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Ride Adventures Blog

The KTM 690 Enduro vs. Honda XR650R - "Honda Motorcycles, where are you?"

Posted by Eric Lange on January 17, 2016

My question is simple: "Why isn't Honda Motorcycles putting their race-winning, widely respected, all-around excellent XR650R back into production?"

First, kudos to Honda for bringing back the Africa Twin, the bike that we're all excited to start riding more and integrating into our list of motorcycle rental options after some testing. But really, why wouldn't they start production on the XR650R again, too? The XR has already been designed, built, proven, and adored by riders with tremendous success. The blueprints are already there, it's not like they'd have to entirely design or redesign a motorcycle, and a slightly-improved XR650R would take a HUGE chunk out of KTM's 690 Enduro dominance in this mid-cc's dual sport category (more on that below.) So I ask: "Honda Motorcycles.....where have you been, and isn't it about time to start building this possible KTM-Killer again?"

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Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank bag review

Posted by Chad Berger on December 8, 2015

Giant Loop Great Basin Saddlebag and Fandango Tank bag review

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Motocross boots for adventure riding: Why not?

Posted by Ashley Myhre on November 3, 2015
Overview 

Admittedly, with the hefty price tag attached to these motorcycle boots came a fair amount of skepticism on my part. I had worn  SIDI Canyon boots prior to purchasing these and to be honest, I was fairly happy and content with them for the entire year in which I wore them. It wasn’t until returning from our research trip to Southern Africa (where I wore my Canyon’s again) that I realized just how much I love and have become accustomed to the protection and comfort that the Crossfire 2’s provide. 
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Another Rider's Plans Crushed by International Motorcycle Shipping Errors

Posted by Eric Lange on October 25, 2015

As heartbreaking as it is, even after 5+ years of providing excellent, reliable motorcycle renting and touring packages to hundreds of riders around the world, we still get the occasional inquiry like you see below. (This is a screenshot of the Contact Form from our website, so of course we've obscured the name and email for the rider's privacy.)

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Which Patagonia Motorcycle Route is Best for YOU?

Posted by Eric Lange on October 6, 2015

We’ve been receiving lots of questions following our eNewsletter that went out recently about our Patagonia tours, so perhaps an explanation of our 3 most popular tours is in order.

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Solar Panels for Sprinters & Toy Haulers: Part 2

Posted by Eric Lange on September 10, 2015

As we explained in Part 1 of this article series, our need was to have electricity available from the RIDE Adventures Sprinter Van so that we can keep showing you all the great photos & videos, powering air compressors, and charging smartphones at the motorcycle rallies and different events we’ve been meeting you at. Haven’t seen the van in person yet? Ask which event we’re going to next, and we’ll see you there!

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Best Motorcycle Chocking System: Beast Racks

Posted by Eric Lange on August 25, 2015

Versatile, secure, durable, and affordable…what more could we have asked for in a motorcycle transport and wheel chocking system?

I first saw the Beast Rack system at a motorcycle rally earlier this year, and immediately noticed the advantages it has over traditional floor-mounted wheel chocks. We went ahead and purchased a Beast Rack system right away, and have since spent the last few months traveling from one motorcycle rally to another, meeting our fellow riders out there in the world. After this extensive testing period, we have nothing but good things to say about this product.

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Solar Panels for Sprinters & Toy Haulers: Part 1

Posted by Eric Lange on August 21, 2015

As the Mercedes Sprinter van gains popularity in the motorcycle world and now Ford, Ram, and others are making similar headway into this “toy hauler” market, weekend warriors around the world are stuck wondering “what’s the best way to make electrical power available from my van?”

While it’s a bit outside our normal blog topics, which are entirely about motorcycles, motorcycle trips, etc., we thought it important enough to share with you just how easy, affordable, efficient, useful and powerful the sun can be in this article.

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Waterproof Motorcycle Luggage for the Ultimate Adventure Rides

Posted by Eric Lange on June 3, 2015

Time to pay tribute to what has basically become a "permanent fixture" in this motorcycle traveler's busy lifestyle: The Ortlieb "Moto Rack-Pack" by Ortlieb USA.

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KTM Clutch & Stator Cover by Trailjammer Designs

Posted by Eric Lange on May 28, 2015

While the 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R that I picked up recently was only slightly used, the previous owner reminded me in the form of liquid weld just what can happen if the engine isn't protected. As shown in the picture below, something clearly "got in there" and punctured the clutch cover, and while the liquid weld was holding up pretty well, it was also just leaking slightly enough that it was time to just replace the cover itself.

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