There are moments on a motorcycle when all the glory of motion is distilled into one purposeful package. Chasing curves over a swelling landscape, a motorcycle enters the pure expression of physics and is bound to the road in a way no car will ever know. The rider and machine are literally balanced on the infinitely thin line where centripetal force meets gravity. Despite this state of suspended disaster, the sensation of risk is largely a sensation; the motorcycle is in harmony with the road, and risk comes overwhelmingly from other drivers. Any moment of travel on a motorcycle is a light and essential moment, an agile rebuke to a life conducted in one place. The raw force of the engine is not hidden beneath a hood, but alternately purrs and growls a few inches from the knees, demanding the consciousness of power. Sealed behing glass, insulated by climate control systems and music, the driver of a car knows nothing about the directions of the wind, the lay of sunlight, the small changes in temperature between a peak and a valley, the textured noise of differing asphalts, or the sweet and sour aromas of manured fields or passing pine forests. Engaged in all the senses and elements, balanced in the present tense, a rider on two wheels can taste moments of oneness with the road.
Chasing Che by Patrick Symmes
Questions & Answers
Who are the other participants, where do they come from and what are their backgrounds?
You will meet your fellow riding friends on the first night of the tour during the welcome dinner and briefing. There will be people from all walks of life. Our tours offer great opportunities to make new friends. We sometimes set up mail groups during the preparation phase of certain expeditions.
What will be the average riding speed during the tour?
We obey the traffic speed limits of each country even though you are free to ride at your own pace and comfort zones. You are responsible for any tickets received for violation of traffic rules and regulations.
How are the hotels and their ratings?
We try to maintain a standard level of hotels on each tour. On average they can be rated as 4-5 stars or deluxe category. Where possible, we prefer to stay at small boutique hotels that reflect the local color and have 10-30 rooms, all with private bathrooms. Sometimes, depending on the location, you should be prepared to stay at the "best available."
What will be the weather be like?
We organize our tours in periods that will be the most favorable time for riding so it is always sunny and 25C! However, one should always come prepared for occasional rain. You will get a list of necessary equipment and gear from us after you book with us.
What is the fuel situation in the countries we are visiting?
Unleaded fuel is available everywhere now. Depending on the country, gas stations might be scarcely or very frequently located. It is a good idea to fill up your tank before arriving at the hotel so you can start with a full tank next morning. Fuel is always an additional cost on our adventures.
Do all countries accept credit cards? How much should we bring?
Credit cards are widely accepted at all gas stations in Turkey and in Europe. Cash is preferred for Black Sea and Middle East countries. ATMs are available at all the countries but remember, cash is always king!
Visas - can Kazoom help us on some visas?
Kazoom will be happy to assist you with acquiring visas, depending on the country we will be traveling to. Visa for Turkey is obtained at the airport upon arrival.
Do we need international driver's license?
For Turkey and Europe, you don’t need an international driver’s license. However, it will be required for Black Sea countries and the Middle East where the script used (Cyrillic or Arabic) is different.
Bike services - what happens if a bike breaks down? - do we have enough contacts - should we arrange ourselves to carry spare parts with us like spark plugs, wire for accelerator and brakes, oil?
In most tours, we will have a support vehicle that will be driven by a mechanic who can fix basic breakdowns. In case of a major breakdown, we load the bike in the van and drive it to the next town where there is a bike service. During the expeditions in foreign countries, we have contacts in all the countries who can assist us with breakdown or maintenance problems.