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  1. Kevin

    High Sierra 2017

  2. From last weekend's event up in the Sierra's, enjoy!
  3. I only got to enjoy 3/4 of a day of rising but I did manage to piece this short clip together with what footage I had. If I get dig up some more I will post it. Cheers.
  4. Kevin

    Video Ride Report

    I am not much of a journalist and do not find the time to write well thought out lengthy trip reports. Instead I am a lazy bastard and default to the GoPro so that in the evening after a days ride I can sip a whiskey and smoke a cigar. These are some videos from my last two trips this past year. http://youtu.be/mX-71PVX0iU http://youtu.be/H1ZrewkDu2M
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    OSMAnd+ (Android) Mapping App

    Have you guys looked at Spotwalla? https://spotwalla.com/tripViewer.php?id=9d40537e6a960e926 This is a free service and works with Spot, DeLorme, and iOS. Sorry, I don't think they have the app for Android yet. With my DeLorme I can setup individual trips and then share the tracking map in real time. What is nice is that you can black out certain areas as private so you are not publicly sharing your hotel or home.
  6. Kevin

    KTM 690 Enduro R (2012)

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    I am not sure if this really is the best ADV bike, but it is an awesome bike in terms of raw power. Without gear, it rests at about 310 pounds. Not too bad for an almost 700cc motor. I bought the 690 because I wanted something smaller than my R1200GSA. I still wanted a bike I could ride on the freeway to get to where I plan to ride. I quickly learned that this is just not a freeway bike. With stock gearing, it can cruise somewhat comfortably at about 65mph, however once you get up to 80 mph it is like holding onto a paint mixer. I did take it to Mexico last year where I spent three days on it consecutively, and was quite comfortable. This was due largely to the fact we were almost always off road and I was not going freeway speed. Additionally, I was routinely standing and sitting depending on the terrain. This will definitely be my Mexico bike for my short trips to Baja. When I am going up to Canada and spending upwards of a week on the road, the R1200GSA will be my choice. Early on I had some issues with the FI mapping, but have since worked that out. I love the power of this bike, being able to pull the front wheel up in third gear is pretty impressive. If you are heavy on the throttle you can eat rear tires pretty fast. I have been using the MotoZ Desert Enduro tires and found they last fairly well. All in all for what I use the bike for, I really enjoy it.
  7. Kevin

    KTM 690 Enduro R 2012

    I am not sure if this really is the best ADV bike, but it is an awesome bike in terms of raw power. Without gear, it rests at about 310 pounds. Not too bad for an almost 700cc motor. I bought the 690 because I wanted something smaller than my R1200GSA. I still wanted a bike I could ride on the freeway to get to where I plan to ride. I quickly learned that this is just not a freeway bike. With stock gearing, it can cruise somewhat comfortably at about 65mph, however once you get up to 80 mph it is like holding onto a paint mixer. I did take it to Mexico last year where I spent three days on it consecutively, and was quite comfortable. This was due largely to the fact we were almost always off road and I was not going freeway speed. Additionally, I was routinely standing and sitting depending on the terrain. This will definitely be my Mexico bike for my short trips to Baja. When I am going up to Canada and spending upwards of a week on the road, the R1200GSA will be my choice. Early on I had some issues with the FI mapping, but have since worked that out. I love the power of this bike, being able to pull the front wheel up in third gear is pretty impressive. If you are heavy on the throttle you can eat rear tires pretty fast. I have been using the MotoZ Desert Enduro tires and found they last fairly well. All in all for what I use the bike for, I really enjoy it.
  8. Kevin

    KTM 690 Enduro R 2012

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    GENERAL INFORMATION Model: KTM 690 Enduro R Year: 2012 Category: Enduro / offroad Rating: 65.3 out of 100 ENGINE AND TRANSMISSION Displacement: 654.00 ccm (39.91 cubic inches) Engine type: Single cylinder, four-stroke Power: 65.71 HP (48.0 kW)) @ 7500 RPM Torque: 64.00 Nm (6.5 kgf-m or 47.2 ft.lbs) @ 6000 RPM Compression: 11.8:1 Bore x stroke: 102.0 x 80.0 mm (4.0 x 3.1 inches) Lubrication system: Pressure lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps Gearbox: 6-speed Transmission type, final drive: Chain Clutch: APTC slipper clutch, hydraulically operated Driveline: 15:45. Primary drive: 36:79. 5/8 x 1/4” X and #8209;Ring chain. CHASSIS, SUSPENSION, BRAKES AND WHEELS Frame type: Tubular space frame made from chrome molybdenum steel, powder-coated Rake (fork angle): 27.0° Trail: 115 mm (4.5 inches) Front suspension: WP USD 48 mm (1.89 in) Front suspension travel: 250 mm (9.8 inches) Rear suspension: WP Suspension 4618 with Pro‑Lever linkage Rear suspension travel: 250 mm (9.8 inches) Front tyre: 90/90-21 Rear tyre: 140/80-18 Front brakes: Single disc Front brakes diameter: 300 mm (11.8 inches) Rear brakes: Single disc Rear brakes diameter: 240 mm (9.4 inches) PHYSICAL MEASURES AND CAPACITIES Dry weight: 143.0 kg (315.3 pounds) Power/weight ratio: 0.4685 HP/kg Seat height: 910 mm (35.8 inches) If adjustable, lowest setting. Ground clearance: 280 mm (11.0 inches) Wheelbase: 1,504 mm (59.2 inches) Fuel capacity: 12.00 litres (3.17 gallons) OTHER SPECIFICATIONS Starter: Electric & kick Color options: Black/white/orange
  9. Kevin

    Insurance for the Baja race?

    http://www.bajabound.com/I have used Bajabound a couple of times, very easy to acquire, lots of extra options for coverage, and not too expensive. Their website is also a good source of info on Baja.
  10. Kevin

    Gaerne Balance Oiled Boots

    Overall I like these boots. I think they are intended as a Trials boot and not necessarily ADV or motocross. They are very flexible and comfortable. More so than I had expected. I would characterize them as the UGG boots of motorcycles. They probably do not offer as much protection as a more hardened ADV / motocross boot like the GX-1. I have the oiled and waterproof version as well, however mine are not entirely waterproof. During inclement weather, small puddles, etc they stay very dry. However, I have had a few rides in all day downpours where I did start feeling moisture in my toes. I know the water did not come in from the top of the boot because the top of my socks were still dry, but my feet were wet and cold. Despite that, I would consider these boots all weather. They are equally comfortable in 110 degree weather and in 10 degree weather (when your feet are dry). The leather is nice and again very comfortable. I found that the leather is easily damaged if you run up against a rock or metal like when you crash and go ever the bars. Not that this has ever happened to me . Mine have a few spots where the leather is ripped and tattered. I like that the buckles are serviceable. Two years into mine and the buckles have yet to fail me. I would recommend these boots so long as you understand they are not true motocross boots and are also not quite a ADV boot in terms of foot protection.
  11. Kevin

    Hammerhead Designs CNC Shift Levers

    Great product for folks with larger feet, and is a lot less expensive than the BMW stock shifter if you need to replace it.
  12. 2 reviews

    Shift Lever Features: Machine cut from a solid block of 6061-T6 aluminum for unsurpassed strength and durability Patented design permits a variety of tip sizes to fit any rider Contoured lever design minimizes interference with boot Stainless steel pivot pin and Ano-Slick coated spring UV protected anodizing in your choice of colors prevents fading Shift Tip Features: Machine cut from a solid block of 6061 aluminum for unsurpassed strength and durability Available in +0mm, +5mm, +10mm, +15mm, +20mm offset lengths Fit Hammerhead CNC shift lever ONLY (will not fit on Forged lever) Mounting hardware included (spring, pin, circlips (2))
  13. Kevin

    BMW R1200 GS Adventure 2011

    Certainly the most reliable motorcycle I have ever owned. I have been to the Yukon, Baja, and everywhere in between without any issues. It has been my only mode of transportation for the past three years as until recently I didn't own a car.
  14. Kevin

    BMW R1200 GS Adventure (2011)

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    Certainly the most reliable motorcycle I have ever owned. I have been to the Yukon, Baja, and everywhere in between without any issues. It has been my only mode of transportation for the past three years as until recently I didn't own a car.
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