Gary & Deb from Anchorage, AK are heading out on their own ADV soon. We stayed with these guys while on our trip to Alaska in 2011 while the Triumph Tigers that we borrowed from Triumph Canada were in the Motorcycle Shop getting worked on for 4 days. Great hosts, they love ADV riders and are about to embark on their very first LONG ride themselves. Why not check out their thread on the ADV Riders Forum and track them when they post their SpotWalla page too? Have a great time guys…we are envious you are getting out ont he road. Be safe and as the old saying goes…”"KEEP THE RUBBER SIDE DOWN”.
Prologue - We’ve been meaning to get on the road and stretch our legs sooner, but couldn’t bear to leave our best friend Duke the wonder dog behind. This situation changed this past November when at age 13, cancer had Duke on the ropes and we eased his passing and had him transitioned into eternal rest. I mention Duke’s passing because several of the ADV crowd have stayed with us on their journeys and have played with him – Duke was a memorable pal to many and is dearly missed.
Rest in peace, Dukie boy.
There’s no doubt that BMW’s new water-cooled R1200GS is a capable adventure touring motorcycle. With 125hp, spoked-wheels, dynamic suspension, cruise control and an assortment of other options, the new GS is everything we expected it to be, and then some. But there’s always some room for improvement. Luggage and protection items are an easy upgrade and will transform the R1200GS from adequate to extraordinary. Touratech’s Zega Pro pannier systems provides safe and secure storage, both on and off the bike, while crash bars and an Expedition skid plate protect the most important part of any motorcycle, the power-plant. Additional accessories, such as a stainless steel headlight guard and radiator guards will keep road debris from damaging important parts, while a larger sidestand foot will keep the R1200GS upright in everything from soft sand to loose gravel. Continue reading →
What if there was one motorcycle that did everything you wanted to do on two wheels? You could strafe sweeping corners, traverse scabby pavement without concern, fly down a gravel two-track, or creep up a rock garden to the top of the mountain. With this versatility, a world of adventure, limited only by your imagination, is instantly open to you. We’re talking dual sport here. Continue reading →
Every once in awhile I come across a video that just resonates with me…I mean everyone should watch this especially if you are an adventurer. This guy Ed from New Mexico rode 10,000 miles in 26 days and how he sees Canada and Alaska is spot on. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE his attitude, sense of humor….I mean everything about his heart and soul. I really hope everyone who takes a look at this post takes the time to sit back and watch….it is soooooo worth it trust me.
I think this is my most favorite ADV video I have seen so far….and I loved seeing where we went through his eyes….BRAVO!
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.
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 →
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.
I found a great web site for anyone to peruse if you are traveling Canada on a bike. I will be posting some of its content here but use this link, GRAVELTRAVEL.CA to read all about the many back country roads up here. The site also include the TCAT-Tans Canada Adventure Trail. Plus, like last year….anyone planning to ride to Alaska please feel free to post any comments or questions if you feel we might be of any assistance in your planning.
Well, the suspense is over, we can now tell you just how many of your hard earned Washingtons it’s going to take to place a shiny new water-cooled BMW R 1200 GS in your garage. If you can exercise almost super-human self-control when it comes to checking off option boxes, you can ride off into the sunset on BMW’s latest and greatest for $15,800. Thankfully this base model comes well equipped with ABS, center stand, engine guard, height adjustable seat and windscreen, power socket, LED rear light, and more. Moving up the spec sheet, the Standard Package ($16,600) adds heated grips, cruise control, and saddlebag mounts. Next up is the Premium Package ($17,990), which includes the Touring Package ($1,450) and the Active Package ($740). The Touring Package adds Dynamic ESA (Electronic Suspension Adjustment), upgraded onboard computer, GPS preparation, chrome exhaust, heated grips, hand protection, and saddlebag mounts, while the Active Package tacks on Enduro ASC (Automatic Stability Control) with riding modes and cruise control. If you’re not too confused yet, the Premium Plus Package ($18,870) is a combination of the Comfort Package ($620), the Dynamic Package ($2,100), and cruise control ($350). To keep things simple we’ll just say that the Premium Plus Package includes everything in the previous packages plus a tire pressure monitor and LED headlight. The new GS will be available in Fire Blue, Racing Red, Thunder Gray Metallic, and Alpine White.