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The factory lower crash bars for the water-cooled R1200GS and Adventure model look great, but lack a critical rear brace. If you crash or your motorcycle takes a hard fall, the factory bars can fold right into the engine, causing damage to the valve cover and the cylinder of your water-boxer.

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Every so often, I hatch a scheme to escape my everyday life and hit the road for a while, alone, on two wheels. This year that meant leaving my home in Seattle, to explore the stunning coastline, rugged mountains, and comically large trees of Northern California.

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Martin stopped by Friday. Earlier this month he flew to Los Angeles from his home in Argentina and bought a 2014 Kawasaki KLR650. He didn’t get any luggage with it so he strapped on a giant Rubbermaid container, gave it a snakeskin duct tape wrap and headed up the coast to Seattle and Touratech-USA to pick up a Zega Pro Pannier System.

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While we could have created a Kickstarter campaign or put feelers out for sponsorship money, that just didn't feel right to us. This is our dream trip, an extended vacation if you will, so we didn't feel it was right to ask for anyone to pay for it but ourselves.  As for ways to save up enough money for a 4-month trip, here are a few of the things we did:

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Eric Archambault and Morgan Goldbloom (a couple of our Sales and Customer Service Pros) are in Taos, New Mexico to work the Touratech booth at 2014 KTM Adventure Riders Rally. If you're heading down there, make sure you stop by say hello!

Eric sent this photo of the set up this morning. That is a gorgeous blue sky! 

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On September 13, the BMW Mottorad International GS Trophy concluded in Western Canada. Touratech outfitted each of the R1200GS Water Boxers in the event with skid plates, crash bars and other protective accessories and we tracked the event from start to finish.

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Long before we set off from London on our 105 - day Road of Bones Expedition it was decided to fit a range of Touratech products to our R1200 GS lead bike. For such a demanding journey in such remote regions, reliability, bike protection and performing “as advertised” is essential.

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The new Continental TKC 70 tire is finally available for pre-order at Touratech-USA! The TKC 70 fills the gap between the Trail Attack and the TKC 80 by giving riders a 60/40 option tire that should last a long time on the pavement without giving up too much traction in the dirt.

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After seven days and well over 2,300 km of tough riding interspersed with 20 special stages, Team Central and Eastern Europe (CEEU), were crowned champions of the 2014 GS Trophy, having led the competition from wire to wire.

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