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    Show us your tool-bags and explain the what and why! Here, I'll start. This is for my G450X. OK... it's not really an XL bike :/ Gee! Here's how my pack looks like. This is the Wolfman Medium Rollie Bag with two Wolf Bottle Holsters. Let's start looking inside! Here's what fits in this baby: 1. Recovery bag 2. Flat tire bag 3. Misc items bag 4. Tools bag 5. Spare tubes for both front/rear 6. Zip ties (with several rubber bands) 7. Two MSR 30oz fuel bottles The recovery bag is just what I need for a z-pull/drag system. There are several sets out there but I wanted to make mine on my own. Did I mention I have mild OCD? It contains: 1. 52ft of accessory cord (6mm) 2. 2x oval non-locking carabiners 3. 2x Petzl pulleys 4. 2x Petzl Tibloc ascenders 5. The manual from the ascenders which will explain how to make a z-pull/drag system The flat tire bag, is a standard. However, here's what it has in detail: 1. Stop & go pump 2. Slime patch repair kit 3. 2x normal SHORT tire irons 4. Valve stem removal tool 5. Gloves The spare tubes, are in a ziplocl bag because try-to-put-them-in-the-bag-omg-they-wont-move-when-they-touch-the-wolfman-dry-material... Of course, a normal grocery bag would do as well. Just blame my OCD for the waste... My misc bag contains the following (I haven't included links for the obvious items): 1. Small mesh bag for the loose items (I got it from Michael's for like $1) 2. Eagle Creek bag (I'm mentioning it here since I'm using the same for everything) 3. Electrical tape 4. Electrical wire 5. Steel wire 6. Any kind of light 7. Quicksteel 8. Sandpaper 9. Emergency blanket (I remove the box after I took the pic) 10. Lighter 11. WD40 12. Camping tape I suggest this brand. This thing will hold anything! 13. Coffee filter (to pour water in the radiator) 14. Radiator Stop Leak 15. An extra sparkplug 16. Tweezers 17. Purifying water tablets Finally my tool bag. This took me the most time to gather. What I've been doing the last months, is using tools from my garage and every time I'm using something (for example a screwdriver or a 10mm hex socket), I'm taking a note and like that I assembled a list of all the tools I ever needed for my bike. In theory, I can bring the engine down with what I have in this bag. In theory. Of course, I don't know how... So for the G450X here's a list of the tools I used (no links of course) Hex sockets: 8mm, 10mm, 11mm, 17mm, 22mm, 30mm Hex bits: 3mm, 4mm, 8mm, 12mm Wrenches: 11mm, 12mm Tools: Leatherman, flat screwdriver, philips screwdriver, ratchet, extensions, adapters And ALL of these items with fuel included, under 20lbs (12.5kgs for our Metric friends)! In addition to all of these, when I'm on my dirt-bike, I always carry: Water Snacks My poop-bag (laugh all you want, I want to see you taking a sh!t and wiping with leaves) Phone / InReach Very small 1st aid kit Let us see yours!
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    March 19-23, 2018 I'm going to try to do this one. Four days. LOTS of dunes. BIG dunes. Woody's helping me out with a new 2.5" rear rim that should handle the mousse much better. With that size rear rim I may even do the Enduro ST (Motoz) rear. I'm going to need all the sand traction I can get. The Desert H/T was really good but I'll see what I can do here.
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    Hey, I thought I'll add my recent blog post from www.2wheeledAdventures.com here since there is no topic about the travel costs yet. Maybe we could all share something from our side and help those who are planning a trip sort out the expense part easier How much does a year-long motorcycle travel cost? Come join us for some calculations. We got curious about how much money we spent in 2017 while living "on the road". We figured it could also be interesting for you. Maybe because of the plans you are making for your upcoming trip, maybe because you, just like we all, like to take a peak into somebody else’s budget, or perhaps you are traveling too and want to compare your costs with ours. In any case – here are the numbers: FUEL: We burned 4505.71 liters of fuel, while traveling 59 000 kilometers. The BMW F650GS (Asta) used 2071.77 liters, or 3.51 ltr / 100 km. BMW F800GSA (Linas) - 2433.93 liters, or 4.13 ltr / 100 km. Total fuel cost was: € 3426.58 (average € 0.76 per liter) In South and Central America, an average liter of 95 octane gasoline would cost us € 0.97. On average, in the US and Canada we paid € 0.78 per liter. In Russia and Central Asia, a liter of something as close to 95 octane gasoline as we could find would cost us € 0.50 per liter. ACCOMODATION: We spent 81 night in our tent. 187 nights we spent for free. These times we were invited by someone, visited relatives and friends or wild-camped in the nature for free. Meanwhile 178 nights we had to pay for accommodation. During that time we spent a total of € 2781.03 or an average of € 15.62 per night. The cheapest accommodation for one night was € 2.5 (Kyrgyzstan), and the most expensive - € 48 (USA). FOOD: In total, we spent € 4579.05 per year for food. We cooked a lot of ourselves, ate in cheap roadside cafes or sometimes were invited by locals for a meal. In South and Central America, on average, food for two people cost us € 14.91 per day. In the US and Canada, we were mostly cooking our own meals or were invited by locals and therefore we did not feel the higher food prices there compared to the countries we visited before and all in all our daily meals averaged at € 14.00 per day. In Asia, the average price for food for two of us was € 8.73. In Africa, for three first weeks here, before the end of the year we both ate for € 9.34 a day. TRAVEL EXPENSES: In this category we have included all the expenses related to travel, but not related to motorcycle transportation: visas, taxi, buses, ferries or plane tickets. Russia, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan and Iran were the only countries we needed to make visas (and obviously pay for them) in advance. In Central American countries, we had to pay for visas at the border. We paid for the Kenyan visa on arrival as well. All these visas in total have cost us € 848.92. In cases where it was necessary for us to travel somewhere by land, air or sea, we spent € 3003.28 - this amount does not include motorcycle transportation. OTHER EXPENSES: All the costs that do not fit into any of categories above (other than those related to the maintenance or motorcycle transportation) are included here. It can be anything from a local mobile SIM card, a ticket to a museum or a national park, to some clothes, souvenirs, tooth-paste or laundry service. The total cost of this stuff was € 3083.64. MOTORCYCLE SERVICE AND TRANSPORTATION: On service and spare parts for both motorcycles we have spent a total of € 3253.40. The BMW F800GSA is still covered by a manufacturer's warranty, so we trust it for the official BMW representatives every 10,000 kilometers to do the regular service, and the older F650GS is most often cared for by ourselves - it's taken to BMW dealership only when more serious inspections are required, such as valve adjustments. The most costly and least joyous activity is transporting our motorcycles between continents. We have spent a total of € 7546 for three transfers we have made this year. Between Colombia and Panama (or from South to North America), the cost of transporting two motorcycles in container ship has cost us € 743. This amount also includes € 180 which we spent in vain, for loading the motorcycles into a yacht in Cartagena which never sailed out and then unloading them in the same place two days later… So the actual cost of transportation was € 563. From Canada to South Korea by plane and from South Korea to Russia by ferry (from North America to Asia), we ended up paying as much as € 4725 for both motorcycles. The price was raised by the fact that Lithuanian registered vehicles cannot participate in South Korean traffic, due to certain unsigned international agreements, so we had to hire a truck that transported them from Seoul airport directly to the seaport in Donghae, on the East coast of South Korea. The total cost of shipping both bikes in a container ship from Iran to Kenya (from Asia to Africa) was € 2078. Another € 446.3 we spent on short ferry rides with motorcycles and motorcycle insurance in different countries. TOTALS: During the months when we did not need to transport and/or service our motorcycles, on average we spent € 1477 (that’s for fuel, food, accommodation, tickets, and more). On those months, when the time for the regular 10 000 kilometers motorcycle service would come, or we would get on with the mission of transporting our motorcycles to another continent, our costs would seriously jump up. All in all, we have spent € 28968.90 during the year 2017, visited 23 countries in 3 different continents, rode 59 000 kilometers and made many new friends and had unforgettable time! Here are some of our thoughts after reviewing these numbers: - Nowhere in the world is fuel more expensive than it is in Europe - We noticed that, while driving at a lower speeds, we save a significant amount of fuel, and, at the same time, money. For comparison, if we ride a 100 kilometers at speeds below 100 km/h versus speeds over 110 km/h, each motorcycle consumes half a liter less. In 2017 we traveled 59 000 kilometers and thus, saving up to 1 liter of fuel for each 100 km per both bikes creates a significant amount of money saved for us (especially in countries where fuel costs more). And while driving slower, we have more time to enjoy the views - We were preparing most of the food ourselves or chose non-touristy places where the locals eat. This way, we saved a lot on food costs. - We were very lucky to meet a lot of great people who not only took us in overnight, but also showed us beautiful places around their homes and eventually became our friends. - We have used all discounts and discount coupons offered by Airbnb, Booking.com and Uber platforms - this way we saved a few hundred euros for accommodation and taxi rides. - Thanks to friends, some wonderful people or our partners, we have sent some stuff home or received something from home several times without spending extra money, we also got a lot of spare parts for motorcycles and even a few sets of tires - thus we saved few thousand euros. - When it comes to taking care of our motorcycles, we do it responsibly and not always in the cheapest possible way, but in exchange for that, our bikes have never let us down with any kind of serious malfunction. - Motorcycle transportation accounted for a quarter of our total expenses. Here, if we had planned to travel through Russia, rather than the countries of Southeast Asia, much earlier and there would be no need to rush in order to outrun the early winter that was chasing us in Russia, we could have saved another thousand euros if we have not flown the bikes from Vancouver, but would have shipped them by sea instead (which would take more time, but much less money…).
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    Having a great ride in Baja with @adventuregirl7433 @dustin331 [email protected]
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    I try to be nice. But I still have to be true to who I am. I’m a market researcher by trade and we’re paid for our objectivity, accountability and transparency. I’m paid to tell the truth whether or not that’s convenient to someone’s marketing objectives. That may be in a way how I’ve shaped XLADV. I want this community to be real. I really do want it to be positive though as well. I embrace the vendor community (some say too much?) but I also have to stay true to the objectivity and will call BS when I see it. Precious few have been “thrown under the bus” and I think I’ve been pretty even-handed but community members are going to say whatever is on their minds. There are plenty of industry hacks, obsequious and sycophantic yes-men there to fill that space the vendor/manufacturer community thinks they want. More savvy marketers have embraced the community and opted for reality, credibility and a take-it-as-it comes approach but it seems there are still a few old school holdouts who are desperately clinging to their trained seal media. They’re afraid. They’ve even told me so. They say they’d love to leverage this community but the upper levels see it as a potential liability given other “mutinies” over at GS Giants (“shhhh! you’ll scare away our sponsor money!”) and AOLrider (where few companies fear to tread). And boy is being a trained seal profitable! Maybe I’m just jealous that I cannot yet afford a shiny new new Sprinter or Tundra or a stable of bikes to evaluate long term. Remember the list we compiled of the companies ADV riders should avoid for their contribution to groups shutting down responsible vehicular access to our public lands? Well a lot of those companies are still trying to have it both ways and marketing themselves to the off road riding motorcycle/ATV markets. Examples: YETI, Marmot, MSR, Big Agnes, etc… What are these media outlets going to say when our riding areas are closed like they are on the East Coast and Europe and one of us points out how they carried that company’s water who funded the entire campaign? Yes I know, they’ll delete the comment! lol Just the other day I saw one of our media friends (we are actually friends, btw) post a review of one of these offending companies’ products. I said something like “great product but it’s too bad they contribute to groups shutting down responsible vehicular access to our public lands.” So not a slam on their journalism. Not even a slam of the product’s quality…. just a bit of accountability directed at the manufacturer (I tagged them). And…. the comment was deleted. But I’m not surprised as I did it to see if it would be deleted. I was proved right. By deleting it they weren’t saying “you can’t insult my writing like that!” or “you can’t insult this product like that!” but more like “you can’t make my client look bad like that!” So keep that in your mind next time you’re sensing a bit of a divergence between what you read elsewhere and what you read here at XLADV.com. I do want to keep it positive but at the same time real. They can have their business model. I’ll stick to mine, thanks.
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    So's I don't waste a bunch of space elsewhere here's Tiger up by Lake Quinault in the Olympic National Rain Forest. No action shots as I'm solo and parking my GoPro on a stump in the hopes of catching myself doing anything interesting would be weak sauce indeed.
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    In San Felipe tonight with Kirk, Sherrie, Dustin and Mike. No pics from me today but lots of video later. Compadre was super fast today but sadly I hit a hawk. He eventually flew away but I really nailed him and there was blood and my bike. We made good time and had lunch in Valle de Trinidad then did salada diablo and Sherrie got stuck pretty good in the sand. Tomorrow is Gonzaga but no signal or wi-fi there.
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    I had some spare time on Christmas and went for a ride that last middle earth -ish picture was a lucky shot I love it and I think I’m going to frame it
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    @Polar Nomad and two other guys Tim and Cameron and I are going to do this route today. I'll surely have some pics and vids to come!
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    So much amazing KTM or Honda pictures in this thread, now its my turn again with some pictures from the recent training in the BMW offroad park Hechlingen
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    I figured I'd post this for people to understand what to expect on an organized tour as well as what will be expected from you. A friend of mine from Facebook post this unfortunate story, written by another friend, of how she went on this motorcycle tour and nearly died and goes to to assign blame to the tour operator. My comment was "trial by Facebook?" The point being that we've only heard one side of the story. And of course there were tons comments falling on either side of the argument but I was pleased to see I wasn't the only one skeptical. I was able to find the other side of the story you can read here. Read them both and then I'd like to know which side you think better reflects the truth. The theme of this story is about disclosing medical issues but I can go into many others I've seen on group rides, organized or not. I did once do a trip to Baja with a guy who not only could barely ride a motorcycle off-road but had some kind of serious medical condition that required him to bring a special IV bag just in case he had to be hospitalized in an emergency (if is ailment flared up). Once we saw all that we told him he should probably go home but he opted to follow us via the pavement. There was another rider I heard about out of a local dealer where they'd planned to ride the Mohave Trail (bad idea on big bikes like the 1200 GS/GSA) in hot weather and one of the guys has a heart condition he didn't disclose then ends up dying of a heart attack on the trip. I've also been on trips where the other riders just aren't honest about their ability. One particular trip I did we had this guy who was beginner level for an intermediate trip. The really frustrating part though was that he wouldn't take direction or he'd do it correctly once but not again! He was as bad a rider on the last day as he was on the first. That was really frustrating. On another trip I had a rider get mad at me because I didn't allow them to do a certain section of the route and asked them to take the highway for that section. Then a bit later in the day I suggested they ride with us and then the rider got mad at me because it was above their level! Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
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    Riding ontop of the world in Lesotho the small country inside the borders of South Africa. It is some of the best dual sport riding in the world.
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    You're not going to believe this (I can hardly myself) but I was just told a certain OEM is trying to secure me a ~450ish press bike to do the dune training and rally on! CANNOT BELIEVE IT!
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    Here's the link to their rally school. Pretty cool as it will be geared more towards dune riding and dune navigation; something that I haven't done before. Dunes are all "HP" or off-piste (hors piste) so they typically will lead you into the dunes at some point with just a cap heading or compass direction (e.g. 180 degrees) and then you maintain that heading for a specific distance but it could be something like 26 miles or so before your direction will either change or you exit the dunes. Typically waypoints will open up when you reach a certain distance which could be something like 800-1000 meters and then the arrow pops up on the Rally Comp computer (I think that's what they're using) and the arrow directs you to the waypoint. Key to dune riding is obviously speed and momentum but it's also in reading which sides of the dune you want to ascend & descend based on the direction the sand has been blown. Key skills are things like knowing how to turn your bike around and back down a dune you're not likely to crest (saves a ton of energy digging it out), cresting a dune, avoiding "witch eyes" or softer hollows of super fine sand that are good at stopping your bike with you continuing over the handlebars.
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    This was just a ride I put together for five of us. I do it it’s about every year at this time. I can’t tell you enough how great it is to get to ride with this group. I’ve ridden it with @mthomasadv many times and this year we got to do it with @Kirk Young, @Sherrie Young and Dustin. They are really good people and fantastic riders. As for the ribs, I spent yesterday in a ton of pain just lying on the couch and then realized I was also still very dehydrated. That day we rode and we got back after dark had us getting dinner right away where I had two beers (not helping). Then I realized all the water immediately handy was the half liter bottle in the room. The next morning I had coffee but that’s a diuretic then got only two liters for my ride home. Once I caught up with fluids yesterday I felt a lot more alert. Did I mention the fork seal failure? I hit the military checkpoint north of El Rosario and the soldier pointed out my left front caliper was “leaking” so I got to San Quintin and set about to get that fixed. I know Poncho who lives there but he was out riding that day (on his way to Cataviña actually) so I stopped at a moto repair place and upon closer inspection realized my left fork seal failed and the oil was leaking out. I was too banged up to fix it there so I pushed on and made the 7 hour ride home. I will fix it next weekend as I’m taking my kids to AZ tomorrow for a few days.
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    New addition to the herd. 2011 DR650, along with the Tiger, 1970 T100c, and Road King.
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    Really good shrimp tacos last night. Nice hotel room at Kiki’s too even though the sink stopper is stuck down and the heat doesn’t appear to work (extra blanket)
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    Here’s our ride overview We did most of the route but since Josh hadn’t seen the Husky Momument, we went out there and back. 99 on the dry lake bed! Josh said he did more sand today than all his riding before today! We saw some guys from Husky at the Husky! This guy Kellon needed a front tube so I gave him mine. Think he’ll give me a 701 or 801 in return? A boy can dream! [emoji7]
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    Hey! Greetings from Colombia south america. I’m an adventure addict, GSA LC owner. Love to take this beasts to the limit. Check my instagram account @nikomejia21 for pictures and adventures.
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    What does this say? It’s stats on a repost I did of the new Tiger 1200 that got double the engagement that Triumph got with half the followers. This is standard and more mfg’s are taking notice. We were the #1 influencer for Honda for Oct and BMW for Nov according to Fohr Card. My goal is to leverage the power of our riding community to get us more content and opportunities like the Tiger 1200 launch we weren’t invited to. We have dirt cred the paid mags don’t and more marketers are going to want to take advantage of that so thank you for your participation in building REAL community.
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    Lel from Brake Magazine hit it on the head here. You just can't wear "adventure" boots and hope to not be injured. Read the whole thing. Another good point he makes is that you'll especially need boots like this when you're learning (falling more). I crushed my right rear Achilles tendon wearing the old BMW GS Rallye 3 boots (Forma Dominator Comp) so I went with the Gaerne SG12's and now the Alpinestars Tech10. They are heavy but I really need the protection and have seen way too many a rider with a busted food, fibula, tib/fib, etc... wearing "adventure" boots.
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    Hey guys! My name is Scott and I'm a fairly new off road rider/seasoned photographer from Baltimore, MD. I was recently approached by BMW Motorrad to participate in their Everyday Adventures project, which is based around the ethos of exploring the best motorcycling places that are close to home. The project involved is posting content that reflects these endeavors, and the person who gains the most folllowers proportionate to where they started from is flown out to Motorrad Days in Germany! It would mean a lot if you all check out my content and give me a follow! Some of my work is attached below, and my Instagram is scottbraaplyphoto! IMG_3108.mp4
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    Stand by for an in depth review after the High Sierra Rally
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    Quick set of photos of the install I did of 1 x water and 1 x gasoline Rotopax packs (1 gallon each) underneath the OEM panniers of my 1200 GSA for my 6 month trip next year in USA + Canada. The reason for mounting them this way was to keep the weight as low as possible on the bike (the packs will not necessarily always be full in any event) and to avoid them getting in my way. So far, I have had no issues while riding, even on very tight and/or very curvy roads. In case of a fall, both panniers have been reinforced to be able to take the additional strain. Although I don't necessarily expect them to survive a more severe crash on asphalt. Rotopax are heavy duty. So no, I am not too worried about falls when off-road, or even on-road to a certain extent. And don't expect to go up in flames either. Should one Rotopax end up being damaged enough, I will simply replace it So here goes. 2 aluminium plaques were cut out to reinforce the bottom of the panniers. And were installed on the inside. Holes were drilled in the plaques to be able to access the rivets at the bottom of the panniers. Aluminium spacers were also cut out, to be fixed on the outside of the panniers. The black plastic corners on the panniers would have caused the packs to rest on them and therefore put more stress on the pack mount and especially the screw used to tighten them. Didn't mind drilling holes in the panniers. Which were never waterproof to start off with anyway ^^ And turn into swimming pools whenever it rains. And no, I was not unlucky with this set of panniers. I have another set with exactly the same problem (even drilled holes at the bottom of each pannier of the 2nd set to help evacuate the water). Pack mount and spacer mounted. View from inside the pannier. The pack mount, spacer and inner aluminium plaques are all held and tightened together. Everything can be removed in a matter of minutes. Gasoline Rotopax on. Water and gasoline Rotopax on. They are centered underneath the panniers and do not stick out from them. No chance of the right one ever touching the final drive either.
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    So who's excited for Dakar? Couple things I'm most interested in... Following the Americans Really would like to see Ricky Brabec win it for Team Honda this year Following Petr Vlcek (Czech but living here), Bill Conger, Andrew Short, Mark Samuels, Shane Esposito Team Honda in general (I love KTM but would just like to see Honda win it finally) Laia Sanz because she's awesome I watched this RedBullTV online the other day on all their Dakar videos and was blown away! I'd highly recommend watching some of them. Tons of history and background that will give you a much deeper appreciation of Rally Raid. What are you most interested in?
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    This is the ultimate GSA you'll ever fined. Every aftermarket add-on that you could think of. Detailed maintenance record comes with the bike, maintained to perfection! Listed below are each item that i've installed and comes with the bike. Asking price is $15,000 for th bike stock with Woody’s wheels. Or $19,000 with all the extras 24,000 Miles *Wheels* Woody's Wheel Works: www 21 inch front wheel, www 19 inch front spare, www 17 inch rear *Exhaust* Akropovic Headers, Mivv Suono Muffler *Engine* UNI Foam filter and x2 foam pre-filters, AF-XIED Air/fuel module. *Protection* Altrider Lower Crash bars, Altrider Upper Crash bar bracket, Altrider Skid plate, Black Dog Cycle works spare skid plate, Altrider Radiator guards, Altrider head light guard, Altrider Kick Stand sensor guard, Altrider kickstand foot, Altrider luggage rack, Altrider Header guards, SW-Motech shift lever. *Ergonomics* BMW Rallye seat, Rox 1 1/4 Riser, Double Take Mirrors, Windshield strengthener bracket *Lighting* Clear Water Erica Lights, Custom amber side markers Parts Changed out recently Brand new OEM front and rear shocks, Brand new OEM Clutch assembly, Brand new OEM Drive Shaft, Brand new OEN fork seals with Recall clamps. *luggage* Wolfman Expedition Dry Bags All original parts come with the bike. Seats, exhaust, luggage rack... etc I do not have the OEM wheels anymore. The green on the bike in the pictures is only plasta dip and peals right off. Not permanent at all! See my pictures my garage and pictures
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    Hello everyone I'm from the Southern Cape in South Africa a town by the name of Mossel Bay on the Garden Route which has fantastic riding areas on our doorstep. Keeping it short I have been riding motorcycles for 54 yrs now, what we refer to as an "old ballie" here. Did the Road, Motocross and Enduro thing when I was younger having done my last race when I was 56 then moved to Adventure riding. Presently I'm riding a 2007 R1200GS, I have also done some riding in Australia & Tasmania and would love to ride the USA, which might happen in 2 yrs time if all goes according to plan.
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    Okay well I'm going to just sack up and do the nav school after all. Let's just pray for some rain to wet the dunes!
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    Injuries are a cracked rib on the lower front right side, bruised right quad and bruised left shin. My boots and knee/shin guards really saved me there!
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    Amazing day yesterday as we found a new route filled with adventure. We took this one amazing two track west to the coast Nd had to pay this nice farmer $5/bike to cross his ranch [emoji23]. So worth it though. Then we crossed some slick snot tidal flat and I high sided cracking a rib and bruising each leg. On my way home early now but they are continuing. Mike said we’d ridden 190 miles and I knew we had about another 50 so I bought some gas from a fisherman but it turns out Mike was looking at how many miles remained on his tank of gas. The whole thing was about 180 Miles. Beautiful though.
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    Ride for Lives!!! Join us for this cool benefit ride!! Ride with Dennis Godwin, BMW GS Trophy Team USA and Long Beach BMW to the Mexican Border and back! $50 tax deductible donation will be matched by Long Beach BMW [emoji56] #motorradangels #xladv #longbeachbmwmotorcycles
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    Thanks for the tour! To clarify on the sand comment, that was more sand than I'd ever ridden in one day before. Usually it's just a small stretch here or there and not a whole dang day of it in all depths. haha Good thing I've gotten a little more comfortable with that crap. I like the last bit of the video showing the extra lane along the side of the highway. ;-)
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    It's always a possibility. I'd be lying to myself if I thought I could negotiate dunes on the nine-fidy like Brabec or Cody... Last time in Dumont. Stuck.
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    What stands out of you from the photos? Will the lower bodywork make it into product in some form/function? Definitely has some 950/990 Super Enduro to it. More can be found at: http://www.motorradonline.de/motorraeder/ktm-790-adventure-r-erlkoenig.846448.html Here's the english(ish) translatoin:https://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=auto&tl=en&u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.motorradonline.de%2Fmotorraeder%2Fktm-790-adventure-r-erlkoenig.846448.html
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    We had a bit of drama with the reservations at both Alfonsina's and at Cataviña. We got to Alfonsina's and they said "no, we had you down for LAST night and we have no rooms left." Um, no. I PRE-PAID $200 a MONTH ago! I found the email and sure enough it says the 27th (not the 26th). They stuffed 5 of us in one room. I suspect they were just overbooking to maximize their profits. Then the next night at Cataviña they said they had no record of my reservation even though I called a month before (twice) to confirm. Didn't matter though since they had a suite with 5 beds and two bathrooms so it all worked out fine. Just $88 too!
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    It's been awhile since we've heard from [mention=3949]MotorradAngels[/mention] and that's because they've been so darn busy helping out with some pretty major disasters around the world such as the earthquake in Mexico City and then the hurricane that devastated Puerto Rico. I met with Dennis Godwin yesterday and he told me about some of the work they're doing and I was quite impressed. In Puerto Rico they were working with FEMA and the US Military directly on the first response team. They were used for many things but primarily to get some supplies like diapers, medicine, etc... up to people in higher elevations where the roads were simply impassable due to the storm. Some of the people they saw said they were the first "outsiders" they'd seen in a month! I'll let one of them tell you more here shortly but they have some pretty interesting new partners that are going to help them roll out an entire new way of reaching people in need caught in various disasters worldwide. I'd encourage you to check them out as well as this space for future news. XLADV will be working closer with this group in 2018. They even have a tour coming up Jan 13-20 in Mexico where you can join them!
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    I went down for the Baja Rally 3.0 last October and got to meet Lyndon and a bunch of other riders. It was so incredible an experience! This is a video of his experience there that he's using to fund his Dakar '17 entry! $5 is like two cups of coffee at Starbucks. Help a guy out! I watched it the other day and got to see the race from his perspective as well as the finish I got to witness first hand. You can see the trailer below but the full length feature is at the link above The video Lyndon made his announcement...
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    Glamis mid week, or try Dumont for less crowded
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    i have the Sidi Crossfire 2 SRS, which i have, quite comfortably, been traveling with for the past 2 years. debating whether to replace them with the Sidi Crossfire 3 TA. also have this pair of Alpinestars Tech 8, which i got as a gift. these are as hard as they are comfortable... the 1st time i put them on, i never managed to shift gears. never wore them again. shame though. love their look. and i have a pair of Sidi Adventure 2 for shorter everyday rides to work, etc.
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    I could but it may not hold up on the dirt sections. With a 2.5" rear my tire choices open up quite a bit. The Motoz Enduro ST rear might be the way to go
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    Oh my god, Marie, this part of your comment is hilarious! 😂 That's an amazing way to use your wrench! Stay safe! Azure, I admire your enthusiasm and skills when it comes to motorcycle mechanics. I wish I could say I could disassemble my bike and properly assemble it back and throw in a few tips and tricks, but I must admit I'm no good when it comes to actually working on my bike. And to be honest, I don't even want to start when I think about all the bolts and screws I'll have to take out just to get to that one part! Even if it's just an air filter change (blush). I'm blessed with amazingly handy partner-in crime who likes working on our bikes, therefore he's officially The Technical Department of our team Although I do understand the importance of knowing the basics of motorcycle maintenance and can do some most simple stuff like chain adjustment, that same air filter change, lightbulb replacement etc. and could probably do most of regular stuff with some online help, but as long as I can continue staying in charge of other Departments in our team, I'll leave the Technical stuff to him and continue happily assisting him if needed. Nevertheless, I'll keep an eye on this thread in case other girls and boys will share some useful advices If you guys want a funny hack for riding in general - here's mine: in case you plan on riding in the rain and really want to have your phone in the ram mount on your bike rather than in your waterproof pocket (say if you desperately need your google maps or you have no waterproof pockets), you can use a condom to make your phone waterproof and still be able to use the touchscreen. Yes, just put it over your phone and tie the end into the knot
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    Done about 15000km through Africa with a similar setup. No problems despite a few "off's" in the sand...
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    New to the forum. Current off-road ride is a plated '05 Husky TE510 that I picked up last week. I've already installed a rear rack, and am about to order a Seat Concepts kit and smaller rear sprocket to make it more pavement friendly. My recent dirt rides have also included a plated 200EXC, a Husky Terra 650, and a plated XR415... My present street bikes are a Versys 1000, 690 Duke, and an '82 Suzuki GS650.
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    I originally had my eyes on the R model but it sold the day I got to the dealership