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  1. Yesterday
  2. Finally got around to my video. I didn't get much but only because I'm so busy lol
  3. Last week
  4. That was easy! All they did was do a firmware upgrade to the bike's computer and everything was sorted out. My skid plate and rear rack are taking too long so I may punt on those two items. GPS mount coming Monday so I can get that wired up and mounted. Hand guards also arriving next week.
  5. So we're just about two weeks out after our event and I'm happy to say there were not only no injuries (that I'm aware of) but no covid-19 either! I'm glad everyone distanced from each other, washed their hands, wore masks, etc... Riding motos entails risks and we mitigate those in order to live a rich life. Very happy everyone came out safe this time. I'd do the outdoor venue rally format again but not anything indoors yet.
  6. Eric Hall

    Mojave 2021

    I need to get on this for a few reasons... One is Harley Davidson reached out to talk about having their new Pan America there. The other is we got snaked last year on that first weekend in May. Someone reserved it last November. But... another issue is the woman who does the permitting process says she doesn't like that date because of the tortoise hatchlings starting to emerge. Moving it later risks it being too hot and earlier too cold. I asked her via email what other week would be ideal and she didn't respond. I was going to call her today and ask her on the phone as sometimes these people are reluctant to put anything in writing. I researched when desert tortoises lay eggs, hatch, etc... and found from the US Fish and Wildlife site this tidbit which makes me wonder if we're being shined on or what? Nests are built and eggs are laid in late spring or early summer. The hatchlings appear in 90 to 120 days. So spring begins Mar 21. "Late spring" to me means like late May/early June given summer begins June 21. That means hatchlings emerge late Aug at the earliest and definitely NOT early May. I'm going to simply reserve the first weekend in May (Apr 30-May2) and then apply for the permit. If she rejects us I'll deal with it then. It says the adult tortoises are most active between March and June and Sep-Oct. I've only seen tortoises twice; once was in Nov and the other was at the Mojave rally but outside the preserve boundary. I think @WRogers(Husky701Rally) also took a photo of one.
  7. HD may just be our title sponsor for Mojave 2021! Working on that now.
  8. Earlier
  9. @Manybikes Kyle shows us much better than I did the latest soft luggage options from Rigg Gear with help from his trusty sidekick
  10. Some great pics just posted at the gallery by @Stephen Gregory. Feel free to use as you like but credit "Gregory Imagery" at FB and IG if you can.
  11. All packed up and about to head off to the 9th XLADV rally. Arrived at camp site Just look for the tiny 17' front wheel and you found the Versys 650. lol
  12. Bike's in the shop now for some warranty and recall work. Rear tpms warning kept going off even though it reads the pressure just fine and the pressure is normal. Also had a wrench icon which means "service overdue" and not necessarily a fault light (as far as I know). It went off the day I added two leads to the battery so I think it has something to do with the battery being disconnected temporarily? Also have the TFT display sometimes have an off-color band across it upon start up. I can turn it off and turn it back on again and it goes away but just wanted that checked out. Could be a firmware upgrade will correct that. Two recalls are for some type of dialectic grease they want to put on the fuse box lead and add a missing reflector just below the license plate.
  13. So turns out that side stand footprint enlarger is the wrong one! There are two different side stands for the Tiger 900 and the Rally Pro's is a bit larger. Touratech made the same error so they're busy making a Rally Pro one now but doubt I'll have it in time. I'm told my skid plate and rear rack will get here sometime next week. I saw them post photos of a truckload of new stock the other day so I'm betting that's it. Fingers crossed. Also have hand guards on the way finally! Also have a new wiring harness from TrailTech on the way. I didn't want to rip out the one on the 990 because I'm likely to put it back on when I get back. I also have a mount on the way for the Voyager Pro to my cockpit area that was NOT cheap at all ($210). It's from some specialty accessory company in the UK and $58 of that is shipping. I got the second left mirror/clutch clamp part and yes, that's positively threaded too! (It's supposed to be reverse threaded). Hope Triumph fixes that issue soon but I'm just going to screw in my DoubleTake mirror and use loctite as that one happens to be positively threaded. Worked on the 990. I have a few niggling details left like printing out my AZ title for the bike, buying and printing out my Mexican insurance. I hear Tim Burke and his gf (nattplu) are headed south soon so all signs are green now. Still not sure of my route. I kind of want to head down the Baja peninsula because I've never ridden south of BDLA before. I want to hug the Pacific coast to mitigate heat even though the highway does cross over to the gulf side a few times. I'll ferry from La Paz most likely to Los Mochis/Topolobampo and then ride south to Mazatlan and Puerto Vallarta where I meet my first Motorrad Angel volunteer, Gustavo. There are other volunteers on the mainland north of there suggesting I take a mainland route but it's super hot still and that route from Yuma to Hermosillo isn't going to be fun this time of year. There's a cool hotel in Banamichi all the adv riders go to but I've stayed there before and it's over priced for Mexico. I hear it's like $70/night when $30 is closer to the market rate. Hotels with other gringo travelers are not why I'm doing this trip.
  14. After using these boots at High Sierra I will be going with a different pair. My fault really. I assumed these were going to be at least as water resistant as my Gaerne SG-12's but they're not. They're made for the motocross track and not really a long distance adv touring trip involving heavy rain. There are areas of the lower boot that are designed for better ventilation that are at odds with being water-resistant. I do think they're very good boots still and they'll be my go-to set for my normal SoCal riding where water typically isn't an issue. They are light and easy to walk in. I was feeling the boot rub on my outer ankle bones but when I loosened the two lower buckles that almost went away. I will also put another insole in there to raise my heel just a bit. That part is designed to cradle and support your ankle but is just a bit high for me. Easy fix. But the light, easy to walk in and protective parts are what I'm looking for long term. My SG-12's will likely stay in the closet indefinitely. For this adv touring trip I went with a set of SIDI ADV II boots. Water proof but again I'm making trade off's. They're great to walk in but you can feel they're not nearly as rigid and protective as my SG-12's or Tech10's. Knowing I'm not doing any enduro type riding is how I'm dealing with that trade off. Walking and water proof are ranking higher on this particular trip. Once I get back though, I'm going back to the GPX 5.5's for the desert riding I do.
  15. just water... It never gets old...
  16. Another epic #XLADV event is behind us. New friends, Camping and catered meals with an awesome group of Adventure Riders was just what the doctor ordered...(Dr Bob that is) Big thanks to Eric and all that made this possible. Also a BIG shout out to #Givi for the outstanding saddle and tail bag prizes I scored in the raffle!
  17. Sargent was working on a prototype Tiger 900 Rally Pro seat and wanted to know if I'd help them out. Naturally I said "heck yes!" and this is what happened... So obviously the upper photo is the new seat with the lower one being stock. The stock seat "seemed" fine but then two hours on the highway on my way to Vegas for this Tour of Montana trip two weeks ago and my bum was not too happy. Reminds me of the stock BMW seat I had on my 2011 GSA. I have an aftermarket seat on the 990 from Seat Concepts and that has been awesome. This particular seat is unique in a few ways... The biggest advantage is simply long range comfort. The seat is made better, better ergonomic fit, not made to a dollar spec to keep costs down. Materials are better from the UV-resistant materials to the grippy sides to the foam inside. No gel here! Gel weighs more and is thermo-retentive. I dialed in a taller seat height (you can get whatever height you like) because I'm a tall guy and the Tiger 900 I can flat foot way easier than the 990R. Comes with a heating mechanism that delivers a top heat level 1/3rd higher than stock. I finally tried this on Beartooth Pass in Montana and wow it was nice! I got it after my Montana ride but before High Sierra and the best description I can give is it cradles your bum better and actually suspends it. Stock seats you basically will sink past the 1" or so of padding and be pressed against the hard seat pan creating hot spots that give you discomfort on longer rides. I'm going to be spending many long days in the saddle so I really was eager to get something like this.
    (review submitted by @Spencer Hill) Garmin Zumo XT Is it everything you need in an off-road GPS? The Garmin Zumo XT is the culmination of countless Garmin handheld models that slightly missed the mark for adventure riding. It seems as though they (Garmin) finally came to their senses and decided to use the resources at their disposal to create a unit that wasn’t just repurposed or rehashed. Did they finally decide to pander to those of us with dirt as the destination instead of a detour? Out of the box the 5.5’’ responsive, glove friendly, glare-free touch screen is impressive, and the units lack of bulk made it easy to mount above the display on my KTM 790. I chose to mount it in the “portrait” orientation instead of “landscape” because of its location on my particular bike, but I know it will be an appealing option for some. Setup required jumping through hoops like downloading Garmin’s native Garmin Express and Basecamp, along with downloading the Garmin Drive app on my phone, but all and all it was mostly painless. I paired the XT with my Garmin inReach Mini, Sena 50K Bluetooth headset, and Apple iPhone with no issues and shockingly little hassle. In fact, the XT’s integration with my external devices was probably one of it’s greatest attributes. After initial setup they all worked together flawlessly and did not require the pairing/unpairing/device recognition cat and mouse games that I am accustomed to with this technology. Wireless updates meant that I virtually had no need to connect the unit to my computer again and the maps/firmware were never out of date. Another pleasant surprise with the XT was the built-in maps, North America on-road & off-road come pre-loaded and you can also use “BirdsEye” satellite imagery as well. These maps proved to be sufficient for my uses, the street maps never let me down, but I thought the off-road maps lacked some detail. This shortfall was only ever really an issue while planning routes in Basecamp, not out on the trail. As far as usability goes, the best way to describe the Zumo XT is SLICK! It reminded me a lot of the apple CarPlay unit in my car (a good thing). Getting turn by turn directions wile skipping through my Spotify playlists was something I was not accustomed to with my previous stone age Montana! In fact, the music “view” was one of my favorite when I wasn’t navigating, displaying the album cover in the background, with all of the other details in the foreground. This all felt very similar to a modern car stereo, almost too nice for a dressed-up dirt bike. Another feature that I grew to love was the “Go Home” button that automatically calculated a route back to my programmed home address. Once navigating, you could choose to display several options including time/distance to destination which was great for projecting my return. Want to grab a coffee or burger along the way? Just hit the “Where To” button on the home screen and search for what you are craving. With Trip Adviser built-in, you can select an option along your route and easily add it as a stop while still keeping the same final destination. Going to be later than expected? Use the hands-free calling feature to call home or compose an inREACH message (if you are stationary). The ability to place/receive calls was great and helped me stay plugged in when I wasn’t trying to be totally off the grid. Smart notifications were helpful if not slightly overbearing, but once I figured out how to disable some of the more annoying notifications, I liked this feature. Seeing incoming texts/calls saved me from having my phone mounted on the bike or even worse, pulling it out of a pocket while riding. I found the reduced speed zones and hazard notifications particularly useful when I was slabbing around. Honestly, this unit is like a clown car when it comes to features: -Live traffic and weather (when you are within cell coverage) -Built in: History Channel POI’s, Campgrounds, National Parks directory, and MORE. -Garmin “Adventurous Routing” for more interesting ways to get to/from your destination. -Wireless sharing of routes, as well as wireless import/export of tracks. -Direct to device downloads of BirdsEye satellite imagery with no annual subscription. -Track recorder for documenting/sharing/re-riding your favorite routes. In summary, I think that the Zumo XT is one of the best GPS units currently available for adventure riding, with its suite of useful features and seamless integration with other smart devices it acts more like an entertainment system than a traditional GPS. I would say, if you have no interest in these superfluous attributes or don’t have a smart phone then this probably isn’t the unit for you. The off-road navigation, specifically following pre-planned tracks is acceptable, but not as straightforward as with older Garmin Units. Meaning all of the add-ons and street navigation features are the real standouts. If you spend equal amounts of time on/off pavement then you won’t be disappointed, but if you are one of the rare birds that actually spends 90% of your time in the dirt then you might look elsewhere. In my instance though, it did everything that I needed it to (and more), changing my perspective on what roles an on-board GPS unit could actually fill. Also, I came away impressed that Garmin listened to rider feedback and finally gave our segment a worth-while benchmark. I for one, am super excited to see where they go next!
  18. Haven't seen it fall off. You can buy aftermarket heat shield and get it back up there. May take some time getting the wheel off and even removing the header pipe too.
  19. Never seen the heat shield or never seen it fall off?
  20. Accidently posted this first in the wrong topic. Bike: ktm 990 adventure went to go run some errands today and after starting up the bike, smoke started billowing out from underneath the right gas tank. Killed the engine and took a look and a bunch of (what I assume) heat shielding had just fallen off onto the exhaust pipe and was burning. I pulled a big chunk out and took pictures. I'm guessing if I remove it, the bike is no longer safe to operate.(melt open the gas tank and turn into a big ball of fire?) Is that so? What can I do?
  21. went to go run some errands today and after starting up the bike, smoke started billowing out from underneath the right gas tank. Killed the engine and took a look and a bunch of (what I assume) heat shielding had just fallen off onto the exhaust pipe and was burning. I pulled a big chunk out and took pictures. I'm guessing if I remove it, the bike is no longer safe to operate.(melt open the gas tank and turn into a big ball of fire?) Is that so? What can I do?
  22. Finally got out of the smoke—and on some salt!
  23. Mark Qiao put this one together
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