Northern Expedition

From Medan we will ride to North Sumatra right through UNESCO World Heritage listed tropical rainforest. Expect monkeys crossing the road and numerous cheerful greetings from the local children and adults alike. We will trek in one of the national parks where there is a good chance to spot the magnificent “men of the forest” – orangutans – in their natural habitat. As our journey goes on we will learn more about the world-famous Indonesian coffee during our visit to a traditional coffee plantation. Enjoy the plentiful curves of the Sumatran mountain roads and take in the stunning views upon the lush valleys. Take a dip in the crystalline ocean waters of the Pulau Weh island – the northernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago. As it is well known for its coral reefs and diverse waterlife, we ought to do some diving and snorkeling here! On top of that the island is quite interesting riding wise as its twisty roads are great for cornering. We will discover hundreds of kilometers of the West coast wild beaches and then head to Lake Toba – the largest volcanic lake on Earth. Is riding over a wooden suspended bridge on your bucket list yet? We can do it too!

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Information

DURATION (DAYS)

12

RIDING DIFFICULTY

challenging

DISTANCE COVERED

1950km/1.211mi

UNPAVED ROADS

UNPAVED ROADS

+/- 15 Km,
extra on request

Please note that this is an indicative route. It is not 100% accurate. The route we offer is way more twisty and fun!

Dates & Prices

DATE

21/02  to 04/03 2018

SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT

585 €

PRICES RIDER

PRICES RIDER

1.980 €

PRICES PASSENGER

1.476 €

 SUPPORT VEHICLE PASSANGER

SUPPORT VEHICLE PASSANGER

1.876 €

Highlights
  • Lumbini Natural Park
  • Barisan Mountains
  • Gunung Leuser National Park a World Heritage Site
  • Hike in the jungle
  • Lake Laut Tawar
  • Gayo coffee plantation visit
  • Banda Aceh city tour
  • Visit to Pulau Weh island
  • Diving and snorkeling
  • Riding to “Km 0”- the northernmost point of the Indonesian archipelago
  • Hundreds of kilometers of wild white beaches of the West coast
  • Meulaboh city tour
  • Sidikalang fruits and vegetables
  • Toba Lake, the biggest volcanic lake in the world
  • Crossing of a suspended wooden bridge
  • Meet one of the friendliest populations on Earth
  • Learn the unlimited possibilities of loading your motorcycle from the local people
  • Savory food and exotic fruits
  • One of the best coffees in the world
  • Uncountable viewpoints
Itinerary

Day 1

Arrival at the airport, pickup and transfer to the hotel. Tour explanation, riding safety tips sharing and a welcome dinner.

Day 2-3

Riding from Medan to our first stop in Lumbini Natural Park – a beautiful Buddhist temple. Back on the road and ride the infinite curves of the Barisan Mountains. Arrive to the Gunung Leuser National Park, a World Heritage Site. A half-day hike in the beautiful tropical rainforest looking for orangutans.

Day 4-5

Riding north to Lake Laut Tawar and visit Gayo coffee plantations to get the first-hand information about coffee and tobacco producing and processing. Tasting coffee and tobacco in a nice coffee shop in order to understand why they are considered some of the best in the world. The next morning we will admire amazing views of the city of Takengon with Lake Laut Tawar at the background. Riding up the mountains again to finally hit the coast of the Indian Ocean.

Day 6-7-8

Arrive in Banda Aceh, a multiethnic city known since the Marco Polo times. Nowadays it is sadly known around the world because of the 2004 tsunami natural disaster. Join a city tour visiting its highlights including the tsunami memorials. Attention, a nice surprise during the city tour! Crossing by ferry to Pulau Weh to have a paradise island resting day. Snorkeling, diving, hiking, riding around or just relaxing there, all of the activities included in our tour . And that is not all! We will also ride to the “km 0” monument, the northernmost point of the whole Indonesian archipelago, located on the island.

Day 9-10-11

Back on Sumatra mainland and ride south along the West coast. Hundreds of kilometers of wild white beaches with incredible viewpoints. We will stop in the town of Meulaboh. Another city tour and tasting of the delicious coffee served in an unusual way. Curves after curves, pictures after pictures we arrive in Sidikalang. This city is located at around 1000 meters above the sea level, so it enjoys cool temperature and makes it a perfect farming location. You will get surprised at the variety of fruits and vegetables, so get ready to the feast!

Day 12

The icing on the cake to end this tour is an amazing viewing point of Lake Toba. Take a good rest, admire the biggest caldera lake on our planet and enjoy the delicious goodbye dinner.

Don’t forget that we have a wooden suspended bridge crossing for the ones willing to try it!

What Is Included
  • Motorcycle rental 250 cc Honda CRF 250 RALLY or Kawasaki KLX 250 cc insured with a third party liability.
  • All nights accommodation (comfortable middle-class hotels)
  • Fuel for the whole tour
  • All entrance fees that are included in the highlights
  • All parking fees
  • All breakfasts
  • Hike in the rainforest of Gunung Leuser National Park
  • Hike in Pulau Weh Island
  • Tour on a coffee field and processing plant
  • Ferry to Pulau Weh and back
  • Introduction to diving in Pulau Weh island
  • City tours of Banda Aceh and Meulaboh
  • Coffee, tea, water and soft drinks during riding hours
  • Pick up and drop off at the airport
  • Motorcycle tour guide
  • Driver and support vehicle*
  • Emergency first aid kit
  • Our guide is an experienced motorcycle mechanic and he is also first aid qualified
  • Morning briefings
  • 1 Welcome dinner and 1 goodbye dinner

Not Included

  • All services and items not mentioned above

Please Note

* The support vehicle will join the tour when there will be at least 5 participants.

Accomodation

We personally checked all of our hotels and we have chosen the best as quality/location/service available. We will stay in comfortable hotels of 3* average, one night in a 4* hotel and beautiful bungalows. Please bare in mind that Indonesia is a developing country therefore we can not always expect European/American/Australian standard of quality of accommodation, food and/or service. However that is usually compensated by the friendliness of the local people.

Useful Info

How many “no riding days” are in the tour ? There will be one resting day. In case you are willing to ride instead, we have a couple of amazing routes ready for you.

– How many km do we ride daily ? We will ride 112 miles/day (180 km/day) as an average. Obviously some days we will ride more than that and some days we will ride less.

How much of motorcycle experience do I need ? You don’t need to be a pro rider to travel with us. You should, however, be an experience motorcyclist who is comfortable riding a motorcycle during a city’s rush hours as well as on small mountains roads. This will be a challenging, yet rewarding and definitely an enjoyable experience for you.

How about riding in Indonesia ? Indonesia is a country with left-hand traffic. There are a lot of two wheel vehicles on the road and driving rules are not exactly followed. Out of the cities and far from Medan roads are not busy and riding becomes very enjoyable. However a defensive riding style is needed as roads are used by everyone including grazing animals. An incredible fact about Indonesia is that there are hardly any road accidents. How is that possible? After extensive riding in Indonesia our understanding is that it is possible because vehicles’ speed on the road is low. So, when in Rome, do as the Romans do and you will be just fine. A full riding tips information will be given at the briefing on the arrival day.

-Why a 250cc dual sport motorcycle ? As it was mentioned above the average speed of an Indonesian driver is pretty low and the maximal motorcycle engine size used by the majority of the local people is only 150cc. Our 250cc motorcycles are able to ride much faster than almost any other vehicle on the road. In any case riding faster than 70-80 km/h is dangerous for two reasons: first because around 80 % of roads run along mountains/hills so it is impossible to go faster, and second – because those are just small local roads, used by everyone include grazing animals. Having a motorcycle that is able to run 140km/h is more than enough. Bigger sized motorcycles in Indonesia are risky to ride and difficult to deal with in the traffic jams. Please bare in mind that those enduro motorcycle are pretty tall from the ground, 895mm. It will not represent a problem for an experienced motorcyclist. Others should be at least 1.73 meters tall in order to be able to ride confidently. If you have never ridden an enduro motorcycle before, do not worry, it is quite simple and easy as the motorcycle weight is only 155 kg.

-What about road conditions ? Almost everywhere in Sumatra the roads are covered by tarmac. The tarmac conditions vary from very good to very poor. Our dual sport motorcycles are capable of riding everywhere without problems. Mostly road conditions are better in Aceh province than in North Sumatra.

-Will there be a support vehicle? Yes in case the group counts at least five riders or in case there are two passengers . Our support vehicle can carry up to 2 motorcycles. It is possible to reserve up to 4 passenger places for the entire trip in the support vehicle. Our support vehicle will carry 1 baggage per person.

Which bag should i bring ? You should have a waterproof roll bag. Please be aware that your bag should be a good quality one. If you can’t pack all of your belongings in a 60 liters roll bag you are bringing far too much.

Is it possible to ride 2 up? Yes it is possible, if your companion has an experience of being at the back of an enduro motorcycle. Please note that the total weight of a rider and a passenger should not exceed 140 kg. We will take care of your luggage in case you choose to ride 2 up. The passenger must be at least 12 years old. He/she should be able to place both feet flat on the passenger foot pegs of the motorcycle. Please note that riding 2 up requires more skills from a ride. You may also book a seat in the support vehicle for the passenger if they do not want to ride with you the entire time.

What about visas ? 169 nations including the citizens of Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, Russia and mostly all of the South American countries do not need a visa for Indonesia. You can enter without a visa at Medan airport (Kualanamu International Airport) and stay up to 30 days in Indonesia. However there are two requirements for entering without a visa:

  1. A valid passport with a minimum validity of at least 6 (six) months
  2. Return ticket (out of Indonesia) within 30 days from the entrance day

-Which kind of food should I expect ? Indonesian cuisine is one of the most vibrant and colourful cuisines in the world, full of intense flavour. The staple food is rice, for Indonesians if there is no rice means there is no food. Normally rice is served as fried rice mixed with vegetables, egg and chicken or as a side dish with chicken/ meat/ fish. However there are several soups too and some chinese dishes as the noodles, meat balls and spring rolls. Normally foreigners prefer dishes like Nasi Goreng (mixed fried rice), Mie Goreng (mixed fried noodles), Rendang (beef stew cooked in a flavorful sauce), Sate (chicken skewers), Ayam Bakar (grilled chicken ), Ayam Goreng (deep-fried chicken). Indonesians love hot chilly sauce,so get ready to learn fast how to say “tidak pedas” (not spicy)! All-favorite drinks are tea (black and green) and coffee. Fizzy drinks, Coca-cola, Pepsi etc are broadly available. Drinking beer is not a custom in Indonesia, but normally you should be able to order a beer in a hotel. In any case a couple of extra dollars make miracles.

Which kind of weather should I expect ? As Sumatra has tropical rainforest climate, the temperature here remains relatively hot throughout the year, never less than 18 °C (64 °F). In tropical climates there is often only two seasons: “wet” season and “dry” season. If this was true years ago, deforestation and world climate changes also affect Sumatra nowadays. Now it is hard to predict the weather and we should be surprised if during the tour we will not get wet at least ones. After all why do you think Sumatra is so green ? Good news that normally the rain passes quickly so you can wait under a roof of the numerous coffee shops along the road. Please bring a good quality motorcycle rain gear. Sometimes we will ride at the altitude of around 2000 meters above the sea level where it is usually quite fresh.  Please keep that in mind when choosing your motorcycle gear.

-Tell me more about Sumatra and is it safe there ? Sumatra is  the sixth-largest island in the world, for example it is bigger than Germany and almost twice the size of the UK. The people of Sumatra are multi-lingual and multi-religious. Most of these groups share many similar traditions and different tongues are closely related. There are over 52 languages spoken but almost everyone speaks Indonesian. English language is becoming more and more popular from year to year. The major religion is Islam, followed by Christianity, Buddhism and Hinduism.

Indonesia is an example of how people of different beliefs live in peace and harmony close to each other. Indonesian Muslim people are laid back and tolerant. Even in Aceh province which is supposed to be more conservative it is possible to get beers in the hotels. Indonesian people are open, friendly and very interested in foreigners. Most probably you will get asked by someone to make a selfie with you even though you may think that you are not really a “Brad Pitt”. We have never had any experience of pickpocketing, scams or robbery in Sumatra. Actually it feels way safer in Sumatra than in more touristy Bali, Thailand or some other places in southeast Asia.

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