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A weekly motorcycle podcast bringing to you the best travel stories, tech tips and pro instruction from experienced moto travellers and industry experts and leaders. The show for all motorbike enthusiasts around the world. Inspirational, motivating and educational.

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A weekly motorcycle podcast bringing to you the best travel stories, tech tips and pro instruction from experienced moto travellers and industry experts and leaders. The show for all motorbike enthusiasts around the world. Inspirational, motivating and educational.

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Love you guys! Keep up the good work!

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Jim does an exceptional job interviewing interesting motorcycles riders.

iTunes Ratings

379 Ratings
Average Ratings
353
14
6
5
1

Great Show

By Casey Reece - May 20 2019
Read more
Love you guys! Keep up the good work!

Excellent

By sijedjdnddheisjsydyddjsjdhd - Mar 25 2019
Read more
Jim does an exceptional job interviewing interesting motorcycles riders.
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Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast - Travel Stories, Tech Tips & Pro Instruction

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Rank #1: 7 Great Reasons & Excuses for a Motorcycle Adventure | All Roads Lead to Manchester with Pete Johnson

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Anyone who rides a motorcycle probably knows what it’s like to find any excuse or reason to ride. Some commute to work, some run all their errands using their bike… out of milk? No problem. Even though it’s easier to jump in your car, you’ll put on all your gear just to ride your bike around the corner. Whether it’s a day trip, a weekend jaunt, or perhaps an even longer adventure, it’s always in the back of a motorcyclists mind just what reason or excuse can they find to ride.

Last week we talked about making a resolution to do an adventure this year, and this week we are giving you some good reasons and excuses to justify it.

1. Stuck, Bored & Sick of Work

Lois Pryce: http://www.loisontheloose.com/ Tired of the cubicle job at BBC, in 2003 at 29 years old, Lois quit her job and set out on a solo adventure, riding from Alaska to Ushuaia. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: How I Found What I Wanted to Do in Life

2. Escape & Life Change

Scotty Kerekes: Scooter Tramp Scotty Some go for a few months, some for a few years. Scotty Kerekes has been living on the road for twenty-one years. What started out as a soul searching experience turned in to a lifestyle for him. After being on the road for a year, Scotty realized that there was no turning back. He ended up selling everything he owned except for what fit on his bike, and hit the road… for good. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: Living on the Road - Tipping the Scale Between Freedom and Stuff

3. Setting a Record

Carl Reese - www.carlreese.net

Carl Reese set out to break the motorcycle record previously set by George Egloff in 1983, who completed the cross country run in 42 hours. Carl broke the record completing the run in 38 hours and 49 minutes. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: Endurance Rider Cannonball Run Record

4. Reunite & Reconnect with Friends

 Steve Mason, Raymond Danton & Wilson Hutchison: www.thelongwayup.weebly.com The three were friends and biking buddies in Southwest Scotland in their teens. They eventually drifted apart to different lives, as many of us do, living in different countries. After over 30 years, a chance encounter brings these friends back together and they once again begin doing bike trips. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: Pan-American Highway, Motorbikes & Friends - Good Things Come in Threes

5. Moving

Will Wilkins & Kate Macdonell: http://www.wollongongtowoolwich.co.uk/ After living in Australia for 12 years, Will & Kate were feeling homesick for the UK and decided it was time to go home. They could have just booked a flight and within the day been back home. But, instead they decided to turn a moving chore in to an opportunity to travel. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: Getting There is Half the Fun

6. Snow

Doris Wiedemann: www.doriswiedemann.deMotorcycles are generally associated with good riding weather. And for most riders that probably means sunshine and warm days. But, there are some die-hards who actually really like cold weather and winter riding. Adventure Rider Radio Episode: It’s Snowing - Perfect Riding Weather?

7. Win a Contest

Pete Johnson: All Roads Lead to Manchester

In this episode, Jim talks to Pete about his theme trip that was realized when he won a ‘Biker Dream’ contest in 2011. Winning meant he had the excuse to do the motorcycle trip he had been planning since 2008, riding from Manchester in the UK to visit 33 towns called Manchester in the United States and Canada. 

Pete is also the moderator of the Chunky Tread Motorcycle Adventure Club on Facebook and Twitter.

Website:  http://unitedstatesofamanchester.blogspot.ca/ 

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Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here. Max BMW Motorcycles Bestrest Products Aerostich Green Chile Adventure Gear Camel ADV Products IMS ProductsObsessive Cycle Disorder

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More of our best motorcycle podcasts at www.adventureriderradio.com 

Jan 06 2017

52mins

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Rank #2: Filming Your Adventure For Profit - Graham Hoskins

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Graham Hoskins, host of Adventure Bike TV in the UK, talks about his motorcycle riding adventures and shares some tips on the pros and cons of filming a motorbike adventure, or any adventure for that matter. For photos and to listen to more Adventure Rider Radio episodes including inspiring stories, tech pieces and Rider Skills, go to https://adventureriderradio.com

Listen to and download more Adventure Rider Radio episodes on iTunes or your favourite podcast app. Don't forget to review and rate us!

Follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdventureRiderRadio.

Thanks for listening and until next week, ride safe!

Jan 30 2015

1hr 11mins

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Rank #3: Back Country Motorcycle Routes: Adventure Travel by GPS

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Backcountry Discovery Routes and the Trans Canada Adventure Trail are planned and organized motorcycle adventure routes in the United States and Canada. Great scenery, culture and riding is what you get on one of these free off highway routes. Jim talks to Paul Guillien and Ted Johnson about the BDR and the TCAT.

BDR: Back Country Discovery Routes | Paul Guillien

Backcountry Discovery Routes is a non-profit organization establishing and preserving off-highway routes for adventure motorcycle travel in the United States. For each route, they produce a documentary DVD, a Butler map, and free GPS tracks. Website: http://ridebdr.com/

TCAT: Trans Canada Adventure Trail | Ted Johnson

The TCAT is approximately a 15,000 km GPS trail, coast to coast in Canada. Starting in Newfoundland and ending in British Columbia. GPS files are downloadable for free by emailing advcanada@gmail.com.  Website: http://www.graveltravel.ca/

Bret Tkacs in Africa

If you're wondering what's been going on with our Rider Skills instructor, Bret Tkacs, well Jim caught up to him in Africa to see how his trip is going. Website: www.pssor.com

This Week’s Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here. Max BMW Motorcycles Bestrest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Aerostich TourUSA IMS Products

Some music on this episode by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

More of our best motorcycle Podcasts at www.adventureriderradio.com

Feb 23 2017

1hr 13mins

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Rank #4: Trip Notes & Lessons Learned From a New Adventure Traveler | Rider Skills: How to Start a Motorcycle on a Hill

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Brent Carroll: Read a Facebook Post, Bought a Motorcycle, Attended a HUBB Meet & Went on an Adventure

Inspired by a Facebook post, Brent Carroll decided to get a motorcycle to do some adventure riding. After going to a Horizons Unlimited meet he was hooked on the idea of a long distance motorcycle trip, having met other riders who were travelling and exploring the world. In April, 2016 he set out from Virginia to Newfoundland, rode across Canada to Alaska and then down to Ushuaia. Being on the road for 13 months was a life changing experience for Brent, who came away with some valuable lessons learned that he has shared through video and on his website, and now with us. 

Blog: www.lovinglivingadventuring.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-G58StnCxTuu3F4Y2NqCgxDdcUJWStay Facebook: facebook.com/LovingLivingAdventuring/ Instagram: instagram.com/lovinglivingadventuring/ Twitter: twitter.com/LovingLivingADV/

Rider Skills: Instructor Bret Tkacs on Starting on a Hill

Some methods right out of the PSSOR school book on getting started on a hill on your motorcycle. Whether it's gravel, mud or asphalt. There's a simple combination that will make this usually difficult task, a breeze. Website: http://brettkacs.com Show Sponsors: Max BMW BestRest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Motobriiz IMS Products Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Jun 08 2017

1hr 35mins

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Rank #5: Skid Plates and Crash Bars - What Your Bike Needs with Teach McNeil

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Skid Plates and Crash Bars - What Your Bike Needs - Chris "Teach" McNeil 

No matter how much riding you've done or how experienced you are, there's always the possibility that your bike may go down. Be it from losing your footing while off-road riding or just from it toppling over for some random reason, you will want the best protection for your motorcycle. Motorcycle damage can be expensive, but there are after-market protection components available to minimize or prevent costly repairs, or perhaps even to keep from putting your bike out of commission. 

For the past ten years, Chris "Teach" McNeil, a champion freestyle motorcycle athlete, has been performing around the world doing some pretty extreme stunt riding. And Chris has learned a thing or two about protecting a bike through the school of hard knocks! In carrying out the stunts he does, he's had his fair share of spills and as we all know, experience speaks volumes. On this episode Chris shares his knowledge of how to best safeguard your bike for when it goes down.

Twitter: teachmcneil

Facebook: teachmcneil

Website: teachtrix.com

 

Rider Skills-Improving Rider Visibility - Bret Tkacs  

Improve and master your riding techniques with some great tips from Bret Tkacs from Puget Sound Safety Off Road. Bret is a skilled expert and this segment's instructor. 

Website: www.pssor.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/pssor/

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Max BMW Motorcycles

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www.maxbmw.com

BestRest Products

Home of the CyclePump Tire Inflator, TireIron BeadBrakR, EZAir Tire Gauge, and other adventure motorcycle gear. 

When you’re on the road you’ll want a compact and reliable method of tire inflation.  The CyclePump runs off your bike’s electrical system and it’ll fill a flat tire in less than 3 minutes.   It’s made in the USA and it comes with a 5-year warranty. 

BestRest also makes tire changing and tire repair kits that are small enough to fit in your saddlebag. 

The crew at BestRest are adventure riders themselves, so they know what you’ll need when you’re exploring the world.

www.CyclePump.com

Aerostich

The best way to ride more is to make riding your easiest, fastest way to get from A to B…simple everyday commuting and errands, long-distance adventure riding, or whatever. For 33 years Aerostich has been designing, making and selling equipment that makes riding anywhere, in all-weather – easier, safer, more comfortable and more fun. No other riders’ gear offers the proven protection, precise fit or lifelong value of an Aerostich. Prove it to yourself with the Ride-More Guarantee. If you try any Aerostich one piece R-3 or Roadcrafter Classic suit for one month, and are not riding more than you did before receiving it, send it back and you will receive a full refund, no questions asked. For complete details and to view all of the available equipment for riders, and for a 10% discount on your first Aerostich purchase, or free shipping on the next order for existing customers, visit www.aerostich.com/arr.

Giant Loop

A rider owned company born from a desire to carry camping gear on enduro bikes into the demanding, rugged high desert country of eastern Oregon. 

Giant Loop is the exclusive North American importer for Rally Raid Products Honda CB500 kits, parts and accessories. 

Giant Loop offers adventure proof packing systems, modular customizable bags and gear for small enduro bikes to adventure touring machines. Choose the individual components to carry the gear you need on the bike you ride.

“The best hard-core saddlebag and tank-bag solution we’ve found…” - Cycle World Magazine, Nov 2015. Proven by adventure riders on every continent but Antarctica. 

Get free shipping in the USA with promo code: ARR. 

www.giantloopmoto.com

Puget Sound Safety Off Road

PSS Off Road provides world class motorcycle training to new and avid motorcyclists. Since 1996 they have been dedicated to offering programs that suit the interests and needs of adventure, dual sport and dirtbike riders. Their training programs are skill focused, catering to all types of bikes and riders. Learn from top notch instructors with decades of riding and travel experience. Riders aged from as young as 6 to 60+ will benefit from one of their multi-day training camps or tours.

www.pssor.com

Green Chile Adventure Gear

Offering American made heavy-duty, innovative motorcycle luggage systems for all types of motorcycles. Tested in extreme weather conditions and terrain to withstand any abuse you can throw at it on your adventure rides. 

To complement riders’ needs they are also the exclusive USA distributor of Outback Motortek, a Canadian company specializing in adventure and touring motorcycle protective accessories. Outback Motortek offers ultimate and essential protection for your adventure bike. These accessories could be your best investment to save you from replacing your damaged bike with the ever-expensive factory parts. Available at www.GreenChileAdv.com.

 

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May 20 2016

1hr 19mins

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Rank #6: ADV Rider Stuck in Venezuela | Keeping Warm on Your Motorcycle

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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:

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Oct 27 2017

1hr 28mins

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Rank #7: Destination: Peru - Motorcycle Travel in South America

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Destination: Peru

Peru may be the ultimate adventure motorcycling destination. Alberto Lara and Naomi Tweddle share their travel experience about Peru.

Find out more about Naomi and Alberto at their website. http://www.motolara.com

Information from Alberto and Naomi about Peru

    •    Huaraz - Huascarán National Park:    ◦    Llanganuco Lakes    ◦    Paron Lake    ◦    Wilcacocha Lake    ◦    Punta Olimpica Pass    ◦    Portachuelo Pass    ◦    Pastoruri Glacier    ◦    Chavin de Huantar Archeological Site    •    Kuelap ruins near Chachapoyas (Amazonas Region)    •    Gocta Falls near Chachapoyas (Amazonas Region)    •    Islas Ballestas in Paracas on the coast "Peruvian Galapagos"    •    El Señor de Sipan Archeological Site in Chiclayo (Lamballeque Region on the coast)    •    Chan-Chan Archeological Site in Trujillo (La Libertad Region on the coast)    •    And your typical touristy spots:    ◦    City of Cusco & Sacred Valley    ◦    Lineas de Nasca    ◦    City of Puno & Lago Titicaca    ◦    City of Arequipa    ◦    City of Cajamarca    ◦    City of Ayacucho    ◦    Machu Picchu    ◦    The Amazon jungle: Iquitos, Tarapoto, Puerto Maldonado, Pucalpa, Manu National Park, Pacaya-Samiria National ParkRoutes we mentioned:    •    Angasmarca to Mollepata to Pallasca (dirt) - La Libertad Region    •    Chugay to Aricapampa to Pataz (dirt) - La Libertad Region    •    Dead-end road to Calemar from El Pallar (dirt) - La Libertad Region    •    Road from Pomabamba to Yanama (dirt) - Ancash Region    •    Cañon del Pato (dirt) - Ancash Region    •    Cascas to Contumazá (dirt) - La Libertad Region    •    Nazca to Cusco (paved) - Nazca/Cusco Regions    •    Celedín to Chachapoyas (paved) - Cajamarca Region    •    Panamerican Highway south of Nazca (paved) - Nazca/Arequipa Regions

Official websites to find out more about traveling and what to do in Peru:    •    Visit Peru http://visitperu.com/nuevo-visitperu/english/index.php    •    Peru Travel http://www.peru.travel/?internacional

Motorcycle rentals and tours in Peru: (most of them based in the South of Peru: Cusco)    •    Peru Moto http://www.perumoto.com/en/    •    Cusco Moto Tour http://www.cuscomototourperu.com/    •    Peru Moto Tours http://perumototours.com/    •    Motorcycle Tours Peru http://www.motorcycletoursperu.com/peru-tours-en/rentals_motorcycle_cusco_peru.php    •    Peru Motors http://www.perumotors.com/English/RentalsPM.html    •    Peru Motorcycle Tours http://www.perumotorcycletours.com/

 

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May 29 2015

1hr 24mins

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Rank #8: Motorcycle & Gear Security For Travel

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On October 28, 2015, the National Insurance Crime Bureau released a report on United States motorbike thefts.  In 2014, there was a total of 42,856 thefts reported, compared to 45,367 in 2013, a decrease of six percent. Great news, especially as motorcycle sales increased by four percent in the same period.

The top 5 motorcycle stolen (by manufacturer):

1. Honda

2. Yamaha

3. Suzuki

4. Kawasaki

5. Harley Davidson

Most motorcycle thefts occurred in August (4965) and the fewest were in February (1978) indicating a weather influenced pattern, which remains consistent with previous years.

With the cost of many motorcycle models now being $20,000 US or more, they have become a valuable target for thieves. The stolen bikes are either sold whole, stripped down for parts resale or reconstructed in to another motorcycle. Many parts, including frames, can be easily altered and reused. As such, there is a low recovery rate for stolen motorcycles, approximately 25-30 percent.

Wanting some great answers on bike security, we figured the best place to turn to were the people who ride, the experts who have travelled to many different destinations in the world, and who would have the experience first hand on how to protect your motorcycle and gear from thieves.

Sam Manicom is an adventurer and author that has travelled extensively. He completed an eight year and 200,000 mile (322,000 km) motorcycle adventure around the world, through 55 countries.

www.sam-manicom.com

Graham Field has been travelling for over 25 years. Overland motorcycle travel is his passion. He’s travelled around the world, and has written several books about his experiences.

www.grahamfield.co.uk

Grant Johnson is a world traveller and co-founder of Horizons Unlimited, an information hub for motorcycle travel.

www.horizonsunlimited.com

Shirley Hardy Rix & Brian Rix have been on several extended motorcycle adventures around the world and are the authors of several books.

www.aussiesoverland.com.au

Brought to you by:

Max BMW Motorcycles

Shop our Online Store featuring parts diagrams for every BMW model. Ordering parts and accessories has never been easier. Choose your bike, look at the diagrams and place your order. We have over 45,000 parts in-stock and our Parts Express team processes and ships orders six days a week via UPS, FedEx and USPS.

www.maxbmw.com

BestRest Products

Home of the CyclePump Tire Inflator, TireIron BeadBrakR, EZAir Tire Gauge, and other adventure motorcycle gear.

When you’re on the road you’ll want a compact and reliable method of tire inflation.  The CyclePump runs off your bike’s electrical system and it’ll fill a flat tire in less than 3 minutes.   It’s made in the USA and it comes with a 5-year warranty.

BestRest also makes tire changing and tire repair kits that are small enough to fit in your saddlebag.

The crew at BestRest are adventure riders themselves, so they know what you’ll need when you’re exploring the world.

www.CyclePump.com

Aerostich

The best way to ride more is to make riding your easiest, fastest way to get from A to B…simple everyday commuting and errands, long-distance adventure riding, or whatever. For 33 years Aerostich has been designing, making and selling equipment that makes riding anywhere, in all-weather – easier, safer, more comfortable and more fun. No other riders’ gear offers the proven protection, precise fit or lifelong value of an Aerostich. Prove it to yourself with the Ride-More Guarantee. If you try any Aerostich one piece R-3 or Roadcrafter Classic suit for one month, and are not riding more than you did before receiving it, send it back and you will receive a full refund, no questions asked. For complete details and to view all of the available equipment for riders, visit www.aerostich.com.

See more at www.AdventureRiderRadio.com

Nov 12 2015

1hr 31mins

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Rank #9: One Million Motorcycle Miles | What You Should Look For in a Motorcycle Seat

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Voni & Paul Glaves - Million Miles on Her Motorcycle & the Mechanic Behind the Scenes

Voni Glaves is one of two women who have ridden over a million miles on a BMW motorcycle. Back in the 1970's, Voni had no idea that women could ride motorcycles, but with encouragement from her husband Paul, she learned to ride just so they could take their kids on motorcycle camping trips. And since then there has been no stopping her. She's ridden through the United States, Canada, Mexico, South Africa and New Zealand. To date, she has put on almost 1.1 million miles and is riding towards her goal of 2 million miles. And someone important to Voni is her husband and mechanic Paul, who did all the repairs needed while Voni put 1,000,000 miles on her bikes. Website: http://web.bigbend.net/~glaves/

Custom Fitting Your Bike to Your Body: Part 3

The final segment on custom fitting your bike to your body size with Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited. Grant draws on his experience from being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited. In this series, he teaches our listeners about the three areas of your bike that can and need to change to fit your body. In Part 3, Grant discusses the health concerns of stock motorcycle seats and how you can improve your seating to prevent problems down the road.

Grant Johnson - Horizons Unlimited - www.horizonsunlimited.com

Note: Adventure Rider Radio and our guests are not medical professionals and we suggest you speak with your doctor to find out more about the possible effects of motorcycle riding or seats on your health.

This Week's Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here. Max BMW Motorcycles Bestrest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear IMS Products Russian Moto Travel

Some music on this episode by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Feb 03 2017

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Rank #10: Robert Wicks Adventure Books & Crash Bars that Crash Well?

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Robert Wicks Motorcycle Author

Robert Wicks Robert was born in South Africa and started riding motorcycles at the age of 16. He has always had a passion for adventure and has climbed Africa's highest mountain, Mount Kilimanjaro. He is an experienced paragliding pilot and has visited more than 50 countries, many of them on two wheels. Following military service and university he worked for South Africa's leading publishing company and was then appointed as the head of marketing communications for the Superbike World Championship in Rome and London. His career in Motorsport has continued with Suzuki in MotoGP and latterly with the Powerboat P1 World Championship where he is currently the Chief Operating Officer, overseeing global expansion and development of the world's largest one-design powerboat race series. He is the author of four successful adventure motorcycling books and also has a passion for aviation matters. In 2014 his Heathrow Manual was published and was a top seller in Amazon's aviation category for several months. Robert is a regular speaker at adventure motorcycling events and contributor to adventure motorcycling publications.  

 

Crash Bars For Motorcycles

Crash Bars How good are your crash bars? Your mounting points may be the deciding factor when buying crash bars but there is so much more to know. What should you be asking when buying a set of crash bars?What should a weld look like? Should a tube be round or flat? On this episode, we talk to Jeremy LeBreton and Erik Seymour of Altrider in Seattle, WA and get the goods on crash bars.  

www.altrider.com

 

Jeremy Kroeker's New Book - Motorcycle Messengers

Coming soon - pre-order now

Motorcycle Messengers by Jeremy Kroeker Jeremy Kroeker, author of two books, Through Dust and Darkness & Motorcycle Therapy, is publishing his third great read. Here’s your chance to preorder Jeremy Kroeker’s new book Motorcycle Messengers, the official release date is Spring 2016. It’s a collection of stories from over a dozen well known motorcycle riding writers, including Lois Pryce, Sam Manicom, Carla King and more. You can get this book before the release date by ordering it on Indiegogo.  Order your copy now: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/motorcycle-messengers-travel-anthology#/story Website: www.motorcycletherapy.com

Special deal just for Adventure Rider Radio listeners.

- Free shipping on orders above $149 USD (only valid for USA only) / Free shipping options available in Canada from our distributors. Canadian orders will be directed to one of three Canadian locations.

- Free AltRider Neck warmer or decal kit (while supplies last)

- First 20 who use the code receive a free AltRider T-shirt

Use code "ARR2015" in check out notes.  Valid until August 31st 2015.

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Jun 12 2015

1hr 30mins

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Rank #11: ADV Motorcycle Suspension II with Touratech and Traxxion Dynamics

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ADV Motorcycle Suspension II Part two of our motorcycle suspension series.

Max McAllister from Traxxion Dynamics and Ian Glynn from Touratech USA have loads of tips and explainations for both front and rear motorcycle suspensions.

  • What to look for in a new suspension.
  • What question to ask before you buy.
  • Do bugs affect your motorcycle?
  • How to tell if you need a new shock.
  • How to tell if your motorcycle needs suspension service.

Sam Manicom with a GEM that we call Riding Ancient Roads.

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Free Audible book at www.audibletrial.com/arr and 30 day pass.

Sam Manicom www.sam-manicom.com

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Max McAllister Traxxion Dynamics http://www.traxxion.com/

See more at www.AdventureRiderRadio.com

GEM - Sam Manicom

THE FOSSE WAY – UK

When Jim asked me to think about a favourite route, my first thoughts were of rides in Africa, Australia and Asia, but then the Fosse Way in England leapt into my mind. It did so for quite a few reasons.

It has an amazing history

Beats the hell out of riding the motorway 

It’s great fun to ride

And I think it’s a route that any visitor to the UK should add to their ‘To Ride’ list.

The full 370 mile route was originally laid down by the Romans and it ran from Exeter, way down in the South West, right across England in an almost diagonal line to the city of Lincoln in the North East.

Most people know that the Romans were famous for building amazingly straight roads. Sometimes doing so across geography that simply wasn’t straight line friendly and this route certainly isn’t that. 

Some of the sections are on the original Roman route and some simply run close to it, but all the time you are riding through history and magnificent rolling countryside.

The Route?

I’m going to take you on a section of the Fosse way which covers roughly a third of the way. Your ride can take you just a few hours but you might want to stretch it into a couple of days; even a week. You’ll be ending your journey in a world famous theatre – if you choose! 

The ancient Roman city of Bath, or Aquae Sulis , is a great kick off point. The city sits on top of a thermal spring and the Romans developed spa baths. In the Georgian times the healing nature of the waters attracted the rich and so the city developed into a very classy and popular place. Anyway start in Bath, but give yourself a couple of days to explore first. http://visitbath.co.uk/

Ride east on the A4. 

Then head north onto the A429 near the M4. (The motorway between London and Wales.) You’ll be passing close to the Bury Camp which is a circular Iron Age fort. If you’ve never seen one an Iron Age fort site then it’s worth taking your first detour.

The A429 takes you through the old Royal Air Force Airfield at Kemble, towards the city of Cirencester. 

Cirencester is a really nice small city, which still retains some of the original cobble stone roads. Once, the city was the second largest Roman settlement England. Visit the award winning Corinium Museum as it’ll give you a really good taste of the area you are now riding through.

Staying still on the A429, carry on in the north easterly direction towards Fosse Bridge. Just before you get to Fosse Bridge, hang a left and head over to the Chedworth Roman villa site. It’s a fascinating place to wander around.

But on with the ride. If you’ve been on the road early then Stow on the Wold makes a great place to stop for lunch. If you are taking your time, it’s also perfect place to stop overnight. You have a stack of ancient and beautiful Cotswold stone hotels and plenty of Bed and Breakfast’s to choose from, and there are camping sites nearby. 

At one time the Stow on the Wold crossroads made it a natural place to trade goods coming from all over the region – even as far away as Wales. There’s a market there every Thursday but nothing like as big as those of early days. There are two horse fairs - one in May and the other in October. The May fair is the biggest and one of the biggest Gypsy gatherings of its kind in the UK. 

Next, simply stay on the A429 through Moreton in Marsh until just north of the village of Halford. 

After Halford you ride onto a minor road, the B4455. This next 45 miles of amazingly straight road takes you just over an hour and a half to ride and includes small but very picturesque villages such as Brinklow.

End up at a busy crossroad with the A5.  You can carry on towards Leicester on the Fosse Way, but my advice is here is to turn around and do this last section again! 

From Bath to this turnaround point on the A5, is just 110 miles! If you haven’t stopped anywhere then you’ll have done it in around 3 hours, but I’d lay odds on you stopping quite a few times. 

My suggestion is that you head back to Halford and then hang a right. 8 miles later, end your ride in Shakespeare’s  town,  Stratford upon Avon. http://www.visitstratforduponavon.co.uk/

The beauty of this road is that you can ride it the way you want to. You may want to ride it twice!

Top tip: Add in some extra time to scoot off and explore some of the small pretty villages that are within a few miles of the Fosse Way. 

May 08 2015

1hr 48mins

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Rank #12: Motorcycle Crash Recovery & Tips For Getting Back on the Bike

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Dave & Becky Prigel: KLR 650 Rider

A motorcycle off or accident is something that no one really wants to talk about, but if you're a motorcycle rider, a pillion, or someone emotionally attached to a rider, we think about it now and again. And in this episode we address dealing with accidents, recovery and getting back on the bike.

Last year, Dave Prigel, an ARR listener, contacted us when he decided to get back in to riding after many years of being off a motorcycle, and he purchased a KLR 650. Just months later, he was in an accident which resulted in broken bones. He's nicely recovering now, and wants to get back on and ride, but his wife, Becky, isn't so sure about it. Becky is a nurse and has experience with treating motorcycle accident related injuries in her job, so she has concerns about Dave riding again. We talk to both Dave and Becky and get their views on what can be a touchy subject when a loved one gets in an accident.

Andrea Brosnan - Mongolia Motorcycle Crash & Overcoming Language Barriers

Andrea Brosnan has always been passionate about travel, but she is fairly new to adventure motorcycle riding. Last year, her husband went on a motorcycle trip from London to Magidan. The plan was for Andrea to meet him and ride with him for 10 days, but near the end of her trip they had a motorcycle collision, where Andrea ran in to David. The accident left Andrea with multiple injuries, and numerous difficulties with language communication with hospital staff and doctors. Andrea is back in Australia, still recovering from her injuries. She shares her story on having an accident in a foreign country and the problems they had to overcome to get her the help she needed and to get her back home.

Liz Jansen - Motorcycle Crash Recovery

Liz Jansen is a well known motorcycle enthusiast and is the author of Women, Motorcycles and the Road to Empowerment and Life Lessons from Motorcycles. She’s also a Senior Instructor in the Motorcycle Program at Humber College in Toronto, as well as a motorcycle adventurer. She’s been riding since she was a teenager, and has done a lot of solo touring around Canada and the United States.

In 2014, after 45 years of riding, she had a motorcycle crash. And through this experience, even with hundreds of thousands of miles spent on the road and being an instructor, she faced for the first time her own challenges about riding a motorcycle after an accident. She shares her story and some great tips for dealing with crashes and recovery.

Liz Jansen has a wealth of information on her website, check out her post on How to Start Riding After a Motorcycle Accident at http://lizjansen.com/riding-after-a-motorcycle-accident/.

Website: www.lizjansen.com

Motorcycle Law Group - Motorcycle Accidents - Important Tips on How to Handle A Collision - 

For more information on how to handle a motorcycle accident from a legal point of view listen to the episode aired January 2016, where Matt Danielson from the Motorcycle Law Group explains everything you need to know. 

This Week’s Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here. Max BMW Motorcycles Bestrest Products Green Chile Adventure GearIMS ProductsRussian Moto Travel

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Feb 17 2017

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Rank #13: In It For the Long Haul: Motorcycle Travel & Secrets of Lasting Relationships

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According to a travel survey, couples who travel together have better relationships than those who don't. In this episode, three couples share their thoughts on what makes their relationship work while on the road. And we also talk to a couple who rode from Alaska to Ushuaia on a quest to find out what was the secret behind couples who remained married or partnered for a long time. They talk about their experiences with the Ural, the people they met and what they learned about relationships.

Travel & How it Affects Relationships

In 2012, the U.S. Travel Association conducted a survey to find out if and how much pleasure travel made relationships between romantic partners and couples stronger. According to the survey, they found three key points:

“1) Travel has long-term benefits for couples

2) Travel helps build and maintain relationships

3) Travel ignites romance and intimacy”

Source: https://www.ustravel.org

The survey also found that relationships between couples who travel together last longer and that divorce rates were higher for couples who don't travel together. And to find out what keeps couples relationships strong while spending copious amounts of time together while on the road, we asked some experienced motorcycle adventurers for their secrets or tips.

Mike and Alanna Clear: Mike and Alanna were married in 2008, and in 2009 they set off on an 8 month adventure on a Ural to search for the secret of lasting love. With research showing that 50% of marriages end in divorce, they wanted to interview couples between Alaska and Argentina, talk to experts and ultimately make a film about their discoveries. They interviewed people in all types of relationships, including long married couples, Jehovah Witnesses, Inuit couples, pornographic actors, swingers and people in polygamous relationships. They had tests done to see if they were scientifically suited to each other, both before and at the end of their trip. Putting it all together took Mike five years, and the outcome was their film "Going the Distance". The film is available on their website or at https://vimeo.com/ondemand/30269

Website: http://www.goingthedistance.org.uk/

Sam Manicom (Birgit): In 1995, Sam met Birgit while on on his eight year trip around the world, she travelled with him for the last four years of the trip, and they have been together since. They still do trips together, and Sam gives us some tips on how they keep their relationship strong.

Website: http://www.sam-manicom.com/

Lisa and Simon Thomas: They've been on the road together for 14 years, having completed the world's longest motorcycle journey by a team. They're not only a team, they ride, live and work together every day and remain happily married. On this episode, Simon and Lisa reveal keys to how they do it.

Website: http://2ridetheworld.com/

Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix:  Shirley and Brian are retired professionals, he's a bike fanatic and she loves travel and is happy to be a pillion. They've taken a lot of trips, and have covered a lot of miles together. They share their secrets for a successful and great marriage.

Website: www.aussiesoverland.com.au

U.S. Travel Association Survey: https://www.ustravel.org/sites/default/files/Media%20Root/5.2015_Relationship_ExecSummary.pdf

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Apr 21 2017

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Rank #14: How I Became A Motorcycle Adventure Junkie - Dr Gregory Frazier

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Dr. Gregory Frazier has been described as "America's #1 extreme motorcycle adventurer." He's an author, moto journalist, photographer and a documentary film maker. And he's a motorcycle adventure junkie.

He wrote the book "Motorcycle Adventurer" about the first real adventure rider, Carl Stearns Clancy, who circumnavigated the globe in 1912-1913, and he shares some secrets about this book with ARR. He talks about myths and untruths about motorcycle adventure, and how the internet can give misinformation about which he says, "never let the truth get in the way of a good ride tale".

In Dr Gregory Frazier's latest book DOWN AND OUT IN PATAGONIA, KAMCHATKA AND TIMBUKTU, he tells how he became "motorcycle adventure junkie" and he shares some tips and tricks that has fed his "addiction”.

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BestRest ProductsHome of the CyclePump Tire Inflator, TireIron BeadBrakR, EZAir Tire Gauge, and other adventure motorcycle gear.  When you’re on the road you’ll want a compact and reliable method of tire inflation.  The CyclePump runs off your bike’s electrical system and it’ll fill a flat tire in less than 3 minutes.   It’s made in the USA and it comes with a 5-year warranty.  BestRest also makes tire changing and tire repair kits that are small enough to fit in your saddlebag.  The crew at BestRest are adventure riders themselves, so they know what you’ll need when you’re exploring the world. www.CyclePump.com

AerostichThe best way to ride more is to make riding your easiest, fastest way to get from A to B…simple everyday commuting and errands, long-distance adventure riding, or whatever. For 33 years Aerostich has been designing, making and selling equipment that makes riding anywhere, in all-weather – easier, safer, more comfortable and more fun. No other riders’ gear offers the proven protection, precise fit or lifelong value of an Aerostich. Prove it to yourself with the Ride-More Guarantee. If you try any Aerostich one piece R-3 or Roadcrafter Classic suit for one month, and are not riding more than you did before receiving it, send it back and you will receive a full refund, no questions asked. For complete details and to view all of the available equipment for riders, and for a 10% discount on your first Aerostich purchase, or free shipping on the next order for existing customers, visit www.aerostich.com/arr.

Green Chile Adventure GearOffering American made heavy-duty, innovative motorcycle luggage systems for all types of motorcycles. Tested in extreme weather conditions and terrain to withstand any abuse you can throw at it on your adventure rides.  To complement riders’ needs they are also the exclusive USA distributor of Outback Motortek, a Canadian company specializing in adventure and touring motorcycle protective accessories. Outback Motortek offers ultimate and essential protection for your adventure bike. These accessories could be your best investment to save you from replacing your damaged bike with the ever-expensive factory parts. Available at www.GreenChileAdv.com.

Jul 22 2016

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Rank #15: Rider Skills: Body Position for Ultimate Control & Comfort | Coach Ramey Stroud

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Body Position Tips to Make You a Better Rider


Learn how your body position on a motorcycle affects everything you do. Knowing why, how and where to move your body could be the difference that will see you through.

Coach Ramey Stroud operates a world class motorcycle training centre from his 60 acre ranch in Oregon. He's a former desert racer, rally and enduro rider, has completed several IronButt events. He works with professional racers and endurance riders, as well as adventure riders.

Website: http://RideCoach.com

This episode of Adventure Rider Radio is made possible by the following SHOW SPONSORS. Please support ARR by supporting our sponsors.
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"Not So Awesome Tune" by Admiral Bob 2017 - Licensed under Creative Commons Attribution (3.0) http://ccmixter.org/people/admiralbob77 Changes Made

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About Adventure Rider Radio: This adventure motorcycle travel podcast is brought to you by Canoe West Media, producers of Adventure Rider Radio and ARR RAW, motorcycle travel roundtable discussions. Listen to other episodes at www.adventureriderradio.com.

Don't miss an episode by subscribing to the podcast on our website or to your favourite podcast app. To keep up with ARR news, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdventureRiderRadio/.

This podcast is free to download, you can help support the show by making a donation at www.adventureriderradio.com/support.

Transcript: Go to www.adventureriderradio and see the episode show notes to read the transcript.

Mar 08 2018

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Rank #16: The Road to Getting Yourself Out of the Way | Annette Birkmann

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Annette Birkmann dreamt about riding a motorcycle since she was a little girl, but it wasn’t until she was 30 years old that she got her motorcycle license. In 2006, she realized that she had reached the goals she had set for herself, but still felt unfulfilled, so she quit her job as an associate in a law firm in Denmark to go an an adventure. As she rode through the Americas, she realized that while she left with the assumption that the trip would be her great achievement, she actually came away with much more, “a discovery of my inner strength and a new way of responding to challenges, adversity and conflicts”.

Annette Birkmann is the author of “Rejsen til Mig”, the English title will be ”The Road to Getting Yourself Out of the Way”, available this year, 2017.

Website: http://annettebirkmann.com/

This Week’s Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here. Max BMW Motorcycles Bestrest Products Green Chile Adventure Gear Aerostich TourUSA IMS Products

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Feb 10 2017

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Rank #17: Rider Skills | Looking For Traction On and Off Road

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Coach Ramey Stroud says that finding and using available traction is a critical part of riding. If you’re riding off-road or on the street, you need to understand how to find that traction. And in this episode Coach Ramey teaches the skills required to get the most from your motorcycle and become a better rider.

About: Coach Ramey Stroud operates a world class motorcycle training centre from his 60 acre ranch in Oregon. He's a former desert racer, rally and enduro rider, has completed several IronButt events. He works with professional racers and endurance riders, as well as adventure riders.

Website: http://RideCoach.com

Sponsors:

This episode of Adventure Rider Radio is made possible by listener support and the following SHOW SPONSORS

Max BMW: www.maxbmw.com BestRest Products: www.cyclepump.com Green Chile Adventure Gear: www.greenchileadv.com Motobriiz: www.motobriiz.com IMS Products: www.imsproducts.com

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About Adventure Rider Radio:

This adventure motorcycle travel podcast is brought to you by Canoe West Media, producers of Adventure Rider Radio and ARR RAW, motorcycle travel roundtable discussions. Listen to other episodes at www.adventureriderradio.com.

Don't miss an episode by subscribing to the podcast on our website or to your favourite podcast app. To keep up with ARR news, like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AdventureRiderRadio/.

This podcast is free to download, you can help support the show by making a donation at www.adventureriderradio.com/support.

Transcript: Go to www.adventureriderradio.com and see the episode show notes to read the transcript.

Apr 13 2018

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Rank #18: Top Tips For Motorcycle Travel and Adventure

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Just about everything you need to know about planning a motorcycle trip, close to home or abroad. Resources to help plan your trip, how to get in touch with local riders, camping equipment, shipping your bike, budgeting and more.  For links and more on this episode go to our show notes on https://www.adventureriderradio.com.

Jul 05 2018

52mins

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Rank #19: Trip Planning Episode on Adventure Rider Radio with Rene Cormier - World Motorcycle Traveler

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Trip Planning Episode

with Rene Cormier

Adventure Rider Radio host Jim Martin talks about trip planning with world motorcycle adventurer and author Rene Cormier.

Rene gives talks on adventure motorcycle travel as well as running motorcycle adventure trips in Africa.

On this episode Rene Cormier talks about his trip planning and what he learned in the school of hard kmocks and the road of experience.

Rene Cormier

The University of Gravel Roads

Global lessons from a four-year motorcycle adventure

Renedian Adventures

African Motorcycle Adventures

Adventure Rider Radio

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Trip planning begins here

Horizons Unlimited

Jun 30 2014

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Rank #20: Going it Alone - Graham Field on Riding Solo

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When it comes to motorcycle travel, some riders prefer to go it alone, some prefer group travel, or riding with a partner or friend. Probably most riders enjoy the company of other riders for a variety of reasons. But, there are many who travel solo by choice. In this episode, Graham talks about his experience with solo travel, and the pros and cons of it.  For more on this episode go to our website at https://www.adventureriderradio.com

Jul 12 2018

52mins

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