I just found a good document on the Adventure Travel forum by Jamie Z on very budget motorcycle travel. It includes advice on motorcycle camping, eating, transport, gear, entertainment, planning. He says that, "The ideas in this document are often US-centric. I have traveled for
cheap in North America, South America, Europe, and Asia, but the
majority of my time on the road is in the United States." Read it here.
I just saw that Mike Werner of Bikes in the Fast Lane keeps an updated list of motorcycle rental companies in France. Thanks Mike! I love riding in France--it's got tons of quaint villages, huge mountainous areas, the food is great, the weather is great (especially down south), and the locals are very friendly. Really. And France has the most campgrounds per capita of any country in the world. Take your tent. They're nice campgrounds, too (which is good, because motorcycle rentals aren't cheap!), and you're likely to make lifelong friends with people vacationing here from all over the world. Hey, the Euro is going down now and we Americans are thinking of traveling again. Here are some tips for camping in France.
Whitehorse Gear has a great new gadget: a grill that packs down to the size of a flute! Ultimately portable, you can enjoy a good steak on the grill, or shrimp on the barby, or for us vegetarians, a skewer of seitan or a tofu-kabob. Made of rugged, easy-to-clean stainless
steel, it rolls out to a grilling area that measures 9 by 10 inches. The Grilliput Stainless Steel Compact Barbeque Grill is $29.99