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Land Rover just released the new 2020 Defender. It has some amazing features, like a display setting that shows the vehicle’s front wheels driving over the actual terrain outside while rendering the vehicle itself invisible. That’s seems like a truly handy feature for picking your way through difficult terrain. It also has some odd features like a body-colored square in the middle of the rear window of the new Defender 90 that seems to have no other purpose than creating a huge blind spot.

The previous generation of the Defender went 33 years without a major redesign. I’m not smitten by the look of the new generation but have a look for yourself in these twin videos that appear to be taken at them same press event. Even the walk-ons by the hosts, one, Richard Hammond for Drive Tribe, the other, Henry Catchpole for Carfection, are basically the same. Funny.

The second video appears after the jump. Hat tip to my good friend Greg McDonald for calling this one in! Read the rest of this entry »

My partner’s partner, Nathan, introduced me to a YouTube channel called MotoTrek recently, which looks like a great place to learn skills and techniques related to off-road adventure riding. Bret Tkacs, the guy doing the instructing, gives clear overviews of the techniques and explains the basic physics involved. Check out this video of him showing how to tackle deep river rock. What he can do with a motorcycle is impressive stuff.

This is the most hilarious and awesome build I’ve seen in a long time. Ethan and Edwin, the two friends from north Idaho known as Grind Hard Plumbing Co., have taken a Power Wheels Princess Jeep and turned it into a a Honda CRF 450-powered awesome kart. It has a full custom frame, 4-link rear suspension, and so much pink street cred.

It’s amazing to watch it run. In this video they compare the Princess Jeep’s performance to that of a 500cc Sport Quad. It looks like a real-life Mario kart or Ed Roth drawing come to life. It also looks like mountains of fun.

If you have a Jeep and haven’t done this upgrade, keep reading. This wiring harness enables your truck to send power directly from the battery to the headlights via a couple of relays instead of routing the electricity into the dash and through the light switch. In Jeeps I’ve been told routing the electricity through the switch robs a lot of power and causes dim headlights.

In this excellent video from YouTube user BleepinJeep, he finds that this $25 upgrade more than doubled the light output from his stock headlights. That was even better performance than he got from his upgraded LED lights on the new harness (and the LEDs didn’t put out enough heat to keep themselves free of snow). He takes you through the whole install.

You can get this harness from a place called K Suspension Fab but they were backordered at the time of this post. Here’s a link where you can find it on Amazon. That link is for H4 headlights. Check first to see what kind of headlights you have.

Thanks to my good friend Nathan for the tip!

The Suzuki Jimny is back–seemingly everywhere except the United States. Bit of shame really, because it looks like a nice little car. Well, we can watch from afar as these South African chaps compare it to something called a Toyota Fortuner.

The overlanding worlds’s favorite sometimes-prickly off-road expert, Andrew St.Pierre White takes you on a deep dive into the realm of 4×4 driving skills in this full-length, vintage video. Driving in all terrain types is covered, as well as driving a classic 4×4 set-up and how it differs from more modern, computer-controlled 4x4s.

Here’s a thoughtful review of the Royal Enfield Himalayan, the dual-sport travel bike from India that I posted about the other day. YouTube user nathanthepostman had put almost 16,000 miles on his bike by the time he reviewed it, including a coast-to-coast trip across the United States.

His verdict: this is a exceptionally well designed travel bike, with a great suspension. It’s well equipped, and weighted, with panniers front and rear, and solid footpegs for stand-up work. In his view, it’s an on-road, off-road mule that can take you around the world right out of the box. But have a look at the video. He says it all much better than I do.

Oh, man… Who doesn’t love a good rally video?

If you’re thinking about buying a Range Rover Classic (or even if you’re not), you might enjoy this Australian promotional video for the 1988 model year.

My friend Nathan told me recently about the Royal Enfield Himalayan, a back-to-basics, 411cc adventure bike from India. From reviews I’ve read the bike is more pack mule than race horse. Or said another way, the long-stroke engine provides more useful torque than it does useful horsepower. But often that’s just what’s needed off-road.

I think the YouTube review above does a good job of laying out the bike’s pros and cons. After the jump there’s another video of bike on an adventure in the Himalayas. And here’s a review of the bike in Cycle World to round things out.  Read the rest of this entry »