Posts filed under Motorcycle

Give a Shift - The Future of Motorcycling

Trends show that the motorcycle industry is facing some troubles. Although motorcycles are improving overall, riders are getting older. Some people feel there aren’t enough smaller motorcycles, training is too expensive, or that the industry doesn’t make motorcycling appealing enough to possible young riders, entry level riders or women riders. Give A Shift is roundtable conversations about improving motorcycling, and that’s just what Robert Pandya, industry veteran, talks about in this episode.

Has the Internet Made You Cluelessly Modify Your Motorcycle For The Worst? | Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs

In this week’s episode Jim and Warren Milner discuss how information on the internet, may incorrectly encourage or influence your decisions when it comes to motorcycle modifications. Also, on Rider Skills, PSSOR instructor, Bret Tkacs, talks about energy conservation when riding.

Motorcycle Sidecars: Your Next Adventure? | Rider Skills: Gravel Roads

Driving A Sidecar Outfit: David L. Hough

David Hough is the author of Driving A Sidecar Outfit, a text book published by the Sidecar Safety Program in 1997. He's also the director of the Sidecar Safety Program, which offers a Sidecar driving training program. David talks with Jim about learning how to ride a motorcycle with a sidecar and what's involved.

Motorcycle Crash Recovery & Tips For Getting Back on the Bike

A motorcycle off or accident is something that no one really wants to talk about, but if you're a motorcycle rider, a pillion, or someone emotionally attached to a rider, we think about it now and again. And in this episode we address dealing with accidents, recovery and getting back on the bike.

One Million Motorcycle Miles | What You Should Look For in a Motorcycle Seat

Voni Glaves is one of two women who have ridden over a million miles on a BMW motorcycle. Back in the 1970's, Voni had no idea that women could ride motorcycles, but with encouragement from her husband Paul, she learned to ride just so they could take their kids on motorcycle camping trips. 

Wind Powered Chain Oiler | Setting up Motorcycle Your Brake, Shifter and Foot Pegs

This week on ARR we're in to Part 2 on custom fitting your bike to your body size with Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited. Grant's draws on his experience from being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited. 

Custom Fitting Your Bike to Your Body | Motorcycle Handlebars | Women ADV Riders

This week ARR starts a three part series on custom fitting your bike to your size with Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited. Grant's vast background includes being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited with his wife, Susan Johnson. 

Riders Helping Riders | Rox Pivoting Handlebar Risers

Morgan Northrup was in the army and has served two tours, one as active duty and one as a civilian contractor in the Middle East. He’s also spent several years as a police officer in Tennessee. When he was suffering from depression and anxiety, as a result of his army and police careers, his dad stepped in and bought him a plane ticket to Colorado. There he attended a dual sport motorcycle retreat for veterans dealing with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). 

Lithium Batteries, Motorcycle GPS & Riding With Russian Bikers

Phuc Lam from Shorai Inc, and also an avid motorcyclist, explains lithium batteries in this episode.

Since 2010, Shorai has been the maker of lithium iron phosphate batteries. Shorai LFX batteries are up to 80 percent lighter than equal performance lead acid batteries, which can mean saving anywhere from 2 to 20 pounds, depending what kind of bike you ride. They operate at a higher voltage range and maintain a higher voltage level during cranking, which means your motorcycle starts more quickly. 

Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa with Heather Ellis | Green Chile Adventure Gear Uprising Luggage System

From 1993 to 1997, Heather Ellis went on an adventure on her Yamaha TT600 through Africa, and from the United Kingdom to Vietnam. She recently published her book Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, which chronicles her journey in Africa. In her memoir, she shares life-changing stories, both inspiring and entertaining. 

Good Things Come in Small Packages: Small Adventure Motorcycles | Into Iraq with Graham Field

Recently, Honda, Kawasaki, BMW and Suzuki have unveiled their new small adventure bikes. In a bid to entice women, younger and smaller riders, the manufacturers are offering motorcycles that are lighter and with a smaller price tag. 

Notes From the Road Vol. IV - Derek Mansfield & Motorcycle Chains

This book arrived, quite unexpectedly in our mail box a few months ago. We pondered the paper wrapping and wax seal and thought of what it might be. On opening, we discovered Derek Mansfield’s book, Notes From the Road Vol. IV. It’s a unique book about a journey across west, central and eastern Europe, describing the details and experiences in those places where Derek travelled, and not just the place itself.

Lisa & Simon Thomas - Motorcycle Adventurers - Beyond the Point of No Return?

his isn't a story about a long road trip, it's about living on the road. Lisa and Simon don't think about the end of the road, or plan for a flight home, because the road is their home. They usually sleep in a tent, they cook outside, and they wouldn't have it any other way. And after 13 years of living off their bikes, with nature as their kitchen and bedroom back drop, there are no plans to settle down, at least not yet and who knows if ever?

The Adventure Trio Returns - Terry, Sandy & Jack Borden

There's a saying that it isn't what you do in life that you will regret, it's what you don't do.  With that thought in mind, the Borden family made a decision to go on a motorcycle adventure as a family. And once they made the decision, they knew there was no turning back.

Brokentooth - Adventures Not of the Ordinary Kind & Rider Skills - How to Turn Your Bike in Tight Spots & Sam Manicom Tours USA

This week we talk to Oliver Solaro aka Brokentooth, who is always up for a challenge, especially when it comes to his KLR 650 and ice or water. Bret Tkacs, motorcycle riding instructor from PSSOR gives some great tips on how to turn your bike in tight situations. And Sam Manicom gives us a ride report on his motorcycle tour in the United States.

Tips from the Experts: What to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle - Grant Johnson & Lawrence Hacking

There are so many different options on the market when it comes to purchasing an adventure motorcycle, something suitable for everyone or any adventure, but when it comes to choosing the best bike for you, there are a lot of things to consider. 

Two Wheeled Nomad - Lisa Morris and Jason Spafford & Royal Enfield Motorcycles

Two years ago we had Lisa Morris and Jason Spafford, Two Wheeled Nomad, on ARR. At the time Lisa was a newbie to riding, and the trip was just in the beginning stages. Recently, Jim talked with Lisa and Jason about what they've been up to as they plan the next leg of their adventure. Where are they headed to and is there any end in sight to their moto adventure?
 

Discovery Channel's HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS - Bug Hall

An interview with actor Bug Hall, who plays Arthur Davidson in "HARLEY AND THE DAVIDSONS", a Discovery Channel 3 part mini series which premiered on September 5, 6 & 7. Also available on “Discovery Go” online video portal at https://www.discoverygo.com/harley-and-the-davidsons/ or check your local tv listings to see when it will be available in your area.

Motorcycle Books - Resource, Preparation and Entertainment & California Lane Splitting Made Legal - Will it Pave the Way?

Between 1440 and 1450, Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press. But, history shows that printing has been around long before Gutenberg's invention. As early as 220, the Chinese were block printing, putting ink on wooden blocks and pressing them on cloth and then hundreds of years later, on paper.

Holding Your Water - Motorcycle Adventure Liquid Storage: Oil, Water & Fuel

Water weighs in at  8.34 pounds per US Gallon or by the litre its .7 kg or 1.6 pounds, and humans need on average of 2.2 - 3 litres of water per day.
When we are packing for a motorcycle adventure, water and fuel are often left to the end to be fitted into whatever space remains, but considering the weight and bulk of liquids, not to mention the challenge of leakproof containers, perhaps it should be our first consideration.