Welcome to a “Minne” Adventure!

April 30, 2012

TMATThis site is dedicated to promoting Dual Sport and Adventure motorcycle riding in Minnesota. We are blessed with an abundance and diversity of natural resources that make Minnesota a prime location for long distance on and off-road touring. Here you will find information on the Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail (TMAT) as news and articles.  The TMAT is over 1200 miles long and stretches across Minnesota.   Subscribe to the blog to keep up on trail updates and other Minnesota riding events. You can also become a member of our MEETUP group to get info on rides and events in Minnesota.

Minnesota Adventure Rider’s Smart Phone App

August 15, 2014

As you may know we use the Meetup.com platform for connecting riders with other riders, posting group rides, events, etc.  You can visit that website at MinneADV.org. Click on over and register if you haven’t already.

The Meetup.com folks have released an app for your smart phone that allows you to see our events, photos, and message other riders.  You can download it for Android and iPhone via the links below.  Its a pretty cool app so download it today and invite others to a group ride this weekend!


Reminder! BMW Owners National Rally this week!

July 23, 2014

Just a reminder to our readers that the national rally for BMW Owners is scheduled for this weekend at the state fair grounds.  Learn more at the BMWMOA website.  You can also let other Minnesota riders know you are going on our “Meetup” page.  There is a FANTASTIC line up of vendors and seminars so go check it out!  It promises to be one of the largest moto events Minnesota has seen in a long time.


“Tech Day” is here!

May 3, 2014

Don’t forget to stop over at “Tech Day” today to get your spring tune up done, or that new farkle bolted on. Get more information on our Meetup site. Sixteen have signed up already and more usually drop in.  Looks like it will be great weather for it!

Swap Meet is TOMORROW!

April 11, 2014

Our Swap Meet is TOMORROW.  All the details of when, where, and what are posted here.  You can also see what will be for sale from the Sellers who have responded.  If you want to sell tomorrow but haven’t RSVP’d that’s ok, just show up, we are glad to have you.

Forecast is for a balmy 68 degrees.  There may be some sprinkles early but the pavilion is plenty big enough to keep us nice and dry.

If you plan on coming  please RSVP here so we know how many to expect.  You can also see who else is coming.

Thanks to those who have already RSVP’d and posted items!!!

Annual Swap Meet is only 1 week away!

April 6, 2014

Our Swap Meet is only one week away.  All the details of when, where, what are posted here.

So with the warm weather this week it is an opportune time to clean out your garage or shed for items to sell or trade. Don’t procrastinate! I’ll list your for sale items on the website.  So contact us if you plan to sell. There are already a number of items listed.

If you plan on coming just to buy or socialize then please RSVP here so we know how many to expect.

Thanks to those who have already RSVP’d and posted items!!!

2nd Annual MinneADV Swap Meet scheduled

March 10, 2014

Our spring swap meet has been scheduled for April 12th.  Same location.  Hop on over to MinneADV.org to RSVP for this event.  Details on the where’s and how’s are posted here. Make sure and let us know if you plan to sell.  I will post all lists of items I receive to the web page.

We had a great turnout last year, so I hope you all have collected more stuff to sell for the event this year!


Product Review: Viaterra Claw tail bag

February 8, 2014

Claw in blackSometime last year I noticed a company in India introduced a new tail bag called “The Claw”.  It had high quality materials (heavy 1680D fabric and 3m reflectors), a great design, competitive price (around $50 USD) and a size that was perfect for a 2-3 day trip. The problem was they didn’t ship to America.  A short time later I happened to have a friend traveling through India that was kind enough to pick one up for me.  Once it was home I was excited to give the product a test run.

The opportunity came on my 3 day trip to Canada last Fall.  It turned out to be a great choice. That ride was rocky and bumpy, but the Claw held up to its name staying mounted just where I put it.  My tent, sleeping mat, food, and cooking supplies all fit neatly inside. Only my cold weather sleeping bag was attached outside the Claw to the rear.  Although the Claw came with a waterproof cover I decided to spray it down with 3M waterproofing instead to save the space the cover took up.  The Claw comes with strapping, but I choose to use Rok Straps attached to the Claw’s d-rings instead.  The front straps went to my rear foot peg mounts and the rear went round my tail rack.  It worked well.  Everything stayed dry even though we experienced a heavy rainfall and frost. I imagine with the myriad of strapping options the bag provides it could be mounted to many different bike models.

The good news is that Viaterra now ships this bag to the US.  I believe, with shipping it can still be had for under $100.  More colors have been added and a “Mini” version as well.  Compared to similar bags from Giant Loop and others this is a steal.  My only nitpicks are that the included plastic strap buckles don’t hold tight enough (swap to rok straps like I did) and the sides of the bag could be a bit deeper (to keep weight lower to the ground).

This product is not well advertised in the states but I recommend you give it a look when considering soft luggage for your next excursion.

Click here to purchase and see more photos and video.

The Claw on a DR650

The Claw and sleeping bag on a DR650

The Claw on an XR650

The Claw on an XR650


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