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  1. Published on 05.29.2020 With greater performance comes an even greater need for protecting your bike from the forces generated by increased speeds and more technical terrain. The engineers at Touratech have created an all-new skid plate for the KTM 790 Adventure and Adventure R that uses a combination of manufacturing methods to achieve maximum protection for this unique motorcycle. Although riders have welcomed the great handling and low center of gravity on the KTM 790 Adventure, some are concerned about the vulnerability of the fuel tanks. While some aftermarket skid plates accommodate the stock plastic guards, Touratech chose a different approach. The RallyeForm Skidplate protects the fuel tank with 3mm aluminum guards that are pressed into the perfect shape using 500,000 pounds of force. The result is a strong shield that protects the fuel tanks from damage while fitting the exact contours of the tanks. ADVERTISEMENT The tank guards are integrated with the lower portion of the skid plate which is precision crafted from 4mm- thick aluminum alloy. This bottom portion is designed to give the maximum protection during hard hits on rocks, stumps, or bottoming out the bike off-road. The folded ridges give the aluminum material better rigidity while also maximizing ground clearance for off-road riding. “The KTM 790 is one of the most agile twin-cylinder motorcycles in the ADV class and the RallyeForm Skid Plate provides the protection riders want for exploring rugged terrain. Many will also appreciate the way it enhances the adventure styling of this beautiful machine.” -Iain Glynn, Chief Riding Officer, Touratech-USA There are four color combinations available: silver base & silver tank guards, silver base & black tank guards, black base & silver tank guards, and black base & black tank guards. The RallyeForm skid plate is also designed to be combined with Touratech engine and fairing crash bars for complete protection of your 790 Adventure. MSRP: $429.95. For more information go to Touratech.com. [embedded content] [embedded content]
  2. Published on 05.27.2020 [embedded content] [embedded content]A recent Royal Enfield video, showcasing adventure riding on the Himalayan, has gone viral reaching over one million views. The three minute narrated clip titled “What’s Your Adventure” explores the allure of adventure riding and inspires with its epic riding scenes. The short film explores familiar themes like our innate need for discovery and seeing what’s around the next corner. Yet it delves deeper into how adventure riding is about having our own unique experiences and finding our own version of adventure. The stunning visuals or riders on Royal Enfield Himalayans, traveling through snow-covered mountains, clearly exemplifies how motorcycles are a powerful conduit between the terrain and our environment. The narrator asserts riders should take their time and that “There’s no rush,” emphasizing the importance of soaking it all in and enjoying the moment. Another theme expanded on in the film is the value of shared experiences — how being able to share the ride with others helps create stronger bonds and connections. “You wanna have those moments, where you turn around to your buddy and like, ‘Yeah man, we just did that!’.” I’m sure many of us can remember a time looking at an amazing view while on a solo ride, realizing that even the best photo wouldn’t do it justice. Being able to share those intense moments, the struggles, the overcoming, is what makes some of our best memories so powerful. ADVERTISEMENT This Royal Enfield flick gets a lot right about ‘why we ride adventure bikes’ and it ends with a powerful statement. “These days we can get caught up with metrics… going faster…, further…, higher… But really the only metric that really matters is happiness.” All too often, we see comments from adventure riders online with strong convictions about how their style of riding, their style of bike or gear is the best or right way to do it. But when it comes down to it, we are all stimulated by different things. We all experience the world differently and put value on different experiences. And doing what makes ‘you’ happy is what Adventure Riding is all about. Author: Rob Dabney Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.
  3. Published on 05.27.2020 [embedded content] [embedded content]A recent Royal Enfield video, showcasing adventure riding on the Himalayan, has gone viral reaching over one million views. The three minute narrated clip titled “What’s Your Adventure” explores the allure of adventure riding and inspires with its epic riding scenes. The short film explores familiar themes like our innate need for discovery and seeing what’s around the next corner. Yet it delves deeper into how adventure riding is about having our own unique experiences and finding our own version of adventure. The stunning visuals or riders on Royal Enfield Himalayans, traveling through snow-covered mountains, clearly exemplifies how motorcycles are a powerful conduit between the terrain and our environment. The narrator asserts riders should take their time and that “There’s no rush,” emphasizing the importance of soaking it all in and enjoying the moment. Another theme expanded on in the film is the value of shared experiences — how being able to share the ride with others helps create stronger bonds and connections. “You wanna have those moments, where you turn around to your buddy and like, ‘Yeah man, we just did that!’.” I’m sure many of us can remember a time looking at an amazing view while on a solo ride, realizing that even the best photo wouldn’t do it justice. Being able to share those intense moments, the struggles, the overcoming, is what makes some of our best memories so powerful. ADVERTISEMENT This Royal Enfield flick gets a lot right about ‘why we ride adventure bikes’ and it ends with a powerful statement. “These days we can get caught up with metrics… going faster…, further…, higher… But really the only metric that really matters is happiness.” All too often, we see comments from adventure riders online with strong convictions about how their style of riding, their style of bike or gear is the best or right way to do it. But when it comes down to it, we are all stimulated by different things. We all experience the world differently and put value on different experiences. And doing what makes ‘you’ happy is what Adventure Riding is all about. Author: Rob Dabney Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.
  4. Published on 05.26.2020 Italian boot maker Forma has just released an all-new version of it’s popular Adventure Boot, now featuring more protection from extreme weather conditions. The new ‘Adventure HDry’ Boots incorporate direct lamination waterproof technology. Originally called OutDry, the waterproof technology has been significantly improved and renamed HDry. Now Forma is the first manufacturer to produce motorcycle boots using the new technology. The patented HDry construction process directly bonds a waterproof membrane to the outer leather, eliminating the intermediate gap typically found between the outer and inner layer in traditional WP boots. With no gaps between the membrane and outer leather, the boot does not get soaked and heavy with water. This ensures water stays out of the boot while at the same time, the material is porous enough to let smaller sweat and vapor particles out of the boot for improved breathability. Along with the upgrade in waterproofing, the Forma Adventure HDry Boots offer comfort and convenience with a 3-buckle design and Velcro top closure. There’s also an aggressive hiking sole that makes it easier to walk in slippery terrain or pick up your bike in the mud. The tall boot design also includes an injection-molded shin plate and ankle reinforcements that give it enough impact protection for light off-roading. Plus with its full-grain oiled leather construction and alloy buckles, Adventure HDry Boots are designed to handle the abuses of adventure riding. Adventure HDry Boots Features CE level protection Full-grain oiled leather HDry extreme waterproof technology Lightweight construction Double Density anti-slip sole Stainless steel shank Injection molded shin plate Plastic gear pad protection Replaceable alloy buckles PP Mid Dual Flex with anti-shock midsole Adjustable straps Velcro collar closure TPU reinforced ankle area Extra soft polymer padding Anti-bacterial replaceable footbed with A.P.S. (Air Pump System) and personalized microfiber covering Made in Italy 12-month warranty Available in sizes 38-49 (Euro) MSRP: $339 Shopping Options ADVERTISEMENT
  5. Published on 05.22.2020 It’s been a long time coming, but the day when the Yamaha Ténéré 700 finally arrives in the USA is upon us. Europe has had the pleasure of riding the T7 for about a year now, while we here in the States have been stuck waiting and dreaming about the amazing rides this rally-inspired Adventure Bike might take us on. Yamaha has confirmed today that the 2021 Ténéré 700 will arrive in the U.S. market beginning the first week of June. Earlier this year, Yamaha connected with customers interested in making the first Ténéré 700 purchases through the company’s website and dealer network, and orders started taking place today. While the first shipment of Ténéré 700 motorcycles are expected to sell out, additional inventory will be arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships for purchase later this summer and fall. In addition to the previously announced Ceramic Ice Color, Matte Black and Intensity White color schemes will also be offered in the US. All carrying an MSRP of $9,999 USD. ADVERTISEMENT Customers who ordered their Ténéré 700 motorcycles today were also given the opportunity to purchase one of two accessory packs: The Rally Pack features a skid plate, main stand, engine guard, radiator protector, chain guide, mono-seat rack and tank pad. The Tour Pack features a main stand, engine guard, side case stays and a set of side cases with locks. All accessories for the 2021 Ténéré 700 can be found at www.shopyamaha.com. Get It Delivered To Your Door Yamaha is also offering home delivery service during the COVID-19 crisis with their ‘Deliver your Ride’ program. Simply select a local dealer through the Yamaha website and they will work with you to coordinate the sale and delivery of your Ténéré 700 to your door, safely and conveniently. For more information go to yamahamotorsports.com Yamaha Tenere 700 Specs engine 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 8 valves Bore x stroke 80.0mm x 68.6mm fuel delivery Fuel Injection transmission 6-speed; wet multiplate clutch final drive Chain Compression ratio 11.5:1 front suspension 43mm inverted fork, fully-adjustable; 8.3-in travel rear suspension Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 7.9-in travel front brakes Dual 282mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS rear brakes 245mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS FRONT TIRES 90/90R21 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR REAR TIRES 150/70R18 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR SEAT HEIGHT 34.4 in WHEELBASE 62.6 in ground clearance 9.5 in fuel capacity 4.2 gal wet weight 452 lbs
  6. Published on 05.22.2020 It’s been a long time coming, but the day when the Yamaha Ténéré 700 finally arrives in the USA is upon us. Europe has had the pleasure of riding the T7 for about a year now, while we here in the States have been stuck waiting and dreaming about the amazing rides this rally-inspired Adventure Bike might take us on. Yamaha has confirmed today that the 2021 Ténéré 700 will arrive in the U.S. market beginning the first week of June. Earlier this year, Yamaha connected with customers interested in making the first Ténéré 700 purchases through the company’s website and dealer network, and orders started taking place today. While the first shipment of Ténéré 700 motorcycles are expected to sell out, additional inventory will be arriving at authorized Yamaha dealerships for purchase later this summer and fall. In addition to the previously announced Ceramic Ice Color, Matte Black and Intensity White color schemes will also be offered in the US. All carrying an MSRP of $9,999 USD. ADVERTISEMENT Customers who ordered their Ténéré 700 motorcycles today were also given the opportunity to purchase one of two accessory packs: The Rally Pack features a skid plate, main stand, engine guard, radiator protector, chain guide, mono-seat rack and tank pad. The Tour Pack features a main stand, engine guard, side case stays and a set of side cases with locks. All accessories for the 2021 Ténéré 700 can be found at www.shopyamaha.com. Get It Delivered To Your Door Yamaha is also offering home delivery service during the COVID-19 crisis with their ‘Deliver your Ride’ program. Simply select a local dealer through the Yamaha website and they will work with you to coordinate the sale and delivery of your Ténéré 700 to your door, safely and conveniently. For more information go to yamahamotorsports.com Yamaha Tenere 700 Specs engine 689cc liquid-cooled DOHC 4-stroke; 8 valves Bore x stroke 80.0mm x 68.6mm fuel delivery Fuel Injection transmission 6-speed; wet multiplate clutch final drive Chain Compression ratio 11.5:1 front suspension 43mm inverted fork, fully-adjustable; 8.3-in travel rear suspension Single shock, adjustable preload (w/remote adjuster) and rebound damping; 7.9-in travel front brakes Dual 282mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS rear brakes 245mm hydraulic disc; selectable ABS FRONT TIRES 90/90R21 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR REAR TIRES 150/70R18 Pirelli® Scorpion® Rally STR SEAT HEIGHT 34.4 in WHEELBASE 62.6 in ground clearance 9.5 in fuel capacity 4.2 gal wet weight 452 lbs
  7. With Memorial day weekend upon us, some adventure riders are putting aside Covid-jitters to embark on their first safety-first getaway of spring, while others are more comfortable staying home and laying plans for later. Either way, it’s a great time to partake in these Memorial Day deals from some of the world’s best motorcycle and outdoor gear purveyors. From now until the end of May REV’IT! is “giving the gift of safety.” That is, it’s including free of charge its Seesoft CE Level 2 back protector with any sale of a riding jacket. The Seesoft protector, which fits into an existing pocket on many REV’IT! jackets, utilizes layers of highly impact-resistant nitrile and polynorbornene rubber designed to shift for the highest level of impact protection, yet it’s soft to the touch and flexible like memory foam. We’ve ridden with this protector and it’s super comfortable and breathable too. Just order a jacket before the end of May, enter promo code during checkout (ADVBACK on Revzilla), and it will be automatically included. Purveyor of a mind-boggling amount of moto merch, Revzilla is celebrating Memorial Day with plenty of deals like these two sales: SIDI up to 20% off brand-wide, and FirstGear at 15% off the entire line. There is also free-shipping store-wide for purchases over $39.99. So if you’ve been waiting to trade your old kicks for Sidi’s 2020 Adventure 2s, X-3 Enduro or Crossfire 2s, now’s the time (all 10% off). As for Firstgear, there’s a world of good choices in this line, like the Kathmandu jacket (save $55.49) for the coming warm season. The adjustability of the jacket allows for a personalized fit, while multiple large vents help to keep you cool and D30 throughout armor protects. The matching pants (save $47.99) are sized to be worn over your clothes and come with a removable bib system, because, yeah, Covid-body. There are also some nice savings for the Leatt GPX 5.5 Enduro Jacket and Pants at 20% off each. Wolfman is celebrating Memorial Day with a Friday-Monday 15% off its entire site sale. That’s right, choose anything from the line of well-proven tank bags, tail bags, saddle bags, enduro bags, expedition bags, Rolie bags and more. All accessories are included in the deal as well. Wolfman luggage is made for adventure riding, with the totally waterproof Rocky Mountain Expedition Saddle Bags setup being our top pick. These 66-liter bags mount to a variety of racks, and when matched with a Wolfman Expedition Duffle, you’re ready to travel the world. Offer good for the entire order (not just one item) using code: GoWolfman (case sensitive). ADVERTISEMENT Klim has a few deals going on in honor of Memorial Day 2020, including staples like the popular Krew Pak now $143 (from $179), their largest capacity backpack for whatever backcountry adventure you’re headed for. There are a couple bargains to be had on off-road goggles from Viper for as low as $29 (from $49), that would match up well with Klim’s brand new F5 Helmet if you’re into a full-time dirt lid with goggles mode. Other offerings on the Memorial Day page include a women’s Avalon mesh jacket, the Drift gear bag and a limited supply of the Arsenal Vest on sale now for $113 (from $189) , a take-it-all garment popular with the concealed carry crowd. All of Klims offerings for the holiday sale can be found here. There are a lot of holiday sales scattered over the vast landscape of Twisted Throttle’s website, but the one we’re really excited about is the offering of 20% off everything from GIVI. So yeah, crash guards, windshields, panniers and top cases, so many possibilities. You don’t need a special code, just search the plethora of GIVI products on the website and you’ll see that all the prices have been adjusted. And no need to rush because this sale won’t end until 7/31. And if you haven’t already, make sure you register for Twisted Points in order to accrue 5% cash back toward your next purchase. Giant Loop is going big for Memorial day with so many deals it’s tough to choose one. MotoTrekk Panniers, Round The World Panniers and GL Pannier Mounts Combos are 20% off. If you’re going for Siskiyou Panniers you’ll receive a free Tillamook Dry Bag ($130 value). Memorial weekend shoppers can also enjoy 20% off the Fandango Tank Bag + Pannier Pockets combo and Diablo Tank Bag + Pannier Pockets combo. The best deal might be getting a free Giant Loop Tail Rack with purchase of Great Basin, Coyote or Mojavi saddlebags. Mosko Moto just announced it is taking 20% off its popular Basilisk jacket and pants. That’s a savings of $120 on the jacket and $100 on pants, which are sold separately. This is true off-road ready kit constructed of abrasion-resistant eVent Expedition 3-layer fabric (eVent competes head-to-head with Gore-tex), so it’s both breathable and waterproof. The jacket is named after its versatile stand-alone Basilisk armor system, which can be removed and packed small when appropriate. Visually, what we find most striking about this ensemble, is its clean, minimalist lines. Sena is offering a cool trade-in rebate of up to $150 when owners of 30K, 20S, and 20S EVO units upgrade to the new 50R or 50S. The Sena 50R was proven for adventure riding during the GS Trophy in New Zealand earlier this year where competitors showered it with positive reviews relating to its ease-of-use, sound clarity and ability to mesh in varying conditions. So how does this trade-up rebate work? Purchase the new unit from Sena, submit a Trade-up Request Form, then pack and ship your 30K, 20S, and 20S EVO using the provided prepaid return label. Offer good through June. Still waiting to buy a tire changer that will save you money, time and busted knuckles? Well, Memorial Day weekend is a good time to shop with Rabaconda, which will include a free tire changer shop mat as a free gift with the purchase of its ADV Tire Changer Kit, on sale now for $499 (from $587). We’ve reviewed this kit and found it top notch. It includes the 3-minute tire changer unit, PRO tire iron set, 2 x 16-inch tire spoon, 12-18mm spindle, 28mm adapter and a 58mm adaptor for BMW GS shaft drive type wheels. The branded mat is a $35 value, and when combined with the $88 you’ll save on the kit, it makes for a very satisfying purchase. Follow this link to apply the coupon code automatically or add coupon code ADVFREEMAT at checkout. This offer is good from Friday May 22nd to Tuesday May 26th. Navigating Garmin products on non-dedicated online retail sites can be confusing, so let’s go straight to the spring. During the Memorial Day holiday select InReach devices are $100 off, including the inReach Explorer+, a reliable satellite communicator with maps and sensors (now $349.99). The affordable inReach Mini satellite communicator is $50 off during this sale (now $299). No deals on subscriptions at the moment, but plans remain extremely flexible. Old school ADV brand Tourmaster is going big right now with its “Get Out and Ride!” sale, which has more to do with encouragement and dealer support during this difficult time than it does about Memorial Day. And what a generous sale it is: 20% off all current Tourmaster products, while all non-current merch is being closed out at 30-80% off. While there are few new styles to choose from we would take this opportunity to snatch up a vented summer jacket like the Sonora Air 2.0 Mesh on sale for $187.00 (also available for women). Or maybe bank some of the heavily-discounted heated gear so we’re all set for fall. Definitely worth checking out before the sale ends on 5/31. Despite all of its retail stores being closed due to Covid-concerns, REI is going on with it’s annual “Our Biggest Sale of the Year.” Thousands of items are on sale, and members also get a one-time 20% off one full-priced item and another 20% off one item from the REI Garage online (returned and discontinued gear) using code ANNV20 through May 25. The way it’s working this year is via online delivery and also curbside pickup with zero contact, which we’ve found works pretty painlessly at two stores we’ve used, and it certainly saves time vs. shipping delays. And while it’s impossible to pick favorites with such vast offerings, one item that caught our eye was the Spot Gen3 GPS Messenger for 33% off. We also liked the Spot Trace (49% off) which discretely attaches to you bike so you can trace it from your Spot account if some nitwit jacks decides to jack it. And for those of you getting prepared for the moto camping season, you can save 25% on a Jetboil Flash stove and Helinox Zero Chair or save 30% on a MSR Hubba Tour 1 Tent. Get 25% off MSR “best sellers” through May 25 means you get a deal on all the outdoor retails most popular products. And yes, there are several lightweight, easy-to-pack tents to choose from and also the best of their compact cooking tools, the most famous of which is the Windburner Personal Stove System (now $112.46), a modular kit that packs small and weighs less than a pound. Best of all it’s windproof and boils a liter of water in 4.5 minutes. If you’re really pressed for space we’ve used MSR’s tiny PocketRocket Deluxe with good results (for only $52.46 on sale). While you can’t purchase directly from the MSR website, it will connect you with items in-stock at your local store. You might know BioLite for its incredibly lightweight, rechargeable headlamps, so perfect to tuck into a tank bag or camping kit. Well these are 25% off during the company’s sale over Memorial Day weekend, as well as all the other cool gadgets you’ll find on its website. The neatest thing we discovered is the very packable SolarPanel 5+ 5w Solar Panel & On-Board Battery (now $67.46) that weighs less than a pound and slips easily into a backpack or saddlebag. Its brother the 10+ 10w is almost 2 pounds in weight but the same dimensions because it basically is two 5+ panels that fold together (now $104.96). Either will charge your phone, tablet, lanterns or yes, BioLite headlamp while you’re adventuring off-grid. While Arc’teryx gear is famously pricey, it’s also famously well-made, so this weekend is a good time to invest, when free shipping is being offered and the whole line is 25% off using code MAY25. While it became famous for its weatherproof shells, we find Arc’teryx base layers and mid layers great to wear under adventure riding gear. They fit tidily, are super breathable and hold up to hard use. This sale makes it a perfect time to invest in a Coreloft mid layer like the Atom AR Jacket (now $209.25) that’s ideal for chilly rides and one of the few Arc’teryx mid layers without a cumbersome hood. A women’s Atom is going for $171 this weekend. After 3-plus decades Aerostich is still churring out rugged “riderwear” at its Duluth, Minnesota, factory. It is the only motorcycle apparel manufacturer left in the country that is truly a small business, handcrafting its suits in the U.S.A. And when you think about it, the RoadCrafter was the very first adventure riding suit to come to market, way before its time. Very anti-gimmick, an Aerostich suit is always comfortable, protective and will last many, many years. That said, this very American company is offering free shipping on its suits through May 25th. We also spied some off-the-rack Darien jackets, men’s RoadCrafters and women’s RoadCrafters from 15% to 30% off. Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  8. Last December, we announced Triumph’s official partnership with the James Bond franchise in the forthcoming 25th Film of the 007 saga, No Time To Die. As revealed in the official trailer for the film, a couple of fresh models from Triumph — the Scrambler 1200 XE and the all-new Tiger 900 — will spice up the chase sequences. To celebrate this collaboration, Triumph has introduced the first ever official motorcycle directly linked to the Bond Franchise — The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. The exclusive model is an ultra-rare, limited edition Scrambler 1200 featuring a unique 007 design scheme and limited to a production of just 250 models worldwide, with only 30 marked for the United States and 5 for Canada. This special Bond Edition motorcycle was inspired by the incredible custom Scrambler 1200 action vehicles featured in No Time To Die and has all of the top specification Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE’s performance and capability, together with premium details. Unique Bond Design Scheme Inspired by the Scrambler 1200 action vehicles ridden in No Time To Die, the new Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition features a Sapphire Black paint scheme, an oversized Triumph tank badge and brushed decal foil knee pad with hand-painted gold coachline. Additional 007 branding includes an exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with pressed 007 branding, premium real leather seat with embroidered logo and a unique 007 TFT instrument startup screen. ADVERTISEMENT All of this comes on top of a whole host of blacked-out features, including premium black anodized rear mudguard, grab rail and sump guard, black forks, special engine badges with gold accents, black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover. To complement the Bond theme the bike is equipped with a range of unique higher value details and features, including a high-level front mudguard with unique black anodized finish, fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds, a premium Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps, machined front brake reservoir, black rear wheel adjusters and a stainless steel headlight grill. Premium 007 bodywork and model specific details, including: Exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with 007 branding Premium real leather seat with embroidered logo Unique Bond TFT instrument startup screen Distinctive 007 paint scheme inspired by the bike ridden by James Bond in the 25th film Black anodized rear and raised front fender Black forks Special engine badges with gold accents Black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover Black anodized grab rail, sump guard and infills Fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps Machined front brake reservoir Black rear wheel adjusters Stainless steel headlight grill Rare Limited Edition With only 250 ever being sold worldwide (30 in the United States and 5 in Canada), the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition will be one of Triumph’s most exclusive Modern Classics. Featuring an individually-numbered plaque billet riser clamp, each one will be completely unique and never to be repeated. Every Bond Edition owner will also receive a special tailor-made handover pack unique to their bike, featuring a numbered letter hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor and a premium leather rucksack. 250 worldwide production (only 30 for US and 5 for Canada) Each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging Special Bond handover pack All of the Scrambler 1200 XE Performance & Capability The Bond Edition is based on the top-spec Scrambler XE offering 89 HP @ 7,400 rpm, tuned to deliver ‘high torque’ off-road and on, low down and across the mid-range, with peak torque of 81.1 LB-FT at a low 3,950 rpm. Delivering the Scrambler soundtrack is a a twin high-level exhaust system with stainless steel headers and an Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps for a deep punchy scrambler sound. The Scrambler 1200 engine offers modern classic capability with ride-by-wire, as well as a liquid cooling system for enhanced performance and cleaner, more fuel efficient riding. 2nd generation TFT instruments: The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition features Triumph’s latest generation full-color TFT instruments with a unique 007 startup screen, a stylish design and two information layout design themes that can be personalized. This also allows the rider to update the startup screen message with their name. 6 riding modes, including ‘Off-Road Pro’: The Bond Edition features Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes which adjust the throttle response, ABS settings and traction control setting to suit rider preference and riding conditions. This Scrambler 1200 also features the ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode, which delivers Triumph’s most off-road focused setup for advanced trail riding. The ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode turns ABS and traction control off, and uses the ‘Off-Road’ throttle map. Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control: The motorcycle is equipped with Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control as standard. These maintain the optimum braking performance and automatically adapt the level of traction control depending on the riding conditions and the lean angle. [embedded content] [embedded content]IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit: An advanced Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), developed in partnership with Continental, supports the optimum function of the Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control and takes constant measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, lean angle and acceleration rates, responding with appropriate active safety features. All-LED lighting with *DRL headlight: The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition comes with all-LED lighting, including 5-inch headlight, tail light with diffused opacity detailing, and indicators (in applicable markets). The headlight also incorporates LED Daytime Running Light (*in applicable markets). Illuminated backlit switches: The switches on the Scrambler Bond Edition are backlit from LEDs housed inside the switch cubes, enhancing rider interaction and improving control by giving a soft glow in all lighting conditions. Torque assist clutch: Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer. Keyless ignition: Triumph’s keyless ignition system is fitted as standard on the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. The system recognizes the proximity of the keyless fob and then enables ignition via the switch cube mounted start button. There is also the ability to disable the key’s wireless transmission function at the touch of a button for even greater security. Heated grips: Heated grips are also fitted as standard to the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition and are neatly integrated with a button on the left hand grip, providing greater rider comfort, with two modes. Cruise control: Electronic cruise control is fitted as standard to the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. This is a single button system fitted into the left hand switch cube. This feature can be easily accessed while riding for maximum convenience and safety. My Triumph Connectivity System and App: With TFT instrument styles designed specifically for connectivity, the optional My Triumph Connectivity System and App seamlessly enable phone call and music operation, turn-by-turn navigation, and GoPro control – all accessed via the switch cubes and displayed on the TFT screen. Class-leading specification & equipment: The Bond Edition features premium fully-adjustable twin-spring Öhlins rear suspension units with piggyback reservoirs that deliver category-leading wheel travel (250 mm) and suspension capability, for amazing off-road capability and ground clearance. Topping off the high-specification engineering innovation there are premium Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers, adjustable folding foot controls, and first-in-class tubeless tires and spoked 21-inch front wheel. Availability The new Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is available to order in markets around the world from today with an MSRP of $18,500 USD and $20,000 CAD. For more information go to triumphmotorcycles.com Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition Specs Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel-twin Capacity 1200 cc Bore/Stroke 3.84 x 3.15 in (97.6 x 80 mm) Maximum Power 89 HP (66.2 kW) @ 7,400 rpm Maximum Torque 81.1 LB-FT (110 Nm) @ 3,950 rpm Fuel System Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection Exhaust Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system with Arrow brushed high-level twin silencers Final Drive X-ring chain Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch Gearbox 6-speed Frame Tubular Steel with aluminum cradles Swingarm Twin-sided, fabricated aluminum Front Wheel Tubeless 36-spoke 2.15 x 21 in, aluminum rims Rear Wheel Tubeless 32-spoke 4.25 x 17 in, aluminum rims Front Tire Metzeler Tourance 90/90 – 21 Rear Tire Metzeler Tourance 150/70 R 17 Front Suspension Showa 47 wheel travel. mm fully adjustable upside down cartridge forks. 9.84 in (250 mm) Rear Suspension Öhlins fully adjustable piggyback RSU’s with twin springs. 9.84 in (250 travel. mm) wheel Front Brake Twin 320 mm discs, Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. Radial master cylinder. Rear Brake Single 255 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper Seat Height 34.25 in (870 mm) Rake 26.9 º Dry Weight 456.35 Lbs (207 Kg) Fuel Tank Capacity 4.22 US GAL (16 L) Price $18,500 USD; $20,000 CAD [embedded content] [embedded content]
  9. Last December, we announced Triumph’s official partnership with the James Bond franchise in the forthcoming 25th Film of the 007 saga, No Time To Die. As revealed in the official trailer for the film, a couple of fresh models from Triumph — the Scrambler 1200 XE and the all-new Tiger 900 — will spice up the chase sequences. To celebrate this collaboration, Triumph has introduced the first ever official motorcycle directly linked to the Bond Franchise — The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. The exclusive model is an ultra-rare, limited edition Scrambler 1200 featuring a unique 007 design scheme and limited to a production of just 250 models worldwide, with only 30 marked for the United States and 5 for Canada. This special Bond Edition motorcycle was inspired by the incredible custom Scrambler 1200 action vehicles featured in No Time To Die and has all of the top specification Triumph Scrambler 1200 XE’s performance and capability, together with premium details. Unique Bond Design Scheme Inspired by the Scrambler 1200 action vehicles ridden in No Time To Die, the new Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition features a Sapphire Black paint scheme, an oversized Triumph tank badge and brushed decal foil knee pad with hand-painted gold coachline. Additional 007 branding includes an exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with pressed 007 branding, premium real leather seat with embroidered logo and a unique 007 TFT instrument startup screen. ADVERTISEMENT All of this comes on top of a whole host of blacked-out features, including premium black anodized rear mudguard, grab rail and sump guard, black forks, special engine badges with gold accents, black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover. To complement the Bond theme the bike is equipped with a range of unique higher value details and features, including a high-level front mudguard with unique black anodized finish, fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds, a premium Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps, machined front brake reservoir, black rear wheel adjusters and a stainless steel headlight grill. Premium 007 bodywork and model specific details, including: Exhaust number board and lower side panel finisher with 007 branding Premium real leather seat with embroidered logo Unique Bond TFT instrument startup screen Distinctive 007 paint scheme inspired by the bike ridden by James Bond in the 25th film Black anodized rear and raised front fender Black forks Special engine badges with gold accents Black powder coated swingarm and sprocket cover Black anodized grab rail, sump guard and infills Fog lights with unique black anodized shrouds Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps Machined front brake reservoir Black rear wheel adjusters Stainless steel headlight grill Rare Limited Edition With only 250 ever being sold worldwide (30 in the United States and 5 in Canada), the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition will be one of Triumph’s most exclusive Modern Classics. Featuring an individually-numbered plaque billet riser clamp, each one will be completely unique and never to be repeated. Every Bond Edition owner will also receive a special tailor-made handover pack unique to their bike, featuring a numbered letter hand-signed by Triumph’s CEO Nick Bloor and a premium leather rucksack. 250 worldwide production (only 30 for US and 5 for Canada) Each with a numbered edition plaque and unique badging Special Bond handover pack All of the Scrambler 1200 XE Performance & Capability The Bond Edition is based on the top-spec Scrambler XE offering 89 HP @ 7,400 rpm, tuned to deliver ‘high torque’ off-road and on, low down and across the mid-range, with peak torque of 81.1 LB-FT at a low 3,950 rpm. Delivering the Scrambler soundtrack is a a twin high-level exhaust system with stainless steel headers and an Arrow silencer with carbon fiber end caps for a deep punchy scrambler sound. The Scrambler 1200 engine offers modern classic capability with ride-by-wire, as well as a liquid cooling system for enhanced performance and cleaner, more fuel efficient riding. 2nd generation TFT instruments: The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition features Triumph’s latest generation full-color TFT instruments with a unique 007 startup screen, a stylish design and two information layout design themes that can be personalized. This also allows the rider to update the startup screen message with their name. 6 riding modes, including ‘Off-Road Pro’: The Bond Edition features Road, Rain, Off-Road, Sport and Rider-configurable riding modes which adjust the throttle response, ABS settings and traction control setting to suit rider preference and riding conditions. This Scrambler 1200 also features the ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode, which delivers Triumph’s most off-road focused setup for advanced trail riding. The ‘Off-Road Pro’ mode turns ABS and traction control off, and uses the ‘Off-Road’ throttle map. Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control: The motorcycle is equipped with Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control as standard. These maintain the optimum braking performance and automatically adapt the level of traction control depending on the riding conditions and the lean angle. [embedded content] [embedded content]IMU – Inertial Measurement Unit: An advanced Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU), developed in partnership with Continental, supports the optimum function of the Optimized Cornering ABS and Traction Control and takes constant measurements of roll, pitch, yaw, lean angle and acceleration rates, responding with appropriate active safety features. All-LED lighting with *DRL headlight: The Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition comes with all-LED lighting, including 5-inch headlight, tail light with diffused opacity detailing, and indicators (in applicable markets). The headlight also incorporates LED Daytime Running Light (*in applicable markets). Illuminated backlit switches: The switches on the Scrambler Bond Edition are backlit from LEDs housed inside the switch cubes, enhancing rider interaction and improving control by giving a soft glow in all lighting conditions. Torque assist clutch: Designed to reduce clutch lever effort for the rider, bringing a lighter touch and feel to the clutch and making it easier to ride, and for longer. Keyless ignition: Triumph’s keyless ignition system is fitted as standard on the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. The system recognizes the proximity of the keyless fob and then enables ignition via the switch cube mounted start button. There is also the ability to disable the key’s wireless transmission function at the touch of a button for even greater security. Heated grips: Heated grips are also fitted as standard to the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition and are neatly integrated with a button on the left hand grip, providing greater rider comfort, with two modes. Cruise control: Electronic cruise control is fitted as standard to the Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition. This is a single button system fitted into the left hand switch cube. This feature can be easily accessed while riding for maximum convenience and safety. My Triumph Connectivity System and App: With TFT instrument styles designed specifically for connectivity, the optional My Triumph Connectivity System and App seamlessly enable phone call and music operation, turn-by-turn navigation, and GoPro control – all accessed via the switch cubes and displayed on the TFT screen. Class-leading specification & equipment: The Bond Edition features premium fully-adjustable twin-spring Öhlins rear suspension units with piggyback reservoirs that deliver category-leading wheel travel (250 mm) and suspension capability, for amazing off-road capability and ground clearance. Topping off the high-specification engineering innovation there are premium Brembo M50 radial monobloc calipers, adjustable folding foot controls, and first-in-class tubeless tires and spoked 21-inch front wheel. Availability The new Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition is available to order in markets around the world from today with an MSRP of $18,500 USD and $20,000 CAD. For more information go to triumphmotorcycles.com Scrambler 1200 Bond Edition Specs Engine Type Liquid-cooled, 8-valve, SOHC, 270° crank angle parallel-twin Capacity 1200 cc Bore/Stroke 3.84 x 3.15 in (97.6 x 80 mm) Maximum Power 89 HP (66.2 kW) @ 7,400 rpm Maximum Torque 81.1 LB-FT (110 Nm) @ 3,950 rpm Fuel System Multi-point sequential electronic fuel injection Exhaust Brushed 2-into-2 exhaust system with Arrow brushed high-level twin silencers Final Drive X-ring chain Clutch Wet, multi-plate assist clutch Gearbox 6-speed Frame Tubular Steel with aluminum cradles Swingarm Twin-sided, fabricated aluminum Front Wheel Tubeless 36-spoke 2.15 x 21 in, aluminum rims Rear Wheel Tubeless 32-spoke 4.25 x 17 in, aluminum rims Front Tire Metzeler Tourance 90/90 – 21 Rear Tire Metzeler Tourance 150/70 R 17 Front Suspension Showa 47 wheel travel. mm fully adjustable upside down cartridge forks. 9.84 in (250 mm) Rear Suspension Öhlins fully adjustable piggyback RSU’s with twin springs. 9.84 in (250 travel. mm) wheel Front Brake Twin 320 mm discs, Brembo M50 monobloc calipers. Radial master cylinder. Rear Brake Single 255 mm disc, Brembo 2-piston floating caliper Seat Height 34.25 in (870 mm) Rake 26.9 º Dry Weight 456.35 Lbs (207 Kg) Fuel Tank Capacity 4.22 US GAL (16 L) Price $18,500 USD; $20,000 CAD [embedded content] [embedded content]
  10. Suzuki has joined a growing list of motorcycle manufacturers offering a streamlined at-home purchase and delivery experience with its “Suzuki Direct 2 You” program. We first saw this strategy employed by Indian back in early April, with Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda jumping on the bandwagon shortly after. While it’s true that powersports dealerships have been on the federal government’s list of essential businesses that were allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis, a large majority shuttered their showrooms as a precaution, while offering essential service and repairs by appointment. ADVERTISEMENT Others are just now opening doors with social distancing guidelines in place, but there is still a large part of the population that would rather skip a lengthy in-store transaction. And with spring weather tickling our wild hairs, the manufacturers are eager to get us on the road and trail as quickly as possible. In Suzuki’s case it wants you to “Have the Suzuki of your dreams delivered straight to your home or office.” The Japanese marque explains that you simply pick your bike and options then your selected dealer “will work with you for a safe, professional and convenient buying experience all while ensuring the same quality of service as an in-store visit,” including a complete product orientation session performed by trained dealership personnel. How It Works Pick out your Suzuki motorcycle online. Find a dealer near you at the dealer locator or check with your local dealer. Your selected dealer will work with you to provide a personalized product delivery straight to your door. Complete product orientation from trained dealership personnel included. “We understand the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and we are working hard to ease that burden with new and innovative ways to continue our commitment to keeping customers and dealers a priority,” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President MC/ATV Sales and Marketing at Suzuki. Each of the manufacturers have used slightly different wording in their press releases so it’s a good idea to check with your local dealer for the scoop on how local regulations might affect their program. And while Yamaha and Kawasaki made it very clear that in addition to vehicles, its parts, accessories and clothing were also available for home delivery, the others were more vague about parts being included. Suzuki was one of the only brands to specify an end date (June 30th) for its at-home delivery experience. One talking point all the manufacturers were united on was that an at-home delivery would be a satisfying experience and would include all the orientation you’d expect from a storefront delivery. You won’t find too much about the “Suzuki Direct 2 You” program on its main website, so contact your local dealer by phone or email for details. And if you’ve had experience with a Covid-related delivery of a vehicle or parts please tell us about it in the comments. Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  11. Suzuki has joined a growing list of motorcycle manufacturers offering a streamlined at-home purchase and delivery experience with its “Suzuki Direct 2 You” program. We first saw this strategy employed by Indian back in early April, with Harley-Davidson, Yamaha, Kawasaki and Honda jumping on the bandwagon shortly after. While it’s true that powersports dealerships have been on the federal government’s list of essential businesses that were allowed to stay open during the coronavirus crisis, a large majority shuttered their showrooms as a precaution, while offering essential service and repairs by appointment. ADVERTISEMENT Others are just now opening doors with social distancing guidelines in place, but there is still a large part of the population that would rather skip a lengthy in-store transaction. And with spring weather tickling our wild hairs, the manufacturers are eager to get us on the road and trail as quickly as possible. In Suzuki’s case it wants you to “Have the Suzuki of your dreams delivered straight to your home or office.” The Japanese marque explains that you simply pick your bike and options then your selected dealer “will work with you for a safe, professional and convenient buying experience all while ensuring the same quality of service as an in-store visit,” including a complete product orientation session performed by trained dealership personnel. How It Works Pick out your Suzuki motorcycle online. Find a dealer near you at the dealer locator or check with your local dealer. Your selected dealer will work with you to provide a personalized product delivery straight to your door. Complete product orientation from trained dealership personnel included. “We understand the landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic is challenging for everyone, and we are working hard to ease that burden with new and innovative ways to continue our commitment to keeping customers and dealers a priority,” said Kerry Graeber, Vice President MC/ATV Sales and Marketing at Suzuki. Each of the manufacturers have used slightly different wording in their press releases so it’s a good idea to check with your local dealer for the scoop on how local regulations might affect their program. And while Yamaha and Kawasaki made it very clear that in addition to vehicles, its parts, accessories and clothing were also available for home delivery, the others were more vague about parts being included. Suzuki was one of the only brands to specify an end date (June 30th) for its at-home delivery experience. One talking point all the manufacturers were united on was that an at-home delivery would be a satisfying experience and would include all the orientation you’d expect from a storefront delivery. You won’t find too much about the “Suzuki Direct 2 You” program on its main website, so contact your local dealer by phone or email for details. And if you’ve had experience with a Covid-related delivery of a vehicle or parts please tell us about it in the comments. Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
  12. Published on 05.18.2020 These days more adventure riders than ever are ditching their dedicated GPS devices and replacing them with their phones for navigation. Large screens, turn-by-turn directions ported to Bluetooth headsets, traffic alerts, and access to music subscriptions are just some of the conveniences that are making this option more popular. Unfortunately, there are a lot of cheaply-made phone holders out there that are designed for automotive applications. Many of them are not up to snuff for the demands of on- and off-road adventure riding, and lack the ability to securely hold the phone in place during the bucking and bouncing encountered in rugged environments. The RAM Quick-Grip Motorcycle Phone Holder can be installed on most motorcycles using the handlebar mount.The folks at Ram Mounts have been making durable GPS mounting solutions since the early days, that’s why we’re excited about their latest “Quick-Grip” phone holder. It features a spring-loaded top clamp and adjustable side supports that securely hold the phone in place, while letting you easily dock or remove the phone with one hand. The quick-release feature really comes in handy when you want to snap a photo or video on the trail. Simply pull the spring activated clamp arm out to quickly dismount or dock your phone.First Impressions The RAM Quick-Grip holder comes in two sizes, one for standard sized phones and the “XL” designed for larger phones. We’ve been testing the XL version on several of our rides, and with different bikes. So far it’s held our phones securely in place through whoops, rough roads and even some jumps. While it’s not a waterproof case, most modern phones can handle rain and you can easily remove the phone to protect it in a waterproof pocket if you come upon any deep water crossings. ADVERTISEMENT You can buy the standard or XL Quick-Grip Holder by itself or with the handlebar mount kit. The phone mount comes with hardware to attach it to RAM B or C size diamond bases containing the universal AMPS hole pattern. Or with the handlebar mounting kit, you get a short RAM double socket arm and zinc-coated handlebar U-Bolt base that fits any bar tubing from 0.5” to 1.25” in diameter. Pricing starts at $28 for the Quick-Grip standard mount and costs up to $65 for the XL with handlebar mounting kit. Plus RAM backs it with a lifetime warranty. RAM Quick-Grip Holder Highlights Spring-loaded holder features adjustable side supports that provide a secure fit for a variety of phones and other devices. Easily dock or remove your phone with one hand. Compatible with RAM diamond ball bases for attaching to double socket arms and mounting bases. Can easily be rotated for portrait or landscape view with the use of the Ram attachment hardware. Handlebar mount kit fits most motorcycle handlebar diameters: 7/8″, 1″, 1 1/4″. Backed by a lifetime warranty. RAM Quick-Grip Phone Compatibility Height Range: 4.75” – 5.75” (Reg); 5.75″ – 8.25″ (XL) Width Range: 2.19” – 3.25” (Reg); 2.625″ – 3.625″ (XL) Max Depth: 0.72” (Reg and XL) Shopping Options Author: Rob Dabney Rob Dabney started a lifelong obsession with motorcycles at the age of 15 when he purchased his first bike – a 1982 Honda MB5. Through his 20’s and 30’s he competed in off-road desert races, including the Baja 250, 500 and 1000. Eventually, his proclivity for exploration led him to dual sport and adventure riding. Rob’s never-ending quest to discover what’s around the next bend has taken him on Adventures in Mexico, North Africa, Europe, and throughout the American West. As a moto journalist, he enjoys inspiring others to seek adventure across horizons both near and far.
  13. This is not a bike comparison, although two motorcycles from the same manufacturer are involved. One, a 2020 Husqvarna 701 Enduro, and the other, a 1978 Husqvarna 390, buried up to its axles in concrete, in the middle of the desert. Over 20 miles from the nearest paved road, a memorial to fallen motorcyclists first sprouted in 1987 near the Cuddeback Dry Lake area of the Mojave desert. Following the passing of desert racer Jim Erickson, members of the Desert Zebras Motorcycle Club brought his Husky 390 out there, and planted it. That Swedish seed grew into a mechanical memorial garden over the years, as other fallen riders had additional remembrances built for them around the impromptu site. Wanting to visit this unique desert feature, choosing to ride a Husky to the Husky monument seemed appropriate. Following the passing of desert racer Jim Erickson, his 1978 Husky 390 was planted at this site as a memorial. That Swedish seed grew into a mechanical memorial garden over the years, surrounded by remembrances of other fallen riders.The Mojave Desert offers endless views and hundreds of miles of open trails to explore in any direction.Deciding on a starting point was easy, as RawHyde Adventures was hosting an ADV Rally at their “Zakar” facility in the desert outside of California City. Before throwing a leg over any motorcycles and heading out, just walking around this place is a trip in itself. Mad Max style construction involving shipping containers piled on top of one another complete with a machine-gun-equipped guard tower, quirky structures left over from when the spot was used as a movie filming location, zombie-slash-motorcycle themed murals covering entire walls, and what appears to be a bizarre misspelling of “Dakar” emblazoned in huge letters over the main entrance to the compound are all confusing elements at first, until the acronym is revealed. Z.A.K.A.R.: Zombie Apocalypse Kompound At RawHyde. RawHyde’s 100-acre Adventure Park in California City is styled as a post-apocalyptic military fortress. The dystopian theme seemed to hit home more than ever, as news of COVID-19 virus shut downs began to set in.In the midst of all these imposing elements, a decent sized tent city sprang up, and hard-sided campers ringed the perimeter. Roughly 250 people had gathered to take part in adventure bike off-road training, perusing vendor booths, attending product seminars, and perhaps at the top of the list, camping and riding with friends. To that end, the event provided routes and suggestions for some of the many quirky desert features in the area to visit. The Husky Monument was one of several options in striking distance, including a crashed F22 fighter jet, ancient petroglyphs, the famed Burro Schmidt tunnel, and seemingly endless terrain. ADVERTISEMENT Plotting a course to cover as much of this terrain as possible, ADV Pulse senior editor Rob Dabney and myself fired up a KTM 690 Enduro R, and the aforementioned Husky 701 Enduro. Nature decided to water the desert for us, exactly on schedule, so we could better experience the landscapes. There would be no dust this ride, just endless vistas, almost blinding fields of wildflowers, fascinating points of interest, and ideal trail riding. This time of year you can often see the wildflowers in full desert bloom.Many of the areas and trails we rode were not among those suggested by the Zakar event, and for good reason. Steep, rocky ridge line options in some cases included winds strong enough to nearly blow both bike and rider over the edge. While technically possible to ride on a big adventure motorcycle, most of these trails would not have been entirely enjoyable on one. Cut to the KTM 690 and Husky 701. Plenty big for highway cruising, plenty nimble to deal with what the Mojave was throwing at us, these bikes made for a good experience in the desert. Fortunately, both Rob and myself had just ridden these exact same two motorcycles on an extensive rally in Death Valley a few weeks earlier. That ride brought some questionable handling characteristics to the surface, with both bikes. Trading messages with KTM’s Quinn Cody, some setup tweaks were suggested, and the difference was staggering. The sensitivity that modern motorcycles have to suspension adjustments is difficult to overstate. In Death Valley, I often felt the bikes were working against me, here in the Mojave, they became mind machines – an extension of where your imagination wanted to take you. Admittedly, sometimes your mind might take you to stupid places. Some of the trails around Fremont Peak started looking more appropriate for a 2-stroke than a large-bore thumper. We only got stuck on a couple climbs however, and the resulting vistas were well worth the effort of pushing through. Descending the mountains, headed roughly south-east, distracting views of vast canyons combined with often technical trail keeps one on their toes. Once the valley floor is reached, things speed up dramatically. Straight-line sand washes and roads criss-cross the desert, headed in almost any direction you might want to go. Continuing towards the southeast, a small collection of hardware lies on the ground next to a memorial for David P. “Cools” Cooley. It was here, on March 25th, 2009, that he and his F22 fighter came to an abrupt and exceedingly violent end in the desert. Another reminder of both the risks and rewards this landscape holds. David P. “Cools” Cooley was a Lockheed test pilot who died here while flying a test mission in an F22. An investigation determined that he was likely incapacitated by a g-force induced loss of consciousness.Fast, almost straight dirt roads eventually give way to a winding sand wash at the base of a low mesa. Following this wash northward into the hills, eventually the Husky Monument is reached. Having seen virtually no one at all for the entire day so far since leaving the Zakar compound near California City earlier in the morning, it was something of a surprise to crest the rise and see nearly as many people as there were memorials gathered around the monument. By unintentionally providing a unique destination, I’m sure these fallen riders would appreciate knowing that they’re still encouraging people to ride the desert to the present day. Dozens of monuments have sprung up at this site since the first dedication to desert racer Jim Erickson was made in 1987.Where the Husky monument commemorates modern-day people who shared an affinity for this landscape, far older features evidence those who traveled here long before fossil fuels. A meandering ride around 10-12 miles to the east leads to a canyon with a wire fence across the entrance. Walking through the designated gate, an extensive collection of petroglyphs is found, particular on the north side of the canyon. Mystery remains about the meaning behind these symbols at Inscription Canyon. Theories run the gamut from structured messages about hunting conditions, to the images which result from a mind strung out on peyote. Whatever the meaning, by some estimates these rocks have been telling this story for anywhere from 8,000 – 12,000 years. How long the Husky Monument will remain a prominent desert feature is a question of both entropy, and the BLM. The petroglyphs at Inscription Canyon are some of the most abundant and impressive we ever seen in the Mojave Desert.Monuments to fallen riders and military heroes are naturally understandable mementos. Ancient petroglyphs are familiar with even just a grade school level understanding of history. Why someone would spend 38 years digging a hole, that’s perhaps a bit more quirky. The desert, however, is often defined by the quirky. William “Burro” Schmidt moved from Rhode Island to California, took a pick, shovel, four-pound hammer, occasionally some dynamite, and started to dig a half-mile long tunnel through solid rock, by hand. In 1938, he popped out the far side of the mountain, later deeded the tunnel to a fellow miner, and left. Exactly why remains an open question. Differing accounts indicate this project took either 32, or 38 years to complete. Regardless, the man spent over three decades inside a mountain carrying roughly 5,800 tons of rock in burlap sacks on his back, in a wheelbarrow, and eventually using a mining car on rails. Keep going to the end of the 1/2-mile long shaft and you’ll discover a view that makes the creepy hike well worth the journey.While many more of these interesting sites can be seen in just this area of desert alone, time remaining for this 2020 Adventure Days event at Zakar was short. Unbeknownst to all of us at the moment, time for most any event was also short. Driving home on the superhighways of Southern California to light board signs which only hours ago began displaying “Avoid gatherings,” the idea of veering off the freeway and into the safety of an empty desert gained an even greater appeal. Photos by Jon Beck and Rob Dabney Author: Jon Beck Jon Beck is fulfilling a dream of never figuring out what to be when he grows up. Racing mountain bikes, competitive surfing, and touring as a musician are somehow part of what led Jon to travel through over 40 countries so far as an adventure motorcycle photographer, journalist, and guide. From precision riding for cameras in Hollywood, to refilling a fountain pen for travel stories, Jon brings a rare blend of experience to the table. While he seems happiest when lost in a desert someplace, deadlines are met most of the time.
  14. [embedded content] [embedded content]Ten years ago Carlos García Portal a.k.a. Charly Sinewan was over his hamster wheel routine when he bought a bike and throttled off on his first big adventure. Three bikes, five continents, sixty-plus countries and countless adventures later he shares a glimpse of how liberating – and complicated – it can be to give up a successful career and comfortable lifestyle and start life over as a full-time motorcycle nomad. But first, let’s explain what’s behind the alias “Charly Sinewan,” under which Carlos has become known as a world traveler. Inspired as we all were by Ewan McGregor and Charly Bloorman, he noticed Charly would refer to his “trip with Ewan.” In turn, Carlos would jokingly refer of his “trip without Ewan,” sin Ewan in Spanish. Add that Carlos translates to Charly in English and a puny moniker was born. He had no idea how firmly it would stick. Hard Choices While we’ve heard many romantic tales of round-the-worlders making an abrupt decision to walk away from their traditional lives, Charly shed his contemporary life the way most of us would: A dip of one uncommitted toe at a time. “I was down… completely lost” he says. “I was afraid. I had worked really hard for years and felt secure in that sense.” ADVERTISEMENT It was in 2009 while he was living in Madrid and working as a partner in a real estate-based firm that the constraints of his modern life began to feel suffocating. He was tired of getting up every day and doing the same thing. Tired of having the same conversations, tired of traveling the same routes, tired of knowing exactly where everything was and the quickest way to get there. So he asked his partner for a three-month hiatus, put his stuff in storage and packed up a 2007 Honda V-twin XL1000V Varadero (kind of a cross between Honda’s original Africa Twin and its sporty Superhawk). He traveled for 14,000k through France, Italy, Austria, Croatia, Montenegro, Turkey, Iran, Thailand, Cambodia, India and finally, Australia. Charly says he doesn’t want to “sound like a self-help book,” but the three-month trip “changed my life forever.” During those months he discovered that living in unfamiliar surroundings with no set plan forces you to be creative. And because each day is filled with new sites and situations, the hours become more tangible and memorable. He also discovered some important details about his nature. For example, he was perfectly okay with sleeping in random locations. He could find humor in predicament. He could eat with dirty hands. Yet he returned to his busy life in the city as planned because – as we can all relate – it’s just not easy to blow up a successful career or walk away from loved ones and the trappings of conventional life. The next move was to ask his partners for a more flexible work pattern. He would work less and have less money, but he’d also have more time. After trimming all excess from his overhead and selling unnecessary things, Charley bought a used BMW F650GS, packed it up and headed down the west coast of Africa. During this phase he would ride for two months then go back to Spain to work for four months. Becoming a Nomad Of the many months it took him to ride from Morocco to South Africa, Charly says he had no real difficulties, even in countries like Mali and Burkina Faso that are perceived as dangerous. Everywhere the people were kind and helpful. He says the only real problem occurred when he finally arrived in South Africa and had no desire to quit traveling and return to his comfortable life in Madrid. During these first years Charly found much to his surprise that he could make some money by sharing his journey via a blog. He had zero experience behind or in front of the camera when he started traveling, but he soon became knowledgeable, and watchable. As his audience grew he found companies were willing to sponsor him. He also found he could make some money speaking to groups about his travels. Back in Madrid in 2013, Charly says he “couldn’t hold it anymore.” Living the back-and-forth of his two lives was too much. Still not willing to cut the cord completely, he asked his partners four months off so he could finish his trip by riding up through eastern Africa. When those four months were over however, Charly was still in Tanzania, a day’s ride from South Africa for someone in a hurry. He’d come to the conclusion that if he didn’t try to make a life of traveling as a nomad he would never forgive himself. Fast forward to his latest video posted ten years after his first trip on the Honda, this one celebrating that monumental decision to stay on the road. “It is not that easy, trust me” he says of giving up the stability and comforts of conventional life. “But in all these years I’ve never looked back.” His ride up through East Africa, a journey that was supposed to take only four months, took three years to complete. No longer in a rush to get anywhere, his travel style has gotten “slower and more intense.” He stays until he feels he knows a place and its people. He’s also upgraded his ride since those first trips and is currently piloting a BMW R1250GS. So far, he’s checked more than 60 counties off his To Explore list. Charly’s videos, shared on youtube “almost every Sunday” describe the true essence of his adventures, most recently as he spent another three years exploring the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Cuba. Once the roads and borders open up again, he’s headed toward Tierra del Fuego, though on the way he’ll undoubtedly spend several years getting to know Latin America culture in a way hurried travelers miss. So far, he says he has zero regrets about abandoning the life he lived as Carlos in order to slow travel the world as Charly Sinewan. In fact, he doesn’t even remember what that Carlos guy has in storage back in Spain. Follow Charly’s epic adventures on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram. Photos Courtesy of Charly Sinewan Author: Jamie Elvidge Jamie has been a motorcycle journalist for more than 30 years, testing the entire range of bikes for the major print magazines and specializing in adventure-travel related stories. To date she’s written and supplied photography for articles describing what it’s like to ride in all 50 states and 43 foreign countries, receiving two Lowell Thomas Society of American Travel Writer’s Awards along the way. Her most-challenging adventure yet has been riding in the 2018 GS Trophy in Mongolia as Team AusAmerica’s embedded journalist.
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