Originally Posted by Buicknick72
I think a key thing to this is that this wouldn't be marketed to the "average" person. The average person is not going to a country they cannot pronounce to ride a over sized dirt bike thru the mountains. The average person is going to Aruba to drink mojito's on the beach.
The person taking his trip is someone who already rides and owns a bike(s). They are going to want to have a 'bigger' trip than they could have setting out from their own driveway over their week or 2 vacation time. They are going to be in a higher income bracket. $5000 for a vacation is not that much. 4 bikes for two weeks at a clip wound only need 104 total customers a year to keep each bike rented everyday of the year.
You're absolutely right, it takes a certain kind of "caution to the wind" type person to want to do this as well as one with a certain wallet level. That said, I'd like to try and expand the market a little beyond what's normally viewed as the market segment. Looks like other businesses in South America and the Middle East are running in the $5000 range without airfare for a 7-10 day trip. Bikes seem to range from 500 Enfields and a few places rent 400cc bikes, but most have 650s or higher. Some use DR650s or KLR650s and quite a few use BMWs or Yamahas. Anyway seems like a wide variety of bikes and there's a wide range of prices, so I think I'd be in the lower end of the bracket.
1985 VT500C Shadow
Blackout, custom comfortable 2up seat, drag pipes, air horn, over 20k miles.
Now riding Central Asia on a 1994 Honda Dominator NX650.