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honda cross tourer joe public review
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Reviewed by Big Fish
"See my comments set out below in "Another Underrated Honda""
Moto Guzzi Stelvio 1200 NTX
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Reviewed by alberthall
"would do it again "
Mega Comfort for fat folk!!
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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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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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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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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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Reviewed by gbags
"Pretty easy. Western Europe is safe and it was summer. I had to make it entry level as it was my ..."
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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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Reviewed by DanP
"Buy Rukka, you get what you pay for."
Yamaha XT 1200Z Super Tenere
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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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"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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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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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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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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Reviewed by stevie
"Next trip for me is bike week. Florida. March 2015"
KLIM Badlands Pro
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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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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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Reviewed by Steve1129
Outwell Dreamboat, silly name, great nights sleep
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Reviewed by Throttled
"Its a silly name, but who cares when there is a means to a great nights sleep. Its success is dow..."
KLIM Badlands Pro
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Reviewed by tonka
"An excellent suit in every way once you accept the price But lifetime warranty and goretex pro o..."
Lads Spanish Adventure
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Reviewed by drhypno
"an excellant time and a real adventure "
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Reviewed by holborn
"I would like to add my thoughts to the previous review of this budget tent - High Gear's proton 3..."
Vango Venom 200 square
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Reviewed by DocClog
"Great little down sleeping bag, packs down to only 18 x 16cm (really!), and has a square end for ..."
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Reviewed by DocClog
"I'd buy this lid again in a heartbeat, although I could be tempted by the better looking big brot..."
BMW F 650 GS Dakar
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Reviewed by DocClog
"Okay, mine is a bit pimped out with taller screen (I'm 6'2"), engine bars, bigger tougher sump gu..."
Winton Massif - Outer Limits Tour
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Reviewed by yodagoat
"http:// yodagoat.blogspot winton-massif- outer-limits-tour.html"
Alpinstarts Tech 3 Motocross boots
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Reviewed by Discoed
"Great boots but don't bank on keeping dry feet. These are the boots I most often reach for despit..."
KLIM Badlands Pro
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Reviewed by Mark
"The longer I wear/use the Badlands Pro the more I am in love with it! I have tried a number of le..."
KLIM Badlands Pro
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Reviewed by GSA Junkie
"Pricey, but does what it claims to, is comfy from day one and keeps me bone dry! Very rarely need..."
Lois On The Loose
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Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"Fun fantastic read, recommend it, also try her 2nd book Red Tape"
Old Man On a Bike
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Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"Well written, but just not my cup of tea, too indepth about politics/country history rather than ..."
the long ride home
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Reviewed by GlosBoy45
"A great book, well written, you feel like you are on the jouney with him, what an experience, wel..."
Honda XRV750 Africa Twin
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Reviewed by Jay fitzgerald
"I can't see myself ever selling this bike - 3500km on and off-road through Morocco without any is..."
BMW F 800 GS
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Reviewed by Barcs1
"Great bike, good fuel economy, comfortable and when fully loaded , hardly notice any change in ha..."
Honda announce updated line-up for 2016
Written by Rob Slade   

Honda has announced a range of upgrades of three of its crossover-styled ‘X’ models for 2016 including the CB500X, NC750X and their range-topping VFR1200X Crosstourer.

The news comes as anticipation grows for the new CRF1000L Africa Twin (release date to be confirmed) following further details and a new interactive video giving the best look yet at the long-awaited machine.

Of course, it’s worth remembering that Honda offer other bikes in the adventure and touring sectors and it is now clear that these models are also facing upgrades, just on a slightly lesser scale then the Africa Twin. Find out everything you need to know by clicking 'read more' below.

Honda CB500X 2016

On the ABR forum last week...
Written by Rob Slade   

Mondays, what a drag eh? Well, don't worry, we've got plenty to keep you distracted today with our forum round up. The question is, can you help out any of our members? Last week we had people asking for European route recommendations, questions about trail bikes for shorter riders and a bit of technical stuff too. Read on and then join the conversation over on the forum!

BMW S1000XR Vs Ducati Multistrada 1200S
Written by Rob Slade   

As a raft of exciting new metal in showrooms fall on the sportier side of the adventure sector it’s clear that adventure sports bikes are answering the needs of many.

Countless riders who are perhaps trading in their sports bike for something that delivers similar performance with the added bonus of increased comfort and practicality have seen sports bikes such as the Yamaha Tracer move quickly up the sales rankings.

It’s understandable why too. Those who have no off-road aspirations can enjoy the same comfortable seating position and added features of an adventure bike while still keeping hold of exceptional speed and handling. So how do two of the biggest players in this market stack up against each other? ABR has a look...

Video of the week: Hilarious off-road motorbike and ATV fails
Written by Rob Slade   

If there's one things that's true about us all as human beings, it's that we often like to laugh at other people's misfortunes. Well, fortunately for you the latest installment of video of the week features a fail compilation of people getting off-roading all sorts of wrong. Check out the video by hitting the 'read more' button below.

Everything you need to know about riding in Cambodia
Written by S P Lebombwe   

Cambodia has become a hot destination for adventure riders in recent years and for good reason too. The locals are exceptionally welcoming, the weather is fairly reliable during the non-monsoon months and there are so many options of graded red dirt roads and serious single lane jungle tracks.

The result? A riding destination that is unsurpassed for that absolute feeling of freedom you get when riding the exhilarating trails that the Kingdom of Wonder has to offer.

But how does someone go about heading out on an epic Cambodian adventure? We spoke to self-confessed Buddhist dirt biker and organiser of The Red Dirt Tour, Tim Highfield (a.ka. Red Leader) from Mototrails Ltd to find out more.

Watch: Interactive video gives best look yet at Honda Africa Twin
Written by Rob Slade   

Honda has released several new videos giving us the best look yet at the new CRF1000L. The main one is an interactive video which allows the user to forge their own path of exploration on the Africa Twin.

The video is made up of various passages of footage showing the bike on a range of different surfaces and it's clear that Honda have created the motorcycle with a large focus on its off-road ability – something that is sure to please a lot of you. Expect different conditions such as sand dunes, mountains, forest tracks and the open road. You can check out the video by clicking the 'read more' button below.

Honda CRF1000L Africa Twin

GIVI reveal new waterproof luggage
Written by Rob Slade   

Italian motorcycle accessory manufacturer GIVI has launched a new range of waterproof “containers” that have been designed for the motorcycle traveller looking for an intelligent luggage handling solution.

The new 'Storm' bags have been created primarily to be used alongside the aluminium Trekker Outback pannier cases, however they can also be used on the bike separately, or even off the bike due to the inclusion of a shoulder strap. Click the 'read more' button for the full details.

Warmthru announce new heated motorcycle vest and gloves
Written by Rob Slade   

As the nights draw in and a brisk chill starts to fill the air, it’s time to prepare ourselves for winter. For some that means locking the bike away in the garage while waiting for better weather, but for others it means donning their winter gear and hitting the road.

Well, for those of you that fall into the latter category, you may just be interested to hear that Warmthru have introduced some new heated products to their range. Perhaps winter won’t be so bad after all?

On the ABR forum last week...
Written by Rob Slade   

As if it's Monday already!? Just where does the weekend go? Don't worry though, we'll be sure to try and keep you entertained through the working week through the ABR website. Kicking off the week we've get our regular forum round up. As with most weeks there has been loads of activity on the forum with threads discussing all sorts.

Below we've rounded up a few of the highlights including questions about how good the Honda CB500X Rally Raid (Stage 3) is, what bike would be good for a first-time green lane rider and a quest for advice about off-road routes in Europe. So take a look below and see if you can help anyone out.

Watch: Moto GP rider headbutts seagull during Australian Grand Prix
Written by Rob Slade   

While not strictly having anything to do with adventure motorcycling, there was no way we could let this one pass under the radar. During yesterday's Australian Grand Prix a seagull met a dismal end after being headbutted – yes, headbutted – by race leader Andrea Iannone as he took a corner. Watch the incredible video by clicking the 'read more' button below.

Seagull at Australian Moto GP

5 things you need to know about the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT
Written by Rob Slade   

Earlier this year we were in Ireland for the launch of the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT, and while there weren’t huge changes to the original edition which came beforehand, there was plenty to offer pause for thought.

Touting a 645cc, 4 stroke, liquid-cooled V-Twin engine, the V-Strom sits firmly in the middle-range of adventure styled motorcycles and it certainly has a lot to offer. It looks good (in our humble opinion), rides well and is a more-than-capable steed for pretty much any use you may require.

So, let’s get down to the nitty gritty shall we? Here are five things you need to know about the Suzuki V-Strom 650XT.

The ABR guide to the highest passes in the Republic of Ireland
Written by Geoff Hill   

Here at ABR we love a decent mountain pass... Stunning scenery, a mix of corners and less frustrating traffic clogging up the roads. There’s just something much more mesmerising about riding at altitude rather than being on the flat.

In honour of that fact, ABR teamed up with TomTom in issue 29 (Jul/Aug) in an effort to reveal the three highest passes in England, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Subsequently, we believe we may have inadvertently created a British road trip of epic proportions. It would be rude to keep it to ourselves, so we thought we’d share them all with you. Without further delay, here are the highest (and some of most incredible) passes in the Republic of Ireland.


Geoff in the Sally Gap, County Wicklow

Video of the week: Riding across Nepal on a 250cc Bajaj Pulsar
Written by Rob Slade   

While riding through places like Nepal on a motorcycle isn't exactly a new concept, doing so on a Bajaj Pulsar street motorcycle seems like a pretty epic way to do so. Well, that's exactly what adventure motorcyclist and YouTube sensation Alex Chacón finds himself doing.

Riding from Kathmandu to Pokhara and then south to the border with India, he travels through the muddiest, most remote parts of Nepal. Along the way he meets the locals, gets lost, dodges huge trucks and deals with the nature of riding on extremely rough terrain on nothing more than a 250cc street bike.

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