Motorcyclist On 'Round The World Adventure Gets Bike Stolen Halfway

Troy Siahaan
by Troy Siahaan

Sometimes bad luck hits you in the worst way. Martin Williams had modified his Kawasaki KLR650 to tackle a trip around the world. He only made it halfway before it was stolen.

Starting from his home in Australia, Williams made it to Swansea, in Wales, his childhood home, to spend Christmas with family. What was supposed to be a happy and joyous holiday season turned sour quickly. Instead of continuing his journey to Africa, on January 14 Williams woke up and found his KLR650 was gone.

Clearly shocked, angered and dismayed, Williams thinks the perpetrators were only interested in the bike, as he found a cut chain and his luggage just laying on the ground. Marks on the ground suggest the Kawasaki was shoved into the back of a van as quickly as possible.

As you can see in the photo above, the bike is white, blue, and green with Australian license plate: NSW 37. Anyone with information regarding the bike’s whereabouts are encouraged to contact the South Wales police.

Troy Siahaan
Troy Siahaan

Troy's been riding motorcycles and writing about them since 2006, getting his start at Rider Magazine. From there, he moved to Sport Rider Magazine before finally landing at in 2011. A lifelong gearhead who didn't fully immerse himself in motorcycles until his teenage years, Troy's interests have always been in technology, performance, and going fast. Naturally, racing was the perfect avenue to combine all three. Troy has been racing nearly as long as he's been riding and has competed at the AMA national level. He's also won multiple club races throughout the country, culminating in a Utah Sport Bike Association championship in 2011. He has been invited as a guest instructor for the Yamaha Champions Riding School, and when he's not out riding, he's either wrenching on bikes or watching MotoGP.

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