ADV Interview: Simon and Lisa Thomas


I have posted about Simon and Lisa before but here is a great interview Touratech did as they are in the USA now….this couple from the UK are amazing and probably been on the road the longest out of anyone on two wheels…read their story…inspiring!

LINK to Original Interview

Sep 19, 2013

Tell us about you first motorcycle(s)…

Simon: I learned to ride in the town of Taunton back in the UK with a friend who owned a motorcycling school. I looked at a bunch of different bikes but the R1100GS just looked so formidable. It looked different to anything else out there and of course it’s a BMW. So my first bike was a BMW R1100GS in fact a little known truth…the only bikes I’ve ever owned are the R1100GS’s.  People think I’m joking when I tell them that although I’ve now been riding for over 15-years. When we left on this journey I had only two days of off-road riding experience and little to no real mechanical experience. Isn’t ignorance bliss?! Continue reading

Touratech Outfits 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure


Another kitted out bike by Touratech…as always eye candy to me and really like the new ADV version of our bike….

Jun 26, 2013

When a new adventure touring motorcycle hits the market, Touratech wastes no time getting the bike out for an extended ride to learn about the personality of the bike. This first tour also provides an opportunity to evaluate any shortcomings of the new machine and allows for a test of the accessories in a real-world environment. So when BMW unveiled their new F800GS Adventure, an expedition-ready variation of their popular F800GS, we took a pair of the new machines out for a 10-day tour of Greece. Continue reading

Building a Water-Cooled BMW R1200GS


I think I am just not your normal grrl…because this to me is beauty and I would want it in my bedroom! ;-)  EYE Candy for sure!
Friday, 10 May 2013 03:56 Justin Coffey

There’s no doubt that BMW’s new water-cooled R1200GS is a capable adventure touring motorcycle. With 125hp, spoked-wheels, dynamic suspension, cruise control and an assortment of other options, the new GS is everything we expected it to be, and then some. But there’s always some room for improvement. Luggage and protection items are an easy upgrade and will transform the R1200GS from adequate to extraordinary.  Touratech’s Zega Pro pannier systems provides safe and secure storage, both on and off the bike, while crash bars and an Expedition skid plate protect the most important part of any motorcycle, the power-plant. Additional accessories, such as a stainless steel headlight guard and radiator guards will keep road debris from damaging important parts, while a larger sidestand foot will keep the R1200GS upright in everything from soft sand to loose gravel.  Continue reading

10 Essential Accessories for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z


Touratech sure knows how to make a bike look ADV Like!

SOURCE:  EXPEDITION PORTAL

Thursday, 10 January 2013 12:04 Paul Guillien

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Having just returned from a ten day off-road expedition across the state of Colorado, Touratech-USA’s General Manager, Paul Guillien, reviews the ten essential Touratech accessories for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z. These are parts Paul feels are necessary for anyone interested in riding their Super Tenere off-road, or on an extended adventure touring trip

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2012 BMW F800GS quick sale, ready for adventure


I am posting this for sale BMW F800 for a fellow adventure rider Guillaume who road from AK to South America.  He BLOGGED his whole trip, see below.  This is a steal of a deal…He took great care of the bike on his 6 month trip and look at all those farkles….if you are in the Vancouver area and in the market, why not help out a fellow ADV rider with a quick buy???

July 2012 Triple Black F800GS for sale in Vancouver, British Columbia
40,700km – $12,000

- warranty valid until July 2015
- 40,000km service done (new oil, spark plugs, air filter, valve inspected)
- new tires (Heidenau K60)
- new chain
- new front and rear sprockets

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Paul from Touratech thoughts on the New 2013 BMW F800GS


Thursday, 29 November 2012 12:46 Paul Guillien and Staff
I really like how Paul describes this bike of ours.  I agree with everything he says and although we have not taken this bike off road yet I know we agree with his assessment as well. When he states the bike has a lean look that is one thing we LOVE about the BMW.
I should and probably will review the BMW 650, Triumph Tiger 800XC and compare it to the new BMW F800.

Paul Guillien, Touratech-USA’s General Manager, shares his thoughts on BMW’s updated mid-weight adventure bike, the 2013 F800GS. Continue reading

Bike Build – Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z


Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z Bike Build – Touratech is celebrating the arrival of Yamaha’s new Super Ténéré XT1200Z by building a project bike. We’ve added ergonomic upgrades, bolted on the essential protection items and given it luggage solutions that enable the bike to hit the road for extended travel. Follow

‘Adventure Riding’


There has been a lot of talk recently about what the term ‘Adventure Riding’ really means. Is it blasting down a gravel highway on a fully loaded 1200cc motorcycle? Doing single track on a light enduro style motorcycle with nothing but a backpack? Or is it riding two-up with everything you own, ready to take on the next continent? We feel adventure riding is a way to exercise your creativity. It can be whatever you want it to be. So don’t let anyone tell you differently.

BMW Motorrad – RawHyde Adventure Camp


Thanks Kathy for posting this on our FB page!

This should have followed my post from May 2nd, 2012 click here

Attending Adventure Camp with RawHyde Adventures, the official BMW Motorrad off-road training academy in North America, will greatly improve your off-road motorcycle skills and will open the doors to your adventure lifestyle, helping you become part of a global adventure motorcycle community. Your all-inclusive, semi-rustic weekend spent at RawHyde will create skills, memories and relationships that last a lifetime. -Teaching you and allowing you to do things on a motorcycle that you never thought you could do. Learn in a building-block manner starting from the very basics, then take your achievements to the next level, gently guided by your BMW Training Coach. Bring your own bike or rent one from RawHyde. Both beginner classes and advanced classes available. All dual-sport makes are welcome. http://www.rawhyde-adventures.com Continue reading

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

Simon and Lisa – 2 Ride The World


if you don’t know these 2 you should…they are an amazing ADV couple traveling the GLOBE….

This latest 2RTW video update from Simon & Lisa covers the months of rebuild work as Simon’s 1150GS is resurrected after his accident on Borneo in 2011. The video highlights the struggle to get both bike and rider fit enough to get back on the road. Lisa’s F650GS also gets an over-haul and at last all those temporary ‘on the road’ repairs get put right. Watch as these two Adventure riders prepare for the next leg of the amazing around the world journey and are helped along the way from friends around the globe.

READ their EPIC journey on the ADV Riders Forum…Simon is professional photographer working with NIKON equipment these days.

2 RIDE THE WORLD CLICK HERE