Adventure Motorcycling Highlights, the FINAL CUT, 3 Continents in 3 Vids

Adventure Motorcycling Highlights, the FINAL CUT, 3 Continents in 3 Vids

Adventure Motorcycling Highlights – North, Central and South America

Adventure Motorcycling Video highlights from the big trip as we arrived in Anchorage in Alaska and then traveled south through Canada, America, Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama, Colombia, Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina. 15 countries in total, 29,500 miles over 12 months.

Very difficult to summarise 10 months into three short videos but we have managed to capture some of our best videos and photos to give you a real taste of what we encountered along the way. So here it is, the whole of our big trip in three songs and a few extra bits. Get yourself a cuppa and a few biscuits  and enjoy our adventure motorcycling video highlight marathon.

Part 1 – South America

From the Bolivian Salt Flats, to Machuu Pichuu, then Patagonia to the Ecuadorian jungle. This video features us arriving at the top of South America in Cartagena, then meandering down to the ‘bottom of the world’ to the town of Ushuaia, Southern Argentina. Check out the extra video footage at the end which talks about our most difficult days riding. Music: Jamiroquai – Canned Heat.

Part 2 – Central America

Arriving in Mexico, then heading south  through Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Panama. Here we met the Stahlratte fishing boat and travelled south (as always) through the San Blas islands to Cartagena. Extra footage includes our little chat with the camera as we talk about potential roadside robberies in Guatemala. Music: Blur, Park Life.

Part 3 – North America

Here we arrived in Anchorage, unpacked the bike from its crate then headed north up to the Arctic Circle to the town of Deadhorse – the ‘top of the world.’ After this we head through British Colombia, the Queen Charlotte Islands, Vancouver, San Fran, Yosamite, Death Valley, Orange County and then Tijuana – The gateway to the Baja Peninsula, Mexico. Music: The Doors, LA Woman

We hope you enjoy the footage and we welcome everyone’s comments particularly from those that we met along the way.

Part 1 – South America

Part 2 – Central America

Part 3 – North America – The Beginning

Outdoor Motorbike Cover – BMW GS Adventure

Outdoor Motorbike Cover

Outdoor Motorcycle Cover for a BMW GS Adventure Motorcycle: Review

Finding an indoor or outdoor motorbike cover which will fit a BMW GS Adventure motorcycle or just a BMW GS is very hard work in my opinion. Particularly when you are buying an XL motorcycle cover off the shelf in the hope that it will cover the extent of your large bike, its top box, any additional panniers and its mirrors. It just won’t work usually.

So recently I have found an excellent quality motorbike cover for my new BMW GS Adventure and it is by far the best I have ever found for an adventure motorcycle. It was via Prestige Motorcycle Covers which I found one Saturday when I was looking through the web. I went for a black and green design which you can see in the post image.

www.prestigemotorbikecovers.co.uk

They seem to provide the most stylish custom made semi-fitted  outdoor motorbike covers you can buy on the market today, plus they are available for a range of motorbikes: Scooters, Adventure, Enduro, Trial, Trail, Retro, Cruisers & Sports Bikes.

What happens with them is you provide them with 5 measurements for your bike, you then select the colour (10 to choose from) and material you want and then they tailor make a motorcycle cover specific for your bike (indoor or outdoor) and then they send it to you in the post free of charge.

The material they use is waterproof and breathable, the design of the motorcycle cover means you have additional straps within the design so you can stop any flapping, it is a snug fit, plus the quality of the end product means that it will last for a long time.

Unfortunately my bike sits on the pavement every night as we don’t have a garage and it has to survive the UK winter and lots of salty sea air. So the new outdoor motorcycle cover means it is well covered during the day and night, it is out of sight, it is protected from the elements and it doesn’t draw any attention to it.

In the past I have had covers which only just go over the top box at the back but the cover never seemed to stretch further past the seat. So you were squeezing a cover on, it wasn’t doing the job and if you buy a universal large motorcycle cover off the shelf I’m sorry but you aren’t getting something which fits well for your motorbike.

The cost was very reasonable too. You are paying about £20-£30 more for the cover compared to other suppliers of off the shelf products, but you are guaranteed a quality motorcycle cover from a professional team. In total I paid £80 for something which was custom made and I am very happy, knowing that this motorcycle cover will look after the BMW GS for years to come.

Here are the details for Prestige Motorbike Covers:
www.prestigemotorbikecovers.co.uk

They can be contacted on 0191 284 6498

Planning an Adventure Motorcycling Trip

Planning an Adventure Motorcycling Trip

Planning for an Adventure Motorcycling Trip.

Here is a video which introduces the idea of planning for an adventure motorcycling trip. Not one of our most exciting videos but informative none the less and it covers essential feedback from our trip along with top tips ahead of your trip should you go away in future. The image we have selected for this post is a bridge crossing in Patagonia with friends Kevin, Markus and Glenn; a fantastic part of the trip and really defining the term adventure motorcycling.

Why and when are you going on your adventure motorcycling trip?

Is it a sabbatical trip, are you doing it for charity or are you looking to escape your current world? When are you going to make the trip, have you thought about the variety of seasons you may be passing through, how many miles in total will it be and what sort of money will you be taking?

Where will you go off on your adventure motorcycling tour?

Have you got time to go through Asia, what are the visa requirements. Did you know that it was relatively easy for a Brit to pass through North and South America?

Adventure Motorcycling Top Tips.

Here we tell you why the SPOT, the tent, different wallets, learning to pick your bike up and a Sat Nav are gadgets and pieces of kit that we highly recommend.

Here is our planning guide to adventure motorcycling.

Heading off again – Looking forward to Bosnia Hercegovina

Heading off again

So we made it from the top to the bottom of the world and it feels great to be heading off to sunny climates for a couple of months.

Join us on our adventure motorcycling journey from the UK to Bosnia Hercegovina as we hope to fit in a bit more riding and enjoying stuff.

Patagonia to Ushuaia – the bottom of the world

Patagonia to Ushuaia

This part of the trip has been a absolute pleasure with breathtaking scenery and remoteness that we haven’t encountered before!

Here are the highlights of Patagonia all the way from southern Chile to southern Argentina.

Highlights include arriving in Ushuaia at the bottom of the world and the all the amazing scenery along the way.
The video also features scenes of a domestic nature ‘egggate’ as Nick and Ivanka have a few words about why the eggs were broken? This adventure motorcycling isn’t straight forward you know!


 

Road of Death – Bolivia

Road of Death

Nick, Ivanka, Kevin, Andre & Mark are in Bolivia and they set off from La Paz to Cuzco encountering road blocks, snow and great mountain scenery.

To be honest we have done harder roads than the road of death but we are glad that the road was open only one way when we did it. If there would have been traffic coming the other way then it would have been a different story.

Cusco to Machu Picchu by motorcycle

Cusco to Machu Picchu by motorcycle

8 motorcyclists, 9 people over 4 days. Here we are shaking our ass (Groove Armada style) as we head into deepest Peru through the Sacred Valley to the Kingdom of the Incas. This is how adventure motorcycling should be as we head through remote passes, rivers, fog, rain and much more.

Some very talented dancers in this video, adopting similar choreography to that of the Teletubbies.

 

A Day in Peru – Canyon del Pato – Video

A Day in Peru

This video shows a complete day on the bike from dawn til dusk as we start the day with a puncture, then join our fellow motorcyclists James and Glen and tackle the Canyon del Plato between Trujillo and Huaraz in the Andes.

This day was a very memorable day and some of the best riding we have done for a long long time.

Riding through desert landscapes, arid river passes, remote mountain villages and the best of all the Canyon. This road featured 40 tunnels, 8 hours of riding, waterfalls, old derelict coal mines, lots of oncoming traffic (even in tunnels) and semi passable bridges.

By the way, the rough road finishes with a double rainbow, heavy rain and then we finally find a hotel room on this particular day about 8.30pm.

The following day we find that the puncture we repaired did not hold together very well so we head for a tyre repair guy to do a better job than we did.

Ramble on by Led Zeppelin definitely does the day justice.

 

Ecuador and Crossing the Equator – Video

Ecuador and Crossing the Equator

Colombia has been relaxing, an adventure, we only probably road 10 days in the month we stayed there and we are now ready for the big ride down to Ushuaia in Tierra Del Fuego/ Argentina. We are currently in the Ecuadorian part of the Amazon jungle, having crossed the Equator.

Leaving Bogota we headed south over a magnificent pass between Ibague and Armenia. Climbing to an altitude of 4000m through sweeping bends, lush mountains and small villages along the way. Then after this mountain crossing we straight-lined it south towards Popayan and then the border town of Ipiales where we crossed into Ecuador.

Here is our latest video.

Riding Without Rubber – Arriving in Bogota

Riding Without Rubber

The last few days have been exciting, breathtaking, anxious and now we are safely tucked away in Boutique Hostel Violeta in the Candelaria part of Bogota.

Here is a short video which shows Ivanka describing our recent challenges and what happens if you push your tyre changes to the limit! Lesson learnt from our point of view and we won’t do it again.

The whole experience with BMW was exemplary, so if you need assistance while on the road in Colombia then do pop by and say hello to Edgar Gomez.

www.bmw-motorrad.com.co

http://www.bmw.com.co

We are now ready for the rest of the adventure and the strength and durability of the Metzeler Tourances has to be noted here; amazing that they lasted so long (10,500 miles) and incredible that they did not decide to blow on us.

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