It is possible to feel more alone on a motorcycle than anywhere at rest. When you are sealed in your apartment, or even standing in a secret field halfway up a mountain, there is always the chance that someone could find you; someone could call, could spot you from a plane, could come walking up any moment. Knowing where I can hide if necessary is always on my mind, and where else but on a bike is there somewhere truly safe to be? On a bike, there are people all around, in a car in the next lane not five feet away, but they can't get you. You are spared by the burden of words. Your thoughts are pinned close to your head by the helmet, where they may exit only a fraction of an inch from your scalp but then stay to buzz around, thousands of little trapped sand flies.
"Riding on a motorcycle can make you feel joyous, powerful, peaceful, frightened, vulnerable, and back out to happy again, perhaps in the same ten miles. It is life compressed, its own answer to the question "Why?"
The Perfect Vehicle by Melissa Holbrook Pierson
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.