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The Practical Wheelie

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At home I have enough space to practice slow maneuvers BUT the only feedback I get is through review of my videos.  I had an invite to go over to Chet’s house to practice and help Brian wrap up the install on (he has acreage, and an accumulation of valuable moto knowledge) to train with… Read more »

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Training with Dirt Bike Safety Training

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The Takeaways: Log Hopping:  This is a breeze when you have a 20 yard lead and 50 yard buffer behind a log.  Put pressure through your knees to the pegs, blip the throttle then up and over you go.  We practiced this more than anything else at our training.  It was supremely helpful.  The hard part… Read more »

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A Year on a Dirtbike

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The Commitment: I SOLD THEM ALL, it took me over 12 months but I did it.  I sold the F800GS, KTM 690, 2 BMW R1200GSA’s and a KTM Super Enduro.  I emptied my garage and decided to simplify my life but I couldn’t go without a motorcycle… The Bike: I needed street legal, light weight and manageable… Read more »

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Touratech Rally 2016 Photos

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Touratech Rally 2016 is in the bag.  Learned a lot from Professional Photographer Tim Burke on how to shoot at night (see a sample of his work below).  To see more and higher resolution photos follow him on his instagram account: @timburkephoto Weekends Highlights: – Rode 373 miles on the bike – Signed BR Riders into history at the… Read more »

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Ride Reports: Starvation Ridge Race 2015

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2015-10-31 25 Hours of Starvation Ridge Endurance Race By Brian C. Englund · Taken at Starvation Ridge edited by Wiel Penders. Photos of the race event are here “Tears are innately manly when cried astride 100hp death machines.” #ManLaw Summary: #BlackRiverRacing is a group of primarily adventure bikers from Black River ADV which decided to field a… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Gent Welsh

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Name: Gent Welsh Team: Black River ADV Residence: Yelm, WA Experience:  Growing up in rural eastern Oregon, I’ve been on and around motorcycles from the time I could walk.  I owned a dual sport motorcycle (1985 XL-350R) before I even owned a car.  Other than a couple years living abroad in the United Kingdom, I’ve never… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Sam Hooper

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Name: Sam Hooper Team: Black River ADV Residence: Maple Vally, WA Experience: I have been riding all kinds of street bikes off and on for 25 years, dirt bikes for half as long, team member of a sponsored desert enduro quad  (atv) team, and large adventure bikes for the last 2 years. Bikes: 2013 BMW… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Wiel Penders

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Name: Wiel Penders Team: Black River ADV Residence: Renton, WA Experience: Riding since 1968. Current Bike: 2014 BMW R1200 GSA LC About me: I started doing laps at age 4 on a little 2-stroke in Spa, Belgium and was hooked. Protective gear was a must: Leather helmet, shorts and sandals! Riding motorcycles was in my… Read more »

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Rider Profiles: Eric Archambault

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Name: Eric Archambault Team: Black River ADV / Touratech-USA Residence: Seattle, WA Experience: Racing since 2003.  Hare Scrambles, Vintage Motocross, GPs, and a little Desert.  In total a few ‘C’ class podiums in GP and VMX, 2nd place in Adv class at the Stumpjumper Desert 100 in 2014, 8th place in 2015.  Lots of hours of trail-riding… Read more »

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Products: Knight Designs Pegs

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Knight Designs Foot Pegs: I bought a set of Knight Designs pegs as they were a good price point ($139) and were the only product that offered a lower peg without being longer than stock. The only drawback I could see for a lower peg is that it might catch on debris that the stock pegs… Read more »