Pontification about ADV world.

Discussion in 'The Perfect Line and Other Riding Myths' started by guideboat1, Jan 6, 2018.

  1. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    1979: 2 days of riding experience on a moped that would barely hit 30mph downhill with a following wind; 6v electrics with a headlamp that was roughly equivalent to a candle-in-a-jar-at-thirty-paces; army surplus jacket (not very thick or waterproof) and jeans; only motorcycle specific gear I could afford was a cheap open-face helmet and a pair of supposedly waterproof mittens. A measly ten mile ride on deserted country roads, late on a moonless night, involving freezing fog and black ice became quite an adventure.

    2018: New 1300cc, 160hp motorcycle with electronic gadgets galore; heated grips, seat and jacket liner under properly waterproof, insulated clothing; gps navigation, intercom, etc. Planning a trip to Alaska. I consider that will probably be an adventure. A quick 2000-mile weekend trip to Big Bend, OTOH, is just a weekend away.

    To others, Alaska is passe, or anything more than 50 miles from home is an adventure. Perspective, perspective, perspective...
  2. swiss-happy

    swiss-happy Happy Joe

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    I happen to chance upon this YouTube. I don't know the guy.

    Can I do this?
    Yes. 100%>
    Would I do this now?
    Not necessarily. I have young children and a wife.

    Does it make me less an Adventurer?
    Maybe? Depends on who's asking and context.




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  3. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    My admiration goes to the guy who decided to ride from Australia to England, a week later he was on his way on a Honda postie bike. Now that's adventure!
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  4. baka1969

    baka1969 Veteran Bubblehead

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  5. diabolik37

    diabolik37 Deadly Gubba

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    One of the best game we play often around here (as this country really allows you to play this very easily), is to do your best at getting lost, and then trying to find the way back to civilisation...

    One time, it took us 4 days to find the way back. Maybe the fear of not knowing the roads, possibility of running out of fuel, having to learn to use a compass both day and night, sleeping under the star around a campfire with your best mates, having to hunt to eat... We just love it... No Mobiles, no GPS... Just an old trusty army map where even water bores are marked... I feel very lucky to live in a country so big, with so much to see, plenty of wildlife, amazing beaches, and a bounch of guys, that I can trust with my life...
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  6. Bar None

    Bar None Old School Dude

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    Yep, I didn't call myself an " Adventure Rider" back then nor was I the first motorcycle rider to go on an adventure.

    [​IMG]
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  7. steelerider

    steelerider Southafricanamerican

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    Too long. Didn’t read.
  8. canoeguy

    canoeguy Long timer

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    Well, I will likely be riding out to Utah, Colorado, and Wyoming from Virginia this summer. I don't know where I will stay or what roads I will ride. At least until Colorado a lot will be highway but then who knows? When all you have is a general direction and you have no idea where your head will lay from one night to the next, that would constitute an adventure for me.
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  9. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Pointless! Shouldn't post.
  10. CaptCapsize

    CaptCapsize Been here awhile

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    Dictionary Defienition
    ad·ven·ture
    adˈven(t)SHər,ədˈven(t)SHər/

    noun

    1. 1.
      an unusual and exciting, typically hazardous, experience or activity.
    verb
    1. 1.
      engage in hazardous and exciting activity, especially the exploration of unknown territory.
  11. Meriwether

    Meriwether Following big footprints.

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    Yeah, that's adventure. You've got some outstanding country to explore there. My trips have start and end points and dates and a mental list of things I would like to see, no other schedule, and I look forward to any serendipity that might happen. I've made a big mistake with my next trip, I thought of it too early, just after my last trip when I was on a bit of a high, and now I'm having second thoughts. I wake up now thinking WTF, but I'm financially committed so the die is set. I'm not a religious man, but please, God help me.
  12. swiss-happy

    swiss-happy Happy Joe

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    You sit your balls across a big piece of metal housing with thousands of explosions firing under you. Your stick is next to 30liters of highly combustible liquid.

    You weave in and out of traffic with potentially deadly consequences. Any sudden stoppage above 45kmh can be fatal.

    You balance your life on 2-3 sq inches of rubber contacts while taking insane corners at 100kmh. You brave winds and rains and potentially dead battery.

    Yes....I am feeling adventurous.
    I am a biker.


    And if I go to Starbucks, I risk getting shot at by an angry and mad customer who didn't get his Latte Machiato the way he likes it.




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  13. ToothDocJay

    ToothDocJay Been here awhile

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    I like reading this forum and about the rides others take, both long and short.

    I use the site as a resource for collecting information on equipment, trips, etc., very handy.

    Lastly, while I do not do nearly the hard core adventure riding that others do, I still go on long rides, see things I've never seen before, enjoy days to weeks on the road with friends and consider those things to be an "adventure" in my books. Heck, I've even started riding on gravel now and then!
  14. Patek

    Patek Been here awhile

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    Or maybe you drop the box of screws on the highway by mistake turning it in to a Mad Max derby.

    Adventure!
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    * SHAG * Unstable

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    Are you on the boat? Where is the Guide? :amazon
  16. windblown101

    windblown101 Long timer

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    If the level of Adventure achieved is measured by the difficulty of the terrain one can master on a big bike then we all suck in comparison to a few rare professional riders.

    To me (a part) of any adventure is challenging myself on technical terrain far from home that pushes my personal limits on whatever bike I happen to be on. If I don't press my limits at some point along the way it was just a long ride (to me), not an adventure. ;)
  17. flei

    flei cycletherapist

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    Brilliant! Where did you find this? Can i re-post it?
  18. Ginger Beard

    Ginger Beard Instagram @oneworldcycles

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    Can we still have a chuckle at pirates and Power Rangers?
  19. slartidbartfast

    slartidbartfast Love those blue pipes

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    Sure but this thread is to chuckle at each other
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  20. TheProphet

    TheProphet Retired; Living the Dream

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    Can one be a "Power Pirate"? Or maybe a "Pirate Ranger"? We need something new to bash.... :amazon
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