Posts filed under Tech Tips

Cool, Comfort or Crash: How Effective is Your Motorcycle Jacket? | Where Do You Put Your Helmet?

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?

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.

Finding Your Way: Motorcycle GPS, Smartphone APPS & Paper Maps

What's your preference? A motorcycle GPS or smartphone APP? Perhaps you're someone who still likes traditional paper maps. We've talked to Cesar Palacios from Garmin, Guido van Eijsden, APP developer of Scenic and Sam Manicom, world moto traveler, adventurer and author, and got some great information to help you make an informed decision.

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.

Motorcycle Vibrations - Where They Come From & How to Reduce Them

There are many possible causes for why your motorcycle is vibrating, and David Hough, author of Proficient Motorcycling, and Walt Fulton join Jim Martin to offer their knowledge and experience with vibration issues. 

LED Motorcycle Lights: What You Need to Know

Tips and information on everything you need to know for equipping your motorcycle with brighter lights. Choosing either quality auxiliary lights or DOT approved headlamps for your motorcycle can make an incredible difference when you need extra lighting.

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.

High Temperature Riding Tips | Cold Weather Motorcycle Riding

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.

Stuck Motorcycle: Best Recovery Systems

If you venture off the pavement, there's always the possibility that one wrong move and your bike is off the side of a trail or stuck in a mudhole. The question is, do you have what you need to extract your bike? People, winch, or block and tackle? 

One Million Motorcycle Miles | What You Should Look For in a Motorcycle Seat

Voni Glaves is one of two women who have ridden over a million miles on a BMW motorcycle. Back in the 1970's, Voni had no idea that women could ride motorcycles, but with encouragement from her husband Paul, she learned to ride just so they could take their kids on motorcycle camping trips. 

Wind Powered Chain Oiler | Setting up Motorcycle Your Brake, Shifter and Foot Pegs

This week on ARR we're in to Part 2 on custom fitting your bike to your body size with Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited. Grant's draws on his experience from being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited. 

Custom Fitting Your Bike to Your Body | Motorcycle Handlebars | Women ADV Riders

This week ARR starts a three part series on custom fitting your bike to your size with Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited. Grant's vast background includes being a motorcycle mechanic and dealer, as well as co-owner of Horizons Unlimited with his wife, Susan Johnson. 

Riders Helping Riders | Rox Pivoting Handlebar Risers

Morgan Northrup was in the army and has served two tours, one as active duty and one as a civilian contractor in the Middle East. He’s also spent several years as a police officer in Tennessee. When he was suffering from depression and anxiety, as a result of his army and police careers, his dad stepped in and bought him a plane ticket to Colorado. There he attended a dual sport motorcycle retreat for veterans dealing with PTSD (post traumatic stress disorder). 

Lithium Batteries, Motorcycle GPS & Riding With Russian Bikers

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. 

Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa with Heather Ellis | Green Chile Adventure Gear Uprising Luggage System

From 1993 to 1997, Heather Ellis went on an adventure on her Yamaha TT600 through Africa, and from the United Kingdom to Vietnam. She recently published her book Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa, which chronicles her journey in Africa. In her memoir, she shares life-changing stories, both inspiring and entertaining. 

Notes From the Road Vol. IV - Derek Mansfield & Motorcycle Chains

This book arrived, quite unexpectedly in our mail box a few months ago. We pondered the paper wrapping and wax seal and thought of what it might be. On opening, we discovered Derek Mansfield’s book, Notes From the Road Vol. IV. It’s a unique book about a journey across west, central and eastern Europe, describing the details and experiences in those places where Derek travelled, and not just the place itself.

Brokentooth - Adventures Not of the Ordinary Kind & Rider Skills - How to Turn Your Bike in Tight Spots & Sam Manicom Tours USA

This week we talk to Oliver Solaro aka Brokentooth, who is always up for a challenge, especially when it comes to his KLR 650 and ice or water. Bret Tkacs, motorcycle riding instructor from PSSOR gives some great tips on how to turn your bike in tight situations. And Sam Manicom gives us a ride report on his motorcycle tour in the United States.

Tips from the Experts: What to Consider When Buying a Motorcycle - Grant Johnson & Lawrence Hacking

There are so many different options on the market when it comes to purchasing an adventure motorcycle, something suitable for everyone or any adventure, but when it comes to choosing the best bike for you, there are a lot of things to consider. 

Holding Your Water - Motorcycle Adventure Liquid Storage: Oil, Water & Fuel

Water weighs in at  8.34 pounds per US Gallon or by the litre its .7 kg or 1.6 pounds, and humans need on average of 2.2 - 3 litres of water per day.
When we are packing for a motorcycle adventure, water and fuel are often left to the end to be fitted into whatever space remains, but considering the weight and bulk of liquids, not to mention the challenge of leakproof containers, perhaps it should be our first consideration.

Sub-Frames with Grant Johnson & Riding Gear Review - Darien Jacket & AD1 Pants with Andy Goldfine

Grant Johnson from Horizons Unlimited talks about motorcycle sub-frames. Why they break. How much weight you can put on your bike. How to calculate pay load. Staying within weight capacity.