Going Electric Off-Road: The 2017 KTM Freeride E-XC

Aug 04, 2017 View Comments by

KTM is getting a jump on the electric off-roader market. The company recently announced a pilot program in North America for its Freeride E-XC, an electric version of the Freeride 250R. The E-XC’s easily removable KTM PowerPack uses a 260V, 2.6 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery that can be fully charged in 80 minutes. The bike has […]

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Metzeler’s Karoo 3 Tires for Enduros

Jun 08, 2017 View Comments by

Metzeler’s Karoo 3 are a new concept of adventure and enduro on/off tires dedicated to off-road expeditions. The tires feature improved off-road traction and on-road stability, and excellent mileage. Suitable for light and heavy enduros, the Karoo 3s are available in three front and six rear sizes. The tires boast a new tread pattern, larger […]

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DirtDaze Rally to Offer Most Adventure Bike Demos in the U.S.

May 22, 2017 View Comments by

DirtDaze will feature the most adventure bike demo rides of any event in the U.S. Suzuki, Ducati, Beta, Zero, and AJP will be onsite offering demos on pavement and single-track routes. BMW, Yamaha, and Honda will offer off-site demos on pavement. This year’s event is June 7-10, 2017. The rally, held on 53 private acres, offers great adventure […]

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Travel Enduro Shootout

Apr 11, 2017 View Comments by

Four different adventure bikes, with four different engine layouts, from four different countries—that sounded like an interesting comparison as Lyndon, Ted, Florian, and I were riding around the southwesternmost part of Virginia. But it has been done before. So we are taking a slightly different approach: pairing a 20-year-old adventure bike against some modern competition. […]

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KTM’s New Two-Stroke Fuel-Injected Enduros

Apr 02, 2017 View Comments by

KTM has announced that new two-stroke fuel-injected enduro models will be launched in 2018 as part of the EXC range. It’s no secret that KTM’s research and development department in Mattighofen, Austria, has been developing this technology, which offers considerable benefits over carbureted models, including drastically reduced fuel consumption while also no longer having to pre-mix […]

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2017 Stolen Pig Rally

Jan 20, 2017 View Comments by

The second annual Stolen Pig Rally is being held by Donald and Kathy McCoy at the Real McCoy Trails and the Hatfield-McCoy Resort in historic Matewan, WV, April 27-30. The rally is for street-legal adventure and enduro bikes. There will be guided and self-guided routes available, including the historic Feud Loop, named for an 1893 feud between the […]

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Pirelli SCORPION
 Trail II Review

Dec 30, 2015 View Comments by

Pirelli’s new SCORPION Trail II tire lineup is designed for the latest generation of adventure touring and enduro street motorcycles and is a direct successor of the previous SCORPION Trail series. They were developed for models such as the Aprilia Caponord, BMW R 1200 GS, Ducati Multistrada, Honda Crosstourer (VFR1200X in the U.S. market), Kawasaki […]

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2015 KTM 1290 Super Adventure: More Power, More Comfort

Oct 14, 2014 View Comments by

For at least the past year the motorcycle world has been raving about KTM’s 1190 Adventure and Adventure R models. Buyers and motorcycle journalists alike have taken to the bike’s combination of power, comfort, handling, and versatility as well as the R version’s off-road prowess. All of the Adventure’s success hasn’t gone to KTM’s head—the […]

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2014 BMW R 1200 GS Adventure

Oct 13, 2013 View Comments by

Well we knew it was coming and now it’s here. With the introduction of the new air/water cooled R 1200 GS earlier this year, it was only a matter of time before BMW’s big-bore enduro got the Adventure treatment. The 2014 Adventure starts out with the same air/water cooled 1,170cc boxer twin, six-speed transmission, and […]

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Preview: KTM 1190 Adventure R

Sep 18, 2013 View Comments by

KTM has seriously one-upped its 990 Adventure motorcycle with the latest new model, the 1190 R. Freshly home and dried out from KTM’s press launch, which was held in rainy Steamboat Springs, CO, I’d like to share some impressions. The rest will be featured in an upcoming issue of RoadRUNNER. Significant changes have been made […]

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Enduro Africa: Part 4

Aug 09, 2013 View Comments by

Day 10, Sunday: Mbotyi to Port Edward, Last Riding Day This was the last day of riding and it was supposed to be a light day with some demonstrations by the team leaders and the odd technical section thrown in to keep us honest. Unfortunately it was raining, again! What would normally have been easy […]

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Enduro Africa: Part 3

Aug 02, 2013 View Comments by

Day 6, Wednesday: Rest Day and Touch Africa Project This was a most interesting day in that we got to interact with the community through the local school. We rode or drove to the school about 20 kilometers away. It was located on a small plateau overlooking the surrounding countryside and serviced all the various […]

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Enduro Africa: Part 2

Jul 26, 2013 View Comments by

Day 4, Monday: Port Alfred to Morgan’s Bay We set off at our usual time (8 a.m.) and had the obligatory police escort to the city limits. It rained lightly, which helped with the dust problem but made it slippery enough that falling into the deep ruts was a concern. It was that day we had our first […]

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Enduro Africa: Part 1

Jul 19, 2013 View Comments by

Shortly after I sold my automobile dealership I was looking for a motorcycle trip to decompress from the stress of the past year. I came across a trip called Enduro Himalaya, which is a ride on the world’s highest “motor-able road.” It climbs to 17,000 feet, lasts about 10 days, and is arguably the most […]

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2014 BMW F 800 GS Adventure

May 04, 2013 View Comments by

BMW’s top of the range adventure machine, the R 1200 GS Adventure, finally has a little brother. Though the F 800 GS has been around for quite awhile, the 2014 model will be the first to gain the “Adventure” treatment. Mechanically the new middleweight adventure is identical to the standard F 800 GS with its […]

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