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The Real Way Around

April 26th, 2015 I have seen more KLRs used for around-the-world adventures than any other motorcycle. In fact, the KLR is so common for serious travel that I would bet it has the next most popular model beat five-to-one. Sure, you see the occasional BMW Dakar, but the big adventure bikes seem to be, well, conspicuously absent. This is not to say that a 1200GSA is not appropriate for big trips, but they are typically used in tagalong tours or on higher profile productions.… read more »

Tuusula Finland to Bishkek Kyrgyzstan in a Volvo 240 Wagon

April 26th, 2015 Once again, as it is prone to do, the Expedition Portal forums have served as the repository for another amazing journey, this time in the form of a drive from Finland to Kyrgzystan in a Volvo 240 Wagon. Forum member "Pata," took the time to share his journey in a multi-page thread and we felt it was worthy of our home page. Presented as it appeared on the forum, this is a great read.     You can visit and… read more »

Motorcycle Mechanical Misadventures

April 25th, 2015 Ride a motorcycle for any length of time and the unfortunate specter of mechanical failure will intersect with your journey. You can reduce the risk of such setbacks with good maintenance, even with well developed riding skill, but nothing will remove the threat of breakdown or mishap altogether. Below are five common motorcycle misfortunes and how to best overcome them.   The broken lever It could be a simple tip over, or a more dramatic get-off that snaps your brake… read more »

Field Tested: LuminAID LED Lantern

April 24th, 2015 It is not all that often I come across a product which I feel is truly innovative. It is even less common for me to find products that ring in at under twenty bucks. The LuminAID lamp ticks both boxes and even has a compelling humanitarian aid story behind it. The brainchild of Anna Stork and Andrea Sreshta, two young and ambitious entrepreneurs and philanthropists, the LuminAID was designed to meet the challenged needs of natural disaster victims. After evaluating… read more »

Front Runner Land Cruiser 76

April 23rd, 2015                 In the adventure world, it is common for travelers to use the term "best practice", a sentiment employed to describe a proven method, or more often, a proven piece of kit. Few will debate the Land Cruiser HZJ76 as being a serious overland machine, the vehicle most recommended as the best of breed offered from Toyota. While a Land Cruiser even in stock form is considered by many to be the perfect exploration platform, there are still a few modifications that… read more »

The Birth Of Your Four Legged Adventure Mobile

April 23rd, 2015 While searching for your perfect Overland vehicle, remember that nothing is perfect, and everything is a balance. This match making process is about making those four wheels do what you really want them to do. There are opinions everywhere declaring THE perfect travel vehicle, or THE answer to all of your adventure prayers. I urge you to not get lost in other’s opinions, as knowledgeable as they may be. This adventure is yours, your inspirations, your mishaps, and your future… read more »

The Land Rover Discovery Sport

April 22nd, 2015 The wilds of Iceland were the perfect backdrop for our testing of the Discovery Sport—the type of environment every Discovery was designed for.  The new Discovery is important for Land Rover and for the adventure traveler, but not necessarily in ways immediately obvious. I would submit that this newest Land Rover is critical to not only the future of the brand, but also to the expansion of its global platform offerings, such as a rugged replacement for the LR4 and… read more »

36 Hours of Adventure: A Weekend Trip in the PNW

April 22nd, 2015 I’ve always dreaded the schedule of a 9-5, there’s something about it that my being just rejects. I’ve come to think it’s less the schedule, more the feeling of being controlled by some unseen force. Mythical hours set by bosses, or clients, or maybe just our own expectations. Hours we commit to even if they yield nothing but a paycheck. I’ve worked a few 70 hour weeks before, but even those moments felt better than the ones ruled by being… read more »

Cooper Discoverer A/TW

April 21st, 2015 Competition is always healthy for an industry and ultimately for the consumer. Over the past three years, significant improvements in all-terrain tire design and compound development have resulted in exponential advancements in both on-trail and on-road performance. Traditionally, SUV and truck tires needed to be highly specialized. A tire that performed well in the rocks suffered greatly on ice and snow, compromises evidenced by their seasonal use. As of late, hybrid compounds and advanced tread designs allow manufacturers to offer… read more »

Light and Fast: Husqvarna TE630, Part One

April 21st, 2015 Buying a lightweight dual-sport has its appeal, striking the compromise between dirt bike performance and touring comfort. However, is a balance really feasible? In reality, we can ride around the world on anything with two wheels, circumnavigations having been completed with everything from 50cc Vespas to Honda Goldwings. As a result, it is always about compromise, and in the case of this project, we are aiming for maximum technical terrain performance while still allowing long service intervals, 300 mile-plus fuel… read more »

Legends of Baja

April 21st, 2015 A cool breeze drifted off the Pacific Ocean, carrying with it the typical morning fog that Tijuana, Mexico, is known for. Somewhere in the border town mayhem, a few dozen cars, four-wheel drives, and motorcycles lined up near the bullfighting arena. The year was 1967, and a guy named Ed Pearlman and his crew from the National Off- Road Racing Association (NORRA) had come up with the idea for a non-stop race down the Baja peninsula. Several time records had… read more »

Field Tested: Big Agnes Insulated Double Z Sleeping Pad

April 20th, 2015 It was less than two years ago when I spent several months compiling a comprehensive review of sleeping pads for a feature in Overland Journal. Hard as it is for me to accept, all that hard work is largely obsolete now as an entirely new crop of pads have taken over the market. This is not a bad thing as pads continue to improve on every measurable metric. This is equally true for pads from Big Agnes, and in particular… read more »