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Dec 29, 2017

ARR RIDER SKILLS: Hand Strength & Stamina

Instructor: Bret Tkacs
Having a strong grip is an important part of motorcycle riding to ensure you have proper control when it comes to the front brake, clutch and throttle. And when we stop riding for the season in the winter, or for other reasons, we need to make sure to maintain the strength in our hands, or when it comes time to ride again, you may experience weakness or hand cramping, especially in heavy traffic or when riding off-road. Bret Tkacs explains how to maintain your hand strength in the off season and how it affects your riding.

Episodes that Inspired, Educated or Made us Laugh

The end of the calendar year is when we often take the time to reflect on the past year and look ahead to what we hope to accomplish. Reflections can help us choose and plan goals, as we think about events and achievements in the year that has just passed. So, of course, we looked through the episodes we’ve produced this year, the guests we’ve had on and had a great time listening to excerpts from some of the shows. We’ve learned a lot, felt sad at times, have been inspired, and even laughed out loud at some of the stories we’ve heard. It’s been a rewarding year for us and we hope you’ve enjoyed the variety of podcast topics. 
We’re grateful to all our guests for sharing their stories, and we can’t pick our favourites, well, because we just like them all! But, we’re going to share a few with you to reflect on what a great year 2017 has been. 

To listen to the full episodes, follow the links below:

Elspeth Beard: Lone Rider: Globe-Trotting Before the Internet
Luke Gelmi: An Oblivious Adventure in Africa on a Royal Enfield
Alanna & Mike Clear: In It For the Long Haul: Motorcycle Travel & Secrets of Lasting Relationships

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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

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

Support this free podcast by making a donation at www.adventureriderradio.com/support

Dec 21, 2017

At 72 years old, Linda Bootherstone-Bick, a folk music musician, has a truly inspiring attitude when it comes to travel. Born in the UK, she now calls Australia home, and it’s the base she returns to after her adventures. She has a unique thought process and method of travel which every person should try to aspire to.

The author of three motorcycle travel adventure books, she’s been riding a motorcycle for over 50 years. Linda recently returned from a 3 month trip to Uganda, where she bought a mechanically challenged Yamaha 125 motorcycle. She dealt with the temperamental bike’s breakdowns, loss of important personal items, challenging roads and more.

Linda Bootherstone-Bick is the author of three books: Into Africa with a Smile, Where Angels Fear to Tread & Three Wandering Poms (Bootherstone and Griffin)

Linda's books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle form. 
Website: http://www.lindab.id.au

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Music: Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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

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

Support this free podcast by making a donation at www.adventureriderradio.com/support

Dec 15, 2017

David Woodburn is from Australia, and he’s been doing trips on a motorcycle since he was 17 years old. In 1986 he met Emy in the Philippines, where they worked together doing volunteer work. They married, returned to Australia and managed to pull together enough money to buy a well used motorcycle. Soon Amy discovered she was pregnant, and their daughter, Mattea was born. Finding it difficult to find work, the loaded their motorcycle with a sidecar and started their journey in 1990. They travelled around Europe and Africa until Mattea was 11 years old, and ended up settling in Miami, Florida, which was the biggest culture shock for them. Now almost two decades later, they live in Georgia and run an independent workshop specializing in older BMW and British motorcycles.

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Dec 8, 2017

20 Years of Horizons Unlimited: Grant & Susan Johnson

This year marks the 20th anniversary of Horizons Unlimited, a resource for adventure travellers, especially motorcyclists. Founded in 1997 by Grant and Susan Johnson, their website, forum and events around the world, inspire people to follow their dreams and travel to far away places.

Grant and Susan have touched so many people, making a huge difference in their lives, bringing like-minded people together. They’ve travelled extensively themselves, riding around the world 2-up. Through their experience and knowledge, they have created an invaluable resource for novice and experienced riders alike. A place where you can learn, ask questions, share information, help other riders, and tell your travel stories to people who are more than happy to hear about them.

And after 20 years of being an integral part of the motorcycle community, we asked just a few of the many riders who have been inspired by Horizons Unlimited to tell their story about how they have been influenced by HU and Grant and Susan. It’s the least we can do, as we are so grateful to have found them, and to have had both of them on our shows, and Grant as a regular co-host on RAW.

On behalf of all riders, travellers and adventurers who feel fortunate to have found you: Thank you, Grant and Susan!

Horizons Unlimited: www.horizonsunlimited.com

**Special thanks to our guests that shared their stories about Horizons Unlimited with Adventure Rider Radio:

Ekke Kok & Audrey Allenspach-Kok: www.ekke-audrey.ca

Heike (and Filippo) Fania: www.2livethedream.com

Maria and Alistair Robinson: www.franglais-riders.com (Maria is also an HU Facebook and website moderator.)

Brent Carrol: https://www.facebook.com/LovingLivingAdventuring

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Dec 1, 2017

 

It’s commonly said that you need to slow down to see more while travelling, well how about speeding up to see more? Helen Lloyd has done just that. She’s an engineer in the UK who loves travel, writing and photography. And she’d spent much time travelling on a bicycle until she decided to get a motorcycle. After riding through Africa on her bicycle she returned years later on a Yamaha XT225, and she discovered that moving faster meant slowing down. She shares with us how motorcycle travel changed her experience of Africa.

Website: http://www.helenstakeon.com
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDlv93OHSPtrsTuEAP_GQhA

ARR RIDER SKILLS: Turning Around on Your Motorcycle

Everyone at some point runs in to the situation where they have to make a tight u-turn or turn around, in both high and low traction situations. Tight turns can be unnerving and dropping a bike is a strong possibility when attempting to turn your bike around. We discuss some simple methods using rider skills we’ve already talked about in previous episodes that help you turn around without coming to a complete stop and backing up.
Instructor: Bret Tkacs from PSSOR

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Nov 24, 2017

Back in 1982, Helge Pedersen bought one of the first BMW R80GS motorcycles to enter his home country, Norway. He sold everything he owned and soon found himself in South America crossing the Darien Gap, a feat which few attempt. Helge stayed on the road, living a vagabond lifestyle for 10 years. His story is an unusual and exciting one, with a wealth of information to inspire and guide motorcyclists around the world.

About Helge Pederson:

From 1982 to 1992, Helge Pedersen travelled around the world on a motorcycle, covering more than 250,000 miles through 77 countries. His book 10 Years on 2 Wheels reflects this adventurous journey. Working as a photojournalist, his work has been featured in many motorcycle, outdoor and news publications.

In 1998, Helge founded GlobeRiders, LLC, organizing and leading motorcycle tours through more than 40 countries. He is also the producer of adventure and instructional documentary DVD’s, inspiring motorcycle travel, and seminars teaching motorcycle maintenance, repairs, and more.

Website: http://www.globeriders.com

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Nov 17, 2017

A chat with motorcycle author and publisher, Mike Fitterling about what adventure is and the rejuvenating qualities of riding a motorcycle.

Northeast by Northwest: Two Restorative Journeys

Mike Fitterling was dealing with depression and stress, a common issue with people around the world.  According to the World Health Organization, “depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide”. More than 300 million people suffer from depression, and in many countries there is little to no support available, and even in higher income countries, nearly 50% of people do not get treatment.

Mike’s story is something that most people can connect with. At some point or another, we all have to deal with stressful situations, that may affect us more deeply than we think possible. And climbing out of that can be overwhelming.

To deal with his depression, Mike decided a motorcycle trip was what was needed, he had to find a way to help himself. With a limited budget and time, he managed to take two motorcycle trips in the United States. Two adventures that helped change his life, bringing back his faith in human kind and the strength to live a happier life.

Mike also shares his thoughts on adventure, travelling on a budget, using forums to plan accommodations, and more.

Mike Fitterling is a publisher of motorcycle adventure books at www.roaddogpub.com. To read more about this story you can find his book called Northeast by NorthwestTwo Restorative Journeys on his website.

Source: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/news/releases/2017/world-health-day/en/

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Nov 9, 2017

The Five Steps To Protecting Yourself After A Motorcycle Crash

Part of riding a motorcycle is being prepared to handle all kinds of situations that may arise, and one of those is knowing how to deal with a motorcycle accident. Matt Danielson from The Motorcycle Law Group is an avid motorcyclist, as are the people who work there. He has some important tips on how to protect yourself after a crash. There are certain things you should know to do or say after an accident, and much of what you learn here can be applied to other situations as well. 
Matt Danielson: The Motorcycle Law Group: www.motorcyclelawgroup.com
MLG App: https://motorcyclelawgroup.com/download-mlg-app/

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Nov 3, 2017

Rider Skills: Weighting Pegs

When turning, which peg do you weight? Inside or outside? And which is correct? Do you steer with your feet? Bret Tkacs, riding instructor from PSSOR discusses the proper use of pegs for steering and controlling your adventure bike in the dirt. 

Sena Technologies: Chris Woodyard

Bluetooth communication systems are fantastic for close range. But, for adventure riders when the trail gets dusty and you start to spread out, when the trails become hilly and more heavily treed, that’s where they fail. So, on this episode we find a way to connect longer range radios to our existing bluetooth systems.
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Oct 27, 2017

Hitting a Road Block on the Last Leg of His Trip

Spencer James Conway has a goal of circumnavigating every continent, and his last adventure has been in South America. On October 7th he posted on Facebook that he was just two weeks away from completing his trip. When ARR host, Jim, spoke to Spencer, he was stuck at the border in Venezuela, unable to cross in to Colombia. His alternative? A 7000 km detour which will add two months to the trip.
http://www.spencer-conway.com/

Brrrrr….Keeping the Chill Out and the Heat In On Your Bike

In the Northern Hemisphere, we’re starting to experience some chilly weather, and dedicated motorcyclists like to push the season, riding until the snow flies. Weather can be unpredictable, starting off chilly, warming up and then cooling down again, all in one day. So, being prepared for cold weather this time of year is important. Some of you might be lucky and live in year round warm climates, or maybe it’s spring for you right now and you’re aching to get out and ride, cold or not. Either way, we’ve got some great tips from author and retired instructor, David Hough, Aerostich’s founder, Andy Goldfine and we also talked to Bryan Miller and John Sullivan, the owner’s of Hippo Hands.

David L Hough - Author & Instructor

David is a world traveller, a certified motorcycle safety instructor and the author of several books. He’s become a regular on Adventure Rider Radio, a valued source of information when it comes to riding motorcycles, including sidecars and trikes. When it comes to riding in the cold, after 36 years of commuting to work by motorcycle in Port Angeles, Washington, who better to give some tips on keeping warm?

Andy Goldfine - Aerostich Founder

Aerostich are manufacturers of rider gear in the United States, and they’ve been designing and manufacturing clothing for about 34 years. Andy Goldfine has some great tips on what to wear to keep warm.
www.aerostich.com

Bryan Miller & John Sullivan - Hippo Hands

There are gloves and then there are Hippo Hands, motorcycle hand covers designed to keep your hands warm and dry.
www.hippohands.com

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Oct 19, 2017

Ramey "Coach" Stroud's story is one of perseverance and goals, where failure was not an option. Listening to him talk about overcoming what most would consider impossible, even medically, inspires that with the right mindset and vision, you can do anything. When a spinal injury left him paralyzed from the chest down, he didn't get his house ready to deal with his handicap for the rest of his life, he learned to walk and ride a motorcycle again. A story where the impossible becomes the possible.

Defying the Odds: Coach Ramey

Ramey “Coach” Stroud has been a champion motorcycle racer, skydiver, firefighter, scuba diver, ultra-marathoner, wilderness EMT, rodeo cowboy and adventurer. He has been recognized by the BMW Motorcycle Owner’s of America Foundation as their “Individual of the Year” for helping motorcycle riders gain new skills. He’s helped thousands of riders on five different continents and in so doing has received international honors for his training and safety programs. From the Nevada desert to the sands of Argentina, from Istanbul to South Africa, from Marrakech to the Ozark's, Coach has helped professional motorcycle racers bring home the gold and new riders get on the road to adventure. While it is clear that Coach Ramey loves adventure, his passion is teaching and he loves helping others achieve their potential.

In 2003, a motorcycle race crash left Coach Ramey with a spinal cord injury leaving him paralyzed from the chest down. It took a year of daily exercise for him to just stand up from the wheelchair and then another year of hard work to crawl over onto the seat of a motorcycle and sidecar. After four years of intense rehabilitation he was walking with two canes and then the world was his. Since then he has ridden around the world on three wheels. He has returned to coaching racers and adventure riders. He has written a book for new riders. And he still rides hard at the age of 70. His next goal?The ALCAN5000 in 2018.

Website: http://RideCoach.com
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLkyioWNmXUktjwmm5aZu0RQ6tyr2FxlSM

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Oct 12, 2017

Exercise Specialist, Thom Rieck, shares some simple exercises to help keep your body fit for motorcycle riding. Graham Field talks shares his thoughts on keeping your options open while you travel. And Bob Earl talks about Mule Pack Panniers, high-density polyethelene flexible motorcycle panniers.

Exercises for Better Riding: Thom Rieck

Thom Rieck is an Exercise Specialist at the Mayo Clinic Healthy Living Program. He’s a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, Certified Personal Trainer and PEAK Pilates Instructor. He has been working as a personal trainer for over 10 years and he’s also an avid motorcyclist. He shares some simple exercises to do to keep you flexible for motorcycle riding.

Website: trainwiththom.tumblr.com

Mule Pack Panniers: Bob Earl

- “molded from high-density polyethylene, the same material used to make whitewater kayaks and highway road barriers”
- “a capacity of 28 liters the streamlined design is engineered to provide safe, dry, and secure storage for all manner of gear, as well as an extra layer of protection for you and your bike”
- “Mule Pack's overlapping lid joint and marine grade EPDM gasket system keeps out rain and spray” 
- “the contoured top of the Mule Pack adds strength and provides a more secure surface to strap on a tent, sleeping bag, or other items you need to carry”
- “no paint or coating to worry about scratching or flaking off”
- “hardware is marine grade stainless steel”
- “bracket mounting system works with most of the popular side rack systems”
-  “Securing and removing the Mule Pack is as simple as tightening or loosening two large hand knobs located inside the box. This feature along with lockable lid latches keeps your gear safe and secure.”

Website: http://acmezoom.com/
Youtube: https://youtu.be/u87XmcFlRig

Don’t Be So Rigid: Graham Field

Graham Field is a motorcycle adventure author from the UK, now living in Bulgaria. The author of three books In Search of Greener Grass, Ureka and Different Natures. Books are available for individual purchase or as a replica pannier box set.
Graham shares his ideas of not keeping a rigid schedule on the road, and how being flexible can enhance your trip.

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

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Oct 6, 2017

Do you know where you are on the ADV Skills Level chart? (See below) You should, because it affects your choices, outfitting and how you describe yourself when deciding if a rough section is for you. Bret Tkacs of PSSOR has come up with a rating chart for adventure riders to explain what a novice to experienced rider is.

After the Break

Ted Porter from the Beemer Shop in California gives the low-down on how to set your adventure motorcycle suspension preload. According to Ted, setting your preload is something every motorcycle rider should know and after you hear this, I doubt you will disagree.

Rider Skills: Are You Curious How You Rate?

ARR received an email from a listener asking if we could “take a stab at defining the skills one should be able to demonstrate at each ADV level - beginner, intermediate, expert”. A complex topic, we asked Bret Tkacs, ARR Rider Skills and PSSOR instructor, for his input. Bret jumped to the task and came up with a chart that explains what skills might be expected at each level, which could be applied to independent riding, riding on a tour or bike rentals. Bret discusses the difficulties of defining rider skill levels, how education and experience play a role in defining your level, and how bike, gear and set up can skew the chart.

To see the PSSOR skills chart visit the ARR website at: https://www.adventureriderradio.com/adventure-rider-radio-episodes/2017/10/5/where-do-you-rate-on-the-scale-novice-to-expert-skill-levels-explained-setting-your-motorcycle-suspension-preload

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How to Set Your Suspension Preload

Ted Porter from the Beemer Shop is a suspension specialist working on all makes and models of motorcycles. On this episode he discusses how to set your suspension preload, which every rider should know. If you haven’t measured your rider sag, you need to learn how to adjust your preload.

https://www.beemershop.com/

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Sep 29, 2017

Daniel Rintz is a filmmaker, photographer and adventure motorcyclist from Dresden, Germany. Born in East Germany at a time when world travel was impossible for his family, Daniel’s whole world opened up when the Berlin wall fell and he embraced the opportunity to travel. Since then, he’s explored by bicycle, train and automobile, but motorcycling remains his passion.

In 2008, with a rough plan and no money, Daniel and his friend left East Germany for an around the world motorcycle adventure. With no safety net, they planned to work to finance their trip as they went along. In 2010, while in Asia, Daniel met Josephine (Joey) Flohr who was on a backpacking trip. She joined Daniel in his passion for motorcycling and they have been doing trips together ever since.

Daniel and Joey have recently completed a 3 year motorcycle adventure, and are putting together a film about their journeys, a sequel to Daniel’s first film “Somewhere Else Tomorrow”.

In this episode, he shares some great tips on making money on the road, travelling in Africa, and more.

Visit their website at www.open-explorers.com to learn more about Daniel and Joey, and their movies.

To help support their new movie go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/open-explorers-new-movie-freedom-africa#/

Getting Your Motorcycle to Africa: African Overlanders, Duncan Johnson

Duncan Johnson has motorcycled the East and West coasts of Africa, and along with his family, runs African Overlanders. They offer a vast amount of services including motorcycle and other shipping, accommodations and storage. They also offer 4x4 buy back services, where you can purchase a vehicle and at the end of your trip, you sell it back to them.

Duncan has some great tips on getting your motorcycle in to Africa, so tune in and learn what’s involved.

http://www.africanoverlanders.com/
http://discoverafrica4x4.com/

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Sep 22, 2017

When buying a motorcycle jacket - do you shop for style, comfort or crash protection? And what is crash protection really? Is there a certifying body that say the garment will save you? So many questions but we will get some answers on this episode, so that the next time you find yourself in front of the jacket rack, you have a clue what you really want. With David Hough.


Motorcycle author and journalist Dr. Gregory Frazier completed his sixth trip around the world not long ago. So where does a guy that travels this much hang his hat (read helmet)? And for that matter, where should you hang yours when you park your bike? Well, this may seem like a simple task, but Dr. Frazier has a few stories about riders that have learned through the school of hard knocks about what can happen to a misplaced helmet. We aren't talk about scratches. :)

Dr Gregory Frazier

Dr. Gregory Frazier has done several motorcycle trips around the world, he’s been shot at, spent time in jail and has had some incredible wildlife encounters. He’s a journalist and photographer and his work has been published in many motorcycle publications.

Website: http://horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier/

David L.Hough

80 year old David L. Hough has been riding motorcycles for more than 50 years. He and his wife, Diana, have travelled extensively by motorcycles in North & South America, central Europe, the UK, South Africa and New Zealand. While employed at The Boeing Company in Seattle for more than 36 years, he mostly commuted to work by motorcycle. Combining his travel and commuting experience, he became a highly skilled rider and continues to share his knowledge through various magazine publications and several books, including Proficient Motorcycling.

David is a certified motorcycle safety instructor and has taught motorcycle training courses. He's been an influence in the development of courses by the Motorcycle Safety Foundation and the Sidecar/Trike Education Program.

An award winning author, David L. Hough was inducted in to the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame in 2009 in recognition of his lifetime efforts towards motorcycle safety.

On this episode, David talks with Jim Martin about counter steering, a much difficult concept to explain and grasp. A necessary skill when it comes to riding, David enlightens us on how it's done.

Email: bentspoke93@gmail.com
David L. Hough's books: http://www.amazon.com/David-L.-Hough/e/B001JOWE2I

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