22: Best Trip Planning Resource - Do Motorcycle Breakdowns Make the Trip?


Do Breakdowns Enrich Your Motorbike Travels?

How local forums become one of the best trip planning tools you have.


On this episode of Adventure Rider Radio we speak with Don Parsons about his style of motorbike travel with a pickup, trailer and of course his motorcycle as well as the tremendous benefits of using local forums for trip planning.

In the second segment of the show Jonathon Gibson talks about riding his 1969 Royal Enfield from Sydney to London and how the “maintenance heavy” bike makes for an overall richer experience.

Don Parsons, Lacombe, Alberta, Canada

400 Day North American Motorcycle Adventure - With a Twist


A man and his motorcycle…oh, and his truck and his camper. Phew! Half way through his North American adventure, Don shares with us the advantages of travelling with his truck and trailer, and stopping at interesting riding destinations on the way. He talks about how local web forums in Canada and the United States provide the ultimate planning tool for the moto-adventurer. Motorcyclists passing through get intimate local knowledge on things to do and see, roads not to be missed, places to camp out and also provide the opportunities to meet local motorcycle riders. 

Top 30 Motorcycle Rides by Mike Jacobs    www.northernontario.travel/motorcycle-touring/the-top-30-motorcycle-roads-in-ontario

726,307 Kms / 451,306 Miles of Motorcycle Rides in 83 Countries    www.bestbikingroads.com


Jonathan Gibson


In 2012, Jonathan Gibson rode a 150 cc Honda motorcycle around South America. And now, riding his vintage motorcycle, a ’69 Royal Enfield, the same make and model bike his grandfather rode at his age, Jonathan is traversing solo from Sydney to London. 

Often moving at the pace his motorbike dictates, he set out looking for the answers to help him understand a family tragedy. Jonathan rides to help raise funds for Beyond Blue, an Australian charity that helps people deal with depression and anxiety. The best part for Jonathan? He loves his old, and sometimes broken down, Royal Enfield and the adventures they share together.

Jonathan’s Website www.theanswerisalwaysyes.com

Beyond Blue     www.beyondblue.org.au/