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…
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.
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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KLIMLIFE PRESENTS | DESTINATION GUATEMALA
They rode through the jungles of Guatemala, over waterfalls, to the Pacific Ocean, riding as many off-road trails as they could, leading to their ultimate goal of riding two volcanoes: Volcan Pacaya and Volcan Acatenango. From the chaos of Guatemala City, to the culture of Antigua, to the gnarly jungles and volcanic terrain, Guatemala is an enduro travel paradise. MORE>
Registration is now open for the GS Trophy 2020 – Qualifier USA to be held May 31 through June 2 with RawHyde Adventures at RawHyde’s newly added location near California City, CA. GS Trophy 2020 – Qualifier USA participants must be registered owners of the BMW Motorrad GS or HP2 Enduro model motorcycles on which they will compete. Riders representing Team USA will be identified on or before September 15, 2019 and will go on to compete in the BMW Motorrad International GS Trophy 2020 in New Zealand… READ MORE>
ON THE DEVIL’S ROAD: AN OVERLAND EXPEDITION THROUGH BAJA CALIFORNIA
Four years ago, four California filmmakers set out to bring a historic expedition out of obscurity. The result was a two-month, 5,000-plus-mile ride through the Baja California deserts and a feature-length nature-adventure documentary called The Devil’s Road.
A culmination of years’ worth of research, outfitting, exploration, filming, and post-production work, The Devil’s Road: A Baja Adventurerevives the pivotal work of two of America’s most prolific naturalists: Edward William Nelson and Edward Alphonso Goldman. While these are not household names, their research laid the foundation of scientific studies in Baja and were viewed as a link between Darwin and present-day scientists.… READ MORE>
KONFLICT MOTORSPORTS GRAND OPENING IN AUSTIN, TX FEATURING LYNDON POSKITT RACING’S RACES2PLACES
After a decade amassing both knowledge and a loyal following in the dual sport and adventure riding communities, Konflict Motorsports uprooted from its Pacific Northwest roots and relocated to Austin, TX. “We miss warmer climates, and some family and friends. We've been in Austin a few times over the last year checking the local riding scene, working with a number of the local riders, and spent some time at the riding areas. To say we are excited about this next… READ MORE>
PROJECT BIKE: GREGOR HALENDA'S CUSTOM BMW R100GS DIRTBIKE
Stephen Clark recently met up with Gregor Halenda in the desert of Southeastern Idaho to get a closer look at this highly unique motorcycle. This one-off R100GS is far from an ordinary resto-mod. It's fully custom and it was surprising to ride. Watch the video
to get all the details straight from the builder as well as Stephen's impressions after riding it. MORE>
INTERVIEW: RICKY BRABEC - THE RETURN OF THE 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… READ MORE>
NEW: REKLUSE INTRODUCES OIL PRODUCT LINE
Rekluse is now offering Factory Formulated Oils to the off-road and V-Twin markets. Drawing upon 16 years of innovation and experience with clutches, these new oils have been engineered and tested to ensure they meet Rekluse’s high standards of performance. Rekluse Factory Formulated Oil is the perfect complement to any OEM or aftermarket clutch. All three oils are full synthetic and Rekluse Factory Certified for use with Rekluse auto and manual clutch systems. Rekluse National Sales Manager Patrick Koether said “Our engineering team continuously researched, reviewed, and tested oil products in tandem with Rekluse clutch development… READ MORE>
NEW: KLIM RELEASES OFF-ROAD COLORS AND RACER SUPPORT PROGRAM
KLIM is continuing the legacy of rugged, technical off-road apparel with their Racer Support Program and new colors in Dakar, Mojave and XC Lite gear. Engineered by experience in the Rocky Mountains, the deserts and enduro courses, this gear offers durability and functionality that riders have grown to trust.As off-road racing series heat up across the country, KLIM is proud to help out competitive riders with their Racer Support Program. Off-road racers with at least a year of experience are encouraged to apply for gear support in their race efforts… READ MORE>
UPSHIFT HIGH-QUALITY BOOKS NOW AVAILABLE ON DEMAND!
Since the launch of Upshift Online, we have been getting requests for a printed option. The hard reality is that printing a magazine is not economically feasible for a small independent media company like us. However, after a long search and countless samples, we have found a solution that we feel is a substantial compromise. Upshift has partnered with a print on demand service called BLURB to provide high-quality limited prints of each issue starting with January 2019 or Issue 29. We partnered with BLURB for their capability to print to the quality we demand and the ability to deliver directly to our readers anywhere in the world. Every book is 8.5” x 11” in size, perfect bound and printed with a thick 80# semi-gloss cover with premium matte finish pages for a great in-hand feel with all of the high-quality images you expect from Upshift. Simply go to the link below to order one for yourself.
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NEW GEAR: HARD LUGGAGE EVOLVES WITH TOURATECH’S ZEGA EVO
Seattle, WA – (April 17, 2019) Continuous EVOLUTION has been the company’s mantra for improving the ZEGA pannier system over the years and it has inspired ‘Evo,’ the name given to its latest iteration. ZEGA Evo combines proven strength and utility while giving riders quick-releasecapability for easily removing the boxes. ZEGA Evo provides quick-mountconvenience without giving up reliability, even in the most demanding applications. Riders simply slip the hooks onto the rack, push the case completely in and close the lever to secure the box. Equipped with a new locking design, the boxes and their contents remain completely secure from theft or tampering.… READ MORE>
KTM: U.S. COMPETITOR SCOTT MYERS IS THE ULTIMATE WINNER!
U.S. competitor Scott Myers has defeated the desert in order to become the winner of the first-ever KTM ULTIMATE RACE.After six days of racing in the Moroccan sands as part of the Merzouga Rally against eleven other KTM ULTIMATE RACE qualifiers on equally prepared KTM 790 ADVENTURE Rs, it was the 50-year-old from the USA who tasted victory. Entry to the KTM ULTIMATE RACE was available to any rider who took part in one of the six KTM ADVENTURE RALLIES held during 2018 and at the start of this year… READ MORE>
KTM test riders Chris Birch and Quinn Cody talk about 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: TOURATECH PRODUCT RANGE FOR THE BMW R1250GS
The BMW R1250GS has a more powerful motor and upgraded electronics package making this legendary adventure bike even better. By using a longer stroke, bigger bore and clever variable intake cam geometry, the engineers at BMW added power right where you want it. When doing a top gear roll-on or passing a car on an open highway you can feel it has more usable power over the previous models. The team at Touratech has been making accessories for BMW’s GS models for over 25 years and they have just released a complete product… READ MORE>
KTM BLOG: MARC COMA IS BACK IN THE SADDLE (IN HIS NATURAL HABITAT)
With the first KTM Ultimate Race just around the corner, we had a chat with Marc Coma, the great warrior of the African and South American Dakars. We discussed about the mysteries of the rally raid and the irresistible attraction of the Dakar. The toughest race on the planet has been changing a lot lately, yet its spirit and complexity have remained the same throughout its 41 years. A challenge for those who go, a dream for those who stay, like Thierry Sabine used to say; no one understands this better than Marc Coma, a five-time Dakar winner…. READ MORE>
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SONORA RALLY SS5 & PODIUM: ONE LAST HURRAH
Friday, March 22nd, was a day which for many was bittersweet. The race was demanding, more than you might find at any other event of its kind in North America. And not just for the competitors, and their teams, but for everyone involved. Early mornings, late nights. In a constant state of motion, if not physically, then mentally and emotionally – and running on a tank about three-quarters empty. It’s not easy. There are moments when it’s not even fun. So, why is it as the time comes to say goodbye, there’s a sudden loss for words?… 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>
KTM: THE TEAM 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?