DUNLOP INTRODUCES THE HIGH-TECH TRAILMAX MISSION ADVENTURE TIRE

Buffalo, New York: Today, manufacturers have bolstered their adventure and scrambler lineups with more offerings than ever. The high-performance of modern large displacement adventure bikes rivals that of sport bikes, yet they are also capable of offering impressive performance in the dirt—an amazing breadth of abilities that results in an unprecedented challenge to tire designers. With the proliferation of new ADV bikes, it was time for Dunlop to reinvent the 50/50 tire. Enter the all-new Trailmax® Mission. READ MORE>



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FOX RACING INTRODUCES 2020 LEGION COLLECTION

FOX Racing, the global leader in motocross apparel and protection technology is proud to launch their updated LEGION Off-Road Collection. LEGION is for those who refuse to be limited by the track and live their lives on the trail. For those who see a new path where the limits are only defined by how far they want to go and how long their gear will hold up. With durable protective materials from iconic brands such as Cordura, Polartec and D3O the legion collection was Made for Trailblazing. Also new for 2020 is a complete Legion Women’s collection – no longer limiting the performance focused Off-road offering to only male riders. READ MORE>


KTM ADVENTURE RIDER RALLY 2019 VENDOR ROW

Once again KTM hosted their annual Adventure Rider Rally and this year it was in Breckenridge Colorado. We made our way there to ride and hang out with everyone including all of the vendors that showed up to support the riders and to show off their wares.


2020 HONDA AFRICA TWIN PLATFORM OFFERS INCREASED OPTIONS IN ADVENTURE

Ever since its inception, Honda’s versatile Africa Twin has presented motorcyclists with unprecedented capability for pavement excitement and off-road adventure. Today Honda introduces the 2020 CRF1100L Africa Twin platform, whose two model versions return with even more ability to take riders anywhere while broadening options for how they can do so. Both Africa Twin iterations—the standard version and the Adventure Sports ES—are lighter despite receiving a larger, more powerful engine, and they also benefit from a much more advanced suite of electronic rider aids. The two types diverge in terms of specialization for 2020, with the standard Africa Twin honed to improve sporting and off-road performance, while the Adventure Sports ES benefits from technology to bolster comfort and confidence when tackling long distances. READ MORE>


SEAT CONCEPTS INTRODUCES THE 2019 KTM 790 ADVENTURE TWO PIECE COMFORT SEAT

New from Seat Concepts! The 790 Adventure comfort seat has been built up at the front to counter act the natural forward slope of the OEM seat along with a slimmer profile allowing for a more relaxed feel. The rear of the seat has also been widened to provide better weight distribution alleviating unwanted pressure points with the result of all day comfort. Starting at: $194.99 For more information go to www.seatconcepts.com
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LEATT INTRODUCES THEIR ALL-NEW 2020
OFF-ROAD GEAR COLLECTION

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, September 12th, 2019 Leatt have unveiled their all-new 2020 off-road gear collection. The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® and producers of specialized, advanced protective gear, now offer head-to-knee protection including a complete apparel range of products for all off-road moto disciplines. The twenty/twenty apparel range has a completely new look and feel incorporating the latest fresh colourways for pants, jerseys and gloves, this includes the proud South African statement colorway, the Zebra! Helmets also combine the same colors whilst incorporating Leatt’s 360° Turbine Technology… READ MORE>


FIRSTGEAR ANNOUNCES THE RELEASE OF THE 2019 SPRING COLLECTION

FirstGear USA is proud to introduce the 2020 Fall Collection featuring new products to keep you warm and dry as temperatures fall. Our underlying focus for 2020 was to revise our heated line and simplify the way riders’ power and interact with their heated gear. Consistency was key for the entire line… READ MORE>


YAMAHA ANNOUNCES ALL-NEW 2020 WR250F AND 450F MODELS

CYPRESS, Calif. – September 4, 2019 – Yamaha Motor Corporation, USA, today introduced the remainder of the company’s 2020 Dirt Motorcycle models, headlined by an all-new WR250F Enduro machine. Along with the return of the larger-displacement WR450F, this introduction completes the 2020 Yamaha Dirt Motorcycle lineup. The 2020 Yamaha WR250F is closer than ever to the latest-generation, championship-winning YZ250F and arrives completely revised for precise performance in enduro competition. A combination of linear and tractable power throughout its rev range, pinpoint handling, and clockwork reliability has ingrained the WR250F as a favorite among fast trail riders and racers alike.… READ MORE>



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2018 HUSQVARNA FE 501 AOMC EVOLUTION

One of the first real project bikes we built here at Upshift was a 2018 FE501 that Simon bought for his personal use. It was a learning experience to say the least. The logistics of getting all the parts we needed/wanted in one place at one time and making sure all of those parts worked together was more challenging than we expected. Keeping the bike parked so it remained photo ready while we waited for the final details to come together was probably the hardest part. We learned a lot from the FE501 and continue to learn. We recently decided it was time to freshen the bike up and evolve the mix of parts… READ MORE>


MOTO SAFARI - SOUTH AFRICA

The Moto Safari maxim struck a chord within me as the jagged ridge line of the Twelve Apostles mountain range came into view on final approach to Cape Town International Airport. A dichotomous motto, fitting for an experience taking place throughout a country primarily defined by it’s dichotomous nature; mist-blanketed and lushly-vegetated mountain terrain located in close proximity to desert basins virtually void of life; extreme wealth juxtaposed with extreme poverty; a culture with clear indications of both native and colonial influence; the still-lingering presence of social dichotomy in its most contrived form, apartheid. As the aircraft touched down on the runway outside of Cape Town, nearly 30 hours of combined flight time… READ MORE>


FIRE POWER RELEASES RACING MOTOR OILS, INCLUDING A 100% SYNTHETIC WITH RACING ESTER PERFORMANCE

Boise, ID (August 19th, 2019) – Fire Power has released a new lineup of motorcycle and powersports engine oils engineered for racing and high performance applications. Fire Power 10W-40 and 20W-50 Full Synthetic motor oils are fortified with ester and when combined with Fire Power’s Next Generation engine protection technology, offer the best performance and value for high-performance and racing applications. "We are extremely excited to add the addition of oil to the Fire Power line up,” Fire Power Brand Manager Kirk Alves explained… READ MORE>


DUNLOP EXPANDS ENDURO/ADVENTURE LINE WITH NEW GEOMAX

Buffalo, NY: Dunlop continues to expand its line of DOT street-legal adventure tires with the addition of the Geomax® Enduro EN91.

Designed to tackle a wide variety of off-road terrain, the EN91 was originally designed for European Enduro racing, and is now available in the U.S. with significant improvements. It offers excellent performance and durability for long-distance rides and races.

The EN91 features a new tread pattern designed to enhance sand and mud traction and offer nimble handling. Tilt Crown Block (TCB) technology was developed…

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KTM INTRODUCES 2020 SIX DAYS AND ERZBERG RODEO MODELS IN THE U.S.

MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM North America, Inc. is proud to introduce its prestigious lineup of 2020 special edition Enduro models with the announcement of the all-new KTM 300 XC-W TPI SIX DAYS and KTM 500 EXC-F SIX DAYS models, as well as the exclusive KTM 300 XC-W TPI ERZBERGRODEO machine. Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in the deepest mud with KTM’s factory racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM offroad and dual-sport machines have just raised the bar again for the 2020 lineup. This range of KTM EXC-F and XC-W TPI models boasts the very latest in innovation… READ MORE>


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NEW GEAR: IMS HUSQVARNA 701 AUXILIARY TANKS

IMS Products, the industry icon for off-road innovations, is excited to introduce the new Husqvarna 701 auxiliary tanks. With this cutting edge system there is no need to switch on any valves to access an extra 2.5 gallons of fuel capacity as the tanks create a closed system with the OEM tank. Set up is made simple with step by step illustrated instructions. With quick disconnects on all fuel connections making installation and maintenance hassle free, IMS Products makes it easy to fuel the fun. MSRP: $625.00… READ MORE>


UPSHIFT PROJECT BIKE REVIEW: 2019 HUSQVARNA 701

Have you seen this bike before? If you are a follower of all things Upshift Online, then you might recall seeing the famous Jeff Emig in an Upshift video highlighting the plethora of cool items added, making it an awesome off road ripper. (link video here) If this cool bike is new to you, here is a quick recap of what Upshift did to convert this 701 Husqvarna into more of a dirt hungry/adventure-ready machine.
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ADVENTURE ICON SCOT HARDEN JOINS FORCES WITH FIRST GEAR

FirstGear USA is proud to announce its partnership with Motorcycle industry veteran Scot Harden as a Brand Ambassador as well as an integral part of our test team. Scot will be representing First Gear at AMA Vintage Motorcycle Days, The Colorado 600, the KTM Adventure Rider Rally, AIMExpo, press functions and other activities throughout the year. In addition, he will be posting special features and blogs on his website and in social media about his experience with First Gear.  From the testing side, Scot logs a tremendous number of miles per year… READ MORE>


Yet another extensive and jaw dropping crash bars test done by Outback Motortek! They sacrificed their BMW R1200GS Rally to test their latest upper and lower crash bars. Click HERE for more information!



TIM BURKE: THAT AWKWARD TOPIC - MONEY

It comes in an assortment of different shapes and sizes. Worldwide, $5.3 trillion of it is traded every single day, according to the Bank of International Settlements- that’s $220 billion per hour. Whether we like to admit it or not, money is a focal point of overland travel. Dollars, Pounds, Euros, Pesos, Dirhams, Rands, Kwanzas, Reals, Francs, Quetzals, Kunas, Shekels, Rupees, Yen, Dinars, Kyats, Kwachas, Meticals, Cordobas, Balboas, Riyals, to name a few. Or my personal favorite: the Dong. Whichever currency you happen to be dealing with, there are a few pointers you should know about. All of these pointers originate from my own experience- things I’ve learned and even some mistakes I’ve made along the way. Here’s the deal: finance and economics make my skin crawl with boredom… READ MORE>


Ryan Villopoto recently finished up a WR450F project bike with the team at Pro Circuit. We met up with RV in Big Bear to check out what the champion racer did to his trail slayer. Mirroring his race bikes aesthetically, you can be sure this is an offroad built machine through and through.


RICKY BRABEC INTERVIEW - MINT 400

For the first time since 1976, motorcycles sat on the starting line of the legendary Mint 400 desert race. As the sun crept above the mountains to the east and began warming the cold Nevada desert, Ricky Brabec hit the starter button and brought his JCR Honda CRF450X to life. A mechanical failure while running first place at the Dakar Rally just 2 months prior had admittedly knocked Ricky’s momentum as a pro desert racer - momentum he intended to restore that day in the desert outside of Las Vegas. I had the opportunity to capture some images of Ricky on the race course, as well catch up with him post-race after he stepped down from the number one spot on the podium… READ MORE>


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NEW GEAR: OMEGA FIBRE 2ND GENERATION RALLY KIT FOR THE 2016-2019 HUSQVARNA 701 ENDURO

Omega Fibre, a premier manufacturer of advanced composite materials and Rally Bike equipment, has announced an all-new 2nd Generation Rally Kit for the 2016-2019 Husqvarna 701 Enduro. This next generation kit combines years of in-house research and development with highly advanced composite material technology in order to provide the user with a long-distance adventure/race machine that is as lightweight, durable, and versatile as possible. The various components of the 2nd Generation Husqvarna 701 Rally Kit feature… READ MORE>



SINGLE TRACK TESTED: 2019 HONDA CRF450L

The much anticipated 2019 Honda CRF450L is already old news. The massive hype leading into the release has subsided and the dual sport world has returned to normal. To Honda’s credit it, the hype and excitement leading into the release of the CRF450L was warranted. The dual-sport market is scorching hot right now and is one of the few segments of the motorcycle industry that is growing, so a new dual-sport is big news. KTM, Husqvarna and Beta have owned the hardcore dual-sport market for a long time and shockingly, it has taken until 2019 for a Japanese manufacture to figure out there is a thriving market thirsty for an off-road capable dual-sport bike. There are plenty of reviews… READ MORE>


KTM ANNOUNCES THE 790 ADVENTURE R RALLY EDITION

Restricted to just 500 units worldwide, the third and newest member of the KTM 790 ADVENTURE family is positioned as the most travel capable rally bike. For those riders who demand the most hardcore performance and the very best suspension equipment available, this is the machine that will easily cross continents in order to ride to the start line of a rally. Based heavily on the KTM 790 ADVENTURE R, this exclusive model retains the same steel trellis chassis and the potent and compact 95hp LC8c parallel twin engine, with the major component difference… READ MORE>


NEW GEAR: OMEGA FIBRE RALLY KIT FOR THE 2017+ KTM 450/500 EXC-F

Omega Fibre, a premier manufacturer of advanced composite materials and Rally Bike equipment, has announced an all-new Rally Kit for the 2017+ KTM 450/500 EXC. This 5th Generation kit combines more than 25 years of in-house research and development with highly advanced composite material technology in order to provide the user with a long-distance race machine that is as lightweight, durable, and versatile as possible.

The extremely durable and lightweight nature of the kit can be attributed to the use of different carbon fiber composite matrixes throughout. Each carbon fiber component is hand-laid and held to the highest quality control standards; this ensures maximum durability and optimal appearance. The rear carbon fiber fuel tank adds 7L of fuel capacity to the bike, and is linked to the forward tank via a quick-couple fuel line and billet machined front tank connector… READ MORE>


NEW GEAR: SENA +MESH BLUETOOTH TO MESH INTERCOM ADAPTER

Sena Technologies, Inc. the global leader in Bluetooth communication solutions for powersports has released an all new Mesh Intercom™ adapter for Sena Bluetooth headsets and helmets. +Mesh is a wireless adapter that allows any Sena Bluetooth communication product to operate using Sena’s Open Mesh protocol. Open Mesh, which is unique only to Sena, allows users to join a Mesh Intercom conversation with the single click of a button. +Mesh allows any Sena Bluetooth headset or helmet to operate with athe ease of the 30K, and join an Open Mesh Intercom conversation in seconds. Sena’s Open Mesh allows… READ MORE>


FIRST RIDE: 2021 YAMAHA T7 TÉNÉRÉ

What was your first impression of the T7 concept? When Yamaha first threw those concept pictures into the internet as a proof of concept, the world responded well. Universally it seems, we want adventure bikes that are light, don’t demand good skills and are good at everything we ask of them.My reaction was one of hope. Hope that Yamaha would do good on the idea and bring the market a bike that wasn’t another 500+lb middleweight bike. Just like most people, I was skeptical. Would 75hp work? Would the motor be gentle enough off-road? Would I hate it on the highway? Would Yamaha murder my dreams, fill the suspension will YZ 125 springs and make something half baked?… READ MORE>


TALKING TOUR OF IDAHO WITH CREATOR MARTIN HACKWORTH

The Tour of Idaho is a wilderness adventure that involves motorcycles. We have several versions of the Tour, but the most popular T1 is a 10-day route through the length of Idaho. The core principle of the Tour is that it is an unsupported ride and you cannot have any pre-planned help along the way. The reason for this is that it encourages you to interact with locals and businesses along the way and use resourcefulness to help you get further down the road. We make no claim that its the hardest route through Idaho but in my opinion it's the most… READ MORE>


2020 HUSQVARNA DUAL-SPORT AND OFF-ROAD RANGE ANNOUNCED

All-new for 2020 are the off-road only FE 501 and FE 350. These models shed the road-going components of their dual-sport counterparts, the FE 501s and FE 350s, and feature more aggressive mapping and a less restrictive power pack, resulting in a lighter overall package and more power to put to the ground. Controlling this power is made easy with industry-leading Traction Control and a handlebar-mounted Map Select switch that allows the rider to select between two EFI maps, easily changing the engine character to suit the terrain or rider preference.… READ MORE>



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IDAHO TRAIL RIDE WITH SEAT CONCEPTS

We met up with the guys from Seat Concepts and some friends for some Idaho single track.
Good clean fun on dirt bikes in the backcountry.


UPSHIFT GARAGE - INSTALLING THE YOSHIMURA FENDER ELIMINATOR KIT FOR THE HONDA CRF450L 

Yoshimura sent us one of their new fender eliminator kits for the 2019 Honda CRF450L so we took a few minutes to install it in between building out our new garage. The kit is simple to easy and requires a few tools. It features precision laser-cut stainless steel brackets and tucks discreetly under the tail section of the motorcycle and has a D.O.T. compliant L.E.D. light and housing… READ MORE>


KTM LAUNCHES A NEW GENERATION OF ENDURO MACHINES

Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in deepest mud with our FMF KTM Factory Racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM offroad models have just raised the bar yet again. The 2020 lineup includes the new KTM 150 XC-W TPI, KTM 250 XC-W TPI and KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes, as well as the new offroad-only KTM 350 XCF-W and KTM 500 XCF-W 4-strokes. Rounding out the new models are the KTM 350 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F dual sports.  Building on the constantly evolving and advancing technology found in KTM’s enduro machines, this wide range of KTM models boasts the very latest in innovation… READ MORE>


GIACOMO REDONDI - 2018 WORCS CHAMPION

Giacomo Redondi became the 2018 WORCS champion in his first year of racing in the USA, the Italian rider is the living proof that the lack of opportunity in Europe is not due to a lack of talent. No doubt his success story will inspire and give hope to many privateers on both sides of the Atlantic.With his genuine smile and his sparkling eyes, it’s no wonder why Giacomo Redondi has already so many friends in the US. But the welcoming Italian is before everything else a fierce competitor. With no contract in the 2018 World Enduro Championship the 2016 Junior World Enduro Champion… READ MORE>


SLAMLIFE ADVENTURES EPISODE 1 - SLR HONDA

In Episode 1 of SLAMLife Adventures, we take a look at the SLR Honda team as they race the Mint 400 and prepare for the start of the SCORE International Series in Baja California, Mexico. It was the return of the bikes for the first time since 1976 so the Mint 400 surely brought out some of the best off-road racers out there. Team Owner Mark Samuels and teammates Justin Jones and Justin Morgan will start their journey strong for this 2019 season… READ MORE>


WE CONNECTED WITH QUINN CODY TO GO OVER ALL THE SPECIFIC CHANGES MADE TO THE KTM 690 ENDURO R FOR 2019

At its heart beats the latest version of the LC4 engine; a powerplant that originated over 30 years ago from Hard Enduro KTM machines and its ability to excite in this arena has only increased with the new generation KTM 690 ENDURO R. This unique engine benefits from constant evolution, experiences learned from racing single-cylinder engines on and off-road in world championship competition, as well as KTM’s commitment to producing high performance ‘monos’ for their truly distinctive character and packaging abilities. More power and torque were logical progressions – 74 hp and 73.5 Nm – but this comes complete with refined delivery; improved smoothness, response and efficiency.  READ MORE>



RIDEBDR.COM ANNOUNCES A TOTALLY NEW WEBSITE

After a year of conjuring up a better digital experience for you, we couldn’t be more excited to announce that the all new BDR website is now live! We redesigned and repacked it with more features and more resources than ever before. And now with a completely new, more intuitive navigation you can get to the info you need faster from your desktop or from out on a BDR.… READ MORE>



100% ANNOUNCES NEW ARMEGA GOGGLE LINE

Fresh from clinching all three AMA Supercross titles last Saturday night (Cooper Webb, Chase Sexton & Dylan Ferrandis), 100% seized the opportunity to launch the revolutionary ARMEGA Goggle Collection today. These innovative goggles feature exclusive ULTRA HD optical lens clarity, previously unavailable in motocross goggles. Beyond clarity, the ARMEGA’s fused, dual-injection frame features six different retention points to completely secure the ULTRA HD lens in place. Additionally, the frame has two latching, push-lock (quick change system) points to ease lens swaps with a couple of simple clicks. This system locks the lens with full vertical and horizontal security… READ MORE>


REV'IT ANNOUNCES NEW WOMEN’S ADV TEAM MEMBERS 

Following an extensive nation-wide call for candidates, REV’IT! has named two new members to its 2019 US Women’s ADV Team: Katelyn Barnecut and Kris Fant will join Erika Tango Bean, Amelia Kamrad and Jenna West to represent the brand for the 2019 season. The two new members have been chose for their passion, leadership, riding ability and their embodiment of the “REV’IT! spirit”— one that aims to inspire others to ride. Founded in 2017, the REV’IT! US Women’s Team was developed to spotlight the contributions of women to the ADV motorcycle segment. The search for riders in 2019 returned a record number of applicants, a testament to the growing number of women in the sport… READ MORE>


HONDA ANNOUNCES THE 2020 CRF450L AND OTHER OFF-ROAD MODELS

Having taken the dual-sport world by storm since its debut last year, the road-legal CRF450L expands customers’ off-road possibilities by enabling access to the best riding trails on public lands, even when that means connecting them via asphalt roads. Based on the CRF450R, the CRF450L is a performance off-road machine, but it also has the comfort and durability to make riding it and owning it a pleasure in the long run. Already armed with features like a titanium fuel tank, six-speed transmission and LED lighting, the CRF450L gets new graphics for 2020… READ MORE>


2019 KTM ULTIMATE RACE HIGHLIGHT VIDEO

Check out this behind the scenes look at the 2019 KTM Ultimate Race. 12 riders converged in Morocco to race, factory prepped 790 Adventure R's through the Merzouga desert. Riders represented the 6 countries that hosted the respective Rider Rallies where the Ultimate Challenges were held. The Ultimate Challenge results determined who ended up racing this event. Featuring more than 1000km in the trails of Morocco, the 2019 KTM Ultimate Race allowed the participants to discover the meaning of ADVENTURE… MORE>


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