Elspeth Beard

Adventure Rider Radio features motorcycle adventure stories and industry pros talking tech and technique on this engaging podcast. This program is produced on Quadra Island and was downloaded over one million times last year.

About Adventure Rider Radio

Jim Martin, ARR’s host, brings years of adventure tourism experience, almost a decade of automotive publishing background and in recent years, work with podcasting and audio productions to the ARR show. Jim is a motorcycle enthusiast that especially enjoys the outdoors, camping, and exploring new and out of the way places on his bike.

Elizabeth Martin, ARR producer, has a huge love of history, the outdoors and travel, she’s travelled to the UK several times, Germany, France, Taiwan, United States and coast to coast through Canada. She brings extensive adventure tourism, business and management skills to the show.

Their website is https://www.adventureriderradio.com

Recent Adventure Rider Radio Podcasts:

Lone Rider: Globe-Trotting Before the Internet

What would it be like if you couldn’t just turn on your computer and ask google all the questions you want to help plan your trip? Everything from planning and packing, to routing and picking your destinations. All the answers at your fingertips. And what if in the 1980’s it was so against the norm for someone to set out on a long distance motorcycle trip, let alone a woman? Would you still have the nerve to ride around the world?

Elspeth Beard has just published a book this summer, the one that we talked about in an interview with her last year. We’ll remind you that it’s the story of a 23 year old woman who in 1982 set off on a solo motorcycle trip around the world. Something relatively unheard of in those days, for both women and men. In fact, on her trip she only met two other motorcycle adventurers in the 2 1/2 years she was on the road.

Broken-hearted, she wasn’t doing well in school and decided to embark on this trip to prove herself. Ridiculed by the editor and his “chauvinist colleagues” at a popular motorcycle magazine in London, she was only all that more determined to achieve her goal.

After years away, she returned home, wiser and with the knowledge that she could do anything she set out to do. But, publishing a book at the time seemed like a dead end road, as no one was interested in her story. And after storing away all her notes, audio files and memories for almost 35 years, she finally wrote the book that she wanted to all those years ago. And here we have it, Lone Rider - The First British Woman to Motorcycle Around the World.

Elspeth Beard has shared some of her audio files with Adventure Rider Radio, the sound of her younger voice all those years ago that she recorded to share with her parents. And, we also talk to someone who was in a position to either empower or disempower her while she was on this trip, something Elspeth wasn’t aware of at the time that we created this episode for you, our listener.

The author of Lone Rider, Elspeth Beard, is an avid motorcyclist and award-winning architect living in a converted water tower in southeast England. To this day, she still rides her trusty BMW R 60/6.Elspeth’s book is available on Amazon.

Has the Internet Made You Cluelessly Modify Your Motorcycle For The Worst? | Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs

Don’t modify anything on your bike until you consider this…

Industry expert Warren Milner is an adventure rider, writer and worked at Honda Canada for 30 years, working closely with product planning and R&D developing new models. 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.

Rider Skills with Bret Tkacs

Energy conservation: Bret Tkacs just participated in the Butt Stomper 24 hr race and was brutally reminded of the value of energy conservation. A bike in motion is better than picking one up:

  • Getting stuck
  • Picking them up
  • No motion induced balance
  • Better traction

Fatigue makes everything harder… rested means:

  • Clear decisions
  • More confidence
  • More deliberate riding
  • Less risk

It’s the details in training that can make a difference:

  • Poser skills training
  • Rolling dismounts
  • Standing when stopping (handlebar stops)
  • Reduced energy stops
  • Less movement means less energy burn
  • “drop it and walk”… training to avoid injury with style

Immersion training PSSOR BDR training in July and Aug 2017

  • Learning to travel light to reduce fatigue while learning
  • Learning to read and ride terrain the requires less riding effort
  • Less stalling, less fear, and the comfort of professional staff

Rider skill practice: The bar stop:

  • Learning timing
  • Mastering clutch/power delivery
  • Utilizing balance and neutralizing weight to stop and continue
  • Building confidence
  • Most important… conserving energy

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Time is of the Essence: The Things That Really Matter

When Ginamarie Austin tired of looking at the back of her husband on a bike, she decided to get her own bike. Being of small stature, they settled on a TW200 and both Ginamarie and her husband Russ fell in love with these bikes and soon became part of a community of TW200 riders, going on short adventures. After a couple of years of health related family commitments, Ginamarie and Russ went on a trip on their TW200’s, enjoying back road riding and adventure travel at a slower pace than the big bikes, a well deserved holiday. On returning from their trip, both Gina and Russ were ill, Gina recovered but when Russ didn’t it was discovered that he had Stage IV lung cancer. Russ asked Ginamarie to fulfill their dreams of an extended motorcycle trip, something they had been planning to do on retirement.

In a matter of weeks, Ginamarie lost Russ to cancer. She tells an inspiring story of her commitment to Russ, reminding us of the things that really matter. Her motorcycle adventure, which she planned for herself and to honour her husband’s memory, turned out to be something altogether different than what she thought it would be.