MotoNomad

MotoNomad is a film about a motorcycle journey from Austria to Egypt. But it’s not like any other adventure motorcycle movie…

These guys can ride! Actually, they are both KTM factory riders, so you know they can ride hard. On to an actual review…

 

This movie sucked. Yes, the videography was freaking epic, yes the riders could really shred, yes they went to some awesome places, but for $25 I wanted more. This movie was basically a really long motorcycle commercial. You know, the ones with all the roosting and cool riding.


Yeah, watch that for an hour and a half. In fairness, the music was better in MotoNomad!

These guys picked up their KTM 500exc’s from the KTM factory in Austria then went on a pretty awesome adventure. The problem is that I personally would have liked to learn a bit more about the riders. There was very little interaction between them, and I never got the sense that this was any more then a thinly veiled KTM ad. Another thing that drove me nuts is they blurred out all the people they met. Something about “protecting privacy and religious beliefs.” Really? Like some Egyptian Bedouin is gunna sue. They never talked much about their gear either. They both wore backpacks, the big kind like you would wear hiking the Appalachian Trail. How did that work out? Would they change their gear setup? Did they sleep in the same tent? How many nights did they camp vs stay in a hotel? Did they enjoy the local food? How did they find so many awesome off-road riding places? Did either of them take that belly dancer home!?

There was one part when they were camped up on the top of a mountain in Romania when I thought they were going to start chatting, but it never panned out. Too bad really, it ruined an otherwise awesome movie for me. Maybe they will re-release it in the future and include more of that stuff.

motonomad

The New “On Any Sunday”

If you live under a rock and haven’t seen “On Any Sunday” then I suggest you go find it now. Stop whatever it is you are doing….it can wait. What’s that? Your wife is in labor with your first kid? She’ll understand, after all, she can’t believe she married someone that hasn’t seen On Any Sunday. I’ll wait till your done…

 

Done? Great! Now when you see this video, you can clap your hands and get giddy like I did…

Now we have to wait until September to pre-order. But you can get yer ass over to “on any sunday film” and sign up for the pre-order and the screenings too!

And just because I need a good pic to go with the FB post, here is the director Dana Brown (son of the original movie’s director btw) with Travis Pastrana. Photo ruthlessly stolen from RedBull’s website pre-review of the movie.

On Any Sunday

On Any Sunday

Are you Road Ready?

Are you Road Ready?

 

I’m sure each of you wonderful folks reading this would agree that there’s something extremely special about embarking on a long distance motorcycling trip. Whether we’re just glad to be out of the loop of things for a little while or genuinely intrigued at the prospect of exploring some previously un-chartered territory (atop our beloved hog, no less)- there’s generally a great deal of excitement in the run up to a ride out or journey.

As time passes, most would expect that the thrill of picking out our favorite outerwear jackets and hard saddlebags in preparation for an extended period on the road would subside somewhat, but in truth it never really does.

Of course, planning for a long motorcycle trip takes a little more thinking ahead than a simple road trip or vacation by four-wheeler might take. Why is that? I hear you ask; well the answers very simple: motorcycles have far less capacity when it comes to storing the possessions necessary for your slog on the highways and byways.

While it’s true that a rider with the latest touring bike/trailer combination will be able to take more out on the road than the speed freak touring our nations beautiful and limitless routes on the back of dirt bike, the tips I’m about to bestow remain highly relevant nonetheless.

One of the biggest issues faced by motorcyclists hitting the road (particularly first timers), and one which only becomes apparent once you’ve left the boundaries of your hometown, is over-packing. You really don’t need as much to survive out there as you think you do.

Outerwear

Getting soaked through to the bone, regardless of the circumstances, is more times than not at the very least an inconvenience. Getting soaked through to the bone when you’re tired from a long days ride and hurtling along unshielded at 70mph, certainly poses the potential to cross the border into ‘annoying’. Perhaps the worst thing about getting wet on a ride is the involvement of moistures inseparable and equally detrimental ally; cold.

When you’re preparing for a motorcycle journey it is absolutely essential that you take a suitable range of outerwear. Though it’s nice to plan for extreme sunshine (good for you, positive thinker!), and vests are immensely awesome, to pack no further than lightweight road-clothing is beyond a faux pas.

If, for the rest of my time as a rider, I was only allowed to pack a single item into my trusty hard saddlebags- you can mark my words it would be a weather repellent riding suit.

While we’re on the subject of saddlebags…

Trustworthy Saddlebags

Backpacks simply won’t cut it! They’re great for little day trips/going about your business/buzzing off to your better halves residence for an evening of shenanigans, but will not do much for your storage needs/personal sanity if you wish to hit the road for an extended period.

Sure, when you’re just starting out in the motorcycle game a backpack seems like the obvious option for your storage needs: compact, discrete and to an extent even fashionable (I guess, for some reason…). However, once you inevitably decide: ‘hey, motorcycling is just so awesome that I think I’ll base more and more of my life around the practice, sell the hatchback and trade off the annual summer vacation in Florida for a 2,000 mile slog around California/Washington/Montana/pretty much anywhere’, you will soon discover that the backpack has forsaken you. As secure feeling and multi-colored as it may be, it’s JUST NOT BIG ENOUGH. And, more-so- IT COST JUST AS MUCH MONEY AS A TOP-END SADDLEBAG OF FOUR TIMES THE CAPACITY WOULD!

There are many options when it comes to motorcycle saddlebags, whether you’re a rider who favours hard saddlebags or stretch bags, scramblers or roadsters- finding the bag that’s right for your set-up and style remains totally paramount. You needn’t be duped into spending a small fortune on your saddlebags either, though as is typical- the more you spend the higher the quality you are likely to receive. Tip: look for bags that come ready for use straight of the box with their own mounts.

To Round Up:

Extended motorcycle trips seem like the unreachable pinnacle of the pursuit to many modern day riders, though remembering the roots of our passion (as an extremely influential cultural movement, no less) will unlock an essence sure to gift you with the courage and commitment necessary to simply get out there and do it.

In this writers humble opinion, a journey undertaken just you, your motorbike, the open road and perhaps some likeminded individuals is one of the last true humanistic experiences left available to us, certainly to motorcycle owners. A fixation on the less vital components of our modern society (technology, careers, you name it) should not hold anyone back. Providing you’re ready to open your mind to it, an unsure and lightly planned ramble through the US, or anywhere for that matter, could be the best thing you’ve ever done.

Some final tips for you as you prepare to head out:

  • Create a packing inventory list and cut out all non-essential items, including all of those which can’t be easily replaced on the road.
  • Don’t pack outfits, pack layers.
  • Don’t overthink things.
  • Get off the internet and go out there and DO IT!

 

Kevin Parker enjoys reading and writing about motorcycles, safety, and motorcycle tours. Furthermore Kevin Parker has been riding for over 6 years

 

 

 

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Oisin Hughes- Not Dead Yet

Oisin Hughes is a really cool Irish guy that has ridden his motorcycle around the world. I watched his full series (called Not Dead Yet) last year but for some reason he pulled all the videos down. It was an epic series, that was fantastically edited, and awesome to watch.

Well, much to my enjoyment, Oisin is re-releasing all the videos, and I think he could use some more views to help keep him motivated!

He also has e-books of his journey that I will be buying. Expect a review soon! Here are the three videos he has released already…


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Who wants a mustache ride?

I’m working on financing my RTW trip, and the way that I am going to do that, is to get a second job. My second job is giving mustache rides!

No, not like that you perv! Like this…

Who wants a mustache ride?

Who wants a mustache ride?

Why is there a pink mustache on your Jeep you ask? Well, it’s my second job, that’s why!

I turned my Jeep into a goofy taxi to make money. I work for a company called Lyft. Here is there description…

“Lyft is your friend with a car. Drivers are matched with passengers who request rides through the Lyft iPhone or Android app.”

The wiki explains it further, but wiki’s are boring sometimes, so I won’t quote it. Basically, you download the app, hit ‘Request Lyft’, and I come and pick you up. You sit in the front seat, I take you to where your going, I get paid through the app, we both win!

About three months ago I saw an ad to be a driver on Facebook. I ignored it. Then about 3 weeks ago I saw it again. I said ‘what the hell’ and filled out the driver application. Things progressed pretty quick after that. The Lyft-Off (launch day…cheesy I know) was last Friday. I was there with mustache on, ready to bank some cash!

At 7:00pm they turned Cleveland on, and we were off. At 7:30 I got my first request. Cool, this is gunna be great! Took the person about a mile. Then….nothing. I gave up at 10:30. This might not be so great. The next morning I got my summery and I made a whopping $4 from that ride. Ugg.

Alright, it was the first night, people still don’t know much about it. Lets try again. I went out again the next night at 7:00 pm. As soon as I turned on ‘driver mode’ a request popped up. Awesome! Then as soon as I dropped them off, another request popped. It was non- stop until I couldn’t take it any more at 3:00 am! All told, just shy of $200! Not bad for 8 hours sitting on my ass riding around Cleveland.

This weekend was the same, about $200 a night. That seems to be the average for anyone that stays out during the drinking hours.

$400 a weekend is decent money. I don’t think I could find another job with that kind of income, and flexibility. Even taking into account my expenses, it’s still great money. The only downside is that it seriously cuts into my riding time. I’ll figure out a balance, but it’s at least a fun job!

Lyft is in these cities if you want to check it out…

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