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Des Molloy

Agent: Rollo Turner
Kapiti, New Zealand


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Dreamer and schemer, said the business card I produced for my Zen ride across the US in 2006. My mother used to call me a little Walter Mitty because of my numerous cerebral flights of fancy. She would have been pleased though that I have ridden unsuited motorcycles across 50 or countries and am still dreaming and scheming. Why unsuited motorcycles? Because no one else does!

I rode my darling Penelope (Yorkshire-made 1965 Panther motorcycle) from New Orleans to Buenos Aries in the 1970's on a youthful year-long adventure of discovery. I rode the same bike from Beijing to Arnhem (Holland) in 2005 across China, Mongolia, Russia, numerous 'stans', Iran, Turkey etc chronicling the journey in the well-received book and DVD 'The Last Hurrah'.

In 2006 I re-created the Robert Pirsig 'Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance' ride using the same 1965 bikes they used. The book of this ride is my latest project.

When not riding a motorcycle I work in the construction industry in New Zealand. Wife Stephanie was with me for the 70's ride, son Steve on the Asia ride, daughter Kitty on the US ride. Still need rides for Joe and Hannah and the family adventures will be complete/replete.

Interests: Motorcycling and travel

Published writer: Yes

Freelance: Yes


Published works:


  • The Last Hurrah
  • Other

  • Motocycling as Therapy