Grant Johnson | Preparing Your Motorcycle for Travel


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Grant Johnson and his wife Susan are veteran travelers. In early 1987, they sold everything, quit their jobs and headed for Panama on a motorcycle. They eventually rode RTW (around the world) north to south, two up on a 1986 BMW R80 G/S. They’ve seen over 50 countries in the years they’ve been travelling, but all that’s just whet their appetite for more.

At various times, Grant has earned his living as a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, manager of several sports equipment stores, and as a freelance photographer and writer. While living in Australia, he wrote and successfully marketed a software program for photographers. He worked as an independent computer consultant to small and medium sized businesses from Australia to Tanzania, as well as teaching high-end computer software (groupware) to large companies in South-East Asia. Since 1998, his full-time labour of love has been HorizonsUnlimited where they have been Inspiring, Informing & Connecting Overland Adventure Travellers since 1997.

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Screen Shot 2014-07-23 at 8.27.27 AMIn this episode you’ll learn how to:

  • Get your motorcycle ready for long distance travel
  • Assess your comfort level
  • Know which is the best kind of motorcycle to take
  • Prepare your motorcycle based on your needs
  • Decide which accessories to take
  • Respond when you run into problems
  • Find a mechanic

Don’t get overstressed about travel or what may come up. You’ll figure it out. You won’t have any problems that are insurmountable. People are people everywhere and want to live a good life. Be open to meeting people. To possibilities. That’s what it’s all about.

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“A 2-3 day trip requires the same preparation as a trip around the world.” Grant Johnson

“Don’t get overstressed about travel or what may happen. You’ll figure it out.” Grant Johnson


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