Electric Motorcycles gain more backing

April 12, 2011

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.

Small TMAT Update

April 12, 2011

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.

Warn’s new Moto Winch

April 8, 2011

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.

Rumored Specs:
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
Price: $479-$549

New MN Legislation Regarding Offroad Motorcycles proprosed

April 5, 2011


Bill HF1283 was read in the State Legislature on 3/23/2011.  Some of you out there may be interested in this modifcation to state law.  Representative Tom Hackbarth is proposing it.  Looks positive to me overall but if anyone has any more in depth info on where the motivation for this bill is coming from please sound off in the comments.

 Subd. 12. Dual registration. (a) An off-highway motorcycle registered under
2.2this section may also be registered as a motorcycle under chapter 168 for use on public
2.3roads and highways.
2.4(b) If the off-highway motorcycle was not originally constructed primarily for use
2.5on public roads and highways, the off-highway motorcycle must be equipped with mirrors
2.6and a headlight, taillight, and horn and be otherwise modified as necessary to meet the
2.7requirements of chapter 169 for motorcycles regarding safety and acceptability to operate
2.8on public roads and highways.
2.9(c) An applicant for registration under chapter 168 must submit an inspection form,
2.10prescribed by the commissioner of public safety. The inspection form must be completed
2.11by a police officer, as defined under section 169.011, and certify that the off-highway
2.12motorcycle meets the requirements of chapter 169 for motorcycles regarding safety and
2.13acceptability to operate on public roads and highways.
2.14(d) Chapter 168A does not apply to an off-highway motorcycle modified to meet the
2.15requirements of chapter 169 according to this subdivision.

Thanks Joe and Kevin from the TC Dualsport group for passing this info on.