Nowadays many people choose adventure traveling on a motorcycle as a lifestyle. As consequence, bystanders seem to think that adventure riders are all the same kind of beast. Nothing could be further from the truth.

Social media doesn’t help in this regard, since most people tend to portrait a very conventional image of their endeavors.
But it is clear that the public hardly manages to separate Instagram from reality, regardless of the catchy explanatory memes.
Just the other day one person said to me, “Wow, you travel on a motorcycle. You must be super tidy and organized!” That made me laugh, because this person just assumed that I had my stuff sorted. Well, somehow I am indeed tidy and organized, but I also know other travelers like myself who are exactly the opposite. The fact that I like things organized is not a factor of my traveling preferences but a result of my former career as a computer engineer.
Is it a wrong assumption then to think that, because we travel the world, face dangers, and ride for months or years on motorcycles, we must be all alike? Before I started traveling, I remember thinking the same about all these people spending their lives on the road!
Let’s bring some more concrete examples to this subject. I like my motorcycle to be clean, tidy and my luggage to be constantly organized. I also covered my entire bike with black vinyl, without a single sticker on it, because I don’t like when things are too messy and colorful. I am also the kind of guy that would rarely let an unknown mechanic operate on my motorcycle without supervision. I know my bike and I like to repair and service it myself. I also like to travel alone and I prefer the beach and deserts to mountains.
I LOVE fast bikes and I generally have quite a fast pace when I ride (hence my KTM with 150 hp).

Tim Notier is definitely putting his rear shock to the test.

Now, imagine simply if somebody travels two-up around the world. The bike would immediately assume the resemblance of a “mule.” A motorcycle weighing over 400 kg, is a hard thing to move.

Some people instead travel only on tarmac, and have close to zero riding experience. I have met people that claimed to have looped the planet almost twice and have fewer riding skills than a learner.

Some people travel the world on a motorcycle without a single clue about how the bike is moving. Zero mechanical knowledge and zero technical expertise.

Another example of “how much is too much” kind of bike.

I have also met people that just wanted to be famous on Instagram and couldn’t care less about the trip in itself. So they got a “popular” big adventure bike, put a bunch of stickers on it, and started riding, doing whatever possible just to follow trends and become popular for the moment.
Some travelers are instead on a spiritual healing journey. Others just hop from party hostel to party hostel.
Some people buy hardcore enduro bikes because they “only travel offroad.”  They wanna scream that to the world, proving how hardcore they are, but don’t realize that enduro bikes have barely 200 km fuel range and that you cannot tackle hard enduro trail with a fully loaded enduro motorcycle anyway.
In this sense, I hope to have finally clarified that adventure riders are people too. Things on Instagram may appear larger than they actually are and sometimes people are deceiving. The choices and the style of each person translates also into the way they travel, resulting in sometimes a mere act to gain popularity.
Nowadays, with the overwhelming abundance of information, we struggle to distinguish between the real and the artificial. I am not saying that there are fake adventure travelers out there, but adventure riding has become a trend, and as trends go, it hooks people who just want to live it because others are doing it.
So please don’t think all adventure riders are the same. And regardless of what I’ve just said, go and have fun with it!

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