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We’ve had some incredible travellers on this podcast and have been regaled with tales of adventure to far off and exotic places, trips around the world and years spent exploring on motorcycles. And while we are inspired by those stories and dream of going to these places when we close our eyes at night, it simply isn’t the reality for many riders w…
 
When maneuvering at low speeds, slipping the clutch on your motorcycle is an essential skill with a manual clutch. Most riders learn that if you slip the clutch too much you can wear it out quickly, so why do riding instructors tell you that you need to slip the clutch? On this episode of Rider Skills we talk with Clinton Smout about clutches, how …
 
The motorcycle industry offers many choices of underlayers for motorcycle gear. Different models, materials, and thickness. And it would make sense that the more layers you have, the more protection, especially if those layers were abrasion resistant. And when the manufacturer designed the gear to protect you - what did they imagine you were gong t…
 
It all started when Keith Futcher saw a glossy photo in a glossy magazine that ignited a desire to ride a motorcycle to the Sahara to see a sunrise. Except Keith didn’t own a motorcycle, neither did his brother or his friend, both of whom were planning to go with him. Furthermore, they had no riding experience, and certainly none off-road, in fact …
 
A few years ago, Tim and Marisa set out to explore the world, they travelled through North and South America, then headed to Africa. When the pandemic hit and many travellers headed home, Tim and Marisa decided to stick it out, so they found a good place to stay and became locals in Kenya. But, as things dragged on and remained locked down, their v…
 
Michnus and Elsie Olivier from PikiPiki Overland are in the thick of things in Oaxaca, Mexico awaiting the celebrations of Day of the Dead. They share their experiences and knowledge of this fantastic celebration for those who have passed away. We also look back on stories of adventure riders who found themselves in risky circumstances but lived to…
 
Even if you don’t ride 2-up chances are if you ride with others, or are inclined to help someone in need, you may end up having to put someone on the back off your bike at some point. Maybe while riding off-road with friends, someone’s bike breaks down and they need a ride out to get help. If you have the skills, you suddenly become a rescuer, if y…
 
After an eight month trip around South America, Jess and Greg Stone fell in love with Guatemala. They moved there in 2016 and adopted a German Shepherd that has since been a regular passenger on the back of Jess’s bike on a custom made carrier. They’re now planning a new adventure, a ride around the world with their dog, Moxie. We talked to Jess an…
 
Hard or soft luggage has always been a hotly debated topic for motorcyclists, and of course, everyone has an opinion. And while each has its pros and cons, it’s ultimately up to the rider what suits them best. And to help you make that decision we talked to some industry pros and some experienced travellers, not to sway you in one direction or anot…
 
When Kathleen Terner first got on a motorcycle with her future husband, she instantly fell in love with riding and she spent four years on the back of his bike until the relationship ended. But, her love for motorcycling didn’t wane and she was determined to still ride and take cross-country trips, so she got her motorcycle license and bought a bik…
 
Some riders say that peg weighting doesn’t matter, that the physics of weighting the motorcycle with your feet doesn’t change from one peg to the other. On this episode, we have celebrated off-road racer and renowned rider trainer, Chris Birch, and physicist and rocket scientist, Mark Nesbit, a former space craft designer from the European Space Ag…
 
When you see a group of motorcyclists getting ready to ride away after a break, you can be pretty sure that in that group, in any group really, you’ll probably see a few that haven’t got the hang of ‘The Turn Around’, especially in dirt. It becomes more obvious especially if they have to change directions, but even the slightest direction change at…
 
Kelvin and Suzie Prevett met through a biker meet up app, and they were clear from the onset that neither was interested in a relationship. But, within a couple of months they realized they had fallen for each other. One thing led to another and soon they were planning their trip to South America. When a friend asked when they were going to take th…
 
Chris Carter started riding motorcycles back in the 1960’s when he was a teenager, in 1968 he started riding trials and then moved on to motocross and off-road racing. After working in the powersports industry for many years, he founded Motion Pro in 1984, selling motorcycle cables for a Taiwanese manufacturer, and a few years later a tool line was…
 
In 2013 Kevin Stratton and his son left Minnesota and headed up the Dalton Highway, with Kevin hoping that the motorcycle trip would create a bond between father and son that couldn’t be broken by anything. They had no off road experience and many mistakes were made along the way, but fortunately, Kevin is an experienced camper, so they weren’t com…
 
Sam Manicom has been drawn to adventure from a very young age, he’s travelled extensively, has compiled a wealth of knowledge, and advocates motorcycle travel in particular, encouraging people to just follow their dreams. Whether you’re looking for inspiration, stories or valuable information, Sam is the person you can depend upon to do the researc…
 
This summer, in two trips, brothers Jared Andersson and Heath Anderson rode on the Great River Road which follows the course of the Mississippi River from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. Heath says their different approaches made the trip better, and while Jared is good at details, he tends to ‘jump in, screw up and jump in again until I …
 
On this episode of Rider Skills you’ll learn how to corner in gravel confidently, you’ll pick up key tips like when to sit and when to stand, and how your bike design will affect that decision. Instructor, Chris Birch, also talks about why peg weighting matters and how leverage comes into play, and how the dirt and asphalt corner differ and why the…
 
Hank Arriazola is a long time BMW rider with a passion for travel and photography. He’s travelled extensively in Mexico, Central America, South America, and Africa, putting 540,000 miles on his 1995 BMW R1100GS. Hank also runs a BMW repair shop called MotoHank and specializes in long distance travel preparation, getting the motorcycles ready, and h…
 
Motorcycle theft can and does happen all around the world and chances are either you, or someone you know, or someone you’ve heard about has had their motorcycle stolen. Thieves are quick and they’re brash. But, there are things you can do to help prevent motorcycle theft. More motorcycle travel episodes available on Adventure Rider Radio at advent…
 
Richard Georgiou likes to pack his bike sparsely and ride off into the sunset with only some basic information about where he’s going and what to expect when he gets there. He let’s adventure unfold around him, often shooting from the hip. It’s not always comfortable but that’s the way he likes to ride. And sometimes that does get him in to trouble…
 
On this episode of ARR RIDER SKILLS, off-road instructor Bill Dragoo walks us through the ascent and descent of a dirt hill climb specifically for adventure motorcycles and then off-camber riding. How-to instruction with tips and concepts of why we do what we do when riding hills. Want to help out? Subscribe, rate and review us on iTunes or on your…
 
Donovan Lucibello hadn’t ridden a motorcycle in years, but when he discovered dual sport riding he decided that he wanted to ride from Montana to Alaska. Having a short window he rode one way and decided to leave his motorcycle in Anchorage with a plan to return the next year. But as it is with life, other things got in the way and then he started …
 
When a freak skiing accident left Justin Kleiter laid up on his couch he needed something to do, and by chance he discovered a whole new world of motorcycle adventure that would lead him to South America, Mongolia and many more places. More motorcycle travel episodes available on Adventure Rider Radio at adventureriderradio.com. Want to help out? P…
 
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