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Adventure Rider Radio Motorcycle Podcast. Travel Adventures, Bike Tech Tips

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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The Voice of Moto Travel

Jun 22, 2017

Ask any one who rides a dual sport, touring bike, street bike, or what have you, and there is nothing that clears the mind, relieves stress, and makes them feel good more than just riding their bike. 

Combine riding with travel, be it a day, weekend, month or year and we hear stories about how riding has changed the way people think. 

We’ve heard from riders who have had a love of travel instilled in them and when they discovered motorcycles and combined the two, a whole new world opened up for them. Through travel we are given opportunities to experience different cultures, people, and places. Riding a motorcycle to get to these places makes us more vulnerable, we’re easily seen and we are a curiosity. The motorcycles are avenues for people to talk to us, ask questions, for us to get to know the real people of different places. 

Mixing travel with motorcycles offers a truly unique experience, not comparable to any other kind of exploration. It can change the way you think about yourself, others and life.

In this episode we talked to an Australian in Canada, Glen Baker, whose adventure motorcycles have included a moped, KLR and now a Triumph street bike. And JJ Lewis gives some tips on riding in the Copper Canyon.

Glen Baker: West Coast Wanderer

Glen Baker is from West Australia and now lives in Revelstoke, British Columbia in Canada. He's been doing adventure trips for the last 10 years, and in 2013 he gave up his job as an electrician, and left on a trip around the world. He fell in love with British Columbia and decided to make Revelstoke his home. Moto travel has become somewhat of an obsession with Glen, but the rewards have been tremendous. He says ask what he was like before he discovered moto travel compared to what he's like now, and you will hear he's a changed person. He's overcome some hardships, and plans to make moto travel his life, once he's cut through some red tape in Canada.

Website: http://www.westcoastwanderer.org

Copper Canyon: JJ Lewis 

JJ Lewis from the Good Adventure Company runs tours with the proceeds towards charity in the Copper Canyon. He shares some tips on riding in the Copper Canyon with our listeners. Learn about the Good Adventure Company and what they have to offer at www.good-adv.com. They've got some great trips coming up this summer and autumn which just might be the adventure you are looking for.

Website: www.good-adv.com

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Jun 15, 2017

What Inspires a Motorcycle Adventure Traveler and Author?


Graham Field is a household name if you're in to adventure motorcycling, the author of three books, a world traveler and a co-host on ARR RAW. He's been the inspiration for many riders, who have read his books, and have been motivated to set out on their own adventures, wherever and for however long they may be. So, when Graham Field messages Jim and says he knows this couple, who just happen to be in Bulgaria staying down the road from him, that he finds inspiring, we were intrigued. We just had to 'meet' this couple and find out their story. Find out what inspires the inspiring.

Facebook: Graham Field  Motorcycle Travel Author
Website: http://grahamfield.co.uk

Icy Cold Honeymoon Adventure: Jan & Silke Neumann

Not just any honeymoon would do for Jan & Silke, who met through their motorcycle riding adventures. Who wants to lay on the beach in the hot sun when you can ride in -35°C in a snowstorm, on two old Suzuki bikes, to the North Cape in Norway?

Jan & Silke call themselves an "adventure-loving, offroad passionate, travel addicted couple". They've both travelled extensively on their motorcycles and eventually got together and continue their adventures together. Their ride to the North Cape, commonly known as the most northerly point in Europe, certainly ranks as one of the most unusual motorcycle honeymoons.

Facebook: Jan Neumann, Silke Neumann
Website: http://eisreise.wordpress.com/
Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC83OYQQpmo7CRB-pjglxFtw

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Jun 8, 2017

Brent Carroll: Read a Facebook Post, Bought a Motorcycle, Attended a HUBB Meet & Went on an Adventure

Inspired by a Facebook post, Brent Carroll decided to get a motorcycle to do some adventure riding. After going to a Horizons Unlimited meet he was hooked on the idea of a long distance motorcycle trip, having met other riders who were travelling and exploring the world. In April, 2016 he set out from Virginia to Newfoundland, rode across Canada to Alaska and then down to Ushuaia. Being on the road for 13 months was a life changing experience for Brent, who came away with some valuable lessons learned that he has shared through video and on his website, and now with us. 

Blog: www.lovinglivingadventuring.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL-G58StnCxTuu3F4Y2NqCgxDdcUJWStay
Facebook: facebook.com/LovingLivingAdventuring/
Instagram: instagram.com/lovinglivingadventuring/
Twitter: twitter.com/LovingLivingADV/

Rider Skills: Instructor Bret Tkacs on Starting on a Hill

Some methods right out of the PSSOR school book on getting started on a hill on your motorcycle. Whether it's gravel, mud or asphalt. There's a simple combination that will make this usually difficult task, a breeze.

Website: http://brettkacs.com


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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

Jun 2, 2017

Grant Johnson: Tips For Riding When the Heat is On

Grant's vast background includes being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited with his wife, Susan Johnson. Grant has given many talks around the world as part of the HUBB presentations. He's also a co-host on ARR RAW: www.adventureriderradio.com/raw
Horizons Unlimited: www.horizonsunlimited.com

Sjaak Lucassen: Tips For Cold Weather Riding

Sjaak Lucassen is a Dutch long distance motorcycle rider, adventurer and author. He's no stranger to winter riding and has some great tips to share.
http://www.sjaaklucassen.nl/en/

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

May 26, 2017

In this first part of a two part series, we talk to David Hough about riding in high winds and Grant Johnson about rainy weather riding. Also, Chantal Simons has done long distance trips on both a Ducati Monster and a Chook Chaser? And what she's learned is that asking yourself the right questions when faced with a hurdle is what can make the difference in how your trip turns out.

David Hough: Riding in High Winds

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.
David is the author of Proficient Motorcycling: The Ultimate Guide to Riding Well and other books about safety and riding techniques. His books are available on Amazon at http://www.amazon.com/David-L.-Hough/e/B001JOWE2I

Grant Johnson: Rainy Weather Riding

Grant's vast background includes being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited with his wife, Susan Johnson. Grant has given many talks around the world as part of the HUBB presentations. He's also a co-host on ARR RAW: www.adventureriderradio.com/raw
Horizons Unlimited: www.horizonsunlimited.com

Chantal Simons: Chick on a Chook Chaser

Chantal Simons has ridden motorcycles in Asia, Europe and Australia. It was the trip around Australia that inspired her to write a book called She'll be right! Tales and Thoughts of a Women's Motorcycle Adventure Down Under. Chantal says that the reason she wrote the book was:

"to show it isn't hard to do a trip like this. Some people think you have to be some super hero to travel long distances on a motorbike. But really you just need the will to go and a decent amount of common sense."

Website: http://chickonthechookchaser.com
YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCIIRDqmSiS65nEapMCnuOTw

Get the ebook at:

Kobo
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May 18, 2017

The Simpson Desert is Australia's fourth largest desert and the largest sand dune desert in the world, containing the world's longest parallel sand dunes. On the western side of the desert, these dunes are as high as 3 metres, and on the eastern side as much as about 30 metres.
The desert has no maintained roads, but there are tracks which were made in the 60's and 70's when surveys were done in the search for oil and gas. The tracks are navigable by four wheel drive, but without any services, extra fuel and water are necessary.
It's very hot with summer temperatures reaching up to 50 Celsius. It doesn't rain often and sand storms happen regularly. The desert dunes are a cornucopia of colour, with oranges, pinks, reds and whites on brilliant display. 
The first non-indigenous person to cross the desert did so on camels in 1936 and there have since been several crossings made on foot. It's inviting and terrifying all at the same time, and is compelling to adventurous motorcyclists, some who have made it across the desert successfully and some who haven't been so lucky and have needed rescue. 

Stuart Ball is the founder of The Great Australian Ride, raising money for a charity called Red Nose. He recently completed two crossings of the Simpson Desert in one week.
Sarah Taylor is a motorcyclist and paramedic, and a team medic for The Great Australian Ride. Sarah also recently rode through the Simpson Desert.

The Great Australian Ride: http://www.thegreataustralianride.com/
Red Nose: https://rednose.com.au/

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

May 12, 2017

Fear of travelling to some countries is instilled in us by the media, or people who haven't been but have heard about these places. Are we missing out on discovering different cultures and people because of these fears? Perhaps riding out of our comfort zone and in to these places will make us see things differently and change the way we think. 

Lois Pryce: Revolutionary Road: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran

Intrigued by a note left on her motorcycle, Lois Pryce went on a 3000 mile ride in Iran on a quest to discover what the country and it's people were really like. Lois has been on many motorcycle trips, but she says this one is the one that has affected her most profoundly. In a country where women on motorcycles is not allowed by law, she found the people warm, kind and hospitable, and she fell in love with Iran. 

Book: Revolutionary Road: On the Road in Search of the Real Iran is available on Amazon.
Website: http://www.loisontheloose.com/my-adventures/iran/

Rosie Gabrielle: Solo Ride in Oman

Rosie Gabrielle is a photographer and an adventure traveller, and she is passionate about embracing all life has to offer and living life to the fullest. She hopes to show people that there is a lot of good in the world, that media hype doesn't always portray people from other countries in the true sense of who they really are. She's travelled to some exotic places, including Thailand and South Africa, and has also done two trips to Oman, which she says was life-changing. In the Middle East she found that the fears that are implanted in us are generally unfounded, that the people were helpful and caring. Doors were opened and friends were made and the kindness was overwhelming.

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May 5, 2017

Camp meals should be more than just hot dogs and granola. This episode we talk to long time motorcycle travellers, Lisa & Simon Thomas, about their new book Dirty Dining and Ara Gureghian, a five star chef who's been living off his motorcycle for over a decade. They give some valuable tips on camp cooking especially when space and supplies are limited.

Lisa & Simon Thomas: Dirty Dining

Simon and Lisa Thomas have been on the road for 14 years, travelling to many different countries and experiencing all kinds of cuisine. Inspired by world foods, Lisa has been conjuring up her own recipes, at times replicating the exotic flavours they’ve tasted, and also coming up with their own recipes with just the right ingredients. They’re about to launch a cookbook called “Dirty Dining - An Adventurer’s Cookbook. In this book, they’ve come up with a great mix of recipes, photography and tips for overland cooking.

Dirty Dining will be available for pre-order soon through Barnes & Noble and on Amazon. Check the 2ridetheworld website or facebook pages for updates.

Website: http://2ridetheworld.com/
Facebook: @DirtyDining
Facebook: @2ridetheworld

Ara Gureghian: Chef in the Wilderness

Ara Gureghian is a five-star chef, trained in a culinary school in Switzerland. He’s owned various restaurants and a bakery, and has also been a personal chef. He’s spent over the last 11 years travelling the United States on his motorcycle with a side car and his pitbull dog, Spirit. Cooking remains one of Ara’s passions, and with all of his years of experience cooking for others and himself, what better person to turn to for some tips on whole food cooking in the wild.
On his website, Ara has a link to “One Pan Meals”, with some of his recipes available for sale by download. Ara’s idea of a One Pan Meal isn’t like throwing it all in to one pan, turning up the heat and hoping for the best. He talks about timing, and creating a full on meal in one pan. He’s also got some great tips on what tools he uses in the kitchen.

Website: http://theoasisofmysoul.com/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/The-Oasis-of-my-Soul-133399976670953/

Excerpt: RAW Episode 8

Grant Johnson - www.horizonsunlimited.com
Sam Manicom - www.sam-manicom.com
Graham Field - www.grahamfield.co.uk

To listen to the full RAW Episode 8 go to http://www.adventureriderradio.com/arr-raw-posts/2016/8/12/raw-episode-8-first-aid-for-motorcyclists-off-the-cuff-round-table-discussions.

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Music by Jason Shaw at www.audionautix.com

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

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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

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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

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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

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Mar 31, 2017

Ted Simon has moved to France and started his next motorcycle adventure, but in a different way. What he's doing offers a unique opportunity to learn something from a motorcycle legend and writer. Also in this episode, Aaron Steinmann chose to ride his KTM 500 EXC in New Zealand and then in South America to Oregon, not your usual adventure motorcycle, but then again, isn't every bike an adventure bike?

Ted Simon Opens Writer's Retreat in France

After living in California for over 35 years, Ted Simon, author of Jupiter's Travels, has purchased a house in France and opened a writer's retreat. His new home has ample room to accommodate aspiring writers, film makers and artists, and maybe even a traveler passing through. He's always had a foot in France, having gone there for the first time after the war, on a bicycle and then later living in France, so the move back to France was something he knew would happen sooner or later.

Ted is soon to be 86 years old, and while back in California, he had been thinking of what he wanted to do with his time in his dotage, how he could share what he’s learned over the years with others. He thought that he would like to encourage people to write or document their trips so that others can hear what is going on in the world, and to help writers get their books published. So, he came up with a plan to go back to France and to open a writer’s retreat. He put up most of his own money, and with the help of some generous people who donated the balance of what he needed, he purchased the house.

The writer's retreat is in the South of France, not far from the Mediterranean Sea. The village of Aspiran, is located in the Hérault Valley, and has been settled as far back as the Gallo-Roman times. About 10 years ago, a Roman winery dating back to 10 AD was found in Aspiran, believed to be the earliest commercial wine operation in France. In the middle ages, Aspiran became the property of the Aniane Abbey, and within an enclosure, the village of Aspiran grew, with four doors allowing entry in to the French commune. You can still see two of the doors that were used in those times. Between the 1400's and 1600's houses were built, and over the centuries the village spread out of the walls, vineyards grew larger and wine growing became the mainstay of Aspiran. And to this day, it is still known as a wine village producing both red and white wines.

Aspiran sounds like the perfect backdrop for a writer's retreat, what better inspiration than a medieval village, with a mixture of the old and the new? And why go to a writer’s retreat, let alone Ted Simon’s?

In our modern times, we are inundated from the left and right by technology, which can be a good thing, with information at our finger tips. But, it can also be a huge distraction. We are available to anyone around the clock, with easy access to text messaging, emails and social media. And this can make our life hectic, taking away or disrupting us from focusing on writing or creating. It can be tough to make the time, when others may not understand your need to throw yourself in to your work. At a writer’s retreat you can immerse yourself in your creation and explore the possibilities. And the special thing about Ted Simon’s retreat is the support of a writer who wants to and is willing to share his experience and knowledge to help other writers.

Although the idea of the writer’s retreat was specifically intended for Jupiter’s Travellers, Ted is open to any one who is writing or has an idea for a book, a film, or artwork. He encourages those interested to get in touch with him through his website, have some conversation back and forth with him, and see if you’re a good fit. To live with Ted for a time in this special place, with the encouragement of an accomplished writer and traveler would be an exceptional opportunity, perhaps the chance of a lifetime.

To find out more about Ted Simon’s writer’s retreat go to his website at http://jupitalia.com/.

Ted Simon Foundation: Jupiter’s Travellers: http://jupiterstravellers.org/

KTM 500 EXC Long Distance Ride

Aaron Steinmann’s bike of choice for a trip through New Zealand and then from Chile to Oregon, and on to Alaska, is the KTM 500 EXC, a bike that many say is a street legal dirt bike, an enduro which is an unusual choice for a long distance trip. But, despite being designed as a high performance and high maintenance bike, it was the best choice for Aaron, and he’s been pleased with the ride.

Riding through South America is a popular choice for many adventure motorcyclists and Aaron shares some stories about border crossings, talks about taking the Stahlratte around the Darien Gap, and how he handled the frequent maintenance that the KTM requires. This is another example that the perfect motorcycle for adventure travel, is whatever you like.

http://advrider.com/index.php?threads/new-zealand-to-oregon-on-a-ktm-500exc.1181912/

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Mar 24, 2017

Trui Hanoulle is a motorcycle traveler, that looks for adventure out of her comfort zone, and recently that included doing a solo trip on an electric Zero motorcycle from her home in Belgium to Istanbul. And Pat Jacques, retired MX racer and founder of ADVWoman, teaches women off-road riding skills and hosts the annual ADVWoman Rally in Colorado.

Elektrogirl: Trui Hanoulle

Trui Hanoulle’s home is in Belgium, where she works as a freelance photographer and graphic designer, but she’s also a traveler and a motorcyclist. She’s ridden throughout Europe, Asia and the Middle East, connecting with people, exploring the backroads and off the beaten path places. She spends her time learning about the cultures and the countries she explores. She doesn’t follow the path of the mainstream tourist, she takes the time to really experience the different ways people live their lives. In a recent article in Women ADV Riders Magazine, Trui said

"And that’s where the adventure starts: when you step out of your comfort zone and find yourself in a completely new world or situation."

- Women ADV Riders Magazine

Trui’s last long distance ride was on a Zero electric motorcycle, and she’s discovered that there were great perks to riding the bike, cost of travel being ultimately low for a motorbike, and some drawbacks as well. She rode from Belgium to Istanbul and back, and the bike required a recharge about every 250 km for 12 hours. Although this meant having to make frequent stops, it also gave opportunities to meet the locals and ask for help with charging. And that, for Trui, is what travel is all about.

Elektrogirl Website: https://truihanoulleblog.wordpress.com/

ADVWoman: Pat Jacques

Since she was first on a minibike at the age of 8 years old, Pat has been passionate about riding. She got her first “real” motorcycle when she was 11 years old, a 1972 Honda SL100, as a reward for doing well in school. Soon she followed her brother in racing MX, first in girl’s classes, and then in boys classes. And she has since spent most of her biking career racing MX in men’s classes. Now retired from racing, her passion for riding has branched out in to empowering women riders.

In 2016, Pat Jacques hosted the first annual motorcycle adventure rally, ADV Woman Rally, run by women, all women instructors, for women and their families. Pat is also a writes a “Riding Academy” column for Women ADV Riders Magazine, answering questions and giving riding tips.

Website: http://advwoman.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ADVWoman/

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Mar 17, 2017

 

Space means safety on the road, and in this episode we talk about 5 simple and effective keys that have been used in commercial trucking for decades. Shawn Kitchen, a Driver Trainer from Smith System explains how these keys can be used when riding your motorcycle. And Phil Freeman from Motoquest in Alaska shares tips on riding the Dalton Highway, one of the most remote roads in the world.

How the Smith System Can be Applied to Motorcycle Riding

Since 1952, the Smith System Driver Improvement Institute has been providing collision avoidance driver training. Shawn Kitchen is a Driver Trainer, having completed a course with Smith System, and he's also a motorcyclist. The 5Keys used in their driving training program is applied to small and large vehicles as well as utility trucks. Shawn joins us on this episode to explain how these driving techniques can also be applied to riding a motorcycle.

Smith System: https://www.drivedifferent.com/

Riding Tips for the Dalton Highway in Alaska

If you're thinking of riding the Dalton Highway in Alaska, Phil Freeman from Motoquest has some tips to help you make the trip as safe as possible. Motoquest is a motorcycle rental and tour company based out of Alaska. Phil started doing trips in 1998 in Alaska, and has since branched out in to other parts of the world, running trips in over 20 countries.

We contacted Phil when we were looking for tips on riding the Dalton Highway. On his website, he has the 10 Do's and Don'ts of the Dalton, and in an excerpt from it Phil says,

“414 miles of frost-heaves, broken chip seal and grated dirt surfaces, the Dalton Highway has its challenges. On a good day, you can ride it wide open. On a bad day, you can go home in a helicopter.

Every year motorcyclists are killed on the Dalton Highway. This road offers the rider the adventure gamut. Almost half of the highway is paved or chip sealed. The other half can be smooth or baseballs. There are relatively no places to stop along the way: no gas, no convenient stores, no McDonalds. There are stretches of up to 245 miles without gas. You are literally riding through pristine wilderness. There are no tire shops or police stations.  A wrecker to the Arctic Circle from Fairbanks is a $1,600 bill.  Dalton Highway, mile marker 300: Welcome to the food chain.”

You can read the rest of this article on the Motoquest website at https://www.motoquest.com/ramblings-from-the-road/the-10-dos-and-donts-of-the-dalton/

Motoquest Website: www.motoquest.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MotoQuest

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