We are again packed and ready to hit the road for round two of our round-the-world trip—finally! On Sat. Dec. 19, Dave and I will ride off from Quartzsite, AZ into Mexico via the Tecate border. From there… who knows? Like, we don’t even know where were staying that night. It’s that kind of unplanned tom-foolery that makes it an adventure right?
We spent the last two days in Phoenix having our bikes fine-tuned. Somehow both Dave and I already needed our forks rebuilt (his issue was partially covered by warranty, mine was likely due to poor storage from its previous owner). We headed to GoAZ Motorcycles in Phoenix where we had that done along with new upgraded internals for Dave’s fork and over-all tune-ups. Unfortunately the scheduling there was over-booked and we ended up needing to spend the night in a hotel. The jobs we needed done on our bikes were pretty intense but two days wasn’t planned in our budget or schedules. Although we were pretty frustrated at first to have to send the night (thereby postponing us yet again from our departure date), GoAZ was very accommodating and rectified the situation helping us to leave as happy customers confident in our bikes.
A positive for spending the night was it gave us the opportunity for a fun evening at a brewery in Goodyear with a fellow traveller, Bryon Dorr, and some of his friends who have worked for Touratech and Overland Journal. Nice folks who entertained us with stories of their own overland travels.
It also gave me the opportunity to fix something that had begun to worry me on my bike. My Touratech crashbars were too svelte to accommodate highway pegs. Even though I had some attached to the bars, I couldn’t use them very well at all. It’s not a design flaw for the bars. Normally adventure bikes don’t have highway pegs but for the kinds of distances we’ll be travelling, we need the pegs for saving our knees. I was concerned there wasn’t anything I could do about it until I saw a used bike like mine for sale at Ride Now. This one had different crash bars. We never thought of replacing the bars, just the pegs.
We went in and asked if they’d pull the bars off and sell them to us. The initial reply was sorry but no, they had to stay on the bike for resale value. We went off in search of a dealer who sold those bars, made by Hepco and Becker, but none of the dealers had them in stock. We decided to try our luck and go back to Ride Now and ask again. This time we spoke directly to the sales manager, Brian Larson, and mentioned we were on a two year around the world trip. Brian’s response? “Seriously? Two years? We’ll make this happen!” He made a call and came back saying he’d do it and absorb some of the financial hit. He did all this with efficiency and enthusiasm.
While we waited, we were surrounded by employees who wanted to know more about our story. We left that dealer feeling excited for our trip and with a used set of wider crash bars that are now home to my sweet highway pegs. My knees are already breathing a sigh of relief.
At Indian Motorcycle, Dave found a pair of Klim gloves he’d been looking for for ages to fit better with his jacket sleeves for a great deal.
Looks like the accidental overnight stay gave us some unexpected opportunities—a good thing to remember when we might be getting impatient to be on schedule. Seems we’ve learned this lesson a few times so far 😉
Here are some photos from the last month we spent in the Arizona and California area. (If reading this post via your e-mail you’ll need to head to our actual website to see the photos.) More pics on our Facebook page.
Thanks for reading. Until next time 🙂