Episodes
Todd Ensign and Christian Ensign are a father and son who found themselves lacking adventure in life. So, for his dad’s birthday Christian gifted him a motorcycle and a motorcycle safety course. Soon they set out on a two month motorcycle adventure having some extraordinary experiences. Everything was going great until it all fell apart. Todd and Christian ended up not only getting more than they bargained for but they also found joy and healing, and discovered that overcoming the challenges...
Published 05/13/22
Counter Weighting is simply balancing your motorcycle with your body, and learning to do it correctly will take your skills to the next level. Today on our exclusive RIDER SKILLS program we have top instructor, Clinton Smout, to walk us through the skill using tips that speed up the learning process and get you on the fast track to improving your riding skills. If you've enjoyed this episode we'd love it if you would consider supporting the show by going to adventureriderradio.com/support...
Published 05/05/22
Four years ago, Chris Corcoran and Darin Gillies showed up for a group ride in northern Vermont - they didn’t know each other, both were newly back in to riding, both had bikes too big for what they discovered was a ride on dirt and logging roads, and neither had the skills for the ride. But, this ride that they weren’t prepared for made for a lot of laughs and forged a friendship that would lead to thousands of miles on all types of backroads in Vermont, learning how to ride off-road while...
Published 04/28/22
This story has so many twists and wild tales in it that if you didn’t know it was all true, you’d think it a fantastic work of fiction. Dan Byers put everything on the line for his adventure of a lifetime and from the onset his plans have been upended so many times that it will leave you wondering how he remained so resilient. Not only that, but Dan’s story really highlights how motorcyclists look out for each other, how this common thread draws strangers together and creates friends for...
Published 04/21/22
When you come to a tough section on a road or trail, you may ask yourself should you stand or should you sit?  On this in depth episode, we talk to an expert rider and trainer, Chris Birch, and a rocket scientist and physics expert, Mark Nesbit, to learn about standing, sitting, what’s happening when we do and why traction has everything do to with the direction your wheels are pointed. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by going to...
Published 04/15/22
Not too long ago the city of Medellin, Colombia was considered the most dangerous city in the world, and the whole country of Colombia was known as the murder capital of the world. With such a dark reputation, why would anyone consider exploring Colombia by motorcycle? Jeff Cremer and Alan Churchill, the authors of a book all about motorcycle travel in Colombia, are here to tell us all the reasons you should consider putting Colombia on your list of motorcycle trip destinations. If you've...
Published 04/08/22
Manufacturers have to work within the constraints of a budget to keep motorcycles affordable. If you want to make your bike a serious adventure motorcycle, the trick is to understand which components need to be replaced or what needs to be added to your bike. Clinton Smout has years of experience and understanding of motorcycles and he walks us through his list of necessary modifications to make the factory adventure motorcycle a serious adventure motorcycle. If you've enjoyed this episode...
Published 03/31/22
International borders can be the gateway to adventure, discovery and vacations but they can also be aggravating, arduous and problematic, particularly if you don’t follow the rules or aren’t aware of them. And with things finally beginning to open up again we find ourselves looking to leap over our borders to travel. On this episode, border crossings and what to expect, as well as expert tips from a former customs agent that will give us some insight into how to make sure you cross the border...
Published 03/24/22
It all began when a novel idea for a two-up motorcycle road trip transformed a couple of backpackers into motorcycle travellers. Sandra Steliga and Fiona Cheng were new to motorcycle travel, but after they set out for a trip in the United States to South America they were hooked and their plans quickly evolved in to riding their motorbike around the world. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by going to adventureriderradio.com/support and also check out our...
Published 03/18/22
Just over 20 years ago, neurosurgeon and motorcyclist Dr Chris Leatt witnessed his friend and fellow rider die from a motorcycle related neck injury. Dr Leatt decided to find a solution to reduce neck injuries and three years later he sold his first neck brace and then formed his company LEATT which would go on to make body protection gear for motorcyclists and then a full range of rider gear and more. Dr Leatt explains how a neck brace works to protect you and we discover in what...
Published 03/10/22
Mike Coan is a motorcycle traveller and one of the founders of Warm & Safe Heated Gear in Milwaukie, Oregon. He and his wife, Susan, have been designing and manufacturing heated clothing for almost three decades. We invited Mike on the show to talk about his evolutionary story of how they got in to making heated gear for riders, and being the passionate rider that he is the conversation takes a lot of twists and turns as we wind around topics like motorcycle travel, the way things have...
Published 03/04/22
Getting your adventure motorcycle over a log can be a daunting experience, but learning how to do it can open up a whole new world for you. On this episode of Rider Skills we have instructor Chris Birch, world famous for what he does with an adventure bike, teach us how to get our heavy motorcycles over a log in three easy steps and look like a pro while we’re doing it. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by going to adventureriderradio.com/support and also...
Published 02/24/22
Dustin Nere wasn’t interested in travel, he’d barely stepped foot out of the United States. Instead he did what he thought he was supposed to do, buy a house, get married. But, things started to change for Dustin when friends gave him a 2003 DR650 and he started going on short rides with them on weekends. Then came the overnight trips and riding the Backcountry Discovery Routes. After a divorce he had more time to ride, took a longer trip and then found himself hooked. He left his dream job,...
Published 02/18/22
In the North West of Australia, lays the Kimberly Wilderness area and that’s where the famous Gibb River Road is found. The Gibb River Road is part of the Savannah Way road trip which crosses north Australia and is well known as a four wheel drive route, rugged and scenic, remote and sparsely serviced, and for this group of riders it’s also excellent adventure motorcycle country. Mike Beaton, Nevin Wittber and Ben Wittber share a common interest of motorcycles and adventure riding. Over the...
Published 02/11/22
We recently did an episode about sidecars and how they changed the ride, but there are other ways of adding a third wheel that not only changes the ride but adds extra benefits that may just suit your style. Curious? So were we, so we talked with Friso Stolk who founded Trail Tail, a company that manufactures a single wheel on and off-road trailer, as well as Martin Éthier from Can-Am about something we’re seeing on the roads more often, the three wheeled Spyder.  If you've enjoyed this...
Published 02/04/22
It seems lately we are inundated with pessimism and yet there are still countless inspirational stories being told around the world. Many of these stories come from travellers whose experiences on the road have made a huge difference in their lives. And sometimes there comes that one single defining moment, like a lightening bolt, when they realize why they’re doing what they’re doing. It’s often called an ‘aha moment’, that moment when they suddenly recognize the value that something or...
Published 01/28/22
There is no doubt that practice improves our riding skills, but sometimes life gets in the way and then throw in weekend rides, how do you find time to set up practice sessions? On this episode of our exclusive RIDER SKILLS program we’re going to set you up with a number of slow speed practice exercises that you can do just about any time you have a few minutes. Perhaps when you’re waiting to meet up with someone or maybe you can scoot outside for a few minutes before dinner, the point is...
Published 01/21/22
Michnus and Elsebie Olivier have remained on the road during the entire two year pandemic, and so far they have managed to navigate rather successfully the world of COVID travel. They have done it by being extremely diligent, aware and proactive in their travel plans. They always keep up to date on what is happening and figuring out ways to adapt to changes in the countries they have been in. Recently, they found themselves in danger of losing their motorcycles at the Bolivia border. This...
Published 01/14/22
Riding a sidecar outfit is completely different from riding on two wheels, you could say like riding a horse of a different color. And some riders either love riding with a sidecar or simply find that it just suits their needs. Perhaps age, disability, visibility, pets, storage or stability are some of the reasons that come in to play when choosing to ride with a sidecar. And although many of us may never choose to give up two wheels, aren’t you just a little bit curious as to what it would...
Published 01/07/22
In this past year, we’ve interviewed many riders who have all contributed greatly to the show by sharing their experiences and the things they’ve learned while travelling, including Ted Simon, Lisa and Simon Thomas and many others. To wrap up 2021 we’ve decided to share some snippets of their knowledge to reflect and inspire, and also in the hopes that maybe we can learn a little something from someone else’s experience. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by...
Published 12/29/21
Riding a motorcycle over rocks present all kinds of challenges for the rider and as they get bigger, so does the challenge. On this episode we have instructor Shawn Thomas and he’ll be breaking down rocks - riding rocks into manageable pieces for the average rider and hopefully changing them from what you see as obstacles to overcome in to some seriously fun riding. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by going to adventureriderradio.com/support and also check...
Published 12/23/21
After three years of dreaming and planning, Kevin and Amy Edwards rode the incredible Trans America Trail coast to coast, Kevin on his Zero DSR motorcycle and with his wife Amy on her WR250R. While electric motorcycle travel has become a lot easier, being able to go from charger to charger on most routes, remote riding presents more challenges, and charging on route was one of the trials that they faced. If you've enjoyed this episode please consider supporting this show by going to...
Published 12/17/21
Steve Molinelli had what the outside world saw as a successful life, one that was heavily centred around motorcycling. But, when his local track was shut down his world fell into a downward spiral when the focus he had on motorcycles with replaced with something destructive - addiction. On the path to healing he once again found motorcycles and his passion for bikes helped him to get his life back together. He’s learned just how powerful it is for him to focus on the motorcycle as a way of...
Published 12/09/21
We’ve had some incredible travellers on this podcast and have been regaled with tales of adventure to far off and exotic places, trips around the world and years spent exploring on motorcycles. And while we are inspired by those stories and dream of going to these places when we close our eyes at night, it simply isn’t the reality for many riders who have families, jobs or bills to pay. So, that means that for the average motorcyclist, adventure usually happens closer to home. On this...
Published 12/02/21