New Minne ADV stickers available

June 24, 2012

A local shop has produced some very nice 4″ Minne ADV stickers on 3M Reflective film. This stickers are both cool looking and functional. Click here to purchase and make sure and include your mailing address. We make no profit on these. Its just one way to promote the website, TMAT, etc.

New AWD Dual Sport from Christini

May 1, 2012

If you are familiar with Christini you know they have been making aftermarket conversion kits for dirt bikes that enable limited slip drive of the front wheel.  Pretty cool products and well loved by those who want somewhat of an exotic conversion to get them over steep hills, rocks, etc.  However, I just heard that they will be producing a complete DS bike this year.  Rumor also has it that it is based on a CRF450 engine.  So this could be a very sweet DS setup for some folks.  Not sure what local shops might carry it.  Sound off in the comments if you know of any Minnesota Christini distributors. (

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.

Yamaha TTX Adventure – Offroad Scooter

April 2, 2012

Something fun for your Monday morning.  Click here for the full writeup with photos.

After laughing for a bit when I first saw it, I then thought….hmmm…yep, I’d buy one.  🙂  I guess you could throw knobbies and camo paint on any two wheeled vehicle and I ‘d buy it though.



Moto Christmas Gift: Stormtrooper leathers

December 7, 2011

Need to get a gift for the moto rider that has it all?  How about a set of full leathers in the Star Wars fashion motif?  For the geek rider in all of us….



Minne ADV shirt sale

December 2, 2011

Hey all,

Zazzle is having a half price shirt sale today ONLY.  So hop over to our Zazzle store and order something for yourself for Christmas.  The long sleeve microfiber shirt is only $20.  That’s a decent price.  I have one of these myself and use it for a base layer when riding.

Go to :

Triumph Explorer

November 8, 2011

Was the 800cc Tiger not enough for you?

New larger Triumph adventure bike preview from the folks over at Ultimate Motorcycling.

Join Spot and GearJunkie on a Treasure Hunt in Minnesota!

August 8, 2011

Spot LLC (that cool company that make the little GPS tracking devices) and GearJunkie blog (started by a local Minnesotan) invite you to join them on a treasure hunt across the country.  you will find two hidden locations in Minnesota (one near Minneapolis and one near the North Shore/BWCA.  Ride to the location, check in with your Spot device and you get a chance to win free gear. Cool!  Spot page for more info is here.

Blog link back.

TMAT now on Android

July 26, 2011

Thanks to ADV member “CraftyCoder” you can now download the Trans-Minnesota Adventure Trail route and associated maps directly to your Android Phone and use the Phone’s GPS capability to guide you along the trail.  See this discussion thread for more info:

This is really a great option for people who do not want to buy a dedicated GPS unit or futz around with transferring GPX files to your PC and then your GPS.

Riding and Fishing

June 16, 2011

Just a note to encourage people to break up their long rides by stopping at hidden fishing holes along the way and casting a few times to see what hits. Minnesota Dual Sport trails contain some gorgeous fishing spots that no one else is using because they are too hard for a normal vehicle to get to.

This doesn’t have to be complicated either. I have seen many posts on discussion boards about how to pack your fishing gear on your bike.  People have concocted complex systems for attaching their gear and poles etc.   Some even give up because it is too heavy or cumbersome. I really don’t think it has to be that hard.  See the video below, then add a pole and lures to your packing list for your next trip.

Fishing and Riding from MinneADV on Vimeo.