Thursday, May 13, 2021

MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TOURING AND TRAVEL 2021

 

The ‘RTW rally continues in 2020-2021!

(ADV RALLY NEWS: September 1, 2021 - over 200,000 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 are:

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. 

Friday, June 7, 2019

FOREKNOWLEDGE, WARNING & DISCLAIMER



                               The following is a true tale.

The events depicted occurred during planning stages and on the roads around the world between 2012 and 2017.
 
As one well-respected adventure motorcycle journalist and adventure magazine senior editor proffered in late 2020: "It's a mystery how such a guy [Livermore] could have been drawn to 'adventure' motorcycling to begin with. There must have been a war going on inside his noggin as everything you guys did went against his survival considerations. But man, the real drag of the story is the adventure he missed while he was fussing about everything but the trip. He may have been physically present but somehow mentally missed it all. I've also traveled (temporarily) with a few dickheads."    
 
Some additional follow-up and fact checking is expected in 2021, such as this April, 2020 reportage from The SOUND RIDER, where "Dr. G" is the Professor of Motorcycle Adventure:


  Adventure Motorcycle & Frazier Shrugs


  New book from Dr. Gregory Frazier at a time when we sorely need a laugh



Getting tired of the headlines? Looking for relief? Need to deviate to your two-wheeled passion? Globe rider Dr. Gregory Frazier to the rescue.

For more than three decades Dr. Gregory Frazier has been contributing tales culled from his six navigations around the world on two wheels. But with the recent victims of the digital publishing era, a number of his columns have been lost to the death of print. And we will no longer see new columns from him printed in the pages of Motorcycle Consumer News, City Bike, Dual Sport News, Motorcycle Tour and Travel and others - because - they are gone.

But Frazier, being the meticulous journalist that he is, has always held the copyright on his works, so now seemed as good a time as any to filter through over a thousand columns and bring together a book that shares both his wisdom from his journeys and his left-of-center humor.

That humor first appeared when he published one of his first books, Motorcycle Sex. While the title put off a few non-readers, you only had to read through a few pages to know the book wasn't going to bite anyone. 

Now, several book projects and a million miles later, Frazier has documented a number of his moments and, with tongue-in-cheek, he recapitulates them one-by-one.

Like that time he visited with the late BSA maniac, Dr. Hunter S. Thompson. Or the multiple journeys where he provided his guide services to any number of wealthy riders, where anything can happen… And then there was the time the motorcycle was stolen (insert country here). The lower intestine of Manila? Right over here. Snakes? Yes. Crashing on a remote beach in Alaska? Why not? Crossing Siberia next to a steam iron? It can be done.

The book is broken into small tales 3-4 pages in length. The roller coaster effect causes the reader to either get engrossed in the material, reluctant to put it down, or place it in the bathroom for short reading sessions. The choice is yours, of course.

As moto journalists age, books like this one are going to be few and far in between. Can you name a 40 year-old moto journalist/humorist who has something in the works?

And yes, as much as you know what it's like to ride in small groups, there's always a person or a situation where you simply want to shrug your shoulders. When it comes to that, Frazier is your new hero - a modern day moto Atlas. 

SOUND RIDER/April 2020

“Motorcycle Adventurism: The Good, The Bad and The Dirty” – 358 page Limited Print Collectors Edition, (Not available now from AMAZON!!!)

 “This publication,“…ain’t no pork chop, this is grade A prime” (Jack Nicholson, a.k.a. “George Hanson” in EASY RIDER, the epic adventure film).

Adventure Motorcyclist: Frazier Shrugged is available now in the Sound RIDER! store.


At the request of honorable survivors, and finishers, some names have been changed or quotes unattributed in the posts below.

Out of regards for the deceased, the rest has been recounted as nearly as the events occurred.