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stuntheavy 04-29-2013 09:01 AM

Financial Suicide: A new life behind bars

I had started a "Trip Planning" thread, but kind of fell off the bandwagon with it, so hopefully I can keep this a bit more up to date.

First, I'm Chris. 25, originally from Maine, now living in Texas, and never had a true adventure. I'm a rider through and through, and have ridden just about every type of motorcycle, or offroad vehicle since I was 9. I rode MX for a while, and eventually traveled and paid the bills as part of a Sportbike Freestyle team (stunt riding).

How did I get into the ADV scene you ask? Well, the following video explains it:
It's very long and boring, so here is the readers digest:
I've always turned wrenches since I was young. Decided to go to school, was approached by BMW to go through their factory training, and eventually wound up in the dealership environment. Education: Check. Career: Check. (Or so I thought. For a multitude of reasons, and the pains of Big Business, I found myself as my own worst enemy. I refused to be a hack, and unfortunately it seems in this field, that type of behavior is handsomely rewarded.) I learned pride was more valuable to me than numbers in my bank account.

I suppose the next step was settling down and starting a family. After a several year relationship turned south as I started to let myself believe the truths I had been denying, I suddenly found myself in a place I didn't want to be, doing something I wasn't proud to be doing for a profession and now to top it off, I've got a overpriced shiny rock that I no longer need. Ain't that a bitch...

After feeling sorry for myself for a while, I was trying to find a way out of this funk that I was in. Somewhere along this time, I found That was it. It was time for a new chapter. Personal life was in a hell hole. Work had went to shit. Empty promises of change were getting old, and enough was enough. I put in my two weeks notice and things went as amicable as possible. The ring went back. Instantly, I found myself scouring craigslist. KLR. DR. DRZ. F800gs. Finally I settled on an XR650R. Beat the snot out of it as a supermoto for a few months.

Ran like a top, no issues, so the conversion began. Skiplate, stock wheels, stator upgrade, lighting upgrade, power outlet, heated grips, sahara tank, racks, bags, on and on. I bought all my riding gear used, from the fleamarket.

So where to? The TAT. Coming from a dirt background, it's the perfect homage to the 'roots' of my riding. Never used a GPS before, so I had better learn. And that's just the beginning...

I won't be on the TAT until near the end of May, but I'll be leaving Houston, Texas around the next week or so. Where I'll go in the mean time, I have no idea. Probably somewhere between here and the east coast. Maybe I can find some free or cheap camping and bide my time in some neat places along the way.

And then what? My budget is decent, so where to after that? North? Alaska? South? Mexico? Patagonia? I won't eat cow brain, so can I survive on papaya, bananas, and cervezas that long? Where will I end up when the bank account is empty? Who knows. That's the beauty of it. No job waiting for me. No kids and wife at home. Essentially, my life has all been sold off, and now fits on the back of my bike. Home is my bike. It's all gone. 10 years worth of stuff have been compressed into 2 panniers and a drybag. As scary as that is, it's a freeing feeling as well.

Sometimes its just not about the goddamn money.

NoVa Rider 04-29-2013 09:09 AM


tommu56 04-29-2013 09:23 AM

In for the ride!
I hope you enjoy your self and some if that rubs off on us that can't break away!

n16ht5 04-29-2013 09:24 AM


VanIsland Rider 04-29-2013 09:43 AM

Wishing you safety in your adventure and happiness in your new life.

Treedguy 04-29-2013 09:45 AM

Don't turn back. I was on your path. Met a girl.
Nuff said.

ride4fun562 04-29-2013 10:13 AM

Finally someone does a ride on the xr650r, tuned in :thumb

Unclescar 04-29-2013 10:44 AM

We all have had that feeling at some point. Hope the ride is kind to you.

Keep this link handy might help cut down on your costs.

AteamNM 04-29-2013 10:59 AM


Much older by half than you, similar kind of thing. Found ADV, bought a XR250, then flew to Virginia, bought a bike (never test rode it), packed it up with a ton of shit, rode to NM for the next 21 days. Camped behind churches and state parks. Learned to sort of ride. Half a year later, Baja ride. Now I dream of selling everything and go to Alaska, Russia, Mongolia, China, cross Europe and then head south. Spend the next few years finding my spot on the globe?

Good luck, totally subscribed.

OBTW, tried to buy a an XRL 650 in Ohio. The owner said he would sell it to me but didn't think the XR was a good bike to ride across the country. :evil

I was forced to buy a Swiss Army knife bike - KLR. :lol3

GotMojo? 04-29-2013 11:02 AM

There's plenty of good dual sport riding in the Smoky Mountains near where the TAT begins in TN. Hit up the area around Deals Gap (Tail Of The Dragon) and you will find tons of good dual sport routes.

Good luck and have fun on this journey!

Keithert 04-29-2013 11:17 AM

Subscribed! Congrats on having the guts to do it.

doc4216 04-29-2013 11:34 AM

I'm in! Can't wait to read this one! Stay safe and if you end up in Tampa, let me know!

Longbow 04-29-2013 11:59 AM

I'm in.
Wishing you all the best in your new adventures.
Be carefull out there.


oldxr 04-29-2013 12:17 PM

Fellow xrr rider.If you make it to central california or want another rider to go into baja pm me.Best of luck on your travels.

Tallbastid 04-29-2013 04:29 PM

Fuck yeah man, I'm in. All the best!

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