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What's it Really Like, Riding The Northern Thailand Experience?

Posted by Eric Lange on September 26, 2018

Well here it is, another of my best attempts to share with you "What's it Really Like" has been posted on YouTube, this time, for our Northern Thailand Experience route. If it weren't for Garrett's prowess at video production, I'm not sure how else we would get such sentiment out. Folks, no matter what ... neither words nor video will ever do a riding experience like this any justice. 

So there I was, getting off the plane in Chiang Mai, Thailand, admittedly skeptical about just how great the riding ahead would be. With so many other incredible routes ridden through over 30 countries on 4 continents this past decade, I actually had very low expectations for how much fun and variety could be realized on a 5th. What I would soon find out, however, was that Thailand isn't only full of OUTSTANDING riding opportunities, but that the year-round possibilities for riding weather (albeit wet sometimes) would fit perfectly into our model of giving Riders plenty of opportunities to twist throttles even in their coldest months back home.

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Are you a Self-Guided type of Rider?

Posted by Eric Lange on May 17, 2018

Trying to be as informative as we can in helping Riders choose the right motorcycle trip format, there are plenty of points to consider if you think "Self-Guided" is how you'd like to experience your next international adventure.

For some, the only way to ride is being out there solo, with no strings attached, schedules to follow, or fellow riders to wait for as they put on their riding gloves at a snail's pace. The spirit and mystery that goes into solo motorcycle travel can be felt in onlookers at the gas stations and obscure locations that we end up in, as people around you wonder "where is that rider from, and where they are going all geared-up like that?" The time to think, ponder, and pontificate within one's helmet can be found in it's purest form during these solo rides, while almost completely on the flip-side, it often makes for the best opportunities to meet new people, as we don't already have our regular entourage to confine us.

Many of our Self-Guided Customers have chosen this format for the sake of being able to form their own Private Group motorcycle trip affordably. Because Guided Group tours come with an array of fixed or common costs to consider, it's often financially unfeasible for private groups of 2-3 Riders to afford the full services we provide with a Lead Motorcycle Guide and Support Truck with Driver.

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The Best Motorcycle GPS: 4 Options Tested, Only 1 Survived

Posted by Eric Lange on January 8, 2018

Editor's Note: This article about the best motorcycle gps options was originally posted in 2013, but our readers and riders still get a tremendous amount of value from it, as it's the most visited article on our site. Review the options below and use it as a stepping stone for further research. Also, we have a 2017 Update Article Linked Below.

*Please note: This is not an advertisement paid for by Garmin, and none of the reviews on www.rideadv.com are paid for by the manufacturers we recommend!

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Motorcycle Adventure Rides: How to Pack for your journey

Posted by Eric Lange on January 8, 2018

 

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Adventure Riding in South America: To Rent or Buy a Motorcycle?

Posted by Eric Lange on October 25, 2017
Frequent Question from Customers: "Can I Buy & Sell a Motorcycle in South America?"
 
This question comes to us quite frequently, and so we have this standard response:
 
"Sure, just about anyone can buy & sell a motorcycle in South America. But what address will you use to register your motorcycle? And for your insurance? How will you take care of the multi-week “tr á mite” (paperwork procedures) that go into making it possible for you to cross the international borders with addresses, passports, insurance, titles, and registration that all match?"
 
What we’re saying here is “be careful!" because the time and effort that goes into getting all these issues straight is no small task, and rarely makes it worth while to buy/sell a bike instead of renting one. Without having all of this paperwork straight, not only would you be operating a vehicle illegally in the country you’re purchasing the motorcycle in, but you won’t be able to cross international borders for greater exploration of the Andes Mountains and incredible features between countries. (This is exactly why we have motorcycle rentals available in South America. )
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Riding Seasons Sell Out, Folks - Book Motorcycle Adventures Early!

Posted by Eric Lange on October 4, 2017

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.

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Women Riders, and Our Twisting of the Throttle

Posted by Sarah Williams on September 10, 2017

Motorcycle riding has long been an obvious pastime for guys—time for the boys to get together, sometimes even with us women on the back of the bike. But, more and more often, women are getting into biking and today it's now said that we make up 1 out of every 8 riders. That's quite some progress, given the rarity it still may be to meet a free-spirited gal that rides motorcycles : )

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What's your "Adventure Style?"

Posted by Eric Lange on August 20, 2017

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.

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Top 10 Reasons to Take a South Africa Motorcycle Tour

Posted by Eric Lange on April 12, 2017

Riders often dream of taking one of the bucket list trips at RIDE Adventures, and one of the destinations we'd like to feature today is a glimpse at a South Africa motorcycle tour. While you might not need additional reasons to go on an amazing adventure like this, here are 10 more to-pardon the pun-get your engine humming, presented by Simon and our crew based in South Africa.

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Atacama Desert Motorcycle Trip Research: Continuing with Day 3 & 4

Posted by Andres Bunout-Puchi on June 28, 2016

(See blog post from Day 2 of this research trip on this link.)

Day 3 

Of course one of the great things about riding in the Atacama Desert, the "driest desert in the world," the weather is absolutely beautiful once again! Even the brief rainy season here is 'barely' rainy, so we mostly have bright blue sunny skies to enjoy.

Waking up to a view overlooking the harbor in Antofagasta, we headed north along the coast for some great sweeping curves and twisties similar to those found on California's Hwy 1, or as the PanAmerican Highway feels along the shorts of Peru just to the north. Waves crashing, birds hunting, and that wonderful scent of ocean air makes us just love this trip.

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