Posts filed under Rider Skills

Rider Skills: Tips For No Stop Turning - Lessons Gone Wrong with Clinton Smout | What's in Your Panniers - Lisa & Simon Thomas

Clinton Smout, motorcycle instructor, has tips for turning adventure bikes around in soft or low traction environments, that can be used both off-road and on-road, and for any motorcycle. He also shares some stories when lessons that have gone wrong turn out to be… well, hilarious. And two seasoned riders, Lisa and Simon Thomas tell us what they carry in their panniers.

Posted on January 10, 2019 and filed under Rider Skills, Training.

Rider Skills: Rear Wheel Steering - Coach Ramey Stroud

On this episode of Rider Skills, Coach Ramey Stroud teaches two methods to steer your motorcycle with your rear wheel. Coach Ramey Stroud operates a world class motorcycle training centre, is a former desert racer, rally and enduro rider, has completed several IronButt events and works with professional racers and endurance riders, as well as adventure riders.

Rider Skills: It's All Riding Down Hill From Here - Clinton Smout

Riding instructor, Clinton Smout, teaches how to ride a motorcycle downhill in the dirt. When you approach a hill and have to go down, what do you do? Smout takes us from the top to the bottom using the most advanced methods. He says the key is all in what you do with the front brake.

Rider Skills: Off-Road Hill Climb Techniques - Clinton Smout

What do you do when your motorcycle stalls or stops on a hill? How do you get going again? Or if you have to start at the bottom of a hill with no momentum? Clinton Smout, head instructor at Smart Adventures in Ontario, Canada, talks about techniques to help you improve your hill starts.

Rider Skills: Don’t Get Stuck in a Rut

Ruts can be stressful. When your road suddenly turns to muddy ruts it's often enough to make some riders turn around and head back the other way. But it doesn't have to be that way. Learning a few simple steps can turn ruts from terror to fun. Follow Coach Ramey on this episode as he walks us through the vital points of riding ruts.

Rider Skills: Two Easy Methods For Turning Your Motorcycle on a Dime

On ARR’s regular Rider Skills segment, Coach Ramey Stroud, riding instructor, talks about two quick ways to turn your motorcycle around in a tight spot. One using engine power and one using no power.

Rider Skills | Looking For Traction On and Off Road

Coach Ramey Stroud says that finding and using available traction is a critical part of riding. If you’re riding off-road or on the street, you need to understand how to find that traction. And in this episode Coach Ramey teaches the skills required to get the most from your motorcycle and become a better rider.

Rider Skills: Body Position for Ultimate Control & Comfort | Coach Ramey Stroud

Body Position Tips to Make You a Better Rider. Learn how your body position on a motorcycle affects everything you do. Knowing why, how and where to move your body could be the difference that will see you through. Rider Skills with Coach Ramey Stroud.

Motorcyclists — Simple Steps to Carving Your Best Corner

There's more involved to cornering a motorcycle that you may realize. Learn these simple steps to improve your cornering skills on the road with Walt Fulton, lead instructor at Streetmasters Motorcycle Workshops in California.

Rider Skills: Dropping Your Bike | Jim Hyde

RawHyde Adventures is one of the leading motorcycle off-road training schools. Founded by Jim Hyde in 2002, he started offering training programs in 2004. On this ARR Rider Skills episode Jim Hyde talks about RawHyde Adventures, and about dropping your bike.

Motorcycle Grip Strength: Rider Skills | This Year on Adventure Rider Radio

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.

Riding Motorcycles for Slower Travel | Tight Turning Made Easier

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. 

Which Peg to Weight? | Sena SR10 Connecting 2 Way Radios

When turning, which peg do you weight? Inside or outside? And which is correct? Do you steer with your feet? Bret Tkacs, riding instructor from PSSOR discusses the proper use of pegs for steering and controlling your adventure bike in the dirt. And finding a way to connect longer range radios to our existing bluetooth systems with Chris Woodyard from Sena.

Where do You Rate on the Scale? Novice to Expert Skill Levels Explained | Setting Motorcycle Suspension Preload

Do you know where you are on the ADV Skills Level chart? You should, because it affects your choices, outfitting and how you describe yourself when deciding if a rough section is for you. Bret Tkacs of PSSOR has come up with a rating chart for adventure riders to explain what a novice to experienced rider is. Ted Porter from the Beemer Shop in California gives the low-down on how to set your adventure motorcycle suspension preload. According to Ted, setting your preload is something every motorcycle rider should know and after you hear this, I doubt you will disagree.

Group Riding Without the Dust & Danger: Rider Skills With Bret Tkacs

PSSOR Instructor, Bret Tkacs, talks about group riding dynamics. Two methods of keeping your group riding together without eating each other’s dust or following dangerously close. Both these methods allow you to keep track of the entire group while you ride and other tips, including how to handle yourself when riding with a group.

Dirt Travels 2 Up | Rider Skills: Faster Braking

Beth and Kevin Young, 2uptogether, are so passionate about sharing adventures with each other that they ride 2 up, even in the dirt. The've been riding for 19 years, are advocates for short adventures and hope to inspire other couples to ride together. And Bret Tkacs, PSSOR instructor, joins us for another Rider Skills segment to talk about stopping your motorcycle faster, even if it has ABS.

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.

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.

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.