Kevin Hagerty | Adventure Travel Motorcycle Skills

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Kevin Hagerty is a lifelong motorcyclist and a professional guide for MotoQuest Tours in Peru & Alaska. He promotes MotoQuest from his home base in California, and works in Alaska during the summers.

Kevin has has worked in the motorcycle industry as a manufacturer test rider. He has competed in numerous National and international events over the course of 17 years of competitive off road racing.

He shares his quest for adventure with his wife Keleigh, two-up they have journeyed to Alaska, Japan, Peru, Chile, Laos, Ireland, South Africa and all over the Continental United States. For the past five years, been traveling the globe as a MotoQuest guide.

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Kevin will share his insights and tips on:

  1. What defines adventure travel.
  2. How to prepare for and get started with successful adventure travel.
  3. Tips for adventure travel within and outside of North America
  4. Common errors that new and experienced riders make and how to avoid them
  5. Skills beyond technical skills that will make your trip a success
  6. Benefits of starting with guided group travel.
  7. Pros and cons of solo vs. group travel

The best thing you can do to prepare for adventure travel is take an Off-road training program. It prepares you for the unexpected on the road, no matter where you’re going to be. Nothing happens on a road bike that won’t equate to a road bike. You learn what you’re capable of and what your bike is capable of.

Be much more aware the last 50 miles of the day. This is when the most rider errors happen. Know the triggers that tell you it’s time to get off the road.

The technical skill set is no different at all no matter where you travel. But awareness and survival skills need to be heightened, more so in Central America than in South America. Having said that, people are people all over the world. Even in areas that most people would deem dangerous or compromising, Kevin’s experience is that it isn’t that. Locals are usually very curious and want to talk to you.

Get out there and see the world. It’s not as big, bad and intimidating as politicians and the media would have you believe. You can’t come back from the experience and think about how terrible your circumstances are. You can’t come back unchanged.

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“Get out and see the world. It’s not as big and bad as you’ve been led to believe,”  Kevin Hagerty

“If you’re competent riding in your home environment, you’ll be competent in another place.” Kevin Hagerty

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2 comments on “Kevin Hagerty | Adventure Travel Motorcycle Skills
  1. Greg Hassler says:

    Good interview, it’s always nice to listen to Kevin.

    I wanted to comment on one thing – picking up your bike. People think it’s binary – you can or you can’t – but it isn’t. Being able to pick up your bike on a flat parking lot on a nice day when you’re feeling good is a reasonable test – you SHOULD be able to do that – even if it means removing as much luggage as you can before lifting or using a device like Kevin described.

    But not every scenario where you drop your bike will be like that. I’m a tall, strong, young guy and I’ve been in situations where I can’t pick up a bike I otherwise could no problem. Maybe you get pinned under the bike and can’t push it off. Maybe you twist your ankle or hurt your wrist in the fall. Maybe the bike is past 90 degrees in a ditch or on a curb. Maybe it’s raining and you’re cold, tired, and hungry.

    The point is, learn to do it at least once, but don’t assume that will translate to every situation. Then after you pick up a fallen bike, be sure you have the tools to at least bend the gearshift / brake lever back and re-tighten the mirrors – probably the most common issues after a tip-over.

    • lizjansen says:

      Excellent advice! Thank you Greg. Bikes can be heavy and unwieldy and no sense getting hurt (or being foolish) trying to prove a point. Good point on the tools too – simple fixes with tools you should be carrying. I’ve carried a spare lever before that was intact but quite curved. It wouldn’t take another impact but was a good backup.

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