Every year motorcycling enthusiasts travel from all over the world to the sacred Alpine biking destination of Garmisch-Partenkirchen to participate in the one and only BMW Motorrad Days. Even though the event is not until July, one BMW rider is already on his way Ė from Thailand. Meet 47-year-old Prasit Aphiphunya, who left Bangkok on 22 April and has now entered Russia, via Mongolia. In an exclusive interview, he tells BMW Motorrad why he's quite literally making his life a ride on his R 1200 GSWhat are your reasons for making this fantastic journey?There are quite a few reasons. First of all I want to be the first solo Thai rider to make the trip from Bangkok to Garmisch-Partenkirchen. I also want to arrive at BMW Motorrad Days on a standard BMW F 800 GS production model from Thailand. Iím planning to attend the BMW Tourguide Academy and because it is my hope to become an official BMW Motorrad travel partner I want to make a recce of the route from Bangkok to Garmisch-Partenkirchen, so that I can offer an annual tour for BMW riding clients from Asia.You sound like an experienced rider?Yes, I have been riding around Asia for over 15 years on BMW bikes.How did you prepare your F 800 GS for this journey?There was no real need to prepare the bike so much. My F 800 GS is equipped with panniers, windshield, adventure seat, LED light, engine guard and sump guard Ė and all items are official BMW accessories.And how is it performing so far?The GS has performed perfectly so far. I think this bike is suitable for Asian riders, as it is perfect in every aspect. I would really like to help BMW to promote this model as the best touring bike.And what about you, how is your physical condition after several weeks of riding?I am feeling great. Iím very happy and enjoying every minute that Iím riding. I do ride my BMW a lot though Ė usually about 25,000 kilometres per year!Did you leave special friends and family behind, and are they missing you?My children are still very young. I have three boys: my eldest is only four-years-old and I also have twin boys, who will be one-year-old in June. I miss them very much, but I hope that in time, my journey will be something that they will be proud of.How do you finance this journey?I am financing this trip out of my own pocket.What will you do when you return to Thailand?This year I will become the official partner of BMW Motorrad for Asia, so itís my dream to offer the best riding tours in Asia.What have been the highlights so far for you on this journey?I started in Laos. In Laos the roads and terrain are fantastic for motorcycling. In Yunnan China, the high mountain roads are impressive and challenging. The vastness of China is breathtaking, while Mongolia is a beautiful place. Overall the journey so far has been a great life-changing experience for me.How has the reaction of the people been in various countries when you explain to them what you are doing?A bit strange! They are all thinking how could it be possible to do this journey!Did you already travel lots before this trip?Yes I have been travelling since I was 11-years-old. I was sent overseas to school and since then I havenít been able to stop travelling!What are you looking forward to most on your journey ahead?Life is very short, so take advantage as much as you can. Every journey is a new experiences.How is the motorcycle scene back home in Thailand?Itís getting very popular. For the last four years, the touring motorcycle market has grown very rapidly.What do you know about BMW Motorrad Days?I know that it is the biggest BMW festival in the world. That is why it would be an honour for me to arrived at BMW Motorrad Days all the way with from Thailand with my F 800 GS.And finally, whatís the best way for people to follow your journey?The best way to follow my journey is via ...
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