Awhile back, I started asking Chris Scott, the author of the Adventure Motorcycling Handbook if he’d come on the show and talk with us. He indicated that he’d rather just do things via writing so I polled on the facebook page for some questions to shoot over to him. Some of the questions are… not as serious as others. Here are they are though with his answers in blue.
1. What’s his favorite coffee spot?
I tend not to do favourites – anywhere it’s good is good.
2. What snacks does he bring along?
I dont bother anymore as exploring foreign snacks is part of the adventure.
3. What items does he personally have to have before he leaves on a long adventure?
A good plan and an open attitude for when the former falls apart
4. What does he think about the commercialization of the adventure travel boom?
Would it be seen as a boom without the commercialisation? There’s a demand so enterprising individuals and organisations supply.
5. Does he feel slighted when it’s viewed as frivolous nonsense?
No one I know sees adventure motorcycle travel in that way.
It’s important to understand that in crowded Europe we view AM as riding to far off foreign places like Africa and Asia. Maybe in North America it’s different.
6. Does he think most of these new devotees should go back to HD and stop pretending?
Are HD riders selling up to ride the world on a GS – then good for them!
Or is AM more of a ‘all the gear – no idea’ in the US than Europe? If so I can see why you’re cynical.
7. How about the adventure travel style bike as the ultimate swiss army knife “everything” bike?
Yep, that’s always been the goal with my bikes and a lot of stuff I own: “one xxx to do it all”
I’m finishing such a bike off right now: http://adventuremotorcyclinghandbook.wordpress.com/suzuki-gs500r-overlander/
8. Are the many north american motorcycle travellers who are propagating across the globe just making a mess, or are they being good representatives for the biking community?
I’ve not heard any complaints from UNESCO concerning messy North American RTW riders, so I guess it’s #2. Let the people ride.
9. Are there changes for the better as far as m/c travel in the last decade due to the recent popularity of this style of travel?
Well there’s a lot more gear and a lot more info but the adventure is same as it ever was. I feel the latest AM bikes may have passed their peak as genuinely functional overlanders as the ‘adventure touring look’ takes hold – massively heavy and expensive machines. So you adapt and DIY which is easy enough. The bike is only a tool.
10. Maybe he could comment on organizations such as Horizon’s Unlimited and their impact on the global m/c travelling community.
All I know is HU is the first place I’d look online for moto travel info on Africa, Asia and Latin America – what I call the ‘AM Zone’.
I’ve moderated the HU Sahara Travel forum since 2000.
We all managed before HU, like we managed before GPS – but both resources have enabled us to take it further with less error.
11. Where’s the best place to go for us career guys that have to take our adventures a week or two at a time? (this listener is US-based if that helps).
That would be to the boss to hand in your notice.
Tell him you love your job so you’ll be back in a year or so, all fired up to get back to work ;-)
And that, folks, is the definition of hardcore. For the rest of us, I say the best advice I’ve heard is to start local. Do what you would do if you were a moto-tourist to your home state/province/whathaveyou. Hit the internet and scour for what’s close, then radiate out from there. In the USA, heading south or north to our neighbors would certainly be awesome! Our thanks to Chris Scott for taking the time to answer!