Not really “adventure” related, but definitely Minnesota-moto related; The Indian Motorcycle company was purchased by Medina based Polaris last week. Indian had been struggling and it will be interesting to see what Polaris does with them. Sounds like manufacturing will move to Iowa though, not Minnesota. Full Press release here.
This Thursday at 9Pm is our monthly “virtual meeting”. Everyone is encouraged to call in and catch up on the latest news and events. See the Events page for Phone # to call. Agenda will include: Upcoming events, Trail updates, Update on work with the DNR, discussion on membership with District 23 ARMCA, and more.
Some guys from Minnesota Motorcycle Monthly rode the Trans-American Trail and did a nice write-up in the April issue. I encourage you to pick up the latest copy of MMM as always. Its a great way to stay up on moto-related events in the state. And if you see any of the MMM guys out riding tell them to do a story on the TMAT next!
Route C proposed to go from Rice to Brainerd has been updated. I was hoping the bridge over the Nokasippi River had been fixed. But a inspection on Friday showed that it had not. This would make a very dangerous water crossing so the route has changed to jot back over to Hwy 371 for a couple miles to use that bridge instead. This is really too bad as that is a fun section of dual track. See dualsportmaps.com for the updated GPX.
Midwest Mountaineering has its annual Outdoor Adventure this weekend at the their store and nearby at the U of M campus. This is a great opportunity to learn new camping skills and see the latest gear. See http://www.outdooradventureexpo.com/201104/Index.shtml for more info, directions, and schedule.
I am planning to ride the “proposed” Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail (TMAT)routes this weekend in the area north of Brainerd and Southwest of International Falls. I am trailering to just south of Brainerd Friday Night, camping there, then riding all day Saturday, camping again (somewhere) on Saturday night and then loading back up Sunday morning. If anyone wants to join the exploration of the new routes for the TMAT feel free to post in the comments. Otherwise, enjoy the warm weather….finally!
UPDATE! = With the new forecast showing a low of 26 degrees and a 50-70% chance of snow Saturday I think old man winter had not left the northwoods yet. Ride is cancelled!
Last month Zero Motorcycles annouced they had received $17 million in financial backing to expand operations. I am not sure how I feel overall about electric bikes but I do like seeing ANY U.S. manufacturing expand these days. Clean and quiet bikes may help promote our cause with those that complain about the pollution or noise factors of motorcycling. There is also some incredible technology in these bikes that should help the sport overall advance (when is the last time you road a belt-drive dual sport for example?). Check out their website for more info.
A recommendation from riders on advrider.com was to add a small detour off Hwy 169 to take in short segment of scenic road and county park. The trail has been updated to included that. If you’re not in the mood for a scenic detour while on the trail, just stay on 169 and you will meet up with the trail again in a couple miles. No worries.
Anyone seen one of these in action? I am not sure I could ever justify the extra weight and space packing one of this on a trip unless I knew for sure there was going to be gully’s or a mud hole that I could not ride out of. I also wonder what kind of Amps the things draw and how fast it will drain the battery. That said, Its supposed to be available in May from Warn.
Model: RT15 or XT17
Weight: 12.25 lbs / 9.25 lbs (or an even lighter version at 8.5 lbs may be available too with handlebar mounted controls)
Power: 1500 lbs / 1700 lbs
Pull Length: 25 feet / 40 feet