Will Motobots take over someday?

January 21, 2016

Yamaha recently released this video of a humanoid style robot driving one of their street bikes.  In this day of drones and autonomous vehicles, I guess it isn’t much of a surprise.  However, I wonder how much we will sacrifice as these automated gadgets seep into our riding experience.  Cruise control, computer controlled suspensions, “clutchless” systems, anti-lock brakes, traction control, etc. are all available in current Adventure bikes.  While they can for the most part be turned off, they add weight and cost.  Will there still be a market in the future for a “naked” Adventure bike without all these gadgets?  Will manufacturers cater to that market?  Or are we doomed to all ride “motobot” controlled bikes someday?

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2016 International Motorcycle Show 2016

January 20, 2016

2016 IMS comes to Minneapolis in just over two weeks. Use this link for a discounted ticket price: http://ow.ly/XjLBR
Floor map is here: http://ow.ly/XjMaE
I don’t remember KTM exhibiting in Minneapolis in the past, but they show as coming this year. Maybe my memory is just fading!

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2016 Dakar is in full swing

January 6, 2016

The 2016 Dakar has already begun.  Are you watching?  See the updates on http://www.dakar.com.  Below is the car/bike update from stage 2 and the overall race teaser video.

 

 


Need to stay on track in 2016?

January 5, 2016

Try using this Adventure Motorcycling wall calendar.  Try not to day dream too long staring on the awesome photography…that negates the staying on track part…:)

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Direct link: http://www.calendars.com/Adventure-Motorcycle-Deluxe-Wall-Calendar/prod201500004243/

(emailed in from MrFixIt)

 

 


Motorycle Explorer Magazine Free Online

April 6, 2015

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Just got this link passed on to me.  Motorcycle Explorer Magazine is a UK based publication with free online issues.  Great writing, travel stories, product reviews, and photography.  Just passing the link along for everyone.


Sellers wanted for upcoming Swap Meet!

March 21, 2015

It is almost time for what could be our 3rd Annual MinneADV Swap Meet.  However, this year I’d like to make sure we have a good number of sellers committed to showing up.  I’d like to see at least 10 sign up. The proposed date is Saturday April 18th from 9AM to Noon and will again be held in St. Paul.  If you have Adventure Touring or Dual Sport gear, parts, or whole bikes please respond on our Google Group message board letting us know you are committed to showing up and selling.

This is a fun event and a chance to kick off the riding season with other riders.  Please respond ASAP so we can have another successful year!

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Dakar 2015 is almost here. Video teaser is posted.

January 1, 2015

Dakar 2015 is upon us.  Riders are arriving and going through pre-checks as you read this.  The only American on a bike this year is Narino Antonio (originally from Columbia) on a Husqvarna. More info here. Race map and teaser video below.

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