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  1. Known for their forward-thinking approach and innovative efforts, the Redondo Beach, California Police Department has recently added to their fleet a pair of custom police motorcycles based on the Honda CRF1000L platform. The two Africa Twin Police Bikes were donated by American Honda to support the recently launched City of Redondo Beach Police Foundation, which funds new technologies to help advance the vision of the police department. The move to acquire the new bikes started when officers began considering the possibility of transitioning from their current Honda ST1300p bikes to an adventure-bike platform. This with the idea that their relative agility, lighter weight, and increased suspension travel would make them well suited for police work. Enter the Africa Twin, a 998cc adventure bike that is smaller and more nimble than conventional police motorcycles yet still has the power needed for police duties. Police Chief Keith Kauffman approached Honda with the idea, and after officers successfully tested a pair of units, Honda decided to move ahead with the donation. The donated Africa Twins are equipped with automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which helps officers to focus more of their attention on riding and police work. In addition, the units have been equipped with a number of Honda Accessories. But that’s not all, with the help of noted bike customizer Roland Sands, the police department has made a number of modifications targeted at increasing the bike’s law-enforcement functionality. The Africa Twin Police Bike is equipped with an AR-15 riffle with locking gun mount. Among the many police-specific enhancements included in the build are a set of U.S. Armor soft saddlebags with level IV rifle plate armor, an HBH AR-15 locking gun mount, an axion police camera, lidar gun, a SoundOff Signal bluePRINT police PA and lighting system, and a quick-release Kevlar ballistic blanket that acts as a bulletproof shield. U.S. Armor customized soft saddlebags include a quick-release bulletproof shield that extends across the bike to provide instant cover for police officers. With the aid of Ohlins suspension, Dunlop D908 tires, Cycra hand guards, AltRider skid plate, crash bars and a high fender kit, the RBPD will also be ready to pursue criminals anywhere they go whether it be the soft sand of the beach, jogging paths, train tracks or stair steps. Seat comfort was improved with a Saddlemen custom Seat cover with gel insert. VIDEO: Honda Africa Twin Police Bike at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show. The Roland Sands Police Bike will act as a test bed for innovative new law enforcement products and techniques. “One of the things that the police department is really focused on is our vision statement: ‘We are the community, leading the way in law enforcement,” Chief Kauffman said. “That’s why when we look at partnering, we’re going out to the experts. If we want to be one of the most innovative law-enforcement departments in the country, we have to push the needle.” If nothing else, we expect Redondo Beach’s Africa Twin will help make patrolling the streets a more efficient task for the officers. And we wouldn’t be surprised if there is a line of cadets waiting eagerly for a ride on this amazing custom built-police bike — a functional work of art by Roland Sands Designs. RBPD Africa Twin Police Bike Build List · Ohlins complete adventure forks (FFHO 101) · Ohlins rear piggyback shock (STX 46) · Dunlop D908 Rally Raid tires · Talon hubs with Excel rims (by Dubya) · Pro Taper handlebars (Adventure bend) · Cycra Pro Bend CRM Ultra handguards · Saddlemen custom Seat cover with gel insert · K&N air filter · Police wiring harness by HBH · HBH AR-15 locking gun mount · SoundOff Signal Blueprint LED police lighting and PA system · Axiom police camera · PVP wireless push-to-talk radio communication · Yoshimura RS-4 Slip On Exhaust · U.S. Armor locking, quick-release, soft saddlebags with level IV rifle plate armor · Pull out Kevlar ballistic blanket · Trauma kit · Lidar Gun · AltRider Crashbars (custom PA speaker, laser/radar gun mounts by RSD) · AltRider Skidplate · AltRider High front fender mount with Cycra supermoto fender · AltRider Front fork guards · AltRider Front headlight guard · AltRider Rear brake reservoir guard · Altrider Luggage racks (pillion and rear) · Pivot Pegz footpegs · Paint by Airtrix · Powdercoat by Specialized Coatings Photos by Roland Sands Designs and Stephen Gregory
  2. Known for their forward-thinking approach and innovative efforts, the Redondo Beach, California Police Department has recently added to their fleet a pair of custom police motorcycles based on the Honda CRF1000L platform. The two Africa Twin Police Bikes were donated by American Honda to support the recently launched City of Redondo Beach Police Foundation, which funds new technologies to help advance the vision of the police department. The move to acquire the new bikes started when officers began considering the possibility of transitioning from their current Honda ST1300p bikes to an adventure-bike platform. This with the idea that their relative agility, lighter weight, and increased suspension travel would make them well suited for police work. Enter the Africa Twin, a 998cc adventure bike that is smaller and more nimble than conventional police motorcycles yet still has the power needed for police duties. Police Chief Keith Kauffman approached Honda with the idea, and after officers successfully tested a pair of units, Honda decided to move ahead with the donation. The donated Africa Twins are equipped with automatic Dual Clutch Transmission (DCT), which helps officers to focus more of their attention on riding and police work. In addition, the units have been equipped with a number of Honda Accessories. But that’s not all, with the help of noted bike customizer Roland Sands, the police department has made a number of modifications targeted at increasing the bike’s law-enforcement functionality. The Africa Twin Police Bike is equipped with an AR-15 riffle with locking gun mount. Among the many police-specific enhancements included in the build are a set of U.S. Armor soft saddlebags with level IV rifle plate armor, an HBH AR-15 locking gun mount, an axion police camera, lidar gun, a SoundOff Signal bluePRINT police PA and lighting system, and a quick-release Kevlar ballistic blanket that acts as a bulletproof shield. U.S. Armor customized soft saddlebags include a quick-release bulletproof shield that extends across the bike to provide instant cover for police officers. With the aid of Ohlins suspension, Dunlop D908 tires, Cycra hand guards, AltRider skid plate, crash bars and a high fender kit, the RBPD will also be ready to pursue criminals anywhere they go whether it be the soft sand of the beach, jogging paths, train tracks or stair steps. Seat comfort was improved with a Saddlemen custom Seat cover with gel insert. VIDEO: Honda Africa Twin Police Bike at the Long Beach International Motorcycle Show. The Roland Sands Police Bike will act as a test bed for innovative new law enforcement products and techniques. “One of the things that the police department is really focused on is our vision statement: ‘We are the community, leading the way in law enforcement,” Chief Kauffman said. “That’s why when we look at partnering, we’re going out to the experts. If we want to be one of the most innovative law-enforcement departments in the country, we have to push the needle.” If nothing else, we expect Redondo Beach’s Africa Twin will help make patrolling the streets a more efficient task for the officers. And we wouldn’t be surprised if there is a line of cadets waiting eagerly for a ride on this amazing custom built-police bike — a functional work of art by Roland Sands Designs. RBPD Africa Twin Police Bike Build List · Ohlins complete adventure forks (FFHO 101) · Ohlins rear piggyback shock (STX 46) · Dunlop D908 Rally Raid tires · Talon hubs with Excel rims (by Dubya) · Pro Taper handlebars (Adventure bend) · Cycra Pro Bend CRM Ultra handguards · Saddlemen custom Seat cover with gel insert · K&N air filter · Police wiring harness by HBH · HBH AR-15 locking gun mount · SoundOff Signal Blueprint LED police lighting and PA system · Axiom police camera · PVP wireless push-to-talk radio communication · Yoshimura RS-4 Slip On Exhaust · U.S. Armor locking, quick-release, soft saddlebags with level IV rifle plate armor · Pull out Kevlar ballistic blanket · Trauma kit · Lidar Gun · AltRider Crashbars (custom PA speaker, laser/radar gun mounts by RSD) · AltRider Skidplate · AltRider High front fender mount with Cycra supermoto fender · AltRider Front fork guards · AltRider Front headlight guard · AltRider Rear brake reservoir guard · Altrider Luggage racks (pillion and rear) · Pivot Pegz footpegs · Paint by Airtrix · Powdercoat by Specialized Coatings Photos by Roland Sands Designs and Stephen Gregory
  3. The Brits are famous for their sophistication, charm and proclivity for adventure. Those same traits are also evident in the Triumph Tiger line of Adventure Bikes. And here we were, a room full of Moto Journalists, with British Triumph Execs proudly touting their new flagship Adventure Bike during the Tiger 1200 Press Introduction. Their passion for motorcycles was undeniable, but even more apparent, a sense of national pride in being a part of Triumph’s legendary heritage. The Triumph Tiger history can be traced back to 1936 when Tiger 70s, 80s and 90s dominated International Six Days off-road competitions. The Tiger’s Adventure Motorcycling roots began in 1973 when famed explorer Ted Simon set off to travel the world on a Tiger 100 and sparked a movement. And Triumph’s first modern Adventure Bike — the 1993 Tiger 900 — helped define today’s segment with its innovative design. While there are no shortage of retro-styled motorcycles in Triumph’s line up that celebrate the company’s rich history, the new Tiger 1200 is modern in every way. With a major revamp for 2018 that touched everything from styling, electronics, powertrain, chassis, ergonomics and more, the new model is on the cutting edge of technology for the Adventure Class. The Triumph Tiger 1200 comes in two different ranges. The XR range is street focused with cast wheels, while the XC range is optimized for dirt work with wire-spoke wheels and off road protection. Here’s What’s New Changes to the 2017 Tiger Explorer 1200 line start with an official name change. The ‘Explorer’ moniker has been dropped and it is now simply the ‘Tiger 1200.’ The bike has also undergone a significant weight loss program, dropping up to 22 pounds compared to the previous year’s model, with much of the weight coming off the engine’s crank and flywheel to help the powerplant spin up faster for more immediate power delivery. They’ve also found ways to trim weight by utilizing a magnesium cam cover, a lighter silencer, smaller battery and several other lighter-weight components. The engine is now even smoother thanks to refined engine mappings that provide better throttle response for the 139 horsepower 1,215cc triple engine. Peak horsepower remains roughly the same but the motor benefits from a faster revving, more-lively feel caused by reduced inertial forces. The ride-by-throttle system also adds a new rider mode for XC models (off-road wire-spoke wheel models). Now with ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode, advanced riders on knobby tires can push the bike to it’s full potential. Off-Road Pro effectively turns off Traction Control and ABS (both front and rear), while stiffening damping and adjusting preload for a more-aggressive stance. Source: Triumph Motorcycles Another performance enhancement (or convenience) available on the higher-spec XCa and XRt models is the new ‘Shift Assist’ system that lets you downshift or upshift without using the clutch. Shift Assist automatically blips the throttle and engages the clutch to allow you to shift gears faster during high-performance riding. Off-Road riders will also appreciate effortless clutchless shifts in technical terrain when trying to maintain a secure grip on the bars. Comfort has also been enhanced significantly on the new Tiger 1200. Seating has been improved with a new foam compound, while a new handlebar bend reduces the riders stretch to the bars. An all-new 5″ Color TFT display provides an easy-to-use interface. High and Low Contrast settings provide optimal visibility in all light conditions and the display is highly configurable with multiple style themes to choose from. Cruise control refinements, a keyless ignition and new illuminated handlebar switches provide additional enhancements to rider comfort and convenience. The 5″ Color TFT Display offers multiple ‘themes’ that allow you to customize the layout of information linked to riding modes. A bank of LED lights sequentially illuminate according to the bike’s lean angle to light up the rider’s path into the corner. Styling has been improved with distinctive LED lighting all around. Enclosed in the headlight housing is a set of Daytime Running Lights and Adaptive Cornering Lights. As the motorcycle leans over into the turn, a bank of cornering lights sequentially illuminate to shine additional light on the patch of road you are turning into. New LED Auxiliary Lights included on the XCa and XRt models are also 150% brighter than the previous version. LED turn indicators will also be made available on US models. Tiger 1200 Core Technology The old Tiger Explorer was already an advanced machine and many of the technologies were carried over from the previous year’s model. These include Triumph Semi Active Suspension (TSAS) that automatically adjusts damping and preload on-the-fly based on the current rider mode and input from the terrain. Integrated brakes apply a proportional amount of rear braking force when the front brake lever is squeezed. Both ABS and Traction control are lean angle sensitive to ensure the proper amount of brake and power modulation is applied depending on the tire’s contact patch. IMU sensor measures the motorcycle’s status (pitch, yaw, roll, vertical, lateral and longitudinal acceleration) to calculate lean angle and ensure greater stability. When coming to a halt carrying heavy loads or a passenger on a steep incline, Hill Hold Control (HHC) keeps the bike from rolling backwards, automatically applying the rear brake until the rider begins moving forward. A ‘Ride by Throttle’ system enables up to six different ride modes (Rain, Road, Off Road, Sport, Off Road Pro and Rider). Each ride mode has its own pre-selected setting for ABS, TC, throttle maps and suspension settings. Each individual ride mode can be customized further with an option to reset everything back to factory settings. Heated front and rear seats along with an electronically-adjustable windscreen (tall touring screen standard on the XCa and XRt models) provide long-range comfort, while a USB socket and two 12V powerlet sockets (rider and passenger) provide convenient charging power for heated gear and other electronic equipment. First Impressions There was no quibbling about the location Triumph picked for the Tiger 1200 launch — the Andalusian Coast of Southern Spain. Few places in Western Europe still enjoy dry weather in late November but more importantly, the countryside has a wealth of uncongested mountain roads and rugged off-road trails that cut through a desert landscape dotted with quaint villages and medieval castles. I was eager to try out the XCa — the model that comes standard with wire-spoke wheels, off-road protection and all the gadgets. Sitting on the bike for the first time, it both looks and feels smaller than its spec sheet might suggest. I immediately liked the way the tank felt; it’s narrow between the knees and offers plenty of room for longer-legged riders. The length of the fuel tank front-to-back is also fairly short, which allows for a more forward seated position. Additionally, the new handlebars are comfortably placed, putting you naturally upright without stretching you over the tank. Fit and finish of the bike are top notch with well thought out handlebar switches and premium touches like the billet pegs, WP suspension, a large touring windscreen and Brembo brakes. The new TFT screen is eye catching with it’s color display while offering intuitive navigation of a wide range of options. Switching through different ride modes also changes the theme and layout of the tachometer and speedometer, giving you a stronger visual queue of the ride mode currently selected. The bike is also nicely appointed for off-road use with durable hand guards, a set of beefy engine guards and adequate skid plate protection. Asphalt Performance We began the day with a highway cruise along the Mediterranean coast, which provided the perfect opportunity to test the bike’s touring capabilities. The electronically-adjustable windscreen, conveniently controlled with a thumb joystick, offered excellent wind protection and the updated saddle remained comfortable throughout the journey. The heated grips and seat were appreciated in the cooler temperatures and the cruise control worked flawlessly. Only a small tingle in the bars could be felt at highway speeds, and the ergos felt just right for long-haul miles. Once at the base of the mountain, we were greeted by a beautiful set of s-turns that took us all the way up to the snow line. Asphalt was smooth and clean of debris with everything from long sweeping turns to tight hairpins. Being a Monday, there were few other vehicles on the road and the pace picked up quickly as we followed lead rider, and Isle of Man racer, Garrett Johnson up the hill. With the Tiger in Sport Mode, the suspension damping stiffens up and sag is adjusted front and rear to provide optimal stability for aggressive riding. The TSAS is always calculating and adjusting the suspension based on the current load and road conditions as well. Sport mode also gives a more aggressive throttle response and reduces traction control intervention to allow a small amount of rear tire spin. With the Metzeler Tourance NEXT tires heated up, it was hard to upset the chassis in Sport Mode. Only with traction control ‘Off’ could I initiate a rear-wheel slide, yet the tractable power of the Tiger always felt under control. The Tiger gets excellent grip under acceleration partially because its triple engine has a softer hit down low than the torquey big-bore twins common in the class. Another reason is a perfectly-tuned fuel map that allows it to smoothly accelerate under load. Although, there is no shortage of low-end torque on tap. You can put it in 4th gear at 15 mph, crack the throttle wide open, and it will pull away smoothly without a bog. The motor loves to rev too. So you can leave it in 3rd gear most of the time and it rarely requires a shift. Getting the bike leaned over in a turn is easier than you might expect for a 547-pound dry weight adventure bike, and the Tiger allows you to make lean angle adjustments mid-turn without a fuss. On a few occasions, I got into a turn hotter than I anticipated but the forgiving Tiger 1200 gave me that extra lean angle I needed to tighten my turn with room to spare. Shift assist was entertaining to play with on the mountain road, providing fast clutchless up and down shifts. And if you accidentally downshift too high in the revs, Torque Assist ensures the rear wheel doesn’t start skipping across the pavement. The Brembo brakes also didn’t disappoint, requiring just one finger and a gentle pull to bring the bike to a halt. Off-Road Performance Our Day Two consisted of all dirt and the Tiger 1200 XCa got fitted with a set of optional Pirelli Scorpion Dual Sport knobby tires to better handle the soft sandy trails of Southern Spain. We were led by Dakar Rally Racer Nick Plumb and Charley Boorman of ‘Long Way Round’ fame who also raced the Dakar Rally in 2006. Getting familiar with the bike was easy on the Southern California-like terrain and while I was concerned about the new bars being too far back for stand up riding, they felt surprisingly good. Bar h also felt about right even with my 34″ inseam, although I would have liked to roll them forward a tad. A shorter tank with a forward seated position also gave the bike a balanced feel sitting down in turns. The Scorpion Rally tires offered excellent grip in the soft terrain and the bike maintained good traction accelerating out of turns even with Traction Control off. With the Tiger’s tractable power, you have to grab a handful of throttle to get the tail kicked out. The power delivery is so controllable that both off-road modes maintain full power in the dirt (only rain mode has a small power reduction). A narrow tank allows riders to get in a more natural stand up riding position and makes it easier to grip the tank with your knees. After previously testing the 2015 Tiger Explorer 1200 (before the move to WP Suspension), I was left unimpressed with its off-road capability. The new Tiger feels nimble for a big-bore Adventure Bike and its tight turning radius lets you turn around on a dime. The suspension is also much more lively and agile on the trail. Soon I was feeling comfortable leaning it deep into turns while getting both tires sliding. And whenever the bike got a bit unsettled, the forgiving chassis made it easy to quickly regain composure. While the terrain we rode wasn’t technical, there were several opportunities to get both wheels off the ground and push the suspension in a few rocky washes. With the bike in Off-Road Pro mode the suspension is stiffened, giving the bike extra stability to hold a clean line through choppy terrain and to resist bottoming. The Tiger likes to be ridden fast and goes where you point it, but if you slow down you will notice more the heft of the bike. The soft throttle hit and the weight also make it a challenge to lift the front wheel over obstacles. Clearly it’s no KTM 1090R or Africa Twin, but it can hold its own off-road with any of the other 19″ front wheel Adventure Bikes in the category. The Bottom Line Triumph has been refining the Tiger 1200 platform since it was first introduced in 2011. This year’s updated version marks a major improvement that should not be disregarded. The significant weight loss offers improved agility on both the street and dirt, giving the Tiger 1200 a performance edge the previous model lacked. At the same time, the bike comes fully-loaded with all the luxury accouterments and a cozy seat to make it a comfortable long-distance touring mount. Although with only a 5.3 gallon fuel capacity, its range is somewhat limited. Even so, the smallish fuel tank helps give the bike a more nimble feel that pays big dividends for performance riding. What sets the Tiger 1200 apart is its triple engine that offers smooth, tractable power and an ear-pleasing howl from its Titanium Arrow exhaust. It doesn’t have the low-end punch of a big-bore twin, but it is easier to control the power and a forgiving chassis allows riders to push their limits safely. While versatility is the Tiger’s greatest strength, its performance envelope will still keep advanced riders entertained on both the street and dirt. All the new equipment and performance updates do come at a cost. MSRP for the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa increases from $20,700 to $21,750. Considering all the upgrades, it seems like a reasonable increase and still puts the Tiger competitively priced with other offerings in the Luxury Adventure Touring Segment. Look for the new Tiger 1200 to start arriving on US showroom floors around mid-February 2018. 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 XCa Specs Engine Type: Liquid-cooled 12 valve, DOHC, in-line 3-cylinder Displacement: 1215cc Bore & Stroke: 85 x 71.4mm Max. Power Output: 139 HP @ 9,350rpm Max. Torque: 90 ft-lbs @ 7,600rpm Compression: 11.0:1 Fuel System: Ride by Wire, fuel injection Exhaust: Stainless steel 3 into 1 header system, stainless steel silencer Clutch: Wet, multi-plate hydraulically operated, torque assist Gearbox: 6 speed Final Drive: Shaft drive Frame Type: Tubular steel trellis Suspension (front): WP 48mm upside down forks, rebouand and compression manual damping adjustment Suspension Travel (front): 7.48 in. Suspension (rear): Cast aluminium swing arm with shaft drive, WP mono-shock, rebound damping and hydraulic preload adjustment Suspension Travel (rear): 7.59 in. Brakes Front: Twin 305mm floating discs radially mounted monoblock Brembo 4-piston calipers, Switchable ABS Brakes Rear: Single 282mm disc, Nissin 2-piston sliding caliper, Switchable ABS Tires Front: 120/70-19 Tires Rear: 170/60-17 Wheels Front: Wire spoke 19 x 3.0 in. Wheels Rear: Wire spoke 17 x 4.5 in. Seat Height (STD/Low): 32.9/33.7 in. Height (without mirrors): 57.8 in. Rake: 23.2º Trail: 3.93 in. Length: 87.2 in. Wheelbase: 87.8 in. Dry Weight: 547 lbs. Fuel Capacity: 5.3 US Gallons Fuel consumption: 40.6 mpg Color Options: Crystal White, Marine MSRP Pricing USD: $21,750 GEAR WE USED • Helmet: Shoei Hornet X2 • Jacket: Rukka Rough Road • Pants: Rukka Rough Road • Gloves: Racer Guide Glove • Boots: REV’IT! Discovery Outdry • Bluetooth Headset: Sena 10c
  4. With a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) on the dash, potential tire hazards can be brought to the forefront of your attention before you experience a problem. Most Adventure Riders already know the importance of running proper tire pressure. Over the years, I’ve had countless tire pressure mishaps that have put me in precarious situations. Whether it be a slow leak, pinch flat, puncture, defective tire or simply forgetting to check the tires, tire pressure-related accidents are a danger we as motorcyclists all face at some time or another. Using a TPMS (Tire Pressure Monitoring System) is one way to help improve your safety in many of these situations. A TPMS device can alert you when you begin running low on pressure or when there is a sudden drop, often giving you enough warning to pull over before you experience a loss of control. TPMS devices are more commonly found on high-end European Adventure Bike models but if dropping $15,000 or more on a new motorcycle isn’t in the cards, there are affordable aftermarket TPMS kits you can install on your existing bike. Searching For an Aftermarket TPMS One thing we missed on our KTM 1090 Adventure R long-term test bike was the factory TPMS that came standard on its predecessor, the 1190 Adventure R. Searching through motorcycle TPMS solutions, we came across a new product from Cyclops Adventure Sports. The Cyclops aftermarket TPMS gives you real-time air pressure and tire temperature readouts through a compact display that can be conveniently mounted on your dash or handlebar. The system uses replacement valve stem caps with sensors inside that send data to a display for independent front and rear tire measurements. When tire pressure suddenly drops or falls out of range, an audible alarm and red flashing light immediately warns you. The TPMS kit can be quickly installed on virtually any motorcycle with either tube or tubeless tires, and has configurable high and low pressure warning thresholds for each tire. Replacement valve stem caps with sensors inside send data to the TPMS display providing independent front and rear tire air temperature and pressure readings. Yet there’s more to a TPMS than just low tire pressure warnings. Running optimal tire pressure to match the terrain can improve both performance and tire longevity. Being able to see your tire pressure at a glance eliminates unnecessary stops to manually check tires with a gauge. Temperature and elevation changes can also cause big fluctuations in tire pressure that are important to monitor. You loose roughly 1 Psi for every 2,000 feet of elevation drop and another 1 Psi for every drop of 10°F. For example, if you started your ride at high elevation with hot mid-day temperatures then rode to sea level arriving in cool evening temperatures, the loss of air pressure could be significant enough to cause speed wobbles on the highway or potentially a bent rim from a pothole. With a TPMS on the dash, potential tire hazards can be brought to the forefront of our attention before they become a problem. All too often, we don’t remember to stop and check our tire pressure until after we get ourselves into a bad situation. The Cyclops TPMS provides real-time tire pressure readings and alerts you instantly if there’s a problem. Cyclops TPMS Installation Considering the safety and time saving benefits of a Tire Pressure Monitoring System, we were eager to try out the new Cyclops aftermarket TPMS. Installation is fairly simple with the option to either clamp the device onto your handle bars (7/8″ or 1 1/8″) or use a 3M sticky pad to attach it to the bike’s dash. We chose the sticky pad option, placing it conveniently on the left side dash. Installing the device does include wiring it up to a power supply but that was easy on the 1090 Adventure R. An accessory power and ground wire are just underneath the 12-volt charging port cover (wires marked ‘ACC2’), and you can access them without pulling apart the dash. For a cleaner installation, we drilled a small hole adjacent to the 12-volt charging port to run the wires into the dash. The ‘ACC2’ accessory power and ground wire can be found just underneath the 12-volt charging port cover on the KTM 1090 Adventure R. Next we replaced the stock valve stem caps with the tire pressure sensing caps included in the kit. The valve stem cap marked ‘A’ goes on the front tire and ‘B’ goes on the rear, with a locking nut to ensure they stay in place. Each valve stem cap weighs just 0.3 ounces, so it’s not heavy enough to require re-balancing the tires. Cyclops recommends using metal valve stems, but also reports that problems with rubber valve stems are rare. The KTM 1090 Adventure R already comes with metal valve stems (as do most inner tubes) so it wasn’t a concern for us. Tire pressure alarm settings on the device are pre-set at 26 Psi (low)/41 Psi (high) for the front and 29 Psi (low)/43 Psi (high) for the rear. The system is also pre-configured to set off an alarm if the tire’s air temperature exceeds 154°F (68°C) or if there is a sudden air leak. For many riders, the stock settings are adequate but we opted to drop the low pressure alarm down to 22 Psi on the front tire and 20 Psi on the rear to account for off-road riding pressures. Changing settings was fairly easy with a few clicks of the menu buttons. Cyclops TPMS Testing [embedded content]Demonstration of low pressure tire alarm activating after front tire drops below our custom minimum warning setting (22 Psi). After a quick ride around the block, the system was up and running with readouts for both tire temperature and air pressure toggling on the screen. Heading out of the garage on the first ride, I thought about how I’d normally be thinking “when was the last time I checked my tire pressure?”. It was also nice to have the TPMS clearly visible on the dash, separate from the bike’s digital display. On bikes with a factory TPMS, the tire pressure readouts are often buried in layers of menus and can get lost in the clutter. After testing the Cyclops TPMS over several thousands of miles, we never had any problems with the valve stem caps loosening and the tire pressure readings always proved accurate. The display on the TPMS is easy to read in direct sunlight or at night and remained waterproof in wet weather. With the TPMS clearly visible on the dash, I was always surprised to see how much tire pressure fluctuates with elevation, temperature and riding aggressiveness. We missed the factory TPMS that came standard on the 1090’s predecessor, the 1190 Adventure R. Yet our new Cyclops aftermarket TPMS works even better with it clearly visible on the dash, separated from the clutter of the digital display. While I never experienced a flat tire during our testing, on one occasion an impact with a big rock caused the tubless front tire to lose its seal around the bead for a split second. The hard impact pushed out about 7 Psi of air and triggered the alarm. The audible warning was loud enough to hear and the flashing light got my attention immediately. This early warning allowed me to pull over to appraise the damage and fill the tire back up with air. If it were not for the Cyclops TPMS, I probably would have kept riding unaware of the situation and the next big rock could have caused a puncture or bent rim. Several times when a loss of traction in a soft patch of dirt had me convinced I was getting a flat, a quick look at the TPMS let me know right away that all was well with the tires. One small snag we noticed with the Cyclops aftermarket TPMS was that when you first start the bike after it has been sitting in the garage for awhile, the tire pressure shows the measurement from your last ride. An accurate reading is measured once you ride the bike about 100 yards. Apparently, this is by design to save battery life. The sensors are motion activated, set to go to sleep when not in use. Batteries are said to last at least one year and a spare set are included in the kit. If you find you need a replacement set while on the road, common watch-type batteries are used that can typically be sourced from a hardware store or supermarket. Final Thoughts For Adventure Riders who regularly transition between street and dirt, a TPMS becomes all the more important to maintain optimal tire pressure for the terrain. It’s rare to find an aftermarket upgrade that can significantly improve safety and convenience for a relatively small amount of money. At just $130, the Cyclops TPMS offers a lot of bang for the buck. And for Adventure Riders who regularly adjust tire pressures when transitioning between street and dirt, a TPMS is all the more important to have. Cyclops developed their motorcycle TPMS kit specifically for Adventure Riders and the product underwent many months of rigorous testing and several renditions before they considered it ‘ready’ to bring to market. Whether you ride a KTM 990 Adventure, V-Strom, KLR650, F800GS or DR650, its nice knowing your bike doesn’t have to be state-of-the-art to get the benefits of a TPMS. And the fact that it’s simple, lightweight and easy to install makes the idea of adding the Cyclops TPMS to your machine all the more worthwhile. Shopping Options . Photos by Steve Kamrad and Karla Robleto
  5. The product of extensive research and crowd-sourced feedback from a deep pool of female adventure riders, the all-new Artemis combines KLIM’s renowned apparel technology and functionality into a custom-engineered piece for women. Robust and equipped for intercontinental travel, and comfortable enough for day-trip explorations, the Artemis features absolute weatherproofness, great durability, excellent cargo capacity and a custom-engineered, female-specific comfort-mapped ventilation system featuring ten (10) adjustable ventilation ports. Guaranteed to Keep You Dry The KLIM Artemis utilizes KLIM’s GORE-TEX Fabric laminate technology to seal out external elements without complicating the apparel system with cumbersome “waterproof” liners. GORE-TEX laminated to the external performance shell guarantees 100% waterproofness via its proprietary breathable membrane. Take It To The Dirt Artemis was designed to extend your riding options and inspire confidence when tackling variable terrain. Its inherent durability ensures it will perform through it all. Starting with KLIM’s exclusive KARBONITE™ ripstop overlays on the elbows, shoulders and knees, this gear set is serious about resisting wear. Add in genuine goat leather inner-knees, and the system is clearly off-road oriented and dirt worthy. Intelligent Comfort Systems As a world travel-worthy gear set, the Artemis is engineered to extend comfort despite external factors. That’s why the KLIM engineering team worked hard to custom comfort-map the Artemis’ intelligent ventilation system to work in concert with the female form. Ten custom ventilation port locations in the jacket and four in the pant ensure adequate airflow throughout the combo with premium KLIMATEK™ cooling mesh backing the armor pockets. This ensures the most efficient airflow and cooling effect possible when the riding action or temperatures heat up. When it comes to comfort, fit can be as important as ventilation, and without proper fit no garment is going to perform, as it should. That’s why KLIM’s product development team engineered adjustment systems into the Artemis pieces. Each jacket enjoys four arm and two waist quick-adjust straps and zippered hip gussets to fit different body types or accommodate for layering options. Artemis pants feature adjustable snap hem closures to fit varying boot and leg shapes and an adjustable waist cinch helps you dial in the right fit. A soft collar liner keeps you in the jacket longer and the upgraded polygiene anti-odor liner means both pieces can go for months without smelling like it. Armor Up KLIM utilizes the best armor systems in the world. And the Artemis enjoys this standard with a full suite of D3O level 1 shoulder, elbow, back, hip and knee armor pieces to provide coverage across the board. To keep riders more comfortable, KLIM includes KLIMATEK cooling fabric technology in the mesh armor pockets throughout. This enhances D3O’s ventilation significantly. Also, unique pad retention systems on the upper calf of the Artemis pant keep knee armor in place throughout riding movements. Cargo Capacity There are ten different pocket choices in the Artemis jacket alone, providing quick-access, large volume or discreet storage options for all your travel needs. From concealed document pockets to a massive rear storage area, the Artemis is engineered to contain everything you could need. The Artemis Adventure Suit is set to launch February 2018. MSRP for the Artemis Jacket is $699.99 and $549.99 for the Pant. . KLIM Artemis Suit Features ARTEMIS JACKET • GORE-TEX PERFORMANCE SHELL • GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY • KARBONITE™ RIPSTOP OVERLAYS IN THE ELBOWS AND SHOULDERS • ADJUSTABLE VELCRO CUFF CLOSURES • COMFORT MAPPED VENTILATION FOR WOMEN • KLIMATEK™ COOLING MESH IN THE PAD POCKETS • 2 CHEST VENT POCKETS • 2 CROSS-CORE VENTS • 2 ARTICULATED FOREARM VENTS • 2 BICEP VENTS • 2 VERTICAL BACK EXHAUST VENTS • 1 STAT CARD / HIDDEN STASH POCKET • COLLAR TAB BACK FOR IMPROVED VENTILATION • INTEGRATED D3O LEVEL 1 SHOULDER AND ELBOW / VIPER 1 BACKPAD • IMPROVED VENTILATION THROUGH THE BACK PAD • 2 CHEST VENT POCKETS • 2 ZIPPERED HAND POCKETS • 1 REAR LARGE POCKET • 1 UPPER ARM STASH POCKET • 2 LOWER INTERNAL ZIPPERED STASH POCKETS • 1 VERTICAL INSIDE STASH POCKET • 1 CONCEALED DOCUMENT POCKET BEHIND BACK PAD • ACTION BACK FOR COMFORT AND MOBILITY • UPGRADED POLYGIENE ANTI-ODOR LINER • SOFT COLLAR LINER • 2 QUICK ADJUST BICEP STRAPS • 2 QUICK ADJUST FOREARM STRAPS • 2 QUICK ADJUST WAIST ADJUSTERS • 2 ZIPPERED HIP GUSSETS ARTEMIS PANT • GORE-TEX • GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY • KARBONITE™ RIPSTOP OVERLAYS IN THE KNEES • GOAT LEATHER ON INSIDE OF KNEES • ADJUSTABLE SNAP HEM CLOSURES • ADJUSTABLE WAIST CINCH • 2 THIGH INTAKE VENT • 2 BACK THIGH EXHAUST VENT • KLIMATEK™ COOLING MESH IN THE PAD POCKETS • D3O LEVEL 1 HIP AND KNEE • 2 ZIPPERED CARGO POCKETS • QUICK ADJUST STRAPS ON UPPER CALF KEEP ARMOR IN PLACE • UPGRADED POLYGIENE ANTI-ODOR LINER
  6. When the Badlands Pro was released to the Adventure Riding population over five years ago, it became a popular global travel companion for riders. And travel the world it did. Now, KLIM has announced an all-new Badlands Pro, engineered with proprietary ride-enhancing tech that is more user friendly and more comfortable, while providing higher levels of strength and safety. From the inside out, KLIM has engineered the core of Badlands Pro DNA for the next epic trip. The new suit incorporate breakthroughs in; armor impact, armor coverage, and armor comfort performance, ventilation, storage, all-weather functionality, abrasion resistance, durability, and visibility. Introducing KLIM D3O AERO PRO Armor The new D3O AERO armor offers more coverage, better comfort and now meets Level 2 even at temperatures greater than 95° F. KLIM D3O AERO PRO offers the most coverage and highest performance of any rider armor technology offered —passing CE Level 2 testing criteria across the gamut of temperature and moisture conditions. And it does this while ventilating 5X as much as the next best performing D3O with 44% more coverage. KLIM D3O AERO PRO is the most ergonomically correct, highest performing, most well ventilated and widest covering Adventure Riding-specific impact armor available. It was designed by KLIM for one purpose — to serve the needs of world-class adventures. The new Badlands Pro jacket gets a new collar with improved comfort and increased venting on the chest and shoulders. Abrasion Invasion Movement is an inherent part of the motorcycle experience and KLIM’s engineered exterior shell specifications intended to enhance this important component. For the Badlands Pro, one of the largest investments has been with Superfabric extreme abrasion panels placed on the highest abrasion zones. These custom-engineered, variable density fabric hybrids provide a combination of free movement and ironclad resistance. This is the tip-of-the-spear for off-the bike environmental contact and Superfabric® is placed in strategic locations to shed unwanted abrasion with absolute resilience. Next, KLIM’s exclusive KARBONITE™ Ripstop panels back up Superfabric® in key impact and wear areas to provide high-mobility, yet extremely tough active fit patterning for a great combination of comfort and durability. To enhance movement and on-the-bike comfort in the face of the most durable exterior shell, KLIM engineers worked hard to incorporate user-friendly flexibility and intuitive ergonomic access to things like pockets and ventilation zippers. The high-spec fabric combinations, combined with articulated patterning bring a major upgrade to the comfort of the new Badlands Pro. Guaranteed to Keep You Dry This promise is backed by the proven performance of KLIM’s use of motorsports-exclusive GORE-TEX® 3-Layer Pro Shell technology. According to the company, “only KLIM bonds the world’s most breathable and durable waterproof apparel technology directly to the outside of the most durable shell materials available. ” KLIM’s GORE-TEX® integration ensures a dry, breathable and comfortable ride regardless of exterior conditions or how hard you work. Ventus Maximus External weather conditions are only half of the comfort story on a ride. After all, when Adventure Riders encounter technical terrain, they heat up regardless of what the thermometer says. That’s why KLIM’s goal was to develop the most intelligent ventilation and comfort system for the all-new Badlands Pro. Starting with the dynamic D3O AERO PRO armor’s open structure, airflow can now move completely through the best armor in the industry, cooling protected limbs in high exertion riding by expelling heat at newfound speeds. “We’re talking about a five time increase in ventilation potential in the highest-rated armor available,” says KLIM. Further, KLIM engineered KLIMATEK COOL base layer fabric into the armor pockets of the Badlands Pro. This innovative cooling fabric utilizes chemical-free moisture transfer and cool evaporation technology that does not wear out over time. The result is a fabric with hyper-wicking properties and cooling your skin will feel next to jacket and pant armor. Now there is a new stash pocket behind the backpad that is even more hidden. Day to Day Function Living in your gear day in and day out gives you a very intimate experience of all its attributes and nuances. Traversing the globe – deserts, mountain ranges, and foreign cities bring unique challenges both on and off the bike. With that in mind, the new Badlands Pro incorporates a design with a day-to-day function to work intuitively with the rider. The Badlands Pro also incorporates more hidden stash pockets and anti-odor properties. To combat foul odors and sweaty residue buildup, KLIM now incorporates Polygiene technology to the entire interior finish fabrics of the new Badlands Pro. This permanently bound fabric tech applies naturally occurring bacteria eliminating properties to fabrics, to eliminate the month-long riding stench before it starts. [embedded content] Badlands Pro will be available in Spring 2018 with 5 new jacket colorways and 3 new pant colorways. Pants will also come in expanded size ranges: Regular 30-44, Tall 32-40 Short 34-44. Badlands Pro Jacket MSRP: $999.99 (3XL $1029.99); Badlands Pro Pant MSRP: $699.99 (Tall sizes $719.99)
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