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We've just signed off the launch issue of Adventure Bike Rider at the printers. More details later, including how you can get hold of a copy. Right now I need a few zzzzz's....
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Okay, I'm going to let you in on a little secret. For the past 15 years I've been publishing a magazine called Adventure Travel. If you're into hiking, climbing and catching incurable diseases in jungles it'll be right up your street. But that's no secret. This is........we've been working behind the scenes on a new magazine called Adventure Bike Rider and the 1st issue is getting close to going to print.Over the past few months I've been out and about visiting the great and the good in the motorcycle industry and the support for the new title ...
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Interphone F2 City Bluetooth Wireless Motorcycle Entertainment SystemIf you just can't be out of touch, need music on the move or you're having an affair with the voice on your GPS you might want to check out the Interphone F2 City Bluetooth Wireless Motorcycle Entertainment System.

Priced at just £99.00 including VAT, the F2 City comes with features normally found on systems costing twice as much, and offers quick and easy connection to a mobile phone or satellite navigation system without messy wires.


The Interphone F2 City can be paired with two Bluetooth enabled devices simultaneously, such as mobile phone and satellite navigation, enabling the rider to make and receive telephone calls hands-free, while getting clear GPS directions, without the need to switch between devices. It can also be connected to a range of portable music players via the stereo plug-in facility - so riders can add their favourite soundtrack to their route.

 

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cheaper motorcycle touring in europeIt's the start of the motorcycle touring season when thousands of Brits pack on up and ride on out over to the continent. And the good news is, the £ in your pocket hit an 18 month high against the Euro yesterday, which in lay mans terms means...more beer money.

Talk to someone who toured in the EU zone last year and they'll no doubt tell you tales of financial woe as sterling looked to be heading towards parity with the Euro. Today the £ buys you 1.21 Euro and the word on the street is that it's likely to move higher in the short to medium term as the Euro Zone battles with the financial irregularities between its member states.

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Yamaha are providing free test rides on the new Super Tenere at the upcoming National BikeSafe event taking place at the Sheffield Arena from the 12th to the 13th of June. The event is being hosted by South Yorkshire Police and is free to visit. This is the first showing at an outdoor event of the 1200 adventure bike and Yamaha tell us that booking early for a test ride is advisable. More info at www.bikesafeshow.co.uk ...
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bmw gs1200 adventureBMW is recalling over 120,000 motorcycles for the second time to check for possible brake faults. The company said 100 bikes had been found still to have problems in brake fluid lines following a recall two years ago. The latest announcement affects the popular Boxer Tourer and Enduro models, including its best-selling R 1200 GS, and the four-cylinder tourer K 1200 GT.

A spokesman for BMW Motorrad said that in the worst case, the front brakes could fail if all the fluid leaked out. He said the company was not aware of any accident linked to the problem.

"There appears to be no danger to riders, so the (recall) measure can be done without the involvement and supervision of (German motor vehicle department) KBA," BMW said, citing a letter from the authority.

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triumph sprint gt 1050After three years of owning a Harley Davidson, during which I rode less miles than on any machine I'd previously owned, I needed a bike to bring a smile back to my face and energise my diminishing passion for motorcycles. Enter the Triumph Sprint 885, and the re-birth of my life in the saddle.

With that in mind I'll always have a soft spot for the Sprint and any new release is of great interest. So, five years after the introduction of the 1050cc Sprint ST sports tourer comes a new model with greater practicality and more emphasis on the ‘touring’ aspect of ‘sports touring’: the new Triumph Sprint GT (Grand Tourer).

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Honda dual clutch2010 has been an exciting year for motorcycle innovation with the Ducati Multistada leading the way with electronically adjusted power, suspension, traction and breaking.

Now it's Honda turn to show us what they can do with the launch of a revolutionary new technology – Dual Clutch Transmission - which could revolutionise the future of motorcycling by offering both a ‘traditional’ manual gear change operation, but by hand rather than foot, and also, a fully automated style gearbox with two different modes for riding preference and variety.

Historically, the use of a left-foot operated manual-shift gear lever and left-hand clutch lever has been an integral part of the motorcycle experience and, mastering clutch control and gear shifting at the same time has been one of the unique skills that a motorcyclist has to master. However, just as alternative gear-shift technologies have appeared in race cars and more recently on road-going cars and, quick-shifter systems are in use on racing motorcycles, the use of such innovative technology has never really made it to the street on two-wheels successfully: until now.

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The line up of speakers for the Touratech Travel Event, 4th-6th June 2010, has been announced with the following personalities appearing at the show. Sam Manicom – a well travelled biker and author of Distant Suns. Walter Colebatch - the low down on exploring Siberia on two wheels Graham Hoskins – cat from the Red Dwarf talks about the Sports Relief ride around the Med. Nick Plumb – Riding the Paris Dakar Grant Johnson – founder of Horizons Unlimited Dennis Robinson – Scooters to the Sahara Sean Murray &ndas...
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The adventure bike market has been the red hot sector of the motorcycle industry in 2010 with an updated GS from BMW, the all singing all dancing Mutistrada 1200 from Ducati and the new Yamaha Tenere 1200. And if that ain't enough, news reaches us that Aprilia have two new adventure bikes (750 and 1200) due for release at the Milan show in November. The 750 will feature the V twin from the Shiver whilst the big 1200 twin will use an all new power plant. Exciting times alright, and with rumours of a new Tiger Cub and a bruising 1200 adventure...
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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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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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african brew ha haAfrican Brew Ha Ha

(A Motorcycle Quest from Lancashire to Cape Town)

Alan Whelan

Summersdale £7.99

I'm a sucker for buying books that feature Triumph Tigers on their front cover, especially so when they're photographed in Mali. And as there's been a shortage of Tigers in Mali on the shelves these past few months coming across African Brew Ha Ha was, to take a well used phrase from the author, 'a great blinding light'.

Brew Ha Ha, is more a travel book than an adventure motorcycle travel book. The Tiger, of course, is a constant companion but for the anal adventure motorcycling crowd, of which I am a fully paid up subscriber, there's far too little mention of chain sprockets, oil reservoir covers and the exact dimensions of fender extenders. I felt all along that the Tiger was the unsung hero of this book.

That said, once I got past the uninspiring title, I thoroughly enjoyed author Alan Whelan's trials and tribulations as he journeyed solo and unsupported down the west coast of Africa – that's the tough side of the continent.

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I've started to check out travel insurance which covers for all eventualities when riding a motorcycle overseas and off-road (and in particular, Morocco) and the findings have been interesting and no great surprise.

Over the 15 years I've been with Adventure Travel magazine and climbing and hiking in some of the remoter areas of the world I've come to expect that there's going to be some small print to catch you out. For example; many  policies will state up front that they cover you for hiking in the wilderness and then the small print will contain a clause such as 'only on recognised trails'.

That term 'recognised trails' is such a grey area in remote mountain areas. For example is an unmarked mountain goat path used by the Bedouin in Algeria for hundreds of years a 'recognised trail' or not? I used to have fun querying the underwriters about such detail and would never get a straight answer. It pays to remember that the majority of the people who are trying to sell these insurances are unaware of the restrictions on their own policies and don't understand their significance when pointed out.

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Triumph Tiger 955i with Palmer Products Screen

I have a hunch that somewhere in the British Midlands, near Hinckley, there's a hidden, underground crypt with a rusty, creaking door which is opened once every eight years or so. Stuffed full of orange boxes, step ladders and heel raisers the contents of this catacomb are hardly of Holy Grail proportions but let me tell you, they are of far greater significance to riders of Triumph Tigers.

For it is here, that prior to the launch of a new model you can witness the gathering of the dwarf road test team lining up to receive their aids for mounting the tall traillies. And it is these vertically challenged gremlins who undoubtedly have the final say on the shape and hight of the windscreen.

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US bike manufacturer shuts down Buell and puts MV up for sale.The bike industry is awash with the news that Harley Davidson is in deep financial trouble. Deep enough to bury the Buell brand completely and put MV, the Italian bike company it bought only last year, up for sale.HD is caught in a financial pincer of seriously declining sales and huge bad debts arising from its financial division – a scenario that looks very similar to the fate of that other American engineering  icon GE (General Electric).Sales of the big American twins ...
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Honda V-4 - Coming Soon

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It's well known that Honda has been working on a new V-4 powered motorcycle. Indeed, over the past 6 months MCN, in particular, have come over all James Bondish publishing 'leaks' and 'spy' photographs which we're supposed to believe were gained through document drops in a frosty Moscow park and SAS style photography tactics. The truth is probably far more prosaic, with Honda's PR team handing over the material to drooling MCN reporters busy kissing ass over a nice cup of tea and a biscuit in a plush office. Never the less, I for one have...
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Here's something that could interest a few people around here.... Saga, the company that specialises in the over-fifties, plans to extend its financial services to include motorbike insurance next month. At a time when their mothers and fathers were thinking of putting their feet up, hundreds of thousands of fiftysomethings today are hitting the road in search of thrills. To be precise, about 700,000 people in this age group now own motorbikes and Saga's research suggests another million wish they did so. Saga points out that older biker...
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Why Do You Ride?

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US motorcycling giant Harley Davidson have carried out some research and here's their findings...Everyone knows the old adage - men are from Mars, women are from Venus. But according a recent survey(1) commissioned by Harley-Davidson to find out what motivates men and women to get behind the handlebars--and stay there--when it comes to the sport of motorcycling, they share similar reasons for riding. The survey found four out of five female and male riders agree that learning to ride a motorcycle changed their lives. Jennifer Thorne, 39, fro...
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BMW have a new limited edition GS.  Here's the press release in their words........BMW Motorrad has launched a striking Special Edition version of the R 1200 GS, the UK's favourite all-round motorcycle, to celebrate the 15th year of the 4-valve GS boxer twin. This limited edition model comes in Alpine white with a dual-colour seat and a distinctive black front 'beak'. To stand out from the ever-popular standard model, the SE version is supplied with black cross spoke wheels, protective aluminium head covers and a tinted screen as standard....
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