Initially I had a very rigid plan to stick to a certain route, either riding from the tip of Argentina to the top of Alaska or the other way around, Alaska to Argentina, but I feel I want to leave my options open in case I decide to change the adventure completely en-route.
I do start my trip in South America however. The Fox (my bike) and I will get off the cargo ship in Montevideo, Uruguay and we will make our way south to Ushuaia and head north from there up the west coast of the Americas….so that’s the rough draft anyway.
An adventure like this requires a little bit of planning…at least. Doing a big trip, like this one, has played on my mind for a while now, and continues to do so. I think the majority of the time has been spent on the joyful idea of going on a big adventure as opposed to actual hands on planning.
The absolute hardest thing at this stage, is deciding to do it! Once the decision has been made, the rest becomes a series of smaller goals leading to the the bigger achievement.
There are plenty of resources out there for inspiration, practical planning, how tos and an infinite amount of help from the adventure travelling community
One resource I’ve had tremendous use of is Chris Scott’s Adventure Motorcycling Handbook which pretty much covers every basic need required for a successful venture.
It covers a variety of bikes suitable for long distance travel in the AMZ (Adventure Motorcycling Zone), the advantages/disadvantages of types of luggage, what to bring, basic skills required and much more.
I initially bought a Honda CRF250L, because its light, strong, goes forever and is simple to maintain. Unfortunately she got stolen, so I had to rethink my situation as I couldn’t afford to buy another. I got a used BMW G650GS which was slightly more adventure ready, however I have put another exhaust on it which freed up space to fit a tool tube. I put a K&N air filter in the airbag, added off-road tyres, radiator guards, a new battery and some neoprene fork protectors.
As I want to travel as light as possible I had to take a hard look at my mechanical skills and only bring spares for what I can successfully achieve in a pinch. Spares include brake pads, spare levers and cables, oil filters, a puncture repair kit and the necessary tools. I didn’t have any previous experience working on bikes and only started riding a year ago, so I decided to take a maintenance course and a Level 1 off road riding course with Off Road Skills in Wales. Awesome experience, I can’t recommend it enough! Read about it here.