A Lesson from Africa How sand riding skills saved me I was perched on the edge of Black Africa, scanning the barren landscape littered with the abandoned hulks of cars left in the minefield which separates West Sahara from Mauritania. This 4km stretch of lawless road is simply referred to as ‘no man’s land’. It would not be the first or the last border that offered a world-renowned reputation for danger, but it would be
Learning to be Weightless The truth is, riding an adventure bike off pavement uses similar techniques as riding a dirt bike on a technical trail. The biggest difference is that adventure bikes don’t crash like dirt bikes, and the risk of injury and damage from crashing on an adventure bike is far greater due to reduced personal protective gear and the presence of hard luggage, extra weight, windshields and other things not designed to be
Scenario “Suddenly, my rear wheel began a slight fishtail in the loose gravel road and I calmly increased the throttle in response. Past experiences had always quickly straightened out, but today the oscillations rapidly moved to the handlebars.Committed to the acceleration strategy, the handlebars violently shook back and forth and I continued to roll on the throttle…” Many “experienced” riders offer one tip for riding in loose surface conditions: “Add more throttle”.I can assure you
My life is motorcycles… this site is a window into my life as a “motorcycle guru” which I have been labeled as by many. Enjoy a look into the lessons, articles, photos, and adventures of the life I live.
It all begins with the quest to own the perfect ADV motorcycle: You carefully study costs, weight, fuel capacity, maintenance, dealer networks, scour the forums for known issues, and read all the bike reviews… but that’s only the beginning. After your purchase comes the task of customizing your new bike to perfection with collapsible shift levers, cleated footpegs, extra lighting, luggage or whatever your preferences are. Then, after you’ve created the ultimate ADV motorcycle comes