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31 minutes | Oct 16, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 010
On this week's show Steve and Christophe talk to David Kempson who owns the Cafe Racer Shop in Brisbane about all things ... Cafe Racer. What exactly defines a cafe racer? Where did the name come from? And what's the craziest cafe racer you've ever seen? Dave has all the answers and some great advice for anyone planning a project to build one. The guys also have an update on Maria Vamvouklis' travels on her trip across Australia and the latest happenings with Dream Racer TV. BMW have unveiled a radical concept that shows their vision of the motorcycles of the future, and Steve and Christophe also have the details of Yamaha's new R6 sports bike. And Christophe plays "Doctor" to answer a listener question from John with some good advice and what to carry - and what NOT to carry on the bike on a trip. It’s all in our 10th episode of Motorcycle Life Radio.
33 minutes | Oct 5, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 009
The fuel tank’s full, the engine’s warmed up and the guys are back with another fully loaded episode of Motorcycle Life Radio. Steve updates us on the aftermath of the Queensland motorcycle licence law changes. What do they mean for riders currently in the licensing process? And now that the mayhem is over, it’s time to roll out some new and exciting things for Motorcycle Life. Steve has all the details. It seems Maria Vamvouklis took Christophe’s advice to heart last week. Maria is currently resting up in a nice warm and dry hotel room in Perth before her return to Sydney on her charity ride for R U OK? We get an update from Maria on the second part of her trip to Perth, the challenges she faced including flooded roads, and some great advice from a relative newcomer to long distance adventure riding. And Christophe finally lets us know what his secret mission has been over the last few weeks, fills us in on one of the most exciting things that has happened in the history of Dream Racer and drops a bombshell with an announcement of his future plans!!! And there’s news about how you can become part of the Motorcycle Life team by sending us your stories.
44 minutes | Sep 27, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 008
It’s our biggest show EVER! And this week we go international. Christophe is back from his secret mission of last week but still won’t tell us what he’s been up to. Steve and Christophe chat to Sydney naturopath and performance coach Maria Vamvouklis who is currently riding solo from Sydney to Perth and back to raise awareness and funds for suicide prevention charity R U OK? Maria turns things around and asks Christophe the questions - has she started a new segment on our show? The guys also chat to Italian off road racer Manuel Lucchese - a three times Dakar competitor and both National and World Baja Champion - about everything from fixing bikes in his grandparents kitchen to dodging kangaroos. And everyone gets to share their most embarrassing motorcycling moment. Join Steve McDowall and Christophe Barriere-Varju for a whole heap of fun and laughs, and maybe some serious advice, on our latest episode of Motorcycle Life Radio.
22 minutes | Sep 17, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 007
It’s our 007th show! Christophe Barriere-Varju is missing in action this week so Steve McDowall is riding solo. Steve brings us the latest on Triumph’s attempt at the land speed record, an update on Stuart Ball’s solo charity ride from Steep Point in Western Australia and chats to Superbike racer Ash DeBakker to find out how she went in the latest round at Sydney Motorsport Park. Steve also chats to Darryn Jennings. Darryn is both a rider trainer and advanced level driver trainer and talks to us about how car drivers and riders can get along better on the road, lane filtering, and those close calls we know as SMIDSY moments. It’s all in the latest episode of Motorcycle Life Radio.
32 minutes | Sep 8, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 006
The episode of Motorcycle Life is all about adventure! Steve and Christophe chat to Shirley Hardy-Rix and husband Brian about their travels around the world on their BMW, life lessons and venture into dangerous comments about politicians. Shirley and Brian have travelled hundreds of thousands of kilometres on bikes, and have written three books. The guys also chat to the founder of The Great Australian Ride, Stuart Ball, as he prepares to ride across Australia from west to east totally alone and unaided to raise more money for the SIDS and KIDS charity. Stuart has just finished this year’s Great Australian Ride which ends at the most westerly point of Australia, and rather than pack the bike up and ship it back to the east coast he decided he’d ride it!
32 minutes | Sep 1, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 005
Ash De Bakker started riding motorcycles just two years ago, and now competes in the Australasian Superbike Series on a Kawasaki ZX-10R. She is the only female in Australia currently racing a 1000cc motorcycle at a National Level. Steve and Christophe chat to her about how she got into motorcycling, what encouraged her to go racing, her plans for the future and her “secret plan” to beat the competition.
33 minutes | Aug 20, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 004
This time around the guys talk about everything from a French Patisserie to toilet paper (and how much to carry on a bike). Steve has news from VOZZ helmets about their plans to make helmets for motocross and adventure riders using the revolutionary Voztec System. Christophe talks about how he decided to get into racing in the Dakar Rally, how he prepared for such an epic race, and how he survived when it went horribly wrong during his first attempt and thought he was talking to God. It's another compelling episode of Motorcycle Life Radio with Steve McDowall and Christophe Barriere-Varju you just can't miss.
27 minutes | Aug 9, 2016
Motorcycle Life Radio 003
In this episode Steve and Christophe talk Triumph, Guy Martin and land speed records. The guys are also joined by guests Ray Van Steenwyk and Colin Oddy from MotoInno to talk about the amazing TS3 - a bike with a radical new front suspension that eliminates traditional forks and all the problems that come with them. Ray talks about his experience in the film industry and where the design came from, their plans to race in Moto 2 and to build one of the most technically advanced bikes in the world.
22 minutes | Jul 28, 2016
Motorcycle Life: Rikki Dryden from Euro Moto Tours
This week Steve and Christophe get a taste for Italy and chat to Rikki Dryden, owner of Euro Moto Tours, about her recent tour through the land of pizza and pasta. Rikki has ridden everything from postie bikes (the Honda CT110) to 1000cc sports bikes and now takes people on motorcycle tours through one of the most charismatic countries in the world - Italy. Listen in as Rikki talks about riding some of the best motorcycling roads in the world, the Italian culture, the food and how you can experience it all as well with Rikki as your guide.
19 minutes | Jul 18, 2016
Motorcycle Life: We chat to Dream Racer Christophe Barriere-Varju
In the first of our regular chats to Christophe he talks about the National Geographic show "Riding Morocco: Chasing the Dakar", the response to the show, what it's really like to ride in the wide open spaces of Africa and how he prepared Laura Csortan, who had never ridden off road before, for the ride of her life. We talk about the movie Dream Racer, the only film in the entire history of the Dakar Rally that has ever won an award - and it's won 7! Why has Dream Racer had such a positive impact on people who have never ridden a motorbike or have no interest in the rally itself? And of course Christophe always has a funny story to share, but this time he also has a challenge for Steve - one that will push him way outside his comfort zone!
1 minutes | Jul 16, 2016
Motorcycle Life: Steve reviews the Yamaha MT-10
There was plenty of interest in Yamaha’s MT-10 from the moment it was announced, with most people thinking it was simply going to be an R1 without the fairing. But after spending some time on the bike, Steve says it’s so much more.
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