One of the highlights of the current special exhibition at the BMW Museum in Munich is “Lady Sunshine” one of German globetrotter Doris Wiedemann’s motorcycles.
Studs, handlebar cuffs and lots of special accessories testify for the extreme adventure she survived with this bike: At freezing temperatures of -50°C / -72°F she went through Canada and Alaska being the first woman driving the Dalton Highway in winter with a motorcycle to the frozen Polar Sea at Prudhoe Bay.
Motorcyclists are considered to be individualists – during her extreme tours Doris Wiedemann in fact often solely depends on herself.
For more than 20 years the economist, photographer, journalist and travel author has explored faraway countries and foreign cultures and covered several hundred thousands of kilometers on five continents.
Her reliable companion many times was a BMW motorcycle. Including during her six month circumnavigation of Australia as well as during her seven month voyage across Africa.
Her 40.000 kilometer long journey through Russia to North- and South-Korea, Japan and all the way back across Russia was also done with a BMW R100GS/PD. Also spectacular was her next coup, traveling alone and without the compulsory guide a total of six months in China.
The special exhibition in the basement of the BMW Museum in Munich displays numerous souvenirs from faraway countries, pictures and the travel literature of Doris. Her books are available at the museum shop or as signed copies from the author herself at www.doris-wiedemann.com
BMW Museum, Am Olympiapark 2, 80809 Munich, Germany. Opening hours Tuesday - Sunday and public holidays 10 am - 6 pm, www.bmw-welt.de