My friend Jakob just got back from a Motorcycle trip to Oman with his friend Mats and they were kind enough to share their photos and some words about their adventures on DERESTRICTED. Some gems in here, so dig in!:
Such an incredible country for those who are seeking vast landscapes and adventure. Oman is almost the size of Germany but with only a population 2,7mil people.
It´s a privilege to discover this scenically rich country with its pure wadis, empty beaches, endless deserts and rough mountains – especially if your choice of transportation is an enduro bike.
Shipping 4 bikes (KTM 950 ADVENTURE S, KTM640 ADVENTURE, KTM690 ENDURO with RALLY conversion, BMW1200GS with 21”,18” WHEEL CONVERSION) from Germany to Oman with http://www.einfach-losfahren.de/ (excellent service) the trip started on December 26th 2013 in the capital Muscat.
The journey took us all across the whole country down to the very south – Salala. Most of it was Off Road experiencing the steep dirt roads of the Al Hajar Mountains, the wet wadis and the open sandy desserts Wahiba Sands and parts of the Rub al-Chali. Total distance of the round trip is about 4250km. It is a true Off Road paradise with very little restrictions.
Winter Temperature is very enjoyable having temperatures ranging from 19-26°C. And the best thing about Oman: Omani people are very friendly and helpful. Gives you a delightful contrast to Austria!
Got stuck in a wadi 30min after picking up the bike from Muscat
Wadi Bani Awf
Evening sun near Ibri
Talking a walk at 7am to the Bedouin market in Sinaw
Hajar mountains at 1650m above sea level
Windy dirt roads down from the Hajar mountains
Wadi Arbean near Qurayat
Wadi Bani Khalid
Sunset on the road to Wadi Bani Khalid
Crossing Wahiba sands 160km of sand and not much more
Beach on Masirah Island, make sure your swim trunks fit
Beaches on Masirah Island are empty and clean
Florian is having fun in the sand and he likes to pose
The bay in the city of Sur at night
640 Adventure vs. GS1200R
This is the 690 Enduro with Rally Replica Fairing and front Tanks
GS railing through a water crossing
The 4 test contenders in one picture
Mats like to pose too this is on a cliff in Ra’s al Markaz
Matthias having a blast in Wadi Shuwaimiah
Huge Dune in the Empty Quarter Desert
A small Wadi in al Wusta region
Never mind the luggage, this is great fun.
This is just 35km outside of muscat
On the way back the bike stalled and I had to push it out, this is what can happen if you are going for a great shot
Into the mist of Hajar mountains
Jakob is taking a break to mess with the GPS
The Beach of al Khaluf
White Dunes of al Khaluf
Loading luggage can be challenging
Mats having a Blast
Jakob is getting comfortable
Wahiba sand crossing
Servicing my 2 baby’s
I like how the dust is lit by the sun
A great view of muscat
Misty Hajar Mountains
It’s great to get close to the people when you travel with motorbikes