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February 07, 2018

Bike Build: BMW R1200GS Extended Test

The cannons are silent and the dust has settled on last year’s “Battle Ready” 2015 BMW R1200GS build. We learned a lot over the past 18,000 miles about the bike, its armor, and other paraphernalia originally selected to enhance the machine’s already formidable capabilities. We began dismantling the old cyborg, analyzing each piece to determine what withstood the test and what failed. Our next…
January 29, 2018

Black Dog Cycle Works KTM 690/Husqvarna 701 Enduro Skid Plate

Asked to evaluate the Black Dog Cycle Works ULTIMATE Skid Plate, I wondered, “What’s to review?” A skid plate has no moving parts and should perform an apparently simple function. But, as it turns out, not all skid plates are created equal. Black Dog chose 3/16-inch ASTM 5052 aluminum alloy plate for their ULTIMATE Skid Plate structure. The alloy’s properties…
January 24, 2018

Mosko Moto Nomad Tank Bag Review

My first impression of the Nomad is that it’s standard Mosko Moto: high quality materials, workmanship, and attention to detail. As you begin to explore all 24-plus inner compartments and storage points, you’ll understand just how much forethought and engineering the Mosko crew put into the Nomad. On the outside, the Nomad offers a MOLLE top for attaching the included…
January 23, 2018

SIDI X-3 Lei Women's Boots

Searching for a protective and functional off-road boot is tough when you are a woman. There are few options out there that are tailored specifically for a female foot. Often, we are left wearing overly bulky men’s boots, which do the job, but only while wearing the thickest pair of socks available. SIDI stepped up this year, offering the Women’s X-3…
January 23, 2018

Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa

Unlike just a few years ago, there’s now a plethora of adventure motorcycling book titles to choose from. In some ways it’s unfortunate that many new authors have taken the easy route of porting their essentially unedited blogs, warts ’n’ all, into the Amazon Kindle format. Meanwhile, a few seem to be investing in the more traditional route, along with…
January 17, 2018

Project Bike: Honda CRF 250L Rally Replica

ADVMoto’s CRF 250L has come a long way since we rode it off the showroom in 2015. Initially, the bike was supposed to be our “B bike”—a commuter we could hand over to friends or special guests visiting from out of town. We trucked it from event to event riding the heck out of it, abusing it, and never quite…
January 17, 2018

REV'IT! Sand 3 Adventure Suit Review

The word “sand” evokes visions of the desert, warm beaches, and perhaps racing across dunes in the Dakar Rally. All those locations have one thing in common: heat. So why does the Sand 3 suit come with separate waterproof and thermal liners and provisions for more add-ons? Easy. Versatility is the name of the game. Having spent six days, every…
January 10, 2018

KNOCKRZ Inflatable Transport Bags Review

Have you ever opened the cargo door to your trailer to be greeted by your bike lying on its side? If so, then KNOCKRZ might be just what you need. These heavy-duty air bags can hold up to 500 lbs. of dead weight should a strap slip or come loose while you’re rolling down the highway or bouncing down a…
January 04, 2018

Avon AV84/AV85 TrekRider Tires Review

We’re beginning to see more tire manufacturers creating longer lasting, true 50/50 tires for the adventure market. Avon is a British motorcycle tire company (est. 1911) and is well established in the motorcycle industry. Unusually, their TrekRiders are stamped with “Made in England,” whereas many others are manufactured elsewhere to apparently save on costs. The key to the longevity of…

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