Russia, from the Sakhalin Island to Saint Petersburg. I chose the longest and the most twisty route on the way back to Italy, following the North, West and South of Europe. After catching my breath at home, I spent 6 months touring North America.
Well over 3 years on the road, 53 countries, more than 150 000 km.
It was a huge amount of work that included:
– planning of the route
– taking care of the visas, permits, insurance, tickets and other paperwork
– motorcycle shippings and/or purchasing
– checking and fixing the motorcycle, oil and tire changing, etc.
– arranging accommodations and food
– various trouble shooting
And of course, it has been the most amazing, mind opening experience that simply changed my life and taught me that:
DREAMS DO COME TRUE YOU CAN MAKE IT HAPPEN
I and Lily have recently returned from Indonesia, where we have spent two months organising our Sumatra the Golden Island tours. Indonesia remains for us at the top of our long list as a fantastic motorcycle adventure destination. That is true especially for Sumatra, our favorite island in Indonesia.
We have done a huge amount of work planning the best adventure routs, exploring the most amazing spots, choosing the best hotels and restaurants in the area, getting in touch with the local people and so on.
We are ready to make those Sumatra Tours unforgettable !
I am happy to share my experience, knowledge and passion with you.
I invite YOU to join us on our next Big Adventure!
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