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The guys at Touratech compare the KTM 990 to the the new KTM 1150. They do a good job of comparing the two bikes and the off-road footage is excellent.

The other day I posted about the Africa Twin and its 25-year history. Today I have some vintage video for you of both the 650 and 750 versions of the bike in its glory days.

The first two videos are in French but the appeal is universal. Same goes for the last one of a Africa Twin 750 starting up. Read the rest of this entry »

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Titus Canyon, all photos: Gus M.

Bay Area WCXC reader Gus M. sent in these excellent photos of a ride he, his wife, and some friends took to through Furnace Creek in Death Valley. He reports that there’s a little more going on than in nearby Stovepipe Wells, including few restaurant options, gas station, post office and even a swimming pool and cell service.

See the rest of the photos, and an area map, after the link. Thanks, Gus! Read the rest of this entry »

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For me, the words “Africa Twin” have always had an elusive appeal. Honda’s amazing, 750cc, Paris-Dakar-winning adventure bike was offered between 1989 and 2003 but never in the United States. A few made it to these shores under the wings of independent importers but they remain a rare find.

The original 650 variant of the Africa Twin was released in 1988. To mark its 25th birthday Expedition Portal has published a post about the bike.

Rumors are also floating around that Honda plans to reintroduce the Africa Twin, and bring it to the U.S. no less. The blog Asphalt and Rubber reported that Honda registered “Africa Twin” with the U.S. Patent & Trademark office this year. We’ll see…

More Africa Twin pictures and a video after the link.
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In some ways motorcycles are the ideal overlanding platform. They’re inexpensive, sip fuel, can get through stalled traffic, or down the narrowest trail. In my experience, they’re two to three times faster over rough roads than 4x4s. And, as this beautiful video shows, they even work for very long distance travel.

Between 2010 and 2012 Alex Chacon, a recent BioMed graduate from the University of Texas, spent just over 500 days traveling up, down, and across the Americas, from Alaska to the Tip of South America, on his motorcycle, a 2007 KLR 650. It looks like it was a stunning trip. If you’d like to dig deeper, his YouTube channel covers his journey in twelve episodes.

Here’s more info on his KLR, the way he equipped it, and why he chose it over a BMW or KTM. He also set up a consulting service to assist other travels wanting to head south.

Update 5/14/2013: Here’s a WCXC post about the benefits of the KLR 650.

What do you get when you put a 750cc, 150hp sportbike engine in a 687 lb. kart? A “Crosskart” that produces about as much horsepower per ton as a Lamborghini Aventador.

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I’ve always liked the classic good looks of the 80s and 90s BMW GS series motorcycles. If you’re a fan as well, and are in the market, there’s one on Expedition Portal at the moment. It’s a 1995, the last year made, has about 44k miles on the clock, and is for sale in Alaska for $7,500.

Links: 1995 BMW R100GS PD on Expo


In the early 1990s, when I was studying industrial design at Cal. State, Long Beach, I saw a full-size rendering a student had done of an enclosed motorcycle. I thought — wow! — that is the future of transportation. Now a San Francisco company, Lit Motors, is making that future a reality in the form of an electric, two-person vehicle called the C-1.

The benefits of this type of vehicle are many. The low frontal area reduces drag. This, combined with weight savings of ditching half a car, means efficiency without sacrificed performance. As a bonus, you get the feel of a motorcycle while retaining the weather protection of a roof and doors. And with the C-1 in particular, you also get style, unlike so many other economy vehicles out there. I’m looking at you, Prius. Read the rest of this entry »

Check out these guys enduro riding in Greece. Great skills and even better footage.

These Austrian guys look like they have a good training regime for off-road riding and show some great bike control skills: crossing logs tall enough to high-center the bike, scaling vertical walls, and traversing boulder fields. It starts slow though. Skip to 0:55 for the action.

Click here for Part 2.