The motorcycle chronicles of Jackie & Valentino

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by V@lentino, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Cool. sounds like you've got a good handle on how you're gonna tackle it. Personally, I like the excitement of keeping up with a live report, and interacting is invaluable, not only to ask questions but also to be able to potentially influence the course of the trip.

    It's fine to want to improve our writing, photography, and expression of passion. But it's not like you need a lesson in ride reporting. This one has great expression , and you started this one at the end of 2008 while he started writing about his quest for improvement in the middle of 2010. Sure, I see technical errors in the writing, but the ideas are still conveyed well and in an interesting, passionate fashion. And you sure know how to post a mean photo. Look at this last one; very captivating! Many could take lessons from you.

    I've been eliciting opinions about what would be a good bike to use to ride South America two-up, and the GS comes up a lot. Like you, I'm concerned about the weight of the behemoth in offroad conditions. I'd like to be able to demonstrate to some of those cool folks who live there who ride how we ride dirt around here. I've tried that to some degree, and earned a bit of a reputation (loco), but there's only so much one can do with a 125 from the seventies. But when we're taking our ladies along, it's critical that they be comfortable. That indicates a larger, heavier, and plusher bike and fewer excursions down mean dirt roads we would otherwise not be able to pass up if we were solo on a lighter bike.

    Are you going to set a firm time window or take as long as you need? Will you be on a tight and strict schedule, or keeping things open to be able to explore opportunities as they arise on the road?
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    He's on a tight schedule.... :) October to April. :rofl
  3. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Time span is a separate issue from planning in advance and propensity for execution precision. Some plan their exact route and stops so they know where they'll be when and do their best to stick to it. Others play it by ear and go with their gut planning their route as they go. Most have elements of both, of course; I'm just wondering which way they will lean on this one.
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    I guess only time will tell....:D
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    I guess only time will tell....:D
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    Funny how AdventurePoser appears to have an insight on Jackie and Valentino :evil

    In terms of planning, I tend to over-plan and double-triple check, and test everything and anything related to logistics. So the gear, the bike's mechanical prep, the equipment, documents, each piece of clothing, and on, and on. I just feel that although you can't prepare for everything, if you control everything (you think of) that you have power over before you leave, then you do not have to worry about the silly things that could very easily have been avoided. You just have to worry about whatever happens when it does, and that's all part of it.

    That's the extent of the planning, other than reading and looking at the map. There are certain places that we absolutely want to see, but we will mostly be connecting dots on the map, seeking fun and interesting places to ride to, meet people, camp here, villa there...

    One thing I have planned for is a SCFA or Self Contained Fishing Apparatus :wink:. I will be carrying a nice Baja 13 feet surf rod, and cast it whenever I can. It breaks down in 6 sections, and does not weight very much.:clap:clap
  7. ONandOFF

    ONandOFF ¿to post or to ride?

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    Yes, that shocking display of exceptional insight really bowled me over!

    On a serious note, I appreciate your approach. If you're like me, it's no fun kicking myself for not realizing or anticipating something that I should have. So, I'll work to avoid that by investigating, often in excess, since I'm not the type to chalk up doing dumb stuff to 'it could happen to anyone'. It's refreshing to see you pointing out how you take a similar approach.

    Connecting the dots and smelling the fish. It doesn't get any better that that!

    What are you planning to do for map(s) / navigation?
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    ...Yes, that shocking display of exceptional insight really bowled me over!... :)

    It is funny how we all have different styles and approaches to planning trips. I am just the opposite. Do a little internet exploration, grab some cash, a credit card, a camera, point the wheels, twist the throttle and go...

    People say, "Why don't you plan more? Aren't you afraid of missing something?"

    My response is that since I've never been to the destination before, everything I see will be new and wonderful. I've probably missed seeing some things, but I've had awesome adventures!

    My cavalier approach to moto touring pays rich rewards because I am not tied to a schedule. ac_elite is a master at planning trips, and he's been on some awesome ones! And, I agree with him that a lassez faire attitude should not extend to personal safety, motorcycle maintenance, ferry and/or flight schedules. :rofl Some things you cannot leave twisting in the wind, especially when you are ten thousand miles from home. :D
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    Nice ride report!!! Sitting in Chaiten today because we arrived on a summer holidays Saturday night and the ferry was booked until monday afternoon north on the 7. Nice to get a rest after the last 5 days. Cheers. SP & DP