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The Adventure Begins... Tejas A La Tierra

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Re: The Adventure Begins... Basic Course on Adventure Motorcycling Riding

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A long, but pretty decent video documenting an introductory course by RawHyde Adventure on basic adventure motorcycle riding.

Click to see the video

The video covers off-road riding position, balance, acceleration, clutching, turning, breaking and picking up a dropped motorcycle. (1:40 hour)
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... Traveling North Korea by Adventure Motorcycle

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Vice.com shared this short documentary about a group of adventurers who traveled by motorcycle through North Korea and South Korea. Their choice of motorcycle was the Suzuki DR650. The group of five New Zealanders include Joanne Morgan, Gareth Morgan, Dave Wallace, Brendan Keogh and Tony Armstrong.
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The real journey began years ago, when they decided they wanted to ride the Baekdudaegan, a mountain range that stretches the length of North and South Korea's shared peninsula. After countless hours of negotiation and coordination with both governments, they were granted permission. It was, the Morgans believe, the first time anyone's ever traveled through both countries like that since the partitioning of Korea in 1945.
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During the entire journey they were escorted by North Korean security. Joanne and Gareth shot the entirety of their trip.
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By making the trip they hoped to demonstrate how Koreans can come together over what they have in common. To symbolize this, the group took some stones from Paektu, a holy mountain in the North, and brought them to Hallasan, a similarly sacred peak in the South.
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It's a view few foreigners have seen, and even if planning the road trip straight through the Demilitarized Zone required working within parameters set by the highly choreographed and restricted confines of North-South Korean diplomacy, this was a journey worth documenting from start to finish.

Check out the video (16:16 minutes)

Source Vice.com
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins… The Dakar Rally

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It is almost time for the 2014 Dakar Rally!
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The rally starts on January 5th in Rosario, Argentina, then passes through Argentina, Bolivia and Chile, finishing on January 18th in Valparaiso, Chile.
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When I was motorcycling through South America I passed by some of the same cities and over some of the same terrain… although at a much slower pace. I can guarantee that the scenery will be incredible.

Check out this video of the Backroads of Bolivia.
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Whether you are a fan of the motorcycles...
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the quads...
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the cars...
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or the trucks… the Dakar Rally is the most amazing motor rally in the world.

I will try to post updates as the competitors move through the various stages, so stay tuned.

For more info check out the website for the Dakar Rally.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins… 2014 Dakar Rally Preview

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The Dakar Rally… 6 days and counting down! :clap:

Check out this preview which captures a little bit of the landscape, the vehicles and the passion. video
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins… 2014 Dakar Rally Official Teaser

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5 days and counting down! :clap:

Check out the official teaser with some great beauty shots. video
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... An Interview with Marc Coma about KTM450 and the Dakar

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Marc Coma is a three time winner of the Dakar Rally. He rides a KTM 450. The KTM motorcycles have dominated the Dakar, winning the event for the last 13 years. He is definitely one of the favorites to win this year.

Check out this interview with Coma about the 2014 Dakar Rally and his ride. video
 

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Despres will be tough to beat, as usual he'll play his casual game for the first week then slowly but firmly turn up the heat on the competition.
 
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Despres will be tough to beat, as usual he'll play his casual game for the first week then slowly but firmly turn up the heat on the competition.
I agree. And if he wins it will bring up an interesting discussion of what matters more, the rider or the bike. He switched from a KTM to a Yamaha. I believe Honda has a new rally bike in the mix as well.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... An Interview with Cyril Despres... Yamaha 450 and Dakar

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Cyril Despres is a five time winner of the Dakar Rally. Despres won the 2013 Dakar riding a KTM 450 motorcycle, but decided to try his luck this year riding a Yamaha 450. He is considered the top rider in the world, but will he be able to deliver a victory with his new motorcycle?

Check out this interview with Despres about the 2014 Dakar Rally and his new ride. video
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... An Interview with Helder Rodrigues about the Honda CRF450

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Helder Rodrigues has never won a Dakar Rally. However he is hoping that his luck will change. He is riding a newly designed motorcycle by Honda Racing Corp. (HRC), the Honda CRF 450. The 2013 Rally of Morocco was recently won on a Honda CRF 450 with all five of the HRC team members finishing in the top 10. Will the newly designed motorcycle carry an HRC rider to the podium?

Check out this interview with Rodrigues talking about the 2014 Dakar Rally and his ride. video
 

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At risk of thread-jacking, but how's a guy without cable TV supposed to watch the Dakar? Are there any streaming video services? Or do I have to wait for the torrents?
 
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At risk of thread-jacking, but how's a guy without cable TV supposed to watch the Dakar? Are there any streaming video services? Or do I have to wait for the torrents?
Jeff, that's a good question. In the US, the coverage is always limited. NBC is the network broadcaster in the US. On their website they indicate that they will have coverage on 1/7 at 5pm ET (4pm CT) http://stream.nbcsports.com/liveextra/.

I'm following it online at the dakar.com website and I plan to post videos of the stage updates on my blog as they make them available.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... Dakar Rally 2014… Day 1 Rosario to San Luis, Argentina

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Day 1 of the Dakar Rally traveled from Rosario to San Luis in Argentina.
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The terrain profile.

Check out the stage summary video
 

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At risk of thread-jacking, but how's a guy without cable TV supposed to watch the Dakar? Are there any streaming video services? Or do I have to wait for the torrents?
If you're a little bit tech & web savvy head over to ADVRider, there's some threads over there that will get you set up.
 
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If you're a little bit tech & web savvy head over to ADVRider, there's some threads over there that will get you set up.
Philip, do you have a link to the advrider thread? It's sometimes hard to find things on that site. I've looked, but could not find anything.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... Dakar Rally 2014… Day 2 San Luis to San Rafael, Argentina

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Day 2 of the Dakar Rally moves from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina
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The terrain profile. The riders pass through wine country and hit the first of the sand dunes.

Check out the stage summary video.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins... Dakar Rally 2014… Day 3 San Juan to Chilecito, Argentina

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Day 3 of the Dakar Rally directed the riders from San Juan to Chilecito, Argentina.
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The terrain profile indicates that it was an up and down day. The riders passed over one of the highest points ever traveled during a Dakar at over 4300 meters (14,100 feet).

Check out the stage summary video.
 
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Re: The Adventure Begins… Dakar Rally stage summaries

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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 4 San Juan to Chilecito
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 5 Chilecito to Tucuman
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 6 from San Miguel de Tucuman to Salta
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 7 from Salta to Uyuni
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 8 from Uyuni to Calama
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 9 from Calama to Iquique
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 10 from Iquique to Antofagasta
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Day 11 from Antofagasta to El Salvador
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Dakar Rally 2014… Day 12 from El Salvador to La Serena
 
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The Adventure Begins… Boats, Windmills, Tulips and a Dream

I'm starting a new adventure. Unfortunately there is no motorcycle riding involved, but it does include boats, windmills, tulips and a dream.

I'm probably just going to post and update with links to my blog to make things simpler.

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Day 1 & 2 - Houston to Amsterdam

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Day 3 - Hoorn, North Holland

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Day 4 - Arnhem and Paleis Het Loo

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Day 5 - Kinderkijk

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Day 6 - Antwerp, Belgium

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Day 7 - Ghent and Bruges

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Day 8 - Walcheren and The Delta Works

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Day 9 - Keukenhof Gardens

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Day 10 - Amsterdam

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The Bicycle… as Recreation, Transport, Workhorse, Individualism, Expression, Art, Life
 

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Thanks for sharing. We have some friends who live in Holland and are visiting the U.S. right now. They split time between Holland and Texas as he is native Texan and she is Dutch. I hope to visit them in Holland at some point.
 
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Thanks for sharing. We have some friends who live in Holland and are visiting the U.S. right now. They split time between Holland and Texas as he is native Texan and she is Dutch. I hope to visit them in Holland at some point.
Gary, the Dutch people that we met were very nice and open to sharing about their culture. Many of them travel both near and far, so they have lots of stories to tell. The cities are interesting to see, but the little towns are truly picturesque.
 
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