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Motorcycle Adventure Challenge: Operation Moto Dog

Motorcycle Adventure Challenge: Operation Moto Dog

Sometimes when the ride is almost over and you are closing in on home, have you ever had that feeling of wanting to just continue to ride? On and on till the sun sets and beyond… Meet Rufio the KLR650 Moto-Sidecar, Baylor the sidecar dog and of course lovely Mallory Paige who has accepted the challenge of the ongoing ride in what she calls: Operation Moto Dog!

Motorcycle Riding Close Up
One day you decided to go on a ride longer than usual, how come and what’s your destination?

Prior to Operation Moto Dog, I’d never even driven a motorcycle! In October I’d ridden passenger for a brief time in Ecuador and was immediately hooked. I spent the next few months scheming about a motorcycle adventure to Alaska. And in May decided to ignore all the experts telling me it would be impossible and just go for it. I got my motorcycle license, bought an old motorcycle and even older sidecar, learned to weld, built a subframe to attach the two, and christened the rig Rufio. Then on June 15, I loaded Baylor into the sidecar and we hit the road for Alaska.

More than anything this adventure was prompted by a desire to grow into the adventurer I envisioned. Having traveled around the USA in a vintage VW van a few years ago, I knew that some of the best lessons happen on the open road. And committing to a big goal, meant I would have no choice but to figure things out. I’d absolutely have to learn how to camp alone, to turn a wrench, to navigate, troubleshoot and turn strangers into friends, it’s the only way I’d make it across North America.

Motorcycle Riding
That is brave, to never have driven a motorcycle and then this! Some might be a bit scared to make a such an adventure by them self, what do you have to say to them?

I’d tell them what I once told my sister: It’s not about being fearless.

There have been and will continue to be days, nights, minutes and moments where I’m scared. From getting the heebie jeebies camping in the backwoods, to feeling completely overwhelmed and lost in a new place, fear is an essential ingredient to stepping out of your comfort zone and growing. Luckily, it’s also a muscle that can be trained. The more you face fear, the easier it becomes to tame your lizard brain and carry on without letting it rule your decisions.

And for the travelers – especially the solo females – that worry about strangers taking advantage of you on the road, I’m thrilled to report that I’ve found the absolute opposite to be true. Everywhere we venture people go out of their way to say hello, extend kindness, support and hospitality. People are good. This I will always believe.

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Sometimes Baylor wants to stear…

Sounds amazing! And I guess you always have Baylor if things get to much…:)  I read you got some support from fellow bikers/people you meet aswell?

Since I wasn’t previously a rider, I really had no idea the strength and breadth of the motorcycle community. En route to Alaska, we experienced a series of obstacles. From the most unbelievable breakdown miracle in the middle of nowhere Yukon (read that here: http://mallorypaige.com/omd-travelogue-day-15//) to a series of unknown noises and oil burning concerns, I quickly realized I could not do this alone. That I would need the expertise and assistance of the rider family to make it to Alaska. And, oh boy!, did they come together to help us. From strangers across the country sending funds to help with the piston replacement, to Alaskan motorcycle legends hauling us hundreds of miles and teaching me how to tear apart the engine, it was truly a turning point in the adventure.

In that moment, it became more than just a road trip to Alaska. It quickly transformed into a life changing mission to visit all of North America. A million times over, I could not do this without the kindness and hospitality that we’re shown each day on the road.

Motorcycle Mallory Resting
On a trip like this I guess anything can happen… For you guys thinking of going we made an infographic on what you need to know when travelling the world on your motorcycle. So I understand that you are not completely alone on your journey.. who is your travel companion and what does she/he think of the life on the roads?:)

The sidecar had to happen because there was no way I was going to leave my copilot behind. My dog, Baylor, is an adventurous yellow lab, who has been at my side for the last 10 years. Whether stand up paddle boarding down an Oregon river, climbing Colorado mountains, island hopping along the Florida coast or just snuggling up to read a book, he’s always ready for the fun.

And it was amazing how well he took to being a sidecar dog. After a few days lounging in the sidecar while I metalworked in the shop, it was time for a test drive. We went through the routine we’d practiced – load up command, harness attached, goggles on, treat dispersed – and I began rolling around the parking lot nervously. I looked over at Baylor not sure how he was going to react and then had to laugh out loud. He looked up at, sighed in boredom, and laid down to sleep – he was meant to be a motodog. It was the moment I knew Operation Moto Dog was really going to happen. Two days later we were Alaska bound.

Haha I think I’m in love with Baylor!:)
Give us 3 tips for the life on the bike?

Simplify – I’m constantly analyzing what I’m packing. En route to Alaska I tossed the pillow (my riding pants suffice just fine), in Kansas I reorganized everything so the camp essentials lived in a single bag, in North Carolina I got two Sea to Summit compression bags and rejoiced at the space we were saving. For the most part, you probably need less than you imagine and too much stuff just becomes a packing hassle when you load and unload day after day.
Eliminate Excuses – Early on I decided I’d rather be uncomfortable doing it, than comfortable still home planning it. This meant I didn’t worry about having the absolute ideal gear or being perfectly prepared, because I knew no matter what I was leaving with what I had and would make do along the way. This has made for some uncomfortably cold, wet days and extra challenges along the way, but to me it’s worth it because I’m out there doing it instead of letting little excuses prevent me from going on the adventure.
There is No Right Answer – Some people plan their adventures for years, some just wing it. Some pack everything they could possibly need, some are the ultimate minimalists. Some go fast and far in a day, some mosey and soak it all in. Everyone has a unique style; that’s the fun and interesting thing about life. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. There is no right answer, just do what works best for you.

Motorcycle Dog Riding

Thank you Mallory!

Visit her homepage or her Advrider for more updates and images. Good luck on your travels!:)

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What You Need to Know When Travelling the World on Your Motorcycle

What You Need to Know When Travelling the World on Your Motorcycle

 

Would you like to travel the world on your motorcycle? Well, you can easily do so without breaking the bank. Just follow the guide here and you will be on your way there!

How to Travel the world on a motorcycle complete guide

Traveling around the world on your ride can be a fun adventure. Apart from your motorcycle, there are also some other things that you should carry along with you. Here is a guide that you can use to check on what you require for your adventure.

 

Bike

Regardless of the motorcycle that you buy, there are additional accessories that you need for a safe trip. To be on the safe side, you need a bike that is off road oriented and affordable. Go for something that can be repaired by any mechanic in case you encounter a problem along the way. Make sure that the petrol power is one that can stand the miles you will cover. Go for a bike with larger fuel tanks; this will save you the time going to gas stations for a refill. Apart from the power, you require protection such as headlight guard, skid plate, folding mirrors and hand guards.

 

Riding gear

Gear is a necessity for any motorcyclist. However, most people forget to wear boots and pair of gloves and even a sturdy sole. All these are necessary for your protection. There is no doubt that you will save your bones by wearing a waterproof jacket. Protection is vital when you are going for such long trips.

 

Tools

Do not leave the house without the tools; you are going for a tour around the world, and anything can happen. Try disassembling your motorcycle and reassembling it again. Carry the tools that you used for assembly on your tour. Make sure you replace any tools that are worn out. Grips and wrenches, tire irons, valve stem, are not heavy and can save you a lot on your trip.

 

Spare parts

Spares should be on the list of things that you need to carry. Take the tubes so that you can change them when your tire misbehaves. A box of nuts and bolts is important for your adventure around the world.

 

Camping

Going on a tour means spending nights away from home. Therefore, you require to camp wherever night falls. A sleeping pad, sleeping bag, and tent are necessary to have a complete tour. Go to tents that are easy to carry all in one. There are tent companies that provide options for motorcyclist around the world. Do your research to get a legit company.

Check that you have everything in place. Look for ways that you can save money, for instance; you can opt to cook for yourself instead of buying foods from restaurants. By doing so, you will enjoy cheap travel around the world. Go ahead and pack all your belongings and get ready for an exciting adventure. There is no doubt that you tour is set to be one of a kind.

 

Credits: Indefinitelywild Gizmodo

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The incredible BRAIN One Motorcycle tracking equipment

The incredible BRAIN One Motorcycle tracking equipment

To improve your riding performance you need good feedback from your driving, either it be from the road itself or from a trainer. Which non of has have anyways…:) But now you can get that feedback to dramatically improve your skills, or just to have fun with! I present to you the BRAIN One tracking and analytic system that’s being crowdfunded at Kickstarter today! But hurry up if you want one, time’s soon up

https://youtu.be/z5cxZVpcSIM

 

Hi Elisa Gazzola! How did you come up with this idea?

BRAIN srl was founded by Simone Grillo (CEO) and Timoteo Ziccardi (CTO)  the 17th of June 2015  after obtaining 150K financial support by Industrio, an important hardware firm in Trentino, Italy.

One day Simone and Timoteo were sitting in front of the TV watching a GP race, staring at the amazing performance tracks of professional pilots and all of a sudden a light bulb went on over their heads and they started to talk about how great it would be if someone invented a device that allows everyone around the world, from professional pilots to amateur, to track their performance in an affordable way.

Simone and Timoteo have combined their passion for technology, hardware and motorbiking to develop the first smart telemetry device that can be eventually used to track all the action sports!

BRAIN Motorcycle Tracking System

Analytics like this is something that only the “big guys” with company sponsors have had access to. I’ve got a feeling that this could become a game changer in the amateur racing sports. How do you think this will change the game field?

Our BRAIN One device allows amateurs to feel like their great champions, because they can have all the metrics needed to improve their self but at a lower price and in a easier way! They don’t need to be mechanics or electronics for using it, because the only things that they should do are attach it (without cables or other boring stuff) and start riding!

 

Sounds easy enough!:) Many of our readers are “casual” bikers and not competitioners, why would you say, should they get the Brain ONE?

They should get a BRAIN One because they can feel like professional pilot even if they are not! They can create event to ride with their friends and to challenge them! Furthermore, they can use it also on the open road, if they want to track a trip on the mountain, they can see all their journey and they can ride in a more safe way, with the GPS Alert System inside the device.

 

I will challange EVERYONE!! Say, if I would want to be more eco friendly in my riding, could this help me figure out how I should do that?

No, our device don’t let you know if you can ride in a more eco friendly way, but, maybe in the future, can be develop a function like this…

 

Maybe not the most fun function but eco friendly driving is the future for many. You have so many sensors in such a small package, incredible! Which sensor is your favorite?:)

Microphone is our special jewel: we do special thing with it! It is used combined with our special algorithms and we can extract metrics like RPM or gear..and thanks to it, we can create also action packed overlaid video!

BRAIN Motorcycle Tracking System Sensors and measurements

So alot of fun youtube videos are to be expected. Finally, tell us: why should your project get funded?

Our project is already funded 😉 We really would like that every person feel like a TV champion. With the video with overlaid data they can see all their race and share it with their friends and their community!

 

Thank you Elisa Gazzola and best of luck on your future endeavors! (Saw that you just reached your goal so I guess luck is not needed…;))

http://brainsomeness.com