Looking for travel companion answers?

Discussion in 'Trip Planning' started by Elad, Oct 7, 2017.

  1. Elad

    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    I believe there are loads of people with the problem of no friends or those who can and will ride 3k miles too see a ice cream place or Alcatraz or a glacier. It is allot for a normal person to commit 3 or 4 weeks away from family to ride to Canada for a strong Budweiser or whatever it is you are chasing. I am and have been happily married for almost 20 years and my wife understands and supports my wandering soul ways. I am very lucky and since the original post have went back to Nevada and California to ride my "dirt bike" with strangers. Had a blast saw a brothel rode on a dry lake bed, walked deep into a abandoned mine.
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    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    That is a definite issue to think about and how to handle it would be interesting. I hate to see people lie and then get hurt over it. Seen it before.
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    Yes indeed. The problem is that everyone bigs them selves up on the web. I even said to this guy that we would both be solo riders, but he still turned up with no gps or idea of where to go. He did how ever spend 13k on a bike!!
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  5. Elad

    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, I think I am lucky enough to have the ability to quickly say I can't do that or I'll find another way.
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  6. RickB1975

    RickB1975 Long timer

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    I rode the entire TAT back in 2014. I wasn't sure whether I wanted to ride solo or find someone to ride with. I asked on here and found a guy in Kentucky who wished to join me (I'm from PA). We talked on the phone quite a bit before the trip. shared what we both expected of the trip, made plans, and just shot the breeze. He didn't have enough time to ride the entire TAT. So, we made plans top meet at the western border of Tennessee and he would ride with me until he needed to turn back. He rode with me until mid Colorado, then turned to Kentucky. I rode the rest of the way to Oregon solo.

    Before the trip we both agreed to be flexible. We were not on similar bikes. I rode a Honda XR650L and he was on a BMW GS. I would ride out a head of him, probably a few miles ahead at times, and he would follow to avoid the dust. I would wait for him at different points to make sure he wasn't lost or broke down. We camped some nights, we stayed in Hotels others. We were both self sufficient. We were both capable of repairing and maintaining our own bikes. At the end of the day we would figure out where we were sleeping and find food. Everything worked out as well as it could possibly.

    This year we rode together to Labrador, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia. I consider him a friend and he probably will be for life. I think the most important traits in this situation were flexibility and self sufficiency. Also having the skills to navigate a bike on the terrain your going to ride and have the determination actually do the ride.
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  7. Elad

    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    RickB1975,

    That is very cool I'm glad to hear it worked out
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    I hear you, but that's not really fare on the other guy. I spent hours finding him in town we had arranged to meet. No I would say far better to ride with some one of your own standard. When I ride I always offer to guide the other guy, this of course means he pays and i then ride at his level, and help when he needs it. But this for me is something completely different. Not a holiday for me.
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  9. IBAIronman

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    Everyone has different riding styles and you have to take the time to figure this out. Rarely, can you just meet up and take off and ride with a total stranger. As for paying their way, I wouldn't be inclined to do so, unless it was a family member or GOOD friend.
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    We are or at least I am not talking about riding styles here. We are talking about can or can not ride off road. In my case the guy who admitted once we had decided to part that he had no interest in riding in the mountains off road. He also admitted he was here for the culture and not the riding, and nature. The opposite to what I wanted and of course had told him via mail before we left many times. The problem with these guys is they don't even know what they want or in his case what is his skill level was. He who leaves on a 15000km trip on unpredictable roads should ride his loaded bike off road before he starts, he should also have a GPS or learn to read a map. Lesson one in the great ABR bible. Lesson two, paying 14k for the top of the range bike will not help.
    I made a living guiding folk and if you have the money this is by far the best way to go if you have not got the time or the energy to train. This guy was a prime example. Had he bought a nice secondhand bike for 5k he could have spent the rest getting guided an still had enough money left to keep the wife happy. When I guide people the holiday is theirs and we do everything they want to do, be it steady on road with hotels or death offroad and wild camping. I would bet that there are a lot of guys and gals out there that wish they had spent less on the bike and more on training and a guide.
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    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    Lots of money little sense assumes the best adventure bike will make them a good rider. Oh don't forget the go pro
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  12. HappyCRNA

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    Elad - what a great thread!

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  13. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    I'm planning to give this riding partner caper a go. I recently hosted a tent space guest from Finland on a RTW trip. Next year we plan to meet up to tour the southern states heading east from Louisiana. I'm the sort of guy that thinks you don't have to work at a marriage, it either works or it doesn't, so far so good. My tent space guest is twice divorced. My philosophy is 'it's ok to lose a battle, just don't lose the war'. I'll let you know how it goes, it should be fun.

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    Well, that didn't go far. I just received a note from my friend that his RTW trip has come to a premature end due to a tyre blowout. The bike is going home to Finland in a box, luckily he is ok.
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  14. Elad

    Elad What oil is best in my motorbike?

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    Agreed when I meet someone usually within a half hour I know if I am compatible with them.
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    Half an hour? 30 seconds is all I need and a my dogs.
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  16. mroddis

    mroddis Been here awhile

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    Anything more than a day ride, I prefer solo travel. I enjoy the company of other riders, especially when they show me places I'd never have found otherwise, but for multi-day trips, I really like to own my own schedule. I like to stop where I want, sleep where I want, etc. I don't want the pressure of having to accommodate someone else idea of a good trip. I can spend time by myself, just my personality, so that helps - I know people that would go crazy if they had to travel solo.

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  17. BikerBill

    BikerBill Motorcycle Addict

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    I've ridden with people I've known and ridden with for years and on a long trip I've learned we need our own space. Too much togetherness gets to be a problem. I've ridden with people I've only met here on this forum and got along fine. I don't do formation riding so I'm not sharing my lane. Riding in cities however, some form of formation helps keep us together through intersections. It doesn't bother me if a rider pulls along side to signal a need to stop or whatever. I don't like riding in large groups as a general rule. Gets to be a bit tiring and tedious riding. 3-4 bikes is about as big a group I like. The GS Giants Midwest Gypsy Tour to the Snake River Ramble would be a pleasant exception. That group varied from 9 to 11 riders and we got along very well IMO.

    I've realized that some people are just not compatible with my lifestyle on the road. I'm up early, always have breakfast, snacks or whatever for lunch, and a sit down dinner. Thirty minute fuel stops max, and frequent photo stops if scenery is interesting. Done by 5 or 6 pm unless pressing need to continue. I don't stop for rain unless visibility is really bad. I look at several possible destinations the night before but usually don't decide until after lunch where I will actually stop for the night. Camp most nights with a hotel once a week.

    In 2015 I rode to Prudhoe Bay, Alaska with a rider I never met except here on this forum. His longest trip prior to Alaska was 250 miles and he'd never ridden in the rain. He turned out to be an excellent rider in any condition, and great guy to have on the adventure. You just never know how things will turn out.

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    Good post. I have had similar experiences good and bad. 2 Years ago I hooked up with a guy who talked a good story, but it did not take me long to figure out this guy did not have clew. After the 3rd day I told we had to go our separate ways. I'm headed north for my forth trip to the arctic this year and have been looking for a ride companion. Below is what I posted here, but still have not had much response, which is not a problem since I have no problem traveling alone.

    "I hesitate to post this since the last time I connected with a rider over the net without a person to person meet things did not go well and I had to tell him to go his own way after only 3 days. So if you are interested I will have to meet you first. I live in NE Ohio so you should be from that area or NW PA.

    I’m Looking for a ride partner or partners (max 4 bikes). Prefer old farts like myself. Will be staying in mom and pop motels (no camping except in emergency). This will be my 4th and most likely final ride north. In the past it has always been on a Harley, but this time on a BMW GSA. I have ridden most all the pavement in the north. It is now time to ride the gravel I have missed. Plan to be on the road 4 or 5 weeks give or take. Below is a general over view of the roads I intend to ride. Of course there is the wild life and points of interest (to many to list here). If you are interested I can go over the ride in more detail when we meet.

    NWT--Water Fall HWY (paved) connects to the Mackenzie HWY to Ft. Simpson/ Laird HWY to Ft. Laird/ Dempster HWY to Inuvik and then on to Tuktoyaktuk/ (this section has just opened to the Arctic Ocean).

    Yukon--Campbell HWY/Nahanni Range Road/Canol Road/Top of the World HWY from Dawson/Road to Mayo & Keno.

    BC--Cassiar HWY(paved)/Telegraph Creek Road/Kettle Valley Rail Trail.

    Alaska--Taylor HWY(Eagle & Chicken)/Dalton HWY “maybe” (Lots of truck traffic/lots of construction)/Steese HWY to Circle/Elliot HWY to Manley Hot Springs/Tanana Road (just opened 2017)/Denali HWY/Hatcher Pass Road/Edgerton HWY to McCarthy/Salmon Glacier Road.

    I plan to leave late May 29, 2018. If you are interested please PM me So we can go over the details. Remember we have to meet person to person to be sure we will be compatible ride partners."
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  20. BikerBill

    BikerBill Motorcycle Addict

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    EB2U,

    Great roads on your plans! There's trucks on the Dalton, but not sure I'd call it lots of trucks. We got stuck behind a huge truck hauling a building and had to wait for them to wave us around. Really had no impact on our trip north. I was told by many to pull to right and slow down or stop and the trucks will slow down and give you as much road as they can to keep rocks from beating your bike to pieces. I did that and without exception every truck I encountered did exactly that. If I was in an open area with good visibility I'd use both sides of the road to pick the best line around potholes but when approaching a hill top I'd always stay in my lane to the right edge and slow down in case a truck was headed south at 70MPH. Many times I was glad I did for obvious reasons.

    Harley previous three trips and now a GSA? Good choice! I have a Harley UC Limited and a GSA. Pretty much covers everything.

    It's my opinion that there are few if any perfect riding partnerships, but I'd guess you already know that by now. It's nice to have someone to talk with and share ideas with on the road. My Alaskan riding partnership was a last minute arrangement that occurred a few days before scheduled departure. It worked out pretty good I think. We had different goals on the return trip south and split up in Billings, MT since he was in more of a rush to get home for a family event. Not a problem. I wanted to wander around Yellowstone area for a while and slow down.

    He blew a tire later that day or the next day and had to hitch a ride to another town find a tire that would fit his bike. I'd have been happy to pickup a tire and bring it to him but he never called or texted me. We still talk sometimes about our trip and wanting to go back. I'd ride anywhere with Carl given the opportunity.

    Best of Luck,

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