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Aprilia Pegaso 650 Trail
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6.5
Reviewed by buddy
"Have to agree with most of the previous comments but I think some reviewers are being a bit harsh..."
touratech companero jacket
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9.6
Reviewed by buddy
"Recently purchased the Touratech Companero Jacket from Adventure Motorcycles Ireland in Gorey Co ..."
BMW F650GS TWIN
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3.9
Reviewed by bmwhater
"bought this bike new in 2008. I have so far done 6,800 miles only. It is garaged and has been r..."
Shark Spartan Carbon
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3.6
Reviewed by Joe Thumper
"Smart looking, light weight sports touring helmet with very poor build quality. I had to send mi..."
The Big Trip
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10.0
Reviewed by farmer
"Awsome!"
Uneasy Rider: Travel Through A Mid-life Crisis
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10.0
Reviewed by Big Tony
"I was in the local bookshop and just happened to spot this book on the shelf and a quick read of ..."
MSR Pocket Rocket
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8.7
Reviewed by 92kk k100lt 193214
"I have 2 of these and they are very practical. The plastic case they come in is excellent and tu..."
Honda XL1000V Varadero
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9.3
Reviewed by Whiplash
"Bought it used with a lot of km on it. Its been dependable, gets WAY better milage than any bike..."
Honda Deauville
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7.1
Reviewed by Kerabo
"Very reliable bike. Very stable in a straight line,nothing bothers it. Difficult to get comftable..."
England to Malta Return
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7.0
Reviewed by Kerabo
"Worth a try "
wrynose pass hardknott pass
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2.0
Reviewed by Mikekitts81
"all tarmaced roads a easy ride with some bueatiful views just a few slides as it was wet so some ..."
isle of wight to wales
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7.0
Reviewed by whippet22
"an adventure!"
buffalo endurance
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9.6
Reviewed by Grizzly462
"I purchased this jacket 18 months ago in preparation for the coming season of 2015. having used i..."
Ethiopia's Omo Valley - 10 days
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7.0
Reviewed by Openroad
"Hi all, I recently rode from Ethiopia's bustling capital, Addis Ababa, southward into the Omo Val..."
AGV AX8 DUAL EVO
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5.0
Reviewed by Florence
"I have this helmet in carbon fibre, I like the look and the fit but that's about all. The main is..."
honda cross tourer joe public review
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9.1
Reviewed by Big Fish
"See my comments set out below in "Another Underrated Honda""
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
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8.6
Reviewed by Nik Pearce
"Had my Stelvio 1200 NTX since 2012. Love it. Fantastic tourer. Done some very long distance stuff..."
My Short Trip To Wales
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5.0
Reviewed by B1ff0
"Nice article Reg, So glad you find Wales such a beautiful place to visit. The roads you mention m..."
Motorcycle Advenuture Central Aisa + eBook
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5.0
Reviewed by ramar
"One incredible journey through: Turkey, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan..."
 Running with the moon (A boys own adventure)
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10.0
Reviewed by Russex
"Incredible book, one of my all time favourites, which is saying something, as i've read many adve..."
the long ride home
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10.0
Reviewed by Russex
" i was in Sydney Australia when the book was launched in a book store there. Fantastic book, very..."
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
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8.1
Reviewed by rusty2000
"2009 model with Power Commander fitted gets rid of power hole at 4K rpm making thd bike powerful ..."
Rukka Aqua Air Rain Suit
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1.8
Reviewed by stromtrooper
"This is as much use as a chocolate teapot avoid at all costs, the only thing worse is Motolegends..."
santander to gibralter
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5.0
Reviewed by alberthall
"would do it again "
Mega Comfort for fat folk!!
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7.0
Reviewed by SteveR
"If you can handle the cost and size, this mat is one of the best on the market."
Honda Transalp XL650V
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7.5
Reviewed by joeymc
"The Transalp 650 is a fantastic budget/beginner adventure bike, as I recently passed my motorbike..."
Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
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8.3
Reviewed by Paul_XRV750
"I bought my RD07a Africa Twin in July 2014 after my XT660Z fried its ECU and sensors in Poland re..."
BMW R 1200 RT
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6.9
Reviewed by Brost
"So this is only my third bike but it's certainly a huge upgrade from my VTX for the long trips th..."
Empty Nest Recce
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2.0
Reviewed by gbags
"Pretty easy. Western Europe is safe and it was summer. I had to make it entry level as it was my ..."
MRA VARIO TOURING SCREEN
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10.0
Reviewed by Ahasuerus
"I have a gsf 1200 bandit and a bt 1100 bulldog. Both are naked bikes and I have fitted mra vario ..."
Rukka Victor Jacket
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9.4
Reviewed by DanP
"Buy Rukka, you get what you pay for."
Yamaha XT 1200Z Super Tenere
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9.0
Reviewed by cakeboy
" a great do it all bike. very comfortable for rider and pillion. lovely smooth engine with no vib..."
Was someone thinking of me when they built this?
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7.6
Reviewed by pafirth@tiscali.co.uk
"I have now done15 k miles on the DCT and still marvel at the bike. The engine is fab, especially..."
KLIM Badlands Pro
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9.6
Reviewed by Discoed
"After many years of not spending very much at all on jackets on brands like Spada and latterly RS..."
Aprilia ETV 1000 Caponord
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8.6
Reviewed by George
"Bought this bike new in 2005 (is a 2003 model but sat in showroom ??) Ok so I have done very few..."
Lads Spanish Adventure
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8.0
Reviewed by boboneleg
"Absolutely cracking, that's the sort of trip I never quite made in the 80's. Making up for it now :)"
Steve & Mandys Route 66 motorcycle ride.
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5.0
Reviewed by stevie
"Next trip for me is bike week. Florida. March 2015"
KLIM Badlands Pro
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10.0
Reviewed by tzr_andy
"After riding for 30 years in a variety of clothing, I decided I needed a Gore-tex riding suit aft..."
Alpinstarts Tech 3 Motocross boots
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7.4
Reviewed by Cleland
"These boots are not comfortable at all, perhaps Ok for a Moto Cross run but if you are planning t..."
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8.0
Reviewed by Steve1129
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Outwell Dreamboat, silly name, great nights sleep
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9.3
Reviewed by Throttled
"Its a silly name, but who cares when there is a means to a great nights sleep. Its success is dow..."
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New expedition to take on the 'Road of Bones'
Written by Alun   

Road of bonesThe infamous 'Road of Bones' in Siberia was built during the Stalin era by inmates of the Sevvostlag Labor Camp (a gulag) and it's name refers to the people who died during the construction and were buried beneath or around the road. More lately it's become known as a must do adventure motorcycling route, especially since Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman adventure in 'Long Way Round'.

And to bring the Road of Bones story bang up to date, Kudu Expeditions have announced a new 3 week expedition for 2010 and 2011 starting in Ulan Bator, Mongolia, and ending at Magadan in the far east of Siberia which will take on the fabled route.

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Get your ambassadorial kicks on Route 66
Written by Alun   

route 66The Chicago and Illinois Tourist office has launched a nationwide competition in search of the first ever Illinois Route 66 Ambassador. Having recently conducted a survey into the holiday habits of British tourists, research found that 86% sought more unique, experience-driven holidays that go beyond beach style vacations. Long-haul treks such as the Great Wall of China, thrill-seeking adventures like the climb to Everest Base Camp and iconic road trips such as Route 66, were top of the list.

To support this new insight, the Chicago and Illinois Tourist Office are recruiting the first ever Route 66 Ambassador from the UK. They will travel along legendary Route 66, experiencing everything it has to offer and then present their findings and recommendations to the British public via an online blog, consisting of photos and video snippets, housed on the www.gochicago.com website. This will let people see firsthand what’s on offer in a fun and engaging way, as well as the chance to learn everything they need to know about the route from a UK perspective.

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A Camel Trophy for motorcycles?
Written by Alun   

gs trophyThe first ever GS Trophy UK Qualifying event is to join forces with the Touratech Travel Event (5th-6th June 2010) to offer a two-day adventure motorcycling experience in South Wales, close to the Brecon Beacons.

The Qualifier is a unique sporting challenge with the three top amateur riders earning their place to represent the UK in the 2010 International GS Trophy Event taking place from 13 – 21 November in South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique. Once there, they will compete on new F 800 GS bikes against BMW riders from all over the world in a series of off-road competitions and challenges, much like the famed Camel Trophy competition that defined the spirit of adventure in the 1980s and 1990s.

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The curious case of the disappearing speedo
Written by Alun   

triumph tiger 955In the process of writing up a test report on the Tiger 955i I think back to my first ride and in particular the strange case of the disappearing cockpit screens. Let me explain; the bike was advertised for sale by a guy up in Darlington, so, having pre-vetted the details over the phone and web I took the train up north expecting to complete the purchase and ride back down to Stratford upon Avon. About 250 miles in all.

Business completed, by 7pm I was on the M69 between Leicester and Coventry, within touching distance of the Triumph factory at Hinckley when the strangest thing happened. The day was drawing to a close, entering the murky period known as twilight, when I glanced down at the speedo and rev counter, rubbed my glove across my visor, and took a double take. All the marking indicators had disappeared, both the speedo and rev counter panels were glowing circles and it was impossible to read what speed I was travelling at or what my revs were. Spooky.

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Video of the week - Hells Gate Borneo
Written by Alun   

If it's called Hell's Gate and it happens to be in the jungles of Borneo then I want to ride there. This weeks video shows a bunch of locals heading into the undergrowth on jungle trails and it sure looks like fun to me.

The Hells Gate trail is in the Malaysian sector of Borneo and finishes at Kota Kinabalu within sight of the highest mountain on the Island, Mt Kinabalu. You may recall the national media reporting a few years ago on a group of Brit soldiers who went missing on an expedition to descend the impenetrable Lows Gulley which leads off Mt Kinabalu. Lows Gully is just a couple of valleys over from where these guys are riding – but not somewhere you'd want to go with a bike.

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Price cuts across the board at Touratech UK
Written by Alun   

Touratech are hardly what you'd call a budget range, with some of their products priced beyond the eye-watering, pick me up off the floor level. Nice then, that as of today, the company has announced that it is implementing a price reduction between 10% and 13% across the full Touratech branded range.

And fair play to the company they're also passing on the full price reduction to customers with all orders already in the system.

Whilst on the subject of Touratech I suppose I'd better mention that the company are holding their annual travel event over the weekend of 4th 6th June at their South Wales headquarters.

 
Ride For Life – Yamaha Super Tenere 1200
Written by Alun   

yamaha super tenere 1200On first thought, the launch of the new Yamaha Super Tenere 1200 adventure bike is a curious affair. You'll not be able to buy it through dealers and neither will you be able to have a test ride. The company have  announced that the bikes will only be available to purchase on-line, at £13,500, though there will be a major press launch which will no doubt result in extensive 'test features' in the motorcycle press. More of a creep out than a roll out.

The concept of a limited release is not new to Yamaha which followed a similar pattern with the launch of the Vmax many years ago. But with the adventure market all of a buzz, especially so with the launch of Ducati's new Multistrada I can't help thinking...'why?'

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I Want a 'Bimble to Tesco' App
Written by Alun   

Perfect shopping bikeThis past weekend I took a ride out in search of some heavy duty porn, not the traditional sweat and grunt stuff you understand, but the latest motorcycle porn which comes in the form of the sensual Multistrada 1200.

Following a press launch in the Canary Island of Lanzagrotti the new Ducati has been universally acclaimed by the worlds biking press, in fact, other than a few complaints about the positioning of the centre stand I've struggled to find a word written in anything other than the sort of literary praise that's usually reserved for a complimentary bar at a free all you can ogle strip show.

The £14,000 asking price has hardly been mentioned, though there's surely a danger of an inflationary effect on the motorcycle world in general with other manufacturers upping their price to compliment the Multistrada – the new Yamaha Tenere 1200 looks a prime example. Unlike other expensive Ducati's this is not an elite sports bike aimed at buyers with more cash than a love of biking, this is a motorcycle aimed four square at the mainstream with advanced features which will become standard on all bikes over the next few years or so.

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Adventure motorcycling – the early years.
Written by Alun   
max reisch

A film of the first ever motorcycle journey taken from Vienna, across the Middle East to India in 1933 has just been discovered and will be shown in the UK for the first time this weekend (24th and 25th April) at the International Classic Bike Show in Stafford.

It shows how Max Reisch, then a student but who subsequently became a famous travel writer, rode his tiny two-stroke Puch motorbike the 13,000 kilometers from Vienna to Bombay. On his epic journey, with his fellow student Herbert Tichy as pillion, he rides elephants with the Maharaja of Gwalior, meets arabs who have never seen a motorbike before, rides across 800km of desert to Baghdad and is escorted from one oasis to next under the protection of the army.

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Fesh Fesh...come and have a go if you think you're hard enough.
Written by Alun   

just before the deep fesh fesh in morrocoIf you ride a motorcycle off road in the desert regions of North Africa then it's only a matter of time until you come face to face with fesh fesh. And for most riders, face to face is the apt physical description of the confrontation rather than a literary take on the event.

Fesh fesh, is what happens to sand in the great evolutionary process as it progresses from being fine grains of rock and turns into what could be described as the talcum powder of the desert. Much finer and lighter than sand it can present itself as a thin layer (say, 2 to 3 inches) over a harder flat surface or build up into a deep all engulfing depressions in undulating areas. Essentially fesh fesh is dust, in massive quantities.

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Menage a trois – you, your partner and the real love of your life under canvas
Written by Alun   

tenere tent from the nomad tent companyIn the ferocious world of the UK outdoor gear testing mafia, where bobble hatted blackberry pickers garrotte those who question the recommended hydrostatic head of a waterproof jacket, I've been a loan voice as to what size of tent you should pack for an adventure. And I've the neck scars to prove it.

Whilst the bearded red sock brigade have been bowing and doffing their cap to the false idol of 'low weight is all' my view has always been that I'm prepared to carry a larger tent (and therefore a little more weight) to get the extra comfort that comes with additional space. And I've based that decision on a lifetime of biking, hiking in the wilds and high altitude mountaineering expeditions – where weight is far more critical than a weekend in The Lake District.

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Motorcycle touring – does your insurance cover you?
Written by Alun   

Are you covered?As a follow up to my feature 'The Great Motorcycle Travel Insurance Con' I asked Russell Dadson of Snowcard Insurance for his expert views and opinions on overseas travel insurance. And if you're planning any trips, you'll be well advised to read on. Over to you, Russell....

Keen motorbike riders have for many years enjoyed taking their bikes abroad to enjoy touring twisty alpine passes and cruising the (comparatively) quiet European motorways. More recently though there has been a surge in adventure biking as leading makers of adventure bikes like BMW and KPM have introduced more and more models onto the market and TV shows staring the likes of Ewan McGregor and Charlie Boreman have highlighted off road riding as being a viable adventure holiday. In addition, there are a handful of long haul specialists leading high altitude tours in places like India and the Himalaya on reconditioned Royal Enfield’s.

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As Smooth as Silk
Written by Alun   

globebustersWhilst most travellers have been talking volcanic ash and waiting for Gordon's Armada to get them back into the UK, the GlobeBusters Silk Road Expedition was waved off by hundreds well wishers from the Ace Café last Saturday morning under clear blue skies.

There was relief all round as the bikes rode off around the North Circular because the final weeks preceding their departure had been dogged with worries about earthquakes in China and civil unrest in Kyrgyzstan.

Kevin Sanders, Co-Founder of GlobeBusters and Expedition Leader said; “Our contingency plan, should we not be able to travel through Kyrgyzstan, is to ride north through Kazakhstan, but this meant every rider having to get an additional visa last week. The last of the passports were collected from the Kazakhstan Embassy with just 36 hours to spare”.

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