We look at off-road riding schools beginning with PSSOR this week with Bret Tkacs. Do you really need lessons to ride your adventure bike off road or can you learn through the school of hard knocks. After-all isn't that how the pros learned? Find out on this episode of Adventure Rider Radio.
Our new feature Gems, is a focus on great riding areas or destinations that are not mainstream through the eyes of locals who know them intimately. You need to listen to this so you don't miss some incredible rides as you travel.
On this weeks Gem, Spencer Hill shines some light on a great riding and camping area that you have likely ridden right past. It's location? The Pacific NorthWest of the US.
Spencer Hill www.thegeardude.com
Allan Karl is the author of FORKS, the book and now he is about to embark on a journey to China to produce a multi episode documentary for television.
The name Touratech is well known among, especially, BMW fans but not the name Herbert Schwarz. Find out why.
Herbert Schwarz is not your typical CEO. He does run an expanding business with three hundred plus employees but his real passion is what got his company started - adventure motorcycling. Find out what Herbert says about what he'll do if work prevents his riding.
In 1995 Carla King rode a Russian Ural motorcycle around the borders of the United States as an experienment for her, a publishing comany and Ural America. After endless breakdowns and problems Carla, the Ural and the sidecar made the trip but not until many parts where replaced on route. Carl wrote her book American Borders about the trip. On this episode Carla talks about her book and motorcycle adventures in general.
Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited gives a chain adjustment instruction guarenteed to turn your difficult chain adjustment into a five minute breeze. :)
Graham Field talks about his new book preprint amazing offer - visit http://grahamfield.co.uk
Carla King: http://carlaking.com
Grant Johnson: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com
Glen Heggstad had some tough beginnings, including foster homes and living on the street. He travelled at the age of 16 and joined a bike gang in his early twenties but soon changed his ways and took up martial arts. Learning progressed to teaching and soon Glen had the most successful martial arts school in his area and became well respected for his school and his work with troubled youth.
Glen then decided to retire from martial arts competition and loaded his motorcycle for adventure heading south for Tierra del Fuego. Except it didn't quite work out as planned, Glen was captured in Colombia by rebel guerrillas and held prisoner. He was tortured, starved, beaten and abused during his five weeks in captivity but he managed to stage his imminent death which won him freedom.
After that horrific ordeal he didn't even go home, Glen had his original goal still in his sights and never let go. - He rode to Tierra del Fuego as planned. Incredible story.
Visit Glen Heggstad's website at http://www.strikingviking.net
Doris Wiedemann is an author, journalist and world motorbike traveller and she loves riding her bike in winter snow. Yep, you read that correctly, winter snow. You can hear it in her voice, she really loves riding in slippery, cold snow on two wheels. Doris gives us some tips on picking our bike up after a fall. Who better to talk about picking up a motorcycle than someone that rides in the snow. :)
More about Doris Wiedemann at: http://www.doriswiedemann.de
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Ups and Downs of One or Two Bikes
The ups and downs between riding with two bikes or one for two riders.
Brian Rix and Shirley Hardy-Rix discuss the things to consider with Jim Martin. You'll be surpised what they say.
Tiffany Coates Grand Adventures continued from last week. We left her in Timbuktu on the previous episode, so listen in to see where she ends up next.
We also talk with Ben de Boer, founder of Motortourer, the company “building the world’s largest online social community solely dedicated to bikers around the world” - quite possibly the next Facebook for bikers?
And Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited on packing light and avoiding common mistakes for travel.
Packed with great information and stories, don’t miss this episode!
Tiffany’s Twitter: tiffanystravels
Tiffany’s Website: www.tiffanystravels.co.uk
BMW short documentary on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCaCl-G3RFg
Horizons Unlimited: www.horizonsunlimited.com
Part 1 of Tiffany Coates' Grand Adventures
Considered the world’s foremost female bike adventurer, Tiffany Coates has covered more miles than any other solo female rider. She’s a well travelled motorcyclist, visiting many countries and having ridden over 200,000 miles. In 1997, Tiffany and her best friend Becky took a crash course for beginner motorcycle riders, got their licenses and few months later Tiffany set out on her first bike trip of many to come. Now an international freelance motorcycle guide, Tiffany is still always on the lookout for adventure on two wheels.
BMW short documentary on Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCaCl-G3RFg
Rachel Lasham and Ed March’s C90 Adventures
Hunkered down in Canmore Alberta Lasham and March ride through the Candian winter.
Here’s proof that you don’t need a big motorcycle to have a real adventure. Ed and his trusty Honda C90 have travelled around the world, visiting 36 countries and covering over 70,000 miles.
Seven months ago, Ed and Rachel Lasham from England, began a journey from Alaska to Argentina each on their own Honda C90.
They don’t just want to make time though, they decided to take a side trip to explore Canada from coast to coast, adding almost 20,000 km to their trip. Although it’s the middle of winter, they aren’t letting that stop them!
Ed and Rachel regal us with stories of their adventures, people they meet and challenges they face (perhaps cold weather camping could be one of those…brrrrr!) A couple of fun loving folks, they are creating memories to last a lifetime, both for themselves and everyone they meet.
Ed’s Website: http://www.c90adventures.co.uk
Rachel’s Blog: http://wanderonahonda.co.uk
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Alex Chacon - Viral Adventure Motorbike Video
36 countries in 500 days in just under 3 minutes. Hard to believe? Really. Meet Alex Chacon, an adventure motorcyclist who travelled from Alaska to Argentina and captured all the places he visited on a Gopro. When Alex returned from his great adventure, he produced his “Around the World in 360 Degrees - 3 Year Epic Selfie” video on Youtube and it went viral, having millions of views! This is a must see that will inspire travel in just about anyone.
Graham Hoskins is the host of Adventure Bike TV on the internet and the star of the TV series "World's Best Biking Adventures' in the UK. Graham talks about his adventures and gives loads of tips for those wanting to follow in his footsteps as he dicsuses the pros and cons of filming a motorbike adventure or any adventure for that matter.
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Motorcycle Tours - Anatomy of a Guided Motorbike Trip
Rob Beach has many years experience working as a motorcycle guide, for reputedly the oldest motorcycle tour company in the world.
What’s involved in taking an organized motorcycle tour? What are the advantages? And more...
Weather or Not
Motorcycle Travel experts Sam Manicom, Graham Field and Grant Johnson give great advice on riding in bad or extreme weather conditions. Some fantastic tips on preparation, gear, reading the weather from your tent and more that you won’t want to miss!
Adventure motorcycle traveller and author of Into Africa, Under Asian Skies, Distant Suns, and Tortillas to Totems.
Adventurer and Motorcycle travel author of Ureka and In Search of Greener Grass.
Motorcycle traveller - riding two up with Susan Johnson
Horizons Unlimited - Hub of information for overlanders
Postie Bike Rider - Nathan Millward Tours the Globe
Nathan and Dorothy have enjoyed a special relationship over the years. Dorothy is getting up there in years, but after she retired from the Australian Postal service, she was still going strong and joined Nathan as he traversed around the world. They’ve been very close, travelling together from Sydney to London, covering 23,000 miles, through 18 countries in 9 months, with only THREE DAYS PLANNING! How is that even possible? Then a few years later, Dorothy put her trust in Nathan again and they rode across America in 3 and a half months, through Canada and the United States travelling 8,000 miles. Oh, did we mention that Dorothy is a ‘postie bike’, a 2004 Honda CT110 used to deliver the mail in Australia? That’s right. In this story about a guy who seems to like to jump in with both feet and just go for it, we hear all about Nathan Millward’s adventures with dependable Dorothy.
Author of two books, The Long Ride Home and Running Towards the Light, Nathan regals the reader with tales of his and Dorothy’s challenging, and sometimes frustrating, world trips.
Reflecting on 2014 Adventure Rider Radio
Adventure Rider Radio host Jim Martin takes a step back in time to reflect on the past episodes of 2014 on Adventure Rider Radio.
You'll hear some real nuggets from ARR's previous guests and some things that will likely surprise you. Jim talks about each clip before playing it so you get a better feel for what is going on.
All episode from 2014 are available for download, free by visiting http://www.adventureriderradio.com