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Lithium Motorcycle Battery Review for the KTM 690 Enduro [Winner]

Posted by Eric Lange on May 8, 2017

It's time to report some very positive results from the first couple years of using this Scorpion Stinger Lithium Motorcycle Battery that I installed on one of my personal bikes a couple of years ago. (Does that make this a "positive post?")

At just about 1 year old at the time, the original lead-acid battery that came with my 2014 KTM 690 Enduro just wasn't cranking over the engine very well, which made for a few concerning moments out in the woods on cold days.

As is well-documented by now, the weight savings alone has plenty of us switching to lithium motorcycle batteries across all types of motorcycles. So in addition to a few other categories that impress me about this battery, I'd like to declare this purchase a "no brainer" thus far:

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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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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

As a tour guide and avid motorcycle traveler, I’m always looking for the perfect motorcycle luggage setup. My demands for a luggage system are that it has to be versatile and be able to work on a variety of motorcycles and payloads, and of course it has to be durable and weatherproof. Like most serious riders, I’m willing to invest into gear that won’t let me down in the field since that can turn a good ride into bad one, or possibly even a dangerous situation.

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Motocross boots for adventure riding: Why not?

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

Posted by Eric Lange on May 13, 2015

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.

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KTM 690 Enduro Motorcycle Parts & Protection by Flatland Racing

Posted by Eric Lange on May 6, 2015

Perhaps the only thing more fun about putting new parts & accessories on a motorcycle is confirming that they actually work to protect your bike!

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Motorcycle Parts Review: Lithium-Iron Battery Options for Your Bike

Posted by Eric Lange on March 18, 2015

Saving a little weight often seems like a lost cause on a 500+ pound "pig" like my BMW R1200GS Adventure, but then again, every little bit helps. Some significant weight was shaved with aftermarket exhaust last year and of course heading to the gym recently has helped as well, but these last 10 pounds lost from my adventure riding setup come thanks to Shorai Power!

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