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Hello fellow rider!

Where does Road Attack come from? Well it was the model of my first big bikes tires. I was looking for a good name that actually relates to me and there it is. I know it sounds geeky. The content may not live up to the name if you are looking for someone attacking something ūüėõ

I am a software developer, born in Adana in 1976, living in Istanbul, Turkey. I have a B.Sc in Business and M.Sc. in Information Systems.

Back in 1988, my parents took me and my sister on a road trip in Europe and Great Britain. Being 12 and a becoming teenager, I was totally in awe with all the motorcycles and their riders that passed us in the Italian and Swiss Alps. It was a dream for me, their bikes and all their buttons on the handle-bars. (Of course, back then there were fewer.)

The first time I ever rode a motorcycle was when I was fourteen. Back then, of course, with the bliss of ignorance, I¬†did not wear any protection of any kind. I guess I am one of the lucky ones that survived… With a tragic loss of my best friend on my birthday, at the age of 17, I have suppressed my interest for motorcycling until I was¬†32.

Having a rough time in life, both personally and professionally, I have found peace and content in my life when one day I decided to buy myself a motorbike. I went to BMW Motorrad in Istanbul and picked the bike I wanted, an R1200RT. My first big bike! It just seemed like a really nice bike :).

Although I had previous experience in riding, I knew I had to get some professional training. BMW offered to have me trained through their solution partner BMW Rider Academy.

All that was back in 2010. Since then, I have been training my skills and abilities and practicing motorcycling through different academy and institutions such as Bike My World and California Superbike School. I have changed a number of motorcycles such as R1200GSA, K1300R, Husaberg 390FE, K1600GT. I currently own a 2013 R1200GS(LC) and a 2014 KTM 1290 SuperDuke R. Whether on or off the road, I enjoy riding.

I have travelled in groups and on my own both in Turkey and abroad. Most of the my travels are personal epic,¬†soul searching and mind easing in kind. My first solo ride was in 2011 that have covered the Balkans, coast-to-coast Europe including the Alps and the Pyrenees as well as England, Wales, Ireland and Scotland, which lasted 53 days and 18000 km. I love riding my motorcycles, it is the one true thing that calms me and takes my mind off the stress of life… It has become a passion, and according to some people, an obsession for me, but hey, I am happy.

For the past couple of years, on and off, I wanted to write about my travel adventures and share my experience with other people like yourself. I will be writing about trainings, travelling, sharing videos and pictures on various topics that involves me or relates to me. This is about me after all. I hope you will find something that interests you among these posts. If you do, please do not hesitate to comment on it or contact me.

Cheers,
Mehmet Tekin

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