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The Motorcycle Relief Project

My favorite part of the week is the first time the veterans walk out and see the BMW motorcycles they will be riding for the next five days. The veterans come from all branches of the United States Armed Forces, all generations, from our current conflicts to as far back as Vietnam. We’ve even had…

Happy Independence Day

On this day in 1776, the nation that many of us call home adopted its Declaration of Independence. Today, we celebrate that independence, as well as honoring the sacrifices so many have made defending it through the years. Whether you choose to spend your time grilling burgers with the family, hanging by a lake, or…

Video of the Week: Finding Adventure

If you only have one minute of free time today, we’d recommend spending it watching this video. Okay, so technically it is one minute and fifteen seconds, but in that short time this clip will take you on an adventure around the world and give you a much-needed mini-vacation from whatever you’re doing. It has…

Forum Migration to Xenforo

Fellow adventurers! We are migrating our community forum from vBulletin to Xenforo on 25 March, 2018 (tonight). Back in 2005, I fumbled my way through installing vBulletin and started a labor of love with expeditionportal.com. We have since changed servers and versions (of vBulletin) many times with the goal of continuing to improve performance and security….

Field Tested: KLIM Women’s Altitude Riding Suit

Wholeheartedly in agreement with the view of any well-informed rider, women don’t have a “handicap” or “special needs” astride their motorcycles. We do, however, require a suit that fits well as much as it is fit for purpose. Coupled with the freedom to be fairly well catered for, where colour or cut shouldn’t be compromised…

Sneak Peek: MSR Hubba Tour 2

When foul weather forces me within the safe haven of a tent, nothing is more precious than a cavernous vestibule. With the passing of every wet minute, each inch of dry space is called upon to stash gear and makes for the ideal place to prepare meals or just stretch out. As useful as a…

Modern-Day Fuso vs. Old-School Mog

As Expedition Portal has grown in size and coverage, we’ve seen more big expedition trucks built, reported on, and periodically sold through the Portal. But as with any overlanding vehicle, there are pros and cons, and compromises must be made.  Still, for a sizable minority of the Expo inmates, there’ll be a time when these…

Long Term Test: Therm-a-Rest Altair HD Sleeping Bag

For what seemed like decades, sleeping bag technology languished. There were a few minor innovations with regard to baffle shapes and fabrics improved slightly from year to year, but not until recently has the humble sleeping bag received the engineering advancements it deserved. This is particularly true of bags in the Therm-a-Rest line like the…

Decked Announces New Systems for Midsize Pickups

Pickup owners are drawn to their vehicles by the promise of utility and large cargo-hauling capacities, but keeping items organized and within reach has never been very straightforward. Many pickup owners, myself included, have resorted to various bags, cases, totes, and home-built wooden boxes to keep things tidy, secure, and accessible. When Decked entered the…

Bikepacking: Maintenance Tips for a Fuss-free Trip

When bikepacking started to gain momentum roughly 10 years ago, concerns over bike reliability were not just overstated, they were wildly overblown. The reality is, most bikepacking trips clock in at well under 500 miles—if not fewer than 200. If your bike can’t survive a week of use without catastrophic failure, you need to rethink…

Field Tested: Filson Duffle Pack

Like all good things, Filson products do not come cheaply. Don’t read that to suggest they are a poor value. Far from it, all of their bags are capable of serving several generations of users, making even their most expensive items a flat-out bargain—but the entry point can be too steep for some. To open…

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