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While Some Open Gifts, Others Twist Throttles in Patagonia & South Africa

Posted by Eric Lange on December 27, 2016
Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

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! 

Will_Pizzolato_Riding_Patagonia.jpgWith the majority of our services being based down in the southern hemisphere where summertime is now being enjoyed, this of course means it's the most popular time for our motorcycle rentals. Remember folks: Cold winter in the northern hemisphere means the opposite is true with sunshine and warm summer riding down in the southern hemisphere, South America, Southern Africa, etc. Both altitude and degrees of latitude are still major factors in the types of temperatures you'll experience on these motorcycle trips though. Riding up over 5,000ft/1,500m undoubtedly brings a chill even in the summer months, as does riding to Ushuaia at the "End of the World." Just about 700 miles (1,100km's) from Antarctica, a RIDE to Ushuaia can involve snowflakes, even in the peak-summer months of January/February down there.

Ilay_Avnin_Patagonia_Motorcycle_Trip-1.jpgPatagonia peak-season is definitely underway though, and while so many of us were enjoying the holiday season with friends and family, lots of riders are taking this time for their dream adventure ride. While we've been offering Fully Guided tours since the business started in 2010 and continue to do so with great success, lots of riders are also opting for Self-Guided Motorcycle Trip packages that we've started offering more of.

To help explain: "Fully Guided" tours are ones where a Lead Motorcycle Tour Guide heads out in front of the group for the duration of the trip and a Support Truck & Driver follow behind with everyone's luggage, spare parts, tools, etc. These are undoubtedly the most convenient "turn key" solutions for riders because our Guides are there to greet you at the airport, pay for meals, pay for fuel, etc. and all the riders have to do is basically just ride safely and enjoy. On the other hand, options like our Self-Guided Fly & Ride packages are just as the name implies: You're "on your own" a bit more, basically just renting the motorcycle from us, while we prepare all the necessary insurance, international border authorizations, took & tire repair kits, etc. In the case of a "Fly & Ride" package, the motorcycle rental is accompanied by a pre-paid hotel package that will be waiting for you each day of the trip. With the Fly & Ride packages, we provide turn-by-turn directions via a printed Road Book and maps that take you through all the best routes, showing you the fueling points, meal options, and of course sites along the way. On each riding day, you'll eventually arrive at the hotel we reserved for you with that awesomely satisfying adventurous feeling to smile about over a beer.

Henry_VanKlaveren_Motorcycle_Trip.jpgAs is with every motorcycle trip package on www.rideadv.com, please keep in mind that these are riding experiences meant for experienced motorcycle riders only. The folks in these photos have engaged in conversations with us and looked through some materials/videos that we have which help describe the challenges of the riding terrain on each route we suggest through Patagonia. We want you to be careful with this and do the same research so you can be sure that you're spending your money and time wisely and safely! A dual sport motorcycle adventure in a foreign country is definitely not the right time/place to "test one's skills" or see if this type of riding is something you "want to get into." With such remote territories across mountain ranges, valleys, and open prairies, the ultimate goal here is to minimize the chance that you'll need help in case of any emergency, and enjoy your adventure to the fullest.

Anyway, back to the bookings we go! Hoping this finds you all well and happy this holiday season, please keep RIDE Adventures in mind for your adventure riding wishes, and please remember to book as far in advance possible! Many riders are being rejected this time of year for their requests for motorcycles on specific dates they want to ride. Still some bikes available...but we need to know your specifics in order to confirm. New Call-to-action

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