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.


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!

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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


Wrap up of the week’s moto events

January 22, 2014

Minnesota weather got you down?  Hopefully you have been able to beat the winter blues by participating in some of the local events.

This last weekend the International Motorcycle Show wrapped up in Minneapolis.  I didn’t have a chance to go, so please sound off in the comments if you went.  What did you like?  What did you hate?

The REI store in Roseville hosted Jay and Conor Rasmusen Monday night as they presented their once in a lifetime trip from Minnesota to South America on their KLRs.  It was a packed house, but Jay and Conor did a wonderful job of cramming in a ton of great information and stories into an hour and a half.  Thank you for sharing!!!

Last week the Dakar wrapped up as well.  If you didn’t get a chance to watch it, then check out this video of Motorcycle highlights from this year’s race:


Minneapolis International Motorcycle Show this weekend

January 14, 2014

Just a reminder that the IMS is this weekend in downtown Minneapolis.  You can jump on over to the MinneADV Meetup site to let others know you are going.  The show looks to be similar to previous years, however show organizers tell me KTM will have a full booth this time.  If memory serves me correctly, they haven’t been to the Minneapolis show in the last several years. Here is the full exhibitor list.

More information and tickets.


Local Father/Son team give presentation on Minnesota to Argentina Motorcycle Trip

January 4, 2014

You may remember us posting a while back about a local father and son duo who rode to Argentina. That same team is presenting their adventure at REI in Roseville this January 20th.  Click here to sign up. Hurry, there are less than 40 spots open.

Details:

  • Time: 7:00 – 8:00 PM CST
  • Presenter: Jay and Conor Rasmusen

Description: Join us as REI Members Jay and Conor Rasmusen tell stories and share images from their recent 70-day motorcycle adventure through Central and South America on two Kawasaki KLR650 motorcycles. From mountains to oceans to deserts these adventure motorcyclists encountered new experiences, foods and cultures. They are excited to share their stories with you!


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