The Mayans seriously screwed up. Either that, or we are not very good at reading their hieroglyphs. Most of us woke up last December 22nd and realized that the predicted doomsday hadn’t materialized. But it got the Cycle World staff thinking… Even though we dodged that one, shouldn’t we be prepared in case archeologists got [...]Read Full Post | Comments(20)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn, Illustrations: Tim Barker
In 2002, Cycle World took delivery of the very first KTM 950 Adventure in the U.S. We quickly fell in love with this bike—frame number 100—and we kept it in our long-term fleet for its first 15,000 miles. Then, as CW’s Off-Road Editor at the time, I purchased the 950 because I liked it so [...]Read Full Post | Comments(1)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
The word “adventure” summons thoughts of the unknown. But knowing where you are and where you are going can be a challenge. Here are five tips to make your trip both more and less adventurous. 1) Never underestimate the power of a good paper map. They always boot up, they never run out of batteries [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
Photographer : Fran Kuhn
The safer you are, the more fun you will have—it’s as simple as that. Nobody likes when crash bars dig into terra firma and saddlebags get ripped off their mounts. Follow these five tips and you’ll do a much better job of keeping your bike and yourself together. 1) Know your size. Adventure machines are [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
2014 Aprilia Caponord 1200 – First Ride Borrowing a name from Aprilia’s past, the new Caponord 1200 is an adventure-tourer for the future.
Sardinia, Italy—When I first saw the Caponord at the EICMA show, I quickly dismissed it as a smart, full-dress evolution of the Aprilia Dorsoduro, a bike conceived to snatch a slice of the growing adventure-touring pie from the iconic BMW R1200GS. However, after riding the Aprilia Caponord 1200 on some secluded and twisty roads on [...]Read Full Post | Comments(10)
Photographer : Angela Goodman
World traveler Helge Pedersen shares what he loaded onto his 2012 BMW R1200GS before embarking on his adventure trip from Seattle to Tierra del Fuego. 1) The Think Tank Retrospective 30 camera shoulder bag carries all my paperwork, electronics and camera gear. Fits in the panniers perfectly. 2) Video camera and more electronics. The curse [...]Read Full Post | Comments(6)
Gelande/Strasse BMW's GS has launched a million adventure dreams. This man's became a 32-year reality.
Photographer : Helge Pedersen
It was a rainy day in my hometown of Kristiansand, Norway, when I picked up my first BMW G/S. The year was 1981, and I had decided to leave my photography career for a two-wheel journey to Africa. At the time, the BMW R80G/S was the perfect template for a world traveler taking to the [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)
The Armageddon Tour: Adventure Bike Comparison Test – Bonus Video What will you ride to the end of the world?
This just in: BMW has announced that new liquid-cooled 2013 R1200GS, the bike making a huge splash on our upcoming April, 2013, cover, will have an MSRP of $15,800. That, however, is for a base model that won’t likely be stocked by BMW’s 140 dealers. When bikes start arriving in mid-March, the vast majority of [...]Read Full Post | Comments(2)
Bad news: U.S. buyers will have to wait until the 2014 model year for the brand-new KTM 1190 Adventure to arrive. Good news: The 990 Adventure is going out in a blaze of glory. This limited-edition model has white bodywork with “Baja” graphics, and an orange powdercoated frame. A suede-style seat, LED auxiliary lights, radiator [...]Read Full Post | Comments(0)