The Arctic Circle project -Stop being a tourist be an adventurer- is about to start. Graham Hoskins explains how the week prior to the departure of this once-in-a-lifetime journey is spend.
Saturday morning is our departure date and like everything about this trip it is going be hectic and busy. We actually have a crazy night of travel because we are getting a freight ferry rather than a passenger ferry, which means we will be boarding at around 2 AM in the morning.
Despite the hectic week we are now in that great period of time where pretty much all the prep that can be done is done. Whatever happens now, we are going with what we have and we will simply work it out as we go along. Which is what the adventure is really about….
Now it is that time again; counting down to the day of departure! And of course, despite all the best planning and all the best preparation, once more everything seems to be compressing up like a concertina into the week right before we leave.
With an 0530 start on Monday (sign of things to come?) we start this last week with a fabulous training day with the team at Trailquest. This provides us with a fascinating insight into a totally different style of training to that which I have been used to in the past. As Richard at Trailquest explained to us, they provide ‘expedition training’ which covers riding and adventure skills with the primary objective of getting home safely. Richard gave us some great instruction both on the bikes and about our expedition – just wait until you see the pictures of us in our very fetching mosquito net hats – advised due to the number and voracious hunger of nasty insect critters as we head north into Norway and Finland.
The next day is a day we’ve all looked forward too; even though it starts with yet another early start (second taste of things to come). The gorgeous Michelle (Mrs H!) dropped us off at Triumph for possibly the most exciting part of any trip prep – getting the bikes. The atmosphere was absolutely chewable. There was even a pre-trip jig or two being performed in the Triumph car park. Who knows what the visitors thought! Hopefully we gave them a good laugh.
I still think we looked a bit like Storm Troopers with our black-and-white REV’IT! kit and matching white Caberg Tourmax crash helmets. We need to get a few miles under our belts before we look like weathered adventurers. Either that or roll around in the dirt a bit…
Graham – creates and films life changing travel adventures that anyone can try in just two weeks. In 2010 he rode 7000 miles through fifteen countries and in 2012 he followed the iconic Dakar Rally styled route through Dakar to Gambia in two weeks.
Martin – runs an event management and marketing company and until recently, was heavy involved with the BMF Motorcycle Shows. We all know that you are only as young as you feel, but Martin feels like he is the oldest in the team, because he is.
Mark – Our competition winner. Been riding bikes since he was a nipper but not so much adventure riding. An ex-(almost)world champion martial arts specialist, his day job now is an airline pilot, but we think we’ll be allowing him to take point if there’s any trouble with the locals.
Tom – More than our cameraman and director, Tom is an integral member of the team. He worked with Graham on the Dakar Dreams TV series and is now producing the internet TV series ‘Adventure Bike TV’.
SierraNevadaAdventures (SNA) offers guided motorcycle tours throughout the historic California Gold Country to remote wagon routes and passes over the Sierra Nevada High Country to the Eastern Sierra.
Mark -the founder of SNA- has guided hundreds of dual sport riders on thousands of miles of dual sport adventure rides throughout the Sierra Nevada, Death Valley or Lost Coast. His passion for dual sport adventure has reached faraway remote places in all the western states including spectacular national parks. He pretty much lives on a bike and REV’IT! gear is almost like a second home to him.
For years Mark has been a great REV’IT! ambassador; due to the countless hours spend on his bike in extreme situations he is able to provide us with valuable feedback and useful insights. The last few months Mark has been riding in our Poseidon GTX jacket and trousers. Because it makes us proud, we would like to share his thoughts on our newest adventure jacket and pants with you.
When it comes to “extreme adventure” there’s no compromise on durability, protective armor, warmth and waterproof protection. I’m happy to report, the new REV’IT! Poseidon jacket and pants are the definition of “extreme adventure” touring gear. The Poseidon GORE-TEX® jacket and pants provide the highest quality, go-anywhere, waterproof, breathable Gore-Tex shell in a highly protective multi-season motorcycle adventure apparel.
More info about the Poseidon GTX outfit
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In the summer of 2010 Ziggy Marley and his brothers Rohan and Robbie; sons of musical legend Bob Marley, went on a motorcycle adventure through South-Africa. Camping under the stars and staying with local families kept the team close to Africa’s people, land, and wildlife, and their REV’IT! Defender GTX jackets and trousers kept the Marley brothers well equipped for all the twists and turns of their trip.
Award-winning producer/director David Alexanian and his production crew from Elixir Films, have captured all the action for a series called Marley Africa Road Trip. Alexanian is known for filming Ewan MacGregor’s unforgettable motorcycle trips across the world, in the series Long Way Round and Long Way Down, and he has created a wonderful record of the Marleys’ trip and its meaning to them, in part through personal interviews and tour diaries.
Today, the 7th of May 2013 the series will be released on DVD, i-Tunes, Amazon and Facebook via Cinecliq. This fun and powerful series follows the brothers as they travel through thriving urban communities and across remote savannahs, all the while building momentum for a spectacular concert.
For more information visit: http://marleyafricaroadtrip.com
Tomorrow the 5th of January 2013 the Dakar rally will start in Lima, Peru. The adventurers will ride 8500 kilometers in 15 days and end in Santiago, Chile on January 20, 2013.
Craig Bounds is one of them; this is his 4th year. He is going to conquer all types of terrain, massive sand dunes and the Andes Mountains while experiencing incredible variations in altitude. This year he will be doing all the mechanics himself.
Supplied with the REV’IT! Defender GTX suit we say; nothing can stop you! We wish Craig all the best, a lot of fun and an amazing experience!
This month you will find our new Spring/Summer collection at most dealers. The 2012 collection is one of the most versatile, multifunctional collections that REV’IT! has ever introduced. Nearly every design in the collection has been developed with the recreational motorcycle enthusiast in mind.
To improve our sport products we listen to and learn from our MotoGP riders, so that our products will perform to the highest level of competition demands.
For our touring and adventure products we learn from people who have worn their REV’IT! gear to the limit. These adventurists have driven around the world in REV’IT!. They have travelled in extreme weather conditions with temperatures varying from -5 to 30 degrees, rain, wind, snow or heat. They have conquered difficult roads, rough terrains and highest mountains.
The feedback given by these motorcycle enthusiasts; has been- and will be incorporated in all our new designs. And last and by no means least; their trips, stories and adventures are a great source of inspiration to us.
Adventure riders around the world have worn REV’IT! jackets and trousers such as the Cayenne Pro, Sand and Defender GORE-TEX® to make their adventure safer and more comfortable. Together these products have seen extreme conditions of every kind, from the heat of Namibia to the tundra of the Nordcap; from the Gobi desert to the Scottish Highlands. Do you want to share a picture of your adventure in REV’IT! gear with other REV’IT! fans? Upload your nicest picture on www.facebook.com/revit together with some details of the trip and the gear.