When so many people are standing around talking about their plans for "one of these days", Salvador Carlucci has already been living those days with some truly amazing motorcycle travels around the world. He is an authentic rider who is currently hard at work on a travel guide for riders looking to experience motorcycle adventures in his home country of Nicaragua and it has a publication release date of later this summer.
Do you have a “road” name?
I don't have a road name but my handle name in motorcycle forums is: Salcar
Where do you live (City / State / Country)?
Let's say that I'm currently spending most of my time in Mexico City, Mexico and traveling about 50% of my time.
How long have you been riding?
I started riding my sister's 50cc scooter at the age of 13 in Florence, Italy; that was 20 years ago!
How did you get involved in riding?
A big influence was my dad and my uncles from both sides of the family. There were always motorcycles around growing up so I guess it is safe to say that it is in the blood.
Tell us about your favorite road trip?
That's a very difficult question! I have ridden a motorcycle in 40 countries -- if I did the count correctly. The longest "road trip" was around Latin America where I did approximately 34,000 miles across 20 countries in 12 months. This was probably my favorite road trip as it was my first long solo adventure.
What is the craziest / most adventuresome thing that has ever happened to you on a road trip?
The craziest things that has ever happen to me is hitting a neck-high barbed wire in the middle of nowhere; I really thought that I was going to die.
I was circumventing Nicaragua on a small motorcycle and I was in the Atlantic Coast of the country in a very remote area with no cellular reception and the closest medical doctor was six hours away.
I was going along this dirt road when all of a sudden I see this barbed wire neck high and I barely had time to lower the helmet when the barbed wire hit my helmet, broke, and and slid down to my neck. I felt it in slow motion as the spokes on the barbed wire cutting along both sides of my neck and I lost control of the bike and fell to the ground.
When I stood up and looked down I saw blood dripping from my neck. I thought that was the end and my first emotion was to feel sad because I couldn't even call home.
However, I managed to pull the medical kit out, applied some pressure and luckily enough none of the cuts got any vital organs or veins.
It turns out that the barbed wire was there because an old man was building a gate with if so that his cattle would go in the adjacent farm.
What do you think would help bring enhanced awareness to the “share the road” campaigns so that vehicle drivers are more respectful to motorcyclists?
In South Africa they have an initiative called the Think Bike Safety & Awareness Campaign which I have not seen in the US so, perhaps something like this might be helpful.
If you have just one saddlebag / backpack to work with, what are the absolute “must have’s” to keep in there for a road trip?
Documents, credit card, tooth brush, underwear, flashlight, and tire repair kit.
What is the Year / Make / Model of your favorite bike?
I do not have a favorite bike as they all have something cool about them.
Do you have any new trips already planned?
The next big trip I'm planning will be in six years when I will be going to be around the world; however, I'm not sure yet if it will be on a motorcycle, 4x4, or on a boat. I'm still missing the Silk Road on a bike from Istanbul to China which I'm not sure when I will do.
Keep watching this column as there will be fresh updates from Salvador as he prepares to publish his first book on motorcycling travel!