Route des Grandes Alpes 2008

In the summer of 2008, Marcus Kingma asked Sjaak in an e-mail how he felt about going to the French Alps, to shoot some video footage for his new website


For turning through curves for a couple of days, Sjaak never needs much of persuading and he immediately replied a “Yes”.
Short before the planned departure date however, Marcus reported that the promised test bike was not timely available and that he unfortunately had to call it off. Immediately it popped up in Sjaak’s mind that he had two R1’s available and his eyes started to twinkle by the thought that this was a very good excuse to take his old world travel R1 out of the shed.

So it happened that while touring towards the Mediterranean, he saw his own bike riding in front of him.
A strange perception.
It did result in beautiful footage!

Sjaak down Col de l’Iseran

R1 Sjaak’s answer to a puncture

For this summer 2008 ride along ‘Route des Grandes Alpes’, the following companies need to be mentioned.

Yamaha Motor Nederland

Because of the two R1’s which were used.

Lookwell Bike Fashion

Because of the leather suit.


Because of the built-in track and trace system which made it possible to watch the route live on the internet.

► ► North Cape summer 2007