So, with a little luck I'll be a virgin burner in 09. I'm a 22 year old student and bartender in Atlanta, GA, USA, studying Real Estate, with a good helping of Film and Philosophy on the side. I've known about burning man for years and always wanted to go, but the chance might have finally presented itself for 2009.
I believe that many people have lost touch with the country as a whole and become too self absorbed, and have been planning a sixteen thousand mile motorcycle trip across the continental USA to try to experience it the way it used to be experienced. Something in the back of my brain made me think burning man, and a week later after countless hours of research to see if I could do it, here I am.
I would take a semester off of school and start the trip going up the east coast, across the northern border, detour through Colorado and hit burning man about 2/3 of the way.
Aside from the normal advice for new burners, I was wondering how people who take their motorcycles in deal with it? I will have most the camping supplies already on the bike, but will not have room for a cooler, 10 gallons of water, food, and the like to last a week. Do people on bikes join a theme camp or a convoy and pay some gas money in exchange for a lift for their water and gear? This presents the problem of storage (playa dust could DESTROY the bike's carbs in a week and could leave me stranded, even with the cover) and the problem of riding a 600 cc 1986 Yamaha radian in the windy conditions that are present on the playa.
The other option would be to rent a u-haul, buy everything locally, park the bike in the u-haul, camp in the u-haul, and clean it out and pay a dump (not the locals, unless there are some willing) to take the trash before returning it. This would present the problem of cost (which isn't major), and the problem that the bike could be impounded by BRC DMV regardless, because while it is my means of transportation home, it is not my means of transportation to the event. That could again, destroy the carbeurators and could leave me stranded if it was stored outside the van.
Either way, I'm trying to avoid having to bring the tools to do a carb clean and tune on the playa.
So, for all those brave souls who have taken their bike to BRC, how did you do it? Or would I be better off doing the bike trip over the summer and flying back for Burning Man later?
"No sympathy for the devil, keep that in mind. Buy the ticket, take the ride"