2014 Overland Expo East – Asheville NC, Oct 3-5

Oct 02, 2014 View Comments by

If you enjoy overland adventure riding, or you’ve been longing to give it a try, you won’t want to miss this weekend’s Overland Expo in Asheville, NC. The event will bring together overlanders from all over the world for a weekend of camping, camaraderie, entertainment, training, and more. The Expo will be held on the […]

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Interview with Eliza Massey: Solo Through the World

Aug 12, 2014 View Comments by

Eliza Massey set out to travel the world on her BMW G 650 GS on October 11, 2012. Her mission was to spread awareness and raise funds for African aid, and Women for Women, while seeing and interacting with people all over the planet. Since her departure, she has journeyed from her hometown of Hope, […]

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Review: SHAD Zulupack SW55

Jun 20, 2014 View Comments by

If you’ve ever gone on an international tour, you know the value of being able to use the same luggage on your motorcycle as you did on the flight. Traveling by airplane with your motorcycle gear isn’t an easy task. Bulky items like riding jackets, boots, and pants, as well as your helmet leave you […]

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Book Review: Down and Out in Patagonia, Kamchatka, and Timbuktu

Jun 02, 2014 View Comments by

Though it’s generally a no no, sometimes you can judge a book by its cover. In the case of Down and Out by Dr. Gregory Frazier, the cover image of a motorcycle lying on its side on a sandy “road” is a fitting and accurate visual representation of the book’s content. Dr. Frazier refers to […]

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Touring Tip: Trip Planning

May 09, 2014 View Comments by

Last month we discussed ideas for deciding where to go and what to see on your 2014 motorcycle adventures. Assuming that’s been resolved, let’s consider the actual planning steps. Here are my “Four Rs” for trip planning: Research: Assuming that you don’t already know your intended destination, the route to it and the things you want […]

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Five Ways to Enhance Your Motorcycling Experience in 2014

Jan 07, 2014 View Comments by

Another year is upon us, and with it the opportunity to take things up a notch. You haven’t already broken any of those resolutions, have you? Plan at least one trip that’s more ambitious than anything you’ve previously tried. For some riders this could be finally taking the plunge into multi-day touring or dual-sport riding, […]

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Book Review: Jupiter’s Travels in Camera

Jan 06, 2014 View Comments by

When Ted Simon’s round-the-world motorcycle adventure saga Jupiter’s Travels was first published in 1979, it did not include more than a few of the thousands of images he captured along the way. Now, over 30 years later, Mr. Simon has released 300 of his favorite photographs in the book Jupiter’s Travels in Camera from Haynes […]

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Touring Tip: Know Your Riding Risk Factors

Oct 29, 2013 View Comments by

There are some similarities between the causes of plane crashes and the reasons for motorcycle accidents: it’s often a combination of factors, or risks, that cause incidents in both cases. And in both, the fundamental cause can usually be traced back to “human error.” Just as in doing a preflight check before flying your own […]

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Two Riders and Reclining Figure

Oct 03, 2013 View Comments by

This morning I have awoken in a slightly better mood. I am still disappointed about my hat. I lost it outside, not in my room, but I am still reminded of my own advice regarding room prep to avoid losing things. After a long day of riding, I tend to approach motel room entry with […]

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Framing the Shot

Sep 30, 2013 View Comments by

Framing a photo is an art, or at least an important part of hitting that shutter button.  Framing allows us to manipulate a scene. It lets us focus on what is really there. It can highlight something that would otherwise be overlooked; conversely, it can also be used to hide objects. I’m choosing the above […]

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Passport to Paradise

Sep 23, 2013 View Comments by

My heart is still pounding from the scare. Just a few moments ago we found my passport. Let’s back up to two hours ago. I’m in Bolivia right now visiting my friend Bianca for a week. I found out about a place that rents motorcycles by the day and not just for a big guided […]

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Kriega UScombo40 Drypack

Aug 17, 2013 View Comments by

Kriega’s collection of modular drypack systems comes in a variety of configurations ranging from five to 70 liters in capacity. The packs work by combining various sizes of individual bags (10-liter, 20-liter, or 30-liter) to achieve the desired amount of storage. I tried out the UScombo40, which is a 20-liter pack with a 10-liter pack […]

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Another Blog About Mexico

Jun 13, 2013 View Comments by

Well the good guys and the bad guys Well they never work past noon around here They sit side by side in the cantinas Talk to senoritas And drink warm beer – Mexico by Roger Clyne and the Peacemakers Convincing my wife that driving to Mexico with our kids was no big deal wasn’t easy, […]

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The Not Yet: Your Future Travels

May 23, 2013 View Comments by

Have you ever ridden in Istanbul? No. Have you ever ridden in Ireland? No. Have you ever ridden in Italy? No. Have you ever found yourself in one of these conversations? Being asked question after question about rides you haven’t done and destinations you haven’t been to? Do you find yourself replying—“No?” If you do […]

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Up Hill Both Ways

Mar 28, 2013 View Comments by

To the best of my knowledge I’ve never experienced traversing a hill that is actually “uphill both ways.” This ecological marvel seems to have met extinction soon after my parents grew up. I really wish there was such a thing. Personally, I will always choose charging up a hill over death-gripping my way down. My […]

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