P.L.A.N.S. – Do You Have One?

P.L.A.N.S. – Do You Have One?

  P.L.A.N.S. – Do You Have One? During this very busy summer riding season, we thought a guest post about maintaining our bikes and staying safe would be a good read. As such, Jill Oliver a very accomplished rider and traveler has put together this very useful information.   Most of us have some sort of pre-ride check, some more thorough than others. We think this is simple to remember and execute. Thanks Jill! ———————————————- Zero breakdowns. Is that even possible? Well, that is, will my bike be dependable to do what I want it to do all the time? As an adventure rider, I will say that all bets are off when you eyeball that big mud puddle, thinking, “I can totally ride through the middle of that!” Then you don’t. Or, if you burn up a clutch trying to ride up a road made of baby head sized rocks. You know, stuff like that. You are going to have a self-induced breakdown. I am talking about making sure you can stop, nothing falls off the bike, or you can get from point A to B. Zero breakdowns? Really? Of course you can. Riders for Health (RFH www.Riders.org), an award winning social enterprise, does this every day. Their expertise in fleet management, including motorcycles, enables health care to be delivered all over Africa. They have a zero breakdown policy. See! It is possible. They should know because they maintain vehicles in the worst conditions of sub-Sahara Africa. Granted, they are on agricultural motorcycles that are built like tanks, but the same principles apply to any motorcycle, anywhere in the...
Will You Rally?

Will You Rally?

Funny thing about motorcycling, sometimes we cherish the solitude and quiet of riding alone and at other times we look for the comradery of others.   Motorcycle rallies bring visions of Sturgis (http://www.sturgismotorcyclerally.com/) and the wild things that implies, but there is so much more.   What about the quaint local gatherings like RibFest in Tennessee? (http://www.bmwmcon.org/ribfest.php) And let’s not forget brand/bike specific events like BMW, Triumph or Honda Goldwing. So many choices, so little time. Sturgis Motorcycle Rally video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zcfqg-kVXWg Why We Rally: So these are some of the key reasons we and others elect to join in the motorcycle rally fun: High potential for like-minded people in small space and time. Great chance to meet great people. Chance to see distant friends (Rallies can build lasting relationships). Validation & feedback for the way you have set up your bike. Knowledge transfer and ideas sharing. (Learning opportunities, often including rider training.) Finally meeting your www.facebook.com – only friends. Getting a taste of the locals. Insights for the best roads, rides and eats. Late nights by the fire with lots of stories and bench racing. Adult trick or treating. People really like the raffles and free stuff from vendors. Seeing the latest in gear & gadgets. Maybe your next bike or solution to current challenge. Solid excuse for adult beverages of choice and lots of (usually) good food. And let’s not forget the bonus benefit that many rallies donate profits to charity. Good for them! Gaila and I had a chance this past weekend to participate in the Touratech-USA Rally in Plain, WA (http://www.touratech-usa.com/Adventure/Events/JOPqYs/2014-Touratech-Rally) and the Overland Expo (http://www.overlandexpo.com/) event in...