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The Next Level of Overlanding? The Dartz Prombron Black Shark

October 25th, 2014 It was built to overcome a host of problems none of us normal people will ever face, but it is interesting all the same. The latest over-the-top creation from Latvian automaker, Dartz, the Prombron Black Shark is, for lack of a better description, a battle-ready limousine. Built around a Mercedes AMG GL platform, the Black Shark is available with two choices of engines, although it seems unlikely any would-be buyer would even think of forgoing the biturbo V12 for the puny… read more »

Field Tested: Altrider Hemisphere Saddlebags

October 23rd, 2014 It was not particularly scary but it was starting to get interesting. It was day five of our tour of the Ecuadorean Andes and the sun had long abandoned our ride. We rounded a turn, cut through a tiny mountain village, and Justin blurted out over the radio, “Well, we did want the expert rider experience.” No sooner had he said it, the fog thickened and the rain increased. None of this would have concerned me had we not had… read more »

Story Telling with Video Courses Now Open

October 22nd, 2014 Half the thrill of having an adventure is telling people about it afterwards, right?   The trouble is, you probably have as many miles of GoPro or camcorder footage as distance covered. How do you turn that mass of disjointed shots into the kind of movie Discovery Channel would air? Or at least one that has your friends begging for more.   Simple, you let someone with thirty-five years in broadcast television and adventure travel help you.   Andrew St.Pierre… read more »

Loki the Big Green Steyr Tackles the Globe

October 21st, 2014 They call it Loki, and from the looks of it there’s not a lot of terrain it can’t handle. A 1976 Steyr 680 flat-bed truck, Loki produces a modest 120 bhp with its 6-liter diesel engine. But, paired to a non-synchronized five speed transmission with a locking rear differential and full time four wheel drive, it’s a formidable off-roader. Fitted with a full living habitat in the rear, it’s also a comfortable home for German adventurers Astrid and Sven as… read more »

Build of the Month: Scout II Pop-up Camper

October 21st, 2014 What happens when you mate an International Scout II with a Four Wheel Campers Blazer? The surprisingly spacious dual-berth cabin features a 3-way fridge, two-burner stove, sink with 10-gallon fresh water supply, and a 12,000 BTU furnace. At the heart of the Scout II, a 304 V8 engine provides the power to turn a set of BF Goodrich 33x10.5 all terrains. Though this Scout camper was sold some time ago, the build is still an inspiration to those of us into compact… read more »

Retrospective: Range Rover, the Early Years

October 20th, 2014 Who could have known it would become such an epochal vehicle. A legend even at the time of inception, it would go on to dominate the category it created, defining a standard that others would aspire to imitate, often in vain. Like all heroes, it would have its flaws, detractors, and usurpers to the thrown, but for the better part of 45 years, the Range Rover has held its own.   Like all triumphs of design, the wellspring of the… read more »

Destinations: Harquahala Mountain

October 19th, 2014 Ending at the highest summit in Southwest Arizona, the Harquahala Mountain is as steep, rugged, and beautiful as the desert comes. Its finer historical points start back in the 1920's when Charles G. Abbott spearheaded an effort for contraction of a weather observatory. Looking for a dry climate allowing for sun observation and measurement, the Harquahalas were an obvious choice for the new station. In 1920 the Smithsonian Observatory was constructed atop the peak and a small team began the… read more »

Long Term Wrap Up: Salsa Fargo Ti

October 18th, 2014 It was roughly a year ago when I plucked this little beauty from a collection of boxes and with anxious hands began assembling it piece by shiny piece. As it came together, passers by at the Overland International office would stop and say, "Wow, that's a cool bike. What is it?" It's easy to forgive the uninitiated for not immediately knowing what to make of a bicycle that looks largely like a mountain bike until you take note of the unusually flared drop bars.… read more »

Company Profile: Ecuador Freedom Bike Rental

October 16th, 2014 I am probably not unlike many motorcyclists in that I often dream of extended travels to the deepest corners of South America. It’s an intoxicating fantasy filled with the rumble of a well tuned engine, never ending roads connecting quaint villages, rustic roadside inns, and all of the charms we associate with the lower Americas. Until recently, the only way to get your South American riding fix was to either ride or ship your motorcycle there. For travelers like me,… read more »

Chile’s Charms: Running Hot & Blowing Cold

October 15th, 2014 Upon registering my motorcycle’s mileage clock 10,000 miles since hitting the Americas five months previous, without conscious volition I stopped seeing our trip as an extended holiday.  This had now become a way of life for my partner and I.  The honeymoon period wasn’t altogether over, it was simply the start of a new chapter having learnt the basic ropes of two-wheeled travel.     Namely journeying into the unknown and coping with all its capricious twists and turns –… read more »

ADAK Bivouac

October 14th, 2014 You may remember ADAK's Outpost camper (pictured above left), a spacious travel trailer built to handle rough roads and provide a comfy basecamp in the back country. The downside was it's shear size, which made it impractical to pull over much more than moderate trails. For those of us seeking an equal level of all-weather comfort in a smaller trail-ready package, ADAK has unveiled the Bivouac. The Bivouac is a fully self-contained 11.9-foot bunkhouse on wheels, with sleeping for up to… read more »

Overland Expo East 2014

October 14th, 2014 While not as massive in attendance as the well-established Overland Expo West the inaugural East event was easily as big in acreage and enthusiasm for the overland world. What set the East event apart from it’s Western brother is the picture perfect North Carolina Fall setting and close proximity to big population centers, who came out in big numbers to see what this “overland” thing is all about. The same tested formula for a quality overland event was used; hands… read more »