Get a new, HQ battery on the cheap!
Through 12/18, take an additional 10% off our already discounted prices on all Yuasa Batteries and Battery Accessories (up to 20% off)! No coupon code required, simply add to cart. CLICK HERE to find on sale Yuasa products Limited to availability, so no backorders. Also, offer many not be combined with any other.Posted by Bryan Bosch on Dec 06, 2017
Alpacas in the Crosswalk
Guiding groups of dirtbikers through the Andes of Peru is surreal. First of all, it is a huge privilege to be able to do what I do. I love riding dirtbikes as much as anybody possibly can. Combine that with serving others by leading groups on various trails, providing communication support such as translating a menu, or taking a picture or video to help recall the memory at a later date, these are the things that I do. There are many other tasks as well, but to simplify things, my job isn't much of a job. It's pure joy! I always love it when people take a daring step towards something adventurous; Quitting a job to travel, starting a business, becoming a volunteer, adopting a child. This seems to be where life really gets exciting. Most of the people that join me on dirt bike tours are just that...They take the steps that most won't. I love hanging out with these kinds of peeps. Recently, a couple of guys got in touch with me about doing a three day ride. One of the guys had a lot of dirtbike experience, but it was a couple of years back. The other, had experience, but it was 25 years back. This poses a challenge for a guy like me who has a duty to my customers to provide a legendary motorcycle experience. How can I mix these two friends up, show them some amazing back country of Peru, and somehow keep them safe, cover the necessary ground to complete the route, and assure them a plethora of smiles? It was a tall order, but I was willing to give it a go. I asked a lot of questions in order to get to know these guys a bit. Each customer is different and will respond to risk, thrill, fatigue, and stress in various ways. I put a plan together to cover a route that had all the elements to satisfy the more experienced rider, but also have easier options in case anyone was overwhelmed with the trail level. These guys put it all out there. We made it. I pushed their limits, gave them the thrill they were looking for, and had an amazing time getting to know a couple of great fellas. The whole experience is one that I give to my customers, but I also reap the benefit of the adventure. I often receive the privilege of lighting a flame of dirtbike passion in someone who may have lost it a while back. A few days after the trip, one of the guys let me know he was in the market for a new dirtbike...That's music to my ears. It's always a tough one to match skills in a group so that everyone can ride at the same level. In fact, it is almost impossible. However, I often deal with the differences. In this case, I used a smaller bike, had various route options, allowed the faster rider the freedom to freeride, and used a lot of flexibility in the plan. By the end of the first day, the lack of the past 25 years of riding became a non issue. A few tips, some verbal encouragement, and a reassurance that our team will make it to the other side was all that was needed. What a thrill it is for me to assist a customer to overcome obstacles on the trail! Do yourself and another rider a favor by opening up and being that mentor to help a newbie learn what someone taught you. We are all recipients of someone else's experiences. It costs little to share, but opens up a world to those who want to experience what we have. Make sure to check out the video to see what it's like to ride in the Andes of Peru! Until the next time, keep the wheels down! Scottiedawg Scott Englund is a seasoned hard enduro guide, explorer, and social entrepreneur living and operating MotoMission Peru in the heart of the Andes of Peru. MotoMission puts together a high end hard enduro tour filled with every kind of amazing you can think of. Contact Scott at Scott@motomissionperu.com to find out more about riding in the Andes.Posted by scottiedawg on Dec 04, 2017
Video Riding Tip: Stand Up Cornering Techniques
Often times, stand up cornering is the best body positioning. In this training video I walk you through the correct techniques for stand up cornering and why they are important. Give it a watch and see how you're doing. Thanks for watching! Brian Garrahan Garrahan Off-Road TrainingPosted by Garrahan Off-Road Training on Nov 30, 2017
Antigravity Batteries Micro-Start Mini Tire Inflator
Most will agree that a dual sport bike is all about compromise. Some are better on the street, others in the dirt, but none ideal everywhere. And, that's how I've been treating tire pressure. I've been running the same compromise pressure on/off-road, but the reality is, it was costing me tire life and fuel mileage on-road and traction off-road. After considering both manual and electric pumps, I decided to give the 12v Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump by Antigravity Batteries a try. The Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump is pretty easy to haul with its light weight (9oz.) and compact size (3.5" X 4.5" X 1.5"). In terms of powering the unit, it comes with two detachable power cables, one for use with a 12v cigarette lighter (9' long) and another (18" long) that allows it to be powered by Antigravity's Micro-Start mini jump-starter product. However, you can power the Tire Inflator with any SAE cable end. Many dual sporters (including me) power accessories off USB and/or have the typical quick-connect battery charger lead (SAE 2-pole flat type). I have an SAE connection under my quick-release seat for battery maintenance, so I picked up a cord with SAE connectors on both ends to power the pump. This has worked out great, so I passed the info along to the Antigravity folks. They liked the idea, so don't be surprised to see an SAE cord with the kit in the future. I bought a 12 footer that I thought might be too long when I received it, but on my last ride, I ended up inflating tires on my riding buddy's bikes, so the extra length meant that we didn't have to get the bikes tight together to do the job. The cord is a little bulky and you really only need 4, maybe 5' for a single bike. I was paying attention to the draw on my bike's battery when I was filling six motorcycle tires pretty much back-to-back, but no issues when I went to hit the magic button. The starter seamed to crank at the same speed as normal. I just need to tell my buddies to get their own pumps! Connected to power, filling a tube is stupid-simple. Thread the schrader valve filler fitting onto the tube and flick the rocker power switch on. From dirt to street, I'm increasing tire pressure by approx. 10-12 psi and doing so takes less than a minute per tire. The pump has a built-in pressure gauge that reads out in both bar and psi and the Antigravity folks were honest that its accuracy is +/- 2lbs. I tested this using my Rhino USA digital tire gauge and that's about right. You're going to get a small amount of bleed off when you unscrew the schrader fitting anyway, so I over pressurize the tube a bit and make fine pressure adjustments with my fingernail. The Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump has an LED light on the top that automatically comes on when the unit is turned on. I've not needed to fill in low light conditions yet, but I can see how this would come in handy, especially with my 48 year old eyes. The pump also comes with a needle for filling sports balls, a fitting for pumping up things like an air mattress or pool floaties, and a presta to schrader valve adapter for cyclists. In terms of durability, I've not used the pump enough to say how it will hold up over time. But, I did pull the case back off and verified that it does use metal gears. So, I think it's reasonable to say that getting my $24.95 (MSRP) out of the pump won't be much of an issue. Bottom-line, the Micro-Start Tire Inflator & Pump by Antigravity Batteries is a slick little unit that is easy to transport, easy-to-use, and does its intended job well. Most importantly, having the right tire pressure for the conditions matters, especially off-road. On my last ride, one of my buddies mentioned that my pace was noticeably up and that I was laying the bike over more than normal in flat turns. I felt "on" that day and I'm sure that the lower tire pressures played a part.Posted by Bryan Bosch on Nov 28, 2017
Giant Loop Klamath Rack Pack
Having recently installed an SW-Motech rear rack on my KTM 690 Enduro R, I went on the hunt for a tail bag to compliment it. In addition to something that could put up with some trail abuse and keep my stuff dry, I wanted a solid, but simple mounting system. I really liked the adjustable fender hook system on the Giant Loop Klamath Rack Pack, so I decided to give one a shot. INSTALLATION FUNCTION The zipper-less clam shell design of the Klamath Rack pack works perfectly and is easy to live with. I had no issues opening and closing it with riding gloves and since the two halves fit together accurately, my stuff stayed clean and dry in soupy conditions. However, I can always get out the included dry bag should I be carrying anything that absolutely can't get wet. I don't see this pack leaking short of submerging it. The inner pack compartment dimensions are approx. 10"L X 7.5"W X 4.5"H and features a repositionable divider. I was able to carry a 12v micro tire pump & power cord, OE KTM tool kit, digital tire gauge, my more roadworthy gloves (for the ride home), snacks, and an extra bottle of water with a bit of room to spare. The sides and top of the pack are semi-rigid, so while there is a small amount of flex, if you force fit something, it will distort the shape, not allowing the upper and lower halves to fit together properly. The inner compartment has a key lanyard and under the lid is a zippered mesh pocket that is good for foldable maps or other fairly thin objects such as an energy bar. Finally, both the back and sides have reflective stripes so that cagers just might see us for once. There is also additional storage on the outside of the Klamath. The back flap has a full-width mesh pocket (not closeable) and the top has a zigzag bungee cord that can be cinched up. I found the bungee to be very useful for holding a medium sized machete for cutting trail overgrowth as well as as spot to stash a trail map that was rolled up in a large plastic ziplock bag. Is the pack stable? Yep! 80mph dirt/gravel roads, whoops, logs, trail brush, etc... when I got home, the Klamath always seemed to be right where I left it. Clearly, the Velcro fender hook system works as it should. When I'm riding, I don't even know the bag is that there. Anything that I don't like? Outside of having to watch my foot snagging on it when getting on/off and already tall bike and a bit of a premium price point, nope; the Giant Loop Klamath Rack Pack is exactly what I was looking for. I also love the fact that it's made in the USA and backed by a limited lifetime warranty. If you're looking for a solid rack pack, I'd put the Klamath and your shortlist of options. More @ http://www.giantloopmoto.com/Posted by Bryan Bosch on Nov 15, 2017
Towing capacity for this truck.
Whaddya think? https://redding.craigslist.org/cto/d/classic-rare-64-ford4x4-250/6419070551.html
Your Ride Today
I want to start a thread where we talk about where and what we rode today (or recently). I'll go first: To the convenience store and back, all of 1 mile on my FS, just to get a couple of things for dinner. Did this a couple weeks ago on my road machine:
Road cycling in here
I know many of us also ride our cycles on the road and thought we could share our journeys and rides here, I rode almost 100 miles over the weekend on three separate rides. We are experiencing warmer than normal temps here in the Catskills of New York State and I figured I'm going to ride and all else can wait. What app do you use when you ride? Me, I have my Garmin and use "Sports Tracker" on my phone (free app). I know that the popular cycling app is Strava but I haven;t used it yet. I do like the segments features and that Garmin and Strava can communicate together. I'm picking up a new Specialized Roubiax this week. A little late for this year maybe, but I got an awesome deal on it that was hard to turn down. I'll post pics when I get it home.
What are you thinking, right now???
A1 is less than a month away and yet all the boards appear to be bench racing Ken Roczen vs Marvin Musquin. Where did all the Eli Tomac fans from last season go? 3rd step on the box or the silent assassin nobody is talking about?
So i tweaked my subframe like 2+ inches over to the left from a crash last weekend, i hear people saying "use a 2x4 and go to town" i don't quite understand what they mean by that if someone could explain that'd be greatly appreciated. What i have tried is ratcheted the bike down to a pole to where it doesn't move at all, and used two ratchet's to pull the subframe back in the correct position, i can get it into the correct position and left it there for like a bit and right when i take it off it goes right back to being tweaked 2+ inches, should i be heating it up while i do this or? And I don't care if it weakens it, im just trying to get by a couple weeks so i can buy a new sub frame.
Throttle Cable Issues
What’s the whole area where the throttle pin slips into the carb called. The pin, the cap and everything else with it. And how do you take it off on a 2003 Honda TRX 90
Snapped front right shock on 2006 300ex
Hi my brother has a 2006 trx300ex and we were starting to go ride and about 3 minutes into our ride he stopped because he noticed the front right side of the quad sagging down and we looked at it and the Front right shock was snapped at the bottom where it connects to the A arm and oil was leaking out of it. Has anyone ever had this happen to them?
05 Yfz450 (issues)
i recently bought this nothing was wrong when i test rode it and rode it for couple of day but today it shut off on me while riding and i got back home and some oil was coming out the the reserve in front when i took the cap off . what does this mean ANYONE?? thanks
Identify 17mm spindle
I’m looking for a 17mm spindle for my Yamaha TT500 flat track project. Needs to be 225mm straight shank, excluding the head and threads. In these days of computerised eBay breakers who simply ignore queries, it’s necessary to identify the spindle by make and model. It’s easy enough to identify diameter by model on the Internet, but length? Nope. So, can anyone identify a 17mm spindle, 225mm straight shank, by make and model?
Who makes these indicators?
Saw these turn signals on a used bike at the dealer. Nobody new who made them. I think theyd look good on the wifes yz-07. Anyone seen them or know who makes em??
Who makes these turn signals?
Saw these at the local dealer thought they’d look good on the wifes bike. Bike was used and dealer had no clue who made the turn signals. Anyone have a clue who makes em?
Polaris Switchback constant oil leak
Hey guys, I have an 06 Polaris switchback 600 that constanly leaks oil when sitting for longer than a month. This isnt a typical oil leak. The oil goes into the motor and out the exhaust. Its like the motor is always sucking oil when its not running. It has done this since i have owned it. This last year i had the top and bottom end rebuilt by our local polaris dealer and they turned up the oil pump for the break in (its not broken it completely) but since then it sat all summer and COMPLETELY leaked all of its oil out... VES gold aint cheap. Anyone else ever have this happen? Im thinking about putting a shut off valve to stop this, unless you guys have a better solution. Thanks guys!
06 RMK 700 rebuild.
A buddy of mine bought a project sled and rebuilt the entire engine. Once we had the engine in and everything hooked up we started it up and the engine idle shot up like you had punched the throttle. Only let it run for a few seconds for fear of engine damage being so new. Any ideas on what would make it rev out?
Hi everyone, I have removed my sprocket seal on my XL500S but can't seem to get the new seal in for it is a tight fit. Have messed up 2 seals already. Somebody at a bike shop said I have to split the engine to install the seal but that means disassembling the whole engine. I bought the workshop manual but the don't seem to say anything about the sprocket seal. Does anybody have advice for me?
JET SKIING IN THE WOODS OF ALASKA
looks like this forum needs a few more videos!
Well its time to sighn up for some new classes at high school. They make it seem like you got to already got to know your job when your older and everything. What are some of the careers you have and how much do you make? I just dont know what I want to be when I get older but I would like to make at least $65,000 a year after about 10 years on the job. I dont want to sit at a desk all day and I will probably go to college. I like to be around kids(any age), do athletic stuff. Was thinking about about a P.E. or parole officer but they dont get paid enough. Maybe a physcial therpist but it sound hard to get into. Anybody got any ideas? Whats your job because I dont know of a lot of jobs and how much do you get paid. Thank you everyone for reading! Like this