Cool Camping Gear By Trekology

Today, I am going to cover some great products from a company you might not have known about. The company’s name is Trekology, and they supply a wide selection of economical gear for camping, hiking, motorcycling, and pretty much anything outdoors.

Now when I use the term “economical,” it does not mean that the products are of poor quality. It is the exact opposite. I have found that sometimes you can have your cake and eat it too.

While on my Alaskan adventure, I brought along several items from the Trekology catalog, including: the folding compact camp chair, ultralight camping table, friendly tent light, mosquito repellent bracelets, and my favorite, the compact inflating pillow.

The folding chair comes with its own carry bag, and is small enough to pack inside a pannier. When opened, you have the ability to adjust the seating height of the chair from legs that collapse inside themselves to conserve on storage. This helps increase your comfort quite a bit.

The ultralight camping table is just how it sounds, “ultralight.” This also comes with a storage bag, which the unit sits inside. The condensed size was extremely small and manageable on top of my pannier system. When camping, it was a great table to eat from and use for my laptop.

I can see where they get the name from with regards to the “friendly tent light.” It’s extremely small, easy to charge via a USB connection, and can last a very long time depending on your light intensity setting.

Something else I packed for my group was a bunch of mosquito repellent bracelets. We have all heard the stories of the Alaskan mosquitos from hell. So bringing these along just sounded like a good idea on top of our other bug sprays. At first, the group was a bit skeptical that the bracelets would work. But once they put them on, you could tell a definite difference. Some of us decided to wear them as headbands. Now by no means is this a replacement for spray while in a deeply infested mosquito territory, but it is a great addition to your bag for camping or other outdoor event.

My absolute favorite thing was the compact inflating pillow. The size is so small that you don’t even know its around. You can pretty much store it anywhere, and when you need it, it blows up in seconds. What I found really great about this pillow vs. many others I own, was the size and overall comfort. I could never really get a good night’s sleep with some of the other big named brands. This design conforms to your neck, providing support to much needed areas, whether you’re a back sleeper or a side sleeper. I used a shirt as a pillowcase to give it that home-y feel.

Sometimes, we tend see the most expensive, well-known name and buy their products instead of shopping around. I hope those reading this article give Trekology a try, and see for yourself that sometimes you can get great gear for a fraction of the cost.

 

https://www.trekology.net


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KLIM Kodiak Suit Review

 

It can be tricky to find great gear, and it is expensive to buy and test out different products only to find that the gear does not work for you. I am hopeful that this review will save you some cash by helping to provide you with valuable insight with an informed rider’s point of view instead of the usual, “this is awesome, buy it” sales pitch.

Here’s my take on it:

I recently acquired the full Kodiak suit and embarked on an 8,200 mile journey, which started in Tacoma, WA. I headed north to Prudhoe Bay, AK, and eventually ended my journey at the 2017 BMW MOA Rally in Salt Lake City, UT.

I was able to test this suit in a wide array of climates ranging from windy and chilly while far north and at high altitudes (30 degrees), to hotter than than the Canadian wildfires (90 degrees or more), as well as straight through the dreaded, nonstop Alaskan RAIN (for 700 miles-ish).

One of the exciting things about taking this suit on the trip was that it was a newly released model, and I had not tested this suit prior to leaving for Alaska. I was betting four weeks of my comfort and protection vastly on KLIM’s reputation for producing quality, high-end motorcycle gear.

I was able to use three layers to control the temperature comfort of the jacket when needed.  However, you will need to keep in mind that this is more of a form-fitting jacket so if you’re beefy (which I am not at 6’1” and 175 lbs.), you will be limited on the layers. The pants provided plenty of room for three layers; although, I only needed to use one layer on my trip.

On the ferry leaving Dawson City.

Since the jacket is more form fitting, it cuts down on the extra weight and bagginess. When compared to my Badlands Pro using my very advance weight scale (holding one jacket in each hand), it feels a ton lighter.

The suit lives up to the slogan, “guaranteed to keep you dry.” Several days in a row, I experienced hundreds of miles of relentless rain. Each time I would stop for a break, I would check my under layer for leakage. To my surprise, I was dry each and every time!

The one and only flaw that I noticed with this jacket while riding in the rain was that the cuffs do not open very wide, and thus, I could not tuck my heated gloves inside the jacket which caused them to become wet on the inside.

Exploring Valdez, AK.

The protection aspect of the Kodiak was exceptional and what I have come to expect from KLIM’s gear range.

At first, I was a little skeptical of the durability on the leather inserts for the knee area and elbows. In the past, I have traditionally ridden with my Badlands Pro suit which has endured huge amounts of abuse, but has kept on chugging. It turns out that the leather on the Kodiak is pretty darn durable. While on this trip, I had to change my buddy’s tires several times and was worried that the leather would get damaged while working on my knees in the gravel. It held up without any issues. Another first-hand experience of the suit’s durability and injury protection is when I flew off of my R1200 GSA during an off-road, downhill section and landed pretty hard. Of course, this was not on purpose. I joked that I would be filing a police report so I could get my gear replaced, but after washing it, I could not find any damage to my suit (nor to myself, besides perhaps my ego)!

The video from that crash is linked below:

https://youtu.be/FzT0imIj6uo

Whether you are city riding or embarking on an epic touring adventure, this is, in my opinion, one of the best suits currently on the market for functionality, fit, and protection. I find the jacket looks great on and off the bike. I can ride to my local Starbucks, jump off the bike and still look good while sipping my iced grande Caramel Macchiato.

As a final thought, if you are in the market for a new suit, first consider your riding style and seek out the gear that best suits it. If you don’t know your riding style, start riding more! As for me and my recent adventure, this suit takes the cake.

Till next time, ride safe!

I made it!

 

On Dawson City Ferry

 

Found a companion along the way!

 

Overlooking Dawson City.


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2017 KLIM Kodiak Jacket & Pant

I’m back again to announce the all new KLIM Kodiak. I came across the new design back in October, 2016 at the AIMExpo in Orlando, FL, and have been patiently waiting to get my hands on the set. With a name like “Kodiak” it has a lot to live up to, so what better way to test out the suit than wear it on a 7,000 mile journey to Alaska to explore the amazing region firsthand? Stay tuned for a full ride review of the all new KLIM Kodiak upon my return home!

Below, I have included specifications from KLIM for the Kodiak:

 

KLIM’s Kodiak: The Touring Survival System

Engineered to bring a more refined fit to the KLIM lineup, the Kodiak collection enters the touring world in a sleek and tailored style built for abuse. Featuring fully armored KLIM Technology to battle the weather, abrasion and travel’s most troublesome obstacles, KLIM’s Kodiak is the high-mileage touring king.

Designed for riders looking for the ultimate in precision fit, Kodiak is built on a base of GORE-TEX® Pro Shell GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY® main body fabric. Integrated perforated leather overlays in high-abrasion zones add functional style while muted corporate branding finishes the rugged and durable look. Functionality is the core of any KLIM product and the Kodiak has more than most. Each piece comes equipped with genuine YKK® zippers, D3O® CE-rated level two armor, intelligent ventilation ports and functional cargo carrying pockets. Each piece also features Black 3M™ Scotchlite™ reflective material.

 

Kodiak is a name that should be taken seriously. As one of the most remote regions of the American frontier, it has a wild and unforgiving reputation. KLIM built the world’s most functional and aggressively tailored touring apparel to honor this region. After all, in Kodiak, there is no pretending or hiding behind claims. Out there, it’s simply perform or perish. And KLIM is riding on.

KODIAK JACKET

WEATHERPROOF/DURABILITY

•GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL

•GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®

•PERFORATED LEATHER OVERLAYS ON SHOULDERS AND ELBOWS

• MUTED TONAL BRANDING

•YKK® ZIPPERS

ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 ELBOW ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 SHOULDER ARMOR

•D3O®CE LEVEL 2 BACK PAD

•SPACER MESH CHEST PADDING

CARGO

• 2 EXTERNAL CHEST POCKETS

• 2 EXTERNAL HAND POCKETS

• 2 INTERNAL ZIPPERED POCKETS

• 2 INTERNAL OPEN STASH POCKETS

• 1 EMERGENCY INFO CARD POCKET ON FOREARM

• 1 HIDDEN PASSPORT POCKET IN LINING

• 1 GPS TRACKER POCKET ON CHEST

• 1 WATER RESISTANT NAPOLEAN POCKET

VISIBILITY

• BLACK 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE MATERIAL

VENTILATION

• 2 CHEST VENTS

• 2 SIDE VENTS

• 2 BACK VENTS

• 2 BICEP VENTS

• 2 FOREARM VENTS

• SNAP BACK COLLAR

FIT/STYLE/COMFORT

• ACTION BACK TAILORING

• REMOVABLE INTERNAL KIDNEY BELT

• ADJUSTABLE ARM STRAPS

• JACKET-TO-PANT CONNECTION

KODIAK PANT

EXTERIORFEATURES

• GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL

• GUARANTEED TO KEEP YOU DRY®

• PERFORATED LEATHER OVERLAYS

• YKK® ZIPPERS

• MUTED TONAL BRANDING

ARMOR

• D3O® CE LEVEL 2 HIP ARMOR

• D3O® CE LEVEL 2 KNEE ARMOR

• SLIDER SYSTEM TO HOLD D3O® IN PLACE

• PORON® XRD® TAILBONE ARMOR

CARGO

• 2 CARGO POCKETS

VISIBILITY 

• BLACK 3M™ SCOTCHLITE™ REFLECTIVE MATERIAL

VENTILATION

• 2 FRONT THIGH INTAKE VENTS

• 2 BACK THIGH EXHAUST VENTS

FIT/STYLE/COMFORT

• ELASTIC BACK WAISTBAND

• REMOVEABLE KLIM® SUSPENDERS INCLUDED

• JACKET-TO-PANT CONNECTION

About KLIM 

KLIM® Technical Riding Gear is a global leader in designing, developing, sourcing and distributing the most advanced powersports apparel for the snowmobile, motorcycle and off-road rider. Utilizing the world’s highest technologies in waterproof, breathable, durable and comfortable materials, like GORE-TEX® products, KLIM® offers gear for the most demanding riders. Driven by the continual feedback and input from dedicated test pilots and passionate customers, KLIM® strives to do one thing above all – improve the riding experience without compromise. For more information, visit www.KLIM.com.

 

*All images have been provided by KLIM.


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2016 Honda CRF250L Bike Build For Less

2016 Honda CRF250L 

Awesome Bike Build for Less

 

I picked up the CRF250L back in October and immediately started researching and reaching out to companies who I wanted to be a part of the build list. I attended the AIMExpo in hopes of landing some contacts with companies who wanted to make this happen. Everything seemed to be going well… I had parts ranging from oil all the way up to exhaust lined up. I went home from the show feeling confident this was going to happen. I called and emailed my newfound contacts, but to my surprise, all I got were crickets. I mean nothing, not even a call back or a reply to my emails.

Seeing that I wanted to get the CRF250L build done sooner rather than later, I used the power of Google and eBay to shop around for parts. In the long run, it probably turned out better doing it this way, as the bike was more personalized.

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2016 Honda CRF250L

My parts build list & cost:

Race Tech complete suspension upgrade – Retail: $1215, discount: $940 (http://www.racetech.com)

Seat Concepts comfort seat – Retail: $279, discount: $250 (http://www.seatconcepts.com/store/)

Precision rear rack – Retail: $94 (http://www.pmracks.com)

Cyclops LED headlight – Retail: $65, discount: $59 (https://www.rockymountainatvmc.com)

Hammer Head folding shifter – Retail: $46, discount: $29 (http://soloracer.com/dualsportparts.html)

FMF Q4 exhaust – Retail: $390, discount: $292 (http://www.eBay.com)

FMF Megabomb header – Retail: $275, discount: $218 (http://www.eBay.com)

Barkbuster “Jet” hand guards – Retail: $85 (http://www.pmracks.com)

Digital voltage meter – $5 (http://www.eBay.com)

Battery tender – Retail: $12, discount: $8 (http://www.eurocyclesoftampabay.com)

Glyde by Gerbing heated auxiliary plug – Free (I had a spare)

Flatlands Racing bash guard – Retail: $110, discount: $100 (http://www.CRFonly.com)

Flatlands Racing radiator guard – Retail: $60, discount: $50 (http://www.CRFonly.com)

Labor on Rach Tech install – $200

FMF Carbon Heat Shield – Retail: $90, discount: 70 (http://www.Rockymountainatv.com)

Total retail: $2,926, total w/discounts: $2,400

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Race Tech gold valve and spring.

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FlatLands radiator guard and bash plate.

Honda vs. Yamaha vs. KTM:

You might ask why I didn’t buy the Yamaha WR250R or a KTM? Well, it’s very simple actually… Cost vs. reward. I knew going into this that I wanted a specific set of options. The Honda CRF250L was OTD at $5,500, w/options $7,900, whereas the Yamaha WR250R was $8,200 OTD, w/options approximately $10,600, and the KTM from a 250-350 was going to be around $9,000 OTD.

KTM makes a great product, but I’m not into servicing the bike every other weekend and wanted to focus on keeping the cost down. The Yamaha was also a nice bike, but by adding the options that would have been required to make it acceptable to me performance wise, it would have put the build at $10,600! I might as well buy a KTM 690 at this point. The CRF250L vs. WR250R torque and HP is comparable at stock.

Some stats:

The CRF250L base has a claimed 23hp and 16lbs of torque. After my install of the FMF, it added approximately 4hp without the programer or airbox mod. The FMF also removed approximately 8lbs of added weight over the stock which helps balance out the radiator guard and bash plate addition.

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FMF Megabomb Header and Q4 Exhaust.

So, taking the performance data and cost as well as knowing the superior round the world reliability, can you see why I went with the Honda CRF250L? Multi-purpose dual sport for $8,000 or spend $2,000 more to ride blue and be butt hurt wishing I had a just bought the 690 KTM.

The build did not take any real technical skill except installing the front suspension. I wasn’t about to count and measure all the washers needed for the gold valve kit. After speaking with FMF, I decided not to buy the EJK. Their rep was pretty confident that unless my intention was to race this bike, the slight gains would not be worth it. Which I was glad to hear, as I’ve spent all my lunch money by now. The Q4 and Megabomb kit are designed to run effectively with stock programming.

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PMRack.

In the end, the bike looks and sounds amazing. Would I buy it again? Absolutely! I have an upcoming trip planned in the mountains of North Georgia to put this bike through its paces.

Until next time,

Ride safe!


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Wilcox Boots

Hello fellow Adventurers!

 

So a few months back, I saw an ad come across my Facebook feed for Wilcox Boots with a nice picture of mud, dirt, and the great outdoors! I decided to click on the ad and within a week found a pair at my door step.

 

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The company was originally a Kickstarter design which I thought was pretty cool. What really caught my interest in purchasing these was the well done company video, expressing the quality, handmade workmanship, and “Made in North America” brand.

 

I was in the need for a good pair of American-made leather boots and these looked like they would fit the bill. The price was on the high end at $190.00, plus shipping, but I decided to take the plunge.

 

I now emphasize “Made in NORTH America” because I misunderstood the video by assuming the boots are made in the good ole’ USA. I later found out the footbed was made in Connecticut and the boots were made in Mexico.

 

Initially, I was pretty upset and almost sent the boots back because I really wanted to support the American workforce. However, I decided to put them on and was instantly blown away by the glove like feel on the interior and comfort of the footbed. They come pre-waxed which aids in the waterproofness and smooth finish.

 

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I have since spent many days and long hours in these boots, which included roughly 10 hours straight walking around the 2016 AIMExpo. I can say these are the most comfortable boots I have ever owned. The quality and workmanship is second to none. With new designs and colors coming out, I know these will not be my last pair!

 

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Relaxing after a long day at the AIMExpo!

 

In the end, I’m extremely happy with my purchase and highly recommend them for anyone looking for a great all around boot!

 

Below is a link to the site and they have provided a coupon code “2wheeladv”  for 25% off.

http://bit.ly/2f0sq8F


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Klim Krios Karbon Adventure Helmet

All aboard the KLIM KRIOS train! 

Several months ago, I had the opportunity to meet one of the KLIM Regional Managers who happened to be at my local dealership (EuroCycles Of Tampa Bay). After checking out some of the new products coming in, I was asked about providing my input on a review regarding the new helmet they would be releasing soon. 

Of course, I said I would be glad to, but did I actually think I would receive the helmet? Eh… 50/50. However, true to their word, the UPS man arrived a few weeks later and left a brand new Klim Krios Karbon helmet at my door. 

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After unboxing the helmet and looking over the features, I turned to my wife and told her to go pack for a camping trip! 

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My initial impressions of this helmet was that it’s super light, looks awesome, and has an easily interchangeable face shield. Included inside the box was the dark tinted shield.

We packed the R1200GSA and headed north to Helen, GA, through Deal’s Gap, around to Gatlinburg, TN and finally had to head back down south to Florida. I acquired approximately 1400 miles in total with the Krios and my longest day was roughly 550 miles, not to mention we were two-up. 

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With this helmet only weighing approximately 3.25 lbs, and being almost a pound lighter then my older helmet (Shoei Hornet X2), it was a considerably noticeable difference. In the past, due to a old injury, I would feel neck and shoulder fatigue within an hour or so of riding. Not the case with the Krios. Its low weight and well thought out peak design helps eliminate excess pulling from wind and diverts it to the open cutouts which in turn, either force air into the helmet for ventilation or create a stabilizer as it passes to the rear spoiler.

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If I could change two things, it would be to add a windscreen opening on the right side, and to be able to raise the windscreen just a crack to add additional venting when in serious humidity.

All in all, I think this helmet was well thought out, looks good, and priced very reasonable at $549.99, which is well below what I believe it could sell for. 

They have a transition lens as an option, and the ability to equip a Sena 10U headset, which is made specifically for the Krios. Currently two color schemes are available including, Element Matte White and Stealth Matte Black. Klim will be soon releasing several other color options which look pretty awesome! 

I want to give a big thanks to Dustin and the staff at KLIM for making this happen!

 

If you have further questions about the Krios, hit me up! Until next time…

 

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Krios enjoying the view.

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Our waiter liked the helmet so much, he moved the table over just to sit it on top!


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GA, TN, and NC – Weekend Getaway

Happy Fall Y’all! It’s the better half of 2wheeladv, back to share about our most recent trip 2-up.We started out the Autumn Solstice with a little motorcycle ride up I-75 through hell, er… Florida, which has not quite gotten the Fall memo yet.

Once we caught sight of the mountains in North Georgia, the temperature significantly dropped and we started to enjoy ourselves. We came upon a fabulous creamery/ice cream shop which caught up with me and my lactose intolerance not long afterwards. I confess and repent of my foodie sins as this trip completely blew my non-dairy, gluten-free diet. 


We made our way to Helen, GA, and celebrated the first official day of Oktoberfest with a beer and pretzel. Not much else to taste that evening since the town center was hoppin’ (quite literally), but everything else shut down early.


We spent the night at the Unicoi Lodge, in an overpriced 1980’s room albeit on pristine grounds with lovely flowers. The next morning, we partook of German baked goods and carried on about our trip.


Next up, was slaying the Dragon Tail.


Following such badassery, we made our way to the lovely Gatlinburg, TN. We glamped in a hotel that night due to the rain and sipped on some delicious blackberry wine after tacos. The server loved the Klim Krios so much that he gave the helmets their own table.


We made our way back towards North Georgia via a scenic parkway. The rain kept it nice and cool and it was a lovely ride. We spotted our dream home along the way.


For our final evening, we spent the night at the Lake Oconee KOA in Greensboro GA.


It was a charming spot overlooking a lake. We relaxed in the hammock before I hid in the restroom for a half hour due to a spider blocking the door.


We returned to the Sunshine State the following day, but not without encountering a religious zealot at a Burger King. That’s middle GA for you. This licensed mental health counselor had to keep it moving in order to practice what I preach (tolerance, non-violence, etc.).

Overall, it was a relaxing, long weekend and a great way to celebrate the change of a season and new beginnings. Here’s to hoping for cooler days ahead in the Sunshine State.





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2016 BMW MOA Rally & Beyond

Longest adventure yet two-up! Written by 2wheeladv’s better half.

Could not have picked a better week to leave the country this past month with all of the political nonsense coming to a head, and story after story of senseless violence. We were reminded to go back to the basics on this trip, yet also enjoyed the finer things life has to offer and each other’s company, of course.

Our trip began with some Florida friends and a trip to good ol’ Cracker Barrel for some breakfast ham and hash brown casserole. We made our way over to Sanford for the Auto Train and made it there with plenty of time to spare, but then the train was 4-5 hours late so we had plenty of time to wait.

Good thing us GS riders can be spotted without question, for at the train station we met up with several new friends, waited together, and made a party out of it to boot. A little shady gas station trip later with our shuttle driver and personal body guard, we had some cheap wine and beer to go along with our pizza delivery.

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Prior to boarding the train, we indulged in some local fried chicken and biscuits, courtesy of Amtrak, and continued on our journey of breaking every diet rule we have been trying to follow since New Year’s Day.

Minus the ridiculously long delay, the train ride to Virginia was smooth and we had a great night’s rest.

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Lunch onboard the Auto Train

Once we disembarked, we followed some friends on a scavenger hunt for GS Giants, but after a while, the stop and go became too cumbersome with two-up and a fully loaded bike, so we did our own thing.

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We made our way through the countryside of Pennsylvania, which is now one of my top places I must explore more in depth my lifetime. I picked out my farm at the top of a hill and dreamed about moving my fur babies there, plus several horses, cute little pigs, maybe a llama, goats, chickens… oh, and perhaps the husband. 😉

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Interestingly enough, the scavenger riders ended up staying out the same hotel as us, just by the PA/NY line, which was unplanned and somewhat creepy, but as I said earlier, one can spot a GS rider, and apparently a certain pair of Florida GS riders, without question.

 

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Holiday Inn

The following day, we rose early and continued on our way through the Allegany Mountains of New York. It was a lovely ride with perfectly moderate weather, and lots of sun. We rode all the way to Toronto.

 

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Riding in for the first time

Toronto was a mind blowing city to ride through on a motorcycle, and the traffic was unreal, no matter the time of day. Toronto has so many skyscrapers that there are at least 3 main parts of the city. We checked out the BMW shop in Toronto, which sells both cars and Motorrad. Snooty to say the least, with the exception of one service rep, who reported that their insurance for Motorrad is 10k per year. We checked out the 4th floor Motorrad section then thanked our lucky stars that our insurance rates are much better. Explains why so many people were staring at us!

 

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BMW Toronto

Had a taste of poutine at Smokes and made our way to the KOA Kampground. No way that we were going to shell out $400/night on a hotel! We bought some Canadian hard apple cider (the first of many), and Canadian candies to snack on and called it a night.

 

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KOA West Toronto

We returned to downtown Toronto in the morning and acted all touristy at the CN Tower after enjoying some coffee and such from Tim Hortons. We also checked out Kensington Market, which is the most extensive farmer’s market we have visited. I convinced the husband to try Kombucha Tea along the way so he could experience what it feels like to be a glorified hipster.

 

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CN Tower

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Kensington Market

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Kensington Market

Checked out Budd’s Motorrad on our way south, and the hubs got his hands on the new BMW GS Trophy Helmet, which is not yet available in the U.S. Might have pissed a few people off with that purchase, but the man could not stop himself and I really could not blame him.

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Budds’ Motorrad

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BMW GS Trophy Carbon Fiber Helmet

 

Us 2wheeladv-enturers then rode ourselves to the Marriott Fallsview on the Canadian side of Niagara Falls. We parked ourselves in a top floor room for several days. Why would want to leave with a Jacuzzi tub and a perfect view of the Horseshoe Falls, American Falls, and Wednesday evening fireworks?? Ate some overpriced appetizers along the way, and continued our mission to remain a wee bit tipsy on Candian hard apple cider throughout the trip.

 

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Marriott Fallsview 23rd Floor!

 

We received punishment for our many drinks and poor food choices when it was time to walk everywhere… resorted to paying $4 one-way for the two of us to take a hillside elevator; although, it was not in operation when we attempted to use it to access the Journey Behind the Falls experience. Thus, we enjoyed a brisk walk all the way around the hill at 7:30am.

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Next up was Ontario-on-the-Lake. Basically Canadian Wine Country. A pristine town with culture, amazing cheese, and wine. Tried some ice wine and it literally changed my life. Had to make some room in the panniers to bring home some booze. We have our priorities straight for sure.

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We then made our way back to the American side and had a nice little chat with some Border Patrol Agents. 😉

Next up was Buffalo, NY. We checked into a Hyatt and then made our way to the MOA Rally in Hamburg, NY. I people watched before deciding it was more my honey’s deal than mine and scheduled a massage for the next morning (which was glorious after riding so much on the back of a motorcycle).

 

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GS Giants Course

 

Later on, we dined at Oshun with Aaron from EuroCycles of Tampa Bay and met some more new and old GS friends.

Best meal we had during the trip for sure!

Saturday, husband returned to the rally and hobnobbed with the vendors while I gallivanted with the ladies. Had some delicious coffee at SPoT Coffee in Buffalo, enjoyed the massage, and met “The Man who stopped the Falls.”

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For real, his engineering firm stopped the American Falls with a dam in the 70s. The Falls Stopper and his lovely wife took us on a tour of the American side of the Falls and we had burgers at On Top of the Falls.

 

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Redverz Vendor

I reunited with hubby, and our group checked out Anchor Bar, birthplace of the Buffalo Wings. Interestingly enough, their spaghetti was the real winner!

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The Original!

 

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Dinner with friends.

After being accosted by an ununiformed, no ID, and open carry “security officer” in a parking garage, we lived to see the next day, which was mostly a riding day. We rode over 450 miles for Maryland Crab Cakes at Romano’s in Glen Burnie, MD. I had experienced them frozen, but fresh was amazing for sure.

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Crab cakes!

The following morning, we toured DC and made our way back to the Auto Train. Got harrassed again by a man who was loading bikes for Amtrak and clearly took issue with GS riders. We were not the only ones, but at least our train was on-time for the return trip. We rode in coach on the way back, which will never occur again, if I have my way, but made it back to Sunny Florida. Hotter than hell, we stopped at a favorite Mexican spot in San Antonio, FL and finally made it back to our little farm. Not the hilltop one, but I am working on it. We immediately wanted to return to where we came from, where the weather was more moderate and duty did not call, but after settling back in, home did feel sweet after all.

 

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Bridge to USA

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Long Way Down…

 

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No sleeping bag, just KLIM gear.

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Unloading at the Auto Train, Lorton VA.

 

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Cayenne Pro by Rev’It

Just picked up a new pair of the Cayenne Pro’s.


At first these were pretty stiff and controls where difficult to feel. After 400+ miles these feel and function great! Good airflow and awesome protection. Kinda pricey but worth it in the end.

Ride safe✌️🏍


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Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro

Hello Adventure Enthusiasts!

I recently had the opportunity to briefly test and evaluate the all-new Ducati Multistrada 1200 Enduro. Upfront disclaimer: The following feedback is based on non-scientific facts and is solely based on opinions from a somewhat decent rider (debatable)…

 

To start off, I want to give a big thanks to Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay for allowing me to evaluate this new machine.

 

Euro Cycles of Tampa Bay

 

 

I started off with a street ride, getting the feel for the raw power of 160 ponies! The engine and riding characteristics are right in-line with what you would expect from Ducati. It’s got the sound, looks, and ergonomics features, which makes riding it that much better.

Living where I do, we don’t have fantastic swoop back curves and winding roads. However, we do have a decent little loop not too far away. The Multistrada felt right at home while leaning into the curves and powering out of them. I rode in sport mode, enjoying a positive throttle response which felt right at home with my style of riding.

 

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Two legends hanging out

 

Now for the off-road portion. Disclaimer: Street tires and light off-roading.

 

Bike was just too pretty to get dirty, so I mostly explored hard-packed dirt roads and grass. I ran it through the basics, as far as serpentine with cones, slow mo balancing, and the ability to kick the rear end around.

 

What I noticed right away was that the Multistrada is heavy off-road and I mean heavy… All the weight sits up high, unlike some of the other adventure motorcycles I’ve ridden in this class. The braking system in Enduro mode seemed confident to handle the task.

 

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The ergonomics of the electronic riding modes was by far my favorite feature. The display screen was easy to read and change between riding modes. The screen is bright and provides a cell phone style display.

 

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Taken at night

 

Another awesome feature which is seen on other Ducati lines is the lighted handlebar buttons. Still waiting for the Germans to catch up on this one…

 

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To sum it up, the Ducati name will always have a loyal fan base. I’m grateful to have been given the opportunity to ride this beautiful motorcycle. It has many great features, and plenty of accessories are coming out to make this a fully capable adventure bike!

 

 

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