50 is just a number & Helicopter

April 5 – 6 2016

In February I turned 50, half a century old.  I remember when I was younger thinking 50 was old, yet when I look in a mirror…I don’t see an old woman.  Weird, I see someone who has been through many trials and tribulations but not weathered, not old, just living.

Ready for take off

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Where are you on the Map?

Visitors to our BLOG since October 28th, 2011….



is your State, Province, Country mapped?  Cheryl & I (aka advgrrls ) thank all of you for making this so much fun and seeing the world checking in means so much more than you will ever know!



OUR 2011 TRIP ROUTE (we made a few mods to the actual route)

Cruz TOOLS – Because OEM kits Suck


We have learned that the tool kits that come with many bikes just suck.  So, we started out our new and improved tool kit for our Beemers with a Cruz Tools kit and have since added many other might need extras from our own garage.  We feel the Cruz set up provides a good foundation and the quality of their tools are pretty decent. 

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“Prudhoe Bay Motel perfect for the end of the road”


Yeah this hotel is expensive at $110 per person but there are not many choices in Deadhorse. PLUS, you get to eat 24 hrs a day in their really good cafeteria. So, for the money you get WIFI, a very clean room and facility, clean showers & bathrooms, polite locals, wear your booties to help housekeeping and all is good.

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2012 Kawasaki KLR 650 | Preview

Tom Wera
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?

Because I LOVE Wild Life again!

Just watch and hopefully appreciate the beauty in these amazing creatures.

Credit for this beautiful Emperor Penguin film belongs to Ruedi & Priska Abbühl. Their websites: http://www.naturemovie.ch

I will let the video speak for itself.  A BLOG not only about bikes and adventures but my love for any thing wild.

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?


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. 



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


Do you agree with Cycle World’s Ten Best Bikes????????????

Ten Best Bikes 2011

Best Motorcycles of 2011

Cycle World Picks the Ten Best Motorcycles of 2011

Evolution continues, in good times or bad, whether you believe in it or not. Seems like only yesterday we were content as could be to ride along on our dinosaurs and horses, and now look at us. One trend continues in 2011: the shift in motorcycle power from Japan to Europe. Last year, five of our Top Ten came from Japan. This year, only three—and two of those were bones of contention that required significant gnawing. A weak dollar hurts bikes from Europe, but not as much as it’s hurt models manufactured in Japan. Five years ago, the spread between the sporty BMW K1200S and a Kawasaki ZX-10R was about $5K; in 2011, $151 is all that stands between the base BMW S1000RR and a new ZX-10R—and the aftermath of the earthquake that rocked Japan in March isn’t helping matters. If you’re lucky enough to ride one of these great motorcycles, count your blessings. As for us, we were lucky enough to ride all of them. And like Lou Gehrig said, we consider ourselves the luckiest people on the planet.

Best Motorcycles: July 25, 2011
Best Standard:
Kawasaki Z1000
Best Dual-Sport:
Triumph Tiger 800XC
Best Standard: Kawasaki Z1000 Best Dual-Sport: Triumph Tiger 800XC
Best Motorcycles: July 26, 2011
Best Open Streetbike:
Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport
Best Cruiser:
Ducati Diavel Carbon
Best Open Streetbike: Ducati Multistrada 1200 S Sport Best Cruiser: Ducati Diavel Carbon
Best Motorcycles: July 27, 2011
Best Middleweight Streetbike:
Kawasaki ZX-6R
Best Enduro Bike:
Husaberg FE570S
Best Middleweight Streetbike: Kawasaki ZX-6R Best Enduro Bike: Husaberg FE570S
Best Motorcycles: July 28, 2011
Best Motocrosser:
Suzuki RM-Z450
Best Sport-Touring Bike:
Best Motocrosser: Suzuki RM-Z450 Best Sport-Touring Bike: BMW K1600GT
Best Motorcycles: July 29, 2011
Best Touring Bike:
Best Superbike:
EBR 1190RS
Best Touring Bike: BMW K1600GTL Best Superbike:EBR 1190RS


New 2012 Arai TOUR X4 Helmet Announced

Neither one of us have ever used a DS helmet mainly because we are on the highways for work.  We always thought that the beak would catch too much wind and make for an uncomfortable commute and/or ride on pavement for long stretches. 

Any thoughts from those out there that wear this type of helmet?

This helmet is also being called the XD4 but on the Arai web page it is called the Tour X4.  Not sure which is correct.  😉


Arai XD-4 HelmetThe XD-3 has been the benchmark helmet for dual sport riding since its release. The Arai XD4 Helmet moves that benchmark 1 step up with the next evolution adventure helmets. All the details have yet to be released, but there are several upgrades and changes!Arai XD-4 Helmet

  • New comfort headliner, with micro fitting 5mm peel away temple pads.
  • Fully removable/replaceable/washable interior: Comfort head liner, Cheek pads, Chinstrap covers.
  • Dry-Cool technology keeps you dry and cool for greater comfort.
  • Patent pending, New FCS (Facial Contour Support) cheek pad design, also with a 5mm peel away micro fit feature.
  • New shell shape for better aerodynamic stability at higher street speeds.
  • New exhaust ports added to the top diffuser vents.
  • New chin vent with more intake ports.
  • Visor brow vents on the new visor.

We will have a Arai XD4 Helmet review as soon as we can get one in stock!

Arai XD-4 Solid Helmets

Color Schemes:


Because we like this bike we are posting it here.  We used to own a Honda CBF1000 and for a street bike the Honda was such a great bike to ride.  Although we do not have a bottomless budget, if we did we would probably own this bike as part of our collection.  Would be nice to be able to own at least one bike in each class wouldn’t it? 🙂

2012 BMW F 800 R | Preview

Tom Wera

Info from Ultimate Motorcycling

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2012 BMW Motorcycles

When the BMW F 800 R debuted in 2009, it expanded on the Bavarian motorcycle manufacturer’s popular parallel twin line. This smaller BMW roadster provided riders with agility, sporty performance and impressive fuel mileage (about 55 mpg).

Already a proven success, BMW returns for 2012 with the BMW F800R with the same chassis/engine as previous models, but a visual makeover.

Speaking of this makeover, BMW says “even more than before, the sporty flair and agility of the BMW F 800 R is now reflected in its highly dynamic design. The front side trim sections have been redesigned.

“They also serve as radiator covers and are now finished in body color, as are the front mudguards. What is more, the spring of the rear spring strut is finished in red to highlight the sporty character of this naked bike. The Sport windshield finished in body color and the white direction indicators are now part of the standard equipment of the new F800 R.”

The 798cc, liquid-cooled, four-valve parallel twin features a “spontaneous” response and produces 87 horsepower at 8,000 rpm, and 63 ft. lbs. of torque at 6,000 rpm. The motor features 12:1 compression ratio, and six-speed transmission.

The BMW F800R features an aluminum frame and dual swing arm and a 59.8-inch wheelbase, and carries a ready-to-ride weight of 437 pounds.

Stopping the 2012 BMW F 800 R dual 320mm Brembo discs up front squeezed by four-piston calipers, with a single 265mm disc out back.

Following are the highlights and color options for the 2012 BMW F 800 R. As of this writing, the MSRP has not been reported.

2012 BMW F800R Highlights:

  • New: Newly designed front side trim sections in body color.
  • New: Front mudguards in body color.
  • New: Spring of rear spring strut finished in red.
  • New: Sport windshield in body color (now as standard).
  • New: White direction indicators (now as standard).
  • Compact, sporty naked bike with high level of riding dynamics and agility.
  • Liquid-cooled parallel twin with a capacity of 798 cc, 4-valve technology, DOHC cam follower valve drive and unique mass balancing.
  • Output 64 kW/87 bhp at 8000 rpm, torque 86 Nm at 6000 rpm.
  • Excellent pulling power for maximum riding fun on country roads.
  • Manifold injection with electronic engine control.
  • Torsionally stiff aluminum frame and dual swing arm.
  • Dry weight/road-ready weight: 389/437 lbs..
  • Fuel tank positioned under seat for optimum center of gravity.
  • High-performance Brembo brake system, optionally with BMW Motorrad ABS.

2012 BMW F800R Color Options/MSRP:

  • Alpine white/Black satin gloss
  • Magma red/ White aluminum metallic matt
  • Mineral silver metallic



We want to know where everyone is from who is taking a look at the BLOG….if you wouldn’t mind leaving a comment as to where you are in the world and how did you hear about this BLOG we would love it. Thanks! Cheryl & Leslie

Oh and don’t be shy 😉

Update:  We see so many visits from all over the world…would love to hear from the folks in the far east, South America, Australia, everywhere…so many taking a peek but not chiming in…as we said above don’t be shy…share where you are from so we all can see.  Thanks for taking the time to view our BLOG!  Also, feel free to share our link…the more the merrier! 😉

Cheryl being Cheryl
Leslie’s as always self-portrait


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