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  1. I was talking about post types and how I generally try to stay away from those professionally shot photos with the clean bike, perfect angles and light. They’re boring and don’t tell a story or build community. But then sometimes I do! Lol. Look at this post! This is an all time record for likes, reach, impressions, etc...
  2. World's first review of this new tire, the Dunlop Trailmax Mission, by @mthomasadv here
  3. So we hit 100k followers at Instagram! Woo hoo! I wanted to take a minute also to talk about how we got there in the first place which is pretty much just consistently posting photos of adventure motorcycles and the stories of their riders. That's pretty much it! Someone recently questioned me on our Instagram followers and I have to say I got a bit pissed off but I think he was mostly ignorant of these things but still... I do NOT appreciate having my integrity questioned so I thought it might be a good idea to revisit a few things about exactly who is following us on Instagram... I recently found we were not really first in adventure motorcycles on Instagram. There's another feed (I won't mention) who has about 106k followers. I immediately thought to myself "yeah but I'm sure it's all bs and that he bought his followers" so I did an audit from one of those free Instagram audit sites and it said that we had likely more fake followers than this other guy!!!! I was like what?!!! This other account only re-posts and does not do stories or IGTV or even have a website behind it like we do. Well, so "fake" followers is and isn't a thing here on Instagram. There are obviously a lot of fake accounts which are there primarily to spam via messages in comments or be the source of paid likes on posts. But most of the legit Instagram influencer or analytic sites have gotten away from the label "fake" and are now simply using "quality" scores. This is mostly because it's kind of impossible to identify what is truly a fake account from maybe one that is just not as engaged. If it was so easy to spot a fake then Instagram would have deleted them a long time ago, and they do from time to time. I did one of these "audits" more than a year ago and it said I had something like 5% fake followers and the Instagram average is 8% so I felt good about that. I'm also audited by some reputable influencer platforms like Fohr and Influence.co. I tend to rely on their metrics more than these "free" audit sites. Many of those free sites have gone out of business and they all have different ways of determining what is fake vs un-engaged so they're not really that reliable. Fake followers tend to follow larger accounts like us with more followers, more comments and a higher posting frequency. I can't control this and don't have a way of determining who is fake and who isn't. @beemer bunny actually took the time to weed through her entire list of followers once and blocked those she didn't know or who seemed fake but I really don't have the time to do that. But the bottom line is I have NEVER purchased ANY followers. First of all that's not who I am. Second, purchasing followers simply doesn't help you. If I were going to spend money (like i have any) I'd purchase likes (which I've seen many do). There were some tools a year or so ago that could get you additional followers by basically programming it to post canned comments like "nice pic!" on any post that contained a target hashtag such as "#xladv" or "#advrider" or whatever but they can get your account deleted in Instagram catches it and they have since caught on to those tricks. Here's an image showing our follower growth over the last year. If I had been purchasing followers then you'd likely see sudden jumps when that kicked in or dropoffs when I stopped. But you'll see the growth has been quite steady (organic). We get anywhere from about 800-1600 new followers per month and that really has tapered off from the early days when 3,000/month wasn't unusual. Instagram has really changed their algorithm and made it MUCH harder to gain likes and new followers unless a post is really really engaging such as with a lot of likes and comments. It's much harder to get a 1,000 like post now with 100k followers than it was when we had 30k followers because of the algorithm. My strategy for the past two years has been mostly to post photos of preferably XLADV members first and then photos that tell a story or are interesting. I know exactly what type of photos get the most likes but they are typically those professionally shot photos of a brand new bike all clean with perfect light and usually after market lights. I don't do those (often) because they bore the hell out of me; there's no story. If it doesn't foster a sense of community then I'm not interested and consequently why I really don't care there's another adv account with more followers than us.
  4. Sorry I didn’t answer earlier. I have a review here: https://xladv.com/reviews/product/937-motoz-tractionator-rallz/ Got nearly 7k miles and 12 months on my rear tire. Very happy with them so I put another set on! Had them in Baja last week and got to ride a lot of the race course and was really glad I had a fresh set on, particularly in the deep sand.
  5. yeah a few have mentioned that. I think Dunlop is aware of the issue but try Rocky Mountain ATV. I know they carry sizes for that bike. As for the K60 I can confidently say that ANY tire out there is better than a K60. It's plastic and is horrible in the wet, hard to mount, etc... This is a 50/50 tire that will compete with the K60, GPS and E07. In my opinion based on what I've seen so far, it's a capable tire at a decent value. I'm not a 50/50 guy so I can't say how it performs vs those other tires but I'm positive it's better than a K60. Riding the AT yesterday in dirt and pavement (dry) the tire seemed pretty damn good. No chicken strips for me on the pavement and I was very hard on them. My goal was to try and "break" the tire and show how it slipped or chunked or somehow failed when pushed but it held up great. Even a full street pressures I was expecting it to skid a bit off road or break traction but it never led to any loss of confidence. It would break traction a bit when braking downhill on loose gravel but c'mon every tire does that too.. Like I said, I'm not a 50/50 tire guy but I would DEFINITELY use a 50/50 tire like this if I were going on a long trip like to Alaska or Cabo or Central & South America. I'd really like to try the Motoz GPS because I've heard so many good things about it as well. They were a sponsor for awhile and may return soon so I feel I need to experience it first hand so I can compare. Mike Thomas tested the tire and will be writing probably the first review anywhere right here on XLADV so I'm curious to hear more about how it did in Baja and how many miles he got on it. They say their test bike, a Vstrom, got 8k miles on a rear and they think even the higher hp bikes like the GS and the KTM's will still get about 5k miles on a rear. That seems comparable to the GPS and maybe a bit less than the K60's. Here are some more photos of the tires from their site
  6. So, price range but no specifics on pricing yet Edit: So they put a range but best to check pricing at a retailer like Rocky Mountain ATV. They say they have a "MAP" or minimum acceptable pricing program that will basically put it competitive to other 50/50 tires and "about 3% less than the Motoz GPS"
  7. Pricing released today in this PR piece: For Immediate Release October 10, 2019  Dunlop Introduces the High-Tech Trailmax Mission Adventure Tire Buffalo, New York: Today, manufacturers have bolstered their adventure and scrambler lineups with more offerings than ever. The high-performance of modern large displacement adventure bikes rivals that of sport bikes, yet they are also capable of offering impressive performance in the dirt—an amazing breadth of abilities that results in an unprecedented challenge to tire designers. With the proliferation of new ADV bikes, it was time for Dunlop to reinvent the 50/50 tire. Enter the all-new Trailmax[emoji2400] Mission. “This is a very difficult segment to tackle because of the wide variety of uses and fitments, but I believe customers will be surprised that the Mission delivers such a high level of grip no matter the surface and will also exceed their mileage expectations,” said Mike Buckley, Senior VP, Sales and Marketing. Re-Inventing the 50/50 Tire Engineers and researchers attended consumer shows, rallies and various events for years gathering data, and more than ten rider surveys were conducted among a vast audience. The result of the research showed Dunlop that the existing offerings in the 50/50 tire category presented riders with the ultimate compromise. You can have “this,” but you will give up “that.” The Falken Connection For the first time in its history, Dunlop tapped into newly available resources. Dunlop Motorcycle Tires’ re-acquisition by Sumitomo in 2015 gave the design team access to the engineers at Falken tires. Falken, a Sumitomo brand, has had tremendous success with the Wildpeak A/T3W, an off-road oriented light truck tire that puts a premium on ruggedness without sacrificing street performance. The Dunlop team was ultimately able to incorporate several Wildpeak elements into the all-new Mission. Development Two years in development, the Mission delivers knobby-like performance off-road, has impressive grip on the street, plus great ride quality and stability everywhere it goes. One of the primary goals was durability. Several months were spent piling on the miles—on the street, at the Huntsville Proving Grounds in wet and dry conditions, on gravel roads, trails, tire-shredding rocky terrain, and every condition Dunlop test riders could find. Dunlop also utilized a high-speed testing oval in Texas to put the Mission through durability torture. The result: Consumers can expect to get double the miles of some of the competitive rear tires, and more than that from the front. The production version of the Mission rear tire delivered 8,000 miles in testing.* A Mash-Up of Dunlop’s Best Street and Dirt Technology Combining the best of Dunlop’s dirt and street tire technology, the Mission is one of the most versatile tires Dunlop has ever made. One of the things that make the Mission unique is that Dunlop did not create a one-design-fits-all tire. Different bikes impose different demands on tires, so Dunlop engineers tuned popular fitments of front and rear tires for a diverse application of ADV bikes so that the tires consistently achieved Dunlop’s objective of performance and longevity. These differences apply to both the tread pattern and construction. Dunlop incorporated Staggered Step technology in both the front and rear tires. These steps give the side knobs more rigidity and lug stability to prevent flex, and create more biting edges so as the tread wears, the next biting edge “steps up” to grab hold of the substrate. In the rear, there are three different sizes and shapes of lateral blocks depending on tire fitment, a direct result of extensive testing. Common Tread Elements Front and rear tire patterns have more in common than differences. One visual distinction for both front and rear is the prominent wrap-around side lug inspired by the Falken Wildpeak. These lugs have several advantages; they add rigidity and durability in rocky terrain; allow lower pressures to be run off-road with less risk of pinch-flatting; they help provide steering stability in sand, mud and gravel surfaces; and they have an uncanny ability to allow riders to steer out of ruts off-road, even on the really big and heavy ADV bikes. Additionally, the sidewall rubber is thicker to add higher durability and puncture resistance. Both front and rear tires feature a distinctly higher land/sea ratio with about 60 percent land for greater street performance compared to the dirt-oriented D606 at 30 percent land ratio. Increased tread depth over the Trailsmart adds to Mission’s superior off-road performance. These comparisons illustrate how different the Mission is compared to other Dunlop adventure and off-road tires. Construction To meet the performance and mileage goals, bias construction was used, with the line featuring a mix of bias and bias-belted tires as needs dictated. Bias construction is generally better for off-road since tread and sidewall elements are designed as one component. Engineers used heavy-duty ply material such as nylon, polyester and/or fiberglass belts that are similar to those used in tough touring tires such as the American Elite[emoji2400] and Elite[emoji2400] 4. The result is a tire with excellent off-road performance that delivers the desired stability at higher speeds. Designed and Manufactured In Buffalo The Dunlop tire factory in Buffalo, New York enjoys a long track record of building everything from high-performance racing tires to premium touring tires. The Mission is the first off-road capable tire designed and manufactured in Buffalo. The Mission tires incorporate a tread depth twice as deep as any other motorcycle tire made in Buffalo before, a huge manufacturing challenge. Mission Accomplished Dunlop tested many competitor tires and while there are a lot of good products on the market, no one tire can do all the things Mission does, as well as it does, on such a variety of machines. With the Mission, Dunlop stayed focused on delivering a higher level of performance, mileage and durability over a wider range of conditions and terrain than any other tire. Today’s ADV bikes, Scramblers and Crossovers make enormous demands on tires, and deserve nothing less than Dunlop’s best technology. The Mission delivers. Expanding Dunlop's Adventure Tire Lineup Within the Adventure/Scrambler/Dual-Sport/realm, Dunlop has targeted specific DOT applications, meeting a wide variety of riding needs with a broad selection of tires from the Dakar-ready D908RR[emoji769] to the heavily dirt-oriented D606[emoji769], the new Geomax[emoji2400] EN91,the road-oriented Trailsmart and Roadsmart III[emoji2400], and now the Mission, landing right in the middle, designed to cover it all. Available in a wider size range than any of Dunlop’s ADV tires, the Mission fills a void in the line for ADV bikes, Scramblers and Crossovers that are ridden aggressively off-road. MSRP will range from $131.21 to $285.23. About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information on the new Mission, visit www.DunlopMotorcycleTires.com. *Test conducted by independent contracted riders on a 250-mile mountain loop. Tire sizes 110/80B19 front and 150/70B17 rear, on 2017 Suzuki V-Strom.
  8. A few more tidbits from the presentation that stand out... As far as mileage claims go we always have to take them with the caveat of “your mileage may vary” or YMMV. Dunlop says their test bike, a V-Strom 1000 got 8,000 miles on a rear. For the higher horsepower bikes such as the GS (~125 hp) on up to the 1290 (~160 hp) they are confident will see mileage in the 5,000 mile range. Additionally, their 17” and 19” fronts have additional traction features that help with these bigger bikes from sliding out. Their 21” front doesn’t need the extra features. Their site shows seven fitments: three fronts and four rears. 90/90-21 110/80-19 120/70-19 140/80-18 150/70-17 170/60-17 150/70-18 All are TL/TT or both tubeless and tube type.
  9. So they’re positioning it as a 50/50 tire after all. They’d said 60/40 before but I think they’re wise to go this route. Some of their marketing materials showing the tire’s features
  10. Call out for volunteers willing to participate as 1: sweep RIDERS; 2: Recovery Crew (need 4wd, trailer) and EMT Crew (4wd) for LA-Barstow-to-Vegas Adventure route this year (Nov 29, 30)
  11. Backstory on the tire's development here
  12. Here they are! The new Trailmax Mission adventure motorcycle tire from Dunlop being launched today in Lake Arrowhead, CA. They are saying it’s a 50/50 tire. Mike Thomas got a set in December and will be posting a review soon. I will have more details later today on pricing and sizing...
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    Instagram test

    I pasted that in Chrome on my laptop
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    Instagram test

    @Brian Wilson can you see that above? If you can then maybe it's a Chrome issue
  15. Had to come back early but I see Trent Burgiss ended up pulling off the win despite a blown rear mousse and destroyed wheel day 4. He had something like a 20 min lead on Colton Udall and ended up being about 3 min behind at the start of day 5. He won that back and finished first. Class.
  16. Wow! Huge honor here for my buddy Lawrence Hacking in Canada who was featured riding the new T700
  17. Morning shots And then later in the sand wash
  18. Another really great day of Racing out there! The course was kind of a loop up north on the beach, west, south, east then north back to San Felipe. The course was super sandy so I didn’t attempt but did get some great riding in our on the beach in the morning and then out to a sand wash southwest of here. Winners today were Trent Burgiss and Colton Udall. My buddy David Pearson got sixth. Got done early and got to enjoy some nice shrimp tacos on the Malecón and then got involved in retrieving a rider. Might have even enjoyed myself a fruity beverage!
  19. Rise and shine bitches!
  20. Really fun day 1 today. Got lots of great pics and got to ride the entire course! That was so much fun! My shots were used for a piece in Race-dezert as well as AOLrider
  21. Teamwork makes the dream work!
  22. Eric Hall

    Baja Rally 2019

    This is my fourth Baja Rally. I covered it twice as media, raced it in 2017 and back now covering it. I will follow the racers along four days of stages that will take us from here in Ensenada east to San Felipe, south to Cataviña and then north to San Vicente then back to Ensenada Saturday. It’s scrutineering today with an early start in the morning. Rough work!
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