I am excited to be able to get the new KLIM Altitude Gore Tex suit made for women by KLIM to wear and review on my trip coming up in May.
After going back and forth as to where I should take my SOLO trip this year I think I have come up with a plan. Head East, go see my family and some friends and then head West. I think it’s doable…May 17 – June 16? Need to replace my SPOT CONNECT as my other one seems to like to eat batteries more than usual and the battery lid does not like to stay closed. So, new Connect on order and over the next few months I shall get the camping gear together, check out it twice, before I leave get the bike all tuned up with new K60 tires and off I will head into the USA and Canada. We did this trip, different route in 2010.
As usual I will try to do a live report from the road on the ADV forum or maybe just the F800 forum not sure yet and the BLOG, with updates on our Face Book page too. Should be fun to get out there on my own. I have taken shorter trips SOLO but not 12,000 KM’s worth. Continue reading
Federal Government Weighs National Helmet Law
Cheryl and I are all for ATGATT….where so you stand? This topic always is a HOT one and pushes so many buttons…
In a controversial move, a federal task force is set to recommend a sweeping, nationwide mandatory helmet law for all motorcyclists, according to a spokesman for the AMA. The legislation for a national helmet law would be aimed at reducing injuries and deaths, and their concurrent economic impact.
Presently, states set their own helmet laws. In recent years, the trend has been to lift mandatory helmet laws or restrict enforcement to minors. Mandatory helmet use is required by all motorcyclists in 19 states; 27 states have an age requirement; two states have age and insurance requirements, and two states have no restrictions, according to the lobby group, BikersRights.com. Continue reading
Events and News
I am honored to be invited to speak at PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS our BMW dealer.
Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me! Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors! What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer? Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it!
Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22! I think it’s going to be a fun night!
Special Guest speaker: LESLIE SOFARELLI
Friday, March 22, 2013 (6pm – 9pm)
BMW reported sales of 12,057 motorcycles in the U.S. in 2012, representing a 14.0% increase on the 10,572 units sold in 2011.
Leading the way was the S1000RR, with BMW selling 1,934 of the sportbikes this year. That represents a 20.9% growth over the 1,600 S1000RRs scooped up by American consumers in 2011.
Also performing well for BMW are its six-cylinder K series bikes in their first full year on the market. Consumers clearly preferred the GTL over the GT model, buying 1,601 of the K1600GTL compared to just 697 units of the K1600GT.
The year-end figures also include the introduction of BMW’s C series maxi-scooters. BMW did not reveal how many units of the C600 Sport it sold, but did announce deliveries of 223 C650 GT models since its U.S. launch in the fall.
BRUTAL STORM OF MY LIFETIME! SOURCE: The Atlantic
Last night, Hurricane Sandy — the largest Atlantic tropical system on record — made landfall just south of Atlantic City, New Jersey, bringing winds up to 90 mph (150 kph), and pushing a massive storm surge onto beaches and shorelines. At least 12 deaths have been reported in the United States. These fatalities, when added to the previous toll in the Caribbean, leave Sandy responsible for more taking more than 80 lives to date.
Millions across the Eastern Seaboard are now without power, and even more are struggling with rising floodwater. Sandy continues northward, now downgraded to a post-tropical cyclone, and those affected are now assessing the damage. Collected here are images of Sandy’s aftermath, many from New York City, which suffered widespread blackouts and a record-setting high tide early this morning. See also yesterday’s entry: Hurricane Sandy in Photos. [54 photos]
Leslie’s family and friends are back east. Family in New York, Florida and North Carolina. Let’s hope they are all staying safe from this massive storm!
Originally posted on This Just In:
Editor’s Note: The danger cannot be overstated. Hurricane Sandy has already claimed at least 67 lives — including 51 in Haiti. In the United States, schools are closed, businesses shuttered and mass transit suspended. Residents are being told to hunker down — and wait . Here is the full story.
Here are the latest developments:
[Update 4:49 a.m. ET] Anna Kate Twitty, a spokeswoman for the Red Cross, was just on CNN and said the organization has multiple shelters across seven states where evacuees can find “a safe place, a warm meal and emotional support.” To find a shelter, go to redcross.org, call 1-800-Red-Cross or download the free Red Cross hurricane app for iphone and android users.
I feel the need to highlight another ADV trip. We met Guillaume at Pacific Motosports back in July the day he was leaving on his 6 month trip. Nice guy, got himself a brand new 2012 F800GS that day and seriously after we got done speaking about his lone adventure he was off on day 1.
I have been checking in on him and his blog. He will soon be heading to South America for his final leg. Check him out….we love supporting “fellow” explorers and at the same time a bit envious that so many riders are out there riding while many of us are working….;-) Meet Guillaume!
What’s your plan?
All pics can be clicked on for much larger higher resolution versions. Also, there are over 100 pics in this post. Hope you make it to the end!
Summer 2012 although not completely over has been an interesting one. We did not get away as much as we did last summer (Triumph Alaska Adventure 2011 – 44 days)
Yamaha Super Ténéré XT1200Z Bike Build – Touratech is celebrating the arrival of Yamaha’s new Super Ténéré XT1200Z by building a project bike. We’ve added ergonomic upgrades, bolted on the essential protection items and given it luggage solutions that enable the bike to hit the road for extended travel. Follow
When we get home I will put together a post showing all that we did while down in Arizona once Leslie’s course was finished. First few days were business and then we had 4 days to explore. Goal was to see the Grand Canyon as much as we could. We drove, yes I mean drove our bikes are at home, over 1000 miles in 3 days. It was HOT but fun. ALL PICS ARE CLICKABLE for HiRES
Here are a few sample pics we took while driving in our a/c cage!
The following States have over thousand views that have checked out our blog. Is your state listed? The United States so far is the country who looks at the blog the most.
Also, I would LOVE to know who checks in from Council Bluffs Iowa? For some reason this location sticks out to me every time I check my stats! I am just curious if anyone will fess up that they are from there…. ;-)
This is WHAT ADV riding is all about….those who ride the pavement only…need to watch this more than folks like us!
Once again thanks Gary from AK for this great idea for a posting. It’s that time of year when many of you will be heading up to Alaska for your own adventure. This time last year we were planning our own Northern excursion. So, we are envious of those who will be making this trip. The Dalton Highway is a MUST ride and getting yourself to Deadhorse in one piece would be the goal. ;-) Here is a great web site which has all the information you will need to learn about the Dalton and it’s services or should I say lack of services. Bring extra gas and enjoy this unpredictable yet beautiful highway!
I have also included some previous posts of ours that shows you where we stayed and a place where you can change your tires or oil!
If anyone has questions about this road and what you might experience please feel free to post in the comments. Continue reading