SONORA RALLY S4: THE CRESCENDO
Thursday, March 21st, the five-day symphony of screaming engines climbs its way towards a momentous finish on Friday, but not before a big change in rhythm. Race Days One through Three offered all the drama – booming machines, mountainous dunes, game-ending crashes, heartbreaking mechanical issues and an invisible maze of baffling navigation. But after several days in the sand, Special Stage Four of the 2019 Yokohama Sonora Rally played a different, though still quite menacing, tune. Day Four of racing offered other-worldly landscapes… READ MORE>
2017 HONDA CRF250X PROJECT BIKE
The 2017 Honda 250X is reliable and trusted as a great entry-level machine. The 250X hasn’t actually changed between 2004 to 2018, so there’s a lot of these bikes around. For this build, we focused on making the bike a little more comfortable for shorter riders riding offroad. By having Factory Connection lower the suspension, and installing a slightly lower Moto Seat seat package, we were able to reduce the standover height by over an inch. Our other main goal was to increase the power on the bike as the stock 250X is really corked down, but the potential for improvement is there… READ MORE>
THE TEAM KTM: BEHIND THE (DAKAR) TEAM OR FIVE SHORT STORIES OF LOVE AND PASSION – PART 2
The Dakar Rally is a massive operation, therefore it requires more working hands and ingenious minds than any other cross-country rally of the season. This year, the team backing up the Red Bull KTM Factory Riders included 33 members, achieving a historical result under the command of new team leader, Jordi Viladoms. We talked to five of those who joined the orange family only for Dakar. They came to Lima to take care of riders, team, trucks, motorhomes, and KTM customers. How did they join KTM´s Dakar operation, and what are their roles? READ MORE>
ANNOUNCING THE NORTH EAST BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTE
If the Mid-Atlantic BDR left you wanting more east coast adventures, then you’ll be pretty stoked come next year. The NEBDR will be a 1,000+ mile route that will take you BDR-style through 6 states – from the PA/NY border to the Canadian border in Maine.
Our first and highly-popular east coast route, the MABDR, was designed to be an introduction to the BDR experience. This time, we’re taking it up a notch in the North East…. more dirt, more elevation, more challenges and more on par with the BDRs in the west… READ MORE>
FIFTH ANNUAL SONORA RALLY SOLD OUT
In just under one week, the 2019 Yokohama Sonora Rally and Road to Dakar event will start with a sold-out field of heavy hitting competitors from Canada, USA, Mexico, Australia, Zimbabwe, Italy and Holland. Returning in the car and UTV classes are Casey Currie, Erik Pucelik, Dave Sykes and Joe Bolton with a special welcome to Chris Blais pulling up to the starting line of his first rally since achieving a Third-Place finish at the 2007 Dakar. Other notable pilots who will be battling it out in the UTV category include PJ Jones, Jason Murray and Lee Banning… READ MORE>
KTM ULTIMATE RACE 2019
KTM has announced the twelve riders who will be given a fully supported KTM 790 ADVENTURE R in order to compete in a unique event within the 2019 Merzouga Rally – The KTM Ultimate Race. Following special qualification events held within the six KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES across the world in 2018 and 2019, participants had to prove excellent machine control, navigational skill and competent mechanical ability across multiple days. The top two positions from each event have now been decided and are READY TO RACE. Each rider gets to compete in an exclusive class at the Dakar series race in Morocco… READ MORE>
FIRST RIDE: KTM 790 ADVENTURE R
Simon Cudby just back from the KTM 790 Adventure R launch in Morocco which is set to hit North American dealerships in early May at around $13,500. The most performance-focused middleweight Travel Enduro in the segment, the KTM 790 Adventure R is able to travel longer distances than other off-road bikes. Pure KTM in its DNA and construction; lightweight, compact with high performance and able to tackle extreme terrain. READ MORE>
NEW GEAR: LEATT INTRODUCES NEW RANGE OF GOGGLES
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (March 7, 2019) – The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® just announced the launch of their brand-new range of goggles. An exciting new addition to Leatt’s growing range of products, the Velocity goggles were developed with WideVision anti-glare, anti-fog tech and 2.7mm military spec lenses. The range consists of three types of goggles, namely the 6.5 Iriz, the 6.5 and the 6.5 Roll-Off goggles. Designed to work in all conditions, to fit well, and thelenses of the goggles are bulletproof tested and certified to: ANSI Z87.1-2015, CE EN 1938 :2010 and Military ballistic standard (MIL-DTL-43511D), making them super durable. READ MORE>
THE 2018 NEVADA 200
Somehow the 12 hour drive seems to just fade away after a great adventure, and this year’s Nevada 200 was no exception. Hanging out with old friends, trading stories, and making new stories with those who don’t know our old stories. Our drive was nothing compared to some who came as far as Vermont, Montana and other far flung places, to ride this year’s version of the Darrell Folks/Scott Harden epic. As usual, the event provided three days of incredible trails, trees and sand washes (ugh). This year’s event would have done Casey Folks proud as the event provided some spectacular riding, as well as some “Casey and desert legend Jack Johnson” trails. And for the more adventurous, the famous Ho-Che-Jack trail- not for the faint of heart!… READ MORE>
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THE TEAM BEHIND THE (DAKAR) TEAM OR FIVE SHORT STORIES OF LOVE AND PASSION – PART 1
The Dakar Rally is a massive operation, therefore it requires more working hands and ingenious minds than any other cross-country rally of the season. This year, the team backing up the Red Bull KTM Factory Riders included 33 members, achieving a historical result under the command of new team leader, Jordi Viladoms. We talked to five of those who joined the orange family only for Dakar.
They came to Lima to take care of riders, team, trucks, motorhomes, and KTM customers. How did they join KTM´s Dakar operation, and what are their roles? How was it once upon a time in Africa, what has changed, what has remained exactly the same, and what’s love got to do with it? Everything! READ MORE>
BACK COUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTES ANNOUNCES KTM 1090 WINNER
We would like to thank everyone who has entered into the BDR KTM1090R Drawing! Over 2,000 people participated, helping raise over $130,000 for the BDR causes. We are happy to announce that Michael Tune of Fayetteville, AR is the winner of this Ultimate Adventure Package. Michael has ridden both COBDR and UTBDR twice, and last year rode the MABDR. He was a BDR fan and supporter prior to entering into the drawing two weeks ago. Michael takes home a well deserved prize! Congratulations to Michael, and huge thanks to the BDR community for making this the most successful fundraising campaign in the BDR history!
2019 HUSQVARNA 701 PROJECT BIKE
We have been working on making our 2019 Husqvarna 701 into the offroader we always wanted for a little while now and had a chance to meet up with Supercross champion Jeff Emig to let him get the first look. In this video, Jeff simply runs down the list of changes made and he got a little seat time in before we had to go. It's great to see more motocross athletes taking an interest in Dualsport/ADV. Thanks for the time Jeff. SEE MORE>
DETAILS ANNOUNCED FOR 2019 NORTH AMERICAN KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES
KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce the return of its U.S. and Canadian Adventure Rallies. The U.S. ADVENTURE Rider Rally is set to return for its 16th year in 2019 for an adrenaline seeking weekend at the picturesque Beaver Run Resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. Held Sept. 13-15, the KTM ADVENTURE Rider Rally offers participants the opportunity to explore the Rocky Mountains in its purest form – on two wheels. Then two weeks later, Sept. 26-28, at Red Mountain Resort in Rossland, BC the Canadian Adventure Rally is coming back for its third year on the Canadian West Coast. Adventure enthusiasts will enjoy some of the most epic riding just north of the U.S. border. Nestled in the heart of the Columbian mountains, the Canadian rally will offer unique unspoiled backcountry riding conditions…
TOBY PRICE POST DAKAR INTERVIEW
On the final day just over one minute separated Toby Price and Pablo Quintanilla. Just ten kilometres into the stage Pablo launched off a sand dune and ended his shot at his maiden Dakar Rally title.
2019 KTM 690 ENDURO R RELEASED
MURRIETA, Calif. – KTM has announced that the all-new KTM 690 ENDURO R are set to arrive to the North American market in early spring 2019, with the hardest choice being which of these cutting-edge single-cylinder machines to take and where to point it at.
The return of the KTM 690 ENDURO R in 2019 offers riders a true long-distance Enduro machine, always ready to connect the tarmac with trails with its flexibility to perform excitably on and offroad.
NEW GEAR: FULLY REDESIGNED KLIM DAKAR JACKET ANNOUNCED
The KLIM Dakar Jacket has been a staple for dual-sport riders, racers and lightweight travelers since its initial release years ago. Now, KLIM has gone back to the drawing board and fully overhauled the jacket for this long-awaited redesign. They wanted more than just improvements over the previous version, the goal was comprehensive versatility with fewer compromises. They wanted a solution for multiple seasons of off-road and dual-sport riding, with protection for riders who want more than a jersey but not fulltime GORE-TEX. It started with material selection…
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NEW GEAR: FLY RACING UNVEILS THE NEW FORMULA HELMET
FLY Racing is proud to present the all new Formula helmet, one of the most advanced motocross helmets ever created after years of collaborated research and design with industry leading doctors, scientists, and physicists from around the world.
Most traditional helmets only provide protection from a very narrow range of impact scenarios. FLY Racing’s goal with the Formula was to go beyond this and provide superior head protection from the widest possible range of potential real-world impacts. The result is a technologically advanced helmet engineered with an inside-out philosophy. Utilizing a fine-tuned ecosystem of structural designs and energy mitigating materials, the Formula will redefine helmet performance and safety expectations. READ MORE>
TESTED: NITERIDER PRO ADV 4200 SET
I am not a big fan of riding at night on my KTM 1190R, but if I have to, I obviously like to see as much as possible. The stock lights on most adventure bikes will do a decent job of lighting the road and trail in front of you. However, as soon as you add some aftermarket illumination to your ride, there’s no going back to the stock set-up. The main thing I like about these NiteRider headlamps is the ease of installation. No need for drilling or riveting mounts onto your bike, as these two lights easily clamp on to most crash bars. I have Touratech crash bars on the 1190 and all I had to do was use a 4mm Allen key to mount the lights. Simple.
TRAIL RIDING IN KURT CASELLI'S BACKYARD WITH USWE 2019
We met up with the team from USWE and the Kurt Caselli Foundation in the high desert of Southern California to get caught up on a new partnership they have formed to benefit KC66 and to get some riding in. Super fun trails, amazing dirt and a good crew is all you can ask for really.
ISSUE15: WHISKY BENT & SCOTLAND BOUND
Upshift contributors Tim Burke and Chris Modell both had eyes for Scotland and when rental and tour company rentamotorcycle.co.uk said they would show them the way, they jumped at the chance. It took a lot of convincing…okay fine, it didn’t take any convincing when Chris Glaspell, editor of Upshift Online, contacted me to ask if I was interested in riding motorcycles on narrow, twisty, and jaw-droppingly scenic roads. That wasn’t all he had to say though…we would be riding with an expert local guide on brand new rental motorcycles. Oh, and one more thing: he needed us to report back on the groups’ findings about the best whisky that this slice of heaven had to offer!…
2019 DAKAR: SS10, KINGS OF THE DESERT
A challenge is meant to bring out the best in someone. Or uncover their worst. To see a difficult situation through to the end, assess the damage, then move onto the next as a better person (theoretically). At the end of this most ultimate of challenges, were so many more successes than failures. Lessons learned, and goals achieved. As the curtains closed on the 2019 Dakar Rally, Toby finally gets his kiss. Laia gives Toby a long-overdue haircut. Nassir won Dakar for a third time. Two Americans landed in the Top Five among different classes. And everyone had one hell of a race. So what happened at the crescendo?…
TESTED: RYLO 360 CAMERA
We contacted the guys at Rylo after seeing their Instagram feed @rylo and requested a camera to test. There was something about this 360 camera that obviously set it apart from standard action cameras. Once we got our hands on it we were blown away at the quality and ease of use. With the Rylo there are no extensive menus to mess with and the footage is easily transferred to your iPhone or android phone for editing. Transfer to your phone is via a cable not by Bluetooth…
PENTON MOVIE NOW STREAMING ON VIMEO!
Considered the “Forrest Gump of Dirt Bikes” this film chronicles John Penton’s life from his early Harleys and BSA’s running the legendary Jack Pine Enduro in Michigan up to and beyond is ISDT rides and developing his Penton branded motorcycles made by KTM. It is truly a story of triumph and tragedy following one of the world’s most important motorcycle entrepreneurs. Narrated by Grammy Winner, Lyle Lovett and produced, directed and written by “The Motocross Files” creator Todd Huffman.
You can rent on Vimeo On Demand for 24 hours for $3.95 or download and anytime and many replays for $9.95 Film length: 2 hours and 15 minutes. Plus bonus features!
Link to Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/ondemand/pentonmovie
NEW GEAR: Z-FRAME KNEE BRACE FROM LEATT
CAPE TOWN, South Africa (January , 2019) – The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® expands their line of knee braces for
2019 with a new Z-Frame knee brace.… READ MORE>
REACHING THE TOP
Our friend and longtime contributor, Tim Burke Photography found himself heading into Central America and ultimately Guatemala. There he connected with the Chapin Films crew and they cooked up the idea of getting Tim to ride, push, drag his R1200GS to the top of Volcán Acatenango. Take the opportunity to get some insight into what it’s like to live off a motorcycle for a long period of time. Presented by Sena. Check out Tim’s ride through South America in Upshift Issue 18 Here>
35TH ANNUAL MOTION PRO “NEVADA 200” TRAIL RIDE CELEBRATES
SOUTHERN NEVADA MOTORCYCLE RACING LEGACY
The Motion Pro “Nevada 200” Trailride, today announced that it will be honoring the Southern Nevada Motorcycle Racing Community at the 35thAnnual Motion Pro Nevada 200 Trail ride. Rated by Upshift and Cycle News as one of the top trail rides in America the 2019 “Nevada 200” is set for April 12th, 13th and 14th, 2019 and consists of three incredible days of off-road fun and fellowship. In addition to its regular schedule of activities, the 2019 event will also include a host of activities, special, and awards for racers who grew up in Southern Nevada and contributed to its racing heritage… READ MORE>
MALCOLM SMITH ADVENTURES RELEASES 2019 NO WIMPS RIDE DATES
Riverside, California-based Malcolm Smith Adventures announces the dates of its annual No Wimps in Baja off-road motorcycle ride. The event will begin in San Quintin, Mexico on January 26th, 2019 and will feature over 650 miles of epic singletrack with 5 days of riding. Unlike most Baja rides, the No Wimps ride is focused on experienced riders looking to challenge themselves with tough singletrack and cross-country riding. “I’ve been going to Baja since I was very young,” says trail boss and son of Malcolm Smith, Alexander Smith...
TESTED: VEMAR KONA HELMET
At first sight, the Vemar Kona adventure helmet just looks plain cool. With a good, subtle graphic treatment in a matte black and white finish, the Kona looks very contemporary compared to some of its older rivals. Looks are one thing, but your helmet has to be up to par on the safety side, and Vemar’s R-3P reinforced thermo-polymer construction is both ECE 22.05 and USA DOT approved. Venting is good on this unit, with an adjustable Vemar Klima system chin vent for aid in keeping the visor fog free, and two front vents under the peak of the helmet…
Three Dakar winners - Toby Price, Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner, along with team junior Luciano Benavides, will line up to contest the 2019 Dakar Rally in Red Bull KTM Factory Racing colours. Joining them is KTM Factory Racing’s Laia Sanz, who has been recovering from illness, and Mário Patrão. The goal is simple; to continue KTM’s winning streak of 17 consecutive victories, but what lies ahead is over 5,000km of ultra-tough terrain in a race solely staged in Peru. With the final preparations nearly in place, KTM is READY TO RACE.
EIGHT MOTO GALS VS THE CAUCASUS: A GEORGIAN ADVENTURE
Aleksandra “Ola” Trzaskowska and seven of her off-road riding buddies have just got back from a two-week adventure in the heart of Georgia, a small mountainous country wedged between Russia, Turkey, Armenia, and Azerbaijan. “I love riding in the mountains, and most of the time, I choose to lead all-female motorcycle expeditions in the Himalayas or Central Asia. The trouble is, the Himalayas are far away, and Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, while offering incredible riding, are just less accessible. Having visited Georgia previously on skiing and biking trips, I figured it would be perfect for what we wanted to do... READ MORE>
UPSHIFT IN INDIA: ROAD TO NOWHERE
From Srinagar in Kashmir into the Himalayas and back down into Delhi. Follow along with Simon Cudby, Chris Modell, Dale Stucker and our guide Bilal make their way into the altitudes of the Himalayas on Royal Enfield Himalayans on one of the most dangerous roads on the planet. Full story in Issue 27. READ MORE>
EICMA: KTM 690 ENDURO R – CONNECTING THE WORLD’S TRAILS
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…
KLIM AND IN&MOTION: ENHANCING THE RIDER EXPERIENCE
KLIM is partnering with In&motion, a motorcycle airbag company, to develop a wearable airbag system. At KLIM, it is our mission to create gear that enhances the riding experience. We do this through the process of listening to rider feedback, researching new technologies, paying extreme attention to detail, and thoroughly testing gear. As a company of riders, KLIM is constantly looking for better solutions. We search for the most innovative and high-performance materials, and partner with industry-leading technology providers by always asking the question: is there an ingredient or process that can further improve the riding experience?