Furniture farkles (aka Moto Lamps)

January 12, 2013

In case you need to pimp out that motorcycle themed garage or den of yours and are stuck on what to do for lighting, Classified Moto has a solution.
I found these motorcycle parts-turned-lamps a real work of art.  Nice to see people catering to the moto-crowd with furniture.

Maybe it will inspire you to start a craft project with all the left over parts in your garage!



IMS report

January 11, 2013

We closed down the IMS show in Minneapolis tonight.  A good amount of new vendors and bikes made the trip worthwhile.

Here are some snapshots:
Tigers.  Still my favorite bike of this show.



Twisted Throttle’s  Honda NC700.  Wow. Best looking version of this bike I have ever seen.




Nicely accessorized KLR.  The tailbag expanded to a nice size.



Zero’s DS. New version this year. More HP and longer runtime, but the price is a shocker.


Husqvarnas in the BMW booth.  Nice to see them here!


New BMW FS700 (do they really need this in addition to the 650 and 800?)


Important swag! The pins from Indian Motorcycles and Shorai were my favorite.


Hope you all get a chance to get out this weekend and enjoy the show for yourself!

Granite Gear: Minnesota based gear supplier

January 11, 2013


Two Harbors is a great town to tour through.  In fact, did you know the Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail has a branch that goes right through there?  Well, next time you ride through check out Granite Gear.

While the bulk of their business is targeted at hiking and tactical gear, much of it can be applied to the moto-camping crowd as well.   Check out their map cases, stuff sacks, wallets, packing systems, etc.  Their HQ and showroom is located on the north side of Two Harbors.  Here is a map link.

We love to support Minnesota businesses!  Know of one?  Pass it along in the comments or the Contact Us link above.

Aerostich debuts Women’s gear

January 10, 2013

Aerostich recently debuted women’s versions of their most popular gear.

  • Women’s Roadcrafter One-Piece Suit
  • Women’s Roadcrafter Two-Piece Jacket
  • Women’s Roadcrafter Two-Piece Pants

They come in four women’s sizes – 8, 10, 12 and 14. Of course, like the rest of their gear, its made right here in Minnesota.  Check out the link above to purchase.

International Six Days of Enduro DVD

January 9, 2013

Need something to keep occupied during this winter?  Duke has released its DVD of the 2012 International Six Days Enduro.  If your not familiar with this event the ISDE took place in Saxony, Germany, and was the 87th year.  It is sometimes called the “Olympics of Motorcycling.”

To order the DVD, click here.

Minnesota Adventure Riders discussion board closes. Email List opens!

January 8, 2013

Some time ago we decided to create a online discussion board for folks interested in talking about DS and ADV riding in Minnesota.  That system was used very minimally.  I believe this was mostly because we are all so busy these days that remembering to visit another website to see if there was anything new, was just too much to ask.  So instead we are trying out a mailing list instead.  The mailing list works just like Google Groups or Yahoo Groups. Send an email to the list address and everyone on the list gets the message.

Everyone who was signed up for the old discussion board has been migrated to the new system.  If you want to sign up just fill out the info on our contact form.  You also no longer need to provide an AMA membership number to join the list.  Just a name and email.

Thanks everyone.

Dakar 2013 update: Stage 3

January 7, 2013

Here are the U.S. riders overall ranking….

Caselli – 19th overall, and 5th in today’s race!
Muggleton – Withdrawn (16 riders so far have dropped out)
Campbell – 146th overall, and 38th today.

Despress (France/KTM) is #1 overall and Lopez (Chile/KTM) is #2 (but was the fastest today).

Today’s Car/Bike summary:

A little more media from Red Bull on preparing for the 2013 Dakar.