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I well remember the first time I put a whole twenty bucks of gas into a motorcycle’s tank. I was on the Isles de la Madeleine, part of the Canadian province of Quebec, stuck in the Gulf of St. Lawrence between Cape Breton Island and Prince Edward Island.
When you’re on an island that you reach by traveling from another island, then things are going to be more expensive, even staples like gasoline. I don’t remember the price per liter, but I remember looking at the pump, shocked, as the BMW F800 GS Adventure greedily swallowed $19, $20, $21! When would it end?
Now, a trip to that same gas station would probably cost closer to $40, since even my little 250’s (admittedly oversized) tank will take a couple of sawbucks easily.
So what’s a traveler to do? You need gas to travel, so if money is tight, you must find other ways to cut costs. Here are three ways to save some cash through 2022, if you plan on traveling:
Discounting the expense of shipping your bike across the ocean, ADVers mainly spend their money on three things: Gas, food and accommodations. And yet, if you’re willing to put yourself out there, accommodations can almost always be had for free, if you’re camping.
Camping isn’t always a good time. Sometimes the rain ruins your plans, and sometimes you can’t find a good free camping spot, or the campground you paid for is filled with drunken, rowdy visitors. And, for reasons I cannot understand, some people just have a phobia about camping and are unable to accept anything less than the standard “sleep in a comfortable bed/rise for shower and coffee and a Danish/read the paper in slippers and a housecoat” lifestyle.
Actually, I do understand it: Getting older stinks and you value a good, comfortable night’s sleep as you age. Also, the insecurities of camping put some people on edge. However, mastering apps such as iOverlander would go a long way towards making camping comfortable and stress-free. Remember, if you’re really worried about unsafe camping spots, you can always stick to inmates’ back yards from the Tent Space thread.
As well, it pays to have good gear. That $20 sleeping bag from Wal-Mart, paired with a $10 mattress and $40 tent is all you need for survival, and it will be plenty comfortable for some. But if that doesn’t work for you, quality camping gear will soon pay for itself in savings from skipping hotels/motels. If you’re really, truly broke, search ADVrider’s Flea Market section for deals on used gear, and do your research to find what Wal-Mart/Amazon/Wish-sourced kit will actually do the job, or search army surplus shops and thrift stores. Ultralight is nice, but look for ultra-durable first; for instance, my Stanley camp cook set is just as reliable and sturdy as a much more expensive set bought from an LL Bean catalog. My bike can handle the extra ounces of weight, compared to a titanium set.
Another option for high-end camping equipment is to search eBay for discontinued gear. I bought my super-comfortable (and super-bulky, alas!) Big Agnes Hog Park 20 sleeping bag from a retailer somewhere in the US who was just cleaning out their backroom inventory. These end-of-season deals are a great way to get quality gear on the cheap.
You can’t change the price of fuel or food, but you can almost always camp for free, especially in North America. Aside from your bike and your riding skills, it’s my opinion that there’s no better investment into your ADV life than good camping equipment—you’ll have great experiences and save money at the same time.
I’ll be honest: I don’t like cooking. Actually, that’s not true—I enjoy cooking, but it’s low, low, very low on my list of things I want to do. When I go on a bike trip, I want to ride, occasionally take a break from riding in a restaurant to guzzle coffee and people-watch and maybe have a snack. And then I want to ride again—I don’t want to knock off early because I need to cook supper, and I don’t want to lurch around a grocery story in my gear while I pick out food for the nightly feast.
However, if you want to save money, cooking for yourself is a no-brainer. If you’ve been paying attention, you’ll have seen Kylie’s recipes on the ADVrider front page for years now. These are easily done on the trail, and while you might not find the ingredients you need for these dishes in Outer Mongolia, well, you probably won’t find a Starbucks there either, so you’ll be making do either way. In more developed countries, where most of us are traveling, you’ll almost always find some sort of proper ingredients in a store.
Again, you’ll need to invest some money here. Get a good stove. I use a dual-fuel Coleman, an MSR Pocket Rocket II or a Chinese knock-off of that MSR stove. If I was buying again, I’d probably look at a Primus.You can easily DIY a twig stove, although they might not be safe if you’re traveling in forest fire season.
Along with your stove, you’ll need cooking equipment (pot/pan, utensils). We’ve got an excellent write-up here from rtwpaul, showing his kit.
You might not be a perfect camp cook overnight, but whatever you make is almost certainly going to taste better than fast food, and save you some money. But even if you aren’t a great cook—the reality is, ramen noodles or canned beans or even trail mix are going to be cheaper than eating out. Stop at a grocery store and get some food in bulk—I have a picture somewhere of me riding a pricey Dyna across Pennsylvania, living the high-dollar American Dream, with a $4 pack of Wal-Mart muffins bungeed to the back of the bike. If you’re serious about spending time on the road, your food bill is a good place to save money for the ever-rising gas bill. Pull over to the side of the road and make a sandwich or brew up some coffee. Who cares if some other people think it looks funny or cheap? You’re traveling, and you’ll never see those hoity-toities again anyway.
You can’t change the price of gas, but you might be able to lower your fuel consumption. You can ride at lower speeds, or try hyper-miling tricks, or just ride less distance in a day. If you’re camping and cooking for yourself, you’ll have less time for riding anyway. Admittedly, all those ideas don’t sound like much fun. However, if you do want to ride your bike hard and travel long distances without blowing your savings, consider riding a smaller bike.
Admittedly, this comes with some trade-offs. You can’t bring as much camping or cooking equipment, for one. You won’t be as comfortable on highways. And, when it all boils down: Smaller bikes just aren’t as fast, and most riders like speed. However, if you head over to the now-legendary Minimalist Touring Thread, you’ll see lots of helpful ideas for traveling on a small bike, and remember that not all small bikes are slow. Compared to a bicycle or a horse, even a TW200 is pretty fast.
If you switch to a 250, you should see 70-80 mpg, instead of the 45 mpg you’re getting on your larger bike. Even a 300 or 400 should do at least 60 mpg if you aren’t flogging it. A Kawasaki Versys-X 300 is an excellent compromise in this regard. Even some larger bikes will offer excellent fuel economy if ridden carefully; BMW’s old 650 singles had a great reputation for fuel economy, and Honda’s current 500 fleet has excellent fuel economy. Both those platforms will still get you to 90 mph or higher, if needed.
Or, you could just skip all those must-drive-85 highways in the west. Are you really having fun there? Probably not.
It probably doesn’t make financial sense to buy a new-to-you bike just to save money on gas, but if you’re already on the market, or if you’re selling your old gas guzzler to buy a new machine, then yeah—gas is your biggest must-spend item while you’re traveling, and if you can burn less of it, you’ll reduce the impact of sky-high prices.
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