Maiden Voyage: The Prequel to The Adventure of a Lifetime

 

The author Tim Notier is the real deal, riding his motorcycle around and living in the spirit of true adventure traveler. Now you can live vicariously through Tim while reading his book and enjoying the trials and tribulations.

Transitioning from a cruiser to an adventure bike brought about unique challenges. Tim and his fiancé, Marisa, tackle many cool places like the Arches in Utah and the Badlands in South Dakota on his ADV bike. Tim is a good writer and makes the read very interesting humorous and full of great information for riding in the beautiful  mid-western united states.

Below is the overall theme, back cover and a biography. Take a read.

From one rider to another – incredible job Tim– thanks for sharing your story!

Support Tim by purchasing his adventure book with the Amazon links provided on this page. 

 


 

Maiden Voyage:
The Prequel to the Adventure of a Lifetime. 

Overall theme:

Adventure can come in many forms. You may not have to cross oceans, or the borders of foreign lands to achieve a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Along the way you may find out a little more about yourself, and the ones you love. 

Back Cover:

When a couple from Chicago buy an adventure motorcycle and decide to take a trip around the Rocky Mountains on it, they have no idea how inspirational such a short trip could be. 

Their journey is humorously told with beautiful scenery, interesting characters met along the way, and countless uncomfortable situations (i.e. the traveling strippers they befriended, Tim’s almost accidental initiation into a gang, a devil child on the side of the road with wicked aim, and the several times where the most peaceful of locations almost lead to certain doom), all with a sprinkle of deep-seated inspiration. Written with sweeping descriptions of the landscape and a laugh-out-loud sense of humor, Maiden Voyage is an unforgettable journey into the western wilds of the United States for two people who are woefully unprepared, and yet their trials and mistakes will make you want to be right there with them, discovering for yourself what it is to truly have an adventure.

Biography

Tim Notier was born and raised just west of Chicago, Illinois. For the first 32 years of his life, he rarely explored more than an hour away from the hospital he was born in. But now things have changed. He has sold all of his possessions, and has traded his behind-the-desk job for a full time behind-the-handlebars adventure.

Tim Notier’s book ‘Maiden Voyage – The Prequel to The Adventure of a Lifetime’ express all of the frustrations, successes, nightmares, and victories that took place on his trip around the Rocky Mountains in a humorous tone. The book confirms that adventure can come in many forms. You may not have to cross oceans, or the borders of foreign lands to achieve a sense of accomplishment and wonder. Along the way you may find out a little more about yourself, and the ones you love.

 

Trans Euro Trail – TET

The Trans Euro Trail is an incredible GPS track that circumvents Europe. This amazing dirt road/trail goes through so many European countries and provides motorcycle adventure riders a true taste for ADV riding in Europe. The scope of scenery is literally all over the map. Some riders will do specific legs of the TET and others venture out to complete the entire route. The TET is over 21,000 miles long, over 4 times longer than the TAT.

TET ADV Motorcycle Trail – Trans Euro Trail

Countries the Trans Euro Trail will traverse:

  • Albania
  • Belgium
  • Bosnia & Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Croatia
  • Denmark
  • Estonia
  • Finland
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Italy
  • Lithuania
  • Latvia
  • Montenegro
  • Netherlands
  • Norway
  • Poland
  • Portugal
  • Romania
  • Serbia
  • Slovakia
  • Slovenia
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • UK
  • Ukraine

Check out the TET ADV riders website for more information on each country and they also have a forum as well. On their site you can download the GPS/X file for free. It i s 2.5Gb file, so have an SD card for it.

The TET project is supported by Adventure Spec, a great ADV resource for your riding needs in Europe.

This is a must for your bucket list and we are sincerely grateful for the selfless “linesman” (see website) who volunteered their time and put this great TET track together.

Now get out a ride the TET!

Nevada – #7 – Backcountry Discovery Route

BDR announces its seventh route, the Nevada Backcountry Discovery Route (NVBDR), produced in partnership with the American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and TravelNevada, Nevada Division of Tourism. 

The NVBDR release includes free GPS tracks and route travel information on the BDR website, a waterproof map from Butler Motorcycle Maps, and expedition documentary DVD produced by ColorBlind, and BDR Documentary Films.

The NVBDR is a scenic ride across Nevada, beginning in Oatman, AZ, and finishing in Jarbidge, NV.  Created for dual-sport and adventure motorcyclists, this 900-mile south-to-north route primarily uses dirt roads to lead riders through Nevada’s expansive deserts, open sagebrush valleys, and seemingly endless mountain ranges.  

In rural Nevada, you’ll experience historic saloons and relics from it’s rich mining history. The state’s maverick spirit remains, and you’ll see ghost towns, artifacts, desert sculptures, murals, the world’s largest car forest, jackrabbits, antelope and even wild mustangs.

Most importantly, the film reveals miles of meandering two-track roads that are just perfect for spending time on an adventure motorcycle.

Check it out here!

New 2017 BMW G 310GS

2017-bmw-310-gsBMW has released their G 310 GS Adventure motorcycle. 

This 300cc adventure motorcycle is in tune with the industry’s trend towards lighter, smaller displacement, less expensive adventure bikes.

As you can see it doesn’t have spoked wheels, which is understandable, since this adv bike is not intended to be a dual sport motorcycle that will see a good amount of dirt.  It is a light adventure bike and I wouldn’t be skipping whoops on this baby. It’s 19″ front wheel is more comfortable on fire roads and light easy gravel roads or trails. ABS comes standard, but can be switched off and it will come in black, red and white color schemes. It looks like cool adv bike and it will undoubtedly carry the BMW quality.

New 2017 Suzuki V-Strom DL250

Another entry level ADV bike is hitting the market, the Suzuki DL250 better known as the V-Strom 250.

The first thing I noticed was the very cool round front headlight, kind of Dakar or Rally inspired feel to it, in my opinion it really makes the bike.  This ADV bike will get awesome gas milage, 300 miles to a tank of gas, have ABS and a low seat height of 31″

This bike is following the light weight Adventure bike trend in the industry.

See Kawasaki Versys X-300, BMW G310 GS, and the Honda CRF250.

It is not yet available here in the states, but we are hopeful on this side of the pond.

 

New 2017 Kawasaki VERSYS®-X 300

VersysÆ X 300 ABS

All new 2017 Versys X 300 ABS

Kawasaki’s Versys adventure motorcycle line is one of the most underrated ADV lines. This Versys line simply doesn’t get enough credit nor attention for some reason, they are all around great adventure bikes that are offered at a very practcal price point. Now with the new addition of the X-300, it shows Kawasaki is serious about their adventure lineup keeping their Adventure line up in tune with the ADV market trends.

The new X300 comes in Kawasaki lime green and gray or metallic gray and flat black.

Starting at $5699 for ABS model is is great deal, so keep an eye out for these cool 300cc adventure bike on your local dealer’s showroom floor.

This could be the best entry level adventure bike for 2017!

Here is link to Kawasaki Versys X-300 page.

VersysÆ X 300 ABS

Versys X 300 ABS in cool graphite gray

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