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  1. @Dennis Godwin is of advanced years now and can't be bothered with these "fancy jim-jams" known as the interwebs lol
  2. If that's the shock made by Tractive I have to say it's of high quality. You have to realize that as a bigger guy on a bigger bike riding like you do (lol) there's not many shocks that can stand up to that. I got Wilbers on my old GSA and blew those out (broke at clevis) then got TFX and quickly used up the telelever shock.
  3. vid too https://youtu.be/yN0qgI0oxi0
  4. Great looking bike for sure! Ernie raced it at the Mexican 1000 too. Impressive
  5. Went to my third ADV Rally this weekend and it was epic!!! About 240 of us riders met at the Thousand Trails RV resort near Julian, CA. @Steve_Kamrad was there. Rob Dabney and @Spencer Hill were there. I wasn't dumb enough to ride with them again, lol! They had their own drama on day 1 I heard. Rode with @greedyg and Tyler Godwin this time. We had a pretty ambitious day one and did the "squeeze" followed by the drop off, steps and about 30 miles of deep sand along Fish Creek. Had a huge lunch and then did Grapevine or Jasper or something one the way back. LOTS of deep SAND! It's kind of like a scavenger hunt where you're given trail of varying levels of difficulty to ride with your team. The team with the most points wins. There were a LOT of injuries apparently which I guess is unavoidable with groups of this size. But important to remember that riding terrain like this requires you to be in good physical condition and take some lessons and practice! So for some it's about the social aspect mostly and then trying something new to get better. In our case it seemed to be just three of us who are pretty good riders wanting to cover some challenging routes and did so pretty quickly and luckily with no drama. I was proud we got through Fish Creek in three hours as it took the second place team of Meerkat Moto seven hours to do that! The terrain we did was pretty gnarly but we didn't compete for points as we missed Thursday and another team was already up like 106 points on us. Had a great time socializing with the San Diego crew with @WADE-O Potato and crew. Super nice group of people. It's all about community with them which I love. I had a meal pass but got to eat with them and loved every bite! Hopefully they'll post more of their pics shortly but you can follow event pics on Instagram by searching the #advrally hashtag.
  6. Who's going? I'll be there on Friday morning for press day. Hoping to see the new KTM 390 ADV and the Yamaha T700 The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® Announces 2019/2020 Experiential Tour Attractions Including Workshops, New Ways to Get Attendees on Two Wheels, and Much More In its 39th year, the world’s largest consumer motorcycle show tour to be more experiential and interactive than ever SANTA MONICA, Calif., Nov. 05, 2019 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- November 5, 2019 – The Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® (IMS), the industry leader for connecting powersports’ top brands with enthusiasts and buyers, today announced a stellar lineup of features that will be present across the 2019/2020 IMS tour kicking off this month. Across the eight stops, each show will feature various attractions enabling attendees of all ages and skill sets to interact with the industry, including demo rides and the New Rider Course, as well as DIY workshops in Vintage, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show, fresh new lifestyle brands debuting in SHIFT, and exciting new gear and parts in the Marketplace, among much more. If interested in attending for free as press, please register at motorcycleshows.com/press. “Beyond showcasing the industry’s highly anticipated new bikes and gear, a main focus of our upcoming tour is the evolution of our popular interactive and experiential show attractions,” said Tracy Harris, Senior Vice President, IMS. “Following the great success we saw from the debut of our Discover the Ride initiative last tour, which had nearly 7K participants in its first year, we’re looking forward to bringing new experiential features to each of our shows, making for a more immersive and dynamic experience.” SHOW ATTRACTIONS: Discover the Ride Geared toward introducing non-riders and children to two-wheels, as well as reinforcing the importance of continued training and education to new and experienced riders, Discover the Ride will be back for its second year bringing a variety of attractions to each show. In addition to the attractions listed below, the recently announced extension of Discover the Ride, Next Steps, will provide New Rider Course participants a chance to enter and win a Next Steps course in their market for free. New Rider Course in Partnership with Zero Motorcycles – The New Rider Course gives non-licensed IMS attendees the opportunity to ride a motorcycle for the first time on an indoor demo course while learning riding basics from expert Total Control Training instructors. A fleet of speed limited electric Zero Motorcycles will give participants the experience of riding a motorcycle in a safe and controlled environment after participants have shown the ability to balance on Yamaha electric power assist bicycles. For extra safety measures, gear will be provided by Cycle Gear. Kids Zone – The Kids Zone, in partnership with Stacyc, will feature a closed course of battery assisted balance bikes for children to experience riding for the first time. Participants will have the option to ride the balance bikes with or without the addition of a speed limited electric motor. Stop by The Kids Zone to watch the next generation of riders experience the thrill of two wheels. NewTo2 – NewTo2, a program that serves to educate new riders on the world of motorcycling, will feature influential industry rider hosts in each market who will answer questions, share tips, and serve as resources for new riders on how they can get more involved in motorcycling after leaving IMS. NewTo2 also provides an online catalogue of educational videos geared specifically toward non-riders. Visit www.newto2.com to check out the videos. Dyno Experience – This feature gives IMS attendees the opportunity to get on a real motorcycle that is securely mounted to a dyno to experience starting a motorcycle, engaging the clutch and shifting through the gears, while feeling the torque of the motorcycle with the guidance of an expert. Throughout the tour, intro and new rider motorcycles will be available from Harley-Davidson, Honda, Suzuki, and Yamaha for participants to become familiar with. XDL Wheelie Experience – This wildly popular feature is for riders who want to test their wheelie skills in a controlled environment, while improving their balance and throttle skills with the help of XDL stunt pros. It also provides riders the opportunity to experience the exhilarating torque of Zero Motorcycles that have not been governed to reduce power for the New Rider Course. Stunt Show Expanding their presence beyond the XDL Wheelie Experience, XDL is bringing their XDL Street Jam Live Action Stunt Show to the tour’s Dallas, Denver, Washington DC, and Minneapolis stops, where America's top Street Bike Freestyle athletes will display their freestyle talents in the form of Wheelies, Stoppies, and high speed action right in the middle of the show floor. XDL Street Jam will have attendees cheering in disbelief as XDL's athletes push what is possible on one and two wheels in this family friendly 20-minute feature. Demo Rides Attendees of the Long Beach show will have the added opportunity to test ride a number of new motorcycles outside via the new Demo Rides feature. New BMW, Harley-Davidson, Honda, Indian, Kawasaki, and Yamaha motorcycles will be onsite for licensed attendees to experience the thrill of gas-powered bikes right outside the Long Beach Convention Center. For unlicensed attendees, Giant Bicycles, the world’s largest producer of high-quality bikes, will be demoing the company’s advanced E-bikes outside as well. Vintage An IMS staple, Vintage will be returning to each market enabling attendees to get up close and personal with the very best classic and retro-style motorcycles from vintage bike clubs across the country, such as the rare 1929 BMW 736cc R63 and 1982 Ducati 600SL Pantah, that will be featured in Long Beach. New to this year’s tour, Vintage will be hosting DIY workshops teaching attendees the tips and tricks of maintaining and renovating a bike with topics covering winterization, how to adjust and lubricate chains, break flushing, oil changes, and more. Adventure Out! Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) is hosting the Adventure Out! space in which members of the BDR organization and volunteers will mingle with visitors, answer questions and give presentations on two-wheel exploration, adventure motorcycling for new riders, and an exclusive preview of the soon to be released North East Backcountry Route (NEBDR). Beyond receiving firsthand information about the highly-anticipated 1,400-mile, backcountry tour of the Northeast Region up to the Canadian border, attendees can hop a leg over an adventure bike, put on a pair of VR goggles, and fully immerse themselves in the BDR Virtual Reality experience encompassing fresh 360° point of view footage from the NEBDR filming expedition. In addition to featuring leading brands in the adventure and touring segments, popular adventure riders – including world renowned ADV instructor, world traveler, and all around motorcycle guru Bret Tkacs (*attending Long Beach, New York, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Chicago) and Paul Pelland (*attending Dallas, Washington D.C., and Denver), also known as Longhaulpaul, a motivational speaker who has devoted his life to raising awareness and funds for Multiple Sclerosis and the holder of three world records for riding – will serve as guest speakers sharing stories about their experiences on two wheels. Media partner Rider Magazine will also be in Adventure Out! providing attendees complimentary copies of Rider’s most recent publication as a source for touring, travel, and adventure on 2-wheels, in addition to showing attendees great places to ride from the pages of their Favorite Rides and Destinations issues. J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show Celebrating its tenth consecutive year, the J&P Cycles Ultimate Builder Custom Bike Show (UBCBS), the largest and one of the most sought-after touring custom bike competitions in the nation, will hit every market featuring beautiful, one-of-a-kind custom bikes from local builders. This year’s categories include Custom Street Class, Custom Classic, People’s Choice, Best Chopper, Best Cafe/Trakker, Best Bobber, and Best Bagger. Judged by a panel of industry experts, winners in every city along the IMS tour will be invited to compete in the championship round in Chicago for a chance to be crowned “King of the Builders.” The Marketplace Presented by Cycle Gear, the Marketplace will provide a one stop shop for all of the latest motorcycle parts, accessories and equipment from many of the leading brands in the industry including Arai, Arlen Ness, Bridgestone, Cycle Gear, Heidenau, HJC, K&N, Liqui Moly, Michelin Tires, National Cycle, Shark, Shoei Safety Helmet Corporation, and Yuasa. SHIFT at IMS SHIFT, a motorcycle-lifestyle inspired space to explore, shop, and socialize, will host a diverse selection of brands that are both new and known to the industry, many of which play across multiple channels and all of which offer a fresh prospective about life on two wheels and beyond. New to the space will be Revzilla, showcasing and selling premium brands. To learn more about the Progressive® International Motorcycle Shows® Tour, please visit: motorcycleshows.com.
  7. Eric Hall

    KTM 390 Adventure

    Lennart Andreas just got us these live from EICMA https://www.instagram.com/p/B4fEedAg4WE/?utm_source=ig_web_copy_link More specs here
  8. Eric Hall

    Stupid Cows!

    aw bummer! Glad you're okay. The cow too you think?
  9. Im told tires will be in stock this week with Cycle Gear and Revzilla, others to follow shortly. Google tells me these tires are listed here so far: BikeBandit Chaparral Motorsport (where @Manybikes works) Motosport JP Cycles Rocky Mountain ATV
  10. Some screenshots of some analytics on our Instagram feed from Hype Auditor...
  11. Wes from Rocky Mountain ATV was there as well as has his review
  12. Llel from Brake Magazine weighs in with his very bold and insightful review of the 790 Adventure (not R).
  13. @Manybikes put this fantastic video together about our day spent testing the new Dunlop Trailmax Mission 50/50 tire. He really is one of the best in the industry at these live action videos (vs studio or stationary shots like so many do). Take a peek.. I'm not sure, as Kyle says, these will compete with Motoz's Adventure and RallZ but definitely will their GPS (50/50) tire. Kyle isn't wrong when he mentions Michelin's Anakee Wild "50/50" tire but I think Michelin was high when they made that call or a cynical ploy to play in a much larger segment than 60/40 (dirt/street) where it really belongs. Funny, they once said "it's really a 60/60 tire because it does both so well." M'yeah right. Is that why it's rated 3.0 stars at Revzilla? lol He makes great points I missed (because he's a pro) about a few things... One is that at street pressure these tires are really forced to show their stuff off road and I have to admit they were great in cornering, accelerating and braking. Really good actually. Another is when launching off a lip to loft the front wheel, it does not break traction. He also synthesizes the marketing message much better than I when he points out that the block design makes it the best on-road it can be whereas the side knobs help it bite off-road like a more dirt oriented tire should. Best(?) of both worlds kind of. Thanks for giving me a shout out on the video! It's alway nice to see myself riding as I'm usually the one with the camera!
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