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  • Road Trip Reflections | Rejuvenating Motorcycle Adventures

    · 00:59:57 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    A chat with motorcycle author and publisher, Mike Fitterling about what adventure is and the rejuvenating qualities of riding a motorcycle. Northeast by Northwest: Two Restorative Journeys Mike Fitterling was dealing with depression and stress, a common issue with people around the world.  According to the World Health Organization, “depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide”. More than 300 million people suffer from depression, and in many countries there is little to no support available, and even in higher income countries, nearly 50% of people do not get treatment. Mike’s story is something that most people can connect with. At some point or another, we all have to deal with stressful situations, that may affect us more deeply than we think possible. And climbing out of that can be overwhelming. To deal with his depression, Mike decided a motorcycle trip was what was needed, he had to find a way to help himself. With a limited budget and time, he managed to take two motorcycle trips in the United States. Two adventures that helped change his life, bringing back his faith in human kind and the strength to live a happier life. Mike also shares his thoughts on adventure, travelling on a budget, using forums to plan accommodations, and more. Mike Fitterling is a publisher of motorcycle adventure books at www.roaddogpub.com. To read more about this story you can find his book called Northeast by Northwest: Two Restorative Journeys on his website. Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-health-day/en/ Adventure Rider Radio Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • The Five Steps To Protecting Yourself After A Motorcycle Crash

    · 01:04:39 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    The Five Steps To Protecting Yourself After A Motorcycle Crash Part of riding a motorcycle is being prepared to handle all kinds of situations that may arise, and one of those is knowing how to deal with a motorcycle accident. Matt Danielson from The Motorcycle Law Group is an avid motorcyclist, as are the people who work there. He has some important tips on how to protect yourself after a crash. There are certain things you should know to do or say after an accident, and much of what you learn here can be applied to other situations as well.  Matt Danielson: The Motorcycle Law Group: www.motorcyclelawgroup.com MLG App: https://motorcyclelawgroup.com/download-mlg-app/ Adventure Rider Radio Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products PSSOR Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Which Peg to Weight? | Sena SR10 Connecting 2 Way Radios

    · 00:49:21 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Rider Skills: Weighting Pegs When turning, which peg do you weight? Inside or outside? And which is correct? Do you steer with your feet? Bret Tkacs, riding instructor from PSSOR discusses the proper use of pegs for steering and controlling your adventure bike in the dirt.  Sena Technologies: Chris Woodyard Bluetooth communication systems are fantastic for close range. But, for adventure riders when the trail gets dusty and you start to spread out, when the trails become hilly and more heavily treed, that’s where they fail. So, on this episode we find a way to connect longer range radios to our existing bluetooth systems. www.sena.com Show Sponsors: Max BMWBestRest ProductsGreen Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Motobird Adventures Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • ADV Rider Stuck in Venezuela | Keeping Warm on Your Motorcycle

    · 01:28:20 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Hitting a Road Block on the Last Leg of His Trip Spencer James Conway has a goal of circumnavigating every continent, and his last adventure has been in South America. On October 7th he posted on Facebook that he was just two weeks away from completing his trip. When ARR host, Jim, spoke to Spencer, he was stuck at the border in Venezuela, unable to cross in to Colombia. His alternative? A 7000 km detour which will add two months to the trip. http://www.spencer-conway.com/ Brrrrr….Keeping the Chill Out and the Heat In On Your Bike In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re starting to experience some chilly weather, and dedicated motorcyclists like to push the season, riding until the snow flies. Weather can be unpredictable, starting off chilly, warming up and then cooling down again, all in one day. So, being prepared for cold weather this time of year is important. Some of you might be lucky and live in year round warm climates, or maybe it’s spring for you right now and you’re aching to get out and ride, cold or not. Either way, we’ve got some great tips from author and retired instructor, David Hough, Aerostich’s founder, Andy Goldfine and we also talked to Bryan Miller and John Sullivan, the owner’s of Hippo Hands. David L Hough - Author & Instructor David is a world traveller, a certified motorcycle safety instructor and the author of several books. He’s become a regular on Adventure Rider Radio, a valued source of information when it comes to riding motorcycles, including sidecars and trikes. When it comes to riding in the cold, after 36 years of commuting to work by motorcycle in Port Angeles, Washington, who better to give some tips on keeping warm? Andy Goldfine - Aerostich Founder Aerostich are manufacturers of rider gear in the United States, and they’ve been designing and manufacturing clothing for about 34 years. Andy Goldfine has some great tips on what to wear to keep warm. www.aerostich.com Bryan Miller & John Sullivan - Hippo Hands There are gloves and then there are Hippo Hands, motorcycle hand covers designed to keep your hands warm and dry. www.hippohands.com Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS ProductsPSSOR Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • How Goals Can Help You Overcome the Odds: Motorcycle Coach Ramey Stroud

    · 01:17:01 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Ramey "Coach" Stroud's story is one of perseverance and goals, where failure was not an option. Listening to him talk about overcoming what most would consider impossible, even medically, inspires that with the right mindset and vision, you can do anything. When a spinal injury left him paralyzed from the chest down, he didn't get his house ready to deal with his handicap for the rest of his life, he learned to walk and ride a motorcycle again. A story where the impossible becomes the possible. Defying the Odds: Coach Ramey Ramey “Coach” Stroud has been a champion motorcycle racer, skydiver, firefighter, scuba diver, ultra-marathoner, wilderness EMT, rodeo cowboy and adventurer. He has been recognized by the BMW Motorcycle Owner’s of America Foundation as their “Individual of the Year” for helping motorcycle riders gain new skills. He’s helped thousands of riders on five different continents and in so doing has received international honors for his training and safety programs. From the Nevada desert to the sands of Argentina, from Istanbul to South Africa, from Marrakech to the Ozark's, Coach has helped professional motorcycle racers bring home the gold and new riders get on the road to adventure. While it is clear that Coach Ramey loves adventure, his passion is teaching and he loves helping others achieve their potential. In 2003, a motorcycle race crash left Coach Ramey with a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. It took a year of daily exercise for him to just stand up from the wheelchair and then another year of hard work to crawl over onto the seat of a motorcycle and sidecar. After four years of intense rehabilitation he was walking with two canes and then the world was his. Since then he has ridden around the world on three wheels. He has returned to coaching racers and adventure riders. He has written a book for new riders. And he still rides hard at the age of 70. His next goal?The ALCAN5000 in 2018. Website: http://RideCoach.com Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkyioWNmXUktjwmm5aZu0RQ6tyr2FxlSM Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products PSSOR Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Flexible Motorcycle Travel

    · 00:49:55 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Exercise Specialist, Thom Rieck, shares some simple exercises to help keep your body fit for motorcycle riding. Graham Field talks shares his thoughts on keeping your options open while you travel. And Bob Earl talks about Mule Pack Panniers, high-density polyethelene flexible motorcycle panniers. Exercises for Better Riding: Thom Rieck Thom Rieck is an Exercise Specialist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer and PEAK Pilates Instructor. He has been working as a personal trainer for over 10 years and he’s also an avid motorcyclist. He shares some simple exercises to do to keep you flexible for motorcycle riding. Website: trainwiththom.tumblr.com Mule Pack Panniers: Bob Earl - “molded from high-density polyethylene, the same material used to make whitewater kayaks and highway road barriers” - “a capacity of 28 liters the streamlined design is engineered to provide safe, dry, and secure storage for all manner of gear, as well as an extra layer of protection for you and your bike” - “Mule Pack's overlapping lid joint and marine grade EPDM gasket system keeps out rain and spray”  - “the contoured top of the Mule Pack adds strength and provides a more secure surface to strap on a tent, sleeping bag, or other items you need to carry” - “no paint or coating to worry about scratching or flaking off” - “hardware is marine grade stainless steel” - “bracket mounting system works with most of the popular side rack systems” -  “Securing and removing the Mule Pack is as simple as tightening or loosening two large hand knobs located inside the box. This feature along with lockable lid latches keeps your gear safe and secure.” Website: http://acmezoom.com/ Youtube: https://youtu.be/u87XmcFlRig Don’t Be So Rigid: Graham Field Graham Field is a motorcycle adventure author from the UK, now living in Bulgaria. The author of three books In Search of Greener Grass, Ureka and Different Natures. Books are available for individual purchase or as a replica pannier box set. Graham shares his ideas of not keeping a rigid schedule on the road, and how being flexible can enhance your trip. Website: http://grahamfield.co.uk/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Graham-Field-Motorcycle-Travel-Author-196758197110476/ Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS ProductsPSSOR Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Where do You Rate on the Scale? Novice to Expert Skill Levels Explained | Setting Your Motorcycle Suspension Preload

    · 01:33:23 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Do you know where you are on the ADV Skills Level chart? (See below) You should, because it affects your choices, outfitting and how you describe yourself when deciding if a rough section is for you. Bret Tkacs of PSSOR has come up with a rating chart for adventure riders to explain what a novice to experienced rider is. After the Break Ted Porter from the Beemer Shop in California gives the low-down on how to set your adventure motorcycle suspension preload. According to Ted, setting your preload is something every motorcycle rider should know and after you hear this, I doubt you will disagree. Rider Skills: Are You Curious How You Rate? ARR received an email from a listener asking if we could “take a stab at defining the skills one should be able to demonstrate at each ADV level - beginner, intermediate, expert”. A complex topic, we asked Bret Tkacs, ARR Rider Skills and PSSOR instructor, for his input. Bret jumped to the task and came up with a chart that explains what skills might be expected at each level, which could be applied to independent riding, riding on a tour or bike rentals. Bret discusses the difficulties of defining rider skill levels, how education and experience play a role in defining your level, and how bike, gear and set up can skew the chart. To see the PSSOR skills chart visit the ARR website at: https://www.adventureriderradio.com/adventure-rider-radio-episodes/2017/10/5/where-do-you-rate-on-the-scale-novice-to-expert-skill-levels-explained-setting-your-motorcycle-suspension-preload www.pssor.com www.tourusa.us How to Set Your Suspension Preload Ted Porter from the Beemer Shop is a suspension specialist working on all makes and models of motorcycles. On this episode he discusses how to set your suspension preload, which every rider should know. If you haven’t measured your rider sag, you need to learn how to adjust your preload. https://www.beemershop.com/ Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Motobird Adventures Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • An African Adventure & Tips on Getting Your Motorcycle in to Africa

    · 01:31:08 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Daniel Rintz is a filmmaker, photographer and adventure motorcyclist from Dresden, Germany. Born in East Germany at a time when world travel was impossible for his family, Daniel’s whole world opened up when the Berlin wall fell and he embraced the opportunity to travel. Since then, he’s explored by bicycle, train and automobile, but motorcycling remains his passion. In 2008, with a rough plan and no money, Daniel and his friend left East Germany for an around the world motorcycle adventure. With no safety net, they planned to work to finance their trip as they went along. In 2010, while in Asia, Daniel met Josephine (Joey) Flohr who was on a backpacking trip. She joined Daniel in his passion for motorcycling and they have been doing trips together ever since. Daniel and Joey have recently completed a 3 year motorcycle adventure, and are putting together a film about their journeys, a sequel to Daniel’s first film “Somewhere Else Tomorrow”. In this episode, he shares some great tips on making money on the road, travelling in Africa, and more. Visit their website at www.open-explorers.com to learn more about Daniel and Joey, and their movies. To help support their new movie go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/open-explorers-new-movie-freedom-africa#/ Getting Your Motorcycle to Africa: African Overlanders, Duncan Johnson Duncan Johnson has motorcycled the East and West coasts of Africa, and along with his family, runs African Overlanders. They offer a vast amount of services including motorcycle and other shipping, accommodations and storage. They also offer 4x4 buy back services, where you can purchase a vehicle and at the end of your trip, you sell it back to them. Duncan has some great tips on getting your motorcycle in to Africa, so tune in and learn what’s involved. http://www.africanoverlanders.com/ http://discoverafrica4x4.com/ Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest ProductsGreen Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz PSSOR IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Cool, Comfort or Crash: How Effective is Your Motorcycle Jacket? | Where Do You Put Your Helmet?

    · 01:05:15 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    When buying a motorcycle jacket - do you shop for style, comfort or crash protection? And what is crash protection really? Is there a certifying body that say the garment will save you? So many questions but we will get some answers on this episode, so that the next time you find yourself in front of the jacket rack, you have a clue what you really want. With David Hough. Motorcycle author and journalist Dr. Gregory Frazier completed his sixth trip around the world not long ago. So where does a guy that travels this much hang his hat (read helmet)? And for that matter, where should you hang yours when you park your bike? Well, this may seem like a simple task, but Dr. Frazier has a few stories about riders that have learned through the school of hard knocks about what can happen to a misplaced helmet. We aren't talk about scratches. :) Dr Gregory Frazier Dr. Gregory Frazier has done several motorcycle trips around the world, he’s been shot at, spent time in jail and has had some incredible wildlife encounters. He’s a journalist and photographer and his work has been published in many motorcycle publications. Website: http://horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier/ David L.Hough 80 year old David L. Hough has been riding motorcycles for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Diana, have travelled extensively by motorcycles in North & South America, central Europe, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. While employed at The Boeing Company in Seattle for more than 36 years, he mostly commuted to work by motorcycle. Combining his travel and commuting experience, he became a highly skilled rider and continues to share his knowledge through various magazine publications and several books, including Proficient Motorcycling. David is a certified motorcycle safety instructor and has taught motorcycle training courses. He's been an influence in the development of courses by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Sidecar/Trike Education Program. An award winning author, David L. Hough was inducted in to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of his lifetime efforts towards motorcycle safety. On this episode, David talks with Jim Martin about counter steering, a much difficult concept to explain and grasp. A necessary skill when it comes to riding, David enlightens us on how it's done. Email: bentspoke93@gmail.com David L. Hough's books: http://www.amazon.com/David-L.-Hough/e/B001JOWE2I Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Overland Expo Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Motorcycle Chronicles: Why Taking Photographs and Recording Your Trip is so Important

    · 01:51:38 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Social media has become a popular source of how we share our life, including our travels or adventures. And through social media, we share our photos and usually include a write up to show what we’re doing, where we’ve been. And if we want to get back to basics, well photography has been around for a long time, and looking at a photo can you put you right in to the picture, you can imagine the sounds and smells, and it gives us insight in to things we might otherwise never get to see. And journal keeping, be it on a blog or by written word, has the same effects on us, except we use our imagination to picture where the author is. Both are incredible ways to share stories, and for us to look back on where we’ve been, to refresh the memories from long ago. In this episode we talk to Tim Burke, who documents his journeys through photography and we have a flashback to an interview with Graham Field, who is an avid daily diary keeper. Every Picture Tells a Story: Tim Burke Tim Burke is from Seattle, Washington and in April he quit his job, sold off his belongings and shipped his motorcycle to London to do a trip around Europe. At first, it was about the motorcycle adventure, but very quickly he grew to love photography and it became a large focus of the trip. His photographs have been featured in some motorcycle branding catalogues, magazines and social feeds. For Tim, photography on the road is a way of sharing his experiences with other people. He has some great tips on travelling on a motorcycle with photography equipment, and he also shares his story on how he got to where he is. www.fb.com/timburkephoto www.instagram.com/timburkephoto Graham Field - How he Documents His Life We decided to share part of this episode which ran in August, 2014 where Graham Field tells how he has kept track of his life, and he also reads some of his diary to us. He’s the author of three entertaining motorcycle adventure travel books and you can find them on his website at www.grahamfield.co.uk. Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products PSSOR In Association With: The Good Adventure Company Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Changing it Up: Motorcycles & Truck Overlanding Adventure | Comeback of the Parallel Twin

    · 01:17:45 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    A story of a RTW motorcycle trip that morphs in to a two-wheeled adventure of the camper kind, and A story of a RTW motorcycle trip that morphs in to a two-wheeled adventure of the camper kind, and Zac Kurylyk from Canada Moto Guides shares his thoughts on what he calls the comeback of the parallel twin. Two-Wheeled Adventures of the Camper Kind Alan Curtis (Curt )and Lyn Williams have been riding motorcycles since they were teenagers, so when Curt was coming up with ideas for an adventure, including sailing around the world, it was a natural choice for them to go on a motorbike adventure . First the plan was to ride to the UK, but three years later they are still travelling the world. And now they have converted an Isuzu NPR diesel truck in to a camper home and are continuing their travels around Canada, the United States and in to South America. An overland motorcycle adventure on board their rv truck conversion. Website: http://www.twoxtw.com/ Parallel Twin vs Thumper Zac Kurylyk, the managing editor at Canada Moto Guide shares his ideas about how he sees a surge happening with twin parallel engines in the adventure riding industry. Read his article on this topic in Canada Moto Guide magazine: https://canadamotoguide.com/2017/07/13/parallel-universe-the-surprising-comeback-of-parallel-twins/ Canada Moto Guide: www.canadamotoguide.com Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Motobird Adventures Overland Expo Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com Music by https://www.bensound.com/ | Song: Jazzy Frenchy

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  • Group Riding Without the Dust & Danger: Rider Skills With Bret Tkacs

    · 01:03:22 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs: Group Riding PSSOR Instructor, Bret Tkacs, talks about motorcycle group riding dynamics. Two methods of keeping your group riding together without eating each other’s dust or following dangerously close. Both these methods allow you to keep track of the entire group while you ride and other tips, including how to handle yourself when riding with a group. Website: www.pssor.com Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear PSSOR Motobriiz IMS Products Overland Expo Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Lone Rider: Globe-Trotting Before the Internet

    · 01:12:48 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    What would it be like if you couldn't just turn on your computer and ask google all the questions you want to help plan your trip? Everything from planning and packing, to routing and picking your destinations. All the answers at your fingertips. And what if in the 1980's it was so against the norm for someone to set out on a long distance motorcycle trip, let alone a woman? Would you still have the nerve to ride around the world? Elspeth Beard has just published a book this summer, the one that we talked about in an interview with her last year. We'll remind you that it's the story of a 23 year old woman who in 1982 set off on a solo motorcycle trip around the world. Something relatively unheard of in those days, for both women and men. In fact, on her trip she only met two other motorcycle adventurers in the 2 1/2 years she was on the road.  Broken-hearted, she wasn't doing well in school and decided to embark on this trip to prove herself. Ridiculed by the editor and his "chauvinist colleagues" at a popular motorcycle magazine in London, she was only all that more determined to achieve her goal.  After years away, she returned home, wiser and with the knowledge that she could do anything she set out to do. But, publishing a book at the time seemed like a dead end road, as no one was interested in her story. And after storing away all her notes, audio files and memories for almost 35 years, she finally wrote the book that she wanted to all those years ago. And here we have it, Lone Rider - The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World. Elspeth Beard has shared some of her audio files with Adventure Rider Radio, the sound of her younger voice all those years ago that she recorded to share with her parents. And, we also talk to someone who was in a position to either empower or disempower her while she was on this trip, something Elspeth wasn't aware of at the time that we created this episode for you, our listener. The author of Lone Rider, Elspeth Beard, is an avid motorcyclist and award-winning architect living in a converted water tower in southeast England. To this day, she still rides her trusty BMW R 60/6. Elspeth's book is available on Amazon.  Hear more about Elspeth at http://www.adventureriderradio.com/adventure-rider-radio-episodes/2016/9/1/elspeth-beard-first-british-woman-to-motorcycle-around-the-world?rq=elspeth%20beard Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products In Association With: The Good Adventure Company Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • The Ups & Downs of a Well Planned Group Trip: Cartegena to Ushuaia

    · 01:20:25 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    Journey to the End of the World - Expedition 65 If a little is good wouldn’t a lot be better? When a group of experienced travellers plan a trip from Cartegena to Ushuaia they made sure they had fully equipped bikes, an extensive support system and contact network, even a support van and trailer equipped with a generator to charge accessories. As the story goes, Jim Hyde, of RawHyde Adventures had an epiphany while guiding a trip in South America. He was stopped with his group of clients with only about 30 minutes to spare before rushing off to their evening destination. While the clients busied themselves with various selfies and bike shots, Jim realized that when he visits these incredible world destinations, he is almost always on a tight schedule, with minutes to soak up this world class sight and move on. It hit him there and then that he needed to do a trip, where there was more time for places like these along the way. So he came up with an idea to run an expedition where a group of riders would all pitch in to organize and do a trip the length of South America.  A dozen riders were hand picked for the adventure, and the group went about planning and organizing a trip they would call Expedition 65. It was to be an adventure unlike a guided trip, where the riders are a team of like minded individuals that work together. With all these people planning and organizing you could be forgiven for imagining that it all worked and the trip went off without a hitch, but of course it didn’t happen that way. Problems with overloading, breakdowns, missing paperwork for border crossings, an overloaded support van incapable of carrying a broken bike and disagreements over the arduous and time consuming effort of making a film of the trip added challenges to the trip.  In the end, the trials and tribulations fade, friendships were solidified, comfort zones were expanded, a movie was made and an incredible coffee table book was produced showcasing the adventure day by day… When it comes to planning, due diligence is expected, but is meticulous planning better or a problem in itself? Colin Evans: Author of Journey to the End of the World "Though he may have come late to biking, Colin Evans has fallen hard for it, with an enviable collection of iconic sportbikes and a very worn-out BMW R1200GS to show for it. He has ridden and written about his adventures on four continents to entertain and annoy his friends (colindotpdx.tumblr.com) and currently resides in Portland with his wife Rosine and daughter Claire." ~~ Octane Press Alfonse Palaima: Journey to the End of the World Photographer "When he's not in Los Angeles hiding from society, Alfonse is collecting passport stamps. Photography and travel are his biggest passions, and motorcycles always get him to the next location. Rounding the world one region at a time, Alfonse has racked up hundreds of bylines while crossing 23 countries and six continents as an industry journalist with 14 years under his belt. Follow his journeys at MotoInsider.com or at Octane Press." ~~ Octane Press Journey to the End of the World: The Expedition 65 Adventure Motorcycle Ride from Colombia to Ushuaia is available from Octane Press or anywhere books are sold. Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear PSSOR Motobriiz IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com Music by Wepa Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com) Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

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  • Riding Back Roads in America: Gravel & Gnarly Trails

    · 01:18:52 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

      If you're travelling to or live in the United States, and you're looking for a long distance motorcycle adventure utilizing mainly back roads and trails, the Trans-America Trail may be just what you're looking for. On the website, it says that dual-sport motorcycle is required for the more challenging sections, and the best time to do the entire trail is probably late June in to early September, to avoid snow in some of the states. The TAT maps and roll charts have been designed to ride only from East to West, no matter where your starting point is. Fuel stops are fairly regular, motel locations are marked on the maps, and if you're camping you might want to do your research ahead of time if using a roll chart, as they're not marked on there. A GPS is not required to do the TAT, as the roll chart is used with your odometer, but the GPS is a great back up. Make sure you plan well in advance, as you'll have to purchase your maps and roll charts on the TAT website, and allow enough time for delivery. While waiting for it all to arrive, you can start packing and making travel arrangements. In this week's episode we talk to British rally racer, Jenny Morgan and Brad Barker, from The Ride of my Life. Jenny rode the TAT a couple of times, first on a Yamaha Tenere 660 and then the CBX500 with the Rally Raid package. When we spoke to Brad, he was riding the TAT and offering a challenge to The Ride of My Life followers, which include some prizes.  Trans-America Trail: www.transamtrail.com Jenny Morgan:  Jenny Morgan is a British rally racer who rode the Trans America Trail (TAT) on a 50 day trip, covering more than 12,000 miles from the west to east coast and back again on the Trans-America Trail. Website: www.jennydakar.com ADV Rider Forum: http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/trans-am-500-the-seven-year-itch.1061450/ Brad Barker: Brad Barker is the producer of The Ride of My Life YouTube videos and website, with the goal of discovering the good stuff, exploring and riding to different places in the world, and to impact lives in a positive way.  Website: www.therideofmylife.net Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products MotoBird Adventures Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com Music: http://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music  

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  • Dirt Travels 2 Up | Rider Skills: Faster Braking

    · 01:47:53 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

      Beth and Kevin Young, 2uptogether, are so passionate about sharing adventures with each other that they ride 2 up, even in the dirt. The've been riding for 19 years, and are advocates for short adventures, close to home. Saying that motorcycle riding has made them closer, Beth & Kevin share their experiences with photographs on social media, hoping to inspire other couples to ride together.  Twitter: 2uptogether Facebook: www.facebook.com/2uptogether Website: http://www.2uptogether.com Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCw1iOZraIRbM0VYpUg7PCeg Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs Skills Development Activity: Threshold braking The average experienced rider with or without training stops around at about 70% of the capability of his/her motorcycle and roughly 30% further than the average car. Since most training standards are nearly 40% below the motorcycles capability attending traditional rider training does not help you reach the maximum braking capability your motorcycle offers.  The numbers I have put on the chart below are rounded off to make things simple and are not exact. During guided training your speed should be measured with radar and then adjustments made for brake application.  However in the absence of a school like this in your area this will give you a much better estimate of your ability than the scoring you may have received during any conventional motorcycle training using stopwatch/distance standards. Bret Tkacs~ Motorcycle Skills Expert Setup: 1. Mark off a braking area up to 50’ (15 meters) with chalk on good asphalt or pavement. 2. Make your “begin braking here” point with an easy to see marker such as a bottle or large cone. 3. Check your speedometer accuracy against a GPS or phone app (speedometers or commonly 10% optimistic on speed giving you the impression you stop better than you do) 4. Practice steady approach speeds (each speed on the chart. 5. Have a fellow rider observe you as you practice braking at your “begin braking here” point to ensure you do not begin slowing or braking early. The Drill: 1. Approach the “begin braking here” point at the speed on the chart, do not slow or brake before the point. 2. When the markers disappear from your peripheral view then begin braking stopping in the shortest distance you safety can. 3. Put down your side stand and take the distance to the leading edge of your tire and compare it against the chart. 4. Do not move up to the next speed until you are relaxed and consistent at the lower speeds. 5. To get a truly accurate measure or to safely learn to brake from speeds higher the listed below it is recommended to work with professional instructors training in this type of skill development such as Puget Sound Safety’s; Advanced Street Skills program (pssnw.com) Show Sponsors Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz PSSOR IMS Products In Association With: Good Adventure Company Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Finding Your Way: Motorcycle GPS, Smartphone APPS & Paper Maps

    · 01:05:52 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    What's your preference? A motorcycle GPS or smartphone APP? Perhaps you're someone who still likes traditional paper maps. We've talked to Cesar Palacios from Garmin, Guido van Eijsden, APP developer of Scenic and Sam Manicom, world moto traveler, adventurer and author, and got some great information to help you make an informed decision. Motorcycle GPS: Cesar Palacios, Media Relations Associate from Garmin International. Website: http://www.garmin.com/ Smartphone APPS: Guido van Eijsden, developer of motorcycle navigation app, SCENIC. Website: www.motomappers.com http://www.motomappers.com/blog/iphone-motorcycle-gps-8-things-to-consider/ http://www.motomappers.com/blog/best-motorcycle-apps-gps-navigation-ride-tracking/  https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1089668246 (App store URL) Paper Maps: Sam Manicom - Author of motorcycle adventure books: Into Africa, Under Asian Skies, Distant Suns & Tortillas to Totems - www.sam-manicom.com Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Has the Internet Made You Cluelessly Modify Your Motorcycle For The Worst? | Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs

    · 01:43:57 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

      Don’t modify anything on your bike until you consider this… Industry expert Warren Milner is an adventure rider, writer and worked at Honda Canada for 30 years, working closely with product planning and R&D developing new models. In this week’s episode Jim and Warren Milner discuss how information on the internet may incorrectly encourage or influence your decisions when it comes to motorcycle modifications.  Rider Skills Energy conservation: Realization… just participated in the butt stomper 24 hr race and was brutally reminded of the value of energy conservation. A bike in motion is better than picking one up: Getting stuck Picking them up No motion induced balance Better traction Fatigue makes everything harder… rested means: Clear decisions More confidence More deliberate riding Less risk It’s the details in training that can make a difference: Poser skills training Rolling dismounts Standing when stopping (handlebar stops) Reduced energy stops Less movement means less energy burn “drop it and walk”… training to avoid injury with style Immersion training: BDR training in July and Aug 2017: PSSOR Learning to travel light to reduce fatigue while learning Learning to read and ride terrain the requires less riding effort Less stalling, less fear, and the comfort of professional staff Rider skill practice: The bar stop: Learning timing Mastering clutch/power delivery Utilizing balance and neutralizing weight to stop and continue Building confidence Most important… conserving energy Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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  • Motorcycle Vibrations - Where They Come From & How to Reduce Them

    · 01:03:44 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    There are many possible causes for why your motorcycle is vibrating, and David Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling, and Walt Fulton join Jim Martin to offer their knowledge and experience with vibration issues.  David L. Hough: David has been riding motorcycles for more than 50 years. He's travelled extensively by motorcycles in North & South America, central Europe, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. While employed at The Boeing Company in Seattle for more than 36 years, he mostly commuted to work by motorcycle. Combining his travel and commuting experience, he became a highly skilled rider and continues to share his knowledge through various magazine publications and several books, including Proficient Motorcycling. David is a certified motorcycle safety instructor and has taught motorcycle training courses. He's been an influence in the development of courses by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Sidecar/Trike Education Program. An award winning author, David L. Hough was inducted in to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of his lifetime efforts towards motorcycle safety. Walt Fulton: Owner and Head Instructor of Streetmasters Motorcycle Training Workshops in Corona, California. "A former three-time winner at Daytona and team racer for Harley-Davidson, Kawasaki and Suzuki, he was a featured rider in the documentary "On Any Sunday." He is a BMW Legends racer, a professional motorcycle accident reconstruction expert, motorcycle journalist and a private riding instructor. He has worked as an editor for Cycle Guide, Cycle World and Motorcyclist magazines and a contributor and the performance tester for Motorcycle Consumer News. He has logged over a million miles on the road and track." ~~Source: http://www.streetmasters.info/about_us/index.html Dealing with handlebar vibration? Check out our episode with Cole Townsend from Fasst Company:  http://www.adventureriderradio.com/adventure-rider-radio-episodes/2017/1/19/custom-fitting-your-bike-to-your-size-motorcycle-handlebars-women-adv-riders?rq=cole%20townsend Show Sponsors: Max BMWBestRest ProductsGreen Chile Adventure GearMotobriizPSSORIMS ProductsMotobird Adventures Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com  

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  • Time is of the Essence

    · 01:21:51 · Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

    When Ginamarie Austin tired of looking at the back of her husband on a bike, she decided to get her own bike. Being of small stature, they settled on a TW200 and both Ginamarie and her husband Russ fell in love with these bikes and soon became part of a community of TW200 riders, going on short adventures. After a couple of years of health related family commitments, Ginamarie and Russ went on a trip on their TW200's, enjoying back road riding and adventure travel at a slower pace than the big bikes, a well deserved holiday. On returning from their trip, both Gina and Russ were ill, Gina recovered but when Russ didn't it was discovered that he had Stage IV lung cancer. Russ asked Ginamarie to fulfill their dreams of an extended motorcycle trip, something they had been planning to do on retirement.  In a matter of weeks, Ginamarie lost Russ to cancer. She tells an inspiring story of her commitment to Russ, reminding us of the things that really matter. Her motorcycle adventure, which she planned for herself and to honour her husband's memory, turned out to be something altogether different than what she thought it would be. Ginamarie Austin's Blog:  http://www.twowheelstwofeet.com Show Sponsors Max BMWBestRest ProductsGreen Chile Adventure GearPSSORIMS ProductsMotobriiz Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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