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Chris Donaldson was brought up during The Troubles in Northern Island and for years he looked towards escaping his conflicted homeland on his motorcycle with the goal of riding to Australia. But, not long after he set out he hit a ‘road block’ and as often happens in travel, plans changed. He ended up riding his Moto Guzzi Le Mans to places he thou…
 
Getting on and off your motorcycle seems simple enough, almost so simple that it could be discounted as a riding skill, yet getting on and off a motorcycle can be difficult in certain situations. For instance, if your bike is loaded, or you have a pillion, top box or roll bag. Maybe you ride a tall bike, or you find yourself on a hill facing up or …
 
Seasoned travellers share their best travel tips and advice. Lessons learned on the road that you need to know before you go. This is part TWO of a TWO part series, each featuring different travellers with a vast array of advice. In this episode we hear from world travellers, Spencer Conway and Cathy Nel, Steph Jeavons and Tiffany Coates. Listen to…
 
As 2020 comes to a close and we are looking toward to the future, planning adventures, short or long, near or far, we asked a select group of experienced travellers if they would share their top planning, packing and travel tips. Secrets, so to speak, that you need to know before you go. This is part ONE of a TWO part series, each featuring differe…
 
Its been a year and a half in the making, but I'm ready to give my review of my 2018 Honda Goldwing as an LD motorcycle. Links to some of the items discussed in the episode: Episode 67 - Talking with Honda about this bike Rivco Highway Pegs Ridiculously priced Honda Passenger Armrests Backrest for the stock seat Firecreek Accessories Quicktank Fire…
 
This past year international travel came to a halt as the pandemic spread around the world, but the power sports industry as a whole has seen a change that no one could have predicted. In this episode, a conversation about what happened and what it could mean for motorcyclists. More motorcycle travel episodes available on Adventure Rider Radio at a…
 
When you ride a motorcycle you need to make sure that you are visible. But, what attracts the attention of drivers the most? Bright coloured helmets, clothing? A light coloured motorcycle? There’s something that stands out much more than any of those things, something that Harry Hurt, author of the Hurt Report, the most detailed motorcycle accident…
 
Bill Whitacre retired a few years ago from his job as CEO of a large agricultural company to allow more time for motorcycle travel. He seems to have an insatiable thirst for learning, and at 67 years old he is fired up about discovering more about the world and the people that inhabit it. On this episode, a conversation about travel and one man’s u…
 
Adventure Rider Radio’s exclusive Gearing Up segments are all about discovering some great gear, ideas and hacks that may make the difference between calling it quits or continuing your ride. And on this episode we talk to Paul Guillien of CruzTOOLS about custom made motorcycle tool roads and what you’ll find in them. And we’ve also got some tips a…
 
Our focus in motorcycling is usually about getting more traction, and rightfully so. We want tires that have good grip, we weight our pegs, we slide our bodies forward or back on our bikes. But, sometimes having less traction may actually work to your advantage. And on this episode of Rider Skills we have Bill Dragoo from DART to tell us about time…
 
The Road to Gobblers Knob, In Clancy’s Boots and Way to Go are just a few of the 18 books written by author and journalist, Geoff Hill. Inspired by his own travels, Geoff is a successful travel writer, most of which is by motorcycle. He’s been shortlisted or won the UK travel Writer of the year nine times and has been hailed in reviews of his best …
 
Michnus and Elsebie Olivier have to be two of the busiest people on the road with all their projects and business obligations, but after 10 years of travelling, they are still awed and inspired to explore, a true pair of adventurers. And now after seven months in lockdown due to the pandemic, they are once again on the move. The first thing they wa…
 
Travis and Chantil Gill left on a year long motorcycle adventure with the plan being to explore Morocco and as much of Europe as they could. They had spent years saving and preparing for this trip and with Coronavirus seemingly not too bad in the United States, they decided to take a chance and go ahead with their plans. But just a couple of weeks …
 
Dylan Spink stops by to talk about the myriad of motorcycles and farkles he has created for LD rallies. Support for this episode comes from DiscountRamps.com. DiscountRamps.com offers a huge selection of power sport products for your ATV, UTV, Motorcycle, and more! Everything you need to load, haul, or transport your power sport toys! Long Riders R…
 
There’s a first time for everything, including motorcycle travel, and there’s a lot to consider before heading out on the road. Novice travellers often learn through trial and error, but even seasoned motorcycle travellers can still make mistakes. Getting a heads up on common motorcycle travel mistakes just might give you enough insight to avoid th…
 
In 2008 BMW introduced the GS Trophy, an international competition where riders from around the world take part in competing on some of the most challenging terrains in exotic locations, and they’ve since continued the competition with qualifier and final event sequels. But, why all the hype about the GS Trophy and what does it mean for adventure m…
 
The mind is a powerful thing and when it’s working against you while riding your bike, then you may as well just get off and walk. Most riders have experienced what’s called choking, when you get confused, lose confidence, and find yourself riding like a beginner. Commonly what riders do when this happens is to stop riding or maybe just avoid those…
 
You’ve got your tool pouch packed with all the essentials for your motorcycle, and your tool box overflowing in your garage, but don’t forget about your most important tools - you use them every day, all day long, at home, at work, and when riding your motorcycle - your hands. It’s crucial that you take care of them, and part of doing that means in…
 
It’s been 13 years since their last production of Long Way Down, and good friends Charley Boorman and Ewan McGregor are back again. This time they rode prototype electric Harley-Davidson LiveWires from the furthest point in South America, Ushuaia, to Los Angeles, culminating in another motorcycle travel series called Long Way Up, where once again t…
 
First time rally master Gary Huff stops by to tell us all about the first-ever North by Northwest Rally. Support for this episode comes from DiscountRamps.com. DiscountRamps.com offers a huge selection of power sport products for your ATV, UTV, Motorcycle, and more! Everything you need to load, haul, or transport your power sport toys! Long Riders …
 
In 1995, having had three unsuccessful attempts to get through the Darien Gap and one successful Jeep crossing, Patty and Loren Upton took a two-wheel drive Rokon through the Darien Gap. They logged over 125 miles of jungles, rivers, mountains and swamp in 49 days, becoming the first people to cross the Darien Gap on a motorcycle all on land. From …
 
When it comes to getting sidetracked, Ian Coates is what some might call an expert. In 1999, he went on a four month motorcycle trip that lasted fourteen years and a few years ago he went for a day ride that took him a year. He’s actually been on the road for most of the last two decades. Fortunately, for Ian, he has a very understanding wife. And …
 
This is the final chapter in the Southward Chronicles series where we followed Jeremy Kroeker and Elle West as they rode from Canada to Ushuaia. What’s it like to get back to normal life now that their year long adventure has come to an end and what does the future hold for them? And Backcountry Discovery Routes is a non profit organization that cr…
 
If you’re going to ride in the mud with your adventure bike you’re going to need some specific skills for it. You’ll need to approach it differently than hard packed dirt and you really should be prepping your bike for it ahead of time. Mud riding is challenging, but the with the tips and tricks that professional rider and instructor, Chris Birch, …
 
If you’ve found yourself staring at the brake pad offerings for your motorcycle, wondering why the huge price difference between one over another or what the difference is between organic pads and sintered pads, you’re not alone. It’s a confusing process that often appears to be price driven - so you choose which ever pad you can afford or that fit…
 
The Outback Way in Australia, also known as the Longest Shortcut, is a 2800 km trail passing through remote areas which means any adventurous off-roaders need to be prepared for anything, including a medical emergency. Retired school teacher, Doug Mullett, decided to take his V-Strom on the Outback Way, which typically takes about a week to travers…
 
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