What motivates a motorcyclist? What makes him ride? Why does he prefer one kind of bike over another—or one kind of road? There are probably as many answers to those questions as there are motorcyclists to answer them. It is a very personal thing, this sport of cycling, and because no two people are exactly like, no two people ride alike or for the same reasons.
To some, the ultimate ride may be along a two-lane blacktop road as dawn begins to overcome the chill of the early hours. Passing from shady pockets of cold into patches where the sun has already set the flavor of the day. Being with the bike, sensing the changes in the road.
Others may yearn for a chance to leave the road for the solitude of a wooded trail. The best ride may be through a quiet forest at practically a walking speed, taking time to see things a little differently each time, becoming part of the surroundings. That rider may stop if a place—perhaps a stream or the crest of a hill—looks inviting. The quiet and the chance to be alone to collect his thoughts may be the very reason that he rides.
To others, still, it could be a love of traveling—setting off on a trip by oneself, watching the country change faces as the miles roll by. The cyclist may ride three or four hundred miles a day before fatigue and the night force him to find a campsite or a bed.
To some, companionship is an important consideration. Having someone to share the fun of riding might be half the fun.
Motorcycling and the New Enthusiast by R.H.Salinger
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.