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Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Radio Show and Podcast

The Voice of Moto Travel

Apr 27, 2017

 

Driving A Sidecar Outfit: David L. Hough

David Hough is the author of Driving A Sidecar Outfit, a text book published by the Sidecar Safety Program in 1997. He's also the director of the Sidecar Safety Program, which offers a Sidecar driving training program. David talks with Jim about learning how to ride a motorcycle with a sidecar and what's involved.

DMC Sidecars: Jay

DMC Sidecars is located in Washington in the United States and are the makes of motorcycle sidecars. Jay discusses which motorcycle you would need for a sidecar and other considerations.
Website: www.dmcsidecars.com

Rider Skills: Riding Gravel Roads
Instructor: Bret Tkacs | PSSOR 

Gravel travel:
Most common surface
Overlooked as a challenge by many travelers
Can change quickly
To many accidents on easy to ride surfaces
The proper attitude (not a race, other users)

Why people crash:
Too fast
Wrong body position
Out of touch with traction
Throttle use
Braking while leaned over

Standing vs sitting… when each is preferred

Standing:
Greater visibility
Better weight control
Easier on the suspension
More time to recover in a slide
Proper state of mind
Better control of traction

Sitting:
Less energy

Exercise: Practice leaning the motorcycle underneath you on paved roads to stay over contact patch (both sitting and standing).

PSSOR: www.pssor.com

Show Sponsors

Max BMW
BestRest
Green Chile Adventure Gear
Motobriiz
Russian Moto Travel Company
IMS Products
HIDExtra

Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Apr 21, 2017

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

Travel & How it Affects Relationships

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

“1) Travel has long-term benefits for couples

2) Travel helps build and maintain relationships

3) Travel ignites romance and intimacy”

Source: https://www.ustravel.org

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

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

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

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

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

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

Website: http://2ridetheworld.com/

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

Website: www.aussiesoverland.com.au

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

Show Sponsors:

Max BMW
Bestrest
Green Chile Adventure Gear
Motobriiz
Tour USA
IMS
Road Dog Publications

Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Apr 13, 2017

Luke Gelmi gave up his job in Australia, and sold most of his possessions, in a spontaneous decision to go on a motorcycle adventure. Leaving behind his F800 GS, a bike suitable for the kind of trip he was setting out on, he bought “a wildly inappropriate Royal Enfield” in England. With no set plans, and unprepared, he travelled throughout the UK, some of Europe and Africa. He’s had, well what some might call crazy experiences on his trip… picked up a hitchhiker, got robbed, lost his front teeth, was arrested, and the list goes on. And for all this he’s had an incredible time, and is a changed person, all for the better.

You can read more about Luke’s adventures in his first book, an ebook available for free at ObliviousTheBook.com

Website: ShotsFromTheBar.com

This Week’s Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here.

Max BMW Motorcycles
Bestrest Products
Green Chile Adventure Gear
IMS Products
Motobriiz
Russian Moto Travel Company
HIDExtra

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

Apr 7, 2017

If you venture off the pavement, there’s always the possibility that one wrong move and your bike is off the side of a trail or stuck in a mudhole. The question is, do you have what you need to extract your bike? People, winch, or block and tackle?

We did some testing of three different systems, two of which you can take with you on any ride, and one of which is a good back up if not venturing too far, and it’s also ideal for loading your bike on to a trailer.

We spoke to Andy Lilienthal at Warn, Dave Peterson at BestRest, Jon Mason at Superwinch and PSSOR riding instructor, Bret Tkacs, who shares some great pointers on motorcycle recovery.

Bret Tkacs: PSSOR Riding Instructor

Tips and techniques on using motorcycle recovery systems.
Website: www.pssor.com

Dave Peterson: BestRest Products

Motorcycle Recovery System

  • z-drag rope and pulley system which has been modified for motorcycle recovery, originally made for mountaineering and rescue teams.
  • 5/16” (8 mm) primary rope, with a load rating of 3000 lb (1360 kg)
  • 1” x 10’ (2.5 cm x 3 m) flat webbing, with a load rating of 4000 lb (1814 kg)
  • pre-tied prusik loops, with a load rating of 1700 lb (771 kg)
  • pulleys (single or double depending on kit), with a load rating of 5000 lb (2268 kg)
  • non locking chrome carabiners, with a load rating of 4500 lb (2041 kg)

Website: https://bestrestproducts.com/shop/recovery-gear-mrs-system/motorcycle-recovery-system-mrs/

Andy Lilienthal: Warn Winch

XT17 Portable Winch

  • pulls up to 1700 lb (771 kg)
  • 9 lb (4.08 kg) aluminum construction (winch & rope)
  • 40 feet (12 m) of 5/32” (4mm) synthetic rope
  • winch size 10.3" L. x 4.0" D. x 4.2" H. (26cm L. x 10cm D. x 10.7cm H.)
  • sealed motor and contactor
  • runs off motorcycle battery

Website: https://www.warn.com/adventuretouring/XT17_winch.jsp

Jon Mason: Superwinch

W2G 4000 Portable Winch

  • pulls 4000 lb (1814 kg), up to 8000 lb (3629 kg) with double line technique
  • 43 lb (19.5 kg)
  • 3/16” x 50’ (4.8 mm x 15.24 m) cable (synthetic rope available W2G 4000 SR)
  • tackle box kit includes 3 shackles, 2 straps, pulley block (for up to 8000 lb capability), handheld remote, 10’ battery leads and gloves
  • can be permanently mounted, or winch can be securely strapped to something stationary such a tree with included straps
  • we used a portable battery to power the W2G 4000 when we tested it

Website: https://www.superwinch.com/collections/superwinch-portable-winches/products/superwinch-winch2go

Fun Fact: We came across another way that a winch can be really beneficial and useful to a motorcyclist, especially if parking is limited or safety is a concern. http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2705856/I-like-park-I-Russian-man-solves-crime-issue-winching-motorbike-outside-3rd-floor-window.html

This Week’s Show Sponsors:

Support the show sponsors that help bring ADVENTURE RIDER RADIO to you. More information about contacting our sponsors can be found here.

Max BMW Motorcycles
Bestrest Products
Green Chile Adventure Gear
TourUSA
IMS Products
Motobriiz

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

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