It Is What It Is

by Steve on November 17, 2014

Hello everyone. Long time since I came here. So many things have contributed to my absence. I lost my dad and an uncle early in the year that set me back for a few months. By then, the motorcycle safety season was in full swing and I teach and help run a safety site for ABATE of Indiana. What time I had left after that and my day job I spent with my daughter at her various practices and tournaments with her fastpitch softball team. And now, both of those have slowed down but I just filled out all the paperwork for and started my own business.

During my time away from the blog and the mic I did alot of soul searching. My love for motorcycling and adventure riding in general were never in question but my dedication and passion to keep this up were obviously not enough to keep episodes and posts coming every couple of weeks. I have fought with this decision for a month or so and have come to the conclusion that I am a much better listener of podcasts than a creator.

With that being said, I will be shutting down this site soon. I want to thank those of you who have written and listened up to this point. I want to give a huge shout out to Sam Manicom for his two part interview. His exciting travels are what adventure motorcyclists dreams are made of. Check out Sam’s books here. I wish you all the best and hope that your days are filled with the two wheeled adventures that you desire.



What is an Adventure?

by Steve on March 3, 2014

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines adventure as an undertaking usually involving danger and unknown risks and/or an exciting or remarkable experience. I was thinking this week, after recording the interview with Sam Manicom, what is an adventure?

Sam, and many like him, have quit their jobs, sold their belongings, and saddled up for adventures that take them far from home for an extended period of time, often times for a year or more. I have had a desire to do something akin to that but circumstances don’t allow me at the present time.

So, I got to thinking. If one has only a month, could we still be considered to be on an adventure ride? What about a week? Can adventure be found in a weekend ride or even a day? Sure we all dream of seeing the sights in far away, distant lands. We wonder what it would be like to experience the cultures in different countries. Could you see yourself jumping up to participate in a tribal dance? What are your thoughts about trying unfamiliar food so that you do not show disrespect to your hosts? Maybe that food is just the danger Merriam-Webster was referring to?

But for many of us, those dreams have to remain just that for the time being. Dreams. I am of the opinion that adventure can be had when your time is limited to a short period. I put the question out to my twitter followers and some friends and the best quotes that I received came from the same person.

Both of these came from my twitter friend Paul Crouch who is known as @Outsider73 Paul commented that his idea of adventure is, “doing something new, going somewhere different, works for me. I could ride all day just following the front wheel, bliss!” Paul also had this to say, “Adventure is a state of mind :-)” I think Paul and I are on the same page.

So, if life has you tied close to home for the time being, don’t fret. You can make adventure in one day. Don’t wait. Step out and enjoy yourself soon.


RIP Big Mike

February 9, 2014

If you are a motorcyclist in Indiana, have visited the ABATE of Indiana bash called the Boogie, attended the ABATE of Kansas annual party, or spent time in South Dakota or Wyoming around the Sturgis Rally you know the name Big Mike and you know the Eclipse Band. Big Mike was a great vocalist and […]

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Why I Ride

January 26, 2014

It is everywhere you turn. Whether you are looking at facebook, twitter, linkedin, or any other social media site you see post after post about the documentary  “Why We Ride”. Director Bryan H. Carroll and his team traveled the US speaking with motorcycle riders to get answers to why we ride. Each person has a […]

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I Told You So

January 15, 2014

 I really do hate to say it but I told you so! When I left you last I said that even though Cyril Despres (Yamaha) was back in a high position after suffering numerous setbacks don’t count him out. Today I found a few moments to check in on the latest bike information from stage […]

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Dakar 2014

January 11, 2014

Due to my crazy schedule at the end of 2013 and the continuation of my crazy schedule heading into 2014 I have not followed the 2014 Dakar Rally much. So today I decided to do a quick check in to see what the latest news was on the motorcycles. I do not find myself having […]

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Happy New Year Adventurers!

December 31, 2013

One hour and fifteen minutes from now we will ring in 2014. The staff at Adventure Moto Rider wishes everyone a prosperous new year. We are working diligently to get the podcast up and going. There are already episodes in the bag but we have to wait for iTunes to make all the approvals so […]

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My Steed

December 6, 2013

I am not going to jump in the arguing game over whether the VStrom or any other motorcycle is an “Adventure Motorcycle”. There have been strong debates on the ADVrider and Stromtrooper forums as to which bikes are worthy of carrying that moniker. I have a Harley Davidson Softail Custom that shares the garage with […]

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Adventure Moto Rider Is Born

June 3, 2013

Hello everyone! Welcome to Adventure Moto Rider, a blog and podcast that ventures into the growing sport of adventure motorcycle touring. You will slowly see this take shape as I am currently contracting out for some artwork and recording a first episode to submit to iTunes. Soon you will be able to download the podcast […]

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