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Adventure Motorcycle by Andrew Farewell - 2d ago

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The market-leading KTM EXC and XC-W range has been radically race-refined with a new generation launched for model year 2020. With a lineup of new 2-stroke and 4-stroke machines capable of traversing the most extreme terrain on earth, the new offroad and dual-sport range is definitely ready to race.

Developed on the toughest climbs, gnarliest terrain and in deepest mud with our FMF KTM Factory Racing stars, the benchmark-setting KTM offroad models have just raised the bar yet again. The 2020 lineup includes the new KTM 150 XC-W TPI, KTM 250 XC-W TPI and KTM 300 XC-W TPI 2-strokes, as well as the new offroad-only KTM 350 XCF-W and KTM 500 XCF-W 4-strokes. Rounding out the new models are the KTM 350 EXC-F and KTM 500 EXC-F dual sports.    

Building on the constantly evolving and advancing technology found in KTM’s enduro machines, this wide range of KTM models boasts the very latest in innovation. These 2020 machines feature updated high-performance engines, a new chassis with improved WP XPLOR suspension, improved handling, new bodywork, new air filter box, new cooling system, and new exhaust systems. These improvements and refinements, combined with the high-quality NEKEN handlebar, Brembo brakes, No-Dirt footpegs, and CNC-milled hubs with Giant rims fitted as standard equipment, ensure that the new KTM EXC and XC-W machines are the best performing and most extreme offroad and dual-sport bikes on the market.

Highlights of the 2020 KTM lineup:

2020 KTM 500 EXC-F

  • NEW race ready graphics.
  • NEW frame developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.
  • NEW bodywork designed with superior ergonomics for increased freedom of movement and improved handling and comfort.
  • NEWLY shaped seat offers better ergonomics and comfort for long rides in demanding terrain.
  • NEW air box and velocity stack provide maximum protection of the air filter against soiling and better airflow for optimal performance.
  • NEW fuel tank with improved ergonomics and optimized fuel pump assemblyis constructed of transparent polyethylene, allowing quick checks of fuel levels at a glance.
  • NEW exhaust system is more compact and shorter for better mass centralization and features a new 2-piece header design for improved performance and easier mounting.
  • NEW stronger and super-light Lithium-Ion battery offers better starting and reduced weight for improved handling.

2020 KTM 500XCF-W

  • NEW offroad-only model that sheds the signals and mirrors and features more aggressive mapping and a less restrictive power pack than the KTM 500 EXC-F, meaning more power to put to the ground through the full-knobby tires and a lighter overall weight.
  • NEW race inspired graphics.
  • NEW frame developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.
  • NEW bodywork designed with superior ergonomics for increased freedom of movement and improved handling and comfort.
  • NEWLY shaped seat offers better ergonomics and comfort for long rides in demanding terrain.
  • NEW air box and velocity stack provide maximum protection of the air filter against soiling and better airflow for optimal performance.
  • NEW fuel tank with improved ergonomics and optimized fuel pump assembly.

2020 KTM 350 EXC-F

  • NEW race ready graphics.
  • NEW frame developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.
  • NEW bodywork designed with superior ergonomics for increased freedom of movement and improved handling and comfort.
  • NEWLY shaped seat offers better ergonomics and comfort for long rides in demanding terrain.
  • NEW air box and velocity stack provide maximum protection of the air filter against soiling and better airflow for optimal performance.
  • NEW fuel tank with improved ergonomics and optimized fuel pump assemblyis constructed of transparent polyethylene, allowing quick checks of fuel levels at a glance.
  • NEW exhaust system is more compact and shorter for better mass centralization and features a new 2-piece header design for improved performance and easier mounting.
  • NEW stronger and super-light Lithium-Ion battery offers better starting and reduced weight for improved handling.

2020 KTM 300 XC-W TPI

  • NEW graphics for a READY TO RACE appearance.
  • NEWframe developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.
  • NEW bodywork designed with superior ergonomics for increased freedom of movement and improved handling and comfort.
  • NEWLY shaped seat offers better ergonomics and comfort for long rides in demanding terrain.
  • NEW air box and intake boot provide maximum protection of the air filter against soiling and better airflow for optimal performance.
  • NEW fuel tank with improved ergonomics.

2020 KTM 250 XC-W TPI

  • NEW graphics for a READY TO RACE appearance.
  • NEW frame developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.
  • NEW bodywork designed with superior ergonomics for increased freedom of movement and improved handling and comfort.
  • NEWLY shaped seat offers better ergonomics and comfort for long rides in demanding terrain.
  • NEW air box and intake boot provide maximum protection of the air filter against soiling and better airflow for optimal performance.
  • NEW fuel tank with improved ergonomics.

2020 KTM 150 XC-W TPI

  • NEW 143.99 cc 2-stroke engine fitted with a patented TPI fuel injection system for perfect fueling at any altitude, no premixing and reduced fuel consumption while still living up to the standard of a KTM 2-stroke.
  • NEW cylinder with two injectors placed in the rear transfer ports for excellent downstream atomization of fuel and new exhaust port timing with CNC machined edge for improved bottom-end power and performance across the rpm range.
  • NEW cylinder head with optimized combustion chamber and new water temperature sensor.
  • EMS featuring a new ECU controlling ignition timing and fuel based on information from sensors reading intake air pressure, throttle position, water temperature and ambient air pressure from a new additional sensorthatimprovesaltitude compensation.
  • An optional map select switch allows the rider to select an alternate map, providing a sportier power delivery, while the standard map is set for smoother and more tractable offroad characteristics.
  • NEW 39 mm throttle body by Dell’Orto with reworked idle and cold start systems for better adjustability of idle speed and cold start enrichment.
  • Electronic oil pump feeds oil from the 700 cc oil tank to the intake to ensure a perfect fuel-oil mix under any condition while reducing smoking by 50% and providing up to 5 tanks of fuel.
  • NEW graphics for a READY TO RACE appearance.
  • NEW frame developed in collaboration with KTM factory racers feature improved stiffness for outstanding handling and straight-line stability.
  • NEW aluminum head stays for improved engine fixation.
  • NEW 40 mm longer subframe provides improved rear fender stability.

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I suspect that I’m little different to most readers when it comes to looking for a new motorcycle jacket. First of all, I want a jacket that’s going to keep me safe, and comfortable. It has to be tough, and flexible enough to deal with the all conditions of wear that I’m going to give it. And, the poser in me wants it to look good, too.

Most motorcyclists in the U.S. will have heard of Held’s superb range of motorcycle gloves and will probably know that they have linked up with Schuberth helmets on a joint design project. But I suspect that not many have come across their jackets and riding pants. With that in mind, this review has to start off with, who on earth are Held?

The company is a German family business and has been around for over 70 years. It’s highly respected in Europe, and leading German motorcycle magazine Motorrad has recently awarded their “Best Brand” category to Held, three times. The company’s business model has been to grow gently, with well-designed and extreme tested gear, that’s made of top quality materials. To back this up, their size ranges and customer service are second to none.

I’ve been wearing Held gear for about 10 years, so when the chance came up to review their Carese II jacket, I leapt at it. Over the last three years I’ve been riding five to six-week trips in the U.S. and have been hugely aware that your country has an incredible spread of temperatures and climate zones. I’ve ridden from 30°F and snow, to a baking 125°F. The jacket is classified by Held as “quattrotempi” or four season, so the test for me had to be in determining if this claim was accurate.

Starting with the poser factor, there’s a wide range of colors available. The Carese II comes in grey and red, plain black, grey and orange, and a grey-blue combo. All variations are well equipped with subtle but effective 3M Scotchlite reflectors. Helping the jacket to fit your personal shape are bands on each arm, and a waist band. The riding pants to go with the jacket are Held’s Torno 11.

The armor in the DuPont Cordura 500D outer jacket is in the form of CE-approved Held cloverleaf SAS-TEC shoulder and elbows protectors, which fit in very comfortably. They stayed in place well when riding, and when putting on or taking off the jacket. I like the point that the elbow protectors not only cup the elbow, they continue down the arm for a good seven inches. There isn’t an additional high abrasion layer on the elbows of the jacket, but I think that the Cordura when combined with this elbow protector design will do a good job. There’s a full-length pocket in the jacket lining for a back protector. And the jacket does come with a Temperfoam protector, but I have a preferred back protector and was glad to see that it slotted in snugly.

Speaking of pockets, this jacket is not short of them. There are two waterproof outer pockets, and two pockets in the rear below the waist. Inside are three pockets and a cell phone pocket, none of which are waterproof. And that is one of my few criticisms of this jacket. I would have liked to see at least one more waterproofed pocket.

The jacket itself fastens with a heavy duty main zip and has a Velcro and magnetic button overflap. I really like the fact that, gloves on, I’m not messing around with poppers! The magnet/Velcro combination is powerful enough to keep the flap firmly in place even in high winds and at high speed. I was surprised that there isn’t a security fastener of some sort at the base of the main zip. I know that Held test their gear rigorously, so perhaps it’s simply not needed.

The collar is just less than two inches high at the front and two and a half at the back. For me, those measurements are perfect. Weather and wind protection, but no element of strangulation! The collar has a soft lining and you can clip it back if you wish, using a loop and hook arrangement.

This is not a laminated jacket but has a removable GORETEX liner, which has a five-year guarantee. The liner fits snuggly inside the jacket as you’d expect, and it’s held into place with easy action zips down the front, and at the wrists.

The waterproof layer is designed in such a way that you can wear it on the outside of the jacket, too. It even has reflective strips and decals. I really like this concept because with waterproof membrane jackets, you always face the chore, when rain is on the way, of having to strip off your jacket so you can reinsert the membrane. None of that hassle with this. The option to wear it on the outside also means that the jacket isn’t soaking up water. The downside of a wet jacket is that when the moisture is wicked away by slipstream you have an added chill to your ride.

The seat pocket is perfect for tucking away the GORETEX jacket liner; if you need to put it on in a hurry, there’s no messing around unpacking to get at it. You just reach round, unzip and pull it out, job done. As a bonus, off the bike you can wear the liner as a waterproof, breathable jacket. It actually looks rather smart.

With that clever design dealing with the waterproof side of things, how does the Carese II cope with high temperatures? It’s very capable. To begin with, the jacket lining is made of Coolmax, which is a breathable mesh. The sleeves have sixteen-inch two-way zips which go from wrist, to high on the bicep. I like this idea for two reasons: One, it’s really easy to put my gloves on at the wrist fastening point. You can adapt the jacket to your wrist size using Velcro straps. And two, undoing the zips from the top down to the wrist gives you a two-and-a-half-inch wide blast of air along your arms. This works really well, while still giving you the security of your wrists being firmly fastened.

The chest pockets aren’t pockets at all but are your next weapon against the heat. The zips open two sides of the “pockets” to expose more mesh. You simply fold the flaps in on themselves and magnets hold them in place. This gives you a good blast of air direct to the chest. There are also six-inch zipped vents to the arm side of these “pockets.” The final front airflow opportunity comes from the jacket’s main opening flap. You can use the magnets to fix the flap in the open position and that exposes a body length strip of mesh.

A ten-inch zippered opening across the upper back accesses more mesh, and six-inch openings on the back of the arms and eight-inch openings behind the shoulders complete the air flow possibilities.

I’m writing in such detail about these features because I really like the fact that this collection of cooling opportunities allows me to regulate how much exposure I need, and where it’s happening. I like the fact that when riding in warm but not extreme temperatures and I have the liner inside, the mix of vents allows a good draft between the layers. That helps the GORETEX to do its job of wicking away body perspiration.

In more extreme temperatures I’ve taken the GORETEX liner out and the difference is instantly noticeable. A key cooling point is that once the outside temperature is more than your body temperature, too many openings mean that you aren’t cooling your body at all. You are heating it up. When you reach these sort of temperatures it’s better to close almost all the vents and to allow no more than a slight breeze to flow through your jacket. The way this jacket is designed puts you firmly in control.

Finally, how does it deal with colder temperatures? There isn’t a quilted lining. When I first saw that I was concerned but then logic kicked in. You just rely on multipurpose layers; quality base layers, your fleece and so on. I like the practicality of that and the fact that it fits so easily with the two uses rule; so important when you are looking to keep luggage weight and bulk down. I like to have plenty of space for layers and prefer a relaxed fit, so I went for a size larger.

All in I think this is a well thought out jacket which puts the rider firmly in control of whatever the weather decides to throw at you. Its design, build quality and materials mean that you are going to be well protected if the worst happens. It looks great, too. This jacket isn’t cheap but, in this instance, you really do get what you pay for and that makes it really good value. I’m happy to give it four and a half stars. The missing half comes because I’d like to see it with more than two waterproof pockets and I’d like a security fastening at the base of the main jacket zip. Minor nitpicks….

MSRP: $849

HeldUSA.com

PROS:
  • Top quality materials
  • Excellent protective armor
  • A large back protector pocket
  • Flexibility
  • Waterproof liner fitting over the jacket as well as inside
  • Good number of pockets
  • Good length
  • Great selection of colors
  • Very useful and functional venting options
  • Very comfortable
  • Great zip tabs. Perfect when wearing gloves
CONS:
  • Not enough waterproof pockets
  • No security fastener at the base of the main zip
  • Slim fitting so if you like an easy fit then go for a size larger
  • No high abrasion resistant external elbow layer

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Continental is set to continue producing spectacular innovations for motorcycle tires in 2019 and will unveil its third generation of on/off-road tires, the ContiTrailAttack 3, at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan at the beginning of November. The versatile ContiScoot, which is suitable for both large and small scooters and which has been completely redeveloped from the ground up, will also roll onto the podium. And as if that were not enough, Continental has also expanded its range of “rubber-free” inner tubes for motorcycles and scooter tires.

An abundance of impressive innovations makes the ContiTrailAttack 3 a true all-rounder for adventuring and for everyday use. It offers remarkable agility, which it is able to achieve following an extremely short warm-up run of no more than 1500 meters to reach its optimum operating temperature. In addition, the new Continental Adventurer masters off-road and asphalt routes just as easily as it does varying road conditions, from bone dry to completely saturated.

Thanks to the smooth interaction of the three cornerstones caused by Continental´s MutiGrip-Technology with extra abrasion-resistant center section, balanced carcass construction and the special profile design, the ContiTrailAttack 3 becomes a faithful friend with consistently reliable properties throughout its entire lifetime: Superior agility, precise handling, high comfort and sensitive feedback are the result of this extraordinarily effective Continental technology.

The excellent pedigree of the ContiScoot is also clear. With its rich DNA, passed down through its motorcycle family, this premium scooter tire offers impressive and safe handling in wet conditions: ContiScoot inherited its tread pattern from the ContiRoadAttack 3 test winner. The scooter tire combines this with a special rubber compound to ensure excellent water expulsion.

As a result, the ContiScoot offers lively handling and excellent maneuverability around the concrete jungle, while also ensuring the greatest possible comfort. Its impressive service life also makes it a trusty companion with properties that remain reliable, even during long journeys through the country.

Continental is penning a whole new chapter in the history of motorcycle inner tubes and is significantly expanding its range. The 2019 generation of inner tubes is manufactured using butyl, a synthetic rubber that makes the inner tubes lighter, thinner and permanently airtight. All Continental inner tubes are supplied with a valve remover under their dust cap for good measure.

An inner tube with a rim diameter of 16 to 21 inches is available for road bikes, and an 18 to 21 inch heavy-duty version is available for motocross bikes. The range also includes inner tubes measuring between 8 and 13 inches for scooters and between 16 and 22 inches for mopeds and light motorcycles.

www.conti-moto.de


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https://youtu.be/HLFXSrgNio0

Frequent readers of ADVMoto will find it no surprise that we're big fans of Royal Enfield's Himalayan. When it finally came to the US in 2018, this offerring from the Indian manufacturer gave us a highly capable mid-sized dual-sport motorcycle with an unbeatable pricetag just under $5,000. But riders everywhere were asking for one big update to the bike: ABS. Royal Enfieled heard their pleas, and let ADVMoto check out one of the very first Himalayan ABS  models in North America.

For the most part, the bike is wonderfully unchanged. The 410cc thumper is still there, as is the low slung seat, wonderful standing geometry and surprisingly capable stock suspension. These these features combined to make the original Himalayan incredibly easy to ride. The Himalayan was already a wonderful offering for new riders, and the ABS is only going to increase that beginner friendliness. But the new Himalayan ABS  isn't completely the same, there are a few new features to go over on the ABS model.

The first change we noticed about the new bike wasn't actually the braking system, it was the new paint scheme. Royal Enfield calls it "Sleet" which gives off an arctic camo vibe that definitely matches the overall feel of the bike. It's graphics are vinyl decals placed on a grey painted tank, then clearcoated with a dull finish for durability. Also, since the decals are hand placed, each one is a little different. The Himalayan ABS will also be offered in a black and white "Snow" and "Granite," both of which are colors from the previous generation.

But the biggest addition on this model is a little ABS unit hiding under the right side cover. There are also a smattering of ABS supporting mods made to the bike. These include return lines coming down the neck and under the tank, ABS sensors, an ABS light on the dash and a new larger fuse box. See the video for more details.

A couple of other visual changes we noticed included a new larger brake light, and round turn signals, perhaps to match the round headlight.  The previous brake light was not only smaller but also housed multiple leds.  While the newer unit is larger, there appears to house only a single bulb.

As far as the ABS system itself, we found it to be a very solid option. The ABS was effective, but not intrusive. Riding off-road we were able to get the rear tire locked up and got the bike into a few little slides. It felt like the ABS would only kick on at higher speeds. After our test ride the folks at Royal Enfield North America confirmed our impressions were correct. The ABS is only active above 5 KPH (3.1 MPH).

This means that even with ABS, you can take those slow technical or downhill off-road sections with a nice slide. This also means riders may not need to find alternate ways to disable the ABS, all of which we do not recommend. For on-road riding the value of ABS as a safety feature cannot be overstated and is mandatory in many parts of the world.

The Himalayan ABS is hitting showroom floors now sporting an MSRP of just $4,750. This is a pretty minimal price jump from the $4,500 of the Non-ABS model, and at either price you'll struggle to find more bike for the money. At the time of this writing, all non-ABS models are sold out. Only ABS models will be available for the remainder of 2019.

It's good to see Royal Enfield responding to customer comments and demands. If this attention to market desires continues, an Interceptor 650 parallel twin powerplant may go into the next Himalayan to further expand performance.  The extra power would address one of the biggest complaints found in the North American market which is being able to maintain higher street speeds for longer distance travel. Although this extra power may come at some added weight and cost, a little more umph could mike a bigger Himalayan a great addition to their already impressive line-up. For more information on the Himalayan, visit:  RoyalEnfield.com   

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Continental is set to continue producing spectacular innovations for motorcycle tires in 2019 and will unveil its third generation of on/off-road tires, the ContiTrailAttack 3, at the EICMA international motorcycle show in Milan at the beginning of November. The versatile ContiScoot, which is suitable for both large and small scooters and which has been completely redeveloped from the ground up, will also roll onto the podium. And as if that were not enough, Continental has also expanded its range of “rubber-free” inner tubes for motorcycles and scooter tires.

An abundance of impressive innovations makes the ContiTrailAttack 3 a true all-rounder for adventuring and for everyday use. It offers remarkable agility, which it is able to achieve following an extremely short warm-up run of no more than 1500 meters to reach its optimum operating temperature. In addition, the new Continental Adventurer masters off-road and asphalt routes just as easily as it does varying road conditions, from bone dry to completely saturated.

Thanks to the smooth interaction of the three cornerstones caused by Continental´s MutiGrip-Technology with extra abrasion-resistant center section, balanced carcass construction and the special profile design, the ContiTrailAttack 3 becomes a faithful friend with consistently reliable properties throughout its entire lifetime: Superior agility, precise handling, high comfort and sensitive feedback are the result of this extraordinarily effective Continental technology.

The excellent pedigree of the ContiScoot is also clear. With its rich DNA, passed down through its motorcycle family, this premium scooter tire offers impressive and safe handling in wet conditions: ContiScoot inherited its tread pattern from the ContiRoadAttack 3 test winner. The scooter tire combines this with a special rubber compound to ensure excellent water expulsion.

As a result, the ContiScoot offers lively handling and excellent maneuverability around the concrete jungle, while also ensuring the greatest possible comfort. Its impressive service life also makes it a trusty companion with properties that remain reliable, even during long journeys through the country.

Continental is penning a whole new chapter in the history of motorcycle inner tubes and is significantly expanding its range. The 2019 generation of inner tubes is manufactured using butyl, a synthetic rubber that makes the inner tubes lighter, thinner and permanently airtight. All Continental inner tubes are supplied with a valve remover under their dust cap for good measure.

An inner tube with a rim diameter of 16 to 21 inches is available for road bikes, and an 18 to 21 inch heavy-duty version is available for motocross bikes. The range also includes inner tubes measuring between 8 and 13 inches for scooters and between 16 and 22 inches for mopeds and light motorcycles.

www.conti-moto.de


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When Shoei launched the Neotec II, we wondered how they were going to improve on an already great platform. Would the new Neotec be a good $700 upgrade and attractive to first-time premium modular helmet buyers? After a couple thousand miles with the Neotec II we offer a few thoughts.

Aside from the styling, which gets a bump in sportiness, perhaps the most notable improvement to the Neotec II is in noise reduction. Part of this comes from the new spring-loaded visor which pulls back against the eye-port, thus sealing it in the fully closed position, and eliminating any air gaps as well as keeping water out during heavy rainfall.

The most notable change in quietness is in the improved sealing around the neck. This may also have something to do with the integrated SENA 20S Evo equivalent built-in communication system. The overall sealing works so well that it might be a bit claustrophobic to some, even with the vents open. Cracking the visor or removing the chin skirt solves any air flow issues, but it makes me wonder if it’s the best helmet for strenuous off-road riding. Different riders may or may not be bothered by this, but it’s something to keep in mind.

One area which didn’t see improvement is the helmet’s ventilation. The original Neotec’s shell had about 16 wonderfully laid out chimney vents along the side and top—a number that’s been cut to about half. The once more protruding but easier to operate top vent fed two oversized forehead vents which pushed air around and over the top of the interior. Those are now gone thanks to the new streamlined top vent and the complete removal of eight exhaust vents which once ran down the top-center of the shell. I can’t imagine why they would have removed them, unless it was for safety reasons, but the difference is perceptible.

If you’re happy with the shape, ventilation and noise level of the original, we don’t see much of a reason to upgrade unless you want to have the specific SENA-based integrated communication system. While the SENA works perfectly, it would be difficult to swap it out for another brand or model because the Neotec II’s design makes it near impossible. Even better, if you prefer the original Neotec it can be bought on the street for around $400, making it one of the best deals around for modular helmets.

Overall, it’s hard to improve on an already very competent platform. Quibbles aside, the Neotec II is now my go-to touring and comm-equipped helmet. In fact, we liked it so much, it even got ADVMoto custom paint graphics. The Neotec II’s slightly longer design may appeal to the rider whose noggin previously didn’t fit Shoei’s head shape. Visually, the new model is more appealing and many of the improvements, save the ventilation changes, are welcome. From a new buyer’s perspective, the Neotec II should be on the top of your list of modular helmets to consider.

MSRP: $699–$799

Shoei.com

PROS:
  • Very quiet, thanks to tighter neck seal and spring-loaded visor
  • Integrated SENA 20S Evo communication system is clean and works well.
  • Comes with pinlock anti-fog visor insert
  • Sportier styling
CONS:
  • Less effective ventilation than previous model
  • Top vent harder to use
  • Can only use integrated SENA system
  • Not the lightest modular helmet

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Lake George, NY plays host to the 37th annual Americade 2019, the world’s largest multi-brand motorcycle touring rally. The event is part of the 2019 AMA Gypsy Tour, a national series of 15 premier road-riding events.

Americade occurs June 3 - 8 and features many new events, including one of the largest expos in the country, a free 2-day block party concert, more rides than any event in the country and the most factory demos than any U.S. event.

“Americade has been an AMA-sanctioned event for many years and has always provided a fun atmosphere and scenic backdrop for motorcyclists to enjoy,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “Whether it’s organized rides, the expo, seminars or dinner boat cruises, there’s a multitude of activities for road riders at Americade -- one of my personal favorite riding events.”

Pre-registration has closed but you can post-register onsite at the Fort William Henry Conference Center on the following days/times.

Monday, June 3rd: 11:00am - 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 4th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Wednesday, June 5th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Thursday, June 6th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Friday, June 7th: 8:00am - 7:00pm
Saturday, June 8th: 8:00am - 2:00pm

Americade is a convention of tourers, sport tourers, cruisers and adventure motorcycles enjoying a weeklong festival of motorcycling, within the beautiful Adirondack Park and Green Mountains of Vermont.

Americade.com


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Adventure Motorcycle by Liam Nuhring - 2w ago

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Wolfman has a reputation that precedes it. They’re known in the adventure riding community for producing high-quality, purpose-driven products. The new 303 Rolie Series is Wolfman’s latest soft-luggage undertaking. While many Wolfman products are adaptable to multiple purposes, the 303 Series is perhaps the most modular and customizable luggage line to enter the riding community. The only limiting factor in their application is your own creativity.

The Rolie Series consists of a handful of various sized and shaped bags, including a Duffel. The bags themselves are constructed of a polyurethane-coated 1000 Denier Cordura material. For those of us without a degree in organic chemistry, that simply means the bags are highly resistant to extreme heat and wear. Included with each Rolie is a waterproof inner liner to keep gear free of water, dust, sand, and other debris.

On the underside of each bag is a flexible, non-slide fabric to help ensure your gear stays in place while at highway speeds. However, the rider shouldn’t have to worry about personal belongings being strewn about the road at 75 mph – each Rolie is covered with a variety of attachment points and webbing to affix the bags to your bike and cinch them down. This is where the customizable attribute comes into play, as the integrated mounting system makes each bag capable of being mounted anywhere on your adventure machine. The bags also feature reflective strips, bungee retention cordage, and plastic protective inserts for added rigidity and abrasion protection. Additionally, the Duffel has two side pockets for easy access to maps and other gear.

For sizing reference, a two-man tent fits perfectly in the Long Rolie and the Duffel has ample room for a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, tarp, rain gear, a compact camp stove and a pair of shoes, with some room to spare. While each individual bag is great on its own, with the 303 Rolie line, the whole is greater than the sum of its parts.

Each Rolie bag is compatible with every other, affording the user the ability to mount bags together as needed, based upon riding style and trip length.

The 303 Series represents modular in adventure riding luggage at its finest. The rider can utilize several pieces as a primary luggage system or use them to complement an existing luggage configuration. The sky’s the limit.

 

MSRP: $149.99 Duffel | $94.99 Long Rolie

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PROS:
  • Unmatched versatility and modularity
  • Wolfman quality and reputation
  • Extremely durable
CONS:
  • Expensive, but on par with most motorcycle luggage

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Dunlop announced a brand new dual-sport tire for North America called the D605.  Less aggressive and likely smoother rolling than the popular D606 DOT legal off-road tire, the D605's appear to have a new tread pattern and is available in a good set of sizes but no 19" front tire size as of yet.  

Internet rumors, mostly from overseas (outside the US) riders get mixed reviews but claim the street prices are around 100USD each.  Prices are not confirmed yet, but the D605's are being marketed as a "value" tire so we're guessing around 100-180 depending on the sizes.  Always good to have more affordable dual-sport tire options!  Press release follows below with size chart.

Buffalo, NY: Dunlop introduces the all-new D605™, a DOT-legal knobby that fulfills the needs of dual-sport riders who tackle serious off-road terrain. The D605 joins the popular D606™ in Dunlop’s line of dual-sport tires aimed at small and mid-displacement bikes, and is targeted at value-oriented customers.

The D605 features a full-depth tread pattern designed for rigorous off-road use, and offers excellent traction on everything from hard-packed fire roads to soft single-track trails. A tire equipped to go anywhere, the D605 is a great all-around tire and provides riders with a more affordable alternative to the premium D606.

About Dunlop Motorcycle Tires
Dunlop is the largest supplier of original equipment and replacement motorcycle tires in the U.S.A. For more information, visit http://www.dunlopmotorcycletires.com/

• Dunlop D650 Tire Specs and Sizes
Tire  Size Overall Width (Inches)
D605 Front 2.75-21 3.2
  3.0-21 3.5
D506 Rear 4.60-17 4.8
  120/80-18 4.9
  4.10-18 4.4
  4.6-18 5.0

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Following an extensive nation-wide call for candidates, REV’IT! has named two new members to its 2019 US Women’s ADV Team: Katelyn Barnecut and Kris Fant will join Erika Tango Bean, Amelia Kamrad and Jenna West to represent the brand for the 2019 season. The two new members have been chose for their passion, leadership, riding ability and their embodiment of the “REV’IT! spirit”— one that aims to inspire others to ride.

Founded in 2017, the REV’IT! US Women’s Team was developed to spotlight the contributions of women to the ADV motorcycle segment. The search for riders in 2019 returned a record number of applicants, a testament to the growing number of women in the sport.

“As a brand, we are committed to designing protective gear made specifically for the needs of female riders, and we never ‘pattern down’ from men’s designs,” says Tracy Motz, Sr. Brand Manager at REV’IT! USA.  “The record number of applicants to the women’s team this year only underscores our belief that this is a robust, growing segment of the market and we are committed to learning how to serve the evolving needs.”

 
The REV’IT! US Women’s ADV Team will represent the brand individually at adventure events, rallies, trainings and dealer nights across the country, coming together for one main team event in the summer. In addition to amplifying the presence of the brand at on-site events, the five female ambassadors will also field-test gear to provide direct product feedback to REV’IT! designers located in Oss, The Netherlands.
 
The team’s collective riding résumé encompasses tens of thousands of miles through more than a dozen countries worldwide and over various terrain. The new members bring verve to an already impressive team.

Kris Fant (@freespiritpixie) started riding dirt and street separately in 2012, but combined the two into one with a dual sport in 2013.  Kris loves commuting to work on her DR650, going down unpaved Portland alleys on her way home, and hitting the trails on the weekend.  Doing BDR's while camping off her bike with her husband nurtures her soul. She loves to tell people’s stories and to volunteer at events; read her work at WomenADVRiders.com or say hello this summer at the Touratech Rally West or the 49er Rally!


 
In 2011, Katelyn Barnecut (@distant.tracks) saved a pristine BMW F650GS from its tragic street life and unleashed the bike on nearly a decade of dust, mud and dirt track adventures. In riding motorcycles, she found the perfect link between outdoor adventure and world travel. Drawn by the simplicity and freedom of living off the bike, she feels there is no better way to explore both back home and around the globe. After recently completing a 13,000 mile ride across Africa, Katelyn is now living in Colorado chasing the high altitude tracks of the Rockies.
 
For news and updates on the REV’IT! Women’s ADV Team, follow along on the brand social channels, @revitadventure, #revitwomensteam and facebook.com/revit.


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