Clymer Manuals http://www.clymer.com sponsored adventure tourer Sjaak Lucassen as he rode his specially modified Yamaha R1 sportbike around the world. The Yamaha R1 is not known as an adventure touring bike, and has no off-road pretensions, but Sjaak road it everywhere, on and off road, in his race leathers, getting a knee down when he could.
Following in the tire tracks of such travel adventures as Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert Pirsig, Jupiters Travels by Ted Simon, The Longest Ride by Emilio Scotto, Two Wheels Through Terror by Glen Heggstad, The Motorcycle Diaries by Che Guevara, and Long Way Round and Long Way Down by Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman, Sjaak Lucassen set out on March 2001 and through Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia, North America and South America passing through the Amazon, Congo, China, Thailand, Sturgis and the Black Hills and more, Sjaak set a great new example for extreme travel!
Although the Clymer staff wasn't along for the ride, we did sponsor Sjaak Lucassen on his 5 year adventure to travel around the world on an unlikely motorcycle: a 2001 Yamaha R1. To make the motorcycle a serious adventure touring bike that could compete with well known motorcycles in the class including the BMW GS models and the Kawasaki KLR, the Yamaha R1 received extensive modifications including: Adapted and strengthened sub frame to attach top and side trunks, aluminum box below the tank for spare chain, small rack on steering stem for GPS, Van Wylick strengthened 3mm aluminum stay fairing, modified shorter Laser exhaust, spare Metzeler tires, Cyclelok alarm with trunk protection, Hyperpro steering damper, fully synthetic Putoline oil, K&N air filter, Osco chain oiler, Fuelstar so lower octane fuel can be used, 12 volt adapter to charge video camera and laptop, on/off switch for right headlight, extra brake lights in the side trunks, and of course a Clymer manual for all the maintenance, troubleshooting, and repair.
Sjaak started the project with a Sony Handycam DCR-PC5E video camera. In the spring of 2005 he added a Sony DSR-PD170 for its wide angle lens. Clymer's YouTube channel shot with miniDV recorders also. They were soon replaced in favor of SD systems.