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…

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DAKAR 2019 IS COMING: KTM IS READY TO RACE

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…

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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?

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EICMA: KTM 790 ADVENTURE AND KTM 790 ADVENTURE R PRODUCTION MODELS REVEALED

KTM unveiled its most comprehensive, innovative and extreme range ever when it presented five new motorcycles at the EICMA show in Milan today (Tuesday, November 6). Leading its 2019 line-up is the eagerly-anticipated KTM 790 ADVENTURE and KTM 790 ADVENTURE R, which is set to hit North American dealerships in spring 2019. “You spoke, we listened.” KTM is a riders’ company and these all-new models...

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YAMAHA ANNOUNCES PRODUCTION PLANS FOR ALL-NEW TÉNÉRÉ 700

Cypress, CA – November 5, 2018 –Yamaha Motor Europe (YME) today introduced the all-new Yamaha Ténéré 700 Adventure Touring motorcycle during an exclusive press conference in Milan, Italy, and Yamaha Motor Corporation, U.S.A. (YMUS) announced that this exciting all-new motorcycle would also be produced for the U.S. market. Production for the European model will take place in France, while production for the U.S. model will take place at Yamaha's factory in Japan. Due to differing government regulatory standards and factory production line schedules, the all-new Ténéré 700 is scheduled to arrive at U.S. dealerships…

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EICMA: DUCATI RELEASES MULTISTRADA 950 AND 950S

The new Ducati Multistrada 950 takes things to the next level thanks to a series of improvements designed to make it safer and even more enjoyable. Moreover, for the very first time, a super-technological S version featuring state-of-the-art electronics is available. The new Multistrada 950 now comes with a 6-axis Bosch IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit), Bosch Cornering ABS, Vehicle Hold Control (VHC) for easier uphill starts…

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FILM TRAILER RELEASED FOR SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA
BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTE PROJECT

Seattle, WA - (October 30, 2018) – The adventure motorcycling non-profit Backcountry Discovery Routes (BDR) releases trailer for their upcoming Southern California Backcountry Discovery Route (CABDR-South) documentary film. The CABDR-South is the ninth route developed by the BDR for dual-sport and adventure motorcycle travel, and the first Wintertime BDR. Free GPS tracks and travel resources on RideBDR.com, and a waterproof Butler Motorcycle Map, and feature length expedition documentary film on DVD and video-on-demand, will be available to the community on January 1, 2019. READ MORE>


BMW RELEASES THE NEW BMW F 750 GS AND F 850 GS

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 29, 2018 Ever since their debut in 2007, the GS models of the F series have stood for premium riding enjoyment with typical ‘Made by BMW Motorrad’ features, representing the middle-class Adventure segment. As before, the GS abbreviation again represents a perfect synthesis of touring and long-distance capability combined with sporty dynamics and supreme off-road performance. In short: A BMW GS is the perfect companion when it comes to discovering remote corners of the world by motorcycle. After around ten years of consistent model development, BMW Motorrad has now fully redesigned and reengineered its middle-class GS models in line with its objective of creating an ultimate riding machine that is even more uncomplicated and carefree, whether used for sport-oriented road riding, on tour complete with luggage and a passenger, or on an adventure trip into off-road terrain. READ MORE>


NEW GEAR: MOTOREX CHAINLUBE ADVENTURE

MOTOREX has expanded its popular chain care product series with the addition of its new CHAINLUBE ADVENTURE. This white chain lube with added PTFE has been designed specifically to meet the requirements of modern dual-sport motorcycles and celebrated its world premiere at this year’s INTERMOT in Cologne. Current dual-sport enduros or adventure bikes are genuine multi-tools. More and more of them are now provided with a chain drive and are used both for riding in urban areas and on country roads as well as on motorways. In addition, many enthusiastic motorcyclists use these bikes for long and, in some cases, adventurous rides that frequently take them far away from paved roads…

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TESTED: MOSKO MOTO - FATTY TOOL ROLL

Whoever said, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” obviously hasn’t used Mosko Moto’s Fatty Tool Roll, because this tool roll does things I’ve seen no other tool roll do.  The designers at Mosko Moto put some serious thought into how to make a well-known product even better, and the result is the Fatty -   an aptly named product that’s expanding the definition of what a tool roll should be. When you first pick up the Fatty, you’ll instantly understand how the product got its name.  The thing is stout, and very well made…

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BMW MOTORRAD USA LAUNCHES E-COMMERCE SITE FOR PARTS, ACCESSORIES AND RIDER GEAR

Woodcliff Lake, NJ – October 17, 2018. BMW Motorrad USA has introduced www.shopbmwmotorcycles.com, an online platform that enhances the shopping experience for BMW motorcycle parts, accessories, and gear. The new e-commerce site gives shoppers easy access to a full and up-to-date range of BMW Motorrad parts, accessories, apparel, product information, fitment, images, videos and pricing with just a few clicks on their desktop or mobile devices. “We’re delighted to provide BMW riders with a convenient online tool to enhance their riding experience,” commented Ben Radzyner, Manager, Parts and Accessories for BMW Motorrad USA...

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REKLUSE INTRODUCES BILLET SLAVE CYLINDERS

BOISE, Idaho – Rekluse is excited to announce the launch of their new direct OEM replacement billet slave cylinders. These slave cylinders feature a hard-anodized billet aluminum housing and piston, providing increased durability. The proprietary piston and seal design extends seal life and improves clutch modulation. Developed in partnership with Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory riders, the slave cylinders have been tested in the toughest riding environments at the highest levels of racing. They are designed for use with OEM or aftermarket manual clutch systems, including Rekluse’s Core Manual TorqDrive, Core Manual, and TorqDrive Clutch Pack. Go to rekluse.com for more information...

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DUCATI RELEASE THE NEW MULTISTRADA 1260 ENDURO

The Multistrada Enduro continues to evolve thanks to the new 1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT (Desmodromic Variable Timing) engine, major chassis and electronics upgrades and an all-new colour scheme. This new Euro 4-compliant 1262 cm3 Ducati Testastretta DVT ensures outstanding pulling power right from the low-to-mid rev range. In fact, 85% of maximum torque is already…

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KTM AND BACKCOUNTRY DISCOVERY ROUTES ANNOUNCE PARTNERSHIP TO CREATE
AND PRESERVE OFF-ROAD RIDING OPPORTUNITIES FOR DUAL-SPORT
AND ADVENTURE MOTORCYCLES

Seattle, WA - (October 9th, 2018) KTM North America and US-based non-profit, Backcountry Discovery Routes, have embarked upon a two-year collaboration to create off-highway routes in Southern California and Wyoming for the dual-sport and adventure riding communities. The cooperation will help the non-profit organization create a documentary film of each route, provide free GPS tracks and enhanced planning tools for the riding community. The partnership will also give KTM an opportunity to give back to riders and provide a great platform to showcase their adventure motorcycle models which are ideally suited to off-road adventure riding. READ MORE>


THE 6TH ANNUAL BAJA RALLY KICKS OFF!

The 6th installment of the BAJA RALLY arrived on October 8th, 2018 equipped with upgrades: an environmental impact study in-hand, increased international coverage, more advanced Rally Comp systems and a journey to the Sea of Cortez. Approved by SEMARNAT, the environmental impact study warrants the organization’s compliance with all applicable federal laws. This is the first time an investigation of this nature has occurred for any off-road events in Mexico. It was a six-month process involving Scientists, Biologists and a Specialized team to see it through to the end...

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CYCLOPS ADVENTURE SPORTS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE RAIDER BMW CANBUS INTERFACE SYSTEM

The new Raider BMW Canbus interface system from Cyclops allows owners of select BMW models to enjoy an enhanced range of options, including integrated safety features, auxiliary lights, and accessory ports. The plug and play interface connects to the existing BMW Canbus system connectors, and no computer is required for setup.  Most features can be activated with a simple dip switch. READ MORE>



SUZUKI RELEASES 2019 V-STROM LINEUP

Suzuki’s V-Strom models are known to do anything and that includes travel. The new 2019 V-Strom 1000XT Adventure and V-Strom 650XT Touring models are turn-key bikes ready for riders to point towards the distant horizon. Starting fresh with 2019 versions of the popular XT-version V-Stroms, these new Adventure and Touring models are fitted with side cases and other gear needed to take on the journey. For riders looking to create their own exploration platform, the V-Strom 1000XT, V-Strom 1000, V-Strom 650XT and V-Strom 650 are back with new looks and refinements so they remain the best buy in the ADV category. READ MORE>




TALES FROM SOUTH AMERICA - EGLE GERULAITYTE

The beauty of motorcycle travel is that it gets you in touch with all kinds of people, from different backgrounds and unique stories. In an upcoming book, Tales from South America, one of our own contributors, Egle shares just that: a motorcycle adventure across South America, told from a local perspective. Check out the link for all the details, and grab your copy now! LINK>



2019 HONDA CRF450L INTRO

Remember that scene from the 80’s action film Rambo: First Blood, in which a shirtless Stallone pitches a passing biker off his dual-sport and then rips out of the little Pacific Northwest town into the forest? Well that’s how it feels as we head out of Packwood, WA on the new Honda CRF450L up into the trees and clouds, except we have on helmets and gear. If you ever saw the film, you get the vibe of this area and its trails; wet roads complete with logging trucks and low hanging fog on the mountains complete the picture.

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CYCLOPS ADVENTURE SPORTS ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF THE EVOLUTION SAFETY TURN SIGNAL INSERTS

Motorcycle riders can now supercharge their turn signal lights with the new Evolution safety turn signal inserts.  The inserts turn stock turn signal lights into high intensity running and brake lights to help increase the level of visibility and safety on every ride.Getting other drivers to notice turn signals is critical to rider safety.  The signal lights on a motorcycle are relatively small and can be hard to see. READ MORE>


LEATT REVEALS NEW 2019 MOTO GEAR LINE

Cape Town, South Africa Leatt just unveiled their all-new 2019 off-road gear collection. The inventors of the Leatt-Brace® and creators of technologically advanced protective gear, now offer head-to-knee protection and a full apparel range of products for all off-road moto disciplines.The new 2019 gearline is packed with new styles and cutting-edge colorways, including new and refined pants, jacket, jersey and glove designs, as well as a range of helmets equipped with Leatt’s 360° Turbine Technology, and an extended junior collection. The GPX 5.5 and 6.5 helmets now have a new look with a redesigned mouthpiece and visor. READ MORE>




COLTON UDALL ENTERS BAJA RALLY 2018

ENSENADA BAJA CA MEXICO-Bajarallymoto.com and Upshift Online announced today that former Honda pilot and multi-time SCORE Motorcycle Champion Colton Udall has entered to compete in the upcoming BAJA RALLY Presented by Rally Comp this October 8-13. This will be Udall’s first entry in a professional rally raid competition but he is no stranger to road book navigation, or to the podium in Baja CA. UpShift Online endorsed Udall’s entry to BAJA RALLY 2018 by selecting him from a small handful of candidates and sending a small team of journalists to cover the event and highlighting Udall’s rally debut.

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HUSQVARNA FE450 TOUR OF IDAHO BIKE

Long distance technical dual sport rides like the Tour of Idaho require a fairly specific bike. It needs to be light and agile enough for the technical singletrack sections while still having the comfort, reliability, storage, navigation and fuel for multiple long days. Stephen Clark picked a 2017 Husqvarna FE450 and went to work customizing it for the 1600 mile trip!  READ MORE>


ROBIN FROM GUATEMALA: ONE LEG, ONE MOTORCYCLE, ONE DREAM

Riding along the narrow twisty roads in the green hills surrounding Guatemala City, Paul and I were enjoying a sunny day. Headed East, we were basking in the sun and looking at the sleepy little towns we were passing by, when Paul suddenly said through our intercom: "there‘s something really odd about a motorcycle rider just in front of me!”. Something indeed was odd: the rider had a crutch slung over his shoulder, managing the gears with a strange metal contraption in his hand. He had one leg missing...

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KTM ADVENTURE RALLY RIDERS OFFERED THE KTM ULTIMATE RACE OPPORTUNITY AT THE UPCOMING 15TH ANNUAL ADVENTURE RIDER RALLY IN PARK CITY

KTM North America, Inc. is excited to announce that qualified registrants of the upcoming 15th Annual KTM Adventure Rider Rally will have the unique opportunity to vie for two spots to compete in The KTM Ultimate Race during its three-day U.S. Rider Rally on September 14-16, 2018 in Park City, Utah. KTM recently announced a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for Adventure Rally Riders to qualify for The KTM Ultimate Race at the 2019 KTM Merzouga Rally, held in Morocco from March 31 – April 5. The top two qualifiers from participating KTM Adventure Rider Rallies across the world will earn a fully-supported ride on the all-new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R to be a part of the epic five-day Merzouga Rally in 2019...

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FLY RACING DEBUTS 2019 OFF-ROAD LINE

FLY Racing are proud to unveil its most diverse and technically progressive off-road gear to date in Washougal, Washington. The F2 Carbon helmets are lighter than ever, with better airflow and a one-piece tri-composite carbon fiber shell and mouth guard. The F2 excels at impact technology without compromising a supremely comfortable fit. FLY Racing is continually working on improving gear lines with the latest in fabric technology which resulted in the completely revamped Evolution DST (Durable-Stretch Technology) racewear line. The low profile, multi-panel stretch construction is designed for maximum performance...

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NEW GEAR: NEW KLIM QUENCH AND SCRAMBLE OFF ROAD PACKS

KLIM redesigned the popular Quench Pak and Scramble Pak to further suit dual-sport and enduro riders who depend on light weight and maximum utility. Both are designed to handle long days of racing or big off-road rides away from resources. The Quench Pak is built to be the most efficient, ventilated method of carrying water and a few necessities without restricting range of motion. The already light backpack is equipped with the KLIM Harness System to simply and intuitively...

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66° NORTH - UPSHIFT ONLINE EXPLORES THE ICELANDIC WILDS

Sitting in the waiting area at the airport heading back to LAX, I was already planning a return trip to Iceland next spring. My UK friend, Chris Modell, and I met five days earlier at the baggage claim at Keflavik International Airport outside the capital city of Reykjavik. A few months prior we had connected with Gunnlauger “Gulli” Karlsson on Facebook and arranged a visit to ride dual-sports on this island known for its lava fields, volcanic mountains, and glaciers. Gulli is an ex-moto racer...

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THE KTM 790 ADVENTURE R IN ACTION

KTM chose its EUROPEAN ADVENTURE RALLY on June 20 as the event to provide an exclusive first look of the model year 2019 KTM 790 ADVENTURE R. The all-new parallel-twin powered ADVENTURE bike has been developed in tandem with KTM’s latest Dakar-winning weapon, the KTM 450 RALLY, to be the link between its enduro bikes and street range in 2019. The annual European event, this time hosted in Olbia, Sardinia, provided incredible on and offroad tours...

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KTM ADVENTURE RALLY RIDERS OFFERED THE ULTIMATE RACE OPPORTUNITY

For those who are attending this year’s KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES on a twin cylinder KTM ADVENTURE bike, KTM is excited to announce the possibility to compete for a place at the Ultimate Race – an event that will take place as part of the 2019 Merzouga Rally in Morocco with a fully supported ride on the all-new KTM 790 ADVENTURE R. The Ultimate Race is a special opportunity at the Merzouga Rally for the top two qualifiers from each KTM ADVENTURE RALLY this year to compete...

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FIRST RIDE - 2018 KTM 500 EXC-F

When it comes to hard core enduro riding, nothing tops a KTM. But what happens if you need a motorcycle that can do more than romp in the woods? Something that climbs like a mule across steep rocky terrain, yet has the ability to jet across town, on the road, to grab your favorite six-pack. Enter the 2018 500 EXC-F. The Orange Brigade has a knack for erring on the side of off-road. And that’s what makes this it so special. Where other brand’s dual-sports try to balance road and trail duty— doing neither well in the...

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TESTED: ROTTWEILER PERFORMANCE ENDUROCELL EXTENDED RANGE FUEL TANK

A sleek and integrated way to add extended range to the KTM 950/990 Adventure, the stock 5.8 gallons of total fuel capacity on KTM 950/990 Adventure can fall short for the true journeyman yearning for long stretches of lonely dirt in remote places. Carrying extra fuel bottles, Rotopax containers and the like can suffice, but Rottweiler Performance has developed a...

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NEW HONDA DUALSPORT - ENDURO MODELS RELEASED

Last week Upshift's Simon Cudby got the call from American Honda. "Be at FOX racing HQ on Monday night!" Simon's gotten these calls before and typically it was a co-lab gear launch or the traditional new model release with the expected bold new graphics (BNG's) As he found out this night was to be different. What followed was the much anticipated release of the new street-legal Honda CRF450L, and a new from the ground up CRF450X. The CRF450L has been talked about for many years and we've waited for it patiently. We look forward to riding the new bikes in September!

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TESTED: SCOTT PROSPECT GOGGLE

Goggles get very little fanfare. Compared to helmets and other gear it seems goggles get the least consideration and the last bit of the budget, even though the consequences of failure are high. Compromised vision or catastrophic eye or face injury begs equal attention, and SCOTT USA has over 40 years of experience protecting these valuables. The SCOTT Prospect Goggle is the newest top of the line model from one of the most recognized brands in the industry...

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66° NORTH - UPSHIFT ONLINE EXPLORES THE ICELANDIC WILDS

Sitting in the waiting area at the airport heading back to LAX, I was already planning a return trip to Iceland next spring. My UK friend, Chris Modell, and I met five days earlier at the baggage claim at Keflavik International Airport outside the capital city of Reykjavik. A few months prior we had connected with Gunnlauger “Gulli” Karlsson on Facebook and arranged a visit to ride dual-sports on this island known for its lava fields, volcanic mountains, and glaciers. Gulli is an ex-moto racer...

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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES 2019 DUAL-SPORT LINE-UP

For model year 2019 Husqvarna Motorcycles introduce exciting new 4-stroke dual-sport models that continue to set the benchmark in terms of quality, technology and performance.Ideally combining power,rideability and ease of maintenance, the all-new Husqvarna machines are here to deliver a next-level off-road and on-road riding experience...

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HUSQVARNA MOTORCYCLES 2019 ENDURO LINE-UP

Husqvarna Motorcycles are proud to lift the covers off their complete range of 2019 enduro models – a sophisticated line-up of premium machines that perfectly embody the brand’s pioneering spirit and feature the most advanced technology ever seen in the offroad motorcycles segment. The whole range features state-of-the-art, powerful and light engines, together with the most advanced engine management systems. With innovative, recently introduced...

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KTM XC-W AND EXC-F MODELS FOR 2019

The KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-Stroke NEW for North American Market. Following on from revolutionary model introductions in enduro in the last two years, KTM is proud to announce its refined and updated XC-W and EXC-F model year 2019 lineup with the KTM 150 XC-W to the KTM 250 and 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes. On the 4-stroke side, KTM offers the well-known range from the super easy to ride 250 EXC-F to the all-rounder 350 EXC-F and the big thumper 500 EXC-F...

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RADIUSX AND TORQDRIVE NOW AVAILABLE FOR HONDA AFRICA TWIN

BOISE, Idaho – May 14, 2018 – Rekluse has announced the release of their RadiusX auto clutch and TorqDrive® manual clutch for the Honda Africa Twin (CRF1000L) and the all-new Africa Twin Adventure Sports (CRF1000L2). TorqDrive provides more clutch disks in less space, delivering high performance within the framework of the stock clutch. RadiusX brings together...

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HONDA UNVEILS 2018 CRF1000L2
AFRICA TWIN ADVENTURE SPORTS

Honda's Africa Twin platform grows today with the announcement of the 2018 CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports, which was introduced alongside an updated standard 2018 CRF1000L Africa Twin at the EICMA motorcycle show in Milan. Following a European release early next year, both models will be available in the U.S. in summer of 2018. Suggested retail price for the Adventure Sports model is approximately $2,000 higher than that of the current Africa Twin....

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GIVI ANNOUNCES GLOBAL SHOW ON YOUTUBE

GIVI GLOBAL will we bring you the latest GiVI news from around the world. Check back every two weeks to learn about GIVI events, sponsorship and products. 

Givi’s mission is a constant commitment to produce, realize and distribute quality products, which can improve the equipment of the motorbike and biker himself in terms of security and technical performances...

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NEW GEAR: GARMIN INREACH MINI

Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (NASDAQ: GRMN), announced the inReach Mini, a smaller and more compact satellite communicator with available two-way messaging and a 24/7 SOS function when combined with an inReach subscription to access the Iridium® satellite network. Measuring just under 4 inches tall by 2 inches wide, and weighing 3.5 ounces, the inReach Mini can easily be carried in a backpack, boat, plane, or glovebox. No more worrying about spotty coverage or being within range of a cell tower – the inReach Mini works anywhere when using the Iridium satellite network.

“We are thrilled to introduce the inReach Mini into our growing line of satellite communicators,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “You’ll never have to sacrifice space or weight in your pack; it’s small enough to stow nearly anywhere so it can be out of sight but still give you – and your loved ones at home – peace of mind that it’s there when you need it...

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UPSHIFT GARAGE - KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R PRELOAD SETTINGS


NEW MOTOZ TRACTIONATOR DESERT H/T SIZES FOR THE ADVENTURE BIKES

Designed to handle hard terrain, fast rocky fire trails, gravel roads and desert hard pack with sandy variations. Its unique tread design handles off camber sections, ruts, hard braking at extreme lean angles. All Tractionator Desert H/Ts are intended for intermediate-hard terrain and rally use, and cross over into adventure use very well. 

New Sizes Include:
90/90-21 (tubeless) 54 Q TL p/n 09-090-090-21 MSRP $100.99
150/70B18 (tubeless) 70 Q TL p/n 09-150-070-18 MSRP $190.99

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HUSQVARNA FE250 PROJECT BIKE

It’s seems more and more that people who work in the moto industry have a harder time to stay motivated to ride than ever before, and one of those guys is my good friend Marc Blanchard from 100%. Marc is an industry icon who has changed the way most of us view the look of factory bikes and moto gear. A few months ago Marc was really excited to let me know that he had purchased a Husqvarna FE250 for his vacation home in Big Bear. His goal was to start riding some single track...

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CROSSING THE CONGO

The adventure of our lifetime started with a simple premise: “Let’s go for a ride south!” At the time Jon and I were architects based in Romania. Going south meant unplugging from our career and switching continents to travel into Africa. So we strapped our essentials on a Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré and left. The serendipity of specifics would unfold along the way...

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TOURING MACHINE - HONDA VFR1200X

You are checking out this review because you like adventure bikes, that’s why you read UpShift Online. This 2017 Honda VFR1200X falls into Honda’s adventure line of motorcycles, which includes the XR650L and the Africa Twin. Honda even considers the 500X and the 700X part of their adventure line. Die-hard adventure riders are rolling their eyes right now knowing that anyone would call this VFR1200X an adventure bike and we get it, it’s not an Africa Twin or a KTM 1190 or even a BMW GS, but it will handle a bit of dirt. We know this because we rode it in the dirt, and by some riders’ standards and definition...

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TESTED: HELITE TURTLE AIRBAG VEST

Let’s face it, most motorcycle safety products are just not cool. Back in the 60’s wearing a helmet wasn’t cool and arguably it still isn’t. But, would I ride my bike without one now? Definitely not.  Airbag technology for motorcycles is no different. It is fairly new to the market but is now widely being used in MotoGP, with the likes of Alpinestars and Dianese leading the way with their high-end electronic-triggered airbag technology.  In years to come we will all be wearing them, just as we now wear seatbelts and have airbags in our cars...

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IMS HONDA CRF250L RALLY PROJECT BIKE

When Scott Wright at IMS Products called us to show us his Honda 250L Rally bike build, we jumped at the chance to ride this bike. We called up ex-supercross pro David Pingree to put the bike through it's paces in the Southern California hills. With less weight and more power, the little Honda turned from mild mannered to amuch more fun trail bike...

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HONDA ADVENTURE GROM PROJECT BIKE

The Honda Grom is fast becoming a very popular little machine, and a lot of guys are turning them into small road racing machines for the track, or just tearing around their neighborhoods. Since we are mainly into off-road adventure riding, we wanted to take the motorcycle in a different direction and turn the Grom into a a bit more of a Dual Sport/Adventure bike. What really spawned the idea of modifying our Grom was the rear fender/ license plate area. The Grom comes from the factory with a rear fender that nearly reaches the ground in stock form...

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CHECK OUT THE NEW DUBYA WHEEL CATALOG

Dubya USA is committed to building great wheel sets using the best components from Talon,  Excel, D.I.D., Kite, Galfer, Motostuff and more. Dubya also offers custom wheel building, individual wheel components and even wheel restoration. Dubya works closely with a wide range of professional off-road athletes in everything from Supercross to Supermoto, a testament to the quality and performance of Dubya wheel sets. Never satisfied by the status quo, the company has expanded their offerings to include adventure motorcycle wheel sets and components...

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FLOCK TO THE ROCK: INSPIRING AND EMPOWERING WOMEN RIDERS

With Spring on the doorstep, Global Moto Adventures is celebrating women adventure riders with a female-centric motorcycle event, Flock to the Rock. Flock to the Rock is all about inspiring women adventure riders to go further, both literally and figuratively: exploring roads less ridden, overcoming fears and challenges, and supporting each other as a community.“FTTR was born from my everyday experience in speaking with women who ride - I really wanted to share the excitement that I feel every time I hear somebody share their story about riding, the first time they rode, their first epic adventure, and so on. I thought, what a perfect opportunity to inspire a group of women who ride!”, - says Ruth Belcher, owner of Global Moto Adventures...

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UPSHIFT GARAGE - KTM 1090 ADVENTURE R RIDe MODES


UPSHIFT GARAGE - INSTALLING THE KTM DONGLE


NEW GEAR: ANTIGRAVITY BATTERIES - RE-START LITHIUM-ION BATTERY

Antigravity Batteries releases the all new, game-changing RE-START Series of Lithium-Ion Starter Batteries for Motorcycles and Powersports Vehicles. The new RE-START Battery, with “built-in jump starting,” makes being stranded by a dead-battery a thing of the past.  For example, if a rider left his/her lights on overnight this would normally be a dead battery emergency requiring jump-starting, push starting or assistance.  But with the new RE-START Batteries you simply press the RE-START Button located on the top of the battery, to access the Battery’s reserve energy, then start the vehicle and drive away. There will also be a Remote Key Fob Button Available which will allow the rider to trigger the RE-START feature...

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NEW GEAR: KTM MY RIDE - TAKING MOTORCYCLE CONNECTIVITY PLACES

KTM’s smartphone connectivity platform, KTM MY RIDE, available on a large number of its Street range increases in functionality for 2018, with the Phone and Music functions bolstered with turn-by-turn navigation and route planning, powered by a dedicated app.Living in a connected world, KTM began introducing the possibility for users to connect their smartphones with the motorcycle in 2017. These features have been carefully designed to be intuitive to use and add to riding enjoyment, rather than distract from the road....

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ROYAL ENFIELD HIMALAYAN MOTORCYCLE IS NOW AVAILABLE IN NORTH AMERICA

Royal Enfield is officially announcing the launch of the highly anticipated Himalayan adventure motorcycle in North America. The Himalayan creates a new subcategory within the fast-growing adventure touring motorcycle segment – an accessible, affordable and incredibly fun motorcycle that is equally capable of tackling the challenges of urban commuting as well as exploring off-road. The Himalayan complements Royal Enfield’s current lineup of middleweight motorcycles and will be available at Royal Enfield dealers across North America in April 2018 with an MSRP of $4,499.  READ MORE> 


NEW GEAR: SHOEI NEOTEC II & SENA SRL COMMUNICATION SYSTEM

SHOEI® Safety Helmet Corp is proud to announce the Spring '18 arrival of the all-new NEOTEC II to the North American marketplace, as well as the specially developed, SENA-exclusive SRL Bluetooth Communication System designed for seamless integration with the NEOTEC II. 

An every-occasion helmet with the adaptability to excel no matter where your next journey takes you, the NEOTEC II does it all with style and precision. The convenient “flip-up” versatility of a true two-in-one helmet combined with next-level aerodynamics, an internal sun shield, the Pinlock® EVO fog-resistant system, and the ability to seamlessly integrate with the all-new SENA SRL (SHOEI Rider Link) Communication System, the NEOTEC II is the pinnacle of modular helmet design for today’s hybrid motorcyclists...

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NEW TRILOBITE PROTECTIVE APPAREL FROM
THE CZECH REPUBLIC

It’s easy to drive by and miss Kon-Tiki Motorcycles in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, California. The small family-owned service-and-repair shop is tucked away between a Starbucks and a convenience store where it’s been since opening in 1965, long before the owners of those other establishments were old enough to draw up business plans. In this age where mega, multiline-dealerships with acres of sanitized sales floorspace grab the most attention, Kon-Tiki harkens back to the time when...

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SIMON CUDBY - WEEKEND RIDE THROUGH BAJA


NEW GEAR: 6D ATR-2 OFF-ROAD MOTORCYCLE HELMET

During a special event held yesterday at the compound of freestyle motocross legend Brian Deegan, 6D Helmets unveiled its all-new ATR-2 off-road motorcycle helmet. The byproduct of 6D’s relentless pursuit of brain protection, the ATR-2 features an evolved version of the company’s signature Omni-Directional Suspension system (ODS). The updates were heavily influenced by the work 6D completed inside the NFL’s Head Health Challenge III Contest, in which 6D and testing partner Dynamic Research, Inc. were selected as the Grand Prize Winner. The ATR-2 also includes numerous additional features meant to enhance overall safety....

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JOHNNY CAMPBELL, TODD POTTER & RICKY BRABEC'S AFRICA TWIN RIDE DAY.


DESTINATION COSTA RICA - FREEDOM TO RIDE

Famous destination among American tourists, Costa Rica made its reputation around the kindness of its inhabitants, its safety and of course the eye dropping landscapes. More riders from all around the world are coming here to enjoy the endless ride, with no restriction on technical trails in the middle of the humid jungle! If you ever wanted to experience the total freedom of riding, this is the place to go!

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TESTED: ROTTWEILER PERFORMANCE KTM ADVENTURE 950/990 TAIL TIDY

The back end of a KTM Adventure 950/990 looks like a complete afterthought. Huge bulbous plastic hangs off what would be a clean tail section, turn signals ready to be torn off in the slightest get off, and the low hanging fender ready to be sucked into the rear knobby during aggressive maneuvers. It almost seems like a generic tail section was hastily bolted on to the bike just to meet minimum legal standards...

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TESTED: GIANT LOOP GREAT BASIN SADDLEBAG ROLL TOP

Giant Loop pioneered the horseshoe-shaped saddlebag in 2008, aimed squarely at the adventure and dual sport devotee, refining the design constantly. The advantages of the “biomorphic” horseshoe shape touted in 2008 still hold true today, the 2017 Great Basin Saddlebag Roll Top representing their largest capacity (68L) saddlebag of this design. The saddlebag sits on the passenger position of the seat, placing the extra load where the bike’s engineers intended...

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HIGH DESERT ADVENTURES: OREGON WILD WEST DESERT TOUR

Avid dual sport and adventure riders almost unanimously claim Baja California and Colorado as the top choices on a short list of first-class destinations. Vast desert terrain and jagged mountains, along with their lavish views, firmly plant these areas as vacation worthy to hard working explorers. But, what about Oregon? Even the well-traveled nary mention the ninth largest state as a premier destination...

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FIRST RIDE: HONDA CRF250L RALLY

When we first saw the new Honda 250L Rally bike, we fell in love with its styling immediately. Inspired by the factory CRF450 Rally machine that is raced in the Dakar rally by the Team Monster Energy Honda team, the new little bike is ready to hit the local trails in style.The Honda intro for this bike was based out of the Johnny Campbell JCR race shop in the hills above Murrieta, California, so the local trails were going to give us a good chance to test the 250L Rally on some fire roads and twisty asphalt roads....

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TESTED: KUIU SUPER DOWN SLEEPING BAG 30°

Down has the highest warmth to weight ratio of any insulating material, but it has one glaring downside: once wet, insulating powers are lost. Covering the down in a waterproof breathable fabric has been done, but condensation gets trapped in humid conditions and the down loses loft and insulating value. Recent innovations in coating the down feathers with water repellent compounds have virtually eliminated this huge drawback. The direct to consumer ultralight hunting brand Kuiu has chosen what they feel is the best of these offerings. Kuiu uses Quix Down from textile...

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