Originally Posted by Richie
Im hopefully off to the ripley meet as long as im back in the UK in time so i hope ill meet a few of you and get some ideas and be able to gain some experience from other people that have done this before.
If I can give you one tip for when you go to Ripley........
Ignore all the big, shiney mega bucks bikes there.. They rarely leave their central heated garages. Don't think you have to spend silly money on survival gear, fancy GPS's and mega expensive panniers...
Keep it cheap, keep it simple and spend your cash on things that matter while you're away..
Keep at least 20 metres away from the Touratech tent at all times otherwise you'l be riding home with a lazer etched titanium soap dish and a military grade solar powered toilet tent with bullet proof windows.. It's also where you're likely to find the "Stockbrokers" laughing at your ideas because you haven't done a BMW riding course or your bike isn't as big as shiney as theirs.
Go and chat with the people with odd, rattly, old bikes.. The people who most people cross over the road from..... They're the ones who can advise you properly and won't rib you not having a gps tracker, a support truck and 90kg of useless survival equipment..
Ripley is a great meeting and there are loads of fab people there who are will guide you on your way
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