In 1977 Terry Mentzer rode a Honda XL250 from Los Angeles to Los Angeles–westbound. He was the first person to document a solo, continuous, point-to-point motorcycle circumnavigation in a major publication–inking the pages of the November and December 1978 issues of Motorcyclist Magazine. Prior to his ride, a handful of others had completed continental rides across Europe and Asia, but none had assembled an uninterrupted, continuous circumnavigation.
I’m Andrew Mentzer (Terry’s son), and in 2012 I embarked on a journey to retrace as much of my father’s route as geopolitics, weather and war would allow. Crossing Australia, SE Asia and North America so far, there have been some hiccups along the way, but the tour will continue. I’m hoping to complete rides across Europe and Central Asia sometime in 2017 or 2018.