Riders, it's Baldy here with another reminder: Motorcycle adventures for peak season need to be booked as far in advance as possible!
Pardon the urgency, but we've gotten to this point each season for 8 years in a row now. Riders from around the world have been inquiring about trips all year long, and yes, many of you have confirmed reservations and are excited to start your trips. But so many Riders who have waited to commit are now being told that the dates they wanted for their Self-Guided motorcycle tours are sold out, and it's as frustrating to us as it may be to them! In this example, I'm referring to the peak riding months in Patagonia and the routes we've designed in southern Africa. It's right now that springtime arrives in October, and the riding temperatures and conditions remain their best through April or so.
A term that never popped into my head until just now, "adventure style" could be an easy way of explaining how RIDE Adventures has evolved over the years.
As an international travel service provider, we've constantly tried to stay-tuned to exactly what our Customers are interested in doing with their vacation time, and how to make the best use of the resources, effort, and risk that you all put into each travel endeavor. In other words, we've always strived to understand what your adventure style is.
RIDE Adventures started by offering Guided Group Motorcycle Tours back in 2010. I was living in Chile and finishing my work with another motorcycle touring company that was shutting down when this small business was born. Back then, it seemed that the only service aspect that other moto-related travel companies were focused on was being your Guide, physically there on tour with you. My own passion for motorcycle travel and getting to know fun people made guiding a natural fit for me; and since 2010, I've gone on to lead some of the most fantastically fun groups of people through some of the most incredible motorcycle routes in Europe, Africa, and South America.
Adventure-minded travelers can join us in celebrating; RIDE Adventures now offers 4x4 tour packages for international trips like exploring the Andes Mountains of South America!
A project and service offering that has long been considered and worked on was just announced this past week in our eNewsletter, and posted on our new Jeep / 4x4 Adventure Tours page. With the first 2 locations we're announcing being Patagonia and Peru, we'll soon have the details wrapped up for Bolivia, and the plans are to eventually work this option into our European and African offerings as well.
Are you a Reader, a Rider, or a bit both?
Sometimes the sentiment and reasoning behind our motorcycle trip offerings is best explained by video and voice, instead of in written form for our Readers out there. No matter how you prefer to learn about these options though, one of our top priorities as a service provider is to make sure that you choose the best of our adventure rides to "scratch that riding itch" that so many of us are prone to.
It's time to report some very positive results from the first couple years of using this Scorpion Stinger Lithium Motorcycle Battery that I installed on one of my personal bikes a couple of years ago. (Does that make this a "positive post?")
At just about 1 year old at the time, the original lead-acid battery that came with my 2014 KTM 690 Enduro just wasn't cranking over the engine very well, which made for a few concerning moments out in the woods on cold days.
As is well-documented by now, the weight savings alone has plenty of us switching to lithium motorcycle batteries across all types of motorcycles. So in addition to a few other categories that impress me about this battery, I'd like to declare this purchase a "no brainer" thus far:
As another gigantic season of Patagonia riding comes to a close, our thanks goes out to all Customers who endured the sometimes-grueling Patagonia conditions, terrains, and weather since all the riding began back in September. A special and HUGE thanks goes out to those who shared Customer Testimonials. Not exaggerating folks, reading your appreciation and positive reactions to the motorcycle rentals, routes & hotel packages we set up for you is still one of the greatest thrills we could ask for!
Moving into the winter months for Patagonia (late May through September) we're very excited to announce some new motorcycle trip packages in the Atacama Desert, much further north in Chile. I had blogged about the Atacama region not too long ago, and admittedly got a bit emotional as it brought back memories of my first couple years living, working, riding, and guiding in Chile. Since then, our work in Patagonia, Europe, and southern Africa has been so time-consuming, that attention to the Atacama region had just sort of "slipped" down the list of priorities, as inappropriate as that may be.
Folks, it's with great pleasure that we have added another new motorcycle trip package to our growing business, and that this route falls very much in line with the rough, dirty, nitty, gritty, and very adventurous style of riding that RIDE Adventures was founded on. In other words: It's the type of riding that I would be doing if I had more time to RIDE these days! Things are very busy with our growing business, so I'm in the office quite a bit, but not getting much time to even blog. Thank you all for being Customers of RIDE Adventures though.
Another long delay in between blog post updates, largely because so many riders are starting and finishing their motorcycle trips right now, which keep us very busy!
'Tis the season for new motorcycles for the rental fleets in Chile and Peru!
Part of keeping such touring and renting options running smoothly is thereplacement of bikes. While they all get regular inspection and maintenance between Customers, there comes a time and financial juncture when it just makes sense to replace each bike with a new one. Of course we need to break-in these bikes a bit and get them through their initial 1,000km's before they go through a first revision and inspection; and well ... somebody needs to put those first 1,000km's on them. Riding virgin bikes is still one of those simple pleasures that will never get old. I mean, they even smell new!