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Dec 2, 2016

Motorcycle Manufacturers Offer Smaller ADV Bikes

Recently, Honda, Kawasaki, BMW and Suzuki have unveiled their new small adventure bikes. In a bid to entice women, younger and smaller riders, the manufacturers are offering motorcycles that are lighter and with a smaller price tag. 

Carl Parker, publisher of ADVMoto magazine talks about the new adventure bikes that were recently shown at motorcycles shows.

Austin Vince, an advocate for small cc bikes for adventure travel, shares his thoughts on these smaller adventure motorcycles.
 
The smaller 2017 ADV bike line-up includes:
Honda CRF250 Rally
Kawasaki Versys-X 300
BMW G310 GS
Suzuki V-Strom 250

Carl Parker - Publisher of ADVMoto
Website: www.adventuremotorcycle.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADVMotoMag

Austin Vince 
Website: http://www.austinvince.com/
Adventure Travel Film Festival: http://www.adventuretravelfilmfestival.com/

Into Iraq- Graham Field

Taken from his book called Ureka, Graham Field tells the story of his efforts to get in to Mosul, Iraq. 
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.

Website: http://grahamfield.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Graham-Field-Motorcycle-Travel-Author-196758197110476/

 

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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 Products

Sound Restoration: http://themixroom.tv/
Music: www.audionautix.com

 

Nov 24, 2016

Catherine Germillac has been riding the same motorcycle for going on 30 years, a small 2-stroke Yamaha DTMX 125. As a young woman, setting out on a solo motorcycle wasn't a common thing to do in the late 1980's. But being inspired by Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels, she fell in love with the idea of motorcycling, travel and adventure, purchased her beloved motorcycle, that she calls Desiree, took some lessons and then started riding. She spent 6 years travelling on her bike, taking some time out in Colombia and Ecuador, before continuing her journey to Australia. In this episode, the memories and experiences that Catherine shares about that extended trip really make you understand the essence of her character, feisty, strong, fun and determined.

Good Adventure Company - JJ Lewis

Mexico’s Copper Canyon Epic Adventure (March 4-11 2017) 
"Good-ADV’s mission is to provide a personal adventure experience for all our riders and, in doing so, use those funds for significant, financial support for sustainable life-changing projects benefitting kids and families throughout the US and the world.  We are currently supporting the children in the schools within The Copper Canyon and when you come on our trips, you’ll see the projects and meet the children firsthand."
www.good-adv.com

Music: www.audionautix.com

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
Aerostich
Green Chile Adventure Gear
Camel ADV Products
IMS Products

Nov 18, 2016

When an Afternoon Ride Turns in to a Rescue Mission

This is the story of a rescue made possible by a satellite communicator, an inReach device. We've used the inReach for some time now, but only have experience with it as a convenient method of staying in contact with family and for checking weather in remote locations. When we were putting together this episode, part of the plan was to talk to someone who had to use their inReach for the purpose of rescue. And while searching for someone with a story, we experienced a rescue mission of our own. 

Jim Martin, show host, and his friend Brent Henry, went for an afternoon adventure ride, on the logging roads and trails on our island. That ride turned out to involve a serious injury and the subsequent rescue mission.

About inReach: We talked at length about both the inReach and Spot on a previous episode, Calling From Help from Above. 

inReach Canada: www.inreachcanada.com
Delorme inReach: http://www.inreachdelorme.com/

Spencer James Conway - Circumnavigating South America

Spencer was the first solo rider to circumnavigate Africa, totally unsupported. He documented his trip using a video camera and at the time had no idea that it would be made in to a six part series called African Motorcycle Diaries where it first aired on the UK Travel Channel.

And now, Spencer is riding around South America, documenting his trip on video, which will once again be made in to a series on the Travel Channel. Jim caught up with him on his trip to see how things were playing out.

African Motorcycle Diaries DVD: https://www.dukevideo.com/prd1950/African-Motorcycle-Diaries-DVD
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/spencer.j.conway
Website: http://www.spencer-conway.com/

Music: www.audionautix.com

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
Aerostich
TourUSA Motorcycle Rentals
Green Chile Adventure Gear
IMS Products

 

 

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Nov 11, 2016

Lance Gines has been riding motorcycles for about 44 years. Growing up on a farm in Idaho in the United States, he got his first dirt bike when he was 6 years old. Lance taught himself to ride in the horse area where his dad would train horses. Their farm was on the edge of BLM land (public) and two miles from the Snake River Canyon. He gained experience riding in the desert and in the canyon, which led him to buy his first street bike at the age of 14. And that's when Lance went on his first road trip with his father to Montana, Washington and Oregon.

Having a passion for riding since a young age, Lance has raised his kids with motorcycles. He's lucky to have a wife who is as obsessed as he is with riding and he still goes on motorcycle adventures with his dad regularly. 
Lance Gines is the author of Into the Horizon - A Lifelong Obsession with Motorcycles - Vol. 1, and is now working on Vol. 2. Many of the stories in the book are about the unique friendship he has with his father and the motorcycle trips they have done together. 
He's also the owner of Into the Horizon Adventure Motorcycle Tours.

Website: http://intothehorizonadventuremotorcycletours.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Into-the-Horizon-Adventure-Motorcycle-Tours-and-Rentals-592569967538008/

ARR is 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, 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 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.

Camel ADV Products
The ultra durable Camel Tank, is an auxiliary gas tank which gives more fuel range, extending the hours you can stay out and ride.They’re easy to install, and require no pumps or priming. They add 6 to 7 litres of extra fuel capacity and don’t use up any space normally used for other applications. There’s no drilling of your stock fuel tank, and the Camel Tank keeps the fuel low and close to the bike’s centre-line, emptying the fuel from the Camel Tank first using an automatic transfer vacuum. The convenient installation keeps the fuel low and close to the bike’s centre line. Most models of the Camel Tank are compatible with several pannier systems. 
Kits available for: BMW F700/800GS, R1200GS, KTM 1190, Honda CRF250L, Africa Twin (coming soon), Yamaha WR250R. Shipping world wide. Visit www.camel-adv.com to order. 

 

 

Nov 4, 2016

Dylan Wickrama

Between 2010 and 2013, Dylan Wickrama was on a world trip on his motorcycle. He left with no plans and he had a tight budget. On his trip he covered 210,000 km and road through 80 countries, starting in Switzerland and ending in Argentina. His RTW trip wasn’t about speed, distance or setting records, but it was about exploring the world, meeting people and discovering places.
After 3 years on the road, he reached the Darien Gap in Panama. Considering his options, Dylan came up with a plan to get around the Darien Gap to continue his trip. And that plan involved water, his motorcycle, some oil drums and bamboo poles.
Dylan wrote a book about his adventure called When the Road Ends. It’s available on his website and on Amazon.

Website: http://www.ride2xplore.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ride2xplore/
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/samarawickrama05

Darien Gap - Jungles, Snakes & Geurillas

Where is the DARIEN GAP?

The Darien Gap is also know as the DARIEN ISTHMUS, an isthmus being a narrow strip of land connecting two larger areas with water on either side. You will find the Darien Gap on the Pan American Highway, nown as the “longest motorable road in the world” in the Guiness Book of Records, a popular route for many motorcyclists. The Pan American Highway can be as long as 48,000 km depending what route you choose to take through Canada and the US, with the most popular routes averaging about 30,000 km. Adventurers often start in Prudhoe Bay, Alaska and end in Ushuaia, Argentina, or the reverse. There is no official route in Canada or the United States, but all Interstate Highways in the US have been declared as part of the Pan American Highway. The official Pan American Highway spans from Laredo, Mexico to Buenos Aires in Argentina. Between Panama and Colombia, on the border of Central and South America, you come to the Darien Gap,  just over 160 km (99 miles) long and about 50 km (31 miles) wide of jungle, mountains, swamps and rivers. The only sensible options are to go over it by plane or around it by ship

A Few Basic Facts About Darien Gap:

There are no roads, only foot paths or trails, no street signs. Exotic wildlife abounds, the likes of which most of have never known, such as jaguars, wild boars and venomous snakes. It's hot, muggy, the forest is thick and the mosquitos atrocious. Dangers are everywhere, there are risks of encountering drug smugglers, poachers, guerrillas and paramilitaries in the Darien Gap, which is also a refuge for murderous outlaws. The Darien Gap is home to indigenous peoples known as the Embera-Wounaan and the Kuna.

Why Not Build a Road?

In 1971 and 1992 efforts were made to allow a road to be put through the Darien Gap, but both were stopped due to environmental concerns, of which there are many. There is evidence that the Gap has prevented diseased cattle, which cause foot and mouth disease, from spreading in to Central and North America. The indigenous people are concerned that a road may destroy their cultures.  There is the threat of making the Darien Gap more accessible for drug trafficking and the resulting violence. And there is also the need to protect the rainforest. The Darien Gap has been said to be a natural barrier which protects North America. 

Crossing the Gap

For centuries, the Darien Gap has been a destination and challenge for many explorers and adventurers, and the exploration of it has usually been met with disaster. However, there have been many successful attempts at crossing through the Darien Gap, by two wheel drive and four wheel drive vehicles, rocons, motorcycles, bicycles and by foot.
There have been several notable “first of it’s kind” crossings. The first successful crossing in a vehicle was in 1960 in a Land Rover and Jeep. An arduous journey moving an average of only 200 metres or about 650 feet in an hour. It took them nearly 5 months to cross the Gap, as they made their way through the jungle clearing the bush by hand, crossing streams and rivers, making bridges as they went. 
The first crossing in a two wheel drive vehicle was in 1961, by a team using three Chevrolet Corvairs, which took 109 days. They completed the expedition having abandoned one of the cars.
Between 1971 and 1973, the first fully overland crossing was by Ian Hibell by bicycle.
In 1975, Robert L. Webb made the first motorcycle crossing.
Between 1985 and 1987, the first vehicle crossing by land only was made in a Jeep by Loren Upton and Patty Mercier in 741 days, they would return in 1995 to cross the Darien Gap again, this time on Rocons.
Since then there have been more notable crossings made by motorcycle, on foot or by river boats. To this day, any inland routes remain extremely dangerous.
For example, National Geographic Adventure contributing editor Robert Young Pelton and two American backpackers were kidnapped there in 2003 and held for 10 days.
In an National Geographic Adventure interview by Nicole Davis, Robert Young Pelton had this to say:
"The Darien Gap is one of the last—not only unexplored—but one of the last places people really hesitate to venture to... It's also one of the most rugged places.” and “It's an absolute pristine jungle but it's got some nasty sections with thorns, wasps, snakes, thieves, criminals, you name it. Everything that's bad for you is in there."

A Couple of Options for Crossing the Darien Gap by Motorcycle

FLYING PANAMA TO COLUMBIA
- cargo shipping is available with Air Cargo Pack (www.aircargopack.com)
- there are details on their website about shipping the motorcycle and what the required paperwork is
- cargo shipping is also available with Servicarga (www.servicarga.com.pa)
- you will have to arrange a flight for yourself from Panama to Bogota with Avianca (www.avianca.com), Copa Airlines (www.copaair.com) or Viva Colombia (www.vivacolombia.co)
- return ticket required - Colombian law

STAHLRATTE (www.stahlratte.org)
- often talked about in motorcycling circles
- built in 1903 in Holland, the SV STahlratte, a sailing ship, is not a commercial vessel, it is owned by a foundation which was set up in 1984 as a commune
- the purpose of the Stahlratte is as a “traveling platform for group life/experience"
- it is a non profit venture supported by volunteers
- it's a 4 day trip around the Darien Gap, bikes are dropped off the night before the voyage and bike are retrieved the day after arrival
- includes food and beverages, one night hotel before the journey and a bed on board
- more information at www.stahlratte.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/02/prices-discription-pana-carta-biker.pdf

Horizons Unlimited - www.horizonsunlimited.com

Horizons Unlimited’s forums have good information where some adventurers have taken cheaper routes, shipping the bikes in containers and then meeting up with the bikes through a kaleidoscope of boats and buses. Although cheaper to go this route, it also takes longer and requires some good bit of organization. You need to check your sources out carefully though, as there are some stories of robbery, problems with customs when using smaller boats, etc.

Music: www.audionautix.com

ARR is 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, 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.

Tour USA Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Tour USA is a motorcycle rental company based near Seattle, Washington in the USA. The perfect launching point for any trip along the west coast of the United States and Canada, boasting top world destinations for adventure riders from all over the world.
Tour USA bikes are all equipped with protection for ADV travel and pelican panniers to ensure less potential of damage in a tip over.
Whether you want to rent a few ADV prepped bikes and travel solo or participate in a fully supported event with trainers, guides and support vehicles, they are the people to make your dream ride come true. (Partnered with PSSOR.com)
Let TourUSA help you dream – plan – ride!
www.tourusa.us & www.advcamp.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.

 

 

More of our best motorcycle podcasts here.

Oct 28, 2016

Derek Mansfield - Notes From the Road Vol. IV

This book arrived, quite unexpectedly in our mail box a few months ago. We pondered the paper wrapping and wax seal and thought of what it might be. On opening, we discovered Derek Mansfield’s book, Notes From the Road Vol. IV. It’s a unique book about a journey across west, central and eastern Europe, describing the details and experiences in those places where Derek travelled, and not just the place itself. Derek’s use of words and descriptions are like the thoughts that run through our heads, but we never utter. And when you read them, you are exactly where he wants you to be.

http://derekmansfield.com/derek-mansfield-s-notes-from-the-road-vol-iv/

Motorcycle Chains

Mike Hager from Regina USA and Robert Palmer from D.I.D Chain discuss with Jim Martin, ARR host, the technicalities of motorcycle chains. Some of the topics they cover are what do the numbers mean and what’s the difference between an o-ring chain and x-ring chain.

Mike Hager
Regina Chain USA
http://www.regina.it/
http://www.reginachain.it/

Robert Palmer
D.I.D Racing Chain
http://www.didchain.com/

ARR is 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, 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 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

Camel ADV Products
The ultra durable Camel Tank, is an auxiliary gas tank which gives more fuel range, extending the hours you can stay out and ride.They’re easy to install, and require no pumps or priming. They add 6 to 7 litres of extra fuel capacity and don’t use up any space normally used for other applications. There’s no drilling of your stock fuel tank, and the Camel Tank keeps the fuel low and close to the bike’s centre-line, emptying the fuel from the Camel Tank first using an automatic transfer vacuum. The convenient installation keeps the fuel low and close to the bike’s centre line. Most models of the Camel Tank are compatible with several pannier systems.
Kits available for: BMW F700/800GS, R1200GS, KTM 1190, Honda CRF250L, Africa Twin (coming soon), Yamaha WR250R. Shipping world wide. Visit www.camel-adv.com to order.

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Oct 20, 2016

This isn't a story about a long road trip, it's about living on the road. Lisa and Simon don't think about the end of the road, or plan for a flight home, because the road is their home. They usually sleep in a tent, they cook outside, and they wouldn't have it any other way. And after 13 years of living off their bikes, with nature as their kitchen and bedroom back drop, there are no plans to settle down, at least not yet and who knows if ever?

Lisa and Simon are seasoned travellers, they are truly pioneers of the adventure motorcycling industry. When they started riding, social media was non existent, there was no twitter, youtube or facebook. If people were riding around the world, they were doing it at a time when you probably had to learn from books, or by talking to other riders or travellers. Information on motorcycle adventure travel wasn't as prevalent on the internet in 2003 as it is now.

The Thomas' have paved the way for many motorcyclists looking for inspiration or role models. Their knowledge and experience speaks volumes, whether its about connecting with people, fitting in with different cultures, making a living on the road, or cooking a great meal, and they have some great tips and advice for anyone planning or already on their trip, be it solo or as a couple. 

Watch for the book Dirty Dining, An Adventurers Cookbook by Lisa Thomas - coming soon!

Website: http://2ridetheworld.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/2ridetheworld/

ARR is 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, 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.

Tour USA Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Tour USA is a motorcycle rental company based near Seattle, Washington in the USA. The perfect launching point for any trip along the west coast of the United States and Canada, boasting top world destinations for adventure riders from all over the world.
Tour USA bikes are all equipped with protection for ADV travel and pelican panniers to ensure less potential of damage in a tip over.
Whether you want to rent a few ADV prepped bikes and travel solo or participate in a fully supported event with trainers, guides and support vehicles, they are the people to make your dream ride come true. (Partnered with PSSOR.com)
Let TourUSA help you dream – plan – ride!
www.tourusa.us & www.advcamp.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.

Hermy's Triumph - Tires & Cycle
Family owned and operated, Hermy’s Triumph has been around since 1963, one of the oldest Triumph dealers in the United States. The adventure specialists at Hermy’s have been there for generations with over 5 million miles of riding between them.  
Hermy’s Triumph has a full service department, offering service loaners, as well as an online store shipping parts world-wide. To find out more about Hermy’s motorcycles and parts check them out at www.hermys.com.
And visit Hermy’s online store at www.triumphEstore.com and use the code ARR to get 10% off your order plus free shipping in 48 states.
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Oct 13, 2016

There's a saying that it isn't what you do in life that you will regret, it's what you don't do.  With that thought in mind, the Borden family made a decision to go on a motorcycle adventure as a family. And once they made the decision, they knew there was no turning back.

A trip with the scope of the one they chose to do can be a scary thing, what with having to leave your home, friends, extended family, jobs and everything you know that has become the norm. And then there are the fear mongers, instilling in us all the bad and negative things that 'could' happen to us while we explore new territories. And the people who care for us that will worry while we're gone. And on the other end of the scale are those who encourage us, tell us it's the best thing we will ever do, that there is so much to do and experience in the world, and that it will change our lives forever.

In 2014, the Bordens left on their adventure, and they spent 15 months travelling through Mexico, Central and South America. Terry, Sandy and Jack share their experiences and stories which inspire and reassure us that this kind of trip will influence you incredibly, change your life and the way you think, for the better.

Website: www.adventuretrio.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/wwwAdventureTriocom/107613740630

Alberto Lara & Naomi Tweddle - MotoLara - Adventure Calendar

Calendar available at http://www.motolara.com/2017calendar/

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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.

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.

 

Oct 7, 2016

This week we talk to Oliver Solaro aka Brokentooth, who is always up for a challenge, especially when it comes to his KLR 650 and ice or water. Bret Tkacs, motorcycle riding instructor from PSSOR gives some great tips on how to turn your bike in tight situations. And Sam Manicom gives us a ride report on his motorcycle tour in the United States.

Oliver Solaro - BrokenTooth - A KLR 650 & a Pontoon Boat?

Oliver Solaro doesn't let much stop him from enjoying life, and from doing what he wants to do. For Oliver, it's all about having fun and doing things most people wouldn't even dream about doing. He's been on several different winter trips on his motorcycle, and now he's modified a pontoon boat to carry his KLR 650 on his latest adventure. He casts an unusual appearance as he wears a cavalier hat with a feather, as he travels the waters in Ontario on the boat. Oliver plans to trace some of the route that the explorer, Samuel de Champlaine, the founder of Quebec City and an important historic figure in Canada, travelled when he founded New France. We know what you're asking... what exactly is Oliver doing? And how does a motorcycle and a boat go together?
Facebook: Oliver Solaro
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/bwokentoof/
Website: http://www.thebrokentoothproject.com/

Rider Skills - Turning Your Bike in Tight Spaces - Bret Tkacs 

Bret Tkacs, a professional motorcycle instructor for 18 years, has a wealth of information and experience when it comes to understanding how to maneuver your bike in any situation, both on and off road. In this episode he gives a lesson on how to turn your bike in tight spaces. The next time you find yourself riding on a tight trail or in a hair raising narrow situation, you can put some of Bret's tips in this episode to good use.
Website: www.pssor.com

Power turns
Slide turn
Pivot turn (& Standing pivot)
Trail turn (limited space with hills)

Manual turns
Side stand turn (Shovel, Rock & Wood)
Head pivot (GS boxers)
Handlebar pull

Assisted turns
Z-drag
Winch
Tow strap pivot

Sam Manicom - Tour USA 2016

Sam Manicom is a world traveller and the author of several motorcycle adventure riding books. He seems to always be on the go and it's difficult to keep up with everything he's doing! So, Jim caught up with Sam last week, this time as he is riding in the United States, presenting and attending events. 
Website: www.sam-manicom.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/AdventureMotorcycleTravelBooks/ 
https://www.facebook.com/sam.manicom.5

ARR is Brought to You By:

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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, 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.

Tour USA Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Tour USA is a motorcycle rental company based near Seattle, Washington in the USA. The perfect launching point for any trip along the west coast of the United States and Canada, boasting top world destinations for adventure riders from all over the world.
Tour USA bikes are all equipped with protection for ADV travel and pelican panniers to ensure less potential of damage in a tip over.
Whether you want to rent a few ADV prepped bikes and travel solo or participate in a fully supported event with trainers, guides and support vehicles, they are the people to make your dream ride come true. (Partnered with PSSOR.com)
Let TourUSA help you dream – plan – ride!
www.tourusa.us & www.advcamp.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

Hermy's Triumph - Tires & Cycle
Family owned and operated, Hermy’s Triumph has been around since 1963, one of the oldest Triumph dealers in the United States. The adventure specialists at Hermy’s have been there for generations with over 5 million miles of riding between them.  
Hermy’s Triumph has a full service department, offering service loaners, as well as an online store shipping parts world-wide. To find out more about Hermy’s motorcycles and parts check them out at www.hermys.com.
And visit Hermy’s online store at www.triumphEstore.com and use the code ARR to get 10% off your order plus free shipping in 48 states.
PROMO CODE: ARR

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Sep 30, 2016

The Bike or Not the Bike? That is the Question

There are so many different options on the market when it comes to purchasing an adventure motorcycle, something suitable for everyone or any adventure, but when it comes to choosing the best bike for you, there are a lot of things to consider. 

To get some advice on the things you should be looking at or thinking about while you're at the dealer or perusing the used ads, we went to a few experts in the motorcycle riding field to get their opinions on how to choose your next adventure bike. And while there is no definitive answer for any rider, they had some great tips to help make the best choice for you and for the intended use.

Grant Johnson
Horizons Unlimited
www.horizonsunlimited.com

Lawrence Hacking
Overland Adventure Rally
www.overlandadventurerally.com

Chris Scott  
Author of Adventure Motorcycling Handbook
https://adventure-motorcycling.com/

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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, 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 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. 
Available at www.GreenChileAdv.com.

 

 

More of our best at Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast

Sep 23, 2016

Only a Rider Knows Why a Dog Sticks His Head Out of a Car Window 

 Who doesn’t love their furry friend going everywhere with them? You take them in your vehicle, on hikes, for walks, they sleep in your bed (don’t deny it), and for many, they are simply one of your best friends, even like family. 

But, what if you aren’t taking the four wheeled transport, what if you are riding your bike to the store or on a trip? If you love your bike and you love your dog, there are options for bringing them both along for the ride. There are dog carriers, goggles and helmets available to keep your dog safer on a bike. Even a custom kevlar motorcycle suit made by seamstress, Aileen Toynton in the UK. And for the bigger pooch, you can invest in a sidecar to give them more space.

There’s no doubt, that traveling with a dog does have it’s challenges and rewards, and there are some sacrifices to be made along the way as well. We talked to Stuart and Janell Clarke who have been riding with their dogs on the back of their bikes for over two years and to Ara Gureghian who has had his best friend, Spirit travelling beside him in his sidecar for over ten years. And these riders wouldn’t have it any other way. Their friends riding with them, feeling the wind in their fur… er, hair… and if you asked the dogs, we’re sure they would say it beats sticking their head out of a car window any day!

Stuart & Janell Clarke - The Pack Track

Stuart and Janell Clarke have been travelling for two and a half years with their dogs through 23 different countries. Starting out in Sydney, Australia in 2014, they say that travelling with the dogs has made their adventure unique, creating some lasting memories.

Stuart and Janell have some great tips about crossing borders, accommodation, the paperwork involved, dog care while on the road and more. It’s not as difficult as you might think! They’ve also designed their own dog carrier for the back of a motorcycle called the Pillion Pooch. 

Twitter: thepacktrack
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Thepacktrack
Website: www.thepacktrack.com
Youtube Channel: www.youtube.com/user/ThePackTrack 

Ara Gureghian & Spirit - The Oasis of My Soul

Spirit has been riding in Ara Gureghian’s sidecar for over 10 years. They’ve travelled all over the United States and in to Canada. It’s become a way of life for them as they move from place to place, living on the road most of the time. Ara and his companion, Spirit are in sync with the way they live and Ara has got to know his friend very well. So, he has some resplendent insight in to extended travel by motorcycle with dogs.

Website: www.theoasisofmysoul.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Oasis-of-my-Soul-133399976670953/
Book: Freedom on Both Ends of the Leash
Rex Specs: www.rexspecs.com

Aileen Toynton - K9 CleanCoats 

Aileen Toynton is a Scottish seamstress that makes one piece dog suits and she has designed a kevlar motorcycle suit, the first ever of it’s kind in the UK. She was contacted by a motorcyclist who wanted to take his dog along in a sidecar, but wanted the dog to be as safe as possible. And after sourcing out the kevlar and figuring out how to work with the heavy material, Aileen came up with a one piece kevlar suit that protects dogs while riding. Aileen takes orders from all over the world, so be sure to contact her with your dog measurements and keep the pooch safer!

Website: http://www.k9cleancoats.co.uk/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/K9CleanCoats/?pnref=lhc

End of the Big Singles?

Zac Kurylyk, motojournalist for Canada Moto guide, has a theory that the 650 thumpers or large single cylinder adventure bikes are on the verge of disappearing from the manufacturers lineups, which could explain the lack of updates from these aging dualsport platforms. He wrote an article called ‘The End of the Big Thump’ which supports this thesis. Jim Martin contacted Zac to discuss the possibilities of the 650 single cylinder dual sports going extinct.

Canada Moto Guide: www.canadamotoguide.com
The End of the Big Thump: http://canadamotoguide.com/2016/09/19/the-end-of-big-single-cylinder-thumpers/

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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, 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.

Tour USA Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Tour USA is a motorcycle rental company based near Seattle, Washington in the USA. The perfect launching point for any trip along the west coast of the United States and Canada, boasting top world destinations for adventure riders from all over the world.
Tour USA bikes are all equipped with protection for ADV travel and pelican panniers to ensure less potential of damage in a tip over.
Whether you want to rent a few ADV prepped bikes and travel solo or participate in a fully supported event with trainers, guides and support vehicles, they are the people to make your dream ride come true. 
Let TourUSA help you dream – plan – ride!
www.tourusa.uswww.advcamp.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. 
Available at www.GreenChileAdv.com.

 

Sep 14, 2016

 Two Wheeled Nomad / Royal Enfield

Two years ago we had Lisa Morris and Jason Spafford, Two Wheeled Nomad, on ARR. At the time Lisa was a newbie to riding, and the trip was just in the beginning stages. Recently, Jim talked with Lisa and Jason about what they've been up to as they plan the next leg of their adventure. Where are they headed to and is there any end in sight to their moto adventure?

And on the heels of the grand opening of the Royal Enfield North America headquarters and first flagship showroom opening, Jim had the opportunity to discuss the future of the Royal Enfield motorcycle with Siddartha Lal, CEO of Royal Enfield and Rod Copes, President of Royal Enfield North America. Will an adventure bike be coming to North America?

Two Wheeled Nomad - Lisa Morris & Jason Spafford

Two years on the road, and still going strong, Lisa and Jason talk about their adventures and future plans. Lisa is a travel writer and Jason is an adventure photographer, both freelancing on the road to help keep up their nomadic lifestyle.
Website: https://twowheelednomad.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/twowheelednomad/

 

Royal Enfield - Siddartha Lal & Rod Copes

 

* From Royal Enfield News Release: Milwaukee, Wis. (Sept. 12, 2016)

Royal Enfield North America Cruises Into Milwaukee With the Opening of North American Headquarters and First Flagship Showroom

Oldest Motorcycle Brand in Continuous Production Focuses Efforts in North America

It was a historic day for Royal Enfield, the fastest-growing motorcycle brand in the world, as it marked the opening of its first flagship dealer experience in Milwaukee, the heart of the North American motorcycle community.
 
Royal Enfield CEO Siddhartha Lal and Rod Copes, president of Royal Enfield North America, addressed the crowd, including VIPs and dignitaries, at the grand opening event this past weekend. 

“Royal Enfield is focused on delivering a ‘Pure Motorcycling’ experience to consumers. Our motorcycles are classically styled, simple, evocative and fun to ride. Royal Enfield creates a unique experience for riders that is approachable and unintimidating,” Copes said at the press conference. “This is the brand’s first stand-alone showroom location in the U.S., which brings to life the 115-year heritage of Royal Enfield – a history we’re very proud of.”

The company has also selected Milwaukee as the location of its headquarters and currently employs a staff of 20.

“Myself and the rest of the Royal Enfield global leadership are committed to the North American region,” Lal said. “Since 2010, we have increased production from 50,000 units to 500,000 units globally, and we are expected to produce 675,000 by the end of this fiscal year. North America is key to the contribution of that global growth.”

Royal Enfield North America will be continuing the brand’s storied history with the unveiling of its North American model lineup, featuring single-cylinder engines currently up to 535 cc. Available models at the 226 N. Water St. showroom include:

•The Classic 500 – timeless colors and classic styling ideal for exploring a city or cruising a country road. 

•The Continental GT – a light and nimble motorcycle that boasts an aggressive riding position for an exhilarating ride.

•The Bullet 500 – in production for seven decades with its unmistakable appearance and distinctive exhaust note, this model delivers a classic, vivid sensory experience on every ride.
  
About Royal Enfield: 
The oldest motorcycle brand in continuous production, Royal Enfield made its first motorcycle in 1901. A division of Eicher Motors Limited, Royal Enfield has created the mid-size motorcycle segment in India with its unique and distinctive modern classic motorcycles. With its new manufacturing base in Chennai, India, Royal Enfield has been able to grow its production rapidly against a surge in demand for its motorcycles. With more than 50 percent growth every year for the last five years, Royal Enfield is fast becoming a very important player in the global mid-size motorcycle market and is working toward reinventing this space with motorcycles that are evocative and engaging and great fun to ride.
  
Royal Enfield exports to over 50 countries across the world including the USA, UK, several European and Latin American countries, as well as the Middle East and Southeast Asia. Royal Enfield also organizes and supports many motorcycling events and rides globally, more prominently the Rider Mania – an annual gathering of Royal Enfield riders from all over the world at the lovely beaches of Goa – and the Himalayan Odyssey, the most arduous motorcycle ride over some of the toughest roads and highest mountain passes in the Himalayas. Royal Enfield also conducts the popular “One Ride,” where people around the world ride out on their motorcycles on the first Sunday of April.

To learn more, visit www.royalenfield.com/USAwww.instagram.com/
royalenfield_na/ or www.facebook.com/RoyalEnfieldNorthAmerica/.

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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, 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 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.

 

 

Sep 8, 2016

An interview with actor Bug Hall, who plays Arthur Davidson in "HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS", a Discovery Channel 3 part mini series which premiered on September 5, 6 & 7. Now available for viewing on Discovery Go online video portal at https://www.discoverygo.com/harley-and-the-davidsons/

Listen to this week's episode:

Bug Hall is an avid motorcyclist, having ridden about 1,000,000 miles. So, it comes as no surprise that Bug was the perfect choice to play the role of Arthur Davidson, one of the founders of Harley Davidson Motorcycles. He talks to Jim about Discovery Channel's production of a historically authentic show, the making of one of the United States most successful motorcycle companies, that's been around since 1903, well over 100 years. Harley Davidson has almost become a household name, there aren't very many people who won't know what it is when they hear the words.

Arthur Davidson (Played by Bug Hall) - Discovery Channel bio

The youngest of four brothers, Arthur is Harley-Davidson’s sales manager. A natural communicator with a reputation as a practical joker. Arthur deploys his charm to win powerful allies and secure the loyalty of customers and dealers alike. Born in Milwaukee in 1881, Arthur attends the same school as Bill Harley where they become close friends – Arthur’s gregariousness complimenting Bill’s quiet intelligence. Aged 15, Arthur begins his working career, taking a job with a local manufacturing company as an apprentice patternmaker. Before long, Arthur and Bill start tinkering with gasoline engines at home, hoping to attach one to a bicycle. Seeking investment and the skills of a top machinist, Arthur writes to his brother, Walter, enticing him to return to Milwaukee by promising him a ride on their new motorized bicycle which in reality hasn’t yet been built. When their rivals Indian motorcycles and Excelsior found their own factory racing teams, Arthur locks horns with Walter and Bill Harley who want to meet them on the track, because he’s worried about the damage racing accidents could cause their brand. Horrified by the death of his friend, Eddie Hasha, in 1912 at the height of the motordrome craze, Arthur writes passionate editorials against board track racing in the company’s ‘Dealer’ magazine, imploring his salesforce to refuse deals with the promoters. In the 1910s and 1920s, Arthur criss-crosses America and the English-speaking world, with his wife, Clara, establishing a formidable network of Harley-Davidson dealers which will help secure them as the largest motorcycle company in the world. After the death of his brothers, William and Walter, and their friend Bill Harley, between 1937 and 1943, Arthur is the last remaining founder still working at Harley-Davidson until he and Clara are tragically killed in a car crash in 1950.

From the Discovery Channel - Press Release:

A Harley-Davidson is more than a motorcycle. It is a symbol of Americana, built from the ground up by founders Walter and Arthur Davidson and their friend Bill Harley. But the road to success was not exactly smooth – filled with innumerable obstacles, ruthless competitors and extraordinary risks. Together these three young men, the sons of blue-collar immigrants, gave everything they had to ensure the survival of the company they founded. But just how far would 

Based on a true story, HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS charts the birth of this iconic bike during a time of great social and technological change beginning at the turn of the 20th century. Walter, Arthur and Bill risked their entire fortune and livelihood to launch the budding enterprise. Each of these men faced very different challenges, but it was the motorcycle that united their dreams and ambitions. For Walter Davidson, the venture was a chance to escape from the confines of society – to ignore the rules and build a bike that could go anywhere and ride hard. For Arthur Davidson, it was an opportunity to finally make good on his name. And for Bill Harley, the bike gave him hope to break free from his overbearing parents and apply his talent as an engineer.

Built in a shed out of Milwaukee, these motorcycles were able to survive nearly every condition imaginable. And Walter certainly put the bikes to the test. His ferocious ambition propelled him to become a top motorcycle racer while competing in the deadly competitions sweeping the nation. Walter’s daredevil exploits put Harley-Davidson on the map – and while risky – pushed the company to eventually overtake their archrival competitor, Indian, which had a stronghold on the market.

But the founders also faced an underlying moral question – just how much would they risk to become successful? Racing could often have deadly consequences, especially with the rise of the hazardous motordrome competitions sweeping the country.

Fuelled by ingenuity, innovation and design, the founders of Harley-Davidson faced off against their much bigger rivals. If things couldn’t get any more difficult, the Great Depression hit and the motorcycle industry was decimated. But Harley-Davidson continued to defy the odds with their forward-thinking business ideas.

HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS looks at how the founders continued to grow its loyal following like no other competitor– whether it was securing the American Army contract and teaching riders how to make repairs on the field to embracing boisterous motorcycle clubs across the nation. They would eventually channel all their resources with their biggest risk yet – creating the world’s first superbike, a state-of-the-art racing machine for the masses.

Walter, Arthur and Bill cemented Harley-Davidson’s reputation as a builder of bikes that goes anywhere, could ride hard and ignored all the rules.  It’s a legacy that has endured over 100 years – and at the heart of the brand and its loyal riders.

Discovery Channel: www.discovery.com
Discovery Go: www.discoverygo.com/harley-and-the-davidsons/
Harley and the Davidsons Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/harleyandthedavidsons/
Bug Hall Twitter: https://twitter.com/Bug_Hall?lang=en

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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, 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.

Tour USA Motorcycle Rentals & Tours
Tour USA is a motorcycle rental company based near Seattle, Washington in the USA. The perfect launching point for any trip along the west coast of the United States and Canada, boasting top world destinations for adventure riders from all over the world.
Tour USA bikes are all equipped with protection for ADV travel and pelican panniers to ensure less potential of damage in a tip over.
Whether you want to rent anADV prepped bike and travel solo or participate in a fully supported event with trainers, guides and support vehicles, they are the people to make your dream ride come true. 
Let TourUSA help you dream – plan – ride!
www.tourusa.us 

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.

 

Sep 2, 2016

In 1982, twenty-four year old Elspeth Beard decided to set out on a round the world trip on her motorcycle. Having finished up three years of architectural studies, and with some changes in her personal life, she saved up about £1000 and then shipped her 1974 BMW R60/6 to New York where she began her journey.

Elspeth regals and inspires us with some stories of her experiences and misadventures as she travelled 55,000 km until she returned to the United Kingdom in 1984, becoming the first English woman to ride a motorcycle around the world. With lessons learned from coping with everything from dysentary to stolen valuables, Elspeth proved herself a brave woman who will let nothing stop her from achieving whatever she wants.

http://www.elspethbeardarchitects.com/projects/munsteadwatertower.html

Adventure Rider Radio is 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, 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 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.

Music: http://audionautix.com/

Aug 26, 2016

Between 1440 and 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. But, history shows that printing has been around long before Gutenberg's invention. As early as 220, the Chinese were block printing, putting ink on wooden blocks and pressing them on cloth and then hundreds of years later, on paper.

Before the press was invented, Europeans either painstakingly copied written word by hand or used a method similar to the Chinese block printing called Xylography. Both were laborious and time consuming, and because of this, book choices were limited and costly. But, it was Gutenberg who facilitated books being mass produced throughout Europe at a fraction of the cost. 

So, it's with thanks to Gutenberg that we have so many books available to us to learn or to immerse ourselves in for pleasure. Authors can take us on adventures, to the places they have been, describing the sights, sounds and smells in such vivid detail that we feel we are there, experiencing it for ourselves. We also read inspirational books that teach us to appreciate life, to feel good and get the most out of it we can. And books that teach us about things, show us how-to or teach us some much needed skills.

For going on to 2000 years, humans have been reading the written word. We are so fortunate to have books easily available to us, to keep a book on the shelf to read over and over again or to refer to when we need to know something. There's something special about holding a book in your hand and turning the page. Or, the next best thing, for those of us limited in space, or travelling, or just trying to keep costs down, are downloadable eBooks. Or if you are tight for time, you can listen to someone read a book on CD or download it to hear it. 

And, of course, since motorcycles are our passion and yours, we have been lucky to have some fantastic authors on our show and have compiled a list of some of these authors. But, there are many, many authors out there who we haven't had on the show, who have written valuable, informative or just plain entertaining books. Peruse your local book store, or check out some authors websites. Pick a book, or two, and put up your feet and take a trip to South America, India, Africa, Europe or wherever your heart desires, plan a motorcycle adventure, or learn a thing or two about riding or repairs.

Guest: Graham Field talks about books and Bulgaria - http://grahamfield.co.uk/

California Lane Splitting Made Legal - Will it Pave the Way?

California is the first state to legalize motorcycle lane splitting in Bill No. 51. David Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling and other books, comes on to ARR to talk about this new bill, what lane splitting is and what it's going to change, if anything.
https://leginfo.legislature.ca.gov/faces/billNavClient.xhtml?bill_id=201520160AB51

Author List (in no special order)

Ted Simon: http://jupitalia.com/

Sam Manicom: http://www.sam-manicom.com/books/

Graham Field - http://grahamfield.co.uk/

Sjaak Lucassen: http://www.sjaaklucassen.nl/en/

Dr. Gregory Frazier: Amazon

Ara Gureghian - http://theoasisofmysoul.com/

David Hough - Amazon

Steve Mason - Amazon

Mike Fitterling - http://www.roaddogpub.com/

Shirley Hardy-Rix & Brian Rix - http://www.aussiesoverland.com.au/

Bernard Smith - http://worldtour.org.uk/

Linda Bootherstone-Bick - http://www.lindab.id.au/

Lois Pryce - http://www.loisontheloose.com/

Robert Wicks - Amazon

Carla King - http://carlaking.com/

Glen Heggstad - http://www.strikingviking.net/

Nathan Millward - http://www.nathanmillward.com/

Nick Sanders - http://www.nicksanders.com/

Simon Pavey - http://www.worldrider.com/blog/

Jeremy Kroeker - http://www.oscillatorpress.com/

Allan Karl - http://www.worldrider.com/blog/

Zoe Cano: http://www.zoecano.com/


ARR is 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, 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.

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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