What Nobody Tells You About Motorcycle Adventure Travel

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Here’s the thing about going on a motorcycle adventure: whether it’s an epic round-the-world expedition or a week-long trip, it never goes as planned.

Never.

And that’s the beauty of it.

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No matter how well you plan and prepare and how many mods or farkles you install on your bike, things are going to go haywire in ways you can’t foresee yet. You may be riding a brand new, just-off-the-showroom motorcycle, and your suspension will crap out on Day Two due to the New Motorcycle Kinks Syndrome (we’ve seen it happen!).

Or you may be riding an ancient thumper you don’t really expect to even start on a chilly morning, let alone at high altitude, yet the thing ends up carrying you across an entire continent.

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You may plan to do 500 miles a day, every day, then find yourself parked at some obscure Bolivian border crossing doing exactly zero miles for four days straight. Or you may have a certain return date – say, in six months – but there you are, six years later, still making your way through the Himalayas.

Sometimes it’s just bad weather or flat tires; sometimes there are roadblocks and floods, and sometimes, you simply run out of gas.

Or your mojo.

Most other times, you find that the world is big, and the people are good. And that you’ll make it, no matter what; you may end up taking the scenic route or the fast lane, but there isn’t one magic formula how to do this adventure motorcycling thing the right way.

And, look, that’s the cool part.

That means that anybody can have a motorcycle adventure regardless of where they’re headed, what they’re riding, and how much money they have.

Of Mopeds and ZongShens: Origins of Our Motorcycle Adventure

When Lennart first started traveling by motorcycle, his weapon of choice was a mighty 50cc moped with old military bags for luggage and a fishing rod for catching lunch. The bags survived, the fishing rod fared less well having met an unfortunate end when a herd of cyclists crashed into Lennart on the road (he is still suspicious of cyclists to this day).

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Upgrading to a 125cc

Still, the seed was sown, and Lennart never stopped traveling.

He now rides a custom 1987’s KLR650 he built from scratch, and he’s kitted out with Mosko Moto swag for luggage, but it’s not about bikes or gear – it’s about the thirst for adventure.

Much on the same note, Egle’s first motorcycle adventure happened somewhat accidentally in Peru seven years ago.

She bought a Chinese 150cc motorcycle, strapped her backpack on its tail, and took off across South America riding South but nowhere in particular.

The wondrous ZongShen beast lost half of its dashboard and a fairing on Day One, but Egle rode the thing all the way to Ushuaia and back North to Bolivia where, surprisingly, the little motorcycle did not give up its ghost – instead, it was sold to a local hostel owner and is now suspected to be delivering pizzas in La Paz.

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Egle has since upgraded to a glorious second-hand DR650 which, against all odds, survives to this day, but if given a choice of no motorcycle or a Chinese motorcycle, she’d happily jump on the ZongShen again and hit the road.

The Hidden Truths About Adventure Motorcycling

Now, we’re not going to tell you to go ride around the world on a moped (although plenty of people, like Juvena Huang, have).

In fact, we’re not going to tell you what (or where) to ride at all.

Instead, we’ll share what nobody tells you about adventure motorcycle travel. In this post, we’ll talk about:

  • The mental aspect of long-term adventure motorcycle travel
  • What it takes to be an adventure rider
  • Budget for motorcycle adventures
  • The absolute best motorcycle to ride around the world
  • Adventure motorcycle gear you don’t need
  • How not to pack your motorcycle
  • Don’t overcomplicate motorcycle camping
  • How the heck do you ship your motorcycle
  • What are the longest overland routes to avoid said shipping
  • Round the world motorcycle adventures vs cross-country motorcycle travel

Ready to ride? Kickstands up:

The Mental Aspect of Long-Term Motorcycle Adventures

If you’ve already YouTubed motorcycle adventure vlogs and documentaries to death, you’re probably convinced of one thing by now: adventure motorcycling is epic. Epic!

Adventure riders are Fearless Explorers of the Unknown, Courageous Wanderers of Faraway Lands, and Conquerors of The Great Wilderness.

These people forge ahead on their beat-up yet thoroughly awesome motorcycles battling mud, sand, and yak jerky diets. They fix their bikes alone with nothing but a toothpick and sheer willpower and emerge victorious from sketchy border crossings and run-ins with local police.

Most importantly, they perpetually ride off into the sunset, free and untamed, unsubscribed forever from the mundanity of everyday life, rocking and rolling for dust and glory, après nous le deluge.

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Onwards, buttercup!

Meanwhile, you are just… you.

You love adventure motorcycles, and you ride a lot, but you could never imagine yourself riding across Mongolia alone or completing a circumnavigation of the globe.

If pressed, you can change your own oil, but you couldn’t fix a flat tire when stranded in the wilderness of the Sahara.

You’ve got a decent job, but having enough money to ride around the world sounds like a pipe dream. Plus, what happens if you break a leg on some lonely road in Patagonia? And who’s going to look after the dog while you’re gone?

Sigh.

No, you’re not round-the-world motorcycle adventure material.

So you go back to YouTube.

If this sounds familiar, you’re not alone. Most people who dream of adventure motorcycle travel never leave because they think they don’t have what it takes.

We’re here to tell you that you very much are round-the-world motorcycle adventure material.

You just need to flip the script.

What It Takes to Be an Adventure Rider

From the outside, it’s easy to give in to the whole epic-ness of adventure riding fantasy. In most adventure motorcycle travel documentaries, everything is epic every single day, and it’s hard to imagine you could handle that much of it yourself.

However, what you don’t see in those “epic” episodes and blog posts is the mundane reality of travel.

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Those river crossings in Siberia may seem daunting… but the truth is, even Siberia isn’t outer space, and if things go wrong, you’re likely to find help in a passing truck.

Border situations may appear sketchy, but don’t forget that they’re official borders controlled by governments, which means they’re designed to get you in and out of countries.

Sure, the process may appear a little more complicated than what we’re used to, but it’s not rocket science. In fact, most border crossings do not require hostage negotiation skills. They mostly just require patience, a little bit of time, and an unsettling number of stamps.

Roadside repairs? If you can’t fix it yourself, you’ll find someone who can do it for you – even in the most remote places on the planet, there are people. You’re not lost at sea. There will be help.

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As for adventure motorcycle travel budgets, plenty of riders struggle to stay on the road. They skimp, save, budget, work on the road, and stress about money more often than you think.

And fear? We all feel anxiety, fear, and sometimes, even downright panic. We may not put it on YouTube as much, but the reality is, most adventure motorcyclists have felt fear in all sorts of situations.

In other words, yes, adventure motorcycle traveling is epic – in many ways – but adventure riders are just humans.

And if they can figure it out, you can, too.

Motorcycle Adventure Travel Isn’t for Everybody

That said, riding around the world on a motorcycle isn’t for everyone. It’s not about some extraordinary skills or talents – anyone can ride from A to B and repeat until they circumnavigate the globe – but about mindset.

If you prefer shorter trips, or if you simply like to stay close to home, RTW travel may not be for you. Instead, go on those shorter motorcycle adventures, enjoy them, and return refreshed and recharged. There’s no point in attempting to ride your motorcycle around the world if your heart isn’t in it.

But if a long-distance motorcycle adventure is your dream, find ways to make it a reality.

Whatever you think is stopping you is merely an excuse. Start thinking in solutions instead of perceived obstacles, and you’ll hit the road sooner than you ever thought possible.

“Easy for you to say, you posers – you don’t have families, mortgages, or health issues, so of course you can travel indefinitely”, we hear you say.

Yes, we’re lucky – and extremely grateful – to be voluntarily homeless and unattached.

But budgets, relationships, and health concerns can be figured out. If you can’t travel around the world full-time because of family commitments, check out the End of All Roads crew who are riding RTW one continent or country at a time.

Health is a serious topic, but there are riders who travel the world despite suffering from diabetes, hearing loss, and even disability, like this one-legged Guatemalan adventurer.

The bottom line? Long-term motorcycle adventures may not be for everybody, and that’s cool.

But if it is your dream and your passion, set a departure date and start working towards it.

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Budget for Motorcycle Adventures: Are You a Trust Fund Baby?

The one thing that stops so many people from traveling is actually the easiest to figure out: money.

(And, no, neither of us is a trust fund baby. We wish!).

First off, the cost to travel around the world is a lot less than you think.

In a previous post, we covered adventure travel budgets and tips extensively, so we won’t go into it here.

What you need to know, however, is that it can be done on:

  • $15 a day
  • $40 a day
  • or $100, or however much more a day.

Some people manage to ride around the world for $20,000 a year.

That’s $1,666 a month, or $54 a day including fuel, food, and accommodation.

And that’s a safe average.

Some people, however, manage to spend as little as $5,500 a year traveling – that’s $15 a day on food, fuel, and accommodation. It may be a tad extreme, but it is doable – read all about it on Mad or Nomad and their tips on how to travel cheaply.

For us, our annual traveling budget is around $30,00, but that’s for two people on two motorcycles. And, we work on the road – when we started traveling, neither of us had savings or fat bank accounts. Instead, we learned to earn an income online.

Read more: How Much Does It Cost to Travel the World

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So How Much, You Freaks?

How much money you’ll spend on your motorcycle adventure will depend on your daily mileage and the level of comfort you need while traveling.  High daily miles mean you’ll be spending more money on fuel, and better hotels mean you’ll be splurging more on accommodation.

You can save lots of cash just by traveling slow and camping every once in a while.

But then, everyone has their own preferences and creature comforts they’re not willing to part with.

For example, Egle refuses to drink Nescafe and overspends on quality coffee beans. Bad for the budget, but good for the soul. And if the soul is happy, it’s easier to get more work done and even out the costs.

Lennart, on the other hand, is obsessed with gadgety items. But that’s cool, because ultimately, the gadgety items pay for themselves in terms of video content or neat bike repairs.

If you absolutely must sleep at hotels and AirBnBs all the time, by all means, do so. It’s just that you’ll need to come up with some extra funds, or perhaps shorten your trip a little.

Equally, if you’re happy to wild camp all the way, prep your own meals, and fix your own motorcycle, you can stretch that travel budget for much, much longer. If living on the road for as long as you can is your goal, happy camping!

The point is, it’s your trip, and it’s your budget. Make it work for you, and don’t let anyone tell you you’re spending too much, too little, or not enough. That’s BS. Besides, how you travel will change with time, and that’s OK, too. Don’t try to squeeze yourself into some made-up label – after all, motorcycle adventures are about freedom, not conformity.

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The Absolute Best Motorcycle to Ride Around the World

If you ask Egle what’s the best motorcycle to ride around the world, she’ll tell you it’s a Suzuki DR650 with mods like a suspension upgrade and a modified flat slide carb.

Lennart will tell you the best bike for traveling is a KLR650.

If you ask the Rolling Hobo, he’ll point you toward a KTM500 EXC, and Kinga “On Her Bike” Tanajewska will tell you it’s a BMW F800GS.

So what’s an adventure rider to do?

The thing is, since you’re thinking of going on a motorcycle adventure, chances are, you already own a bike. Few riders decide to buy a completely different, brand-new bike specifically for a motorcycle trip. Most folks who plan a long-distance motorcycle trip already have a bike, love that bike, and plan to go on that bike.

That’s most likely your case, too.

That’s good news!

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It means that all you need to do now is make sure your loyal steed is in good shape, modify a few things, pack it up, and get going.

Travel Motorcycle Mods and Maintenance

Whatever bike you ride, if you’re planning a long-distance motorcycle adventure, here’s what to watch out for:

  1. things that are about to break or wear down completely: carb, suspension, clutch plates, bearings, things of that nature – go through everything and make sure it’s all in good working condition. Yes, it’s possible to order a new shock to Lima or Ulaanbaatar, but it will a) take a while and b) cost you an arm and a leg.
  2. If you’re going to modify anything on your bike, modify the suspension. It will help you massively, keep the bike balanced, and make life much easier when you’re riding off-road.
  3. Run spare clutch and throttle cables parallel to your existing ones. You’ll thank yourself later.
  4. Consumables like oil, chain, sprockets, tire tubes, oil filters, and the like are usually easy and cheap to find wherever you are, unless you’re riding a very rare or a very new and high-tech bike that requires specific parts hard to come by. In that case, carry spares.
  5. Carry a basic toolkit for simple maintenance and roadside repairs like flat tires, but don’t obsess over every single tool you may need. If you’ll need to repair or replace something big on your bike, you’ll find a garage you can borrow tools from or a mechanic that can help.

That’s it – you’re ready to go! And, sure, things will break, wear out, and give out, especially if you’re planning to live on the road for a long time. It’s the nature of the beast.

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However, as long as you’re riding a bike that you know and love, and as long as you set out with your pack mule in good shape, you’ll be just fine.

Adventure Motorcycle Gear You Don’t Need

Here’s a confession that will surprise no one: both Egle and Lennart have traveled on motorcycles in construction boots, flimsy denim, second-hand gear, ill-fitting gear, gear that isn’t very protective or waterproof, and several combinations of the above.

It wasn’t always great (like that time Egle skinned her knee to the bone after crashing in jeans) or protective (see above), but we made it work.

Now, we most definitely, absolutely, categorically do NOT recommend riding in jeans and flip-flops.

Don’t do it, period.

Even if you’re buying cheap or second-hand gear, make sure it’s got good protection.

You’ll need sturdy, over-the-ankle boots, abrasion-resistant pants and jacket, back armor, elbow and knee armor, and a good quality helmet.

But when it comes to brands and must-haves, feel free to ignore it all.

What’s a Good Choice?

These days, we mostly ride in Leatt protectives because we love getting off the road and into rally racing. With Egle’s uncanny talent to fall flat on her face or crash into fences with alarming frequency and Lennart’s tendency to jump every little bump he comes across, great quality protective gear is essential.

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When it comes to adventure motorcycle gear, Egle swears by Klim Artemis, while Lennart prefers Leatt’s modular enduro jackets and pants.

We love this stuff, but we would hardly be able to afford it ourselves – most of our gear is sponsored, which is something we’re eternally grateful for.

However, if you’re looking for adventure motorcycling gear on a budget, here’s what can help:

– buy second-hand, but quality. A second-hand Klim, Touratech, or Rukka suit will always be better quality than brand-new crap.

– Mix and match. If you ride off-road a lot, get quality protectives (yup, Leatt), but buy cheaper jerseys and pants – after all, you’ll probably shred them within months of use anyway.

– If ADV boots are too expensive, buy motocross boots. They won’t be waterproof or very comfortable to walk in, but they will offer unparalleled protection and durability.

How Not to Pack Your Motorcycle

Ahh, motorcycle packing. It’s a topic that has been done to death so many times it’s like discussing tires.

Still, people love talking about motorcycle packing.

For us, we fail to see the mystery. You take your stuff, pack it up in whatever containers are available or seem suitable at the moment, and hit the road.

Chantal Simons, a Dutch rider who covered the Australia-to-the Netherlands motorcycle trip on her 250cc, carried two regular suitcases strapped to her bike as panniers.

Brilliant, if you ask us.

Ed March rides with a Morrison’s shopping basket for luggage. Or was it a milk crate?

Sandra and Fiona, aka the ADV Travel Bug, ride with hard top boxes and Lone Rider semi-rigid panniers.

Eternal motorcycle hobos Elsebie and Michnus, aka PikiPiki Overland, travel with their own-designed Turkana Gear soft panniers.

Lea Rieck has kitted out her Tenere 700 in hard Touratech boxes.

Yours truly are riding around the world in rackless soft Mosko Moto luggage.

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See where we’re going with this?

What’s the Best Motorcycle Luggage?

Debating whether you should ride with hard or soft luggage and whether you should pack this way or that is like arguing whether it’s better to put the belt buckle flap inside the belt buckle or wrap the belt buckle around the buckle flap.

That is, pointless.

We prefer soft Mosko luggage because those things are pretty much indestructible, weigh less than hard panniers, and won’t injure our legs and feet should we drop the bikes on ourselves or get stuck under (yes, it’s happened).

In addition, Mosko panniers are dead easy to take off the bikes, you can add MOLLE bags if you need to, and their duffels are designed so well we use them for moto luggage as well as carry-on luggage when flying home. It’s versatile, it’s durable, it’s waterproof, and it’s lightweight.

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It’s also expensive.

Turkana Gear offers better prices and gear that is tough but won’t break your bank. On the other hand, Lone Rider has panniers that function like hard boxes but are actually made of textile; and then, you’ve got your Jessie Luggage and similar systems for aluminum panniers.

So which one is the best?

The one that works best for you.

It doesn’t matter whether you travel with military ammo boxes, milk crates, top-notch motorcycle panniers, soft luggage, or a backpack. As long as it does the job and you’re happy, you’ve picked the right motorcycle luggage system.

Adventure Motorcycle Luggage Comparison

However, it’s impossible to test them all, and if you haven’t got any motorcycle luggage at all, here’s a simple system to figure it out:

Terrain x Durability x Ease of use x Waterproof x Price

If you mostly ride off-road, hope that the luggage will last for at least three years of constant abuse, need to take it off and put it back on often, want it to be waterproof, and have a $900 budget, Mosko Moto Backcountry pannier kit will be an ideal fit.

If you ride on and off the road in more or less equal measure, hope to repair the gear yourself if need be, and want waterproof and dustproof stuff but your budget is $450, Turkana Hippo Hips panniers will work fantastic.

Ride mostly on-road, want the luggage to last a decade, be safe and waterproof, and can spend $1,300? Jessie Luggage panniers and top box will work wonders.

Have no budget and no expectations? Get second-hand suitcases from your grandma and fashion them into panniers, repurpose an old backpack, or get creative with welding yourself.

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Whatever you come up with will work for you, for a time – and then, you can start looking at different options once you’ve figured out what you need the most.

Much like your route, your budget, and your travel mode, your needs for motorcycle luggage will change with time and experience.

If you find yourself going off-road more and more, perhaps you’ll realize the aluminum box project isn’t ideal for you anymore. Or maybe, after having used rackless systems for a while, you’ll decide that panniers with a rack are a better fit for you after all. It’s OK. Experiment and figure out what works best for you, but most importantly, don’t let choice paralysis stop you from traveling. There are no wrong choices here!

Don’t Overcomplicate Motorcycle Camping

Speaking of wrong choices: next to luggage debates, motorcycle camping gear gets a place among the most useless topics when it comes to adventure travel.

People will argue over every single kilogram of their tents, suggest hammocks for the sake of pure minimalism, or tell you to get a tent that can house you, your stuff, your motorcycle, and two of your camping neighbors.

All of these suggestions are valid in their own right – horses for courses – but unless you’re planning a Polar expedition, it doesn’t really matter which tent you choose and which cooking stove is Truly Seriously the Best.

Lone Rider ADV Tent

We camp a lot, so technically, we could get really nerdy about tents and weigh a thousand of pros and cons until we reach a consensus. We beat ourselves to it and reached a simpler consensus: if a tent is spacious enough for you (or you and your travel companion), has a mosquito net, a waterproof layer, and a bit of an awning for cooking and suchlike, it’s a great tent.

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For us, that’s the ADV Tent from Lone Rider. To be honest, the only “ADV” part about it is the world map printed on its sides. Other than that, it’s just a tent. We do love the turtle shape, the thing packs small, and it comfortably houses our enormous air mattress, us two, and all of our gear. It’s also got a nifty little roof mesh thingy-shelf where we can put our phones and valuables overhead without crushing them while sleeping. It’s waterproof, and it has an inner net that no mosquito has managed to conquer yet. It works amazingly, and we highly recommend it.

However, you may want a smaller or lighter tent. Or you may want a bigger, chunkier one because you camp all the time ad your tent is your home, your office, and your real estate. Equally, you may be happy with just a hammock.

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Much like motorcycle luggage, camping gear isn’t complex. Pick what works for you and your budget, ride for three or six months, then keep it if you love it, or get another one if it isn’t working.

Done!

How the Heck Do You Ship Your Motorcycle

Alrighty, so you’re going on an around-the-world motorcycle adventure, and you know that at some point, you’ll have to ship your bike.

And you dread it more than a root canal.

We’ve been there! Motorcycle shipping sounds like a tedious, expensive, and thoroughly vexing process. Where do you even begin? Do you need a shipping agent? What about customs paperwork?

The trick to ship your motorcycle quick and hassle-free is picking popular shipping routes. Think Germany to Chile or Holland to South Africa: these shipping routes are well-established, and because of that, it’s easier and cheaper to ship. London to Nairobi or San Diego to Sydney, on the other hand, will be a lot more expensive.

But what are the average shipping costs?

Egle shipped her motorcycle from Chile to Poland back in 2019 for something like $1,000 one-way. She used Motobirds, a well-established motorcycle shipping agent and tours operator, and the process was completely hassle-free; drop the bike off in Valparaiso, hand over copies of bike registration, and pick the bike up in a month in Warsaw.

That was it. Motobirds processed all the paperwork, dealt with customs on the Chilean and the Polish side, and the bike arrived safe and sound.

To ship your motorcycle from, say, Europe to South Africa is around $800-$900 one way. We highly recommend African Overlanders – they’ve been shipping vehicles to and from Africa for years, and they know what they’re doing.

If you’re shipping from or to the US, contact Motobirds, too – they’ll either offer you a shipping option or refer you to someone reputable who can help.

What Are the Longest Overland Routes?

Before you plan your motorcycle shipping, ask yourself whether you actually need to ship anywhere in the first place.

If your mission is to ride Lisbon – Vladivostok – New York – Lisbon, motorcycle shipping will be inevitable.

But if you’re not particularly bothered about destinations or exact routes, you can avoid motorcycle shipping for quite a while.

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This might be a bit of a detour

Riding from Nordkap to Cape Town, for example, only requires a 30-minute ferry from Spain to Morocco, and you cover two continents.

Alaska to Ushuaia: you’ll have to deal with the Darien Gap, but that aside, it’s one of the longest overland routes you can take.

Europe to India is another good one, as well as Europe to Siberia; in other words, plan a route with the least amount of shipping, and you’ll save cash – as well as weeks of waiting around for your bike to arrive.

(When we’re talking motorcycle shipping, we’re focusing on sea freight as air freight is simply out of our budget).

But what about paperwork?

Plenty of countries around the world do not require any complex vehicle import documents or processes. For example, when crossing borders in South America, you get a TVIP – a temporary vehicle import paper – in each new country you enter. Upon departure, you give the TVIP back to the customs officials, and you’re good to go.

In Europe, you can travel freely within the Schengen area without ever dealing with any border crossings at all, and non-Schengen European countries do not require any special paperwork for your bike, either.

When it comes to Africa, Asia, and Australia, some countries require you to have a carnet de passage. A carnet de passage is like a passport for your motorcycle, and its function is to guarantee you’re not planning to sneakily sell your motorcycle when traveling in that particular country. The way it works is this: you hit up your local Automobile Club, send them a deposit the size of your bike’s market value, and they issue you with a carnet de passage (for a fee). When you return, you get the deposit back.

Here is a handy list of countries that require a carnet de passage.

While all of this motorcycle shipping and paperwork business may sound daunting, it’s really not that big of a deal. Think about it: you’re a functioning human adult, and you’ve made it this far.

You’ve made it through high school and possibly university, you figured out taxes and utilities, you’ve managed to feed and clothe yourself, and you’ve dealt with setbacks, crappy jobs, savings accounts, economic crashes, a global pandemic, a health issue or two, a few heartbreaks, Excel, the real estate market, Facebook, dentists, bad coffee, and rent.

You can figure out details like motorcycle shipping and paperwork, too.

Round the World Motorcycle Adventures vs Cross-Country Riding

If you’re still reading this post and your eyeballs haven’t glazed over yet, there’s one more thing we’d like to mention, and that’s RTW travel vs cross-country motorcycle adventures.

When Egle first hit the road somewhere in Peru back in 2013, she had no plans to ride across the entire South American continent, let alone the world. She’d just learned to ride, and the big idea was to simply potter around Peru for a little while. No grandiose plans and no quest for round-the-world travel whatsoever.

But then, she found herself at Lake Titicaca and the Bolivian border. And she thought to herself, well, what’s on the other side?

To find out, Egle crossed into Bolivia.

Then, Argentina.

Then, Chile.

She’s still on the road to this day.

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What we’re trying to say is, if round-the-world motorcycle adventure sounds too big or too intimidating, ride to the next town, state, or country instead.

See what it feels like. See if you’re curious to find out what’s around the next corner or the next border.

And then, keep going.

Plans are handy to have, but they can be limiting, too. For example, if your plan is to ride around the world for two years but it’s so daunting you just can’t seem to actually leave, it’s holding you back.

Ride to Mexico or the Swiss Alps instead.

That way, you’ll already be on the road, no matter where you’re headed.

After a few weeks of traveling, you may realize you want to do this for a long while.

Or you may start missing home.

Whatever it is, you’ll find it along the way.

But you’ve got to get going first.

The Poetry of Motorcycle Adventures

If you were looking for adventure motorcycle reviews, exact gear recommendations, or a motorcycle route planner, we’re sorry we haven’t delivered.

But this post isn’t about makes, models, or popular destinations.

It’s about the poetry of motorcycle adventures.

Look, traveling around the world (or around the country) on a motorcycle is all about curiosity, the quest for freedom, and facing uncertainty. Anybody can buy a new bike and plan a route on Google Maps. Anybody can figure out budgets and motorcycle shipping.

You don’t need us to tell you which gear to choose and where to go. You’re more than capable of figuring all that on your own.

Instead, we hope we inspired you to just get going.

You do have what it takes, and if your dream is to see the snow-capped Himalayas at sunrise, go now.

If you long to experience the perfect solitude of Chilean Patagonia, go now.

If your heart skips a beat when you think of riding your motorcycle across Baja California, go now.

Tomorrow is not guaranteed.

It’s time to ride.

P.S. This post may contain affiliate links, which is a fancy way of saying that if you buy something following our links, we’ll get a small commission at no extra cost to your awesome self. Huzzah!

 

Stay adventure-bound,

Egle & Lennart

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5 Comments

  1. The Turkana Hippo Hips are waterproof, actually. Like the Mosko bags they come with an inner waterproof bag whilst the outer bag is the abrasion resistant part.

    1. Good catch, thank you! For some reason, we thought the Hippos were water-resistant rather than waterproof (our bad). Fixed the description – thanks:)

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