Apologies if this has been done before but I could not find what I was looking for and I want to test the waters for interest.
There are three things that I look for when I am looking at motorcycle tours: Friends, Support, and Expertise. IsnÔÇÖt that why we pay for tours but that is not what tour operators advertise ÔÇô they advertise the experience first and all else second. ÔÇ£See Copper Canyon ÔÇª yada yada ÔÇª and the friendly and experienced guidesÔÇª yada yada"
So ÔÇª I was thinking that I am satisfying what I want out of travel as an indirect result of paying the premium of an organized tour. I suspect others do the same. All we want is to go out and ride off the beaten pathÔÇô swap stories ÔÇô have a few drinks ÔÇô and have someone call 911 if we break a leg
LetÔÇÖs form a group for the express purpose of getting out there and supporting each other on a motorcycle without paying that premium. Here is my proposal:
ÔÇó LetÔÇÖs get together for an extended trip once year ÔÇô about 5 days or so
ÔÇó Optionally, overseas trip proposal - once every year ÔÇô go/no-go depending on interest, e.g. ring tour of Iceland for two weeks
ÔÇó Plus, twice a year ÔÇô long weekend trips somewhere agreeable to most
ThatÔÇÖs it. We all are busy people and itÔÇÖs tough to find time to ride but if we agree to just a few ground rules ÔÇô weÔÇÖll be on our way:
ÔÇó We pay our own way
ÔÇó Simple majority wins
ÔÇó We try to make the trips
ÔÇó We take care of each other on the road
We all have a common purpose that will satisfy our individual goals. In this way, weÔÇÖll be getting exactly what we want out of trip: Travel is better with friends; there is someone to help or call for help when things go wrong. What we are missing is the local and practical expertise that an experienced tour operator can provide but with all things being equal, I would prefer to learn with friends rather than from a tour company.
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