Tuesday, May 24, 2022

ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLE and MOTORCYLE ADVENTURES - Research Spring and Summer 2022

 

Europe through Russia to the USA – Out!

In April, # 9 halted his adventure plans to start an overland motorcycle adventure in June from Heidelberg, Germany to Latvia, and then across Russia and onward to the USA in June.  His adventure motorcycle for the rally leg, his often used 1986 BMW K100RT, has been gifted for another use.

 
The # 9 adventurer said of the plan hatched three years earlier, “It’s a fool’s journey in 2022 given the political environment, no visa possibility and high cost of shipping or flying the motorcycle out of Vladivostok to Los Angeles. Even the big wallet guys with mega dollars can’t buy passage for their vehicle out of Vladivostok, let alone for themselves, even using their private jets. They can't even enter Russia.”

 

ALCAN 5000 – In!

Entrant # 69 has been prepping his BMW for the 2022 Alcan 5000 August 23 – September 1. www.alcan5000.com/ has details. Photo below is the BMW preparation in progress. The rally leg will take # 69 as far west as Telegraph Creek in British Colombia.


In 1939 Slim Williams and John Logan dragged, pushed, pulled and rode a BSA motorcycle down the telegraph trail to Telegraph Creek, and then on to Hazelton, BC. It was the first motorcycle adventure from Alaska to the Lower 48, to prove a road could be made the connect Alaska with the Lower 48.  What # 69 will find in Telegraph Creek in August, 2022 will be far different from the village in 1939, but he is guaranteed to have a riding adventure as most of the road from the Stewart-Cassiar Highway to Telegraph Creek is gravel and dirt, a challenge for the heavy BMW with a full load of luggage. Motorcycle preparation is a key element for # 69’s success and that of his BMW 1992 R100 GS “Bumble Bee” model as there are no BMW parts depots of shops on this leg of his adventure.

 

“Looking For America” Adventure  - A Go!

A long loop through the heartland of America in June is mapped, booked and a confirmed for # 9. Kansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and South Dakota are on the route. Arrival in Duluth for the globally famous Ride To Work Day celebration at Aerostich Designs, the rally sponsor and headquarters, is the northern most target. The Looking For America tour is a book promotional tour combined with a research project.  The book being promoted, ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLIST: FRAZIER SHRUGGED, went live as a digital publication in May – Amazon also offers it as a print copy. 

Some of the research for the book was conducted during Livermore imposed down times spent after stewarding and guiding Richard Livermore to his preferred five-star secure hotels, B & Bs, and motels during Livermore’s self-terminated attempt to circle the globe using # 9 as his paid guide. Frazier said of his current research, “Back when Livermore and I were on the road, like in South America, he would often not attempt to speak Spanish, opting for American slang and idioms when speaking with the locals. An example and a Livermore favorite was “Okey dokey” instead of saying “Si.” I may have mistakenly thought his Indiana farm boy language came from Kansas, and several times said to him, "We're not in Kansas anymore Toto," to cajole him to try some Spanish or Americanisms the locals could understand or translate. In June I am traveling to Kansas (the physical center of the Lower 48 of the United States of America) to see if they teach school age children to use that particular American idiom, or another favorite used by Livermore as a substitute for "Si," that being "You betcha." It should be fun research and maybe I will find Dorothy and Toto, if they have returned from the imaginary Land of Oz."

[Saul Bishop posted, from the road May, 2022]

    

Thursday, May 13, 2021

MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TOURING AND TRAVEL 2022

 

The ‘RTW rally continues into 2022!

(ADV RALLY NEWS: May 1, 2022 - over 235,000 looks at this blog! "... a classic read" says www.gsafrica.com on Facebook)

Some rally entrants had to halt their adventures in 2020 due to COVID and country border closures or visa expirations. Others escaped before borders and airports were closed, jetted to larger geographic areas to explore. Some became extremely creative, moving themselves and gear, sans motorcycles, to further points where they bought, rented or borrowed motorcycles to continue.

For 2020, one example was # 9 exiting SE Asia a day before flights were cancelled and airports and borders closed, to continue adventuring, like to the Annual Sturgis Bike Rally – “Screw Covid!”https://bit.ly/3uGHPT6  As # 9 entrant said about attending in 2021, "Nope, 2020's 10 minutes was enough.  I only stopped long enough for a few photos, didn't even buy a T-shirt."

Another entrant, # 69, has been using his time to finish his BMW/HPN conversion, while using his alternate BMW to explore and adventure in the western USA. Meanwhile he is also off-roading in the wilds of America with Honda conversion:



September 1 finds # 69 in Spain, roaming Europe!

 

In November, 2020, a global Zoom meeting, celebrating the birthday of 40 Years of the BMW G/S and GS models, was sponsored by BMW North America in conjunction with Bob’s BMW in Jessup, Maryland, and one rally entrant was one of the six presenters, which included Hans Muth, who designed the original G/S model in 1979: www.bobsbmw.com

For 2021 some rally touch points were:

May, 27-31, 2021, the BMW 49er Rally, Mariposa, California USA,  sponsored by the BMW Motorcycle Club Of Northern California, where Dr. G will be doing book signings http://bit.ly/2UPEMaQ and giving two lectures on motorcycle adventure touring six times around the world as a “Motorcycle Adventure Junkie.” https://bmwnorcal.org/rally

June 24-27, 2021, the BMWMOA National Rally, Great Falls, Montana USA, will see some rally entrants schmoozing and laughing while being entertained with tales of “What To Do When Your Motorcycle Adventure Pal Goes Sideways.” https://rally.bmwmoa.org

Another rally entrant, observing social distancing, plans to tag what was reported in 2019 to be the smallest incorporated town in the USA (population of 1) and do research in Rudy’s Library. See photo below entering the town of Monowi, Nebraska on the annual Ride To Work Day (www.ridetowork.org), seriously social distancing in an incorporated town with a population of 1.



A new policy was initiated in 2020 to enhance the vetting process for the selection of honorable and honest applicants, as much of the success of the rally is on the honor system, needing motorcyclists of high moral quality.

More rally activities will be posted later in 2021 and into 2022.