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    Saying that I am in love with this bike would be an understatement. Out of all the motorcycles I have owned throughout the years, the 1290 SA has been my favorite. Modifications: Rottweiler Stage 3 Intake Kit Blackdog Skid Plate Cyclops LED Headlights Cyclops LED Lightbar Mosko Moto Backcountry Bags Blackdog Oil Cooler Guard Rottweiler Stage 2 SAS and Canister Delete Rottweiler CRG Mirros Rox Risers Sagent Custom Seats SW Motech Rear Master Cylinder Guard
  2. There are lots of devices out there, and here are a few that are popular in the DS and ADV riding communities. I put this list together based on the # of GPS devices I've seen come through the lines working the GPS table at Dual-Sport and ADV bike events like the Anza Borrego Desert Dash, Big Bear Run, LA/Barstow/Vegas, etc. By popularity: Garmin 60CSx Garmin Montana 650t Garmin 76Csx Garmin 62St Garmin 78Sc Garmin Rhino (2way radio and buddy tracking) 60 series has been discontinued but you can still find them on Amazon and Ebay for about $200. These seem to be about the best units unless you want more real estate, then the Montana is the goto. There are also other ways to run a GPS device on your motorcycle, using a mobile device and an APP. There is another thread up for those types of apps. Personally, I use both the Garmin 60CSx and a 7" Panasonic Tough Tablet running the DualSportMaps.com APP and the Riding Social App. This pic doesn't show the Garmin mounted to a ball on the top clamp, but you get the idea.
  3. Just got done with the IDBDR the other day and making my way back home. I will be posting a ride report shortly. Overall, it was a great trip. It is long, dusty and not as difficult as other BDR's like CO or AZ. The project 990 bike did very well. I did have three flats but had I been running heavy duty tubes, that most likely would not have happened. It was great to finally meet Nate in person as well as ride with Mats again (we did COBDR together two years ago).
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    Handheld Satellite Communicators with GPS Navigation 100% global Iridium satellite coverage enables 2-way text messaging from anywhere (satellite subscription required) Trigger an interactive SOS to the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center Track and share your location with family and friends Pair with mobile devices¹ using the free Earthmate® app for access to downloadable maps², U.S. NOAA charts, color aerial imagery and more inReach Explorer+ device adds preloaded DeLorme® TOPO maps with onscreen GPS routing plus built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer You may venture off the grid, but you’re never out of reach – as long as you’re carrying an inReach SE+ or inReach Explorer+. These handheld satellite communicators are designed for the outdoor enthusiast who wants to roam farther and experience more – without compromising their loved ones‘ peace of mind. From backcountry experiences to international adventures, inReach provides communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, on land, water or in the skies. Explore Anywhere. Communicate Everywhere. Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, these go-anywhere portable devices let you exchange text messages with any cell phone number or email address anywhere – while using GPS to track and share your journey’s progress. You can also post to social media or even communicate inReach-to-inReach in the field. In case of an at-risk situation, you can also use inReach to trigger an SOS to the 24/7 monitoring center, text back and forth about the nature of your emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way. No Cell Tower? No Phone Service? No Problem. inReach SE+ and Explorer+ give you all the tools to stay totally connected. You don’t have to worry about being within range of a cell tower – or encountering spotty coverage in fringe zones or blackout areas. Your inReach communicator works anywhere and everywhere – so you’re never out of range, never out of reach. Track and Share Your Whereabouts Turn on the tracking function of your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ communicator, and let family and friends follow your progress on their computers or mobile devices, using the web-based MapShare® portal. The inReach device will send waypoints at preselected time intervals, so followers can track your whereabouts online. You can also invite your crew back home to use MapShare to ping your inReach unit and see your GPS location, track your movements and exchange messages during your trip. You can even embed your MapShare page on a blog, website or social media. Pair with Your Mobile Device For even more capability and convenience, the free Earthmate® app syncs your inReach handheld via Bluetooth® with your compatible Apple® or Android™ device¹ so you can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery and U.S. NOAA charts. Plus, Earthmate allows you to conveniently use all of the inReach features on your paired mobile device. For easier messaging, you can also sync your inReach device with your phone’s contact list to reach anyone, anywhere – with fewer keystrokes. Get Weather Wherever The optional inReach weather forecast service provides detailed updates directly to your inReach device, compatible smartphone or tablet paired with the Earthmate app, so you’ll know what conditions to expect en route. Basic and premium weather packages are offered. And you can request weather forecasts for your current location or any other waypoint or destination on your itinerary. Who Will Answer Your SOS? GEOS Will. GEOS is the world leader in emergency response solutions and monitoring. They’ve supported rescues in more than 140 countries, saving many lives in the process. And they’re standing by 24/7/365 to respond to your SOS, track your device and notify the proper contacts and emergency responders in your area. Then, while help is on the way, GEOS will continue to text back and forth with you, providing updates and critical information until your situation is resolved. Which inReach Is Right for You? As satellite communicators, both the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ offer identical messaging capabilities. However, it’s on the GPS navigation side that their differences become apparent. While inReach SE+ uses GPS to provide basic grid navigation and allow you to drop waypoints, mark key locations, track your progress, and follow a breadcrumb trail back to base – the inReach Explorer+ goes a step beyond, providing full-fledged GPS on-map guidance with preloaded TOPO mapping and waypoint routings viewable directly on the unit. Plus, a built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer are included with Explorer+ to help you get and maintain accurate bearings anywhere on or off the beaten path. Affordable, Flexible Satellite Airtime Plans To access the Iridium network and communicate with your inReach SE+ or Explorer+ device, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on your usage level, you can opt for an annual contract package or flexible month-to-month airtime plan. Unlimited Cloud Storage and Trip Planning are Included Every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal to plan your trips with routes and waypoints, create preset messages and quick texts, sync and manage your device settings, update your firmware, download additional TOPO maps, link your social media accounts, store all your location tracking data and much more. Built for the Rugged Backcountry Tough, durable, impact resistant and water-rated to IPX7, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ handhelds are built to keep you up and running – no matter what the elements throw at you. An internal, rechargeable lithium battery comes standard on both units so you can count on long battery life in every mode of operation (up to 100 hours at 10-minute tracking mode (default); up to 75 hours at 10-minute tracking with 1-second logging; up to 30 days at the 30-minute interval power save mode; and up to 3 years when powered off). Recharge via the standard microUSB power cable or optional in-vehicle 12 V charger.
  5. A list of some popular GPS Apps for Offline Mobile devices Riding Social: http://www.ridingsocial.com/ Osmand: http://www.osmand.net/ ( ) Gaia GPS: https://www.gaiagps.com/gallery/ BackCountry Navigator: http://www.backcountrynavigator.com/ Every Trail: http://www.everytrail.com/ Ride with GPS: http://www.ridewithgps.com/ MotionX: http://gps.motionx.com/ Dual Sport Maps: (Currently Unavailable and based on the Open Source Osmand APP) http://www.dualsportmaps.com/ Other handy APP's: (Android) DigiHUD Pro Speedometer GPS Fix (Helps acquire GPS Fix faster) Useful Knots Ultimate Survival Manual First Aid - American Red Cross
  6. OLATHE, Kan.--(BUSINESS WIRE [4])--Garmin International Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), today announced the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+, the first Garmin devices with inReach satellite communication technology, which was acquired through the purchase of DeLorme in early 2016. The new inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ have Pole to Pole global Iridium® satellite coverage for two-way messaging and SOS alerting anywhere in the world. Both models include a built-in GPS for location tracking and basic navigation, and the inReach Explorer+ adds preloaded TOPO maps1, compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. From backcountry treks to international adventures, these new inReach devices provide communication, location sharing, navigation and critical SOS functions for anyone who loves getting away from it all, no matter if it’s on land, water or in the sky, all while providing peace of mind for friends and family back home. The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ are being announced in conjunction with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nev., and will be showcased at the Garmin booth #35811. “Satellite communication is something our customers have been asking for, and we’re pleased to introduce the first Garmin inReach devices following our acquisition of DeLorme last year,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. “Beneficial for both customers in the field and family at home, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ provide peace of mind in addition to great functionality for people who want to explore anywhere and communicate everywhere.” Using the worldwide coverage of the Iridium satellite network, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ can send and receive text messages with any cell phone number, email address or another inReach device, so users can be outside of cellular range without compromising their loved ones’ peace of mind. Both devices have an interactive SOS, which triggers an emergency response from GEOS®, the 24/7 search and rescue monitoring center. After the SOS is received, inReach users are then able to communicate back and forth with GEOS about the nature of the emergency, and receive confirmation when help is on the way. Users can also set up emergency contacts on their devices that will also be notified in the event of an SOS. Both the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ have a built-in high-sensitivity GPS that provides basic navigation, location and tracking data, so users can follow routes, drop waypoints and find their way back using an electronic bread crumb trail. The inReach Explorer+ adds more robust navigation options like preloaded DeLorme topographic maps, built-in digital compass, barometric altimeter and accelerometer. Similar to previous DeLorme devices, the inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ are compatible with the web-based MapShare portal. With MapShare, the inReach device sends the user’s trip data, such as tracks and waypoint updates at preselected intervals, so friends and family can follow user’s whereabouts, request a location update and exchange messages. With a compatible smartphone2, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ can sync with the free Earthmate app for even more compatibility and convenience. With the Earthmate® app, users can access unlimited maps, aerial imagery, U.S. NOAA charts and USGS Quad Sheets. More data, like game management units and parcel information for hunters, is available for purchase. Users can also get optional weather updates and premium weather packages directly to the handheld and the Earthmate app. Additionally, every inReach device comes with free access to a cloud-powered portal so users can plan trips and waypoints, sync and manage their device, store all their tracking data and more. On a single charge, the inReach SE+ and Explorer+ can get up to 100 hours of battery life in tracking mode and up to 30 days in power saving mode. Rugged and designed to withstand the elements, these devices are impact resistant and have an IPX7 water rating3. To access the Iridium network and communicate with an inReach SE+ or Explorer+, an active satellite subscription is required. Depending on usage level, users can opt for an annual contract package or a flexible month-to-month airtime plan, which allows them to pay for service only when they need it. Annual plans range from $11.95 to $79.95 per month (plus activation fee), and month-to-month plans range from $14.95 to $99.95 per month. The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ will be available in the first quarter of 2017. The inReach SE+ will have a suggested retail price of $399.99, and the inReach Explorer+ will have a suggested retail price of $449.99. The inReach SE+ and inReach Explorer+ are the latest solutions from Garmin’s expanding outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users’ outdoor experiences. Whether hiking, hunting, geocaching, golfing, or using satellite communication, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels. For more information about Garmin’s other outdoor products and services, go to http://www.garmin.com/outdoors [5], www.garmin.blogs.com [6] and http://twitter.com/garmin [7]. For decades, Garmin has pioneered new GPS navigation and wireless devices and applications that are designed for people who live an active lifestyle. Garmin serves five primary business units, including automotive, aviation, fitness, marine, and outdoor recreation. For more information, visit Garmin's virtual pressroom at garmin.com/newsroom [8], contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200, or follow us at facebook.com/garmin [9], twitter.com/garmin [10], or youtube.com/garmin [11]. 1 Preloaded inReach TOPO maps are not compatible with other Garmin devices; other Garmin maps are not compatible with this device. 2 Compatible smartphone required. Visit Garmin.com/BLE [12] for more information. 3 Visit Garmin.com/waterrating [13] for more information.
  7. A few months back my family and I scheduled a trip to Portland, Oregon to see my wife's dad who was turning 95. Frank is one of the remaining WWII vets who saw battle in Europe, including the Battle at Anzio. Frank Watts holding sand from Iwo Jima Beach. The sand was personally collected by his grandson who was in the Marines at the time. He gave it to Frank for his birthday last month (7/26), thanking him for inspiring him to serve his country. Awesome moment! We love you Frank! As luck would have it, my best friend (Steve Claus) also had to be in Portland for his father's 73rd birthday. We've known each other for over 35 years and have logged many, many off-road miles together. However, for the last 5 years, we've not lived in the same state, so we don't get to ride together. Wait! Once we take care of family stuff, this is an opportunity to ride! I called Steve and told him that we needed to rent some bikes. Of course, he was all in (as always). I did some googlin' and zero'd in on a rental company in Portland that looked like they'd be able to hook us up with a couple of ADV bikes. I soon discovered that even with 60 days notice, everyone was booked out! I guess staging in Portland and riding to Alaska is on the bucket list of just a few, and it was killing my riding plans! I dialed my butt off and found one bike, but not a pair, or dates/times that would not work. I was getting discouraged! Then, a name popped into my head; someone that I came across in running ThumperTalk.com: Uwe Deimer, the owner of AdMo Tours! Duh, why didn't I think of him first? I'm old, so it happens... Long story short, Uwe was also booked up, but he took the time to broker out a deal with a vendor in Klickitat Washington named Cascade Back Road Adventures & Rentals. I got to know the owner (Coit Stone) a bit, learning that he's a passionate off-road guy that started the business not all that long ago, so that he could live close to his mother with health issues. Not a big outfit, but he did everything promised and the two BMW F800GS machines he brought were well outfitted, maintained, and ran flawlessly. Good job Coit! We'll do business with you again in a heartbeat! Oh, and Coit delivered the bikes 100 miles each way to us just outside of Portland, Oregon for a reasonable fee, so don't hesitate to contact him if you stage in Portland. He'll make it happen. At Love's Truck Stop in Troutdale Oregon w/ Steve Claus, where we staged from. So, where'd we go? That's where Rever comes in... As luck would have it, the day we rode was the hottest all week, with temps reaching the mid 90s in some places. Being from central Florida, a welcomed retreat from the summer heat/humidity. Steve, being from high elevation and dry Colorado, didn't necessarily agree! One problem that I have in gathering content for ride reports is that I'm having so much fun riding, I don't take as many pictures as I probably should. So, I'm sure that this report simply won't do the ride scenery full justice. But, I suppose that's probably the case with most rides. Crown Point was our first stop of the day. Unusually calm winds and very, very clear. Pic is looking to the east. Steve Claus and yours truly. Pic is looking to the west, towards Portland, OR. From Crown Point to the last on-ramp to I-84 there are several beautiful waterfalls, some of which you have to hike to to see. We were out to ride, so we only took pics from the road... Steve Claus @ Latourell Falls Bryan Bosch @ Multnomah Falls Sorry, didn't notate the name of these falls. Just a couple of miles east of Multnomah falls. PS - Don't park in the dirt anywhere along the Columbia River Scenic Highway. Ranger Rick almost lit us up with some federal tickets for this "stunt"! Smooth operator Claus silver tongued our way out of it. Getting closer to Lost Lake on the NE side of Mt. Hood (Steve Claus) Lost Lake, Oregon Interesting fact! Lost Lake drains itself every year! Steve testing out some non ADA compliant wonky-ass steps Da money shot! - Lost Lake, Oregon w/ Mt. Hood in the background Solera Brewery in Parkdale, Oregon for some food, relaxation, and cold beer! Ok, no beers. They sure sounded good given the hot day, but not a good mix with motorcycles. Service was a bit slow, but we were in no hurry, food was excellent, and I really like to frequent local establishments vs. chain stores. Walk out the back of the place and there are tables overlooking a fruit tree orchard w/ Mt. Hood in the backdrop. Great setting! Timberline Lodge Ski Resort - Mt. Hood Oregon (looking south towards Mt. Jefferson) Lodge look familiar? I didn't take any pics going down the mountain b/c I had my Go Pro running. But, I later learned that they suck at filming with dead batteries. Where's the face-palm emoji? Before I forget, a big thanks to the folks at Sena for hooking us up with a pair of SMH10 bluetooth headsets. I've known how awesome they are, for whatever reason, I've never taken the plunge. Old habits I suppose. My ride with Steve really took on a whole new dimension by being able to talk and laugh during the whole ride. Don't get me wrong, it would have been fun regardless, but the Sena communicators seriously added to the whole experience. Don't wait to get some like I did. I've been missing out! We finished up the long day with a dip in the Sandy River. Water was coooooooold for this now Florida boy, but after getting used to it, it felt refreshing. Great way to end an awesome day with my best friend! But, now I'm itchin' something awful for the next adventure! It's never enough, is it? Steve, what's next? COBDR is in your backyard my friend. Or, maybe the Tennessee mountains?
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    Superb bike that does everything very well. Had this bike for 3 seasons and it was spectacular. Also, contrary to expectation, it has been PERFECTLY reliable. Perfectly, as in: I had NO issues. Zero. Nada.
  9. I have a SPOT Global Phone on order and will be doing a product evaluation on it here at XLADV. I'll do an unboxing video that shows what comes with the phone and then go over some of the features this offers. My friend Rich has one he's used down in Baja. I think Erik VZ has one too. This will surely come in handy on the trail, on various international trips as well as scouting for the upcoming AltRider Taste of Dakar as well as the Nevada BDR. Retail $549 with airtime plans as low as $39.99/month or $480/year
  10. Ruggedized Cloud-Connected Device Provides Most Comprehensive Outdoor Trail Maps Available For Off-Road Enthusiasts LAS VEGAS, NV – January 6, 2016 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – Magellan will be showcasing its new off-road vehicle navigation solution, the eXplorist TRX7, for the 4×4 and Powersports vehicle consumer market at CES 2016. Designed specifically for the off-roading enthusiast, this OHV navigation solution delivers detailed 3D maps, over 44,000 vehicle trails and community generated trails, improved driver safety and a superior user experience, all at an exceptional value right out of the box. The TRX7 will be displayed at CES 2016 in the Magellan Booth, LVCC South Hall MP25441. “Magellan’s new eXplorist TRX7 is the only complete off-road navigator for adventuring,” commented Stig Pedersen, associate vice president of product management for Magellan. “Pre-loaded trail maps and crowd-sourced trails provide a constantly updating platform, allowing users to plan adventures, navigate, and add pictures and comments to trails. Finally off-roaders have an all-in-one solution that will safely guide them through some of the most fun and exciting trails in the U.S. and Canada.” The Device Off-roading is a harsh environment for consumer electronics; water, dust, constant vibration, high and low temperature extremes, and sunlight, are all part of a standard day off-roading. Built to withstand the harsh demands of off-roading, the Magellan eXplorist TRX7 features: Weatherproof 7″ LCD touchscreen display IP67 ruggedized casing for water and dust proof Powerful Dual Core Cortex-A9 processor running Android™ 4.2 OS, to ensure a fast and smooth off-road navigation experience Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity 1G Mobile DDR2 memory 16GB onboard memory and a 64GB MicroSD card expansion slot Three different mounting options depending on activity bundle purchased: Windshield Suction Cup Mount, Genuine Ram® Handlebar Rail Mount or Genuine Ram® Windshield Suction Cup Mount. The Maps The device comes preloaded with over 44,000 trails, making it the most comprehensive outdoor trail maps available for off-road enthusiasts. The Magellan off-road vehicle platform’s trail maps are cloud based, dynamic, and will continue to grow and be improved by both Magellan and through crowd-sourced additions from the Magellan OHV user community. The detailed off-road maps feature: high-resolution 3D and 2D terrain and contour elevation lines; food, gas, lodging, and general service POIs; 3rd Party trail guides; and more. Share the Ultimate Off-Road Experience Outdoor enthusiasts have incredible stories to tell. The Magellan TRX7 gives off-roaders, campers, and anyone enjoying the outdoors on a vehicle the tools to plan, track and save trail rides. Magellan’s OHV web portal lets users add pictures and comments to their trail rides, and share them with friends, family, or the larger off-road and outdoor communities. Members of Magellan’s dedicated off-road vehicle online community earn achievement badges for posting and sharing “dirt miles” traveled and total number of trails posted. And with integration to social media sites such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, users are able to post their greatest trail adventures. Improved Off-Road Safety Users can confidently plan safe and fun trail rides by filtering trails on multiple criteria including: Difficulty, Length (Dirt Miles), Duration, Terrain, Technical Obstacles, and Awesomeness. Additionally, save important waypoints to trail rides, such as campsites, aid stations, and water, so users can easily navigate to those locations. TRX7 users know they will never be lost with Magellan’s Backtrack feature. The TRX7 automatically marks the location of the beginning of a trail ride, and with one touch safely navigates back to the starting point. Availability and Pricing The Magellan eXplorist TRX7 will be available Q1 with an MSRP of $649.99. Additional information about Magellan’s off-road navigation products is also available at www.magellangps.com. About Magellan Headquartered in Santa Clara, CA, MiTAC Digital Corporation, manufacturer of the Magellan (www.magellangps.com) brand of portable GPS navigation devices, is a wholly-owned subsidiary of MiTAC International Corporation. Magellan, the industry leader for innovative GPS navigation devices since 1986, globally markets award-winning products in multiple categories including auto, RV, commercial, outdoor, fitness and mobile. Continuing its spirit of innovation, Magellan is developing new cloud-based technologies, wearables, OEM and B-to-B solutions to meet the changing needs of today’s consumers. Follow Magellan on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.
  11. Let's use this thread to plan/discuss our IDBDR trip. After the ride we can post pics, video, etc... in a separate ride report thread. Cost is $130 for the 8 day trip and does not include food, gas, lodging, etc... You get me as your leader to lead the group, plan, logistics, etc... I have only charged for leading rides twice before. I prefer doing it for free but funds are low and I still want to do this and be able to offset my cost a bit. Besides, protocol says you should buy your ride leader lunch or dinner, so at $16.25/day that's all we're talking about really. I have led about 150 rides as leader of the Beyond Starbucks Meetup group and have done two BDR's. I learned a lot on how to plan a ride from Jason Houle and Mick Williamson of the AZ crew. They won't be joining us and we won't have a chase vehicle, but we'll be fine on our own. The AZBDR taught me the value of having a leader who can follow gps as well as the wisdom of simply planning the ride and riding the plan. You just don't want stuff going sideways You will receive an IDBDR map and sticker, as well as a Beyond Starbucks and XLADV sticker. FYI, this group is for those who would rate their off road skills as intermediate or better. Plan is to meet in Jarbidge, NV Monday, Jul 27 and start the next morning. We finish on the 4th at the Canadian border. In: Nate J Cyndy K Mats R Eric L Rodney Franco Erick John C (maybe)
  12. PICKERINGTON, OH – June 2, 2015 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – A new study by the University of California Berkeley shows that motorcyclists who split lanes in heavy traffic are significantly less likely to be struck from behind by other motorists and are less likely to suffer head or torso injuries, the American Motorcyclist Association reports. Researchers, led by Dr. Thomas Rice of the Safe Transportation Research and Education Center (SafeTREC), reviewed nearly 6,000 motorcycle-involved traffic collisions between June 2012 and August 2013, including 997 in which the riders were splitting lanes at the time of the crash. Click here to download the report. “Perhaps one of the most dangerous situations for any motorcyclist is being caught in congested traffic, where stop-and-go vehicles, distracted and inattentive vehicle operators, and environmental conditions increase the risk of physical contact with another vehicle or hazard,” said Wayne Allard, AMA vice president for government relations. “Reducing a motorcyclist’s exposure to vehicles that are frequently accelerating and decelerating on congested roadways can be one way to reduce rear-end collisions for those most vulnerable in traffic.” Among the U.C. Berkeley findings: Lane-splitting is safe if done in traffic moving at 50 mph or less, and if motorcyclists do not exceed the speed of other vehicles by more than 15 mph; 69 percent of lane-splitting motorcyclists were exceeding the traffic speed by 15 mph or less; speed differentials up to 15 mph were not associated with changes in the frequency of injury; Compared to riders who were not splitting lanes, lane-splitting motorcyclists were markedly less likely to suffer head injury (9 percent vs. 17 percent), torso injury (19 percent vs. 29 percent) or fatal injury (1.2 percent vs. 3 percent); Lane-splitting riders were significantly less likely to be rear-ended than non-lane-splitting riders (2.6 percent vs. 4.6 percent); Lane-splitting motorcyclists were more likely to be wearing a full-face helmet than other motorcyclists (81 percent vs. 67 percent); Compared to other motorcyclists, lane-splitting riders were more often riding on weekdays and during commuting hours, were using better helmets and were traveling at slower speeds; Lane-splitting riders were less likely to have been using alcohol. “These new findings bolster our position that responsible lane-splitting is a safe and effective riding technique that can be beneficial for riders and motorists alike,” Allard said. “Lane splitting eases traffic congestion by taking motorcyclists out of the line of cars and trucks. And the practice increases safety by allowing motorcycle riders to avoid the risk of rear-end collisions in stopped or slow-moving traffic.” Motorcycle lane splitting is a common practice in many countries throughout the world – particularly in the highly urbanized areas of Europe and Asia. Long recognized as a way to alleviate traffic congestion and reduce the risk of crashes, the practice nevertheless remains largely prohibited in the United States, with California currently being the exception. The UC-Berekley study is the latest to examine crash data related to lane splitting and follows a similar report issued in October 2014 (click here). “We want to remind motorists that permitting lane splitting is not the same as requiring it,” Allard said. “Where it is allowed, lane splitting is an issue of choice, and formalizing the practice will give riders and law enforcement alike clear guidelines for its responsible practice.” The AMA formally endorses responsible lane splitting and will continue to assist groups and individuals working to bring legal lane splitting and/or filtering to their states. More information about the AMA’s position on lane splitting can be found here: www.americanmotorcyclist.com/Rights/PositionStatements/LaneSplitting.aspx. WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT LANE SPLITTING? Create an account and chime in!
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    Designed By Bikers For Bikers Featuring a bright 4.3” (10.92 cm) touchscreen color display, the zūmo 660 puts all the information you need in an easy-to-read format as you travel down the road. The zūmo 660 also has a glove-friendly intuitive interface that makes entering information as easy as shifting gears. In addition, the wide sunlight-readable display makes for easy navigation — whether you’re riding during a bright day or a moonless night. And with a water-resistant (IPX7) case that prevents fuel sprays and UV rays, the zūmo 660 was built for life on the road. Go Your Own Way Pick your path and hit the streets. The zūmo 660 is ready to go right out of the box. It’s preloaded with City Navigator® NT street maps and millions of points of interest (POIs) that include motels, restaurants, gas stations, ATMs and more. In addition, the zūmo 660 offers 3-D building view and Lane Assist with junction view to show you more of your surroundings and make sure you'll always know the right lane at the right time. The zūmo 660 also comes standard with a digital fuel gauge so you can keep track of how many miles you have left before it’s time to get gas. Keep In Touch The zūmo 660 features Bluetooth® wireless technology so you can stay in touch while you're on the move. With it, you’re free to safely talk on your phone without having to remove your gloves or helmet. Simply connect your zūmo 660 to your Bluetooth-enabled headset or helmet and then pair with your cellphone to make and receive calls on the go. You also can call POIs through the zūmo’s Bluetooth interface — perfect for last-minute change of plans or a quick pit stop for food and fuel. And with spoken street names functionality, the zūmo 660 also will transmit voice prompts to your headset for wireless and worry-free navigation. Stay Entertained Have a long ride planned? The zūmo 660 is your all-in-one entertainment center. Featuring an on-board MP3 player and advanced Bluetooth A2DP technology, you'll enjoy crisp and clean stereo sound with your compatible headset. The motorcycle mount also comes standard with a headphone jack so you can connect to your headphones or helmet headset and microphone. It’s also loaded with a picture viewer for taking friends and family on the road, and it supports audiobooks to help break up the miles when you’re in for the long haul. Plan and Share Your Rides Found the perfect backroad to share with your riding buddies? Or perhaps you’re planning a cross-country trip and looking to avoid as much interstate as possible. With the zūmo 660’s powerful trip planning tools, you can create your custom routes via computer and then transfer your saved route directly to your zūmo. And when you’ve returned home, you can review your rides in Google™ Earth. In addition, microSD™ card expansion makes it easy for sharing routes and adding storage. You also can visit Garmin Connect™ – our online community of routes and riders. It’s a great resource for finding new rides and planning trips. Move Between Modes Just because your bike’s parked doesn’t mean your day is done. The zūmo 660 also pulls double duty as an in-car navigator when you’re on four wheels instead of two. In addition to the included motorcycle mount, the zūmo 660 also includes a carrying case, vehicle mount and power cable. It’s like having two full-featured navigators for the price of one.
  14. Traxplorer is a Google app I've found that seems to be pretty cool. It's easy to view tracks you've created elsewhere but maybe want a better map layer than you bought with your GPS unit. You can also view the tracks you created on your smartphone using Google's My Tracks app. And then of course you can also view the Google maps formats of KML and KMZ. I'm still figuring it all out. It seems to like gpx but not gdb formats.
  15. First thing's first: THIS APP REQUIRES NO DATA TO FUNCTION. No matter how many people I talk to, someone always pops up to complain that it won't work when you're out of cell range. I state now, once and for all, when you're on the road, this requires no data. Some of the additional features may, and you must download the mapsheets ahead of time, but all you need for this to work in the field is the GPS chip--which every cell phone has. Best part? Try it for free. In the free version, you can download up to 10 mapsheets--which may be enough for you never to upgrade anyway, since each is a state or country. If you do choose to upgrade to the full version, the cost is around $8--probably the best money you can spend on navigation. Half the time, I can't buy paper maps for that much. This app has a million features, but here are the ones I really like: - it's more versatile than my Garmin 650t. It'll load anything GPX without a hassle. - It will save GPX (many configurations possible for intervals and other info), though I've actually had better luck with Google's My Tracks for pure simplicity. Often, I record using My Tracks, then export to GPX and open in OSMAnd+. - pinch and pan using the phone interface is awesome - Bluetooth allows turn-by-turn instructions on your helmet headset if you're on the road - A $2 contour plug-in gives you topo capability (download a small topo overlay for each regular mapsheet). If you don't know how awesome this is, save your $2 for a half a cup of coffee at Starbucks. - It actually doesn't draw much power. My phone will last all day with it on while recording GPX tracks. The display is what sucks battery. My phone (Droid Razr Maxx HD) will run OSMAnd+ longer than my Montana 650t will run on a single charge and the display turned all the way down. - You can load it onto a full-sized tablet or a mid-range 7" "phablet" and have an enormous display. Some of these new phablets are actually waterproof (Sony Xperia is one) and have batteries to go for a really long time. Try that on your GPS. - My favorite capability is setting an overlay map and selecting Microsoft Earth. This gives you an overlay on top of the base vector map and a slider to choose the transparency. This is hugely useful for seeing things like clear-cuts (logging is big up here in the PNW) or finding paths and trails that aren't on a map. This feature alone is worth the $8. It requires data of course, though you can preview the places you're looking at from the comfort of lunch or home wi-fi, and the imagery will remain cached. I've used this for elk hunting, and it's very slick. Drawbacks: - there's so much here, it's intimidating at first - you have to save the mapsheets on your phone. Some are pretty big and will take a while to download, as well as a lot of space. - I often have trouble getting it to navigate to a street address. When using grid coordinates or picking a spot on the map, it has no difficulty at all. - Check your settings for what the phone enables during low-battery mode. Mine was set to disable the GPS chip. - Yes, your phone is probably not as hardy as your purpose-built GPS. Yes, the screen is probably less well-adapted to direct sunlight, and charging can be a challenge due to vibration, even if the tablet or phone is waterproof. Yes, the screen might not work with gloves (there is a glove treatment you can use for this though).
  16. I was lucky enough to be invited to do the COBDR (Colorado Backcountry Discovery Route) with the crew from GS Riders of GoAZBMW. They are THE best adventure riding group I have ever seen. They are just very well organized, skilled, motivated and give riders feedback on these trips so that everyone becomes a better rider each time they go out. Their leaders seem to be Jason Houle, who they call "the captain," and Mick Williamson, but many of them are active in ride planning, support, ride leading, etc... like Jason's wife Wendi, Mick's wife Michelle, Ryan Frazier (Team USA GS Trophy '12), Jason Apelquist, Kyle Moore, Janus Lund, Bill Cress, etc... Jason does a lot of these events with RawHyde so the group gets the benefit of his professional experience there. If you ever get the chance to ride with them TAKE IT! I grew up in Arizona and I still go out there a few times/year to see family in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area. I was back in Dec '12 and was invited to go on a ride with them up Cherry Creek road, which is part of day 3 on the AZBDR, so it was nice to have some familiarity with that section. At least there was no snow when we rode the AZBDR in May...
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    The Navigator V was Co-developed by BMW and Garmin International and is an exclusive BMW Motorrad product that does not have a Garmin consumer equivalent that can be used on motorcycles factory equipped with GPS preparation or with the Motorrad exclusive Advance Cradle. BMW Motorrad has taken trip planning to another level with the Navigator V. Featuring a new larger and brighter 5" TFT Display (800 x 480 pixels and 65,000 colors) than the previous generation Navigator IV, the premium-class, Bluetooth-capable GPS navigation system is a reliable guide both on and off-road, whether traveling by motorcycle or automobile. (NOTE: Does not include a bike-specific mounting bracket which is sold separately.) BMW is pleased to announce the Navigator V! Following on the popularity of the NAV IV, the most widely used Motorrad Navigator ever, BMW Motorrad now offers the new Navigator V. Co-developed by BMW and Garmin International, the Navigator V is an exclusive BMW Motorrad product that will not have a Garmin consumer equivalent capable of being used with motorcycles factory equipped with GPS preparation or the Motorrad exclusive Advance Cradle. The Navigator V has many improvements in features and rider convenience over the previous Navigator IV. Overview -Bigger, brighter 5" display (with same external housing dimensions as NAV IV) with improved readability in direct sunlight. -The integrated storage capacity has been doubled compared to NAV IV (8 GB instead 4 GB). -Improved route planning and navigation logic. -Pre-loaded lifetime (LMU) maps for North America. -Pre-loaded North America BMW Dealer Data base. -Optional Garmin Smartphone Link for traffic information in real time, latest weather en-route and more. -A2DP Stereo Bluetooth technology for hands free telephony, turn-by-turn directions and built in media (MP3) player. -Identical attachment mechanism to NAV IV fits in the existing mount of the 2014-on K1600 series (please choose to add the 2014 instrument cover for earlier machines below, and careful with the satellite radio antenna when removing the original panel (thanks Stephen!)). -3.5 mm jack plug (for headphone connection) and MCX socket (for connecting external antenna). -Compatible with Smartphone Link app via Google Play Store (Android) or iOS App Store (Apple) Contents: -BMW Motorrad Navigator V, including integrated lithiumion battery pack -Free North America map updates for life (up to 4 times per year) -Micro-USB cable -Practical carry bag -Screwdriver -Quick start guide, multilingual -Detailed operating instructions as PDF file on the unit -Garmin ISPI brochure (Important Safety and Product Information) BMW Original Parts PDF Brochure
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    I love my BMW GS Adv. 'Nuff said. Best fun on two wheels since I had a sport bike. If anything my first thought when I bought it, as I rode away from the dealer, was "So THIS is what I'm missing out on."... Life is just different. And now my ZX10r sits in the garage, a proper race queen, having served me reliably for 27,000 miles... My GSA is not only my daily commute but my escape as well.
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    This locking Garmin mount from Touratech will keep your Montana, Monterra, or BMW Motorrad Adventure GPS unit secure and protected while mounted on your motorcycle. Because of the locking mechanism, you will no longer have to worry about your expensive GPS while running in to pay for gas, or grabbing a bite to eat. The Montana/Monterra GPS mount also incorporates anti-vibration dampeners to cut down on harsh vibrations to your GPS from your motorcycle's engine or the road conditions. This mount is perfect for both street touring on a large sport touring bike, or hard off road riding on a single cylinder enduro. Note: This mount requires the use of the Garmin or BMW plastic integrated motorcycle mount and power cradle for installation. > Color: Silver anodized > Made out of stainless steel and anodized aluminum > Fits Garmin Montana, Monterra, and BMW Motorrad Adventure series GPS units > Works in conjunction with Garmin's plastic power cradle > Made in Germany by Touratech > Locks with key > Can be keyed to match other locking Touratech items > Crossbar mounts can be configured to either portrait or landscape orientation
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    Big, Tough Outdoor GPS That Goes Anywhere 4" dual-orientation, glove-friendly touchscreen display 3-axis compass with barometric altimeter Uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery pack or AA batteries Take it hiking. Take it hunting. Take it on the water. Montana 600 features a bold 4" color touchscreen dual orientation display and supports multiple mapping options such as BirdsEye Satellite Imagery, BlueChart® g2 andTOPO U.S. 24K. Montana has key features for the outdoors such as a 3-axis tilt-compensated compass and barometric altimeter. Buy the auto mount and a City Navigator NT® map to get spoken turn-by-turn driving directions. See the Big View Montana 600 features a 4" sunlight-readable touchscreen display that offers crystal clear enhanced colors and displays high-resolution images. Its easy-to-use interface means you’ll spend more time enjoying the outdoors and less time searching for information. Both durable and water resistant, Montana 600 is built to withstand the elements. Bumps, dust, dirt, humidity and water are no match for this rugged navigator. Go Anywhere With an array of compatible mounts, Montana is designed for use on ATVs, in boats, as a handheld or in your car. Use the auto mount with City Navigator maps for spoken, turn-by-turn driving directions, or the rugged mount for your motorcycle or ATV. Go Everywhere Adding more maps to Montana is easy. Load TOPO U.S. 24K maps and hit the trail, plug in BlueChart® g2 preloaded cards for a great day on the water, or load City Navigator map data for turn-by-turn driving directions. Add satellite images to your maps with BirdsEye Satellite Imagery (subscription required). Or, transform paper maps into files you can download to your Montana with Custom Maps. Share Wirelessly With Montana 600 you can share your waypoints, tracks, routes and geocaches wirelessly with other compatible Garmin GPS users. So now your friends also can enjoy your favorite hike or cache — simply press “send” to transfer your information to similar units, and let the games begin. Keep Your Fix With its high-sensitivity, WAAS-enabled GPS receiver and HotFix® satellite prediction, Montana 600 locates your position quickly and precisely and maintains its GPS location even in heavy cover and deep canyons. The advantage is clear — whether you’re in deep woods or just near tall buildings and trees, you can count on Montana 600 to help you find your way when you need it the most. Navigate with Ease Montana 600 has a built-in 3-axis tilt-compensated electronic compass, which shows your heading even when you’re standing still, without holding it level. Its barometric altimeter tracks changes in pressure to pinpoint your precise altitude, and you even can use it to plot barometric pressure over time, which can help you keep an eye on changing weather conditions. Double Your Power Montana 600 features a one-of-a-kind dual battery system. You’ll have the option of using the rechargeable lithium-ion pack or traditional AA batteries — whichever suits your needs better. Find Fun Montana 600 supports geocaching GPX files for downloading geocaches and details straight to it. By going paperless, you're not only helping the environment but also improving efficiency. Montana 600 stores and displays key information, including location, terrain, difficulty, hints and descriptions, which means no more manually entering coordinates and paper print outs. Simply upload the GPX file to your device and start hunting for caches. Plan Your Next Trip Take charge of your next adventure with BaseCamp™, software that lets you view and organize maps, waypoints, routes, and tracks. This free trip-planning software even allows you to create Garmin Adventures that you can share with friends, family or fellow explorers. BaseCamp displays topographic map data in 2-D or 3-D on your computer screen, including contour lines and elevation profiles. It also can transfer an unlimited amount of satellite images to your device when paired with a BirdsEye Satellite Imagery subscription.