I'm new here (well...I've done a few posts). I haven't done much traveling yet on two wheels but just starting. I'm from the north part of The Netherlands.
Last year I did a trip through 10 European countries and the Alps on a 1993 BMW F650. In 11 days I took only one day of rest and travelled 3900 km, almost all of it on small roads.
I wanted to do that for a long time but never had the courage. I am autistic which makes it a little bit harder to 'just' travel around I think. But I'm very glad I did it last year and I've learned a lot from that experience.
This year I want to go again (to the South of Spain, 7000km, about 20 days) but have made some big changes.
I wasn't very comfortable with the weight of the bike. Even though considered a lightweight by most I couldn't properly relax on it all the time. Maybe it also didn't help that I bought the bike three day before leave! Also I'm a big fan of scooters and have been riding them for the last 10+ years. So I combined the two and bought a 125cc motor scooter. Since I'm not ready (yet) for the real off road adventure or traveling through Africa I think it will do just fine for me. Ofcourse that places me in an outcast position since most of you drive big BMW's. I love to look at those though
I don't like chains on a bike. As a 10+ years scooter enthusiast I never had to worry about chains so it didn't go that well now I was driving a chain bike. I had taken spray with me to spray everyday at the campsite. I bought a can that would last the complete trip. After day one the can was empty and I still hadn't the idea that it was well oiled. Later it started to make noises. In Italy a specialist looked at it and sprayed it for me. It stayed making noises. It was making me nervous. So, no chains for me anymore. Has mostly to do with me not being a mechanic at all, two left hands. With the scooter this problem is solved.
And this year I will be taking a jerrycan of fuel with me. The thought of being in the middle of nowhere (I don't now if that's really possible in Western Europe?) left me also nervous many times. So with the jerrycan as a backup that will go better too.
So, with my new relaxed 125 cc scooter, no chain to worry about and backup fuel I think it will be a nicer ride this year.
I'm not the globetrotter I would like to be and don't now if I'll ever be but traveling Europe or even your own country can be nice too. There are different kind of travelers and as long as you love what you're doing it's OK.
What I like about this site is to see the photos and read the stories of two wheeled travelers. And it is nice to exchange tips and information. I will order the DVD set someday (when I have the money), I think it will be very nice to watch.