Scrambler is back.

October 2, 2014

In case you haven’t heard, Ducati has relaunched the Scrambler brand.  More info at http://scramblerducati.com/en

Time will tell how much $$$ Ducati dumps into the bike (and the marketing).

 

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New Cass County OHM trail proposed. Show your support!

December 26, 2013

The Minnesota DNR has published the following notice.  Please take a minute to send in your feedback as an OHM rider and let them know you appreciate the additional trails!

DNR NEWS-FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

DNR seeks public comments on Woodtick Wheelers
ATV/OHM trail in Cass County

Comments are due by Friday, Jan. 24, at 4:30 p.m.

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources invites public comment on an application for off-highway vehicle (OHV) grant-in-aid funding for a 12-mile all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and off-highway motorcycle (OHM) trail in Cass County.  The trail would connect the community of Whipholt (on the south shore of Leech Lake) to the city of Longville.
 
Cass County would sponsor the trail and would provide trail monitoring, development and maintenance in cooperation with the Woodtick Wheelers ATV/OHM Club. Trail development and maintenance would be partially funded through the state OHV grant-in-aid program. The trail would be open to motorized recreation from May 1 through Nov. 1 each year, subject to closures for safety considerations or to prevent erosion or damage to the trail.
 
The DNR welcomes public input on the trail proposal. Copies of the proposal and a project map are available for review at www.dnr.state.mn.us/input/mgmtplans/ohv/plans/woodtick_wheeler.html.

To request a printed copy of the trail description, or to submit comments, please contact Dave Schotzko, area supervisor, DNR Parks and Trails Division, via:

The deadline for comments is 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 24.


Honda wins 2013 Baja 1000, KTM’s Caselli dies in crash

November 16, 2013

For the 17th straight time Honda has won the Baja 1000.  This year it was the Johnny Campbell team of Colton Udall, Tim Weigand, David Kamo, and Mark Samuels.  It was neck and neck between Honda and Kawasaki until the lead Kawasaki bike broke down less than 100 miles from the finish.

The extremely sad news out of this year’s race is that KTM rider Kurt Caselli died in a crash at the end of the day around mile 792 yesterday.  Details are still forthcoming as to exactly how it happened.  Kurt had a strong showing in the Dakar this year and has been a mainstay in offroad motorcycle racing for many years.  He will be missed.  Here is a recent promotional video of Kurt.


Minnesota Polaris buys local mapping software maker Primordial

November 7, 2013

Link to article in Twin Cities Business Journal

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Local moto vendor news.  Polaris industries has purchased a Saint Paul based map software maker.  Primordial makes some extremely interesting off-road mapping and map crowd sourcing products. Polaris says it is to help bolster their mobile apps made for snowmobile riders. However, with Polaris selling a lot of ATV’s and now owning Klim as well, wouldn’t it make sense for them to take this technology and sell it into the Adventure Motorcycling market?  Could we see a Klim Adventure Moto Maps mobile app sometime?  I can only hope so.  Take a minute and post on their Facebook page letting them know you’d like to see their Primordial software available for motorcycle riders. Let’s influence a little!


Watch Paris to Dakar documentary online

August 6, 2013

Below is an hour long documentary from the BBC on the history of the Dakar rally. It is very inspiring to watch these early racers battle the elements. There are thunderstorms moving through Minnesota tonight, so what else do you have to do? Kick back and watch an amazing film.
(Thanks MrFixIt for the link)


Harley Sportster Dual Sport – SC3 Adventure

June 28, 2013

Are you a Harley Davidson fan that has been waiting for them to break into the dual-sport / ADV market?  Well, wait no longer.  Jim Carducci from Carducci Dual Sport has taken a Sportster engine and frame and performed a wild transformation.  The SC3 Adventure has impressive specs (see them below) while also appearing very minimalistic in design.  No price or availability date given yet.

Has HD waited too long to enter this market and now custom builders have to fill the need?

Is there really any market for an DS bike with a HD powerplant?

Sound off in the comments below and tell us what you think.

SC3 Adventure Basic Specifications
Motor & Frame ’93-’03 Sportster® motor and frame (w/ minor modifications to frame)
Wheelbase 63.5 inch
Steering Rake / Trail 30 degress / 5.6 inch
Triple Clamp Offset 0.71 inch (18mm)
Suspension Travel +8 inch Rear, +10 inch Front
Seat Height 35.5 inch (neutral), ~33 inch (with rider on bike)
Weight 475 lbs (without gasoline)

 

Features of the SC3 Adventure Dual Sport Motorcycle
V-Twin Motor The Sportster® motor is proven reliable, air cooled, narrow and loaded with torque
Frame Stock Sportster® frame with minor modifications
Suspension Front: Ohlins 48mm USD forks mounted in strong triple clamps. Integrated Scotts steering damper
Rear: Ohlins twin shocks on extended billet aluminum swingarm
Wheels 140/80-18 rear, 90/90-21 front. A good combination for off-road handling
Lighting Front headlight is a 55 watt halogen beam (an LED version is also available from Trail Tech®), and LED brake light and blinkers made to handle the vibrations of off-road riding
Fly Screen The fly screen frame is made of structurally strong sheet aluminum and supports a tinted polycarbonate wind deflector that reduces wind on the body
Controls Stock Sportster® throttle, speedometer, tachometer, brake, clutch, and wire harness
Rear Rack & Fender Structurally strong for strapping down a tool kit, 2x 1/2 gal fluid cannisters on the sides, and more
Skid Plate Protects the leading edge and underside of the motor from flying debris and from rolling over large objects like rocks, stumps, et cetera
Crash Bar Steel welded construction crash bar mounts to the frame and protects the leading edge of the gas tank
Kick Stand Strong Chromemoly steel tubing with a large foot area for soft off-road surfaces. Adapts to the stock H-D kickstand mount
Stability Long wheelbase and generous rake and trail make the SC3 Adventure stable at speed and it does well in loose sandy conditions
Riding Position Foot controls and handlebars are positioned for comfortable dual sport off-road riding standing position. Seat is narrow in the front, wide in the back. Good for standing and longer distance seated riding
Range Hand formed aluminum 6.3 gallon gas tank provides 200+ miles range before hitting reserve. Option for smaller 2.75 gallon aluminum gas

 


Canadian attempts cross country trip on KLR in winter (Part 2)

June 7, 2013

I friendly blog reader recently emailed me saying I never posted a link to part two of that Canadian who made the epic journey across Canada on his KLR650 in the winter.  Thanks Dale for the reminder.  This two part series has become my favorite moto-travel video on the internet today bar none.  I think this is especially appropriate to post this week as we have had one of the coldest rainiest Springs ever here in Minnesota and many riders are complaining.  Maybe it can serve as a reminder that it could be worse….much worse.  Enjoy.