Doris Wiedemann–Amazing ADV rider

Doris Wiedemann – Winter Trip to Prudhoe Bay 2009

Thanks to Richard M.  Fellow Blogger for pointing me to this site. Thumbs up

R1Sjaak and Doris Wiedemann arriving on Prudhoe Bay in winter after a 16.000 km. ride on two motorcycles.
Attican Pass and Deadhorse on two motorcycles at -35 Celsius
R1 Sjaak and Doris Wiedemann almost in Prudhoe bay at -35 Celsius on two motorbikes

There are more videos on the web site…just wanted to give you a taste.  Continue reading “Doris Wiedemann–Amazing ADV rider”


Tough and Rugged Point-and-Shoot Cameras

By Allan Weitz

Published Wed, 2011-11-09 16:40

We recently bought a Panasonic Ts3 camera after learning on our summer 2011 Adventure that sometime regular cameras might not be durable enough for on the fly one handed shots.  I eventually started to take pictures while riding and really proved to be beneficial because Cheryl hates stopping. There was so much scenery that I had to get as  many pics I could without pissing off Cheryl…I mean that in a loving way.

Anyway, my Panasonic TH25 died on route, got a new replacement from London Drugs when I got home….warranty thing even though I came clean as to what I put the camera through.  I will be selling that one and recently been able to try the Panasonic TS3 in the rain on a trip to Washington State.  See Gerbing’s Trip Nov. 2011   & Practice TS3 Pics  for sample pics from the new camera. 

I am very pleased with the quality of pictures and hope over the year this will survive whatever climate we ride in.  I hope this review of all the cameras out there that I consider to be motorcycle friendly helps anyone who might be in the market for a waterproof point & shoot! Continue reading “TOUGH & RUGGED & WATERPROOF POINT & SHOOT CAMERA COMPARISON”

BRIDGE CAMERA LINE UP–Reasonably Priced Big Zoom Cameras

Bridge Camera Roundup

By Allan Weitz

Published Fri, 2011-11-18 12:35

B&H Photo, where this info was obtained – click here!  Great website

Despite the growing availability of some impressively small mirrorless digital-camera systems, the market for bridge-style cameras continues to hold its own. If you think about it, it’s kind of cool to know you can purchase a technology-packed digital camera that can capture up to 10 frames per second, HD video with Dolby sound, and sports  a fixed 36x optical zoom lens no less for a few hundred dollars. I take that back. It’s very cool.

Continue reading “BRIDGE CAMERA LINE UP–Reasonably Priced Big Zoom Cameras”


Got this great info from a new friend we made while in Anchorage this summer on our Alaskan Adventure.  Gary and his wife Deb practically saved us from being homeless while we waited in Anchorage for the Triumph Tiger’s that we were riding to get “fixed” after experiencing stalling issues for 1000’s of kilometers.  While the fix did not work permanently when we were away, the good news is that 10 days after we got back Triumph had a world wide recall ready for all owners out there. It appears the stalling is no longer an issue for the Tiger’s.  Winking smile  Thanks Gary for the link and being a part of this BLOG and of course for your ADV hospitality.

I think this bike is a great idea if you lived in a city and or near work.  In our cases, both Cheryl and I live about an hour or more from work and commute on highways.  Maybe not a bike for our type of commute but for others?  Probably more feasible. 

Yamaha Y125 MOEGI Slated for Tokyo Motor Show


You see a lot of strange concepts displayed at the Tokyo Motor Show, but this one caught our eye.  There is something charming/retro about this ultra lightweight, air cooled single from Yamaha.  Although Yamaha isn’t saying, it doesn’t look like this machine could weigh more than 150 pounds.  The tire sizes look like they come from a mountain bike/beach cruiser bicycle, so one would have to wonder how they would hold up to even semi-aggressive cornering.  Nevertheless, if you value simplicity, this is an attractive concept.

Here is the sum total of what Yamaha has had to say about the Y125 MOEGI prior to the show:

“This concept model is a fresh embodiment of Yamaha design philosophy that combines the familiar look and feel of a bicycle in a motorcycle. Mounting a world standard 125cc class engine on a slim, lightweight frame, this model is designed to offer good fuel economy with an easy and enjoyable ride. Besides its appeal as a personal vehicle for daily commuting, it sports an active image that will lure owners on longer jaunts on the weekends.”

Cool Commuter Concept click here

THE WORLD MAP – This is where you are!

Every day we get updates since I added this little map widget to our BLOG….it is wicked to see when and where people check in.  Where are you on the map?  Click to enlarge the pictures.

Once again Cheryl and I thank everyone for keeping this BLOG alive!

Since October 28th, 2011

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?


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!


FI-PIG, Gorilla Tape, and WD-40: Essential fix-it stuff

DateThursday, November 17, 2011

I would like an expert opinion about assembling a selection of adhesives, chemicals, and other products most useful for overland vehicle field repair issues such as cracked hoses, radiators, or fuel lines, and for replacing gaskets, joining metal or plastic pieces, sealing electrical repairs, and so on.

Alexander in Florida

Alexander’s question brought to mind the old aphorism about the perfect two-piece tool kit: WD-40 (to fix the things that are supposed to move but won’t) and duct tape (to fix the things that aren’t supposed to move but do). Kidding aside, it’s an excellent question—a very large number of field repairs involve some sort of leak or breakage that requires a chemical or mechanical fix. I looked in my own kit, enlisted the help of two of our OT&T experts—Duncan Barbour and Graham Jackson—and also queried my nephew, Jake Beggy, a master Toyota mechanic and fabricator. Here’s what we came up with, first in the way of commercial products and then in “bodge” fixes when nothing else is available. Continue reading “ESSENTIAL FIX-IT STUFF–THINGS FOR YOUR MOTORCYCLE”


This is a video not only depicting possible climate change in the Arctic but also opening a portal into the lives of the Inuit people, how they feel about their land and wildlife, as well as their culture.  This is truly a well done “documentary” covering so many issues but at the same time you get to see how beautiful the north really is…a place that many of us will never personally get to see.  I love this video for many reasons but the one that stands out most is just the people and scenery.  Enjoy and as always please feel free to comment.

The defining question of this century will be: how do we simultaneously preserve the environment and shareholder wealth?

Change at the Top of the World


One of the best investments we made for our trip this past summer was buying fork seal protectors.  For $25 these little things can save you a lot of inconvenience.  Although we have no proof that using fork seal covers worked, I guess you can say since we never had any issues perhaps they did.

We ran into a few folks where a blown seal halted if not ended their trip.  There are many ideas out there like DIY covers and other brands, but we went with KRIEGA covers.  They fit perfectly on the Triumph Tiger 800XC forks and also looked the part too.

Fork Seals

Increased service life for your USD forks with more effective protection from mud & dirt. Made from NEOSKIN (coated neoprene). Easy fit/clean, no fork disassembly required.

Kreiga Fork Seal Covers

Completely understated, yet so valuable when traveling in general.  Very easy to install and every once in a while we would take them off, rinse them and put them back on.  Every time we hit the gross stuff up North practically the only place on the bikes that stayed “clean” were the forks.

The forks would stay clean even when the bikes were caked in this!

Do you have to buy KRIEGA?  Nope…but when you want something practical that only costs a few bucks but can save you a possible PITA (pain in the ass) situation, some sort of seal cover is in your best interest.

BTW, we have them on our BMW’s now, and although the forks are not inverted they still fit and if needed there are little loops to use cable ties just in case.  Check them out, or at least think about doing something to protect your seals.  You can’t go wrong by doing something and not over looking this area of the bike. 



Sorry to post again back to back but is this an amazing display of riding skills? 

An over 700 pound bike?  This cop, and by the way I am partial to cops as I live with one…handles his Harley like a bicycle. 

Props To This Cop

Can’t seem to figure out how to post a Flash video.  Above is the link…you really need to have a look, this guy is good.


We have always been intrigued by the KTM bikes and their rugged ADV looks but as far as a bike for us and our riding they are a bit over kill.  Sure is a great ADV bike and from everything we read while comfort may be lacking on the pavement, this is a great choice for rugged off road terrain. 

2012 KTM Adventure ABS (R) | Preview

Tom Wera


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2012 KTM Motorcycle

Regardless of your destination, the 2012 KTM Adventure 990 was designed to take you there.

And with 115 horsepower on tap from the 999cc 75-degree V-Twin, the Adventure 990 can take you there rather quickly.

The Adventure 990 returns for 2012 as a carry-over with few upgrades – new orange powder-coated engine guards, newly-designed wrap-around hand guards, a modified center stand for easier use and new colors/graphics.

KTM also continues to offer the “R” model for the more adventurous rider. The KTM Adventure R, offered in a black color scheme, features a longer, 248mm/ 9.8-inches of suspension travel for aggressive riding, a seat height of 35.2 inches and higher ground clearance of 296mm/11.7 inches.

Both the standard Adventure and Adventure R arrive standard with ABS.

Beginning with the motor, the water-cooled V-Twin features four-valve cylinder heads with flow-optimized ducts and two overhead camshafts. The motor has lightweight pistons and connection roads for “decidedly spontaneous responsiveness, underlining its extremely sporty engine characteristics.”

Feeding the KTM Adventure 990 (R) is modern Keihin fuel injection that is also optimized for spontaneous response, allowing the machine to “harmonize raw power with optimum rideability.”

The trellis frame and aluminum subframe were designed to save weight while maintaining torsional stiffness needed for both on- and off-road performance. The KTM Adventure uses WP suspension components with adjustment so the rider can personally tailor the bike to his or her needs.

Braking is all Brembo, with dual 300mm discs up front squeezed by a two-piston caliper, with a 240mm single disc out back also squeezed by a two-piston caliper. The 2012 KTM Adventure 990 and Adventure R also feature standard ABS.

Speaking of the ABS, KTM says “The dis-connectible dual-circuit ABS system developed in cooperation with Bosch offers total protection against over-braking in all sports and touring situations, while maintaining the full effect and perfect feedback of a genuine sports brake thanks to very fine sensors.”

For long-distance comfort, the KTM Adventure 990 features a fairing/windscreen that offers optimal protection from the elements, a comfortable seat for both rider and passenger, and a large 15.2-gallon gas tank for non-stop miles. The oversized gas tank was also designed to support the legs while standing.

KTM says: “There is no shortage of details on the Adventure that distinguish it as a genuine travel enduro: from the practical, easily operated centre stand, the lockable stowage compartment between the tanks and the on-board electrical socket, to the robust engine guard, stable crash bars and hand guards.

“In addition to the standard engine guard, should the worst come to the worst, the Adventure is also equipped with orange powder-coated, extra-stable tubular crash bars, so that the bodywork is not so quickly damaged.”

As for colors, the Adventure 990 is offered in a white or blue color scheme, and the Adventure R in black.

Following are the specs for the 2012 KTM Adventure 990 ABS and Adventure R; as of this writing, the MSRP was not released, but expect to pay around $15,000 for the models.

2012 KTM Adventure 990 ABS / Adventure R Specs:

  • Engine type: 2-cylinder, 4-stroke, V 75°
  • Displacement: 999 cc
  • Bore/stroke: 101/62.4 mm
  • Power: 115hp @ 8750 rpm
  • Torque: 73.8 lb-ft @ 6750 rpm
  • Compression ratio: 11.5:1
  • Starter/battery: Electric starter/12V 11.2Ah
  • Transmission: 6 gears
  • Fuel system: Keihin Electronic fuel injection
  • Control: 4 V/DOHC
  • Lubrication: Pressure lubrication
  • Engine oil: Motorex, SAE 10W-50
  • Primary drive: 35:67
  • Final drive: 16:42
  • Cooling: Liquid cooling
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch, hydraulically operated
  • Engine management/ignition: Keihin EMS


  • Frame: Chromium-Molybdenum trellis frame, powder-coated
  • Subframe: Aluminum
  • Handlebar: Aluminum, tapered, 28/22 mm
  • Front suspension: WP-USD 48 mm
  • Rear suspension: WP-PDS shock absorber with hydraulic spring pre-load
  • Suspension travel front/rear: 210/210 mm
  • Suspension travel front/rear R Model, 248/248 mm
  • Front brake: 2 x Brembo two piston, floating caliper, floating brake disc 300mm
  • Rear brake: Brembo two piston, floating caliper, floating brake disc 240 mm
  • ABS: Bosch two channel ABS
  • Wheels front/rear: 2.15 x 21”; 4.25 x 18”
  • Tires front/rear: 90/90-21”; 150/70 R 18″
  • Chain: X-Ring 5/8 x 5/16″
  • Silencer: Twin stainless steel silencer with regulated catalytic converter
  • Steering head angle: 26.6°
  • Wheel base: 1,570 ± 10 mm
  • Ground clearance: 261 mm/10.3″
  • Ground clearance R Model: 296 mm/11.7″
  • Seat height: 860 mm/33.9
  • Seat height R Model: 895 mm/35.2″
  • Tank capacity: approx. 19.5 litres/15.2gal – 4 litres/1gal reserve
  • Weight (ready to race): approx. 209,5 kg / 461.9lbs (without fuel)
  • Weight: R Model: approx. 207 kg / 456.4lbs (without fuel)

Info Compliments of Ultimate Motorcycling


Okay, all you techie guys and gals out there…what do you think or make of an All Wheel Drive motorcycle?  They look like a normal bike….what does the jury think of this technology?  Does it make any sense?  I mean we do have All Wheel Drive Cars right?

Christini’s patented mechanical All Wheel Drive system delivers power from the motorcycle transmission to the front wheel through a series of chains and shafts. There is no energy-robbing hydraulics involved.

The lightweight all-mechanical system works similar to that of AWD systems found on four wheeled vehicles. The AWD system (powering the front wheel) is driven at a slightly lower rate than the rear wheel (approximately 80%). Under optimum traction conditions, the rear wheel is actually driving faster than the front AWD system. One-way clutches within the front hub allow the front wheel to freewheel under these conditions. At this point, the AWD system is effectively passive. Though the front AWD system is turning, it is not actually transferring power to the front wheel. When the rear wheel loses traction, the drive ratio, relative to your forward speed, changes. The AWD system engages, transferring power to the front wheel until traction is reestablished at the rear wheel.

The way the front system works is like pedaling a bicycle down hill. You are pedaling, but because of gravity (acting like the rear drive) the bike is traveling faster than you are delivering power. When you get to the bottom of the hill and slow down (similar to what happens when the rear wheel spins), you will begin to power the bike again.

An added benefit of AWD is that the front wheel does not want to wash out. When a front end tucks, the wheel stalls, stops turning, and begins to push. With the AWD system, as soon as the wheel begins to stall, power is delivered to the front wheel, forcing it to turn. With the front wheel under power, it is nearly impossible to wash out the front end.

Gold chain with no coverPower runs via chain from the secondary countershaft sprocket up to a gearbox located on the frame.
Picture of AWD hubPower is converted to a drive shaft running under the tank to the modified steering head.
Picture of AWD hubCounter rotating bevel gears located within the head tube transfer power to the lower triple clamp.
Picture of AWD hubThe lower triple clamp contains a small chain and sprocket system that drives two counter-rotating drive shafts.
Picture of AWD hubThe specially coated drive shafts are telescopic and incorporate linear ball spline bearings. They are counter rotating to eliminate torque effect. They run the length of the fork to the front hub.
Picture of AWD hubThe Christini AWD front hub is equipped with one-way clutches allowing the wheel to transfer power when needed, and freewheel when not in use.

Earth | Time Lapse View from Space, Fly Over | NASA, ISS by Michael König

A little break from the motorcycle action so if you get the chance take a look at this beautiful and creative video!!

As always best in wide screen and HD


Time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from August to October, 2011, who to my knowledge shot these pictures at an altitude of around 350 km. All credit goes to them. I intend to upload a FullHD-version presently.

HD, refurbished, smoothed, retimed, denoised, deflickered, cut, etc.

All in all I tried to keep the looks of the material as original as possible, avoided adjusting the colors and the like, since in my opinion the original footage itself already has an almost surreal and aestethical visual nature.

Music: Jan Jelinek | Do Dekor, faitiche back2001
w+p by Jan Jelinek, published by Betke Edition |

Image Courtesy of the Image Science & Analysis Laboratory,
NASA Johnson Space Center, The Gateway to Astronaut Photography of Earth

Editing: Michael König |

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

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