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Just thick metal plates designed to take a beating, skidplates don’t see a lot of innovation. Touratech’s upped the game with replaceable polyamide nylon sliders – important for under-protected bikes like the 2013 R1200GS.
New player Tumbleweed ADV solves two major issues for those using the KTM 690 Enduro/R for adventure riding, range and hauling luggage.
Twisted Throttle releases two a complete lines of protection and luggage from SW-MOTECH/Bags-Connection and R&G Racing to coincide with the North American Debut of the KTM 1190 Adventure.
The marketing blather; The highly anticipated “supermid” 899 Panigale unveiled by Ducati CEO, Claudio Domenicali, on the eve of the IAA Motor Show in Frankfurt continues its bigger 1199 sibling’s monocoque concept, Superquadro engine and benchmark electronics. The low down, so freaking gorgeous we fired up a huge gallery of swank for it.
With a collarbone still mending and unable to ride Neil, pretends to be a family man and reviews the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport for OutDrive.ca… “In the canyon turns the 2013 Ford Explorer Sport, a huge dreadnaught-class piece of American muscle and swank, is making gains on the motorcycle ahead. Here, I conclude that this performance SUV will never grace the cover of better parenting magazines – this is family hauling weaponized.”
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In early April, Aether Apparel to Chase Winter. As the ski season closed and motorcycle season opened, Aether chased the last of the snow, up the Rockies from Telluride, CO to Jackson Hole, WY on fully-loaded BMW GSs, stopping at every major ski resort along the way.
Once again BMW is creating a comfortable test ride environment free of testostrionics and rampant dude-ism with the “BMW Motorrad Exclusively Female Test Ride Event” scheduled for May 4th, 2013 in BC’s lower mainland. We highly encourage moto-centric women of all stripes to attend this consistently fun and well organized event.
At the end of Highway 4’s devil’s picnic of serpent twists and in-helmet laughter sits Tofino, BC on Vancouver Island. The area is well know for surfing and storm watching, but how about dirt and adventure biking? Even better, dualsport riding mashed with a gourmet lunch in the backcountry? Throw in some gun play? This compelling mix isn’t an Anthony Bourdain episode, but Dirty Moto X Gourmet — an eclectic sampler of riding and “wild” cuisine.
MotoGeo’s Jamie Robinson headeds for Spain, where he jumped on the new Ducati Multistrada S and took off on a four day adventure, España style.
Protect your assets, or at least your bike’s tail. R&G has released its Carbon Kevlar Tail Sliders to protect your bike’s tail from light drops and slides, as well as wear from boot scuffs and luggage.
Transport Canada has issued a third recall for BMW‘s new liquid cooled R1200GS. According to the government agency, the threaded plugs securing the fork tubes to the upper triple clamp may loosen over time …
Well, actually Touratech CEO and adventure rider, Herbert Schwarz, talks a lot about Touratech accessories and very little about the bike, so we’ll just jump the video to that good bit.
The South Saskatchewan Regional Plan (SSRP) is trying to implement a major land use restriction to Off Highway Vehicle (OHV) usage as well as random camping in Southern Alberta. It will affect every aspect of outdoor recreation, eg. Dual-sporting, Dirt biking, Quading, Biking, Camping, Hunting, Fishing ect…. Check out the petition against OHV loss in this region.
The Tacita T-Race is a 100% electric motorcycle, but with a difference, it’s meant for rallies. Canadian Dakar finisher Patrick Trahan just happens to be meant for rallies too. Here are Patrick’s thoughts on the T-Race he tested at the 2012 Merzouga Rally.
At 150kg/330.7lbs ready to race the Canadian made Amarok is a pretty svelte beast of an elective bike. Filmed in the winter of 2012 inside the 140 year old barn where the Amarok P1 was born, co-founders Michael Uhlarik and Kevin O’Neil explain the philosophy behind the design, and the Amarok Racing team.
KTM North America is a lucky company, they’ve landed Jim McKenna (formerly of Ducati North America) as a Dealer Development Specialist. OWD’s history with Mr. McKenna goes back a a ways, even including his providing encouragement and insight into advertising sales and the machinations of the motorcycle industry, so we’re truly happy he’s landed a plum position. KTM’s press release follows.
KTM has announced preliminary dates for its “KTM Ride Orange Demo Ride Program“. The program provides an a chance for you as an orange-afficianado to experience first hand the defining attributes of the KTM Ready to Race philosphy—performance, adventure, purity and extreme.
It’s hard not to have a gut reaction to the freshly announced 2014 Honda CTX700T, a strange and disfigured attempt to graft the Goldwing F6B’s styling onto a NC700X. What does look the business, or at least startlingly dashing by comparison is the naked CTX700N. The CTX700T (doomed) and CTX700N, will share the NC700X’s 670cc liquid-cooled parallel-twin, and should have similar good manners on the road.
Read on for marketing bumph and specs…