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.
What are the odds of breaking down twice in a week on a road trip with two different vehicles towing the same motorcycle hauler? We’ve got tips to help with or to avoid road travel problems. And we talk about the value of getting help from riders on local forums.
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.
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.
A popular adventure for motorcyclists is the PanAmerican route, from Alaska to Argentina, and to get from Panama to Colombia, you have to go through, which isn’t necessarily a good idea, or around the Darien Gap. On this episode we have four different stories about crossing the Gap, and some options to choose from, with some great tips about how to go about getting your motorcycle around one of the most dangerous jungles in the world.
No matter what border you’re crossing, you’re going to have to deal with customs officials. Peter Sweetser, a former customs officer, gives an insider view of customs agents and what they’re looking for, with some tips, advice and best practices to help you get across any border smoothly.
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.
When it comes to motorcycle travel, some riders prefer to go it alone, some prefer group travel, or riding with a partner or friend. Probably most riders enjoy the company of other riders for a variety of reasons. But, there are many who travel solo by choice. In this episode, Graham Field, motorcycle adventure traveller and author, talks about his experience with solo travel, and the pros and cons of it.
Just about everything you need to know about planning a motorcycle trip, close to home or abroad. Resources to help plan your trip, how to get in touch with local riders, camping equipment, shipping your bike, budgeting and more.
Just four months after Maryna got her motorcycle license, she met Paul at a motorcycle meet. After months of trying to get Maryna to go on a date with him, telling her to just say yes, she finally relented. Since then, Paul has convinced Maryna to just say yes to almost anything. Motorcycles brought them together, and just saying yes has brought new adventure in to their lives, as they travel around the world.
Riding a motorcycle is different than driving a car, in that it is more demanding both mentally and physically. When riding long distances, it's likely that you'll become fatigued from the physical challenges rather than boredom. So how to beat this? Who better to ask than four people who ride motorcycles and have experience in dealing with fatigue: a scientist, a pillion, a racer and a long distance rider.
This year marks the 20th anniversary of Horizons Unlimited, a resource for adventure travellers, especially motorcyclists. Founded in 1987 by Grant and Susan Johnson, their website, forum and events around the world, inspire people to follow their dreams and travel to far away places. We asked just a few of the many riders who have been inspired by Horizons Unlimited to tell their story about how they have been influenced by HU.
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.
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.
Recently returned from his sixth trip around the world, Dr. Gregory Frazier has a chat with Jim about where he hangs his hat, or rather, his helmet. And David Hough discusses motorcycle jackets, are they for style, comfort or crash protection?
Ask any one who rides a dual sport, touring bike, street bike, or what have you, and there is nothing that clears the mind, relieves stress, and makes them feel good more than just riding their bike. Combine riding with travel, be it a day, weekend, month or year and we hear stories about how riding has changed the way people think.
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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.
Sjaak Lucassen is a Dutch long distance motorcycle rider, adventurer and author. He's no stranger to winter riding and has some great tips to share.