Tim and Marisa Notier were once high school sweethearts that went their separate ways when Marisa went to college and Tim stayed back in Chicago to work. After ten years apart, leading completely different lives, they got together again and decided to explore the world together 2-up on a KTM 1190 motorcycle. They’ve travelled through North and South America and are now heading to South Africa and then to Europe. And with each sometimes seeing travel and the world from a different perspective, they’ve learned from each other how to get the most from it.
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.
Kevin Chow is a planner. And for years he planned to go on a motorcycle trip around the world. He rode south from Canada in to Mexico and beyond to Ushuaia, and speaking little to no Spanish he even managed to communicate with the locals and to get through some hairy road blocks. And just two months in to his trip, Kevin found that even the most well laid plans can change, and being flexible is the best plan.
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.
A few weeks ago, motorcycle traveller Ben King disappeared off the social media radar. There was no word of him on Instagram or Facebook. And riders in the community were starting to wonder what happened to Ben. And then, two weeks ago, Ben appeared again with a Facebook post. What happened to Ben? From Lahore in Pakistan, Ben tells us about what he calls "the CRAZIEST month of my entire life!!!".
Ben King is a 22 year old motorcyclist and adventurer who is travelling around the world on a Honda CRF250L. The drive and determination that Ben has, to first of all start out doing the trip and then to keep going, is truly inspiring. With no set plan or time frame, Ben is well on his way to having the best experience of his life.
Taking slow travel to an unbelievable level, this British motorcyclist somehow got sidetracked and didn’t get home for over a decade. With no travel plan in place, he experienced the world with no set schedule or direction. And an event that you don’t want to miss, that inspires overland travel, educates in the necessary skills and resources, with a motivating and informative trade show for explorers from all walks of life.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
In this first part of a two part series, we talk to David Hough about riding in high winds and Grant Johnson about rainy weather riding. Also, Chantal Simons has done long distance trips on both a Ducati Monster and a Chook Chaser? And what she's learned is that asking yourself the right questions when faced with a hurdle is what can make the difference in how your trip turns out.
Ted Simon has moved to France and started his next motorcycle adventure, but in a different way. What he's doing offers a unique opportunity to learn something from a motorcycle legend and writer. Also in this episode, Aaron Steinmann chose to ride his KTM 500 EXC in New Zealand and then in South America to Oregon, not your usual adventure motorcycle, but then again, isn't every bike an adventure bike?
Every now and again, we hear about motorcycle adventure stories, that have, well let's say a twist to them. So, how exactly do you tie in fruit or dice on a motorbike trip? This week Max MacGillivray and Isaac Simonelli share their unusual stories with us, and maybe you'll get some great ideas of how you can make your adventure a little different from the norm.
In a time when social media and youtube is so prevalent, Ken and Carol Duval are not the norm when it comes to travelling around the world and reporting on their trip. They haven't written a book, they don't submit magazine articles, and they don't have a website.
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.