Kick Stands Up

So how do we get there? That’s a common question that many people who set out on adventures often ask when they come up with an idea for an expedition or trip. This same question was probably asked by the great American explorers such as Lewis and Clark, Kit Carson, and Daniel Boone to name a few. Today that same question is asked by modern day adventurists who hike the Appalachian Trail or who attempt to ride the many adventure motorcycle trails that have popped up around the country. To answer that question is one of the main ideas of this blog.

Since actors and motorcycle enthusiasts Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman launched a series of ambitious motorcycle trips around the world the adventure motorcycle industry has taken off. Today it’s fairly common to see riders on BMW’s, KTM’s, and many other bikes loaded down with panniers and knobby tires heading off on adventures across the Rocky Mountains, Great Plains, or even on treks up to Alaska. I’ll be the first to admit that watching their trips was what got me hooked but my path to where I am today as a rider was quite an interesting one and one that will be told in time.

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman from Long Way Down
© 2017 Long Way Round

To answer the question of “so how do we get there?” I’m going to showcase some of the lessons that I have learned as an aspiring adventure motorcycle rider who set their sights on the unknown. I walked blindly into this not knowing a whole lot about motorcycles, gear, maintenance, or even how to navigate from point A to point B. Let’s just say I’ve had good days and bad days and in several instances I was in way over my head.

In the Wet Mountains of Colorado shortly after I picked up 2011 Kawasaki KLR 650

So throw on your riding gear and strap on your helmet because its time we start this thing.

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