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Adventure Rider Radio motorcycle podcast - The voice of moto travel, is motorcycle adventure travel around the world. Experienced moto travellers and industry motorbike pros with tech tips, instruction and stories of adventure motorcycling with host, Jim Martin on the most popular adv rider podcast in the world. Every Thursday a new episode brings motorbike travel stories and information for all motorbike enthusiasts. Inspirational, motivating and educational.
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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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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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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

www.pssor.com
www.tourusa.us

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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Sep 14, 2017

Social media has become a popular source of how we share our life, including our travels or adventures. And through social media, we share our photos and usually include a write up to show what we’re doing, where we’ve been. And if we want to get back to basics, well photography has been around for a long time, and looking at a photo can you put you right in to the picture, you can imagine the sounds and smells, and it gives us insight in to things we might otherwise never get to see. And journal keeping, be it on a blog or by written word, has the same effects on us, except we use our imagination to picture where the author is.

Both are incredible ways to share stories, and for us to look back on where we’ve been, to refresh the memories from long ago. In this episode we talk to Tim Burke, who documents his journeys through photography and we have a flashback to an interview with Graham Field, who is an avid daily diary keeper.

Every Picture Tells a Story: Tim Burke

Tim Burke is from Seattle, Washington and in April he quit his job, sold off his belongings and shipped his motorcycle to London to do a trip around Europe. At first, it was about the motorcycle adventure, but very quickly he grew to love photography and it became a large focus of the trip. His photographs have been featured in some motorcycle branding catalogues, magazines and social feeds. For Tim, photography on the road is a way of sharing his experiences with other people. He has some great tips on travelling on a motorcycle with photography equipment, and he also shares his story on how he got to where he is.

www.fb.com/timburkephoto
www.instagram.com/timburkephoto

Graham Field - How he Documents His Life

We decided to share part of this episode which ran in August, 2014 where Graham Field tells how he has kept track of his life, and he also reads some of his diary to us. He’s the author of three entertaining motorcycle adventure travel books and you can find them on his website at www.grahamfield.co.uk.

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Sep 7, 2017

A story of a RTW motorcycle trip that morphs in to a two-wheeled adventure of the camper kind, and A story of a RTW motorcycle trip that morphs in to a two-wheeled adventure of the camper kind, and Zac Kurylyk from Canada Moto Guides shares his thoughts on what he calls the comeback of the parallel twin.

Two-Wheeled Adventures of the Camper Kind

Alan Curtis (Curt )and Lyn Williams have been riding motorcycles since they were teenagers, so when Curt was coming up with ideas for an adventure, including sailing around the world, it was a natural choice for them to go on a motorbike adventure . First the plan was to ride to the UK, but three years later they are still travelling the world. And now they have converted an Isuzu NPR diesel truck in to a camper home and are continuing their travels around Canada, the United States and in to South America. An overland motorcycle adventure on board their rv truck conversion.

Website: http://www.twoxtw.com/

Parallel Twin vs Thumper

Zac Kurylyk, the managing editor at Canada Moto Guide shares his ideas about how he sees a surge happening with twin parallel engines in the adventure riding industry. Read his article on this topic in Canada Moto Guide magazine: https://canadamotoguide.com/2017/07/13/parallel-universe-the-surprising-comeback-of-parallel-twins/

Canada Moto Guide: www.canadamotoguide.com

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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Sep 1, 2017

Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs: Group Riding

PSSOR Instructor, Bret Tkacs, talks about motorcycle group riding dynamics. Two methods of keeping your group riding together without eating each other’s dust or following dangerously close. Both these methods allow you to keep track of the entire group while you ride and other tips, including how to handle yourself when riding with a group.

Website: www.pssor.com

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