One of the best threads I've read on here!. I have travelled solo, not a motorcycle, but solo nonetheless. Like most things in life, it is what you make of it. A smile, a nod, an open mind, being approachable, respect of the land and the people you are visiting can/will help you make friends and enrich your experience. You'd be amazed by the good in people and how helpful and well wishing folks can be. Yeah, there are baddies out there but if you think positive, stay positive, you will attract positive. Cheers!