Back in 2011 when we rode to Alaska we were fortunate to only run into the mosquito swarm once near the Atigun Pass. We were armed with two of these shirts just in case. The draw back to not being attacked by these “killer”, huge bugs was that we rode in cold rain almost the entire trip. You never know what season it will be up there if you are planning a trip. You need to prepare for HOT, warm, cold to down right freezing weather.
If you have sun and warmth on your adventure, then there is a good chance you will have mosquitoes. This shirt may seem like over kill, no pun intended but from those who have had to use it swear by them…we did not have to use ours but it will be a staple item if we venture back up-country.
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So, our F800GS has been out for a while and really no one has reviewed our bike. The new ADV version comes around and there are first impressions popping Oh well….At least BMW has released an ADV 800! But then again..aren’t all our bikes ADV tourers????? Would you buy this? The price seems not that bad compared to our 2013 fully loaded F800′s.
SOURCE: CYCLE WORLD
Until now, BMW Motorrad has applied the “Adventure” moniker only to its large GS models with Boxer engines. In mid-June, however, that changes with the debut of the all-new 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, a bike designed to be better in the dirt than a standard F800GS while also being a much-improved touring rig. Continue reading
Went down to our dealer on Sunday, May 5th to check out the BMW Demo day. I was not able to reserve a spot to test ride anything because of work and when I arrived all the bikes were signed out. Signed out for every ride no less.
Hosted the ride and all riders got to go out for at least an hour on the bikes. There were demo’s of almost every bike they make except the new 800 Adventure was not there. I really wanted to ride the F800GT and the new 1200 but I just watched and then enjoyed a great solo ride in the exceptional heat. It was over 30 C or 90 F yesterday. Cheryl was at work and I just rode around to decompress from my work. May have to purchase a smaller tent for myself soon. Cheryl’s new job is not as flexible with days off and I have a feeling I will be doing some rallies unfortunately alone.
We might have to wait a bit until Cheryl settles in and gets through her apprenticeship before we start making any real bike plans. As for me? I need to embrace solo riding which might be good…I hope we both can attend the BMW MOA rally in Salem, Oregon together but I don’t think Cheryl will be able to get to the Touratech event in June or some local rides our dealer has set up like this one.. Continue reading
SOURCE: Improve Photography
Being in the outdoors with photography gear can be tricky.
It is summer time in the Northern Hemisphere, and for many of us, that means enjoying photography while camping, hiking, or just being in the great outdoors. Along with being outdoors with your camera and lenses come several problems: heat, dust, weight, etc. Since I moved to Idaho, I have been spending a lot of time camping with my photography gear, so most of these tips are from personal experience. Here you go!
Outdoor Photography Tip #1: Bring no more than two lenses. When I am going to be shooting in an easily accessible location in the city, I usually bring a couple bags of gear full of lenses and other stuff, but when I go outdoors I decide on two lenses and do not allow myself to bring any more. Typically, I bring a 10-24mm lens for landscapes and a 70-200mm lens for close range wildlife photography and some landscapes. Continue reading
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
TNE Phase Two
Section Two – Baie Comeau to Chibougamau
This chapter of the True North East route could best be described as remote. The route begins in the town of Baie Comeau. This town has a population of approximately 26, 000 and has been around since 1889. A few years later the first saw mill arrived and the town has been functioning as a resource town ever since. Located on the shores of the ST Lawrence River and at the mouth of the Manicouagan River, the town is not without its charm. This is the last place to gear up for a few days of the route and the town offers typical modern amenities for a town of its size.
The route leaving Baie Comeau follows gravel roads for 380 kilometres before you’ll find the next location for fuel. Needless to say you must stock up on fuel prior to leaving this town. This chapter of the TNE is also used for the Trans Canada Adventure Trail (TCAT) and was created by Fabric Tremblay. Fab is local to the area and without his local knowledge it would have been very difficult to have created this chapter of the route, Thanks!
Photo by Fabrice Tremblay
Words By Noble McIntyre
Photos By Jeff Cobb
SOURCE: Motorcycle Safety News
Motorcycles have always evoked an image of freedom, individuality, and as the case may be, rebellion. With that freedom, there is also the possibility of an injury.
Motorcycle safety has evolved significantly over the years and the rudimentary helmet and classic leather jacket have been replaced by modern materials.
Interest in developing motorcycle helmets began in 1935, when T.E. Lawrence (better known as Lawrence of Arabia) suffered a fatal motorcycle crash. His neurosurgeon, Hugh Cairns, began the research that would eventually lead to the development of the motorcycle crash helmet. The first patent for a motorcycle helmet was submitted in 1953 by Professor C. F. “Red” Lombard.
Riding is risky enough and racers know not to take excessive chances with their gear; their tech is continually trickling down to street riders. (Click on photos to enlarge.) Continue reading