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Dr. Frazier: Where Adventures Begin and End Photo Gallery

Dr. Frazier takes a look at motorcycle travel junkees by visiting multiple Horizons Unlimited Traveler meetings. Read the full story in Dr. Frazier: Where Adventures Begin and End.

The sign moved around the USA in 2010 to one of four HU Travelers Meetings for adventure seeking motorcycle travelers.
The Colorado Meeting headquarters and seminar room was the lodge at the base of a ski slope with camping on the green grassy field where, in the winter, skiers slowed and stopped on cold white snow.
Horizons Unlimited founder and HU Meeting guru, Grant Johnson, gave a seminar on ergonomics and answered questions about the best set-up for an adventure travel motorcycle.
Attendees exchanged travel tips and tales over three days of seminars, adventure riding and multi-media shows.
The meeting package included several All-You-Can-Eat buffet meals for those attendees not wanting to cook their own meals in front of their tent or over a campfire.
This Mexico and Central America motorcycle travel expert entertainingly demonstrated in a private show with tongue-in-cheek how to pack a tent, sleeping bag, food, spare parts, clothes and camping chair into a small bag for off-road excursions on a Suzuki DR650.
A next-to-new KTM 950 owner came, learned and left on an Adventure.
This fresh-out-of-the-box BMW GS owner attended the meeting to see what limitations there might be for his new adventure motorcycle anywhere on the globe.
After attending the HU Travelers Meeting these BMW and Kawasaki adventurists were off to travel the world, seeking adventures over the horizon.
This heavily stickered BMW F650 had circled the globe once and was leaving the HU Travelers Meeting in Colorado to make a second global loop after a pit stop first for some repairs and significant maintenance.
This BMW adventure rider was testing his equipment, sleeping bag and himself at the 9,313 foot-level in Silverton, Colorado where the weather ranged from 30-50 F degrees at night.
Markus Best (www.markusbest.com) on his highly modified BMW R80 G/S came to the HU Travelers Meeting for a Start Point for his planned around the world ride.
The Colorado HU Travelers Meeting has become a national gathering point for Kawasaki KLR650 owners seeking advanced adventure riding.
This Kawasaki KLR650 had stickers to prove it had been from the top of North America to the bottom of South America and points in between.
This new Kawasaki KLR650 owner had come to the HU Travelers Meeting to pick up tips for equipment modifications and possible adventure destinations and route planning.
Looking at the clouds over the San Juan Mountains, this Kawasaki KLR 650 adventurist was pondering an attempt to summit the 12,800 foot high Engineer Pass on his fully loaded motorcycle, described by some as an ultimate adventure ride.
After a day of adventure riding on the Alpine Loop out of Silverton, these two adventure seekers were comparing the performance of the KTM versus the Kawasaki.
Equipment and accessory options were discussed at length in the HU Travelers Meeting parking lot and campground.
This Kawasaki KLR650 was headed from the HU Travelers Meeting to the bottom of South America, having previously tagged Prudhoe Bay, Alaska.
This budget minded adventurer had decided on a very cool top box for his Kawasaki KLR650, an inexpensive ice chest.
Opting for soft sided bags, this Kawasaki KLR650 owner shared the pluses and minuses of his choice with other adventure riders who chose hard bags and heavier luggage carrying systems.
The parking lot and seminar schedule left plenty of room and time for adventure rider tire kicking and the recounting of tall travel tales.
One attendee chose the Harley-Davidson Buell as his adventure riding machine, but admitted the Buell was happier on pavement versus gravel or dirt.
After a day of adventure riding off-road in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado even the best and toughest of accessories suffered from get-offs or slow speed spills like this set shows (middle mount damaged), the limping owner saying he had “severely abused himself, the KLR and some good equipment.”
Advanced adventure riding during the HU Travelers Meeting sometimes required creative roadside repairs like this vice-grip clutch level.
Not only did this adventure rider break his turn signal but his license plate had vibrated loose somewhere on the mining roads or jeep trails during a morning of thrill seeking above 12,000 feet in the San Juan Mountains.
The crowd was asking: “All this just to change a sprocket on a BMW?” The owner had plenty of free advice and numerous helpers as he worked through his problem.
The owner of this broken gas cap jokingly said it happened, “when the motorcycle kind of fell upside down.”
An off-road riding skill seminar offered in the large gravel parking lot gave some riders a taste of one downside to adventure riding: picking up his downed motorcycle after a slow speed get-off in front of a crowd.
A practical application of the tips and techniques from the “How To Fix A Flat Tire” seminar was applied to a traveler’s deflated rear tire after a hard day of riding.
This classic Suzuki GS850G with Vetter bags and Windjammer fairing proved an adventure riding motorcycle was in the mind of the owner.
The owner of this Honda XL500S said the pictured set-up was all he needed to make a serious adventure ride, anywhere.
A Moto Guzzi properly outfitted could be a solid adventure rider as this one's owner claimed, saying it was ready for an adventure around the world if he had the time and money.
This Suzuki V-Strom had been off-pavement at high altitudes during the HU Travelers Meeting, the owner wisely having left the panniers and camping gear in the campground before doing so.
Called a “Combat Adventure Tourer,” this Honda ST was ready for unlimited horizons, but according to the owner, “mostly on pavement.”
This Triumph Tiger was as at home at the HU Travelers Meeting as was the BMW RT in the background, both owners being committed adventurists.