Any motorcycle travelers here?

I'm over 50 and have been riding for 10 years now. My first motorcycle, for a little over a year, was a 1982 Honda Nighthawk - men of a certain age, including at the border coming in from Canada to the USA after a trip, would walk over and REALLY want to talk about how it was their first bike or the bike they so wanted once upon a time. Now, I ride a KLR 650. I do a 2000+ road trip each year, along with my husband (on his vintage Honda Africa Twin), camping most of the way. Our most recent trip was a motorcycle Tour of Northern California & Southwestern Oregon in September 2019: 11 days, 10 nights, 2095 miles through Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, McArthur Burney Falls State Park, Salmon River Road between Somes Bar and Cecilville, California, Shasta-Trinity National Forest, California state road 36, Empire Mine State Historic Park and Grass Valley, Downieville, Modoc National Forest, and Bear Camp Coastal Route in Josephine County, Oregon.

I'd love to hear from other motorcycle travelers about where you like to go and your recent trips. 

  • I'm thinking about next steps now that I've turned fragile for true adventure travel, and can see an end to the motorcycle journeys I've been doing for the past ten years or so. I've never taken an organized tour, but my time may be close at hand! I know virtually nothing about Road Scholar programs, and nothing as well about norms on this forum, but I just stumbled across your post, so....

    I've been focused on riding overseas as much as possible--sometimes 4 month to yearlong trips, more often 3 weeks at a crack on rental bikes. Most recent: trips to Vietnam, Laos, Georgia and Armenia. I'm contemplating a Central Asia trip late next summer, and am currently wondering about some sort of journey this winter or spring. I've done a lot of roaming on my own KLR, which I finally gave up on when it was about to hit 100k miles; renting in SE Asia I've usually had a CRF 250 Honda. In Georgia I tried a giant, new Africa Twin (too much bike for me, and too much money), an older F650GS (too short for my aging knees); in Armenia I had a newer KLR, which still suits me well.

    I'll assume you're familiar with ADVrider.com, which has an endless supply of accumulated information about riding in the US, and Horizonsunlimited.com, which is more international (and where I usually turn for information). The forums are generally better sources of information, although they're now less popular than the Facebook groups.

    Don't know if any of this resonates or is of interest, but I'll subscribe to this thread and would be interested in what anyone has to say. Safe journeys!

    Mark