Jeffrey Polnaja

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Jeffrey Polnaja
BornJune 1962 (age 58)
Bandung, Indonesia
OccupationTravel Writer
OrganizationRide For Peace
Known forWorld Traveller, Adventure Rider

Jeffrey Polnaja (born June 1962) is the first Indonesian motorcyclist to ride around the world.[1][2]


Jeffrey Polnaja was born in Bandung.[3] He was an outdoor sports enthusiast from and early age, trying mountain climbing, sky gliding, horseback riding, and motorcycle off-road riding.

In 1978 he embarked on a long distance solo ride for the first time, riding a Honda CB100 motorcycle from Bandung across Java to Bali. In 1989 he joined the "Bala Turangga" equestrian club and won several national championship trophies. His specialization is show jumping.[4]

On April 23, 2006 he embarked on a journey from Jakarta, Indonesia to ride around the world on his BMW R1150GS. The title of the book chronicling his journey is called "Ride For Peace".[1] He traveled through Asia,[5][6] North Africa,[7] and Europe.[4] On November 29, 2008 he returned to Indonesia to receive the "Lifetime Achievement Award",[8] the highest award that can be given by Indonesian Motor Association (IMI) to the Indonesian automotive enthusiast. Since IMI was established more than 100 years ago (1906), only two people have been given this award.[9]

After publishing a book, Wind Rider in 2011, Polnaja returned to Europe with his motorcycle and continued his journey. He started from Paris, made his way across Siberia,[10] crossed to North America,[11][12][13] Central America,[14] South America.,[15][16][17] Australia.[18] and returned to Indonesia in September, 2015.[19]

By the time he finished his journey in Jakarta,[19] he had ridden 420,000 kilometers,[19] passed through 97 countries.[19]


  • Polnaja, Jeffrey; Khalida, Laura (2011). Wind Rider Menyerempet Bahaya Demi Perdamaian Dunia [Wind Rider – Grazed by Danger for the Sake of World Peace] (in Indonesian) (first ed.). Jakarta: Qanita. ISBN 9786028579643. LCCN 2011318328.


  1. ^ a b "Indonesian On A "Ride For Peace" Mission Visiting Slovakia" (Press release). Bratislava: Embassy of the Republic of Indonesia to Slovakia. September 2, 2008. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  2. ^ "8 anak bangsa di kancah otomotif dunia". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  3. ^ "jeffrey polnaja keliling dunia". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  4. ^ a b "Biking around the world for world peace". Global Travel Industry News. June 7, 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  5. ^ Jamal Shahid (November 26, 2006), "Biker trotting globe for peace", DAWN, Karachi, Pakistan, retrieved 26 March 2015
  6. ^ M. Ghazanfar Ali Khan (March 6, 2007), "Indonesian on a Ride for Peace Mission", Arab News, Riyadh, Arab Saudi, retrieved 1 April 2015
  7. ^ "Indonesian arrives in Egypt on motorbike global peace ride", China People's Daily, April 9, 2007, retrieved 26 March 2015
  8. ^ "Lifetime Achievement Award". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  9. ^ "IMI Award 2009". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  10. ^ "Orang pertama Indonesia jelajahi Siberia". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  11. ^ Zeynita Gibbons (April 23, 2013), "Biker Indonesia Jeffrey Polnaja disambut meriah di Kanada", Antara (news agency) (in Indonesian), retrieved 5 April 2015
  12. ^ "HU Travellers Meeting North Carolina 2013". Horizons Unlimited. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  13. ^ "HU Travellers Meeting California 2013". Horizons Unlimited. Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  14. ^ "Jeffrey Polnaja". (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 22 March 2015. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  15. ^ Sottorff, Sebastian (March 21, 2015), "Viaje ya abarca 94 paises del mundo: El extenso recorrido por la paz que trajo a Chile a un viajero indonesio", El Mercurio (in Spanish), retrieved 29 March 2015
  16. ^ "injakan kaki di kota paling selatan". (in Indonesian). Retrieved 29 March 2015.
  17. ^ "Paraguay, país 91° para el rider indonesio Jeffrey Polnaja". Diario ABC Color (in Spanish). Asunción, Paraguay. November 21, 2014. Retrieved 26 March 2015.
  18. ^ Erwin Renaldi (June 17, 2015), "Orang Indonesia Pertama Keliling Dunia Naik Motor Kini Jelajahi Australia", ABC (Australian TV channel) Australia Plus (in Indonesian), Melbourne, archived from the original on 27 January 2016, retrieved 22 January 2016
  19. ^ a b c d Alviansyah Pasaribu (September 19, 2015), "Jeffrey Polnaja tuntaskan 420.000km keliling dunia sendirian", Antara (news agency) (in Indonesian), retrieved 22 January 2016

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