GAP YEAR ADVENTURES in the Age of CV19
Adventure Motorcycle (ADVMoto)|January - February 2021
Welcome to 2021, where it seems that masks are no longer just for Halloween. Few would dispute that 2020 was a year of major ups and downs. And, for many, the conditions sparked the question, “What am I doing with my life?”
Vanessa Behncke

The Old-School Paradigm Shift

One group that’s been hit especially hard by the pandemic are students. With much of academia now online, many campuses are ghost towns. However, for those who are college-bound or already in higher learning institutions, and with U.S. tuition fees averaging $35,000+ a year, the question is whether it’s worth coughing up that kind of dough to stare at a computer screen all day. Let’s take a look at an alternative, one that may fill many educationally related voids while we wait for things to return to normal.

What Can Adventure Motorcycling Teach You?

If you are looking for a way to supplement your education, adventure motorcycling is an alternative for acquiring knowledge and skills in a broad range of fields, some of which are unexpected. And, as many have realized, motorcycle travel also promotes interaction with foreign cultures as well as encouraging unique ways of thinking and problem-solving.

Adventure riding isn’t all fair roads and good weather, however. It comes with inherent risks which can test patience, endurance and stamina. Both mental and physical boundaries can be and are often pushed. Wipe-outs and injuries are a reality. These incidents can take on different dimensions when far from home. For example, I once collided with a goat in India, resulting in a broken collar bone and having my left arm sewn back together. But the experience played a major role in developing my strength of character and patience, especially as a guest in rural India.

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In the age of electronics, hyper-communications, and convenience, it’s untrue that the world’s youth have lost the taste for adventure. There will always be an element within the human spirit that demands and grows from new life experiences—an instinct as old as Mankind. And you don’t have to look far to find it.

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SLIDING FOR ADVENTURE

For the last 25 years I’ve been riding off road on everything from a 450cc lightweight to a heavily laden 1200cc adventure motorcycle. Although I was usually able to handle anything through rough terrain at slower speeds, I struggled at higher speeds on loose surfaces. And the biggest pucker moments occurred while approaching tight turns on gravel roads at high speed—barely navigating them safely.

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National Cycle VStream Sport Windscreen for Honda Africa Twin

There are many ways to improve motorcycle rider comfort, covering everything from bar risers to footpegs. Having done almost all of them, I decided to switch out my stock windscreen to see if it made a difference, especially on long trips.

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TIN CAN TO TIN CUP A LONG OVERDUE TRIP

Long before the modern U.S. highway system was built, with rest stops, 24-hour fuel, and every imaginable packaged food choice on hand, there were the “Tin Can Tourists,” the original American motorized overlanders. As early as the 1900s, these wanderers faced many of the same challenges we live with today. But life was far simpler for the Tin Can Tourist traveling dusty, rutted tracks in meagerly powered vehicles, camping off roadsides in canvas tents, and eating cans of beans over Sterno stoves. Fifteen months ago, we sold our house to join this rambling lifestyle.

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R&R for an RN IN BRITISH COLUMBIA

A mid the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, I needed to find the quiet serenity that comes on two wheels. As a nurse educator in a trauma-based tertiary hospital, I’m deep in the trenches, responsible for disseminating information and implementing health regulations to frontline workers. Inundated with fear from global news, increasing numbers of the infected, lack of resources, and a palpable universal panic as the world began to shut down, I needed to be away from it all for a while.

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RAM Mounts were first introduced in 1995, and over the last 25 years their ball and socket system has become the most ubiquitous way to mount devices wherever you need them. Recently they increased functionality to include Qi wireless charging with the Tough-Charge line of mounts.

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HOW TO SURVIVE an Adventure Ride

I’m no expert endurance rider or a professional fitness instructor, but what I can do is ride my motorcycle continuously for five long days and feel physically content at the end of the trip. Okay, maybe after the celebratory beers, I might not feel as good on the morning of the sixth day, but at least my muscles will be relaxed. So, what can you do to prepare for an upcoming off-road adventure to stay strong, enjoy the ride and be able to dismount at the end of the day without calling friends over to pry you off your bike? Here are a few tips from personal experiences that will help you succeed.

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