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  1. 4 points
    It's time I went on a real adventure motorcycle trip! I've been wanting to do one for years but with kids <18 I didn't want to leave home just yet but my boy is 18 and finishing high school soon. And the the Wuhan virus has destroyed 10mm jobs so far so unless something comes up soon I'd rather be on the road than sitting among 4 walls burning a few grand/month doing nothing. What do I ride? Don't think I'm going to bring the 990. It's still in great shape but it's a 2011 with 35k miles and perhaps not as easy to service in those countries. Oil changes are a pain and it tends to go through fuel filters and pumps. I think it's easier to just sell it and get a new one. I sent an email out to some mfg contacts hoping I can score some kind of sponsorship. I don't know that anyone can get them more reach and impressions over 12-18 months than I can. The deals of a free bike are rare but more common are media discounts (25%) or discounted purchase of a used press bike or just a loaner bike I return when done. If I have to buy my own bike, fine but it will have a wrap on it so plain you won't even recognize the brand, lol. Tolga did that with his 1090. I know the new 790R and T700 look pretty cool but maybe I should stick to truly XLADV than medium sized ADV? BMW 1250 and 850 GS's are nice. KTM 1290 and 1090 are great too. Honda Africa Twin is a spectacular choice too. Triumph 900 Tiger or even 1200. Timing: I'm taking my son to Hawaii in late July so I was thinking August but may as well stick around for High Sierra and leave right after that in early Sept. Gear: Great question! I already have a bunch I can re-purpose but will need a lot of hard parts specific to the new bike like crash bars, pannier rack, luggage rack, pegs, etc... I would hope to get suspension tuned once again by Konflict if Alex is up for that and maybe even Woody's Wheels (a dream). Seat Concepts has been really good to me as well as Fasstco (pegs, bars). I can use my Wolfman Rocky Mountain bags as they are still in great condition or something else. Rigg Gear is a sponsor now and they make good stuff too (Tracy Charles using those now on her trip). Motoz tires (GPS) for sure. Sena I'm all set already. I have a nice gopro style camera from Akaso too that's perfect. SPOTX and Spot Trace and their Global Phone. My Klim Carlsbad suit is almost 4 years old I think but still in great shape. I'm sure they'd help me out if I ask nicely. In terms of what I want to do along the way? Well obviously see a lot of really cool new places and meet interesting people. I'd also like to string a series of water projects along the way with Motorrad Angels as they have a network of volunteers along the way from Mexico all the way down. At this point the logistics planning starts in terms of planning what travel docs I'll need, insurance, crossing the Darien gap, etc... The options there are either crating your bike and flying it from Panama City to a city in Colombia or via boat. That's like $1,000 each way I'm told. The dollar is much strong now so that will be wind in my sails. In Colombia it was 3,200 pesos/dollar not too long ago and is now 4,000 so my money will go much further. Route: At this point I really have no idea. I was thinking Baja peninsula down then ferry over to mainland but truth is I've been to Baja more times than I can count so maybe do that on the way back. Lots of cool places in Mexico I'd like to see. Not keen on Nicaragua right now but you gotta do it to get between Honduras and Costa Rica. I have lots of friends in Colombia so I'm sure I'll spend more time there but really want to see Ecuador, Peru, Chile, Argentina and Brazil. Not excited on Guyana, Suriname or French Guiana. I did Bolivia before and didn't do Uyuuni salt flats but honestly don't want to put a bike in that type of destructive environment (salt water). I've heard from a lot of travelers that crossing back and forth between Chile and Argentina is fun and lots of great wineries. I honestly have no interest in Ushuaia either. Too far, too cold, too windy. Not really worth it from what I've heard. What do you think?
  2. 4 points
    I'm unofficially officially in!
  3. 3 points
    What is this now? 3rd annual? Sounds good to me!!! May 29-31 which is a bit later this year. Someone snaked the campground back in November and we were unlikely to get a permit anyways because the nature lady (Danette) said that that first week in May was a bit early for the tortoise hatchlings. So it will be a bit warmer but we'll manage. It's at a higher elevation (4300') so that will help. Great news is we have Stephen Gregory back on photography and Tracy King back on kitchen duty! Tickets here Sponsors: (TBD; more of the same and a few new ones) Attendees: Eric Hall
  4. 3 points
    Also Unofficially officially in.... time marked off on the work calendar is a good start.
  5. 3 points
    So if this event were scheduled for this weekend I'd be cancelling it due to concerns of covid19. I'm seeing a bunch of other events being cancelled. Not a bad idea at this early stage as social distancing can mitigate the spread very well. I read about the Spanish flu of 1918 and how Milwaukee fared so much better because they closed schools and churches. But we are 11 weeks out now so I'm guessing we will know a whole lot more about the spread then. For now we are still ON!
  6. 2 points
    I did it 2 years ago- any bike works. Go for it! Take your time I rushed it in 4 months- so much to see. Enjoy and go for it. Believe it or not a Dr650 or 650gs are the most popular bikes that I saw but I took my 1200gsaW . Has some issues in Peru with front shock but it’s all part of the adventure!
  7. 2 points
    MNP called me to say due to the Wuhan virus we cannot have the event. That could change if the situation improves but makes it difficult to plan. I still have the site and can have 10 riders so I’m likely to make it a small group now.
  8. 2 points
    This looks cool! To me this looks like a much needed upgrade in visibility and function that you'd expect from Garmin. The display looks bigger and brighter and more interactive. It seems easier now to share tracks either wirelessly between devices like before but also with an app on your phone. Lots of cool new features too like satellite imagery, 4x4 trails, public lands boundaries, real time gas prices and traffic updates. $499.99. Who wants to test one? OLATHE, Kan./March4, 2020/Business Wire –Garmin International, Inc.,a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announcedthezūmo XTall-terrain GPSmotorcyclenavigator,designed to helpriders venture on and off the beaten path. The glove-friendlyzūmo XTtouchscreen introduces a newultra-bright 5.5-inch displaywithcrispHDresolution.Designed to withstand the most rigorous weather androughterrain, theruggedzūmo XT is rain-resistant1and forgedto military grade 810G drop test standards. Riders will also appreciatethe zūmo XT’sversatility,with a quick push of a button they caneasily toggle through street map views, topographic maps, or BirdsEye Satellite Imagery for the best possible view of their route.“Thezūmo XT is able to take on any type of adventure, regardless of the weather or rugged terrain, it’s ready to venture wherever the rider chooses,” said Dan Bartel, Garminvice president ofglobalconsumer sales.“With itsnew, larger display offeringanimpressive ultra-bright touchscreen, riders willhave the advantage of easily seeing their screeneven onbright sunny days.Visibility of the route ahead is further enhanced with a choice to mount zūmo XT in traditional landscape or portrait mode.”The zūmo XTboasts an impressive feature set, starting with new Garmin Adventurous Routingoptions that find the most thrilling and scenic routes.Adventure riders–seeking more thanspokenturn-by-turn street directions from their zūmo navigators–can explore new placesthanks to preloadedtopographic maps that show public land boundaries, 4x4 roads,and much more.Garmin Explore2helps adventure seekers easily plan trips and lateraccess routes, tracks, and waypoints across their electronic devices including the zūmo XT, a smartphone3or a computer. In addition, riders canaccessstunningBirdseye Satellite Imagery with direct-to-device downloads that do not require asubscription.Sight-seeing has never been simpler with the zūmo XT’s lineup of options that include the HISTORYdatabase of notable sites, iOverlanderpoints of interest, Ultimate Public Campgrounds, a U.S. National Parks directory, TripAdvisortraveler ratings and Foursquarecontent –offering millions of popular places to explore.Storing orsharingadventuresis a snapwiththe new track recorderoption built into the navigator. Userscanwirelesslyimport3their favorite tried-and-true GPX files after pairing their phones to the zūmo XT using the free Garmin Driveapp.Additionally, theconvenientGarmin Drive app will allow riders access to smartnotifications,real-time fuel prices, andlive4traffic and weather.Designed with built-in convenience, the zūmo XT offers a number of safety features, including Bluetoothhands-free calling5, rider alerts for potential hazards6, automatic incident notifications for family or loved ones in case an incident occurs, and the option to pair the zūmo XT with a compatible7Garmin inReach Satellite Communicator for two-way texting, critical location sharing, and interactive SOS. Motorcyclists canstream their favorite music tracks on their smartphones through the zūmo XT or by utilizing theMP3 music files stored on the navigator.Built-in Wi-Fi®allows riders to easily updatethe maps and software on the zūmo XT without the hassle of using a computer. Riders canhardwirethe deviceto constant power or rely on the zūmo XT’sextendedbattery life that can last up to 6hours(3.5 hourswith backlightsettingsat 100percentbrightness).The zūmo XTis expected to be available in March withasuggested retail priceof $499.99.To learn more, visit garmin.com/zūmo. The zūmo XTis the latest from theconsumer automotive segmentof Garmin, the leading worldwideprovider of portable navigation devices for automobiles,motorcycles and trucks. The company’suser-friendly navigationsolutions have innovative features that provide time-and fuel-saving benefits to meet the demands of everyday driving.
  9. 1 point
    i can for sure see companies being pretty gun shy at the email title - Going on ADV looking for sponsorships - However, I think you have enough credibility being “XLADV” that will help you out a lot. The one thing i like about the ADV aftermarket community is for most of the people I have interacted with they have all been great and it feels almost family like. I’m sure that’s not entirely the case but I think ADV companies are generally more helpful then other riding demographics companies.
  10. 1 point
    Would the Triumph be the new 900 Tiger or are they selling you the old Platform? If it’s the old platform I don’t think the juice is worth the squeeze. I also have zero experience with the triple motor or really triumphs in general so I couldn’t make a recommendation either way. I think you’ll just need to sit down and be brutally honest with yourself about what kind of trip you want to have. Personal experience is when I hadn’t thought about selling my 2012 R1200GSA but when my wife got her R1200R LC and we started doing more road trips I had to sit down and think about my options. I would love to own a dirt focused machine 701, HP2 Enduro, or something in that category. However, I was honest with myself that I needed something to do road trips with the wife and still be able to do off reading/ ADV touring when it was just me. My 2017 R1200GSA ticked all the boxes for me with one being I love the R motor and shaft drive. So to circle back around I think if you are going to do much more technical or harder dirt maybe a smaller “XLADV” like a 790, T7 or 850GS might be better or if you think you’ll be pounding a little more pavement and still need it to be dirt worthy then maybe go with 1200GS/A or find a good used 1290. One thing I will say BMW wise is unless they are giving you a crazy good deal i wouldn’t go for a 1250 over a 1200. Reason being is I don’t think the shiftcam motor is enough of a step up to warrant the extra price. I think the best value would be a 2016 or 2017 right before the refresh and pre TFT so the used price will be a little less be still basically the same. That’s just my long winded .02 cents
  11. 1 point
    Ah well then I wouldn't do it either hahah. I just think that Baja has enough riding development of GPS tracks it might be easier to have a fun shake down ride. Then if you need something shipping shouldn't be to hard.
  12. 1 point
    Dude! I'm excited for you this trip sounds amazing. I kinda like the Baja then ferry to the mainland idea mostly because the ferry sounds like a cool experience.
  13. 1 point
    Great that you are going, it can only be good. The new 700 Tenere should be out by the time you leave maybe you can massage them into giving you one, to prove the new model. So many good choices of bikes out there. Wishing you the very best on your planning and promotion to get a good bike & equipment.
  14. 1 point
    It sounds like you need a riding buddy!
  15. 1 point
    Hey Buddy! I’ve been looking for a stock rear luggage plate. PM inbound
  16. 1 point
    marked as a definite maybe.
  17. 1 point
    Mikey, there will be several other riders that would also qualify as "near-dead of questionable ability" so please do join us. Calling @Garys990R !!!
  18. 1 point
    I thought the ghost touch was when you sit on your hand until it’s asleep? 🤓
  19. 1 point
    So the Sonora Rally started yesterday. Ricky Brabec is racing along with Skyler Howes, Wes VanNiewenhuise, Dan Bart, Taye Perry and more. Stage 1 results here but it's Skyler, Colton Udall and then Ricky Brabec. Dan Bart did really well along with Taye Perry. Wes did fine despite tower mount issues they've since fixed so today should be better for him He's racing a 790R put together by Rottweiler Performance.
  20. 1 point
    I saw this announcement the other day and it looks like a really solid GPS. I have the BMW Nav VI on my bike and have had the ghost touching issue that Garmin can't seem to figure out how to fix. I'm hoping the XT is a sign of what a possible replacement could be. As much as I enjoy having the wonder wheel on my bike to control GPS if the XT is better all around I'd consider ditching the BMW branded Garmin in favor of this one.
  21. 1 point
    FS: givi black trekker 46 lt side cases ex cnd universal fit $625 givi side cases mounting racks fit yamaha super tenere $225 givi top case luggage rack fits top of givi trekker 33 or 52 lt top case $55 sidi tyhpoon gortex boots sz 44 new $195 oxtar air tech boots gortex sz 39 worn material at toes otherwise ex cnd $35 powerlet fused power plug harness $50 powerlet fused battery extension wires $35 revit knee high socks sz 10-11 = 44 new $25 blk gry socks sz 10-11 $15 ea tourmaster heated pants sz 36-38 x 32 new $130 gerbing union ridge heated overpants sz lrg-reg like new $140 garmin and tom tom gps price on units cords/mounts extra $ led tail/brake lights brake pulsates has 12 flash patterns stops tail gaters $50 will ship you pay or pick up in Washington state reply to [email protected] ride safe
  22. 1 point
    Mojave is SO much more fun on a small bike. You're free to ride whatever you like as long as it is street legal.
  23. 1 point
    Being a near-dead of questionable ability, I was wondering if this event would be open to folks who would rather ride a dual sport over an adventure bike. Though I have a Yamaha S10, I am more comfortable on my KLR or my KLX 400. This applies even more so when encountering sandy stretches as the Mojave so graciously provides. Mikey
  24. 1 point
    About this Event Xplor-Int LLC and the Oak Barrel Cafe are pleased to announce our 1st Annual Africa Twin motorcycle and Honda East Coast Rally being held at 35206 National Pike Northeast Little Orleans, MD 21766 on August 14-16, 2020. This event provides riders of all skill levels an opportunity to ride with and learn from adventurers from all over the world. The 1st Annual Africa Twin motorcycle and Honda East Coast Rally is designed for Honda ADVENTURE and DUAL SPORT owners but is open to all brands of street legal motorcycles. Come join us at our 1st Annual Africa Twin motorcycle and Honda East Coast Rally, at The Oak Barrel Cafe, for numerous activities and riding opportunities. ROUTES Participants will have the opportunity to ride various tracks and routes throughout the Green Ridge State Forest, MD. There will be options for every level skill as routes will vary in difficulty and distance. Routes will be available onsite at the event and there will be an option for riders to go out on their own with fellow enthusiasts on self-guided GPS rides or just following the provided PDF State Forest map. Some route portions are part of the MABDR. CAMPOUT We’ve added two-night overnight camping to the rally at no cost. Friday night dinner, Saturday morning breakfast, Saturday night dinner and Sunday morning breakfast will be included at The Oak Barrel Cafe with a free gift card. Limited space available. RIDER AND BIKE REGULATIONS Riders must be 18 years or older.. Riders must be the registered owner of their motorcycle. The motorcycle must be street legal and in good working order with proper street legal, off-road tires. Riders must supply current, functioning GPS unit Riders should supply their own personal locator beacon (SPOT, Delorme, Garmin).. WHAT IS INCLUDED: * Three days off-road riding for all skill levels * Free primitive camping on site (water, electric, bathrooms available) * Campfire and local Band * Free Training half day (3-4 hours) * Free T-shirt for pre-registered participants * 2 each Breakfast, 2 each Dinner, adult beverages not included * All adventure bikes welcome like Honda CB500X · NC750X · NC700X · VFR1200X· CRF450L https://www.eventbrite.com/e/1st-annual-africa-twin-motorcycle-and-honda-east-coast-rally-tickets-97369176829
  25. 1 point
    After 800 miles clutch springs had collapsed. Replaced clutch with rekluse and rode a 1000 miles through Baja. No issues with new clutch yet. The quality of their after market product is way superior to the factory junk.
  26. 1 point
    I gotta get out to the Husky again and area!
  27. 1 point
    Intro: my name is Mike and I am an admin on a FB group called New England Riders or NER. I ride a 2016 BMW R1200RT and a 2012 Super Tenere. If you ever need anything while in New England it need riding info please feel free to reach out as well as visit newenglandriders.org THe NER website is packed full of great info about riding most of the eastern US but with a focus on New England. It is free.
  28. 1 point
    The guy likes big bikes for sure! 👍
  29. 1 point
    I now just do group ADV rides in my local area & rail line service track rides when off the bikes build & custom bikes for the fun & challenge
  30. 1 point
    back in 80's -90's (46yr as bike rider only) don't have a tin top license) use to race (Also members in family uncles/cousins raced MX /enduro/Australian wynns safari & dakar so in the blood) 500mx had 2 x YZ465H's No:7 later were made into street legal enduro bikes one had a TT600N disc front end 12/24hr enduros in Darwin N.T Australia on IT200 No:700 Raced Thumbper nats on a XR630RN No:700 Above bikes KTM950SER was my main transport just finished the referb of installing the 450RFR tower etc KIT690RFR was prepping for Australian Sunrasia Safari but never happened due to work accident broke my back had surgical replacements once was able get around i spend 3 hrs a day during rehab finishing off the build (before was able to get around out of a chair i took up Diecast 1:50 crane collecting setting them up to keep brain sane from boredom - not sure which hobby cheaper model cranes & heavy haulage or bike building LOL) 2018 KTM1290 SDR (1290Sueper Enduro R) was a 4 yr later project build . . . . Some more past builds - all bikes before these never owned a camera
  31. 1 point
    +1 on Claudio VP. The most relatable rider
  32. 0 points
    What???? They stopped making 10mm wrenches and sockets??? World will fall into chaos soon...
  33. 0 points
    Basically the screen thinks it's being touched so it acts all erratic and is rendered useless. It seems it's isolated to the BMW branded Garmin Navigator VI. Fortunately Garmin is aware of the issue and will replace it. It just stinks because I've heard of a few guys that have had 3 or 4 of them replaced.
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