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Look What Santa Brought Me!

Thursday, December 27th, 2007

It’s amazing how Santa knows exactly what to bring you at Christmas time. I was determined to get my list delivered to the big guy but after getting thrown out of three department stores I was starting to get desperate.

I needn’t have worried as Santa must network like an insurance salesman and word got through to him. Our first project bike will be very cool indeed. The first things I found under the christmas tree was a complete set of KLR branded luggage from Kawasaki including tank bag, rear tail bag and saddle bags. Along with that kit was a taller Kawasaki aftermarket windscreen.
But it didn’t stop there. Santa also got me a pair of TAG handlebars and grips plus a pair of IMS footpegs. Can’t wait to get rid of those standard rubber pegs and get a decent grip on the bike. Speaking of grip Santa must know I prefer the loose stuff and now the KLR will be shod with a pair of Cheng Shin tyres that are 30% road and 70% dirt.

The KLR always seemed to be gasping for breath and Santa came through with a Unifilter and with some air box mods we’ll have that thing sucking air like… (insert your own analogy here). There was one last thing missing but Santa left me a note. His elves got a little behind this year as the demand for Nintendo Wii was greater than expected. So this years production of the new KLR650 Staintune pipes will begin in January 2008 so hopefully it will turn up for our next big ride.
That’s just the KLR. Santa also bought me 10 pairs of underwear. Not that you really wanted to hear that but my stock of comfy undies had suffered with all the miles we’ve done so far. Need to stand up more.

Finally my girlfriend bought me an Australia Road and 4WD Atlas. I’m still trying to figure out whether that means she wants me to go away or to make sure I find my way back. Think I might have to clear that one up this week. But more importantly better get started on kitting up the KLR. All the gear will be in Issue 16 of Trail Zone and the new Project Bike section of the ORE web site next month.
Have a happy New Year and ride safe.


Roasts, Forums and In The Zone

Monday, December 17th, 2007

Christmas is always a rush and this week has been particularly hectic but I thought I’d fit in on more Blog before Christmas. Last night I had the honour of being master of ceremonies at Stephen Gall’s 50th Birthday Roast last weekend. The night was attended by just about everybody who shaped the professional Australian off road riding scene for the last thirty years.
Amongst family and friends were former motocross champions Craig Dack, Vaughn Style, Pelle Granquist and Anthony Gunter plus international supercross rider Michael Byrne. Also in attendance was Vince Tesoriero who created the Mr Motocross series and Len Williamson who was the key man behind numerous Motocross de Nations campaigns.
The old saying ‘what goes on tour, stays on tour’ went completely out the window and hopefully Gall’s secrets are safe with about 80 family and friends. The night featured a presentation slide show of about 300 images of Gall’s professional and private life followed by some footage from the Liverpool Supercross in 1984. I’ll have some incriminating pictures in my ORE column in the next issue of Trail Zone.
As most of you would already know, our first Off Road Explorer Enews went out last week but as technology would have it, with firewalls and spam filters, some of you who subscribed may not have received it. So if you had any problems you can see the Enews at http://www.offroadexplorer.com/Enews/ORE_Enews_1.html
If you’re not a subscriber to Trail Zone then issue 15 is now available at your local newsagent with a bonus DVD produced by offroadexplorer.com. It features enduro rides at Sunny Corner and Mt Buller, our Bridle Track adventure ride that appeared in issue 14 plus bike reviews of the BMW Xchallenge, Gas Gas FSR450 and the Suzuki DRZ250. Popgun gives a couple of tech tips and there’s Clubby’s Favourite Word. The response so far from subscribers has been incredible with some readers saying it’s the best trail bike riding DVD they’ve seen. If you want to see what all the fuss is about then check out the DVD trailer at http://au.youtube.com/offroadexplorer. The DVD alone makes a great christmas present and is available at your newsagent.
You’ll see a couple more updates to ORE web site appear over the next couple of days. I’m just putting the final touches to the ORE Forum, the ORE Shop (as soon as I find something to sell) and finally the ORE Photo Gallery. I’m really looking forward to that because Clubby has captured some great images on our rides and we’re keen to share them.
All that’s left now is to pack the KLR650 and head off for some festive adventure riding and hope that Santa brings me a new GPS. To everybody who has subscribed to the ORE web site, checked out the ORE stories in Trail Zone and sent us emails have a Merry Christmas and a safe and Happy New Year.
Lance Turnley

In The Zone DVD is Finally Released!

Wednesday, December 12th, 2007

First I have to apologise for missing my scheduled Blog last week but it’s not like we’ve been asleep. If you’ve registered on the blog or for the Enews you would have received just that. The first Off Road Explorer Enews. The first edition was kept pretty simple to make sure the system worked. Future editions will have more links to info for al things dual sport. Feel free to forward it to all your mates.
For the Trail Zone team it’s a pretty exciting time with the release of Trail Zone issue 15 and the ‘In The Zone’ bonus DVD due out December 19. We really wanted to produce a worthwhile product for our readers and its important to us that we get your honest feedback. Sure, you’ll more than likely hurt my feelings but Clubby and Popgun taunt me all the time about the fact that my feet never touch the ground so I live. Give it to us straight. We wouldn’t have it any other way.
In issue 15 is my Snowy Mountain High ride through the Vic High Country. Clubby snapped some excellent pics and I hope you get motivated to do the ride yourself. Check out the Travel pages in offroadexplorer.com were you’ll find the route on Google Maps. Following that is my story on the BMW Rider Training course. That BMW Xchallenge is a tall bike but after two days it felt like a 250 after combining a whole bunch of techniques from Miles Davis, Wayne Clark and Matt Cooley. I highly recommend their training regardless of your skill level.
Finally, is a more comprehensive report on the Kawasaki KLR650. It’s more road orientated than previous models but nonetheless perfectly suited to long distance dual sports touring.
Just last week Clubby sent me off for my first major motorcycle media event. Along with other members of the off-road motorcycle press I was treated to two days of riding the latest models from Husqvarna. The Australian importers, the Paul Feeney Group had the entire off-road range including the new fuel injected TE250, TE450 and TE510. Unfortunately the TE610 hadn’t arrived so the guys organised a 2007 610 for me for a bit of a spin. Having ridden it I’m really looking forward to getting my hands on the new model. There’ll be a full report of my first media release experience in Trail Zone issue 16. So far, outside of the riding, I can remember about a paragraph worth of text so expect a lot of pictures with faces blurred to lower the chance of being identified. The other guys kept saying ‘What goes on tour, stays… something. Oh well. Never mind.
I’m hooking up for a ride with Tenere Ray over the break so I’ll have a new route on the site during January. So have a great Christmas, a happy New Year and ride safe.
Lance Turnley