As it turns out 80% of what I pack is the same regardless of whether it is a weekend trip into the mountains or a 4 month excursion to explore Africa.Continue reading
If you need an Excedrin Migraine, take a Tylenol and a Bayer (aspirin) and wash them down with a ½ cup of coffee (caffeine). To make it Excedrin PM, skip the coffee and replace the caffeine with 1 1/2 Benadryl.Continue reading
All I could see of Angola was a distant shore line on the other side of the river, a river that wasn’t supposed to be there. Leaving the Democratic Republic of Congo I wasn’t going to be easy as I thought…Continue reading
I have spent many a winter in the northern states of Mexico enjoying the culture and land. The gallery here shares sites that extend from Baja to the border of Guatemala.Continue reading
A fan, Mike (from Ireland), sent me an email regarding traction and where to put your body while cornering. Mike’s question is a common question I get asked by both street and adventure riders alike. This is a typical but very complicated topic that deserves a blog post. I have done my best to balance the line between too much detail or abstract conceptualization and simple black and white, yes/no answers. Continue reading
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 crashed on a regular basis. Continue reading
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 only one where my riding skills likely saved my life. Continue reading