Meet the Crew of Expedition Overland


While at KLIM this summer we met and rode with Ryan and his wife Megan.  They are part of  Expedition Overland

Their VISION:  Expedition Overland is a reality based web series that will follow six overlander’s and their outfitted vehicles through remote places of North America. The desire for exploration and adventure is at the heart of this series. The show will feature our adventures and mishaps as well as our personal insights into our struggles, successes, and experiences. These journey’s will require team work, problem solving, ingenuity, and endurance. The hurdles that are required for such journey’s to be a success will be highlighted through out our series.

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Adventure Touring with the KTM 990 and Yamaha Super Ténéré


This is a really good video showing 2 riders who are just regular guys enjoying  a Yamaha Super Tenere and a KTM 990.  Wes is funny about riding the Yamaha off road.  This is really worth watching the entire video….one of the better one’s out there I think because they actually show a dump and accident.  Real stuff.  Enjoy.

Both Yamaha and KTM have dominated the legendary Dakar races for decades. Wes and Grant do their best not to fly off a ridge while taking the KTM 990 Adventure and Yamaha Super Ténéré deep into the Angeles National Forest’s system of fire roads, trails and creeks. For more on motorcycles and adventure, visit http://hellforleathermagazine.com

2012 KTM Adventure series


Which one would you buy?

990 Adventure

To the end of the world

990 Adventure Design 2-cylinder 4-stroke Otto motor, 75° V arrangement, water-cooled

Displacement 999 cm³ (60.96 cu in)

Cold start device Electric starter

Weight without fuel, approx. 209.5 kg (461.9 lb.)

990 Adventure R

On the swift tour

990 Adventure R Design 2-cylinder 4-stroke Otto motor, 75° V arrangement, water-cooled

Displacement 999 cm³ (60.96 cu in)

Cold start device Electric starter

Weight without fuel, approx. 207 kg (456 lb.)

690 Enduro R

Powerful all-rounder

690 Enduro R

Design 1-cylinder 4-stroke engine, water-cooled

Displacement 690 cm³ (42.11 cu in)

Starting aid Electric starter, automatic decompressor

Adventure Bike Crash Course


Words of Wisdom can go a long way…listen and learn..you can never know too much! :-) I love hearing from the experts. I always pick something up that I either forgot or did not know.

A few pointers from an expert for piloting that big adventure bike off-road.

January 12, 2012 By
SOURCE:  CYCLE WORLD

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BMW reports record Sales for 2011


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Monday, January 09, 2012

ADV-Touring Comparison – BMW 1200GS, KTM & Yamaha


You be the judge….is this a good review of the three BIG ADV bikes out there?  No Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200?  I guess we will have to wait for that review later.

 

New Info on the 2013 BMW 1250GS????


Had to post this info….just to keep the BLOG updated on this possible change in the 1200 model.

Spy Photos: 2013 BMW R1250GS Caught Testing

Thu, December 29th, 2011 @ 11:35 am, by Jensen Beeler
Spy Photos: 2013 BMW R1250GS Caught Testing

OUR 2010 BEEMERS MEGA PIC POST


We have both owned 2010 BMW F650GS aka F798Gsa bikes since 2010. Check back here every so often for new pics!

We have made this street version of the GS family more off-road worthy by adding some crash protection, better tires, added a beak to look more like its big brother the 800GS, have changed our chains to DID, we use Galfer brake pads which we feel last longer and are better than OEM, hand guards, Fastway pegs, Jesse Safari 8 inch luggage, Denali auxiliary lights, better headlamps bulbs than OEM, built-in heat controllers for our Gerbing’s heated gear, headlamp protector, larger Cee Bailey wind shield, we use K&N oil filters, semi synthetic oil, change this at about 15,000 KM, Renazco seat, Wunderlich tank bags, Kaoko lock (not used that much), rad protector and some other protection covers, side stand extender made by MOTOROVERLAND (MOD), ( we used a Touratech side extender for the 2010 trip) and perhaps a few things we have over looked.

Another reason to do this BLOG is for those who are just embarking on ADV riding or wanting to buy this DS bike hopefully you guys and gals might just learn a few things that we have tried and either succeeded or not.  We are not professionals but every day average riders so we hope most can relate.  if there are any questions please post here.  For the guys and gals out there who ride, feel free to read the comments and share your own success stories or secrets.  The more info we can provide here the better the newbies will feel asking questions in public. 

Remember there are NO dumb questions!

Here are some of our pics of the Beemers….

Also, here are 2 maps of the States and Provinces we have been to….we have so much riding to do in north America!

BC Interior 2010

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Simon Pavey – DAKAR 2011


Beginning of this video is bit too dramatic and the music over the top…but after you get through that it’s a pretty good  showing off the Dakar challenge from 2011. No HD though.

I read some where that at least one competitor actually dies per Dakar race per year. 

A fantastic video of Simon Pavey’s experiences in the Dakar Rally 2011.

Craghoppers were proud to be a sponsor of off-road biking legend Simon Pavey in his 8th Dakar Rally. You can read all about Simon’s epic adventure on our blog…
http://www.blog.craghoppers.com

2012 KAWASAKI KLR650 – RTW BIKE?


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Tom Wera
10/25/2011
IS THE KLR THE BEST RTW DS BIKE?  My Colleague Ken owns one, he has been making modifications and we have talked about this topic.  Perhaps this is the best bike to take around the world…simple to maintain, inexpensive, reliable, light and can handle all the luggage too.
Seat is high but who cares eh if the bike makes the trip.  No computer uploads/downloads, not a bad idea, not complex…again a plus…so, questions for the readers out there….what do you think?  RTW, just an ADV bike, commuter or all of the above?

In the Market for a new Helmet Cam??????


Point of View Cameras has done a fantastic job reviewing and showing how the most popular brands compare to one another.  We own the Contour + HD camera presently and so far is seems like a decent camera.  I like the idea of being able to use an external mic.  The mic is an extra add on, you have to buy it on your own.  Contour provides the port on the camera and a cable to plug in your mic.  I am not too sure I like the way this camera records in the sense of colour saturation, but I have been told it is more natural in colour and I am not used to it.  Jury is still out. 

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In Asia Trailer by Vincent Urban


Such talented cinematographers out there and we get the privilege of seeing their work for free online.  Three guys Adventuring through Asian using their DSLR cameras to boot.  Amazing how cameras have come a long way with HD functions.

In Fall 2010, Stefan, Clemens and I were traveling through SouthEast Asia for 2 months. We shipped Stefans Landrover to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and then drove up through Thailand, Laos and Cambodia. Of course, Clemens and I brought our little DSLRs to capture every great moment of this memorable journey.

I started editing the 5 full-episodes for this.

Watch the first one about Malaysia here: vimeo.com/29906947

Watch the second one about Thailand here: vimeo.com/32269712

Music by: Yann Tiersen – “Dust Lane”

Reminder-Where in the WORLD are you FROM?


We are getting hits on the BLOG from all over the world…if you get the chance please comment on the first “sticky” post and let us know who you are and where you are from.  I can see Africa, Asia, Great Britain, South America, South Pacific, North America and more on our map. 

Check in it’s for us and others to read.  :-)

WHERE IN the WORLD are you FROM?

CUSTOM TRIUMPH TIGER 800XC??????


If this is true from the Triumph Facebook page and also thanks to markbvt & walker from the Triumph Tiger 800 Forum, then I know Cheryl & I waited for a reason to see what Triumph would do with this great bike.  Now…did they or will they add handlebar controls and ambient temperature with on/off ABS button???? Nyah-Nyah

Tubeless spoke tires?  Notice the loss of the Nissin brakes and the fact Triumph has join the band wagon using BREMBO???  BMW uses Brembo brakes.  I would say in my remedial knowledge this is a step up.

Triumph has been listening!  Good on Triumph!  Apparently this was indeed at the show in Italy…so, the next question is this a real release bike or just for show?  Any thoughts?  Comments, opinions?? 

***I believe that some folks from Triumph might be still be reading this BLOG…why not post comments to them…who knows they might read this post!  ;-)***

From Triumph’s Facebook page:

*Originally Posted by Triumph

Also debuting is this one-off Tiger 800XC concept created as a showcase by Triumph’s accessories division. Built using official Triumph accessories, most of which feature new finishes, and high spec components such as Öhlins mechatronic suspension and tubeless Kineo wheels, it’s the ultimate version of Triumph’s best selling bike and guaranteed to be a real showstopper!