Loki the Big Green Steyr Tackles the Globe

They call it Loki, and from the looks of it there’s not a lot of terrain it can’t handle. A 1976 Steyr 680 flat-bed truck, Loki produces a modest 120 bhp with its 6-liter diesel engine. But, paired to a non-synchronized five speed transmission with a locking rear differential and full time four wheel drive, it’s a formidable off-roader. Fitted with a full living habitat in the rear, it’s also a comfortable home for German adventurers Astrid and Sven as they work their way around the world.

After a prolonged search for the right vehicle, and many months of preparations, Astrid and Sven have already covered a large portion of the globe. They have traversed all of Europe and traveled through Russia, Mongolia, and they’re now in China.

Their plan is to drive south into India, spend the holiday season perhaps in Myanmar before spending the spring months in Laos, Vietnam, Malaysia and into Indonesia. From there they will continue their way further south and into South America. Eventually, they’ll continue their journey into Africa heading north back to their home city of Munich. So far, it looks like they’ve had a great journey.


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If you think their truck is great, you should swing by their website and read through a few of their posts from the road. It’s an impressive adventure and looks to be getting more interesting by the day.




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Christophe Noel is a journalist from Prescott, Arizona. Born into a family of backcountry enthusiasts, Christophe grew up backpacking the mountains and deserts of the American West. An avid cyclist and bikepacker, he also has a passion for motorcycles, travel, food and overlanding.