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RIDE Adventures Blog

The Obvious Choice in Tire Irons: Motion Pro's "Bead Pro's"

Posted by Eric Lange on September 12, 2016
Just when we thought "all tire irons are pretty much the same", the folks at Motion Pro® showed us something different. This became clear as we set out on tour with a pair of their Bead Pro's back in February, and needed them on the 3rd day of riding into the heart of Patagonia.
 
We were headed down the west side of the Andes Mountains, leaving the famous whitewater rafting and fly fishing town of Futaleufú on our way to the Carretera Austral, when one of the BMW R1200GS rider's rear tires went flat. Yes, the occasional flat tire can be a nuisance, but let's be clear about something: If you're going to get a flat tire, this route descending from  Futaleufú is one fine place to have it happen. Beautiful valley walls like curtains around us with lush, green forestry all around, and the bright blue "Fu" rushing it's clean flow below. No traffic. No signs. No cellular signal. It's a great place to spend some time on a flat tire.  
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Motorcycle Parts Review: Rox Risers on the Husqvarna TE 450

Posted by Sarah Williams on November 30, 2013
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How to Do Water Crossings on Motorcycle Trips: 7 Important Points

Posted by Eric Lange on October 24, 2013

Maybe you've done water crossings before, or your luck as an adventure rider has yet to produce the opportunity. Whatever the case, there are at least 7 important points to consider before you go riding through any river, stream, puddle, or whatever you come across! Please take advantage of the notes below, or the video review on this link.

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Need BMW GS motorcycle service in Santiago, Chile?

Posted by Eric Lange on December 8, 2011

Riding your BMW through Chile and you need quick service?

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Stripped threads on your motorycle? Try the Time-Sert® system

Posted by Eric Lange on September 20, 2011

Another great product that motorcycle riders might want to keep handy is the Time-Sert® Thread Repair System, made by Time Fastener Company.

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Motorcycle Riders, check out No-Mar's Tire Changer...so easy!

Posted by Eric Lange on June 20, 2011

Changing your motorcycle tires can be done the hard way, the expensive way, or the easy way.  Which sounds best to you?

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Is it the fuel pump or filter? How to determine, and continue riding

Posted by Eric Lange on January 28, 2011

Is your fuel filter blocked, or has your fuel pump gone bad?

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Motorcycle Parts and a Quick Fix: Hepco & Becker's rear latch

Posted by Eric Lange on January 2, 2011

You crashed your motorcycle and broke the locking rear latch off your Hepco & Becker sidecase?  Don’t worry...we guarantee you’re not alone.

If this happens in the middle of your adventure ride somewhere, locating and coordinating the purchase of a replacement latch & parts sure can be difficult, especially if you’re outside the U.S. and Europe.  (If you have the time for shipping, a good source for Hepco & Becker replacement parts is Eurotech Motorsports.)  The boxes themselves are extremely durable though, and it’s likely that the broken latch will still be attached the box such that re-securing the sidecase to your motorcycle is really quite easy. 

1)  If you haven’t damaged the frame assembly on the side of the motorcycle, the sidecase should still slide into position without problems just as it would have before you popped it off. 

2)  Use about an 8 to 10 inch section of chain to wrap around the latch as it remains in the “open” position.

3)  With a small key or padlock available from any corner store, lock the chain as tightly as possible around the frame assembly on the motorcycle and you’ll be right back where you started with a locked sidecase.

IMPORTANT: Because the rear latch will not be closed and clamping the sidecase tightly to the frame, the entire case is susceptible to falling off.  One fix to prevent this is to run a simple winch or clamp strap around the sidecase and frame assembly.  Without this or some other extra support, the front hook will not be kept in place and the case is sure to fall off while you’re riding.

This quick fix will get you riding again with the sidecase still safely locked to your motorcycle, but don’t crash again though and rip the entire chain latch off the box.  Aside from having to explain another crash to your friends, fixing the sidecase will be much more difficult the 2nd time around!

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