Bryan Bosch

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    Long-time dirtbiker turned ADV nOOb.

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  1. Looks awesome! When I lived in Denver, I only rode a fraction of the possibilities b/c I had pretty much a plated dirt bike. So, that level of distance would have been tough for sure. One of these days I need to schedule some time to ride a bigger bike on a much longer, multi day ride. Here's a pic outside Telluride. Do you do any tours out that way? You live/ride in an amazing place for this type of riding!
  2. Copyright lawsuits are difficult and expensive. He needs to prove damages, but doing so is likely more than the cost of the work. It's why so few do anything about it. It's one thing to share with credit b/c you think it's cool and you're just fanning the flames of ADV passion. It's another if the photographer asks you to remove it or simply to buy the licensing to the image b/c it's part of a paid ad campaign. I'm sure BMW has a team of lawyers that would jump someone poo if the tables were reversed.
  3. Yes. The forma is a very comfy, but very flexible. I'd look at something like the Alpinestars Toucan ADV boot. Or, step into the off-road realm of boots like the Gaerne SG12, Sidi Crossfire, or TXC Comp Evo (what I wear). But, keep in mind that while full offroad or mx boots offer tons of protection, they aren't as good for walking, should that be something that you do much of on rides. But, I'd rather walk a little goofy or carry a pair of slip on shoes vs. have an injury like yours. I had the Formas, but did sell them b/c I felt they didn't offer up the protection that I really wanted when I switch to a KTM 690 Enduro R. Foot injuries suck b/c it's a complex part of your body that carries all our weight.
  4. Don't know... Haven't installed it yet. Life is getting in the way this week.
  5. Installing it this weekend Eric.
  6. I think a decent amount of the vib is the tires. If you toned them down to say, the Conti TKC80s found on the 701, a decent difference. But, like you, I don't find the 690 buzzy. Oh, if you want more power, adjust the switch under the seat to max. It's noticeable. Also, be sure those steering stops get turned in. Otherwise the factory setting is like turning the titanic. Enjoy! I LOVE my 17 690.
  7. The airbox on my 690 and a friends 701 have both been great. We ride a lot of sugar sand, so it gets into everything. I'm running the twin air drop in b/c I ride where there is a lot of water in the summer. Zero issues and it's serviceable. I checked the airbox not more than a week ago by dragging dry finger across the bottom. NO dust on my finger and with a flashlight, no visible path where my finder was. I'm sold. I'm running an SW Motech Rack and Giant Loop Klamath bag on it. Both have worked out very well. I like how the rack flows w/ the bike and doesn't kill the lines or look bulky. New I'd check your spokes and be sure you break her in right. Lastly, make sure your steering stops are turn in as much as possible w/o hitting the radiator. At least on my KTM, there we're turn so far out, it cornered like the titanic when turning around. My friend's 701 however was fine. Lastly:
  8. Pre-congrats Pete! That's a hella' fun bike with oodles of boost and I'm sure a good bit lighter than the coming KTM twin. I guess it depends upon what you'll be riding, but for off-road and backroads, the 701 has big smiles per mile. Hope it goes through! Def post up pics if she ends up following you home.
  9. GRANBY, CO – February 21, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Third Annual Woman-Led 2018 ADVWoman Rendezvous (formerly Rally) dates announced for July 19-22, 2018, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado. Dates are announced for the third annual adventure rally organized by ADVWoman for women and their families. Held July 19-22, 2018, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include dirt bike and adventure bike rider training, classroom training, a variety of local dual sport rides, camping or hotel facilities, catered meals, awards ceremony, and a DJ dance party. All instructors are women. Men and families are welcome. “Last year’s event exceeded our expectations!” said Pat Jacques, Rendezvous director. We had international students and students who took our BDR courses then joined us on the first ever, all-woman Colorado Backcountry Discovery Teaching Tour, a tour we are repeating this year following Rendezvous, July 22-29, 2018. The rider range classes at 2018 Rendezvous feature more advanced dirt bike training as well as more advanced adventure training. “Our mission is to support women through off road riding and that definitely includes working with couples to so that they can fully enjoy riding together,” Jacques said. “Here is what one of our men attendees said of his experience at our 2017 event:” Kurt McCoy attended the 2017 ADVWoman Rally with his wife, MJ. He wasn’t sure what to expect. He quickly became a fan. “Leading up to this event I was faced with my wife selling her bikes. Now I am faced with her wanting a few parts and gear upgrades and her wanting to ride more…a lot more. My wife is my best friend, and this makes me happy. Pat said at the beginning of the Rally she hopes to teach a few things and to empower the ladies. She accomplished that in spades,” said McCoy. “Women teaching women is natural and transformative,” Jacques said. The retired motocross racer has high praise for her highly trained ADVWoman staff. “This year, Lisa Taylor joins us. Lisa is an expert rider and trained in our style of breaking down skills into manageable steps, allowing women to go at their own pace in a loving and supportive environment. Lisa is a person who is so easy to be with, riding with her automatically instills confidence, which is exactly what we intend to achieve for all of our riders. We are excited to welcome back Canadian Trophy Candidate and BMW Off-Road Certified Instructor Caroline Stevenson. Caroline’s quiet, confident manner and considerable skill has been popular with our riders. We are also thrilled to welcome back Kandi Spangler, an MSF Certified Coach and a woman whose bright and joyful personality keeps our students’ spirits flying high on the range and off!” Jacques said she is often asked, “Am I good enough to attend?” She advises, “If you can ride a motorcycle—release the clutch to take off, shift gears, and come to a stop, you are ready for our training.” Jacques reflected that in 2016 a new rider had only been on her motorcycle 4 times yet attended with her husband and both improved considerably. Classroom Sessions are open to all attendees and will run Thursday & Friday 3:30pm-4:30 pm and 4:45-5:45 pm, with several classes running simultaneously in different locations. Topics include trailside maintenance, trailside first aid, intro to GPS navigation, fitness and training for off-road riding, truck & trailer motorcycle loading and unloading, flat tire repair, how to pick up a bike, moto-camping and travel photography. Immediately following the Rendezvous, Jacques and her staff will lead a second All Woman Colorado Backcountry Teaching Tour, July 22-29, 2018. About Pat Jacques, CEO ADVWoman Pat Jacques is a ground-breaking woman in motorcycling who raced men’s motocross professionally. Retired from racing she still enjoys spirited single-track riding and adventure touring. Jacques’ passion is empowering women and getting families out riding motorcycles together. She is director of the annual off-road training event ADVWoman Rendezvous in Granby, Colo., a Keynote speaker appearing at the Steel Horse Sisterhood Summit, Women Creating Our Futures and a personal coach. Contact: Pat Jacques PO BOX 128 Granby, CO 80446 (970) 726-6830 [email protected] Source: ADVWoman Rendezvous
  10. Can't say I've heard of the brand honestly. But, I have now. And, I now have more reasons not to buy their stuff than I do otherwise. I've ridden over 35 years w/o their stuff, no reason to start now.
  11. Reports Record Sales for November and December, Steady Growth In Sluggish Market WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – January 11, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorrad reported sales of 13,546 motorcycles for 2017, down just 1.3% from the 13,730 motorcycles sold in 2016. However, despite the slight downturn, BMW outpaced the rest of the motorcycle industry (which was down 3.2%) and its relevant competition (which was down 6.3%). Sales of BMW motorcycles increased 37.3% in December 2017 (1,270 units) compared to December sales in 2016 (925 units), capping eight months of steady growth over the previous year in BMW Motorrad’s strongest export market. BMW Motorrad USA posted a 15% growth in sales from September through December compared to the same period in 2016, and showed a 27% growth in sales from November through December in 2017 compared to the previous year. “We are proud to report these impressive results despite current market conditions,” commented Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad North America. “BMW Motorrad USA achieved all-time record sales in November, while December 2017 was our best December since 2004 and our fourth consecutive month of sales growth.” According to Peyton, strong year-end results were driven by the ever-popular BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, which accounted for 15% of December sales volume. “New and loyal customers; the broadest model range in our history; and a strong and growing dealer network will continue to propel BMW motorcycle sales in the coming year,” he observed. BMW’s robust product offensive will continue in 2018 with the recent introduction of the new 215 hp BMW HP4 Race limited-volume, supersport motorcycle (BMW’s most-exclusive motorcycle ever offered), the 2018 BMW G 310 GS (BMW’s second entry in the smaller displacement segment), the 2018 BMW C evolution electric scooter, the 2018 BMW C 400 X (premium mid-sized scooter), the 2018 BMW K 1600 B Grand America, as well as several special-option motorcycles. BMW’s diverse range of adventure models, roadsters, sport bikes, tourers, and scooters can be seen and ridden at 153 U.S. retailers. Many new and updated BMW models are also currently making their debut at motorcycle shows around the country. For more information about BMW motorcycles and retailers, visit: For information about The Progressive International Motorcycle Show schedule, visit: BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Source: BMW of North America, LLC
  12. The METZELER brand unveils the new KAROO Street, enabling road tire performance from an off-road style ‘knobby’ tread pattern A new METZELER enduro tire extends the KAROO™ range towards a dedicated road use, combining excellent agility and grip, even in wet conditions, with reliable off-road traction MUNICH, GERMANY – January 10, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – METZELERnow extends its highly successful KAROO™ range towards pure road use with the new KAROO™ Street. Delivering excellent road performance, even in wet conditions, the new enduro tire remains aggressively styled, with its knobby tread pattern continuing to provide off-road capability. Owners of adventure, ‘enduro street’ and dual-purpose motorcycles are increasingly looking for sport touring performance when used on asphalt, but without sacrificing off-road capabilities. While responding to this market request, however, the METZELER KAROO™ Streetmaintains an off-road look, in character with these types of motorcycles, while delivering excellent road performance on both dry and wet asphalt. The METZELER KAROO™ Street tire has been developed for the latest generation of adventure, big enduro and dual-purpose motorcycles, capable of taking dirt roads in their stride. With the KAROO™ Streettire these motorcycles will now be further enhanced to tackle distant road journeys, where good mileage, stability and comfort are fundamental throughout the life cycle of the tire. Designed for all levels of cross-country riding, the METZELER brand’s KAROO™ product family now offers a range that spans from the desert all the way to street. The new KAROO™ Street will be available from March 2018 onwards. KAROO™ Street, a unique combination of off-road look with on-road agility KAROO™ 3, dedicated to off-road raids and adventure journeys KAROO™ Extreme, a product developed to compete in the professional Rally races Main features: On-road agility: KAROO™ Street tire provides excellent handling and grip in comparison to its knobby tire competition, due to the sport touring derived profiles that deliver a typical on-road dynamic behavior. Wet grip and wet handling: Enhanced safety with reliable grip in wet conditions, generated by the high silica compounds that promote chemical grip on wet asphalt. Off-road traction: The KAROO™ Street’s layout of blocks and variable spacing between the knobs provides excellent dirt road traction especially in long-distance clay and hard-packed trails. High-speed stability: Large sized blocks and their coupling to a stiff carcass, provides perfect stability at high speeds on road, even when fully loaded with luggage and passenger. High mileage: KAROO™ Street tire offers high effective mileage, the result of introducing abrasion-resistant compounds.
    Most will agree that a dual sport bike is all about compromise. Some are better on the street, others in the dirt, but none ideal everywhere. And, that's how I've been treating tire pressure. I've been running the same compromise pressure on/off-road, but the reality is, it was costing me tire life and fuel mileage on-road and traction off-road. After considering both manual and electric pumps, I decided to give the 12v Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump by Antigravity Batteries a try. The Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump is pretty easy to haul with its light weight (9oz.) and compact size (3.5" X 4.5" X 1.5"). In terms of powering the unit, it comes with two detachable power cables, one for use with a 12v cigarette lighter (9' long) and another (18" long) that allows it to be powered by Antigravity's Micro-Start mini jump-starter product. However, you can power the Tire Inflator with any SAE cable end. Many dual sporters (including me) power accessories off USB and/or have the typical quick-connect battery charger lead (SAE 2-pole flat type). I have an SAE connection under my quick-release seat for battery maintenance, so I picked up a cord with SAE connectors on both ends to power the pump. This has worked out great, so I passed the info along to the Antigravity folks. They liked the idea, so don't be surprised to see an SAE cord with the kit in the future. I bought a 12 footer that I thought might be too long when I received it, but on my last ride, I ended up inflating tires on my riding buddy's bikes, so the extra length meant that we didn't have to get the bikes tight together to do the job. The cord is a little bulky and you really only need 4, maybe 5' for a single bike. I was paying attention to the draw on my bike's battery when I was filling six motorcycle tires pretty much back-to-back, but no issues when I went to hit the magic button. The starter seamed to crank at the same speed as normal. I just need to tell my buddies to get their own pumps! Connected to power, filling a tube is stupid-simple. Thread the schrader valve filler fitting onto the tube and flick the rocker power switch on. From dirt to street, I'm increasing tire pressure by approx. 10-12 psi and doing so takes less than a minute per tire. The pump has a built-in pressure gauge that reads out in both bar and psi and the Antigravity folks were honest that its accuracy is +/- 2lbs. I tested this using my Rhino USA digital tire gauge and that's about right. You're going to get a small amount of bleed off when you unscrew the schrader fitting anyway, so I over pressurize the tube a bit and make fine pressure adjustments with my fingernail. The Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump has an LED light on the top that automatically comes on when the unit is turned on. I've not needed to fill in low light conditions yet, but I can see how this would come in handy, especially with my 48 year old eyes. The pump also comes with a needle for filling sports balls, a fitting for pumping up things like an air mattress or pool floaties, and a presta to schrader valve adapter for cyclists. In terms of durability, I've not used the pump enough to say how it will hold up over time. But, I did pull the case back off and verified that it does use metal gears. So, I think it's reasonable to say that getting my $24.95 (MSRP) out of the pump won't be much of an issue. Bottom-line, the Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump by Antigravity Batteries is a slick little unit that is easy to transport, easy-to-use, and does its intended job well. Most importantly, having the right tire pressure for the conditions matters, especially off-road. On my last ride, one of my buddies mentioned that my pace was noticeably up and that I was laying the bike over more than normal in flat turns. I felt "on" that day and I'm sure that the lower tire pressures played a part.
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    The Micro-Start Tire Inflator/Air Pump from Antigravity Batteries is compact and easy to take anywhere. Allowing you to use your Micro-Start XP-1 or XP-10 to inflate your motorcycle or car tires no matter where you may be. Simply just plug your Micro-Start into the tire inflator for portable use, or use the 9ft cable and cigarette port on your vehicle. Size:4.25" (108 mm) x 3.5" (90mm) x 1.5" (38mm). Weighs only 1 pound. On board LED light for night use. Kit Includes: 1 pc MICRO START INFLATOR 1 piece 12" cable (SAE to DC 5.5mm) to attach the Inflator to the MICRO-STARTS 12v Output for portable use of the Inflator. 1piece 9ft. long Cable (SAE to Male Cig Lighter) with male cigarette lighter tip to attach to a cars cigarette lighter port as optional way to power the inflator. (The 9ft cable can reach any tire on typical vehicle when plugged in) 1 piece Needle tip for pumping up Sports Balls 1piece Plastic Tip for Small Inflatables
  14. This is a pretty easy one, especially on hard pack w/ loose material on top. But, I usually stay on the bike and pivot round my leg where possible.