Here we are in Salt Lake City, August 8 2018 after a 10.5 hour flight from London Heathrow. First thing we did was to drop off our luggage. We then went to seek out our dealer, Moto United which was a 10 minute walk from the neighbourhood in which our Airbnb was located. Already the vastness of the USA is hitting us. Crossing roads, the V8 monster engines rumbling past and there ahead is the place where our brand new Royal Enfield Himalayans were waiting for us. Moto United.
I conceived the idea of riding bikes in the USA whilst working over the Christmas period 2017. I had spoken to a contact of mine in Nevada City and off the cuff mentioned that I may come over and visit her one day. This is how it all started. I began looking at 2nd hand motorbikes on Ebay as renting bikes for any length of time would not be financially viable. On Valentines Day 2018, Andrew fell in love - with the Himalayan. That was when the adventure really began to develop.
The adventure was actually beginning to become somewhat a reality. We sourced dealers in the USA and as we made a firm but loose plan of where we wanted to visit on this trip, Salt Lake City seemed to be the logical place to get the bikes.
We were given a contact. Spero is our man in Salt Lake City - that's the back of him in the car park of Moto United fixing our temporary licence plates to the bikes. Spero has been our guardian angel in the process of getting our bikes in the USA and we owe him the deepest gratitude. Such a helpful man. So there we were, in our 'sneakers' and non riding kit sans helmets, gloves ready to ride those babies out of the car park in search of our evening meal. Rawtopia is what we found and we ate there 2 evenings in a row as the Lebanese fare served there was so delicious. Our first evening of 35 and already things are looking amazing!
Andrew "AJ" Jackson of Eurorider Training and Mell Rose.
AJ's Check List
*Motorcycles x 2
*All weather clothing/boots - windproof, rainproof as well as cool and warm layers.
*Panniers for carrying extra loads.
* Friction straps and bungees - multiple & spares.
* Chain oil and lube
* Acquired jump leads
* Puncture repair - fix a flat in a can
* Lots of monies
* A ball of string
* Rucksack for daytime carrying capacity
* Flexible attitude to life and journey
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