EVERY TRIP HAS A STORY AND HISTORY, THIS ONE HAS BEEN 12 YEARS IN OUR MINDS, TOOK A YEAR TO PLAN AND IT WAS TWO DECADES IN THE MAKING.
ALMOST 20 YEARS AGO I SAW MY FIRST EVER VINTAGE MOTORCYCLE. I WAS 18 AND I CAN REMEMBER IT AS IT WAS YESTERDAY. JOEL HAD JUST RETRIEVED THE BIKE THAT BELONGED TO HIS FATHER FROM THE HANDS OF HIS COUSIN. IT WAS STORED IN AN OLD WOOD SHOP IN GRACIA IN OUR NATAL BARCELONA, A BURGUNDY 1975 BWM R60/6.
Joel and I meet while in a high school trip to Greece in 1994, we were both 16 years old. At the time we both had scooters, and for many years motorcycling was a means of transportation and 9 years had to pass before they took their first trip together to the south of Spain.
There was when a the spark ignited and the idea of a massive adventure started. I moved to NY to pursue other design career opportunities so our chances of traveling together were small. But over the years our friendship and passion for motorcycle traveling kept us focused and we did two more trips together. Every time this trip was becoming more and more real even there was a lot of unanswered questions. When? Where? For how long? What bikes will we take? Are we ready?
In 2015, following the sudden passing of Matias' sister Sol, the idea that we have our entire life to check off our bucket list became a fallacy. We decided to not postpone our dream any longer and start planing.
We were stealing back our own dreams.
After 6 years under the vigilance of master mechanic and friend Peter Boggia from Moto Borgotaro I was able to do most of the preparation on both bikes for the trip.
To us it was essential to be self-sufficient as much as possible so we're not at the will of other mechanics with less knowledge of our bikes. And sometimes there are no mechanics to help you... The last time I had a charging issue I was stuck for 5 hours just to realize my rotor was broken. Today I can troubleshoot and replace the rotor in 30 minutes at most, providing that everything goes well...
In 2010 we took a trip to Montreal with my buddy Bryan. After 5 days on the road and coming back to NYC my bike started smoking sporadically at high speeds, I had no idea of what was the cause. I called my trusted mechanic Peter Boggia and asked for advice.
On this picture I'm listening to him on the phone and understanding nothing. It was frustrating to be traveling on vehicles that i didn't understand. After that day I promised I'd learn to repair my BMW since I knew this trip would eventually come to be a reality and I wanted to be self-sufficient on the road.
THE VINTAGE WAY
One of the most common questions we get are: "Why take a couple of bikes that are 30 years old on such a trip? Won't it break down all the time?"
There's a huge misconception around old vs. new bikes. And it's that new bikes never break down. Motorcycles were made different in the past, they were simpler and had the basics to get you around, and BMWs were also designed so one could be able to work on them easily.
This bikes also have a character and spirit that I can't find in any modern bikes.
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