Sjaak Lucassen

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Sjaak Lucassen
Born (1961-10-02) October 2, 1961 (age 57)[1]
Maashees, The Netherlands[1]
Known forLong-distance motorcycle riding

Sjaak Lucassen (born October 2, 1961[1][2]) is a Dutch long-distance motorcycle rider.


Between 1995 and 1998 he traveled 160,000 kilometres (99,000 mi) on a Honda Fireblade and then between 2001 and 2006 he traveled 250,000 kilometres (160,000 mi) around the world on a Yamaha YZF-R1.[3][4] One journalist deemed the Yamaha sportbike to be "by its nature" inappropriate for the journey's demands of "off-road traveling, desert and deep water crossing".[5] His solo travels of the 2000s are documented in the film Sjaak the World and the book Life on 2 wheels written by Lucassen. A 16,000-kilometre (9,900 mi) trip from Florida to Alaska with German long-distance rider Doris Wiedemann beginning January 2009 was documented in her 2010 book, Winter Ride to Alaska: By Motorcycle from Florida to the Shore of the Arctic Ocean.[6][7] In March–April 2013, Lucassen rode from Barrow, Alaska to Key West, Florida, starting with traversal over sea ice and frozen tundra from Barrow to Nuiqsut, towing a sledge part way.[8][9]

In a 2012 interview for the Royal Dutch Touring Club, Lucassen reckoned he had spent ten years of his life journeying in the saddle of a motorcycle.[3]


Books and film[edit]

  • Lucassen, Sjaak (2010). Leven op 2 wielen [Life on 2 wheels] (in Dutch). ISBN 9789491153013.
  • Lucassen, Sjaak; Brown, Andy (Translator) (October 15, 2013). Thiesen-Lucassen, Gardie, ed. Life on 2 wheels (Part 1 out of 3, Europe and Africa) (Kindle ed.). ASIN B00FXQB6WW.
  • Brandon Green, Director/Director of Photography, Editor, Writer; Sjaak Lucassen, Executive Producer, Camera (2010). Sjaak the World (DVD) (Motion picture). Kansas City, Kansas: Evergreen Images. — Nominated best documentary feature at Black Hills film festival 2011[10]


Lucassen was an invited speaker at the German Globetrotter Club's 2009 and 2013 Globetrottertreffen rallies in Austria.[11][12]



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