• Yamaha Announces 2021 Ténéré 700 Available in U.S.
    by Alex Marsh on May 23, 2020 at 4:29 pm

    Published in: NewsYamaha Motor Corporation, USA has announced the 2021 Ténéré 700’s arrival for the U.S. market beginning the first week of June. Earlier this year, Yamaha connected with customers interested in making the first Ténéré 700 purchases through the company’s website and dealer network, and orders started taking place yesterday 05/22/2020. While the first shipment of Ténéré 700 motorcycles are expected to sell out, additional inventory will be arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships for purchase later this summer and fall. Customers who ordered their Ténéré 700 motorcycles today were also given the opportunity to purchase one of two accessory packs. The Rally Pack features a skid plate, main stand, engine guard, radiator protector, chain guide, mono-seat rack and tank pad. The Tour Pack features a main stand, engine guard, side case stays and a set of side cases with locks.  •The Next Horizon is Yours With a spirit of adventure embedded in their DNA, Yamaha Adventure bikes are rugged, tough and reliable. Each Ténéré model in the Adventure Touring segment opens up the possibilities of endless travel and enables riders to discover a feeling of utter freedom where the only limits exist within a rider’s imagination. To find out more about the 2021 Ténéré 700, visit YamahaMotorsports.com. •About Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA (YMUS), is a recognized leader in the powersports industry. The company’s ever-expanding product offerings include Motorcycles and Scooters, ATV and Side-by-Side vehicles, Snowmobiles, WaveRunner Personal Watercraft, Boats, Outboard Motors, Outdoor Power Equipment, Power Assist Bicycles, Golf Cars, Power Assist Wheelchair Systems, Surface Mount Technology (SMT) Machines, Unmanned Helicopters, Accessories, Apparel, and much more. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS products are sold through a nationwide network of distributors and dealers in the United States. YMUS has a corporate office in California, two corporate offices in Georgia, facilities in Wisconsin and Alabama, and factory operations in Tennessee and Georgia. Additional U.S.-based subsidiaries include Yamaha Marine Systems Company (YMSC) with divisions Bennett Marine (Florida) and Kracor Systems (Wisconsin), Skeeter Boats (Texas), with division G3 Boats (Missouri), and Yamaha Precision Propeller (Indiana). Read more …

  • Kore Adventure Motorcycle Boots Review
    by Aleena Wilson | photos by Liam Nuhring on May 22, 2020 at 6:05 pm

    Published in: GearIn today’s adventure riding market you could easily spend more than a thousand dollars on riding gear and, frankly, it’s sometimes difficult to find high-value riding apparel. For budget-conscious riders, it’s easy to “call it good” with just a pair of hiking boots, sacrificing proper protection. Kore Adventure Boots provide adventure riders with one of the highest value boot options for those seeking maximum protection, both on and off road. Out of the box their construction quality is immediately apparent. They feature a bonded non-slip, lug-type sole and split-grain leather on the upper half and in the high-stress areas, and they’re double stitched. The inner lining is made of anti-abrasion, breathable mesh nylon to combat water absorption. Speaking of water, in the mud and rain, the boots are surprisingly dry, even though most motocross boots aren’t known for their water resistance. Anti-abrasion material reduces friction between the boot and the rider’s foot and leg, reducing the possibility of blisters forming on the user’s foot, ankle, and calf. As Benjamin Franklin once said, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Being prepared is something adventure riders value. We embrace opportunities to see new and exciting locations and cultures, and to do so, we need to be prepared to leave in the dust the familiarity of asphalt. Recently, a ride to the North Shore region of Minnesota unexpectedly turned into a weekend of dirt on unmarked National Forest “roads.” Although anticipating only pavement riding, wearing the Kore Boots turned out to be an excellent decision, as I unexpectedly ended up navigating unmarked dirt trails for the majority of the time, at one point finding myself in the Boundary Waters. With increased protection comes increased confidence. While in the saddle, the boots feel beefy, despite their slim styling and heavy-duty plastic shin guard. Just knowing that you’re wearing these boots creates peace of mind while crunching miles on the asphalt and navigating off-road single-track trails, even in bad riding conditions, as the Kore Boots have a well-designed closure system at the top of the boot. Off the bike, the Kore Boots require a short break-in period but they’re ready to ride straight out of the box. The top cam lock buckle is, however, a bit too short for riders wearing heavy wool socks or knee guards. This can be remedied by swapping the top and bottom buckles, as the bottom ones are slightly longer than the top. As a woman getting into adventure riding, I’ve had to start from scratch in acquiring the proper gear without breaking the bank. While generally the options are growing for women’s motorcycle apparel, finding boots can be more difficult. There simply are not many female options, so I decided to try the men’s Kore Boots. One thing to keep in mind when shopping men’s boots is that, for women, the boots can generally be looser in the ankles and instep. If you need a slimmer fit, you may want to use insoles and inserts to compensate. Bottom line, Kore’s Adventure Motorcycle Boots are worth every penny. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a higher value boot. Kore offers its Adventure Boots in black or brown leather. ActionAthleteSupply.com MSRP: $149 PROS: High-value motorcycle boot. Full height protection. Enough flexibility for off-the-bike use. CONS: The top strap may be too short for some riders. There is a break-in period, although this applies to all footwear. Read more …

  • 2020 TRIUMPH SCRAMBLER 1200 BOND EDITION – AN ICONIC BRITISH PARTNERSHIP
    by Alex Marsh on May 21, 2020 at 9:38 pm

    Published in: NewsIn December 2019, Triumph announced a new official partnership with EON Productions, revealing the dynamic action feature of Triumph motorcycles in the forthcoming 25th James Bond Film, No Time To Die. To celebrate this iconic collaboration, Triumph, the premium British motorcycle brand, is proud to introduce the first ever official motorcycle directly linked to the Bond Franchise. The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is an ultra-rare, limited edition Scrambler 1200 motorcycle featuring a unique 007 design scheme and limited to a production of just 250 models worldwide, with only 30 marked for the United States and 5 for Canada. This special Bond Edition motorcycle was inspired by the incredible custom Scrambler 1200 action vehicles featured in No Time To Die and has all of the top specification Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE’s exceptional performance and capability, together with premium higher-value details. Inspired by the Scrambler 1200 action vehicles ridden in No Time To Die, the new Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition showcases the celebration of an iconic British partnership amplified by its premium Sapphire Black paint scheme, featuring an iconic oversized Triumph tank badge and brushed decal foil knee pad with hand-painted gold coachline. Additional exquisite 007 branding includes a beautiful exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with pressed 007 branding, premium real leather seat with embroidered logo and a unique 007 TFT instrument startup screen. All of this comes on top of a whole host of beautiful blacked-out features, including premium black anodized rear mudguard, grab rail and sump guard, black forks, high-value engine badges with gold accents, black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover. To perfectly complement the Bond theme and blacked-out premium finish, the Bond Edition is equipped with a range of unique higher value details and features, including a high-level front mudguard with unique black anodized finish, fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds, a premium Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps, machined front brake reservoir, black rear wheel adjusters and a stainless steel headlight grill. With only 250 ever being sold worldwide (30 in the United States and 5 in Canada), the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition will be one of Triumph’s most exclusive and desirable Modern Classics. Featuring a beautiful individually-numbered plaque billet riser clamp, each one will be completely unique and never to be repeated. Every Bond Edition owner will also receive a special tailor-made handover pack unique to their bike, featuring a numbered letter hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor, and a premium leather rucksack. •Details: Premium 007 bodywork, including: Beautiful exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with 007 branding; Premium real leather seat with embroidered logo; Unique Bond TFT instrument startup screen. Distinctive 007 paint scheme inspired by the bike ridden by James Bond in the twenty-fifth film. Blacked-out finishes, including: Black anodized rear and high-level front mudguard; Elegant black forks; High-value engine badges with gold accents; Black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover; Black anodized grab rail, sump guard and infills. Beautiful features and details, including: Fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds; Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps; Machined front brake reservoir; Black rear wheel adjusters; Stainless steel headlight grill. Ultra-rare limited edition 250 worldwide production Each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging Special Bond handover pack All of the Scrambler 1200 XE exceptional performance & capability Thrilling twin-powered performance – 90 PS / 89 BHP @ 7,400 rpm & 110 Nm / 81.1 LBFT @ 3,950 rpm Category-dominating capability Class-leading state-of-the-art technology, specification and equipment Breathtaking Scrambler style Price: USD – $18,500; CAD – $20,000 More Information: TriumphMotorcycles.com Read more …

  • Horizions Unlimited Shares the Achievable Dream For Free
    by Alex Marsh on May 18, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Published in: NewsWhen you can’t get to Horizons Unlimited (HU), HU will come to you! From April 17th through July 31st, you can stream a different featured chapter from the Horizons Unlimited ACHIEVABLE DREAM MOTORCYCLE ADVENTURE TRAVEL GUIDE video series on Vimeo each week. Every Friday, they switch things up with a different chapter. Viewers can stream the videos for free; all 15 chapters over the 15 weeks of free viewing. If you’re new to motorcycle travel, HU would like to WELCOME to the HU global tribe! This is a perfect way to get started with insights, tips, and stories from hundreds of fellow travelers who shared their experiences on these videos, and help you plan your coming trip! Each week will be an adventure: you never know what you’re gonna get. As if FREE-STREAMING every chapter in the HU Achievable Dream Motorcycle Adventure Travel Guide for the next 15 weeks wasn’t enough. Horizons Unlimited is also offering… 15-50-15: All 15 chapters of the HU Achievable Dream Guide are 50% off for all 15 weeks (April 17th- July 31st)! Free-streaming a featured chapter each week is like taking a bike for a nice, LOOONG test ride. Now you can get any or all chapters at half-price anytime you want until the last featured chapter wraps up on July 31st. Ready? Kickstand UP! For more info and Discount codes see: hubb.to/free-dream  Read more …

  • Weiser Technik UltraBRIGHTS 2-in-1 Turn Signals Review
    by Alex Marsh on May 15, 2020 at 3:12 pm

    Published in: GearAdditional lighting is undoubtedly one of the most useful additions to any motorcycle. It not only helps you see better in the dark, extra lights can also make you more visible to other road users. However, adding lights often requires brackets to hang them on the bike, extensive wiring for power, relays, and extra switches that will crowd your handlebars or cockpit. Weiser Technik has come to the rescue with their UltraBRIGHTS LED 2-in-1 turn signal inserts which utilize existing housings to add driving or brake lights to your bike with a bare minimum of wiring or effort. Weiser offers kits for a variety of motorcycles to allow a nearly plug ’n’ play installation, even on bikes with the fickle CAN bus. The kits include nearly everything you’ll need: high quality Posi-Twist and Posi-Tap connectors, a pre-wired relay, zip ties, and leads with plenty of length to make connections a breeze. Unlike many other LED turn signals, you won’t need to wire in additional resistors or load equalizers. For most installations you’ll only need a couple of screwdrivers, wire cutters, wire strippers, and a little electrical tape. It’s possible, in some scenarios, you may also need a multimeter to locate appropriate wires or additional tools to remove your fairings and/or turn signals. The included instructions are clear, detailed, and very understandable; Weiser also has their full instructions and a suite of installation videos online. My installation on a 2019 Triumph Tiger 800 XCA for this review was a little more involved but not any more technically difficult and could still very easily be completed in the 1–2 hours Weiser suggests for most installations. For Tigers built between 2010–2017 the EXTREME signal shape is a direct fitment, but with the 2018 and 2019 models Triumph moved to a new incandescent signal shape for the U.S. while the rest of the world got very slim LED indicators. Luckily, Weiser’s LEGACY I signal shape fits the 2018 and 2019 housings and Weiser is developing a new part to allow direct fitment with no modifications to the existing signals. Once Weiser has the new part available, 2018 and 2019 Tiger owners in the U.S. will have two options for installing UltraBRIGHTS 2-in-1 LEDs; the LEGACY I shape will be an easy direct fitment, and for those desiring a slimmer look the EXTREME shape requires only minor modification. Both shapes result in a clean look and extra functionality of the turn signals. Weiser has new signal housings available to add to your order if you’re interested in changing the signal shape on your Tiger 800 or adding UltraBRIGHTS 2-in-1 LEDs to any other motorcycle. Personally, I prefer the slimmer look of the EXTREME signals and installation required a set of BMW housings and a minor modification to the OEM turn signal stalks. The BMW housings fit on the Triumph signal stalks, and the modification is just cutting a small notch out of the signal stalk to provide room for the new signal lens tab to seat in the housing. I experimented with a few different tools for cutting the notch, but found a utility knife/razor with a fresh blade to be the most efficient tool for the job. After installation, I have to say I’m very happy with the 2-in1 UltraBRIGHT LEDs. The driving lights in the front signals provide an impressive amount of light for their size, particularly providing extra low and side illumination which could really help you see gravel in a turn or deer lurking on the shoulder. The brake lights in the rear signals have effectively doubled the amount of light under braking and the amber turn signals are noticeably brighter than the OEM incandescent bulbs. Both are welcome improvements to help others see me when I most need them to. I asked Weiser about the possibility of the rear signals operating as running lights in addition to turn and brake indicators, but their philosophy to provide a more effective extra brake light requires the signals to be completely dark prior to being illuminated rather than being partially lit before. Think of the third brake light on a car or truck; when it lights up, you know to slow down. This is a premium product which is priced accordingly but does exactly what it advertises, and Weiser has really stepped up to make installation as easy as possible. Weiser Technik is confident enough in their product to provide a 60-day satisfaction guarantee as well as a four-year warranty, both of which are completely backed up by the performance, quality of the product, and the price at which they’re offered. WeiserTechnik.com MSRP: $249 per pair | $449 combined front and rear Fitment: BMW, Triumph, KTM, Aprilia, and more. PROS: Enhanced visibility and conspicuity to other road users Easy installation on many bikes Four-year warranty CONS: Premium products come with premium price tags Limited direct fitment Read more …

  • When the Road Ends: Lost in the Pacific
    by Sam Manicom on May 7, 2020 at 5:30 pm

    Published in: MediaIn 2015 Dylan Wickrama released his highly-rated book, When the Road Ends. The excellent news is that the film version is about to be released (May 12, 2020). This is the story of Dylan Wickrama’s solo motorcycle journey around the world, with the focus on what he decided to do when he reached the Darien Gap—that infamous narrow stretch of virtually impenetrable mountainous jungle surrounded by oceans that straddles the border between Panama and Colombia. Most overlanders freight, ship or fly their bikes over the Gap, but not Dylan. He saw the challenge through different eyes where the Darien could be conquered. So he built an oil-barrel and bamboo raft powered by a scrap of sail and propeller driven by his motorcycle. An odyssey only possible with the help of people he met along the way, innovation, skill and optimism. And with no sailing experience whatsoever, Dylan set off to sail the Pacific Ocean side of the Darien Gap. This film is simply completely and wonderfully barking mad. The tales told will have you swinging your moods from trepidation, incredulity, to lump-in-the-throat, and moments of laugh out loud humor. When the Road Ends: Lost in the Pacific was released on video on demand. •PROS: Some wonderful footage Excellent music Powerful storyline A tale of optimism and drive •CONS:  Could be a bad influence! DETAILS Ride2xplore.com On demand video version: (Available May 12, 2020) vimeo.com/ondemand/whentheroadends Book version information: Hardcover: $20 (312 pages) | Kindle: $9.90 ISBN-10: 3952444855 | ISBN-13: 978-3952444856  Read more …

  • Broken Roads to Siberia
    by Jyri Koski on April 30, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Published in: RidesThe idea of an off-road adventure, exploring western parts of Russia, Mongolia and Siberia had long been brewing in Jyri Koski’s head. On the daring ride from his home in Helsinki, Finland, to far-out Siberia, he also wanted to make a film that would inspire others into realizing their own travel dreams; he named the adventure Broken Roads to Siberia. {youtube}pDVVMo0_U6A{/youtube} •Two Months To Go Jyri needed a riding partner on a short notice and knew Tuukka Josefsson through common friends. Tuukka was experienced in adrenaline-filled adventures including skiing through frozen Lapland, a trip covered by BBC television and aired worldwide. Would he be up for it? It took only a single WhatsApp message for an immediate “YES!” KTM Nordic generously provided Tuukka with a KTM 690 Enduro R, a bike model Jyri already owned and loved; Rukka provided all the necessary riding gear from the underwear to the riding jackets and pants; U.K.-based Kriega provided the light soft luggage; other after-market parts arrived from Perun Moto, out of Serbia; and Sony helped with camera gear. KTM’s 690 Enduro R is a near perfect long-distance adventure enduro as it comes from the factory, but Jyri and Tuukka made a few modifications extending the range to roughly 250 miles by replacing the original air filter box with an extra 1.5-gallon aftermarket tank along with extra one-gallon canisters. •And So It Began The boys left Helsinki on June 24, 2016. At the Russian border, the officials waved them around a long line of cars and trucks. It seems Russians have a special love for motorcyclists. The next few days riding were spent on abandoned gravel roads and single tracks decaying since the WWII. What had once been Finnish territory had been reclaimed by nature. •The Trans-Siberian Train In Moscow the bikes were loaded on a Trans-Siberian train and they were off to Novosibirsk, the capital of Siberia. The trip was three days of eating, sleeping, looking at the flat Russian landscape—along with plenty of vodka and socializing with other passengers. Novosibirsk has some great restaurants and an awesome nightlife reminiscent of ’90s era Nirvana, Guns N’ Roses, and Prodigy blasting in every bar, making it one of Jyri’s top five favorite cities. •Over the Altai Mountains On their way to the great wilderness of Russia’s Altai Mountains and Mongolia, the boys made an overnight stop in the city of Barnaul where they visited the Bike Bar, a must-see motorcycle oasis. It’s open twenty-four hours and is the place to meet other motorcycle travelers, local motorcycle enthusiasts, eat, drink, and arm wrestle with no shortage of vodka. But be forewarned, Russians are well trained in those last two. Next up was taking on the Altai Mountains. There’s an asphalt road from Novosibirsk to Mongolia, but they wanted to discover an off-road route over the range. Consequently, they ended up getting lost several times as GPS was of no use. Broken Roads IN Siberia came to mind while “enjoying” the rain, mud, hard terrain and encounters with the friendly locals—eventually finding their way out. Upon entering Mongolia, they began their much-anticipated westward journey through its almost untouched wilderness. The planned route included several completely roadless sections and a stretch of Mongolian sand dunes. After a couple days of riding Jyri and Tuukka ended up in a remote area with hundreds of ancient tombs and stone statuettes of ancient warriors, the nearest town was two days away. From there they explored more vast roadless remote areas while camping along the way, each day ending with the most breathtaking sunsets they’d ever witnessed. •Over The Sand Dunes Are those sand dunes real on the horizon? Or is the heat playing tricks on us? It was difficult to determine whether they were 30 or three miles away, endless flat terrain and the reflecting sun made it all but impossible to ascertain. But when they reached the dunes, they were surprised at just how well their KTMs handled the deeper sand, especially as they were so loaded with luggage and gear. The extreme heat of the desert’s soft sand required constant throttle to stay up on the surface. Thoughts of accidents and navigation errors came to mind, and without access to a sat phone they could easily have been stranded. After several hours of riding dunes, a village appeared on the horizon—at last time to attend to their stomachs, quench thirst, and refuel the bikes. •The Lost Goat Opportunity Leaving the desert behind, the landscape gradually changed to greener pastures. Noticing a goat walking in circles, Jyri stopped to offer the dehydrated animal water, but he knew that without help it wouldn’t be long before it would join the many skeletons on the Mongolian plateau. So he went on a scouting mission to see if he could find it a new home at a nearby ger (AKA yurt). After about an hour, Tuukka began to wonder if something had happened. But Jyri returned with a grin—he’d found a new home for the little goat. And they ended up having a great afternoon with the nomad family where they were treated to delicious bread with goat milk curd, plenty of sugar and warm goat’s milk. •Bumps on the Road Spirits were high as Jyri and Tuukka set off once again over the vast open landscape. But their good mood was short lived. It had only been a few hours since their goodbyes to the lovely family before severe diarrhea hit them both. Clearly their gut bacteria wasn’t accustomed to what they’d eaten. The next few days were tough; the guys could barely eat or drink anything. The weather turned cold and rainy as they rode a rocky gravel road with seemingly endless water-filled potholes. Jyri caught a fever, requiring the pair to find refuge at a small village guesthouse—morale hit a low point. After a couple of R&R days, they felt well enough to continue, riding in the wilderness for several more days until they finally reached Mongolia’s capital, Ulaanbaatar. Where, as they’d been subsisting on mostly goat meat dumplings with warm goat milk to wash it down, their first priority was a good restaurant meal. •The Pit Stop Their original sets of knobbies lasted over 4,300 miles. But to survive Siberia and the notorious Baikal-Amur Mainline (BAM) road, they needed fresh rubber. A city-wide search proved almost useless until a local KTM dealer came to the rescue. Tires were pulled from KTM EXC 250cc on the showroom floor and Jyri and Tuukka were back on the road toward far out Siberia. Then from the Mongolia-Russia border they rode past the cities of Ulan-Ude and Irkuts, and continued along Lake Baikal heading northward toward the starting point of the BAM, considered one of the most difficult adventure roads in the world. •Two Alexanders On their way they had to make a stop at the tiny and very remote Siberian village of Zhigalovo. Thanks to a punctured tube, Tuukka found a garage run by Alexander who had a mechanic with the same name. Jyri and Tuukka spent the next day with their new friends, eating traditional foods, learning about Siberian ways, Shamanism, and authentic Russian Banja baths. Both Alexanders, as well as many others in outback Siberia, warned the them about the bears. But if they were destined to be bear food, so be it, as looking at what was ahead bears would the least of their risks. •Siberian Forest Fire The next morning began with a 200-mile stretch of dirt road in the direction of Severobaikalsk, a city located on the northern tip of Lake Baikal. After a few hours, they encountered something much more dangerous than bears—widespread forest fire. As they pushed on deeper into the forest, the smoke thickened and breathing became increasingly more difficult. Realizing they were in great danger they turned back, an adventure in itself as it took several hours of riding in the smoke- and fire-blocked way. Just as things seemed hopeless, a truck driver stopped to explain they’d be out the danger just a few more miles ahead. With a sense of great relief Jyri and Tuukka made it back to safety with stinging eyes, barely able to breathe. •The BAM  They finally reached the BAM, the old and decaying service road of the Baikal-Amur Mainline railway, a broken road through remote parts of Siberia. Some 2,800 miles long and stretching through half of Siberia, a route discovered by the Sibirsky Extreme riders back in 2009. Despite the press, the BAM sees only a handful of riders each summer in the short window between snow melting late in the spring and early autumn. Numerous deep river crossings, dilapidated bridges and Siberian brown bears make the BAM a dangerous yet memorable extreme adventure for those who dare to tackle it. After weeks of riding, they were already worn out, and questioned why on Earth they were going to attempt it. As it turned out, it was more physically and mentally demanding than they’d anticipated. The BAM beat them both up and as it turned out, they’d each lose almost 20 pounds making their way across. •The Vitim Bridge After more than a week on the BAM, struggling along several hundred miles of the worst road they’d ever imagined, flooded with numerous wrecked or toppled bridges, the grand finale was in sight. Ahead lay the Vitim Bridge—photos of which Jyri had used to entice Tuukka to join him on this trip. As they reached the bridge on a cold and rainy morning, having barely slept, “holy crap!” was first and foremost on their minds. The bridge over the Vitim River was roughly 30-feet high, 1,870-feet long, and about six-feet wide—with no railing or other safety features. Its rusted and crumbling metal frame was covered with rain-slick wooden planks, the decaying structure had not been repaired in decades—a daredevil’s wet dream! The pair hesitated before attacking the challenge of this was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Wind gusts crossed the uneven, rain-soaked surface with missing planks… keeping a steady pace and up on the foot pegs was the only way for most of the crossing. To make matters worse, a large gap appeared in the middle of the bridge, hearts raced as they balanced for their lives and concentrated, becoming one with their 690s. The crossing felt like an eternity and everything seemed to happen in slow motion. But they made it, sitting silently in awe on the other side after their accomplishment. •Living the dream After five weeks on the road and more than 7,000 miles, had it been worth it? Thoughts went back to Mongolia; they’d been riding a long day in the dust and were tired, hungry, thirsty, and had not seen a shower in days. A group of young American missionaries were chatting next to their van as the pair pulled up to the guesthouse. A girl pointed at her camera and asked if she could be in a picture with them and the dusty KTMs. As the young woman walked away, she turned around, gave them a long look and said, “You guys are living the dream.” The guys looked at each other, smiled, and realized she was absolutely right! Jyri and Tuukka’s Broken Roads to Siberia documentary travel film has been shown on several film festivals around the world. It’s now available on YouTube to inspire fellow adventure riders to take on broken roads of their own, and for others to realize their personal travel dreams whether it’s on motorcycle, bicycle, foot, or horseback.Read more …

  • New Rigg Gear Hurricane Waterproof Tank Bags
    by Alex Marsh on April 27, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Published in: NewsNelson Rigg continues to expand their Rigg Gear brand of 100% waterproof dry bags with the new Hurricane Waterproof Tank Bags. These dry tank bags offers functionality, durability and mounting at an affordable price. Made from a waterproof, UV coated Tarpaulin PVC featuring electronically heat welded seams, these bags keep your contents dry and free from dust no matter what weather or terrain you encounter. Offered in 2 sizes, the smaller SE-3060 tank bag is perfect for enduro and dual sport bikes offering 2.6L of storage which is big enough for most compact cameras, phones, battery packs or even small tools. The larger SE-3070 at 11L is great for adventure bikes and can easily hold a day’s worth of riding needs such as gloves, goggles, GPS, camera, small tablets and more. To help secure your gear when hitting the trails, you can choose from either inner straps that you can adjust to accommodate your contents, or an adjustable divider to separate your items. These waterproof tank bags feature water resistant main zippers that are covered by a waterproof neoprene flap ensuring your items stay dry even in the heaviest of downpours. Under the lid is a mesh pocket for storing maps, cards, and documents which also allows you access to the waterproof clear map pocket that is touch screen friendly. Mounting is easy and secure with a 4 point quick release system on top of a protective base pad that helps prevent slipping or marking and allows easy access when refueling. Like the rest of the Nelson Rigg family of luggage, these bags include their lifetime warranty. Available in two sizes: SE-3060 (2.6L) MSRP $134.95 SE-3070 (11L) MSRP $89.95 For more information www.NelsonRigg.com. Read more …

  • Let The Adventure Come to You – Armchair Adventure Festival
    by Alex Marsh on April 23, 2020 at 4:26 pm

    Published in: NewsWorld’s first virtual adventure festival live in your living room amid the Corona virus lockdown in aid of NHS Charities Together. From the 24th-26th April 2020, The Sidecar Guys will be assembling top adventure legends such as Charley Boorman, Ted Simon and Steph Jeavons live into your living rooms, in the first ever virtual adventure festival – The Armchair Adventure Festival. With inspiring talks, panel discussions, workshops and the most exciting adventure films out there, it is not to be missed. Matt, one half of the world record breaking duo putting on the event, said, “The idea is to help the NHS fight this terrible virus by sitting in and telling tales of adventure. It keeps those of us on lockdown entertained and raises some cash for the heroes on the frontline too!” With top adventurers from the world of human powered challenges, on land and sea, and some of the worlds most famous adventure motorcyclists it promises to be a great event for a fantastic cause. So looking forward to working with the Sidecar Guys on this virtual festival. During this wacky lockdown time, we all need some distractions. Hearing and seeing some of the worlds adventure riders will certainly go some way to brightening my day up that’s for sure. – Billy Ward The Armchair Adventure Festival is completely free. Though attendees are welcome to make a voluntary donation to the NHS Charities Together fund when signing up to attend if they are in the position to. Those wishing to attend can secure a place and make a donation via ArmchairAdventureFestival.com. The Armchair Adventure Festival is brought to you by The Sidecar Guys, Matt Bishop and Reece Gilkes. In 2017, Matt and Reece set off on their around the world expedition and arrived back in the UK in 2019 as the first people to ever circumnavigate the globe on a scooter and sidecar. They now hold the Guinness World Record for the longest journey by scooter and sidecar. You can follow them and find out more via @TheSidecarGuys on social media and AsSeenFromTheSidecar.org. •Schedule All times below in UK time (BST), GMT+1. Read more …

  • Sena Momentum Pro Helmet Review
    by Pablo Espinosa on April 21, 2020 at 9:16 pm

    Published in: GearWe all know Sena as being one of the leading brands when it comes to helmet-to-helmet communications and video/still camera recording. But did you know they came out with a new helmet design that incorporates both technologies? It’s called the Momentum Pro. Let’s begin with the camera. It’s permanently mounted to the top center of the helmet and gives you a 135° field of view. The Quad HD camera is similar to Sena’s 10C Pro in resolution options and can be controlled from either one nicely sized button on the camera, or Sena’s smartphone app. With the smartphone app it’s easy to manipulate all of the settings and also see live what’s the camera is viewing. You can also review from your smartphone what was just recorded, as well as upload to social media site or email. The memory capacity of the camera holds a maximum of a 64G on microSD that’s Class 10 or higher. That translates to about two hours of recording at either 30 fps @ 1440p, or 60 fps @ 1080p. My testing suggests the better resolution of 60 fps at 1080p for smoother video. And, while recording video, the audio and or music is captured from whatever you are hearing inside your helmet. Now onto the communication system. This unit allows up to eight riders to be linked at the same time. And, incorporates an Advance Noise Control that truly helps to brighten up the audio quality. The operation of the Bluetooth v4.1 comm system utilizes three buttons to navigate settings for the FM radio, intercom, mobile phone functions including music from your smartphone. If you don’t want to fiddle with buttons, you can alternatively use voice commands which I found pretty handy. As usual, with terrain being the biggest factor, you get about a mile range in open areas for helmet to helmet communications. The Momentum Pro Helmet itself is built around a composite fiberglass shell; I found it adequate for the price. Although it lacks a drop-down sunshade, it does come with an anti-fog Pinlock. Sizes are XS–2XL with two color options: matte black or gloss white. Venting is good with two closable vents, one in the mouth area and another just above your forehead. There’s also a sleek horizontal three-inch-long exhaust port along the center back which works well in creating air flow. It’s a comfortable helmet to wear without any “hot spots” of irritation anywhere along my head. And the strap is a typical D-ring style we’re all so accustomed to. A nice touch is the reflective panel on the neck roll as well as water resistant covers for the charging port and the microSD port. Speaking of the charging port, you can charge the battery while in use, which then only limits you to the microSD’s capacity. The Momentum Pro is backed with a five-year warranty and a two-year warranty for the electronic components. Sena did a good job with the Momentum Pro in putting together a product chock full of easy-to-use capabilities. Though this was their first camera and comm built into a helmet, I hope they extrapolate with next year’s models offering more creature comforts/options such as a drop down sun visor, perhaps a modular, or maybe a peak to give it an ADVenture flare. Sena.comMSRP: $699 •PROS: Good quality camera Proven communication system Value for what you get Adequate venting Water resistant for both the helmet and electronics •CONS: Only two color options No drop-down sun visor option Read more …

  • KTM Unveils 2020 390 Adventure for North America
    by Alex Marsh on April 16, 2020 at 5:43 pm

    Published in: NewsKTM has announced details of the highly-anticipated KTM 390 ADVENTURE, the next step in KTM’s incredibly versatile ADVENTURE lineup. As an introduction to the world of light offroading and wider adventure touring, this motorcycle is a pure class-leader, combining the most powerful single in the segment with unmatched technology. The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE, as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. A light, agile and confidence-inspiring entry model for riders looking to discover the world of adventure riding, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 DUKE as a base, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE offers proximity to the feeling and performance found at the root of the all-conquering KTM 450 RALLY but with efficiency and comfort as part of the package. A state-of-the-art, liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 373.2 cc engine powers this agile machine perfectly into KTM’s world of ADVENTURE. The engine is equipped with an electric starter and achieves impressive peak power with incredibly punchy torque. Twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection are integral to the KTM 390 ADVENTURE’s outstanding power and together with a balancer shaft, deliver an incredibly smooth ride for all-day touring. Next-level rider aids include lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) paired with a class-leading PASC slipper clutch to keep the power to ground while pushing limits on or off the asphalt.  The low-maintenance, high-performance engine is housed in a flex and weight optimized chassis fitted with premium, adjustable WP APEX suspension offering 170 mm of travel in the front and 177 mm in the rear. Bringing this machine to a stop is easy with the BYBRE brake calipers, two-channel ABS system administered by BOSCH software and the standard OFFROAD ABS mode. Its versatile ergonomics, smooth power delivery and innovative technology all come together in a comfortable, lightweight package built for those wanting to fit more adventure into their daily lives. •FEATURES •ENGINE  Class-leading power-to-weight ratio PASC slipper clutch  Ride-by-Wire system State-of-the-art engine management with EFI system Oversized radiator •ELECTRONICS Lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) Cornering ABS OFFROAD ABS TFT Display  KTM MY RIDE •SUSPENSION/CHASSIS Fully-adjustable WP APEX front fork Adjustable WP APEX shock absorber Steel trellis frame Signature die-cast swingarm Cutting-edge BYBRE brakes Standard engine guards Robust cast wheels with CONTINENTAL TKC 70 tires  •ERGONOMICS Minimal, slim bodywork Two-piece seat  Tapered aluminum handlebars with offroad bend Low, accessible seat height Offroad footpegs with rubber inserts    The 2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE is slated to arrive in North American KTM dealerships in May with an MSRP of $6199.00. For more information, please visit KTM.com.  Read more …

  • Big Agnes Improves the Copper Spur for 2020
    by Alex Marsh on April 15, 2020 at 4:51 pm

    Published in: NewsThe Copper Spur is the most popular collection of backpacking tents from Big Agnes and there’s a good reason. First introduced in 2008, BA wanted to make a series of packable, spacious, ultralight tents flush with features and solid materials. Their entire backpacking-tent line has grown since introducing the Copper Spur, especially the ultralight category, and these tents inspired it all. This year Big Agnes is introducing some changes to the Copper Spur tents to improve livability and function. The new designs include double-zip vestibules that can be set up as awnings. Helping with space are the new 3D bin pockets at the foot of the tent to help organize gear without cramping your sleep space or ability to sit up inside. Even the fabric has been redesigned, with a sustainably made mixed denier fabric for extra tear strength and puncture resistance without adding too much weight. The new material couples with the high-volume angle hub for increased overall strength and living space.  •Key Features: NEW awning-style vestibules with double-zippers provide multiple access options. NEW 3-D bin ‘mezzanine’ at the foot provides elevated storage, oversized ceiling pocket at the head provides additional storage; media pockets provide cord-routing for electronics. Reduced condensation with dual low-vent vestibule doors and high fly vent to maximize active and passive airflow. Smooth-closing, dual-zipper doors with easy-grip pulls allow for ease of entry, exit and quick, reach-through access. Quick Stash door-keeper makes stowing unzipped doors quick and easy. Velcro tabs connect fly to pole structure providing perfect pitch and extra stability; pre-cut guylines and tensioners attached to fly; reflective guylines and webbing on tent corners make it easy to see at night. Vestibule zippers protected with storm flap. Multiple interior loops for attaching gear lofts, accessories and mtnGLO® Tent & Camp Lights. Fast-fly setup available with footprint – sold separately. •Key Specs (UL2 model): Trail Weight – 2lb 11oz / 1.22kg Packed Weight – 3lb 2oz / 1.42kg Fast Fly Weight – 2lb 2oz / 964g Packed Size – 19.5″ x 6″ / 50 x 15cm Full Features, Specs and Details at: BigAgnes.com  Read more …

  • Catch-All with the Wolfman Wolf Tote
    by Alex Marsh on April 13, 2020 at 6:15 pm

    Published in: NewsThe good folks at Wolfman luggage know that every good motorcycle rider needs a “catch-all” bag. The 2020 Wolf Tote is waterproof, rugged, and large enough to fit all of your odds and ends inside. Capable of holding 28 liters, the Wolf Tote is big enough to stash essentials, but not so big that it gets in the way. It is made from the same robust materials as the rest of their line and the Wolf Tote is totally waterproof, so you can bring it with you everywhere. Carrying tools to the truck? Bringing home groceries? Need to carry a bag of ice and frosty beverages to the fire ring? The 2020 Wolf Tote is a tough and handy bag for all sorts of miscellaneous tasks. Constructed of Radio Frequency (RF) welded, custom 840D TPU fabric for a waterproof and durable carry tote. The yellow interior makes it easier to find things inside. And yes, it’s waterproof, so fill it with water or fill it with ice. •Features: 100% Waterproof radio frequency welded seams Ultra-Tough custom 840d TPU fabric construction Black outside and bright yellow Interior Comfortable carry handles Reflective Wolf logo Designed in the USA and made with Wolfman legendary care and quality •Dimensions: 15” Long X 8” Wide X 13” Tall / 38cm Long X 20cm Wide X 33cm Tall •Capacity: 28 Liters/ 1708 cu.in. •Color: Black with bright yellow Interior More information: WolfmanLuggage.com Read more …

  • Backcountry Discovery Routes Announces 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R Giveaway
    by Alex Marsh on April 10, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Published in: NewsBackcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) is back with another great giveaway opportunity. This year’s grand prize is a 2020 KTM 790 Adventure R wrapped with BDR Special Edition graphics and meticulously outfitted with top-shelf upgrades from Touratech, WP, and Cyclops. The accessory list includes an upgraded suspension, hand guards, LED auxiliary lights, luggage system, crash bars, and a dry duffle bag. Set up specifically for riding Backcountry Discovery Routes, they’re also kicking in all 10 Butler BDR maps to help you plan your adventures. Developed from KTM’s off-road race DNA, the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R is a serious travel capable off-road motorcycle equipped for the most extreme escapes. With the hardcore adventurer in mind, it balances the power of a twin, with the lightness and agility of a single-cylinder off-road bike, to open up new riding possibilities. •Upgrade Details: Custom Special BDR Edition Graphics WP XPLOR PRO Suspension with Cone-valve Forks Touratech Zega Evo X Pannier System Touratech Upper and Lower Crash Bars Touratech Hand Guards Touratech 31-Liter Dry Bag Touratech Headlight Guard Cyclops Aurora Auxiliary Light Kit with DRL’s Set of all 10 BDR maps (Butler Motorcycle Maps) While you can enter the giveaway for free, donations are tax deductible and donors receive extra entries.  Enter at WinKTM790.com  •About BDR Backcountry Discovery Routes® (BDR®) is a 501c(3) non-profit organization that creates off-highway routes for adventure and dual-sport motorcycle travel. The organization’s mission includes promoting rider education and safety campaigns, driving economic relief to rural communities, and encouraging responsible motorcycle travel in the backcountry. Through the careful investment of funds and working with land managers and other public benefit organizations, BDR seeks to keep remote roads and public trails open for motorcycling for generations to come. The BDR relies on the generosity of donors and a team of volunteers and ambassadors who contribute thousands of hours each year to help carry out our mission.   Learn More at RideBDR.com Read more …

  • FREE 6 Month Stuck@Home Digital Subscription to ADVMoto
    by Alex Marsh on April 9, 2020 at 8:58 pm

    Published in: NewsAs we all adapt to our new socially distanced reality, one thing is becoming more and more clear; being stuck at home sucks! To make it suck less, ADVMoto is offering 6 months access to over 50 digital issues FOR FREE with a Stuck@Home subscription until May 15, 2020. That’s right! ZERO dollars, pesos, euros, pounds, rupees, or souls needed for payment. Digital Stuck@Home  subscribers have access to download issues from as far back as 2009 to 2018. Read ride reports, bike and gear reviews, interviews and stories never available on our public website.  Save Money! You’ll also get access to discount codes from great companies like Giant Loop, Green Chile Adventure Gear, MotoMachines, SRC MOTO, and more.   Like what you see? Your support matters and upgrading to a regular subscription gets you full access and future issues as well. Digital subs start at $9 and every bit is greatly appreciated.  ADVMoto Pre-History issues, dating from 1996 to 1999 (KLR owners may dig this) will be released very shortly.  Just sign up at ADVENTUREMOTORCYCLE.COM and stay home, stay safe, & be kind!     Read more …

  • Moto GP Airbag Technology Makes Its Way To The ADV Community
    by Christopher Scott on April 9, 2020 at 5:00 pm

    Published in: GearRecently, at Rawhyde’s Adventure Days 2020, I had a chance to hear from and speak with Lee Ettleman of Dainese Los Angeles and Mark Kincart of Klim to learn about the new airbag units. Both Klim and Dainese have developed non-tethered autonomous air bag systems able to deploy in just milliseconds during on road motorcycle accidents. Dainese’s 3rd generation D-Air Smart Jacket design leverages 25+ years’ worth of proprietary airbag technology used in Moto GP and brings it to the adventure motorcycling community. Klim’s Ai-1 Airbag Vest was developed in an exclusive partnership with In&Motion who is also a supplier of airbags in MotoGP. Klim has put the Ai-1 through over 10 million miles of algorithm testing and data collection over the last few years of development. They even had 3 riders wear test rigs in the Dakar Rally for data gathering purposes. Both companies are known for their high end product lines and fittingly are offering cutting edge technology able to stay up to date as their algorithms integrate new data. •The Similarities Both vests are lightweight, breathable and comfortable. These designs primarily cover your chest and back, but also extend over the collarbone; neither airbag unit wraps around a rider’s sides for rib protection. Using argon gas instead of C02 allows both to deploy quickly enough to maintain impact readiness; the Ai-1 deploys in 60 milliseconds (ms), 35 ms for detection + 25 ms for inflation, and the D-Air inflates in just 45 ms. In the spirit of comradery, Lee was even kind enough to be the live test subject for Mark during the deployment of the Klim demo unit. While it’s hard to put a price tag on safety, they are certainly affordable enough given what they achieve and buyers will be happy to know they are designed to be reusable. Dainese recommends their vest be serviced and repacked by a certified dealer (for a nominal fee) after each deployment and Klim recommends the unit be inspected after three deployments. The Ai-1 uses a single canister available for purchase and replace yourself if need be. The battery life for each product should last a few days of riding between charging with Dainese’s unit claiming 26 hours and Klim’s 25 hours. •The Differences The Dainese jacket is armed when you button the collar and sensors detect engine vibrations maintain readiness. If you step off the bike to walk around and happen to trip and fall, the airbag will not deploy; however, if you stop at a light and are hit from behind it will. Klim’s unit is manually “armed” and “disarmed” and the algorithm is looking for “unnatural motion” so it’s hard to say exactly how the algorithm would react in off bike or stopped traffic scenarios. Klim’s Ai-1, is designed to be worn under your jacket while Dainese’s D-Air is abrasion resistant and can be worn either under or over garments. The Ai-1 has an integrated CE1 back protector while the Dainese does not. However, Dainese claims the airbag is equivalent to 7 back protectors and covers more of your back when deployed. For riders who prefer both, wearing a separate back protector will not interfere with airbag deployment and Dainese’s unit easily folds in half for storage or travel. The Dainese Smart Jacket retails for $699 (comes in track & street models) and updates its computer via USB cable from your laptop. Klim’s Ai-1 Airbag Vest costs $399 with an additional $12 per month/$120 a year fee to lease the In&Box computer which updates via WiFi. Extra argon canisters for the Klim Ai-1 are available for $99 each. Whichever route you decide to go, airbag technology has a long history of protecting riders at the highest level and thankfully now Klim and Dainese are putting that tech in your hands. •Additional Info www.dainese.com www.klim.com Christopher Scott is a freelance photographer in Los Angeles, CA. Unlike many people who rode as kids, he discovered motorcycles in his late 20s. First a Yamaha YZ125, then a WR250, and a Suzuki SV650. After a 4 year hiatus from bikes, in which he sold virtually everything, worked as a tour guide and is now leading a more nomadic lifestyle he got the bug again after shooting a BMW GS article for BMW ON and now rides a 07 BMW F650GS Dakar. His favorite activity is exploring new places on two legs, two wheels, or a 4×4.Read more …