ABOUT

Tim Collins

Forty Times Around

I am a motorcycle enthusiast, an avid traveler and a spirited adventurer. It is my plan to ride around the world on my motorcycle and share my adventures and experience through videos, pictures, gear reviews and blogs. I want to share all the knowledge that I have built up along the way and continue to share as I encounter new situations relevant to motorcycles, travel, adventure, camping and more!

I have been working hard to get ready to leave my home in Phoenix, Arizona and venture off into the world on my BMW R1200GS. I will begin by riding my motorcycle south through Mexico, Central America and then to South America, all the way to Tierra del Fuego, Argentina. I will roam back through South America by way of the Amazon and return home about 10 months later to start preparing for the next big adventure in Europe.

I will be posting videos and pictures of all my adventures here on this site, and also on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Instagram. I also want to share some tips and advice that I have learned over the last few years of countless motorcycle adventures, including a few long term trips I have taken. I will also be compiling gear reviews to help anyone that might be thinking of taking a motorcycle journey or maybe just wants to learn more and work towards perfecting their own personal art of motorcycle travel.

My goal is not only to travel the world on two wheels, but also to encourage others to follow their dreams and always think outside of the box. Anything is possible if you can dream it!

“Follow The Adventure Wherever It Leads You!




HISTORY OF FORTY TIMES AROUND:


(08/19/2013)

TIM COLLINS

Avid Motorcyclist Since 2004

Post Written 5/2015

 

My passion for two wheel travel was born in Southern California learning how to ride my brother Billy’s motorcycle in a Carl’s Jr. parking lot. I was always drawn to bicycles, motorcycles, quads, even cars, or just about anything else that moves. I’ve come believe though, that no form of travel quite compares to being in the wind, overland, listening to the purr of an engine and leaning into the curves on a motorcycle.

I’ve had a strong desire for adventure since I can remember, and to me, motorcycles and adventure have become synonymous. Let’s just say I’ve never been one to ride around town. I’ve always been driven to go further, to see what lies beyond the next bend, and discover new places. Something about being so immersed in my environment made it impossible to resist the thrill of two wheel travel.

I gave up motorcycling for a few years due to life’s unexpected twists and turns. Leading up to the time that I met my good friend Bob Oliver. The rush of the wind never stopped calling my name over those years. Shortly after Bob and I became friends we started taking camping trips to upstate New York. It didn’t take long, sitting around the campfire, for us to figure out what was missing. We needed quads! I will never forget that first weekend on my Honda TRX250, racing through the mud, whizzing by the trees, flying up and down hills and splashing in puddles in the cool mountain air. To this day, one of my most joyful moments. Pure elation.

This awakened my need for the freedom and exhilaration that comes with motorcycling. The next summer I bought a motorcycle. As I let out the clutch and picked my feet up to set them on the footrests for the first time in almost 3 years, I had no idea how drastically my life was about to change. Only a few months after that day I set out with Bob on a 20,000 mile journey that lasted 3 months and spanned coast to coast and back, with a few zig zags north and south all over the United States.

Living out of saddlebags for three months, riding through every type of traffic and road condition, weather including rain, snow, hail, firestorms and flash floods was the easiest thing for me to do. The most difficult thing to do was to stop.

Since that trip my entire perspective on life, as well as my priorities have shifted gears. I gradually built my whole life around motorcycles and traveling. I left New York to pursue an education in the motorcycle mechanic field in Phoenix, AZ. I specialized in BMW motorcycles. In the year that I was in school I honed my riding skills, and learned everything I could about motorcycles, motorcycle travel and camping on a motorcycle. All while exploring the beautiful south western United States.

What a ride it has been over the last few years. Motorcycles have taught me so much about life. How to be patient, to always look out for other people, how to go with the flow and how to see the beauty in any scene I find myself in. I’ve seen so many stunning sunsets from inside a helmet, shared so many unspoken bonds with friends riding into the horizon, and felt so much joy and excitement spotting wildlife and enjoying nature from the saddle of my motorcycle. It’s amazing how much more of life can be taken in on two wheels. I’ve met so many amazing people because of motorcycles and found nothing but friendly people in my travels. I am so excited to see where this passion will take me in the future and where this dream will lead me.

Dream on!

“Be brave. Take risks. Nothing can substitute experience.” – Paulo Coelho

“Not to dream boldly may turn out to be simply irresponsible.” – George Leonard