Motorcycle Travel Tips               Teo Romera                 Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         2                                          Choosing your motorcycleSo appar...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         3                                                 Contents indexTopics cove...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         4                            Choosing your MotorcycleFirst of all: you will...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         5                                                            Choosing your ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         6                          Choosing your motorcycleSports Bike … your back ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         7                                            Choosing your motorcycleTourer...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         8                                        Choosing your motorcycle     Custo...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         9                    Choosing your motorcycleStandardNakedStreet…          ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         10                                        Choosing your motorcycle     Trai...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                         11  Choosing your motorcycle                R 1200 GS                ● 1200...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     12                                        Choosing your Motorcycle Actually any...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     13                                   Equipment for youClothing and rider equipm...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     14                                               Equipment for youTry to look l...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     15                                    Equipment for you What you should buy in ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     16                  Equipment for youWhen compared to other tourists,you look l...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     17                             Luggage and packingLuggage and packing          ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     18                                      Choosing your Motorcycle     When on a ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     19                                            Luggage and packingWaterproof cov...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                      20             Luggage and packingThe net is the cheapest (3 €) andmost useful...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                      21        Luggage and packingThis is a proper waterproofpillion bag made of ru...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     22                   Luggage and packingTank bags are quite handy too but theym...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     23                  Luggage and packingA top case allows you to carry apassenge...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     24                           Food, drinks and shelterFood, drinks and sleeping ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     25                                         Food, drinks and shelter    Riding r...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     26                                         Food and DrinksFood should be balanc...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     27                                          Food and DrinksDeveloped the rule o...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     28                                              Food and DrinksHave cake and co...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     29                                              Food and DrinksHave cake and co...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     30                                       Food and DrinksFuck it! Have cake andc...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     31                Food and DrinksNo alcohol!! Unless...  Teo Romera | teo@igali...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     32                                       Food and DrinksThis is how unnaturalca...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     33                                             Food and DrinksIn some hotels yo...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     34                                      Mechanical problemsBe prepared (or at l...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     35                                       Mechanical problemsLearn how to fix a ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     36                                   Mechanical problemsWhich is totally useles...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     37                                     Mechanical problems… or when you have to...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     38                                   Mechanical problemsIn long you will have t...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     39                         Dealing with the weatherDealing with the weather    ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     40                                                Dealing with the weather● Wea...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     41     Dealing with the weatherCover your neck, your head,your mouth and nose  ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     42     Dealing with the weatherWait for the ice to melt  Teo Romera | teo@igali...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     43                                     Dealing with the weatherWind and sun can...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     44                                     Dealing with the weatherKeep a good atti...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     45                                       Dealing with the weatherKeep the throt...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     46                                     Choosing RoadsPlanning and choosing road...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     47                                                Choosing RoadsWhat are the be...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     48                                    Choosing RoadsThe perfect ride :)        ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     49                                                         Choosing RoadsIt is ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     50                                            Choosing RoadsCrowded roads are d...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     51                                    Choosing RoadsSo are lonely roads        ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     52                                                   Choosing RoadsMountain pas...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     53              Choosing Roads        Do not plan too muchTeo Romera | teo@igal...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     54                                          Staying safeTry not to hurt yoursel...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     55                                                                        Stayi...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     56                                              Staying safeInvest on a safety ...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     57                  Staying safeTeo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     58                                                      Staying safeWatch out f...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     59                                                       Staying safeRemember t...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     60                                                     Staying safeThere are tw...
Motorcycle Travel Tips                     61                                                            Staying safe     ...
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  1. 1. Motorcycle Travel Tips Teo Romera Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  2. 2. Motorcycle Travel Tips 2 Choosing your motorcycleSo apparently I am now an expert…??● Started riding in 2004● Toured north of France in 2007● Toured Ireland in 2007● Toured The Alps in 2008● Ushuaia to Cusco in 2010● Joined IMTBike.com in 2010 ...● I do not consider myself an expert! Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  3. 3. Motorcycle Travel Tips 3 Contents indexTopics covered (more or less ;)– Choosing your motorcycle– Choosing your gear– Luggage and packing– Food and shelter– Mechanical problems– Dealing with the weather– Planning and choosing roads– Staying safe Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  4. 4. Motorcycle Travel Tips 4 Choosing your MotorcycleFirst of all: you will need a motorcycle, right? Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  5. 5. Motorcycle Travel Tips 5 Choosing your motorcycleRoughly there are a few major categories for Motorcycles ● Sports bike ● Tourer ● Cruiser / Custom / Classic ● Standard / Naked / Street Bikes ● Trail / Off-Road ● Scooter / Maxi Scooter (*should not be included, Carlos) ● The Swiss army knife: The BMW R 1200 GS Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  6. 6. Motorcycle Travel Tips 6 Choosing your motorcycleSports Bike … your back will not take it too long ;) Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  7. 7. Motorcycle Travel Tips 7 Choosing your motorcycleTourers are built for touring, but theyare heavy and a bit boring Tourer Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  8. 8. Motorcycle Travel Tips 8 Choosing your motorcycle Custom Cruiser Classic …Custom bikes are built to look coolbut they are not that practical Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  9. 9. Motorcycle Travel Tips 9 Choosing your motorcycleStandardNakedStreet… Regular naked bikes are usually small and lack of wind protection Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  10. 10. Motorcycle Travel Tips 10 Choosing your motorcycle Trail Off-RoadTrail bikes are good for off-roadriding and pretty decent as tourers Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  11. 11. Motorcycle Travel Tips 11 Choosing your motorcycle R 1200 GS ● 1200 cc ● 110 hp ● ABS ● ESA ● ASC ● Telelever ● Paralever ● Drive Shaft ● + it does it all well :)Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  12. 12. Motorcycle Travel Tips 12 Choosing your Motorcycle Actually any motorcycle willdo if you really want to :) Pilot: Gustavo Year: 2001 Engine: 124cc Power: 12,5 hp Tank: 13 lts Consumption: 30 km/l (loaded and on the road) Weight: 107kg (original) / 210kg (with baggage) Fabrication: Manaus, Brazil http://www.re-moto.com/ (Plus he found a woman in Spain that followed him, married him in Germany and went to live with him in Argentina) Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  13. 13. Motorcycle Travel Tips 13 Equipment for youClothing and rider equipment Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  14. 14. Motorcycle Travel Tips 14 Equipment for youTry to look like a rider!● 3 liner by Rev It● Thermal● Waterproof● Lots of ventilation● Cordura offers protection andcomfort● Leather, not so good for travel● High boots for protection● Buy long pants!! Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  15. 15. Motorcycle Travel Tips 15 Equipment for you What you should buy in orderof importance ● Helmet ● Gloves ● Jacket ● Boots ● Pants ● Lumbar / back protection ● Ear plugs Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  16. 16. Motorcycle Travel Tips 16 Equipment for youWhen compared to other tourists,you look like a total freak Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  17. 17. Motorcycle Travel Tips 17 Luggage and packingLuggage and packing Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  18. 18. Motorcycle Travel Tips 18 Choosing your Motorcycle When on a motorcycle, space is a real constrain● Carry less and less things● You will be on your riding gear● Gear besides your clothes● Tools, repair kits, spare parts● Books are a luxury● Liquids are heavy● You can buy things on the road● Comfortable clothes● Assume the bum look Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  19. 19. Motorcycle Travel Tips 19 Luggage and packingWaterproof cover for the backpack,based on a Decathlon plastic bag Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  20. 20. Motorcycle Travel Tips 20 Luggage and packingThe net is the cheapest (3 €) andmost useful accessory ever Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  21. 21. Motorcycle Travel Tips 21 Luggage and packingThis is a proper waterproofpillion bag made of rubber Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  22. 22. Motorcycle Travel Tips 22 Luggage and packingTank bags are quite handy too but theymay damage the paint in the tank Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  23. 23. Motorcycle Travel Tips 23 Luggage and packingA top case allows you to carry apassenger and serves as back support Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  24. 24. Motorcycle Travel Tips 24 Food, drinks and shelterFood, drinks and sleeping Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  25. 25. Motorcycle Travel Tips 25 Food, drinks and shelter Riding requires lots of energy● Eat and drink in advance● Drink a lot● Eat more sugar● Listen to your body● I do not usually carry food● You will want hot meals● Keep in mind local times● I do not usually camp● After a day or riding youneed a proper bed● Riding solo is easier to findplaces● You may also need shelterfor your motorcycle Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  26. 26. Motorcycle Travel Tips 26 Food and DrinksFood should be balanced! Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  27. 27. Motorcycle Travel Tips 27 Food and DrinksDeveloped the rule of thecake and coffee Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  28. 28. Motorcycle Travel Tips 28 Food and DrinksHave cake and coffee everydayyou are close to death Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  29. 29. Motorcycle Travel Tips 29 Food and DrinksHave cake and coffee everyday that riding is unpleasant Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  30. 30. Motorcycle Travel Tips 30 Food and DrinksFuck it! Have cake andcoffee every day :) Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  31. 31. Motorcycle Travel Tips 31 Food and DrinksNo alcohol!! Unless... Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  32. 32. Motorcycle Travel Tips 32 Food and DrinksThis is how unnaturalcamping is for a biker Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  33. 33. Motorcycle Travel Tips 33 Food and DrinksIn some hotels you will feeljust like in the wild Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  34. 34. Motorcycle Travel Tips 34 Mechanical problemsBe prepared (or at least informed) for the most common mechanical problems Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  35. 35. Motorcycle Travel Tips 35 Mechanical problemsLearn how to fix a flat tire Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  36. 36. Motorcycle Travel Tips 36 Mechanical problemsWhich is totally uselesswhen you have to changethe ball bearings of adirection system... Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  37. 37. Motorcycle Travel Tips 37 Mechanical problems… or when you have toremove the mudguard so thewheel can spin again Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  38. 38. Motorcycle Travel Tips 38 Mechanical problemsIn long you will have toservice your motorcycle Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  39. 39. Motorcycle Travel Tips 39 Dealing with the weatherDealing with the weather Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  40. 40. Motorcycle Travel Tips 40 Dealing with the weather● Weather can be unpredictable● Weather can change your mood● It always feels colder on a bike (-10ºC)● On cold weather ● Avoid riding below 2-3 ºC ● Avoid exposing skin ● Wear layers ● Drink hot liquids ● Have an eye on your hands and feet ● Keep you neck hot ● Snow, ice or mist? Do not ride!● On hot weather ● Hydrate your body frequently ● Avoid exposing skin ● Keep your neck cool ● Wear mesh clothes ● Over 35 ºC? Do not ride! Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  41. 41. Motorcycle Travel Tips 41 Dealing with the weatherCover your neck, your head,your mouth and nose Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  42. 42. Motorcycle Travel Tips 42 Dealing with the weatherWait for the ice to melt Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  43. 43. Motorcycle Travel Tips 43 Dealing with the weatherWind and sun can burn your skin Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  44. 44. Motorcycle Travel Tips 44 Dealing with the weatherKeep a good attitude about rain Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  45. 45. Motorcycle Travel Tips 45 Dealing with the weatherKeep the throttle alive with wind Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  46. 46. Motorcycle Travel Tips 46 Choosing RoadsPlanning and choosing roads Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  47. 47. Motorcycle Travel Tips 47 Choosing RoadsWhat are the best roads?● Plan ahead, but not too much● Mountain roads● Narrow roads● Roads from nowhere to nowhere● Highways are boring● Highways are faster● Cities are not recommended● Allow for the unpredictable Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  48. 48. Motorcycle Travel Tips 48 Choosing RoadsThe perfect ride :) Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  49. 49. Motorcycle Travel Tips 49 Choosing RoadsIt is easier to get lost than with a car Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  50. 50. Motorcycle Travel Tips 50 Choosing RoadsCrowded roads are dangerous Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  51. 51. Motorcycle Travel Tips 51 Choosing RoadsSo are lonely roads Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  52. 52. Motorcycle Travel Tips 52 Choosing RoadsMountain passes become playgrounds Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  53. 53. Motorcycle Travel Tips 53 Choosing Roads Do not plan too muchTeo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  54. 54. Motorcycle Travel Tips 54 Staying safeTry not to hurt yourself! Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  55. 55. Motorcycle Travel Tips 55 Staying SafeHow to stay safe● Follow signs and instructions● Apply all the regular rules● Also apply an extra care● Forget about sport riding● 90% is about looking and anticipation● Develop a 6th sense● Assume everyone else wants to kill you● Practice● Do not ride too long● Never ride at night! (*Invisibility superpower) Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  56. 56. Motorcycle Travel Tips 56 Staying safeInvest on a safety course Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  57. 57. Motorcycle Travel Tips 57 Staying safeTeo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  58. 58. Motorcycle Travel Tips 58 Staying safeWatch out for animals on the road Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  59. 59. Motorcycle Travel Tips 59 Staying safeRemember that abroad things change Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  60. 60. Motorcycle Travel Tips 60 Staying safeThere are two kinds of bikers... Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
  61. 61. Motorcycle Travel Tips 61 Staying safe Thanks! Questions?Btw, I also have a video... wanna watch it? Teo Romera | teo@igalia.com | www.igalia.com
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