When civil unrest in Africa threw a monkey wrench in to Maurice McDonald’s plans to ride around the world in 2005, he had no choice but to end his trip and return to the UK. He still dreamt of completing the trip he started, so in 2018 he had a second go at it, despite having a life threatening disease that required him to keep his meds cold while travelling. Riding his 1994 Yamaha XTZ 750 Super Tenere he spent five months on the road, and at last reached the horizon he had aimed for in the first place.
Adventurer Lyndon Poskitt, Races to Places, has now completed travelling the world, culminating in Africa. He shares some of his experiences with mixed feelings about the continent and the countries within, a place he said was the hardest, most difficult, most dangerous continent that he travelled.
MotoTravel Series Southward Chronicles - We’re following Jeremy Kroeker and Elle West as they ride from Canada to Ushuaia. Jeremy and Elle have been together for a couple of years, they’re both experienced riders and travellers, but have never spent any significant amount of time with each other. They’re travelling together but each carrying their own gear, including camping equipment. Follow the adventure of these two riders on what Jeremy calls a separate, but parallel journey. On this episode, their planned border crossing in to Guatemala doesn't go exactly according to plan.
Daniel Byers quit his corporate job of 12 years to do a trip he had dreamed of doing for years, riding from Ohio to Ushuaia. He’s had some challenges and setbacks, but he’s determined to continue the trip and get to Ushuaia, no matter what.
Basic skills for riding motorcycles on gravel roads. Increase your confidence and safety with these few techniques. Rider Skills with Clinton Smout - S.M.A.R.T Adventure Programs.
Tim and Marisa Notier were once high school sweethearts that went their separate ways when Marisa went to college and Tim stayed back in Chicago to work. After ten years apart, leading completely different lives, they got together again and decided to explore the world together 2-up on a KTM 1190 motorcycle. They’ve travelled through North and South America and are now heading to South Africa and then to Europe. And with each sometimes seeing travel and the world from a different perspective, they’ve learned from each other how to get the most from it.
Premier episode of ARR’s new and exclusive MotoTravel Series - This season we follow Jeremy Kroeker and Elle West as they ride from Canada to Ushuaia. Jeremy and Elle have been together for a couple of years, they’re both experienced riders and travellers, but have never spent any significant amount of time with each other. They’re travelling together but each carrying their own gear, including camping equipment. Follow the adventure of these two riders on what Jeremy calls a separate, but parallel journey.
ATGATT. It’s so simple, yet so many people seem to think it doesn’t apply to them. And part of that important gear that protects us while riding is footwear… namely boots. On this week’s episode we talk with Jim Hyde from RawHyde Adventures and Lyndon Poskitt, three time Dakar racer and world traveller, about adventure motorcycle riding boots, what boots do for us, why we should wear them and what should we consider when choosing our own boots.
The thought of travel to a country that has a culture that is foreign to many of us can be daunting, even scary. But, in the motorcycle adventure industry, we hear time and time again of the good, even great, experiences that travellers have while visiting those far off places. After spending six months in Iran on their motorcycles, Jan and Silke Neumann felt their adventures in Iran were so profound that they felt compelled to share their story with us and our listeners.
There are many advantages to standing on your pegs for slow speed maneuvering and most, if not all, instructors would tell you that standing on your pegs will dramatically improve your control over the motorcycle. On this week’s exclusive ARR Rider Skills, Clinton Smout from SMART Adventures talks about how to properly get up on your pegs, how to teach yourself to stand rather than sit when the going gets tough and why you should be getting up on your pegs.
Although Louisa Swaden had a good job in the publishing industry, she didn’t feel fulfilled. So she began the task of discovering what it was that made her happy. She researched, exercised and meditated. She took a sabbatical from work and went on a trip. And she discovered that happiness comes from within, and that for her, motorcycling played a big part in it.
From road racing to competing in the GS Trophy in Mongolia, Jocelin Snow has overcome some challenges and obstacles that might have stopped some riders, including recovering from a racing accident and riding a motorcycle some said was too big for her.
Ted Simon’s book, Jupiter’s Travels, has had a tremendous influence on motorcyclists and travellers around the world. He is often said to be the godfather of motorcycle travel or adventure. Now 88 years old, Ted Simon has an opinion about travel and what’s happening with the world, and experience speaks volumes as he shares his thoughts with us.
What are the real trade-offs in ‘riding on the dark side’ and what, if any, are the dangers for trading off your speciality designed motorcycle tires for the ubiquitous and often inexpensive car rubber? Tire expert, T. J. Tennent talks about this controversial topic from a scientific, analytical and legal standpoint. And Jamie Cheek, the VP of sales in North America talks with us about a couple of their communications systems, the Packtalk Bold and the Freecom 4+.
There are so many different manufacturers and models of motorcycle helmets on the market that choosing the right one for you can be a daunting task. Clinton Smout from SMART Adventures deals with this every day, and he has some important tips for buying a helmet. We also spoke with Ed Becker from the Snell Memorial Foundation, to find out how helmets are tested and we learned some other interesting facts about helmets as well.
What do kiwis, sheep and Burt Munro have in common? New Zealand. That’s where you just might want to consider going for your next adventure. We talked with Zoe Cano, who travelled there last year, and with Kim Johnston from South Pacific Motorcycle Tours.
When Heather Ellis was required to do a routine medical test to get a Visa to travel to Russia, she wasn’t expecting the news she got from the doctor. Despite the challenges Heather was facing, she remained strong and persevered, and would go on to do what she thought was her last big motorcycle adventure. Her courage and strength led her down roads she could never have imagined, even to this day.
On this episode of ARR’s exclusive Rider Skills, instructor Walt Fulton from Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops, walks us through maximum braking on a motorcycle. It’s easy to learn and just takes some practice. Mastering this will make you a better, safer rider and add another tool to your Rider Skills Tool Box™.
What are the odds of breaking down twice in a week on a road trip with two different vehicles towing the same motorcycle hauler? We’ve got tips to help with or to avoid road travel problems. And we talk about the value of getting help from riders on local forums.
On this episode we talk about converting tube type rims to tubeless, the Outex Tubeless Kit and we talk to two companies who help arrange renting a motorcycle from a fellow rider.