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Old Yesterday, 05:40 AM   #1
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TMeditations on the Cost of Security

How secure are you? I asked myself that question while deciding on whether or not to put on a centerstand. I would have the security of wheel changing at the cost of extra weight.
What is needed to make your trip a reality?
I'm not talking about practical essentials like vehicle or medical evacuation insurance. The idea is about all of those other optional choices made when we decide to hit the road for 'the trip.'

How much is enough to pay for the trip? Kind of like getting married.

Will we ride solo or in a group? Sure there are comrades for some of us that make sharing the experience a delight. But the more in the group the greater the chance of dissent. Read David Bryon's "Riding off the Edge of the Map" or A.H. Rosenberg's "The First Ride," for some extreme examples. Will there be a mechanic and a translator in the group?
Solo allows you to get up and stop when you want to, at the cost of having a harder time sharing the day's ride and security if something goes wrong. Misery does love company unless its the cause of it.

How much stuff do you plan on taking? Less is more??
How big of a bike is needed to carry it all?
Are there sufficient dealerships to where I am going?
Will the warranty protect me? Bought in Canada may not extend elsewhere
New or used? Could I leave it , if I had to?
Hard cases or soft? Aluminum cases run about 20 lbs.
Stock, spare can or bigger gas tank? I hate to run out of gas.
Chain link, alarm or cover?
Center, trail stand, or rock?
OEM tools , picked and chosen, or titanium everything.
Drive or chain? If chain, 525 for longevity or 520 for local availability?
How many extra sprockets?
Wing it with a credit card, Slime, full kit with C clamp, or tubeless plug kit?
Hard long lasting tires/tubes or soft easier to change ones?
Stock or every farkle available? "If you cannot afford to lose it,...."
Map n compass, GPS, Spot, satellite phone, back up truck? Will I be able to ask directions in another language?
Firearms, bear spray, or a smile and a prayer.
Will I stay on the highway or do I plan to venture off the main thoroughfares?

This is just a sampler of the questions we ask ourselves. Kind of like pulling a pin on a grenade. Before we do it, how far can we throw it and how much of a bunker is enough to hide behind?
I am not so sure if advanced age is a benefit or a hindrance on making that pin pulling decision. Once we old guys reach a certain age, testosterone levels willing, it is easier to say,"@#$% it." The problem is, are we still physically able to pull it? No pun intended.
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