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April 11, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: 2002 BMW R1150 GS Adventure

Un-adorned of touring gear, one might think the lines of the new 1150 Adventure resemble some form of wasp-like cyborg from a Sci-fi thriller. Trimmed down and armored up, the 1150 Adventure's features are intended to make it more of an off road warrior than its kin, the GS1150 R. While more capable of smoothing miles, its han­dling may not…
April 10, 2017

Magura HYMEC Hydraulic Clutch Upgrade for Kawasaki Versys

More bikes come with cable-actuated clutches these days...even machines costing $10K or more. Unless they’re properly maintained, clutch cables can stretch, get gummed up or even break (usually at the worst possible moment). Although more expensive, hydraulically operated clutches have notable benefits, including being self-adjusting and having much lighter lever pulls. When mated with a capable and reliable platform like…
April 06, 2017

First Ride: 2017 KTM 1090 Adventure R

Riding motorcycles is all about staying in balance. So is designing and buying them. When you decide to buy a new KTM 1090 Adventure R it will be mainly because it was designed for the purist adventure rider who rides mostly off road.For this bike, there’s two ways to write a review: 1. The “technical-engineer nerd method” which scrutinizes the…
March 31, 2017

Racks and Top Cases: A Novel Approach by Back Road Equipment

A fairly common dilemma for adventure riders is having to choose between having a top case or a rack behind the pillion seat for transporting and securing those endless necessities when traveling, or even for just picking up groceries. Although a top case might not be your first choice, the convenience of being able to solidly lock up your personal…
March 27, 2017

Motoz Tractionator Desert H/T Tire Review

Marilyn Monroe once said, “Give a girl the right pair right shoes, and she can conquer the world.” Tire manufacturers must have taken this to heart, because they’ve created a vast selection of tires for the dual-sport community to choose from. It seems there’s an option for every type of riding, whether you’re a commuter that hits a gravel road…
March 27, 2017

Best Used 900cc+ Dual-Sport & Adventure Bikes

Putting out triple-digit horsepower and weighing over a quarter of a ton, these are the behemoths of the adventure motorcycling world. Some hint to their racing heritage, others have been on well documented world tours—but all foster communities that are great resources for their owners. A few are more street-oriented and will eat up highway miles, while others are more…
March 24, 2017

Gogo Elite 1-person Minimalist Shelter from Nemo

The Gogo Elite 1-Person Minimalist Shelter from NEMO boasts the smallest weight and volume for any tent or bivy in its category. The Gogo Elite easily inflates and collapses with a clever integrated air pump and the elliptical arch formed by the AirSupported technology gives the tent structural rigidity even in gusting winds of 30–40 mph. Because there are no…
March 21, 2017

Star brite Ultimate Corrosion Blocker

Like many off-road and motocross riders, my weekends consist of getting the motorcycles dirty, pressure washing, and a WD-40 soaking to help prevent rusty looking fasteners, foot pegs, spokes and unfinished two stroke expansion chambers. The problem with that solution is as soon as the bike is ridden in mud or water, the protection is removed.I decided to try Star…
March 21, 2017

Backtrack Tuesdays: Yamaha TDM 850

Since I was the editor for TDM Newsletter for a year, I was asked me to do a review of the the bike. I've never met such a versatile machine in my life, racking up 25,000 truly fun filled miles on my own TDM. This "140mph dirt bike" has taken me 7200 miles to Alaska, six times around the White Rim Trail,…