What is adventure riding?

19 Nov

Planning your next ride? Wondering how far you can go? Worried about encounters with strangers or wildlife? What’s your definition of an adventure ride?

Click on this video to learn how Grant & Susan became inspired and what developed from sharing their passion with others.   http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q-UnKgdFcKU      I’ve met them both this past September at the HU  Travellers Meeting at Camp Manitou near Parry Sound, Ontario.  

For most of us in Ontario we’ve now got more time for reading because the weather dictates less time for riding; so I might suggest finding a good book.  

Jupiter’s Travels –  Ted Simon spent four years riding around the world on his 1973 Triumph Tiger. There is more info at http://jupiterstravellers.org/  I began riding in 1968 and know that the current technology has produced more reliable bikes.

Investment Biker –  Visiting the Barber Vintage Motorsports Museum in Huntsville Alabama I saw the two BMW motorcycles that Jim and Tabitha rode 105,000 kilometers travelling around world.

The Man Who Would Stop at Nothing –  John Ryan is an extreme Iron Butt rider who wishes to outride everyone else.

Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance. Don’t be mislead by the title; Robert Persig’s book is an interesting book but won’t help you much on the side of the road if your bike suffers a mechanical failure.

These two other good books don’t have much to do with adventure, but can certainly help you keep your arse on the seat and your wheels on the road. The Upper Half of the Motorcycle by Bernt Spiegel and Riding in the Zone by Ken Condon.

I learned a new word today, “selfie” is something that I’ve done a few times while riding solo. Because I live under a rock without benefit of Facebook I didn’t know what I was doing when I took this picture with my phone last summer in the barrens north of Burgeo in Newfoundland along highway 480, the Caribou Trail.



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