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Eric Lange

Eric Lange
Since riding his KTM 950 Adventure down to South America in 2008 and launching RIDE Adventures in 2010, Eric now resides in Oregon for most of each year. Riding is still a regular part of his work though, in that guiding tours is a passion he'll always have, and researching new routes and regions allows RIDE Adventures to continue growing and providing reliable travel services to adventure minded riders and travelers from around the world.

Recent Posts

Solar Panels for Sprinters & Toy Haulers: Part 1

Posted by Eric Lange on August 18, 2015 at 6:20 AM

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 24, 2015 at 10:25 AM

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.

On the short list of great products I've had with me in recent years, this waterproof duffel bag stands out for it's incredible durability, functionality, and overall value in the sense that I have truly gotten my money's worth.

Perhaps the greatest thing about the Rack Pack is its "simplicity." With the wide open roll top and cavernous interior, getting your riding gear, parts, clothing, or whatever in and out of this bag is incredibly easy. Once you roll the top shut and clip the straps into place, it's perfectly water and dust proof, as I have proven in many thousands of miles these past years. (And please trust when I say this bag's waterproofness has really been tested in Patagonia, Bolivia, Peru, Croatia, Montenegro, etc.)

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KTM Clutch & Stator Cover by Trailjammer Designs

Posted by Eric Lange on June 24, 2015 at 10:23 AM

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.

With a new clutch cover being installed, I wanted to make sure it was well-protected so my research began. Carbon fiber sure does have it's place in the motorcycle protection arena, but having see how it can just "pulverize" with a few good whacks, the few carbon fiber options available for this bike just didn't seem like the way to go.

Instead, I opted instead for the aluminum protection pieces made by Trailjammer Designs in California, covering both the clutch and stator side of the engine once and for all. Their design mounts the pieces to the engine using a simple high-tempurature RTV gasket/sealer compound, so that the "rubber-like" RTV sealant actually works as sort of a "padding" to disperse the energy from any impact. When installing both the clutch and stator covers, I used an entire 3oz tube of Permatex RTV, and actually could have fit some more in there for even better protection.

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Meet the new RIDE Adventures Sprinter Van & Toy Hauler

Posted by Eric Lange on June 24, 2015 at 10:04 AM

Winter has finally cleared and some long-awaited sunshine here in Oregon made for a brief photo shoot this morning. Introducing to you: The nameless behemoth that many riders will see up close on motorcycle trips, and at rallies, races, and events in the coming years....the new RIDE Adventures Mercedes Sprinter Van.

First, let me pay tribute to the staff from Driving Force Graphics here in Bend, Oregon for their prowess and attention to detail in vehicle vinyl wrap arena. Those of you who have already seen the van up close have commented not only on the fantastic design work by Stream Creative, but the quality of the installation by Driving Force Graphics, as it is far and above what I'd seen previously by other vehicle wrap installers.

Take for example the detail done around the door handles, which I honestly still don't understand. To my recollection, every other vinyl wrap job I've seen had at least 1 visible seam in this location, yet the installation done by Driving Force left us without any seams (at least none that I've been able to find.) This is of particular insterest for the longevity of the wrap, as with all the obvious "hand traffic" around door handles, one can see how a seam could eventually get snagged and pull apart.

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Best Handlebar Risers: Still made by Rox SpeedFX (KTM 690 Install)

Posted by Eric Lange on June 24, 2015 at 10:02 AM

As the original handlebar position on my latest bike just isn't tall enough for me, I've installed yet another pair of what I call a "no brainer" in the motorcycle parts & accessories world: Handlebar risers by Rox Speed FX.

This is the 3rd motorcycle I've installed Rox's risers on, and I'm sure it won't be the last, as they continue to make a truly versatile, high-quality, and dare I say "snazzy" looking pair of risers. In this case, on my 2014 KTM 690 Enduro R, I'm trying their new 2" Pivoting Anti-Vibe Bar risers for the first time.

For those unfamiliar with Rox's risers, take a closer look at the 1st picture and you'll see how they're utilizing the original handlebar mounts to attach the risers, thereby moving the handlebars up into a 2nd set of clamps that are part of the risers themselves. This is such a great design because it allows you 2 pivot points instead of 1, making it easy to really custom fit the handlebars to exactly where you want them. All the "fore and aft" movement combines with bar rotation to put your handlebars in the perfect position.

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