Welcome to a “Minne” Adventure!

April 30, 2012

This 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 well 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 online forum to get info on rides and events in Minnesota.

2012 Events

April 30, 2012

4/28 Tech Day TC Dualsport group, Shoreview MN

5/12 Pine Barrens ride, led Streeter, Meet @ Freedom Gas Station in shoreview Hwy 96/61 @ 8:45-9:00AM.

5/? Sandrock ride ?????

5/18-20  North Central MN Ride, Akeley

5/19 North Metro Afternoon Dual-Sport ride

Memorial Day! – Spring “Gathering of the Misfits”, Huntersville

6/1-3 Hiawatha BMW Rally, Money Creek MN

6/9 Chris “Teach” McNeil at Leo’s South, two shows: http://www.LeosSouth.com

6/24 North Metro Afternoon Dual-Sport ride

7/19 Leo’s South URAL meetup at 5:30 ride from store to “Moscow on the Hill” 371 Selby Avenue St. Paul.

9/8-9/9 Theilman Trail Ride by Golden Eagles club

9/9 MSBA Dual Sport ride near Ellsworth, WI. Email allonm55344(at sign)yahoo.com

9/29 Norseman Dual Sport ride in Danbury. WI

9/29 Big Woods 200 in Wabeno WI

10/5 Misfits ride near Park Rapids. eMail fdr1371(AT SIGN)hotmail.com

10/6 North Metro Afternoon Dual-Sport Ride

Also…Random meetups in the Arrowhead area

This post is now a sticky. If you know of an event that should be listed here use the “Contact Us” link on the top.       More to come…

Tech Day 2012

April 28, 2012

A big thanks to Paul for hosting this year’s Tech Day for the TC Dual Sport group.  It was cold, wet, and windy but a good number of riders showed up anyways.  There was not a lot of wrenching going on, but there was a lot of gawking at farkles, gabbing, and good camaraderie. Check out the photos below.


Follow a local rider’s trip to Alaska

April 27, 2012

For a good read make sure and subscribe to Chris Luhman’s blog.  He is heading off on a ride to Alaska, then San Diego, and back on a SV650.  He is a great blogger and rider so I expect a great series of stories from him.  Enjoy!

Reminder: TC Dualsports “Tech Day” on Saturday

April 27, 2012

For all you riders in the metro area this is a reminder that the Twin Cities Dual Sports yahoo group is holding their yearly “Tech Day” on Saturday in Shoreview. See our events calendar for more info.  You will need to email to get the address and/or details.  It looks to be a cold morning so crank up those heated grips and head on out for some camaraderie with local riders.


Download TMAT GPS files “How To” video

April 17, 2012

Seems like I am on a kick posting all these videos lately, but at least this is one I created myself.  I do get contacted frequently with questions on how to download the TMAT GPS files.  So here is a quick video showing you how to do that as well as a couple other features of the dualsportmaps.com website riders use to host the GPS files. Hope it is helpful.

50 years of kicks

April 12, 2012

Motojournalism.com put together this video about two ~70 year old riders and published it today.  If you need motivation to get out and ride, train, and learn from your elders this video will do it for you.  I enjoyed it very much.  It also makes me want to ride in Canada. Looks like they have some great country there.


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Chasing Summer video series online

April 11, 2012

I don’t know how I missed this coming out in January, so apologies if you have already watched it, but it is so well done that I thought I would pass it along.

Red Bull has done a You Tube video series on two Baja 1000 racers.  There are seven episodes you can view here.

The first episode is embedded below. Worth watching.

A Plug for the AMA & ARMCA

April 6, 2012

This is my first post as a part-time blogger for the Minnesota Adventure Riders.  In my very first post here I’m going to be a bit political and offer up a shameless plug for AMA District 23 ARMCA.  ARMCA of course is our state level AMA organization and while most people associate ARMCA primarily with local motorcycle racing such as motocross, they actually are and do so much more.

This past Wednesday I attended the monthly District 23 board meeting and in February & March I attended several OHV related meetings, including those of the state ATV organization ATVAM.   I am always reminded when I attend such events how fortunate we are to have such a dedicated group of volunteers who fight for us as off-road riders.  If not for the efforts of our state’s off-road advocacy organizations and volunteers, we would live in a very very different world.  Believing that the trails we ride on exist because of the benevolence of the DNR could not be farther from the truth.  Whenever you read somewhere about the DNR proposing to open up this trail, connect this trail to that trail, or whatever it may be, it is because of behind the scenes work of our state OHV organizations.

As dualsport/adventure riders of course, we are not confined to public OHV trails.  The whole world is our oyster and Minnesota is blessed from north to south and east to west with all sorts of fun twisty asphalt as well as scenic gravel and minimum maintenance roads.   However, if you’re like me, public OHV trails are very important to the dual sport experience.  When I take my kids riding we go to public OHV trails.  Imagine if there were no places like Nemadji or Spider Lake or Akeley.

The work of ARMCA is critical to protecting, enhancing, and expanding the off-highway trails we have here in Minnesota.  Some recent successes you may have heard about  include the Huntersville OHM trails, which have existed for a while, but will now have official trail heads, maps, and signs.  The new dualsport law allowing us to get license plates for our off-highway motorcycles was spearheaded by ARMCA.  ARMCA is also part of larger trail user organizations in the state.   These trail groups help determine how Legacy and Recreational Trails Program (RTP) dollars are spent.   The Appleton OHV area was a recipient of federal RTP dollars.

Shared between ARMCA and ATVAM are the costs of our full-time lobbyist at the state capital.  While “lobbyist” is a bit of a political dirty word these days, the fact of the matter is that they are our eyes and ears at the capital.  They are critical to helping us navigate the quagmire that is our state government.

In closing I’d just like to say that if you follow along here at Minnesota Adventure Riders, support what we do, support the TMAT, please consider joining the AMA and becoming a full member of our group (the AMA membership will cost you, joining us is free).  I don’t always agree with everything the AMA supports, but believe the good far far outweighs the bad.  Also consider joining ARMCA.  They say all politics is local and that is definitely the truth here in Minnesota.  While we certainly have large swaths of federal lands up north, the bulk of public land here in Minnesota is controlled by the state and counties.  We need strong state and local organizations working for us.  The surest way to get the government to move on anything is to show our numbers.

It’s Good Friday, I have the day off, time to go ride!


New KTM Freeride 350

April 3, 2012

Want an ultra light weight dual sport (so light it may weigh less than you)?  Then look no farther then the new KTM Freeride 350.  What once was a prototype now looks like it is real.  The video below says it all. You would think these guys were riding mountain bikes the way they throw these 350’s around.  Enjoy!

2012 KTM Freeride 350 Specs:


  • Design : Single-cylinder, 4-stroke, spark-ignition engine, liquid-cooled
  • Displacement: 349.7 cm³
  • Bore: 88 mm
  • Stroke: 57.5 mm
  • Starting aid: Electric starter
  • Transmission: 6-speed, claw shifted
  • Engine lubrication: Forced oil lubrication with 2 Eaton pumps
  • Primary gear ratio: 24:73
  • Secondary gear ratio: 11:48
  • Cooling system: Liquid cooling system, continuous circulation of cooling liquid with water pump
  • Clutch: Wet multi-disc clutch / hydraulically operated
  • Ignition system: Contactless, controlled, fully electronic ignition system with digital ignition timing adjustment


  • Frame: Perimeter steel-aluminum composite frame
  • Fork: WP Suspension4357 MXMA
  • Shock absorber: WP Suspension 4618 PDS DCC
  • Suspension travel front: 250 mm
  • Suspension travel rear: 260 mm
  • Brake system front: Formula disc brakes
  • Brake system rear: Formula disc brakes
  • Brake discs – diameter front: 240 mm
  • Brake discs – diameter rear: 210 mm
  • Chain : 5/8 x 1/4″ X‑Ring
  • Steering head angle: 67°
  • Wheelbase : 1,418±10 mm
  • Ground clearance (unloaded): 325 mm
  • Seat height (unloaded) : 895 mm
  • Total fuel tank capacity approx.: 5.5 l
  • Unleaded premium fuel (95 RON)
  • Weight without fuel approx.: 217 lbs.