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.
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.
Most rider courses will tell you that when you corner you scrub off all your speed before you enter the corner and then get off the brakes, because braking into the corner is something you don’t want to do. On this episode we talk to riding instructor, Clinton Smout about braking into the corner - trail braking - and we aren’t talking about going faster - we are talking about riding safer. And after that, if you ride anywhere that cell coverage is not reliable or maybe non-existent? - and who doesn’t, then you’ll be interested in this little device that allows you to send and receive messages, and even get rescued should the need arise.
After saving for almost three years, in 2010 Heidi and David Winters left on a fifteen month long motorcycle trip, visiting 37 countries. On their KTM 640 Adventure, they rode 2-up, camping and couch surfing along the way. While on the trip, David broke his wrist. And that was part of what inspired Heidi and David to design a product that changed their lives. They also share some tips on packing light and more.
Planning a motorcycle adventure trip takes a lot and can be exhausting. And sometimes it’s the simple things you don’t think about when planning, that can make all the difference in your trip. We went to some experts who’ve done a lot of travelling and asked them what tips they would give to someone planning a motorcycle trip, tips that you might not have thought of. We talked to Rene Cormier from Renedian Adventures, and to authors and travellers, Graham Field and Sam Manicom. And we’ve also discovered the best cold weather riding sock ever, and to tell you all about it we spoke with Duke Lambert from Pearly’s Possum Socks.
Jim puts a pair of elkskin riding gloves to the test and talks with Aerostich’s Andy Goldfine about the benefits of elkskin leather. Could this be your next pair of gloves? And women riders from around the world are looking forward to participating in an international motorcycle relay for women. Hayley Bell, founder of WRWR, tells us what it’s all about.
When you walk in to a motorcycle shop the selection of riding gloves can be overwhelming. And which do you choose? What materials should you be considering? David Hough has some expert tips to help you the next time you’re looking at gloves and need to make a decision on what’s really important when it comes to choosing motorcycle gloves. And when your motorcycle gets stuck or falls in a way that’s difficult to pick up, you can be left standing there scratching your head, especially if you’re on your own. But, not if you have this self recovery system, called a Z-Drag.
Learning to ride at a young age, Ruth Belcher developed a huge passion for motorcycling. After giving it up to raise her family, she got back in to it again and founded Global Moto Adventures, an organization for women motorcycle riders. Fulfilling her passion for riding again, she now inspires and encourages women to follow their dreams of motorcycle riding and travel. — And there’s a new GPS unit that also functions as an interface for your motorcycle, ATV or UTV, and even more importantly lets you track your buddies on your screen, keeping riders safer. The Trail Tech Voyager Pro.