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The best path through life is the open road on a motorcycle and even better if it’s on gravel. Gravel Travel is organic podcast about everyday motorcycle riders, a journey through their lives as we travel with them sharing their experiences, tips and hardships. Awe inspiring, motivating and a educational journey. My own personal adventure did not start on gravel but it certainly gained momentum after completing a Cape to Cairo trip. I’ve always wanted to see and experience more and feel that ...
 
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AVOID DANGEROUS COMPLACENCY Sometimes riding can be not very exciting or even downright boring. The excitement of reacting to everything on the road fades away once you feel you've encountered most situations and feel comfortable with the threats that are common to motorcyclists. However, this natural progression can lead to a dangerous lack of foc…
 
HOW TO MANAGE FEAR WHILE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE. Bret Tkacs discusses a subject that every ADV motorcyclist has faced - how to manage fear. This is a subject that’s widely discussed, but only in general terms – until this podcast. Learn specific strategies to work specifically with a paralyzing fear of heights while riding.Guest: Kerry Haggerty, a Pat…
 
IS ADJUSTABLE SUSPENSION WORTH THE COST? Suspension is undoubtedly one of the most critical aspects to your motorcycle, and many people talk about upgrading their suspension. However, since the cost can be up to $7,000, it's important to know what upgraded suspension can do for your motorcycle, and whether you should invest in an upgrade.There is a…
 
RIDING WHILE HURTING: A TALK ON AGING Adapting to the realities of age is important in the ADV world, where it’s too easy to get hurt if you’re not developing the correct muscles, use the correct technique, or your bike is not ergonomically set up. Fatigue while riding is likely to be a skill issue, a technique issue, or an ergonomic issue. If it’s…
 
How To Choose A Motorcycle Class Washington State has two state-approved motorcycle basic rider education curriculums. One is through the Motorcycle Safety Foundation (MSF) and the other is the Motorcycle Education Program (MEP), which Bret wrote for Puget Sound Safety. There are some major differences between the two curricula: The MSF courses are…
 
What can you expect as a new ADV rider? Many people who first start riding ADV bikes can credit their knowledge to riding dirt bikes as a child. But what if this is the first time you've ridden anything in the dirt? Learning what to expect as a new adventure rider is a subject that few instructors address.Australian rider, Robert Malpas, is a recen…
 
Dr Jude is an experienced medical doctor and a qualified instructor, registered with the American Heart Association, the Resuscitation Council of Southern Africa and the Health Professions Council of South Africa. It wasn't until Jude met now husband (@Dave) Griffin, who sparked the riding bug and developed a passion for motorcycling. After attendi…
 
Are you Miscalculating your adv skills? Paul Solomonson, dueling counterpart in the recent video "Mosko Moto vs Lone Rider", talks with Bret about rating yourself as an ADV rider and some of the common ways riders miscalculate their skill level.Paul Solomonson works with Bret across the United States in teaching ADV training classes. He is also a s…
 
Does Motorcycle Training Create Safer Riders? Does motorcycle safety training really teach what it's intended to teach? In this episode, Bret Tkacs speaks with Chris Johnson, owner of Washington Motorist Safety Training, about whether motorcycle safety education is real or a myth. Does training actually make safer riders? Enjoy this dynamic podcast…
 
What's GOING ON WITH Jesse Luggage?Jesse Luggage is now owned by Jared Maxfield who is revitalizing the brand into Jesse Adventures: a one-stop resource for the ADV community. In this podcast, Bret and Jared discuss what it's like being one of the few hard pannier distributors in the United States, the competition in the ADV luggage market, and the…
 
Bouwer Bosch(@Bouwer) is one of the most accomplished and multi-talented figures in the Afrikaans community. He has a well-established music career, and he has a history in being the lead singer in an award-winning band. Bouwer finds peace in releasing music, and he has composed most of his songs. Adventure and creativity takes on many forms and in…
 
With the 2021 world premiere of the Ducati Multistarda V4 around the corner we chat to Braam Smit from Ducati Motorcycle Sales(@braam) about the launch of this monster and possibly the most expensive RND project Ducati has ever undertaken to date to develop this exciting new offering. "I have been called adventurer, traveller, coach, dreamer and ho…
 
She’s no stranger to the competitive world and known as the Desert Rose(@taye). At only 5 foot 2 and having competed in over a 165 off road races, her latest and biggest achievement, a 77th overall position in the Dakar rally is not to be frowned upon. Set to become the first women from Africa to finish the Dakar, saw her lose out on this title due…
 
My guest for this week is an expert motorcycle rider trainer and his primary focus is reducing the number of motorcycle related deaths through many different avenues including instructional videos on Youtube and his very own Podcast. Bret(bret@) is probably best known for his energetic and thorough presentation on Mototrek and now his very own Bret…
 
On the final day and prize giving I chat to Annemien van der Linde(@Anne) Riaan Fourie(@honda) Hardy de Kock(@specialised)Andrew Johnstone(@Andrew) media liason/presenter from Honda Quest and last but not least the winners Brian(@Brian) and Neil(@neil) "Honda Quest is not a race or a rally – it is an adventure expedition, designed to test human end…
 
Going beyond the ordinary from tree doctor to rally racer Willem Avenant(@282) met Mark Johnston(@moto) a low flying motorcycle pilot with uncanny attention to detail and a passion for motorcycling. When passion, determination and drive is at play what can possibly hold you back in surge for having the best experience and fun. Willem and Mark share…
 
"Honda Quest is not a race or a rally – it is an adventure expedition, designed to test human endurance and adaptability" Riaan Fourie In a post Covid world, what’s better than getting back out into nature? Getting out into nature aboard a brand new 2020 Honda Africa Twin with the possibility of winning it of course! The finalists for the 2020 Hond…
 
Ride along with Tim and Marisa(@timnortier) www.notiersfrontiers.com Purchase book here Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ You can also listen here: Apple Spotify Google Overcast Podcast Music by: 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner If you enjoy the…
 
You wouldn't have much of an adventure if you, in this case didn't have a bike. We go right back to the beginning and ask the question about the right bike and what are the factors that you should consider when buying. Stefan Boshoff(@Stefan) and Morag Campbell(@Morag) help gain clarity on the very subject influencing factors. Stefan and Morag both…
 
What might seem weird to some, works for others and at age 24, Lennart Vonk(@bioligist on a bike) will do whatever it takes to make the next adventure possible. He doesn't say no to anything. He built his own house and motorcycle, all in the name of adventure! Youtube Channel Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.co…
 
Candida Louis(@candida) a 28 year old lady from Hubli, South India with a Wanderlust spirit and a craving for adventure, something she believes she was born with. Starting off really young, going on rides with her dad as a pillion rider but always knew she wanted to be in the front seat. Her dad gifted her a motorcycle on one of her birthdays and f…
 
Who would have thought that oil can be sexy. Mercia Jansen(@Mercia) area manager for Southern and Eastern Africa at Motul not only believe so but you quickly realise her passion and energy is part of what makes the brand stand out as one of the leaders in the field. www.motul.com/en/za Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcas…
 
Adventure take on many forms, it builds relationships and take you out of your comfort zone. This week I chat to my wife, Amanda(@Arm) about her journey as an adventure rider and how it changed things in her life Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/…
 
It's not all rosy all the time and in this episode I share some thoughts of the last few weeks and things to come. Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ You can also listen here: Apple Spotify Google Overcast Podcast Music by: 7th Floor Tango by Sile…
 
With the growth of the adventure market there’s also an increase in the demand for high quality safety and riding gear. As riders we owe it to ourselves to do what we can and wear the gear to protect our selves all the time. ATGATT is a abbreviation that we all know very well and one of those pieces of gear, that’s now fairly common is the neckbrac…
 
Since 1980, the GS has stood for limitless adventure and curiosity, both on and off the road. We speak to Penny Sterly about her new role as the head of Motorrad SA, the GS and new things to come BMW Website Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ You …
 
I chat to Bruce Allan(@triumph) CEO of Triumph SA about the launch of the Triumph Tiger 900(@bike) Website Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ You can also listen here: Apple Spotify Google Overcast Podcast Music by: Dan Lebowitz "Everything You Wa…
 
The Motorcycle Safety(@msi) Institute of South Africa is the leading organisation on Motorcycle Safety & Risk Awareness in South Africa, conducting Advanced and Skilled Rider Courses, Road Captain Courses, Group Safety Training, and Riding Instructor Training in a support capacity to riding schools throughout the country. MSI was founded by Hein Jo…
 
A modern day superhero(@Joey) not only bounced back from being paralysed in a motorcycle event he also finished the Dakar rally 10 years after his accident and was part of team Races to Places in the Africa Eco Race. https://www.joeyevans.co.za Links for Races to Places Africa Eco Race: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLg_I_Uv0pqhpG-2IXNqYtUy…
 
Loren Hilton(@loren) sheds some light on hearing protection and the prolonged damage when you don't take care. It's important to keep a healthy balance not only for your hearing but rider fatigue as well. Website Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/…
 
I chat to Adrian Bac from Yamaha about the launch of the long awaited T7 Yamaha Website Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ You can also listen here: Apple Spotify Google Overcast Podcast Music by: Dan Lebowitz "Everything You Wanted" If you enjoy …
 
On her website(@ADV) she introduces herself as someone who writes poetry about motorcycles, who's never home by choice, races in cross country rallies and writes about adventure and action sports. She also knows a thing or two about good coffee, creative content marketing and chasing after the impossible. Instagram Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltra…
 
Talk about determination...BJ Vosloo(@BJ) didn't stop till he got "the" win under his belt. Dakar next? Lets find out BJ's Facebook Gravel Travel Contact: @graveltravel_podcast graveltravelpodcast@gmail.com https://www.facebook.com/graveltravel_podcast-101152031582796/ Podcast Music by: 7th Floor Tango by Silent Partner If you enjoy the podcast, wo…
 
For love of the game! You'll have to go far to find a more dedicated person when it comes to motorcycling. Not only is he the editor/owner of a magazine(@mag) but an active participant in events, rider training and he even took part in the Isle of Man TT. Take a sneak peak into his busy life and listen to him sharing some market related insight Sup…
 
"it's about our love for motorcycle travel, about fulfilling dreams and taking risk, feeling alive and making mistakes, breakdowns and breakthroughs, falling down and getting up, interruptions and improvisations. It's about the need for radical change and about leaving behind everything we know...." Matias Corea (@twowheelssouth) http://twowheelsso…
 
Who would have thought that art and adventuring riding could work so well together. Reggie the Nomad's(@Reggie Khumalo) story paints a very different picture. “It’s time for a mental revolution more then anything... Let’s not be the generation that lost Ubuntu. As much as I’m a idealist, I would like to think I’m a realist to Capitalism has got us,…
 
When life deals you couple of hard blows you buy a bike and you get right back at it. Kinga Tanajewska(@onherbike) did just that and are now in her 3rd year of a solo RTW adventure on a BMW F800GS. With this amount of energy nothing will get her down and is the driving force behind her no nonsense go get attitude. King's details: Youtube Facebook O…
 
RTWPaul(@RTWPaul)has done more then 381000 km around the world on various motorcycles. That's an average of 118 km per day in 3208 days or the equivalent of 9.5 times around the world. It's by no means a race, theres no checkered flag at the end with huge crowds waiting popping bubbly cheering you on for the last couple of yards. It's just him, his…
 
Rika de Bruyn is a well known motorcycle adventure rider and entrepreneur from South Africa with a compelling yet inspiring story. With a Gravel road that was a bit tougher than it was for others she uses this to drive her everyday life. Rika leaves no dust in her wake, she started the Dual Bike Adventure event in South Africa sharing the passion a…
 
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