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Adventure Motorcycling

  • Honda Africa Twin One Gallon Rotopax

    Customers have had a lot of questions on the capability of carrying extra fuel on the Honda Africa Twin. A long time customer, Billy Ray, stopped at happy Trails and showed us his "Honda Africa Twin One Gallon Rotopax". Billy Ray had used the the Inner Tool Plate mount on the Happy Trails SU rack to mount his one gallon Rotopax container.

    The Happy Trails SU Rack for the Africa Twin design uses a plate welded into the left side SU Rack to mount the Inner Tool Tray. Using the Rotopax Standard Mount and the Rotopax One Gallon Fuel Pack the combination worked very well to pack the extra fuel.

    Honda Africa Twin One Gallon Rotopax Happy Trails SU Rack gas Rotopax Africa Twin

    The Pannier Kit that was used on the African Twin was the Teton 7 1/2" Clif Cut  with the Powder Coat Black option. The Teton 7 1/2 Clif Cut has 7 1/2" Lid with a 6" body, this combination gives you a 36" width of the panniers with a total capacity of 52 liters.  One of the recent comments we received on the installation of the Africa Twin Pannier kit was; "this was the easiest installation I have on any bike so far."

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  • PD Nerf Engine Guards for 2017 Suzuki DL650 XT

    We received an email from a customer telling us the Happy Trails PD Nerf Engine Guards for his 2017 Suzuki DL650 XT were interfering with stock mud guard on the engine.

    "I got my Happy Trails PD Nerf Engine Guards for my 2017 Suzuki DL650 XT and they  didn't fit over the plastic engine mud guard. So like all inventive people I made a modification.  It was removing a small section on the mud guard and I thought you might like the photos of how I accomplished the task."

    The stock Mud Deflector on the XT interferes with the PD Nerf
    You can a section of the plastic stock Mud Guard out
    Section of plastic Mud Guard removed and everything fits to perfection.

    The V Strom 650XT model is the only one with the factory Mud Guard. The Adventure Model and the Base Model for the 2017+ V Strom 650 do not have the mud guard.

     

  • Happy Trails 2018 Heart of Idaho Rally

    Happy Trails Products is proud to announce the 2018 Heart of Idaho Rally. The dates for the event are September 6-9 2018.

    The 2018 Heart of Idaho Rally will be just out of Cambridge Idaho at Mundo Hot Springs. Mundo Hot Springs offers tent camping, RV Spaces, a Hostel, one Cabin and a rental house.

    The 2018 Heart of Idaho Rally has no fee, you will need to make your reservations with Mundo Hot Springs. Mundo is located three miles north of Cambridge next to the Weiser River Trail. For reservations or more information, call Mundo Hot Springs (208) 257-3849 or (208)907-2401 or email them at [email protected]

    The Cambridge area is the gateway to Hells Canyon and offers a vast riding area. Sturgill Mount, Cuddy Mountain,West Mountain, Black Lake, Bear, Cuprum, & Kleinschmidt Grade are just a few of the areas to be explored.

    We went to Cambridge in December to check out Mundo Hot Springs and to our surprise we saw some riders on the Weiser trail. It was cold and foggy but  they were having a good time.

    Mary & Joseph, 1 MulePower

     

    Each evening Riders will meet up and outline what rides they will do the next day.  Riders will start showing up Wednesday PM so be sure and let others know what area you want to ride.

    All bikes must be street legal and you must have a valid Motorcycle License. GPS Tracks will be available. You will be riding in Idaho and Oregon. Gas and food is three miles from camp.

    Areas of interest:

    Sturgill Mountain

    Hells Canyon

    Bear & Cuprum

    Black Lake

    Kleinschmidt Grade

    Weiser River Trail

     

  • Packing A Dual Sport Motorcycle For An Adventure Ride - Ken Hunter Seminar

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    Today we'll be visiting Birds of Prey motorsports and Caldwell Idaho where my friend Ken Hunter will be doing a seminar on how he packs his dual sport for adventure rides. In the last 10 years, Ken has stacked up an impressive 200,000 miles of adventure including:

    • The Transamerica Trail
    • Tennessee to the Oregon coast.
    • The Continental Divide Trail
    • The Pony Express route
    • At least four trips to Alaska
    • And has even fit in some overseas adventure in Thailand

    ...so needless to say he has some experience packing a bike for adventure.

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  • Riding A KLR 650 4600 Miles Through Southern South America

    Robert Runyard used to be a test rider for Yamaha Motors (and Yamaha Parts Distributors) back in the 1970s.  In 1977 he borrowed an XS650 and rode it to Tierra del Fuego.   He decided back then that he really liked southern Patagonia and that one day he’d return and stay there.   He made good on that in 2008 when he quit his job as an engineer for Lockheed Martin, and started running tours on his small fleet of KLR650 bikes --  that just happened to include a bunch of hardware that Happy Trails sells.   Runyard’s  tours operated from Puerto Natales in Chile, to the end of the road in Tierra del Fuego, and up into the glacier parks in the Andes in Argentina.

    These days Runyard works more as a translator for the Chilean Antarctic Institute than as a tour guide.  But in early 2017 he was wondering if he might be too old to do a good, long adventure ride. So he took a ten-year-old battery off the tenders, stuck it in a 2006 KLR, and set off for what turned out to be one month and 7500 kilometers of riding.  Had it not been for competing commitments, it just might have been for two months.

    It started with a boat trip through the fjordlands, to reach the southern end of the Carretera Austral.

    Then a ride through the Chacabuco valley to the frontier with Argentina

    Up into the Andes again to cross back into Chile

    Then from Chile back into Argentina…and repeat…

    And then as the autumn rains set in around southern Chile, he took the Navimag ship home to Puerto Natales.

  • Optimal 1000 Adventure Motorcycle Ride Day 2

    Imnaha Oregon to Orofino Idaho via the Zumwalt Prairie.

     

    Starting the morning out in a deep canyon has its benefits. You have the sunshine but not the total brightness of the light. I guess you can say it is like a having a great stretch in the morning. You know the kind where you wake up easy, nothing harsh, no alarm clock, just start that easy wake up process and in the midst of it get a great stretch in. Arms stretched wide and head turned a bit,waking up from the inside out, nice and easy.

    The sun hitting the ridges, Imnaha Oregon The sun hitting the ridges, Imnaha Oregon

    As the bright sun hits the ridges and starts illuminating them,  you feel the day as a new beginning.

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  • Konkolville

    The Konkolville Motel is located in Orofino Idaho.

    Orofino Idaho is located just off of Highway 12 on the Clearwater River in Northern Idaho. Orofino is Spanish for “fine gold” and was originally a trading post set up in the 1890’s. The expedition of Lewis and Clark along the Clearwater is well documented in the book Undaunted Courage: Meriwether Lewis, Thomas Jefferson, and the Opening of the American West. Authored by Stephen Ambrose the book is a must read for exploring Idaho. Another resource is Discovering Lewis & Clark.

    In 1805 Lewis & Clark stayed nearby at what is now called “Canoe Camp” and built five dugout canoes for the trip downstream to the Pacific Ocean. They departed from Canoe Camp on October 7,1805.

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  • Optimal 1000 Adventure Motorcycle Ride Day 1

    Optimal 1000 August 2016 Day 1

    The adventures of two men on their KLR’s as they travel through Idaho, Oregon, Washington and back into Idaho.

    Day 1 would take us from Boise To Imnaha Oregon. I had traveled this route quite a few times and every time was a unique experience, some good and some bad. I had not traveled the true route since July 18 2011.

    day-1-route-overview

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  • Happy Trails Panniers 101

    Happy Trails manufacturers panniers at our shop in Boise Idaho. We have five families of panniers and various Top Boxes. We also make custom aluminum panniers and boxes as well as some custom aluminum tanks.

    The five families of panniers are:

    • Teton 15" H x 18" L - Width options: 7.5" 33 liters, 9" 39 liters and 10.5" 45 liters
    • Cascade 18"H x 18"L x 7.5" width and 38.5 liters.
    • Denali: 20"H x 18"L x 7.5" width and 47 liters
    • Imnaha 12"H x 15"L x 5" width and 13.8 liters
    • Owyhee: 21.5-31.5L - 14" H x 16" L - Width options: 6" 21.5 liters, 7.5" 27 liters and 9" 31.5 liters

    Note: A 3/4" lip makes the opening on all boxes 1-1/2" smaller than box measurement. This lip provides a watertight seal and the strongest in the industry pannier.

    All of the Happy Trails Panniers have a Canyon Cut on them. See description below.

    The Teton Panniers have two other options, Clif Cut and Exhaust Cut.

    The Clif-cut (shown below) is a term describing a 1.5" - 45 degree cut-out on the inside (tire side) of the pannier. It is designed for bikes with wide protruding exhaust  to create a more symmetrical weight distribution when panniers are mounted and loaded. For bikes with asymmetrical racks it keeps the load on the exhaust side box as close as possible to the center of the bike. This also allows for a wider lid opening.  For bikes with symmetrical racks the Clif Cut option can also be used on both sides.

    The Exhaust Cut  is a term describing a 1.5" - 90 degree cut-out on the inside (tire side) of the pannier. This option is used on BMW Oilheads.

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  • Travesilla Adventure

    Travesilla: trav-a see-a. A very old vaquero (va-qa-ro) meaning to take a different or some other route.

    A Tale of two Motorcyclist driven by passion and fueled by a spirit of humanity using tools such as motorcycles to accomplish a calling. You can call it an adventure.

    Adventure defined by Dictionary.com

    Noun

    1. an exciting or very unusual experience.
    2. participation in exciting undertakings or enterprises: the spirit of adventure.
    3. a bold, usually risky undertaking; hazardous action of uncertain outcome.

    Dr Randy McKinney and his wife Lana have set out for Africa to treat children and adults for dysentery.  Randy stated “Very much un-like most real long motorcycle expeditions, we will not  be supported by chase vehicles.  With the exception of some re-supply items that we will pre-position at several points on our route (new motorcycle tires and spare parts, new clothes, a spare tent in case ours is destroyed by a bear in Russia, spare (read clean) sleeping bags, additional medical supplies, and etc) we will be completely on our own….just two people on two motorcycles. “

    travesilla Randy's KLR

    Randy and Lana are not just two people on motorcycles going for a ride, they ride so they will be ready for the challenges they will face in Africa. They ride so that others will be aware of the mission. They ride because they have been called to serve others.

    Follow the Travesilla Trail of Adventure at http://www.travessillaexpedition.org/

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