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From Small-Bore Nakeds To Big-Bore ADVs, Bridgestone’s New T31 And A41 Tires Have You Covered

Mon, 02 Apr 2018 13:15:56 +0000

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Sampling Bridgestone’s T31 sport-touring and A41 adventure tires with an epic ride in Morocco

We roll around Morocco on fresh sport-touring and adventure rubber from Bridgestone. Check out this story for epic photos and a little info about some new tires.
As is common, the T31s are essentially slick down the middle. Bridgestone added more siping to the tire’s shoulders to increase water drainage and fine-tune handling and feel. Morocco has miles of this kind of well-graded dirt road. This is the road—and the bike—that netted me some power slides on the A41s. I don’t blame any tire for succumbing to full throttle in second gear on a 1,301cc V-twin! The A41s have deep tread grooves and a quasi-aggressive pattern that’s a good match for today’s big-bore ADVs.


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A Triumph In An Arabian Spring

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 10:00:00 +0000

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Riding a Triumph Tiger to decipher the sensory overload of a foreign land

Forty-eight hours in Morocco with a 2018 Triumph Tiger 800 as a tour guide. Is there a better way to see the sights?
After a brief break, I returned to my bike to be “greeted” by a local girl. She was little impressed until I started the bike and gave her a high five. Her eyes lit up. 2018 Triumph Tiger 800.


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Catching Up With Charley Boorman

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 17:30:00 +0000

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The Long Way Round star on life, work, and a possible new adventure with Ewan McGregor

Long Way Round may have changed the course of his career, but riding bikes has been a constant for Charley Boorman since his very first ride on a Maico 400.
The author and Charley Boorman at the 2018 Triumph Tiger 1200 press launch in Spain. Charley’s custom Triumph Scrambler. Charley riding a Triumph Scrambler. Charley’s custom Triumph T120 chopper by Down & Out Motorcycles.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 6

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part five.
Like riding with Hailey, waterfalls in Costa Rica have no equal. Perfect timing as we both need a shower. Pura Vida—the most famous saying and Costa Rica and now Hailey’s favorite keepsake.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 5

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your pre-teen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 5.
Day 5 and Hailey has stopped removing gear unless absolutely necessary. The girl wants to ride. Who am I to argue? Our small ride group stops to relax and photograph/video the incredible landscape. The adventure goes on forever and starts right here. I am a patient man. More so when bikes are moving. Riders play on the intense Costa Rican tundra. I decided against it, as crashing in front of Hailey would lead to interminable heckling.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 3

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 15:00:00 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 3.
This view of the Pacific meets Hailey’s approval. The sign of a true motorcyclist: Hailey is anxious to ride. An adventure rider in the making… A quick photograph from our guide, moment before realizing we were about as stuck in the sand as we could get. Micho—one of our guides and the owner of Elephant Moto—is a huge goofball.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 4

Wed, 10 Jan 2018 13:21:07 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 4.
Chris—our guide and tour architect—is truly a “live-in-the-moment” dude. Hailey instantly liked him. Up on the first try! Hailey nailed surfing, as I expected. She would later wonder why she was so scared to try it. Our guide Jaunca is a consummate goofball. I mean, who wears plaid shorts anymore?


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 2

Tue, 09 Jan 2018 17:55:42 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Part 2.
A disheveled Hailey takes in the morning view from our hotel balcony in Manuel Antonio. Hailey reluctantly tries coconut milk, freshly cut by a local street merchant (she ended up having two more). Hailey and I await the Puntarenas Ferry. The heat is intense and we look forward to stripping out of our riding gear.


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Experiencing Costa Rica by Motorcycle With a Preteen—Part 1

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 12:58:20 +0000

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An epic tale of a memorable father-daughter trip on a BMW GS

When you’re a world-traveling BMW tour guide and riding instructor, it makes sense to take trips with your preteen daughter to places like Costa Rica. Or does it?
Elephant Moto Details our daily rides through Costa Rica. A quick father/daughter pose before our trip begins. Fresh (and spicy!) homemade empanadas, courtesy of a backcountry cafe. It was too hot to move at this quick mountaintop rest stop.


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Tiffani’s Yamaha FZ-07 Tour: The Return to Mexico

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 11:00:00 +0000

News Chapter 3, Part 20 Who’d've thunk it, but our return to Mexico feels like a homecoming celebration, complete with a bucket-list achievement!A relatively short hop takes us across the country, from the Pacific Ocean side of Mexico to the Gulf side. What kind of protagonist would I be if I didn’t have a sword? If you can ignore the fact that machetes are basically Central American lawn mowers, I might even appear intimidating one day! I had never even heard of Chiapas before I started this trip south, and now it’s the first place I think of every time someone asks me what my favorite place in Mexico is. My second impression of this country is starting strong. You may have been bored at various times, but have you ever been “stuck at the side of the road, studying the mannerisms of goats” bored? Your chariot, sir. I’m pretty sure Hollywood was just faking the whole broken-down thing because he was tired and wanted some air-conditioning. This is literally the fourth time on this trip a police officer has stopped us because he just wanted to check out our bikes. I think cool motorbikes might be the universal language that transcends all differences. My luck with getting off of speeding tickets has gotten much better in Mexico! [...]Is it weird that the second I stuck my face underwater, all I could think about was that these fish would make great paint schemes for my racebikes? And now I’m officially open-water certified! I think I may have found something I can obsess over almost as hard as I do motorcycles!


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