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Adventure Touring Podcast – www.adventureriderradio.com

Have you been listening to Adventure Rider Radio (acadia-1 )? We happen to come across this series of podcasts while looking for more information on adventure riding 2up. It was begun in 2014 by Jim and Elizabeth Martin.

I’ve been looking through the podcast and found one 2up riders should listen to (the podcast are all interesting, but this one is on topic) “Pillion Power-Two Up or Not”. The host, Jim Martin talks with Shirley Hardy-Rix and Brian Rix–2 up riders that have adventured in a big way!

The podcast is about an hour long and they talk about the advantages and disadvantages of riding 2up. Throughout the interview Shirley and Brian share their experiences of adventure riding–good and bad. It is worth the time to listen.

My favorite, non-technical point comes at the end of the podcast when Shirley says she and Brian like to share a beer at the end of the night to talk about their day’s ride and each other’s experiences…after all the ride from the driver’s seat is different from the ride in the pillion and vise versa.

Craig and I have been known to share a beer or two after the bike has been put to rest at the end of the riding day. Finding locally crafted beers is part of the fun of our trips.

Cheers!
Adventure2up. Be Safe-Craig and Bridget

Why do we ride in full color?

I am not referring to club colors, I mean colorful jackets, pants, and bike . As you go through our recent pictures you will see many different colors. Me in a BMW Dry Suit  with yellow and white. My wife’s is red a gray.

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We have added reflective stickers to the aluminum panniers and LED driving lights. This is very different from our original look, black riding suits, black helmet, black and aluminum Vario bags on a silver and black bike. Why the change to color?

On a nice afternoon riding 2Up we were a block from home making a left onto our street. A car was at the intersection sitting at a stop sign. I slowed down and made eye contact with the driver as proceeded into the intersection. He looked me in the eye and promptly pulled out as we rounded the corner. First contact with on my left foot which pushed the bike sideways. We almost made it around the car when the car’s mirror caught my wife in the shoulder. That flipped the bike high side. I landed on my hands and knees, my wife on her side one leg under the bike. Fortunately this was a slow speed accident and no one was seriously hurt but it we were not able to ride for over 6 weeks. bridget-red

The driver actually drove another 40 feet before stopping, not comprehending what had just happened. He got out of the car with the classic line “I never saw you.” When I entered the intersection I knew he might not see us. I slowed in full view of him and made eye contact. He looked right through us and ran us over.

me-yellowWould our new threads and other colorful bits have prevented this? Of course there is no way to know. But I do know objects with multiple primary colors stand out. Fire trucks are red for a reason. We may not look cool in our mismatched suits, but we stand out. And that’s the point.

Adventure2up. Be Safe-Craig and Bridget