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.
Tiffany Coates has spent the last 20 years travelling to far off places around the world and most recently she went to Borneo, the third largest island in the world known for it’s wildlife, beaches and rainforest. In an unexpected twist, Tiffany left the motorcycle she was riding behind in Malaysia and ending up renting a scooter in Borneo, and for Tiffany, this was all part of the adventure.
Paul and Neake Hannaby left for a six month motorcycle adventure, with no concrete plan in mind other than exploring the East Coast of the United States and then seeing how they felt. But, there’s a danger to this kind of travel. They’ve now been on the road for going on three years, and at this point, they don’t have any plans to return home, they’re just going to keep on going. They might be, what you call, addicted to travel. Also in this episode, another couple of riders give some valuable moto travel trips learned from experience.
Sometimes a motorcycle trip can be more than just discovering new places and making connections. Liz Jansen is the author of three books, and her most recent, Crash Landing, is the story of her quest to answer some questions about herself and the choices she’s made, by visiting the places that her German Mennonite ancestors lived when they arrived from Russia a century ago. An enlightening journey of self discovery.
When Mark lost his business, and then eleven days later his wife died, he made a decision to go on a motorcycle trip around the world. Riding a Triumph Rocket X, the largest capacity motorcycle in the world, was definitely a conversation piece and an ice breaker. And that was good, because he had some messages he wanted to share with people he met along the way. He made connections, new friends and now his life is taking a new direction.
When seasoned rider, Sue Hollis, left on her first long distance motorcycle trip, she had no idea if she would find the answers she was looking for. Riding in the United States and Canada, through deserts and over mountains, in sunshine and torrential downpours, she made life changing connections and discovered things about herself that would change the way she lives.
Michnus and Elsebie Olivier started their motorcycle travel lifestyle in 2010 when they took a trip through Africa. Riding small motorcycles, called piki pikis in Swahili, they were hooked on travel and never looked back. A lot of travel tips packed in to this episode, Michnus & Elsebie inspire and share their experiences with moto travellers.
What is the thrill of riding long distances, alone, looking for clues and gathering points for 11 days straight? Who would want to do that? Well, every year a group of riders join the Iron Butt Rally and on this episode we find out what it’s like to ride the rally and what drives someone to want to do such an arduous ride.
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.
Back in 1982, Helge Pedersen bought one of the first BMW R80GS motorcycles to enter his home country, Norway. He sold everything he owned and soon found himself in South America crossing the Darien Gap, a feat which few attempt. Helge stayed on the road, living a vagabond lifestyle for 10 years. His story is an unusual and exciting one, with a wealth of information to inspire and guide motorcyclists around the world.
Spencer James Conway is stuck at the border in Venezuela, unable to cross in to Colombia. His alternative? A 7000 km detour which will add two months to the trip. And around the world, many countries are experiencing spring or fall temperatures, or maybe you like to ride up in to the mountains where temperatures can get a bit chilly. Author, David Hough, Aerostich founder, Andy Goldfine and the team at Hippo Hands have some tips on keeping warm.
Ramey "Coach" Stroud's story is one of perseverance and goals. When a spinal injury left him paralyzed from the chest down, he didn't get his house ready to deal with his handicap for the rest of his life, he learned to walk and ride a motorcycle again. A story where the impossible becomes the possible.
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.
A story of a RTW motorcycle trip that morphs in to a two-wheeled adventure of the camper kind, and Zac Kurylyk from Canada Moto Guides shares his thoughts on what he calls the comeback of the parallel twin.
What would it be like if you couldn't just turn on your computer and ask google all the questions you want to help plan your trip? And what if in the 1980's it was so against the norm for someone to set out on a long distance motorcycle trip, let alone a woman? Would you still have the nerve to ride around the world?
If a little is good wouldn’t a lot be better? When a group of experienced travellers plan a trip from Cartegena to Ushuaia they made sure they had fully equipped bikes, an extensive support system and contact network, even a support van and trailer equipped with a generator to charge accessories. When it comes to planning, due diligence is expected, but is meticulous planning better or a problem in itself?
In this week's episode we talk to British rally racer, Jenny Morgan and Brad Barker, from The Ride of my Life. Jenny rode the TAT a couple of times, first on a Yamaha Tenere 660 and then the CBX500 with the Rally Raid package. When we spoke to Brad, he was riding the TAT and offering a challenge to The Ride of My Life followers, which include some prizes.
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?
Trip Notes & Lessons Learned From a New Adventure Traveler | Rider Skills: How to Start a Motorcycle on a Hill
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.