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Our Motorcycle Travel in 2012
 
See the TravelAdvisor map of where I've been (not just by motorcycle). Note that the green markers are where I want to go but haven't been yet.

 
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International trips by motorcycle
Albania, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Canada, Croatia, Northern England & Scotland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Macedonia (the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia), Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden

Trips riding my own motorcycle
California ("Lost Coast" and gold country), Idaho, Montana (Glacier NP), Nevada, Oregon, Washington (state), Wyoming (Yellowstone), Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay).

  Our motorcycle travel goal each year is to travel at least 5,000 miles traveling for fun (as opposed to running errands by motorcycle, trips to the post office or grocery store - which can often be the MOST challenging). And as of September 2012, we'd already made that goal! We traveled well over 7,000 miles by year's end.

Here's all we did by motorcycle in 2012:
     
    Lots of day trips in Oregon & Washington state
    We tried to ride on any weekend that it was dry and not freezing or not absolutely baking! Don't let anyone ever tell you that the Pacific Northwest isn't a great place to ride a motorcycle year round. We road every month.

    One Motorcycle Show - we went February 10, 2012
    Here are our photos. Many more people road to the show by motorcycle this year. Not really a travel or adventure trip, by most people standards, but to me, any trip inside of Portland or another big city by motorcycle is an adventure. 


    Portland Alley Sweeper/Urban Enduro Assault, Saturday, April 7, 2012
    Portland, Oregon.
    The Sang-Froid Riding Club hosts this annual "Alley Sweeper"; the club maps out an "off road" route through alleys and unpaved roads in Portland. We attempted it. It was a disaster. Don't ask why - but if you intend to do it, you better be a fantastic rider in mud and in crowds. A dirt bike or small motorcycle would be best.

     
    Weekend camping trip in Eastern Oregon, May 2012 (weekend before Memorial Day). It was a fantastic trip! We went the long way around through Sweet Home, Sisters, Antelope, Shaniko, Fossil, Condon, Heppner, Ukiah, and back - all in Oregon. Great roads beloved among motorcyclists - expect to meet lots of Canadians!


    Burning Moto Man, June 22-24, 2012
    47008 La Duke, Westfir, Oregon, 40 miles east of Eugene on the Middle Fork of the Willamette River.
    Free camping, no fees - bring all your own food and drinks.
    Focus: international motorcycle travel. Includes presentations, lots of opportunities to socialize and a backroads ride, often to Crater Lake (snow permitting), about 70 miles of which 20 will be gravel. Alternative paved route possible. Sadly, we had to cancel going this year - at the very last minute, Stefan was told he had to work over the weekend. But I'm putting it here because it was part of our plans for 2012.


    Gifford Pinchot National Forest / Southern Washington State
    July 6, 7 & 8

    Two 1/2 days, 322 miles. Our goal for this trip wasn't just to see lovely sites around Mt. Adams and Mt. St. Helens and enjoy the ride; I wanted to practice on some gravel roads. And I did! This is my favorite part of the Pacific Northwest - it's so beautiful.

     
    Sound RIDER! Rally in The Gorge, August 1-5, 2012
    along the Columbia River between Portland and Goldendale in the scenic town of Stevenson, WA at Skamania County Fairgrounds. It's super expensive, but we really wanted to meet some other riders and we wanted to finally camp in the Gorge. Here's what I thought of this particular rally.

     
    Northern California, Nevada, Southwestern Oregon, first two weeks of September
    2446 miles / 3914 km miles. Lava Beds National Monument, Lassen National Monument, Emmets Pass, Devil's Postpile, LOTS of Nevada, the Alvord Dessert, and everything in between.


Here's a list of all adventure motorcycle / dual sport rallies/meetings world wide in 2012; we didn't go to any outside North America in 2012, unfortunately. Actually, 2012, was the first year since 2000 that I wasn't outside the USA at some point. I'm still quite upset about that.

What makes a great motorcycle rally (& rallies I have attended)

If we had more vacation time, we would take LOTS more trips. But, sadly, the USA has ridiculous, almost Dickens-esque time off policies. Robert Reich says a mandatory three weeks off would be good for both the economy and our mental health - he's so right!

In 2015, we went all the way up the Cassiar Highway to the Yukon, then back down the Alaska Highway. In 2014, we toured large parts of Utah, Nevada & Oregon. In 2013, we didn't go anywhere (sad face). In 2011, it was to Yellowstone National Park (and large parts of Montana, Idaho and Oregon). In 2010, we took two long trips, one to the "Lost Coast" of California, and another to Canada (Alberta and British Columbia, Jasper, Banff & Kootenay National Parks) and Glacier National Park

Also see this list of my motorcycle travel dreams, big and small!

Of course, we camp for most overnight trips. See my tips for motorcycle packing.
   
My husband, Stefan Dietz, an experienced adventure motorcycle travelers, designs and sells aluminum top boxes and side panniers. They are tough, light-weight, and affordable. They are German-designed and made in the USA! All available in custom sizes.

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

This small top box is 20 liter (5.3 gallon)

400 x 250 x 200 mm
(15 34" x 9 34" x 7 34")

1.6 mm (116") thick aluminum

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Motorrad Aluminium Topcase

Yes, that's my motorcycle as the model.

All top boxes and panniers:
  • are completely welded, not glued or riveted
  • have a lid with four loops to fasten more luggage, & lid is completely removable, making loading / unloading much easier
  • tie down hooks which can each be locked with a small padlock
  • gasket in the lid makes the boxes waterproof
  • all attachment parts (loops, tie down hooks, and screws) are made of stainless steel
  • all corners and bends are rounded
  • light weight - top box is only 2.3 kg (5 pounds)
  • spare parts available
All boxes and panniers are available in custom sizes.
 
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