While on a motorcycle trip to Africa, Claire Elsdon saw how the communities were lacking in motorcycle maintenance skills, which were needed for vital services. In a bold move, Claire moved to Mwanza, Tanzania in 2016 to set up Africa’s First Women’s Motorcycle Maintenance Workshop, called Pikilily. This week, Graham Field, motorcycle author, was on hand to let us know what he was getting up to at the motorcycle shop.
On an 8 month trip from South Africa to Ireland, Christopher Venter fell ill and had to return home to get medical help. Once he felt somewhat recovered, he rejoined his group of friends on the ride. Then when he returned back to Cape Town, still feeling unwell, a doctor was finally able to diagnose him and the news he received about what was happening to him was something that would forever change his life.
Having a strong grip is an important part of motorcycle riding to ensure you have proper control when it comes to the front brake, clutch and throttle. Bret Tkacs explains how to maintain your hand strength in the off season and how it affects your riding. We also look back on ARR episodes from the past year, finding inspiration, education and laughter, as we wind down Season 4 of Adventure Rider Radio.
Linda Bick, a folk music musician, has a truly inspiring attitude when it comes to travel. Linda recently returned from a 3 month trip to Uganda, where she dealt with the temperamental breakdowns of a mechanically challenged motorcycle, the loss of important personal items, challenging roads and more. An uplifting story of a woman adv rider traveling solo in Africa.
In the 1990's, David and Emy Woodburn traveled for almost a decade with their young daughter Mattea, in a motorcycle and sidecar outfit. They lived on the road, and the experiences they had were unlike anything the average family has, including homeschooling while travelling and growing up in many different cultures.
It’s commonly said that you need to slow down to see more while travelling, well how about speeding up to see more? After riding through Africa on her bicycle Helen Lloyd returned years later on a Yamaha XT225 and she says that motorcycle travel changed the way she experienced the same country. And on Rider Skills, we discuss a couple of methods that will help you turn your motorcycle around in a tight spot.
Daniel Rintz and Joey Flohr 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, Daniel shares some great tips on making money on the road, travelling in Africa, and more. And Duncan Johnson from African Overlanders talks about getting your motorcycle in to Africa.
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.