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.
Catherine Germillac, has been riding the same motorcycle for going on 30 years, a small 2-stroke Yamaha DTMX 125. As a young woman, setting out on a solo motorcycle wasn't a common thing to do in the late 1980's. But being inspired by Ted Simon's Jupiter's Travels, she fell in love with the idea of motorcycling, travel and adventure, purchased her beloved motorcycle, that she calls Desiree, took some lessons and then started riding.
Between 2010 and 2013, Dylan Wickrama was on a world trip on his motorcycle. He left with no plans and he had a tight budget. On his trip he covered 210,000 km and road through 80 countries, starting in Switzerland and ending in Argentina. His RTW trip wasn’t about speed, distance or setting records, but it was about exploring the world, meeting people and discovering places.
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?
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.
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?
In 1982, twenty-four year old Elspeth Beard decided to set out on a round the world trip on her motorcycle. Having finished up three years of architectural studies, and with some changes in her personal life, she saved up about £1000 and then shipped her 1974 BMW R60/6 to New York where she began her journey.
Ukrainian Woman Solo World Rider Anna Grechishkina & Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs - When the Going Gets Stuck
Anna Grechishkina left Kiev, Ukraine in July, 2013 to follow her dreams of a trip around the world. Having fallen in love with motorcycling in 2005 when she got her license through the arduous Ukrainian licensing system, she started to take trips that were weeks to a few months long to different countries with friends. It seemed logical to morph in to a longer trip, perhaps a year or two riding around the world.
Lyndon Poskitt is a passionate motorcyclist who has spent many years racing motorcycles, with the apogee being the Dakar Rally in 2013. He decided he was ready for something different and planned to travel around the world to different places, racing when the opportunities were there. He sold most of his possession and two years ago he set out on his self built custom adventure bike, which he calls Basil.
Sjaak Lucassen, from The Netherlands, is a long distance motorcycle rider. He’s put a lot of miles on his bikes, notably between 2001 and 2006 he put 250,000 km (160,000 m) on a Yamaha YZF-R1. Not a bike you would expect someone to ride around the world. When it comes to choosing a bike to ride on an adventure, Sjaak says just to ride the bike you love.
Dr. Gregory Frazier has been described as "America's #1 extreme motorcycle adventurer." He's an author, moto journalist, photographer and a documentary film maker. And he's a motorcycle adventure junkie.
Graham Field, motorcycle traveller and adventure author, talks about his newest book, Different Natures, a book based on his diary offering an honest and open insight in to Graham’s life and his experiences on his journeys covering a twelve year period, and three separate North American trips.
Sherri Jo was born in the United States and had always longed to travel the world. At a young age, she was bit by the travel bug and longed for adventure. After riding a motorcycle for many years in the United States, she decided to go on a solo motorcycle trip around the world. Starting out in Australia, she stayed on the road for more than three years. Great tips on solo travel and more.
Tired of the cubicle job at BBC, in 2003 at 29 years old Lois quit her job and set out on a solo adventure riding her 225 Yamaha Serow from Alaska to Ushuaia. You can read about her adventures travelling to the southern most town in the world, at the tip of Argentina in her book, Lois on the Loose.
Herbert Schwarz is not your typical CEO. He does run an expanding business with three hundred plus employees but his real passion is what got his company started - adventure motorcycling.
Daniel Rintz was born in East Germany at a time when world travel was impossible for his family, but as he entered his teen years the wall fell and Daniels world fell wide open for adventure. Rintz missed nothing in this experience and embraced travel whole heartedly and is now riding adventure motorcycle around the world with Joey, the love of his life.
With special guests Dave Barr, Dr. Greg Frazier and Richard Jeynes we talk adventure - what is it, how does it qualify as an adventure, and what does it take to achieve it?