Motorcycles can be a great way to commute, transport smaller stuff from point A to B, or travel, sightsee and tour.
Depending on how much you carry, however, added weight can affect wear and tear on the whole bike, including suspension, tires, drive train, and brakes. It can also affect how well you can brake, corner, and of course, accelerate.
The more you pile on, the more you need to pay attention to where you place heavier items, how you attach them, and what the added ballast placed in various spots on your bike does to handling and control.
Following are some pointers to keep in mind, whether you are carrying the least or the most:
I find there are three sides to the concept of camping while traveling on a bike.
Stealth Camping: Living temporarily in a location, usually for recreation, in a covert or secretive fashion. Stealth camping is also referred to as wild camping, ninja camping, or free camping. (source: stealthcamping.com)
Tent Camping: Enjoying the great outdoors living in a tent usually in some sort of park or campground
No way tent camping: Enjoy riding a bike from hotel/motel to hotel/motel
Cheryl and I are mostly #2 and #3. Our theory about riding and camping/tenting is this…..If it’s not raining when we stop for the day and we are not too tired, we camp. Our definition of camping can be setting up our tent or staying in a cabin. We usually don’t mind if it rains on us after we get camp set up but truly dislike breaking down wet gear and having to pack it. If it’s raining, we are tired we might still cabin it or hotel/motel.
I found a great web site for anyone to peruse if you are traveling Canada on a bike. I will be posting some of its content here but use this link, GRAVELTRAVEL.CA to read all about the many back country roads up here. The site also include the TCAT-Tans Canada Adventure Trail. Plus, like last year….anyone planning to ride to Alaska please feel free to post any comments or questions if you feel we might be of any assistance in your planning.
We took the train from Ottawa to Montreal which was great the way there. Unexpectedly I bought economy business class seats which included a full course meal that was actually good. Plus, alcohol, snacks etc. All for about $10 more than the regular economy class. On the way back all those seats were sold out and we were out of luck but heading to Montreal was a treat…literally!
After arriving at the Montreal station we walked about 15 mins through town to get to our very contemporary yet warm and inviting hotel Continue reading →
Not often do Cheryl and I get away without our bikes but when we do we make the best if it. Visiting Cheryl in Ottawa while she continues her training for the IDENT section of the RCMP was great to walk about and see all the sights and sounds of these two Canadian cities.
We live in BC, Canada as many who read this blog know but heading to Ottawa and Old Montreal we both felt like we were in a totally different country. While French is the official second language of Canada, most do not speak it in BC. Having said that Ottawa and especially Old Montreal French dominates everyday chat. Made us feel a little insecure as we both do not speak French.
The Mayans seriously screwed up. Either that, or we are not very good at reading their hieroglyphs. Most of us woke up last December 22nd and realized that the predicted doomsday hadn’t materialized. But it got the Cycle World staff thinking… Continue reading →
After taking my bike off road for really the first “technical” trail since I have owned it…I am happy to say this bike kicks ass….but…and there is always a but…when I get around to posting videos and picture of March 24th 2013 Dual Sport BC Spring Newbie ride…you will see I have one complaint about my awesome bike. Have a watch of a professional video…Oh, to have a cinematographer in the family! Second video is me showing you the front end suspension of my bike.
Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me! Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors! What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer? Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it!
Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22! I think it’s going to be a fun night!