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  3. San Andres was fun despite a lot of the things in Latin America that typically annoys gringos [emoji23]. Stuff like we showed up at hotel and the pool was dirty and there was a dead dog lying in the grass [emoji50]. Other issues with water, power and over priced cabs. Witnessed a fatal accident I’d prefer to forget. But we made the most of it mostly choosing a different beach each day, renting a palapa and drinking various island beverages: beer, Cuba Libres, Coco Locos. We brought my gf’s 14 year old daughter and she had a blast too and managed not to be too embarrassed by us
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  5. Just posted a vid on how to increase your exposure on your product reviews by posting them here at the forum. You'll expand your reach way beyond people who are already following you. FB and IG are fun but you'll never get as much exposure and it will be among people most likely already following you. I discovered this recently when viewing web stats for the forum and seeing huge traffic inbound from search engines for reviews and many reviews having huge levels of views. Understand that people more often begin their search for a product review at Google and because Google competes with FB and IG you're not likely to see links to either of them on the first, second or third pages. You'll find reviews here at XLADV though!
  6. A bit more info on the K60 Ranger here from Kyle Bradshaw whose done many great tire review vids. Not in the video but in his Instagram post it says these tires will last about 10% as long as the K60 Scout which tells me all I need to know… this tire’s made of plastic [emoji23]. He says he doesn’t know if it’s the same compound as the K60 or a cold weather compound that’s softer but wears quicker. One thing I like and is also kind of funny is he showcases some Motoz tires for comparison and calls out many of those tires’ best qualities too. IMHO, Motoz has great treads, traction and long life not because they’re hard plastic but because they use natural rubber that lasts a long time and stays sticky even when worn. Another interesting thing about the video content and Heidenau’s launch is they chose an off road school (Enduro Action Team) to launch the tire. They did this in the US too with Rawhyde but in my opinion I think the quality of the tire ultimately showed it’s true colors over time and it was a mistake to do it that way. I recall my friends at Rawhyde all singing from the same songbook about how great the tires were, the longevity and off road traction… etc…. Of course they also sold the tires [emoji23] Then over time we started to hear the real story. The tires lost air and constantly had to be reinflated because the hard rubber couldn’t make a good seal with tubeless rims. Lots of slipping, sliding and stuck bikes off road as well as hair-raising slips in wet corners. Rawhyde seemed to stop singing the tires’ praises at the same moment they ran out of inventory. Did they order another container because they loved the tires so much? Nope. To be fair, the K60 Ranger is exactly the kind of tire a Rawhyde would like better. But I’m still concerned about pressure leaks and wet pavement traction. That customer is someone who cares more about longevity than traction and for me, traction equals safety. Kyle says the tire will be in the US Jan 1. I will be eager to see what it’s like. [url=https://www.youtube.com/embed/BiWNk6Pn86A?feature=oembed][/url]
  7. Went to the lovely island of San Andres for a few days… It’s terrible. Never come here [emoji23]
  8. I mentioned earlier that I'd been drugged and robbed and would talk about it later. Going to do that soon on our YouTube channel then in a story with ADVMoto magazine. I'll stick to the facts and focus on what others can to to avoid this from happening to them. I will be telling more of the story later such as trauma, prevalence of this type of crime, effects of scopolamine, being endangered by my bank and then blamed for the loss, some rather heroic and "Mission Impossible" level efforts to locate me by friends here in Colombia, etc... https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRcgpM7F4jt/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link
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  10. I did it. I got my ticket. My first rally !! Super Tenere 2012 (T12) Newish rider. Be gentle LOL
  11. Watch those hills! 😆
  12. I'm trailering with the trusty old Chevy volt again this year.
  13. LOL, not anymore! That bike got totalled.
  14. @bob smith just saying "trailering" sounds a bit like saying Rosie O'donnell is petite Somewhat of a slight mischaracterization...
  15. @Jason R trailers mostly because he owns bikes that don't like to start in the morning
  16. lol... +1 on trailering.
  17. Real adventure riders actually ride in... 👍 With that said, I'll be trailering...
  18. Trailer for sure, but its 8 to 9 hours by car for me.
  19. Some more pics from Enduro Action Team's IG feed today... My initial thoughts are that is looks much like the Anakee Wild. Or the Karoo 3. Or the Bridgestone BattleCross AX whatever... etc... I will wait for more information but this tire is about 8 years late to a now crowded marketplace. I wrote this piece about how we finally have some new and interesting choices in big bike adv tires, much like the explosion of the craft beer category. Now I think we're also paralleling that industry with its sours, double black IPAs, etc... In other words it's quite a saturated market now and not sure how much room is left. I recall it being such a small offering that TKC-80 was about all you could find. The K60 Scout was "new" and I used to have to buy my Mitas tires from Canada. But Heidenau is a good company; a German company. I'm sure you'll see BMW's come out of the factory soon with these tires. And truth be told, most adv tires are rather good for specific purposes. "Good enough" isn't good enough anymore. You have to be great. You have to be different. I am anxious to learn more about the compound, construction, fitting, pricing, etc... I doubt it will be as hard as the Scout but let's see.
  20. I'm wondering about what the "premium" cost will be.
  21. Welcome! Glad to have you and all bikes. Not sure how many other thumpers will be there but I imagine a KLR or two, 690/701, and a handful of small bikes. Just depends on how far you are and how comfortable your seat is and/or how how the ride might be. For me it's about 6 hours or 339 miles. I've ridden it a few times but prefer to trailer with a friend when I have the opportunity. Paso Robles looks farther than that so my hat's off to you if you ride but feel free to do what you like. No one's going to bust your balls for it.
  22. Hello from Paso Robles. Just found out about this event and bought my ticket. Sounds great and I look forward to meeting and riding! I'll be on my 2007 KLR 650. Any other thumpers in the group? Do most people trailer bikes in or ride in?
  23. Very important question, there will still be kegs of beer at camp, right?
  24. Quote from Enduro Action Team: “Very much grip even from asphalt. Coarse studs. Very good lateral support on the front wheel. Better than karoo 3 or TKC”
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