I find myself answering dozens of repetitive questions each day - the majority (99%) are all the same three, with an occasional fourth added in by those who know their geography more than most. Not quite the variety one would hope for. The first three are, in this order; What size is your engine? How much did your bike cost? Where are you from? That last one doesn’t get asked as often as you might think. Locals are usually too busy staring at my massive machine to care about me. Can I blame them? No, I spend a lot of time drooling over the diesel Toyotas down here and rarely notice who is driving either! That fourth question is the subject of this article however; How did you get across the Darien?
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via West County Explorers Club: Chris Harris from /Drive goes to a product launch for the Pirelli P7 Corsa Classic, a new vintage rallying tire, and gets driven around the Italian Alps by racing greats, Markku Alen and Juha Kankkunen. The vehicles of choice? Vintage Lancia hardware: a Stratos, a 037, and a Delta S4.
via West County Explorers Club: A few months ago I thought it would be cool to convert my turn signals and brake lights to LEDs. I had seen them on my friend Greg’s truck and I liked the crisp on/off quality. I thought it updated the look of the truck and, of course, LEDs use much less power and last practically forever. In this post I’ll tell you everything you need to know to make the switch to LEDs, and I’ll also tell you why I opted not to do it, for now.
Shane’s Monster Streamer
When the winter legitimately becomes too oppressive to fish (i.e. – temperatures drop below -15 or so, you can’t see more than ten feet in front of your car, or the wind is buffeting snow into great piles against the doorstep) the answer for a fly fisherman is simple.
Sure, Icon might be the new kid on the block when it comes to dual-sport adventure motorcycle gear, but the name is certainly no stranger to motorcyclists in the know. They've taken their heaps of experience in the street bike world and thrown it into their first dual sport helmet, The Variant. Built with a structure of fiberglass, dyneema, carbon fiber, a multi-layer EPS liner throughout the entire helmet, and Icon's exclusive Hydradry wicking fabric, you'll barely know the helmet is on when you're wearing it. Add in a wide angle of view, a 3D molded optically correct shield, and a wind tunnel developed anti-lift visor that increases cooling and venting, you'll never even know it's there—see a common theme?
Following the widespread success of the boxer-engined GS Adventure models, BMW Motorrad has decided to continue the “Adventure” range into its mid-sized enduro, the F800GS. Priced competitively in the marketplace and below the full-sized R1200GS, the F800GS has proven itself popular in a variety of adventure motorcycling circles around the world. The F800GS Adventure is equipped with the same liquid-cooled, 85hp parallel twin engine as the standard F800GS, but features an larger fuel tank with an additional 8 liters of capacity.
1966 Series II
As I sit and consider the 65 year history of the brand, I would submit that Land Rover has done a better job than all others in inspiring people to explore, and by doing so, they inspire people to buy Land Rovers. Mutual of Omaha, Camel Trophy, G4 Challenge, The Great Divide Expedition, etc.
For starters, if you haven't yet subscribed to Overland Journal—you really need to. It's the highest quality 4WD and vehicle-based adventure travel publication that your hard-earned dollar can buy. Overland Journal brings the most honest gear and vehicle reviews you can find in print, along with up-to-date news, inspirational travel stories, product comparisons, and historical overviews of classic products and infamous adventures. A subscription is only $45 and provides you with five coffee-table quality issues each year which includes four quarterly issues along with a yearly gear guide. If you've just recently subscribed and don't have this years issues—check out the 2012 Field Set. ($54) Without a doubt, it's the perfect holiday gift for a colleague or close friend, and a fantastic way to complete your own personal collection of Overland Journal.
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