Broventure Update – Day Zero: Great Expectations

09/04/2013 @ 1:15 am, by Jensen Beeler9 COMMENTS


It’s closing in on 1am on Wednesday, the actual date of our departure for our 2,000 mile round-trip ride to Moab, Utah and back…and needless to say, I should be in bed asleep (like Tim is now), instead of writing a damn blog post — it’s been a busy day though, so like the good blogger I am, getting a post out before bed is the last “to do” item on my list.

However, it’s hard to imagine that in nine hours or so we will finally be on our bikes (2013 Yamaha Super Ténéré and 2013 BMW R1200GS) and headed to our first waypoint in Las Vegas.

But then again, considering the 200 miles or so we did in my car toady alone, picking up the Yamaha, getting Tim fitted with Dainese riding gear and an AGV helmet, not to mention spending countless dollars at REI and other venues for last-minute items, I guess it is reasonable to foresee this trip-of-many-miles getting underway shortly.

As it stands now, our bikes are pretty much packed, sans a few bits of clothing and some gear that’s still charging. We have to do a little work before we leave Santa Barbara and get underway, but if the organized chaos in the living room here is any indication, the Broventure is coming together quite nicely.

What adventure awaits us on our journey? Who can be certain? All I know is that between the two of us, Tim and I have three pair of underwear, way too many GoPro mounts, and a vague notion that we are going to enjoy our four-star hotel room tomorrow night as much as possible before roughing it in America’s great outdoors, like the good Boy Scouts we are.

On that note, goodnight dear A&R readers. The sun is out this week, so try and get a ride in tomorrow…we certainly will be.

Photo: © 2013 Jensen Beeler / Asphalt & Rubber – Creative Commons – Attribution 3.0

  • joe

    if you think of offering it, this trip might turn into an annual group trip of your devoted readers…
    Good and Bad…. Sort of scary if ya think about it, but might make some future articles rather riveting…..?

    Just throwing it out there…..

  • joe

    with new destinations of course

  • Andrei

    Ha! Just left there Monday… It’s pretty warm there right now (mid to high 90s)… Where are you camping?

  • Michael Hardman

    GPS or are you keepin’ it old school?

  • Look forward to the report!!!

    Wish you had a third party going along on the new V-Strom 1000, now that some rate it to be the top GS bike, since Suzuki & Ichimaru addressed and incorporated other GS owners suggestions and wish lists….

  • Should have lets us readers know in advance. Would have lent you my fully trip prepped Tenere; gps, radar detector, XM radio, big windscreen, panniers. Took that to Prudhoe Bay and back, a simple 9,000 mile trip. Oh by the way, these bikes are made for camping, ditch the hotel plans next time.

  • paulus

    It’s great doing this on battleships… but it is not necessary.
    It is as much fun (or even more) taking an off-road adventure on a smaller, lighter ride.
    Off-road speed and choice of routes is limted by the size and weight you are carrying.
    next time try it,…Travel light, have even more fun.

    Stay safe.

  • Paul McM

    Ride safe. Hope it’s not broiling on the ride to Vegas. You’ll love Utah. I want to see a pic of those bikes in Monument Valley.

  • Ride safe, have fun, and remember that your photographer and his truck are ready to come bail you out, whether from a ditch or the pokey.