FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What do I need to bring?
All of the trips are slightly different, riding in different conditions with a pack list supplied nearer the time for each run. But as a base level you’ll need camping gear comprising of tent, sleeping bag and mat, some good waterproofs - although these don’t have to cost the earth if you get them from an army surplus store - some protective riding gear and a basic change of clothing and equipment. Cooking equipment is optional as in the most part there will be facilities to buy or prepare food when we stop.
Garbage Run started out as being about small bikes but has developed into catering for all manner of machines, from scooters to sports bikes, adventure bikes and cruisers. C90s ride alongside 1200GSs and that’s all part of the semi-guided structure in that no one is expected to keep a pace that they’re either not comfortable with or unable to manage. Generally, smaller groups form as the trip progresses allow everyone to travel at the speed that suits them and the machine.
It’s advised for all trips that you turn up on a well serviced and well running machine. Garbage by name, but not by nature. Consider consumables such as brake pads, tyres and oil before the trip. Breakdowns are never much fun. Basic tools for puncture repairs and such like are handy to carry, as is membership of some breakdown service just in case the worst does happen and you need recovering home.
When do I pay the balance?
At the outing I just ask for a deposit to secure your place. Full payment is required further down the line with bank details and payment method sent out in good time. If you do need to pay in instalments then please just let me know.
I've booked, what happens now?
Sit tight and wait for me to get in touch. I’ll generally send out a welcome email and later set up a WhatsApp group for all riders on the run so that people can share packing ideas and get to know each other before the trip. Further updates come through via email and where necessary an information pack will be sent out by post in the months leading up to the trip. If you do book on a place and haven’t heard anything after a few weeks just drop me an email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Sometimes bookings do slip through the net and it’s always best to check.
The deposit paid is non-refundable. Once the balance is paid that is only refundable if I or you can find someone to fill that place. Generally, if the reason for pulling out is genuine (and we haven’t got a replacement) then I will often roll the booking forward to another trip that year or one the following year. In the first instance of needing to cancel, please just get in touch.
What isn’t the Garbage Run?
On the home page I outlined what the Garbage Run is, but it's also important to lay out what the Garbage Run isn't. The Garbage Run isn’t a traditional tour in the sense of having everything provided and laid out for the rider. It certainly isn't a ‘follow my leader’ style procession from beginning to end. Instead these are fluid adventures, with a degree of flexibility and self reliance and self determinism built into them. Riders are encouraged to make the trip their own, be it by detouring from the main route if there’s things people want to see, or riding at quicker or slower pace depending on their mood or machine. The intention is to build confidence amongst all participants and give them the comfort of group travel, with out the confines of a typical group trip.
Some people already have a tent, others need to pick one up. Like anything it's a compromise of size, weight and cost. You can get some decent tents in the sale over winter for around £50. I'd generally recommend at least a two-man, even for sole occupancy, just to give you a bit more wrestling space. A free standing dome tent are the easiest to put up and don't require as man guy ropes or pegs. Tunnel tents give a bit more space but are a bit more of a faff to put up. Further assistance can be offered on request.
What happens if I break down?
As noted, it's best that all participants take out necessary break down cover, just in case the worst happens. We don't' run with a support vehicle so we don't have means to collect or transport bikes, but as a group we will always in the first instance try and rectify the situation and get bike and person somewhere safe to either be collected or fixed. Obviously the trip has to continue, but no one will abandoned.
How many miles will we ride a day?
We tend to cover no more than 200 miles a day, riding approximately 6 hours. This is deemed as manageable for most riders and gives us time to stop and take photos and have longer lunches. We need to cover ground but we also need to see and experience things. There’s generally some flexibility built into the schedule just in case mood or situation changes.
What's included in the price?
Generally included in the price is the camping or accommodation options throughout, and where ferries are part of the trip then so too are they included. Some trips might include a meal or a non motorcycling activity but that will all be listed under the individual trip. You’re effectively paying to have the assurance of being part of the group, having a route and itinerary planned out in advance as well as the assistance on hand if you need it. From experience, what people most get from the Garbage Run is the friendships they make along the way. People can ride these routes solo, but doing so with like-minded individuals seems to add a lot to the experience. Riders from previous groups have begun organising their own trips and ride outs from having met on the Run, and that's what it's all about; encouraging people to get out and ride more.
What I should budget for the trip?
It’s always hard to set a budget as everyone generally has different tastes and budgets. On the whole, whichever trip you go on you’ll need to factor in fuel, food and spending money. There’s no reason why any of these trips should cost you more than £30 per day in other expenses. But some like tap water, some like wine.