Winter Riding with an Electric Motorcycle

February 22, 2016

Have the warm temperatures of the past couple weeks got you dreaming of an early riding season?  Well why aren’t you riding right now?  That is what the folks at Minnesota moto clothing manufacturer Aerostitch are doing and not just with any bike, but with an electric dual sport from Zero motorcycles. Read the rest of this entry »


World moto traveller speaks in MN tonight!

February 10, 2016

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Rene Cormier is a world motorcycle traveler and author of “The University of Gravel Roads”.  He’ll be speaking at Moon Motorsports  (3613 Chelsea Road W. Monticello, MN) today Wednesday, February 10th at 7PM (NOTE: Moon website says 6pm…so there is some confusion over start time). Rene now runs South Africa and Mongolia moto tours as well and has many great stories to share.

This is a great opportunity to support the ADV community in Minnesota.  Plan on going!!!
PS… Link to his book: http://www.amazon.com/University-Gravel-Roads-Four-Year-Motorcycle/dp/0981337112

2016 Minneapolis International Motorcycle Show

February 7, 2016

The last day of the 2016 Minneapolis International Motorcycle show is today.  In case you couldn’t attend here are some highlights…

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Royal Enfield “Himalyan” Adventure Bike

January 27, 2016

Seems like everyone has introduced its version of an “adventure” bike.  Oh, but wait…Royal Enfield hasn’t…until now.  The Himalayan is the company’s take on what an off-road bike should look like.  In this market it is definitely unique if not a bit “unfinished” looking.  Kudos to them for not following the pack and making a 1200cc monster with 60 pounds of electronics and a plastic beak. More info on Royal Enfield’s site.

 


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?


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.