Wicked alternative to buying new rims for our bikes to make them capable of having tubeless tires. A Facebook reader of ours Tom, posted this idea. Tom had this done to his brand new Triumph Tiger 800 down in his home country of the Phillipeans. I asked Tom to keep me updated how this holds up. So, far 150 KM’s no problems. I am curious if this will hold and if his tires will leak…we shall see….in the mean time…have a look and tell us what you think? YEAH or NAY??? I have included pics from Tom’s install.
It’s always great to hear what other ADV riders are doing with their bikes and farkles.
Our guest Blogger is Gary from Alaska, Gary Rides a 650 VStrom and here is his solution to carrying tools and where he bought his tool kit from…thanks Gary!
Thought you might like this as a possible blog topic – motorcycle tools to take on the road. In this niche topic, I would offer Blue Ridge Racing tools as the best, and this is what we carry. They are not cheap (in quality or price), and as you browse their kits, you can see they are put together with logic by riders.
In addition to the stage III kit, I have two of these: http://www.agrisupply.com/manual-canister-large-with-neoprene-seal/p/67670/&sid=&eid=/
mounted on the inside of my left rear SW Motech case frame. My Blue Ridge Racing Tools are in these tubes as well as tire plugs, valves, etc.
Hope this is useful…
It’s always fun when you get a new bike and get to buy some big-ticket items but sometimes it’s the little less expensive farkles that make your bike your own.
Having owned BMW’s before, two ’10 F650GS’s, we have learned from our first time out of the gate what we want, need and who we want to buy from as in dealers/suppliers. The good news there are accessories for these bikes all over the place and so many choices and price ranges. I do most of the research for what goes on the bikes and Cheryl of course installs it all. Recently, we have been on a AltRider kick. Why? Well, the do make some great products like our crash bars, head light protector and rad guard but I have to say they ship so fast to Canada I can often get my order faster than I can ride down to my dealer here in BC. We pick and choose where and when we buy accessories/farkles based on impulse or as we can afford them.
Get ready for some long remote roads. This last chapter in the TNE route consists of three roads that together cover almost 1500 kilometres.
This chapter of the TNE starts off in the town of Chibougamau.
Chibougamau has a population of 7500 and has most modern amenities available. It is the largest community in northern Quebec and serves as the hub to the smaller towns in the area. Strip malls, motels, garages and the other places one might expect from a town this size all exist. For many folks travelling the TNT this town makes for a logical stopover as once you leave you won’t encounter much civilization for the remainder of the route.
There is a strong Cree Indian presence in town. The name Chibougamau translates to “crossed by a river” in the Cree language. A few early explorers visited this area in the late 17th century but it wasn’t until gold was discovered in the area that white folks began to settle in the area. In 1903 attempts to prospect the area took place but it wasn’t until 1951 that people started to settle in what is now the town site. Along with the mines, logging and sawmill industries have helped to keep this town on the map. Like many northern towns in Quebec, English is rarely spoken.
Photo: A stop sign written in Cree and French Continue reading
I have to agree with this great article….again not only for Noobs is this written for…even experienced riders who travel far distances can always learn from insight.
Nobody walks out to the garage and pulls on a helmet and riding gear thinking, “I really want to be bored. I think I’ll go ride my motorcycle.” Continue reading
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You need to watch the video at the end of this post! This is CRAZY AMAZING ART that moves!
Scott Weaver’s amazing piece, made with over 100,000 toothpicks over the course of 35 years, is a depiction of San Francisco, with multiple ball runs that allow you to go on “tours” of different parts of the city. It will be on display in the Tinkering Studio until June 19th!
I have embedded a great video made by Revzilla reviewing the tires we choose to use on all our bikes. We bought our first set back in 2010. Placed them on our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes. Rode cross-country on them and came back after 12,000 KM’s with plenty of tread. Leslie also got a nail on day 2 of our 26 day trip. We plugged it, centre tread and she rode the entire trip on this plug. We installed them on the Triumph Tigers we borrowed for Alaska. Rode over 15,000 KM on all terrain and came back with many KM’s left on that set. We are now on our fourth set of Heidenau’s using the K60 Scout on our own 2013 BMW F800GS bikes. Continue reading
SOURCE: MPN Motorcycle & Powersports News
Nice recommendations…maybe not so much for the ADV bike but nonetheless still good info….
Each week, we present our readers with the best new products on the market. While all the gadgets, apparel and tools we share are valued by dealers, some simply stand above the rest. We’ve rounded up the most clicked items on our website, presenting you with the top 25 items of 2012.
1. Centramatic On-Board Wheel Balancers for Harley-Davidsons
2. Saddlemen Adventure Track Seat
3. Motonation Vemar Eclipse Night Vision Helmet
4. Midland BT Next Bluetooth Stereo Intercom
Touratech sure knows how to make a bike look ADV Like!
SOURCE: EXPEDITION PORTAL
Thursday, 10 January 2013 12:04 Paul Guillien
Having just returned from a ten day off-road expedition across the state of Colorado, Touratech-USA’s General Manager, Paul Guillien, reviews the ten essential Touratech accessories for the Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z. These are parts Paul feels are necessary for anyone interested in riding their Super Tenere off-road, or on an extended adventure touring trip
You never know what you’ll see when at your dealer. This time I met Tom who rides a 1200GSA. He invented a lift to go into his customized 5th Wheel Hauler rig. Amazing! Tom got his invention made specifically for his rig initially for his Harley but decided he was a BMW man after learning to ride for the first time at age 45. Very cool, probably the coolest thing I have ever seen for the LOVE of a bike! What do you think?
Made a video of the loading of his bike….have a look!