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Changing of the Guard: Out with the V-Strom 1000, in with the 650XT ABS

It was about this time last year when I was handed the keys to our long-term Suzuki V-Strom 1000. That bike proved to be a bit of a surprise and performed better than we expected within a wide range of applications. When the opportunity presented itself to test the newly redesigned little brother to the 1000, the 650XT ABS, we naturally jumped at the chance. Not one to shy away from a good motorcycle evaluation, I have now ridden this motorcycle… read more »

Head to Head: Refrigerator or cooler

Every few months, with almost clockwork precision, a discussion pops up on the Expedition Portal forums pitting the virtues of the refrigerator against the time-tested ice chest. Which is better is not an easily answered question. As we tenuously approach a verdict, it is important that we understand everything we can about coolers and fridges. The modern cooler is produced in a multitude of variations using materials as basic as styrofoam to stainless steel and now rotary molded plastic. The… read more »

Jeep Wrangler, Then and Now

Humans are creatures of habit. We hate change; it’s in our DNA. So when Jeep announced the Jeep Wrangler would be going under the knife yet again, the anxiety in the off road world quickly became palpable. Since Jeep is keeping the beloved Jeep’s fate close to the chest so to speak, let’s ease our anxieties by exploring the evolution of the Wrangler thus far.  It would certainly be justified to begin with the 1940 Willys Quad, but the Quad… read more »

Field Tested: Primus OmniFuel Stove

When purchasing a new camping stove there are a number of critical decisions to be made, the most important of which is selecting the fuel source you plan to burn. This is less of a concern if you happen to own a Primus OmniFuel stove, in which case you can burn just about any fuel you can get your hands on. Designed to burn a variety of liquid fuels including white gas, gasoline, diesel, kerosene, and aviation fuel, it also… read more »

Westx1000: Secrets of the Strait

I met Andy Audette on Washington’s western coast one summer, maybe four years ago. The sound of a big cylinder diesel is what I remember most.  A cream colored Ford with an Alaskan Camper stuffed into the truck bed pulled up and tucked itself into a spot right in front of the ocean. From inside the cab came an attractive young woman carrying a newborn baby, an eight year old boy and Andy. The top of the Alaskan came up… read more »

Overland Expo 2015: Day 3

The final day of this year's Overland Expo brought with it the warm temperatures and sunshine most people expected of Northern Arizona. Despite a slightly thinned crowed, vendors and attendees filled the walkways and the driving course again resumed its activities. The better weather gave us a chance to look closer at some of the show's more interesting offerings.   The demand for adventure bikes of all sizes has seen a number of manufacturers scrambling to develop new platforms. Honda,… read more »

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