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It’s Never To Late For That Big Motorcycle Adventure

It’s Never To Late For That Big Motorcycle Adventure

Some people inspire us more than others often just by doing what they believe in. Meet Nina in this week’s motorcycle adventure report who show us that it’s never to late follow your dreams!

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One day you decided now is the time, how come and what’s your destination?

Traveling has always been something in my genes I guess. Why I decided to do this trip? I thought for my 70 birthday I should do something special for me. My husband and I had talked to ride across South America but things get in the way sometimes so I made the decision to do it by myself.

My destination is as many dreamers, reach Ushuaia, Argentina. But I have to tell you, there is no pressure to really reach that goal. I like the journey and if there is something I feel uncomfortable with along my trip I just return some how and go back. Now that I am almost half way I think I will make it with no problem. I have not a real time limit, the only thing I have to keep an eye on is the Natural Weather time limits…. Winter is comming to Ususia soon.

When I turn 70 I would want to be like you! Heck, I want to be like you right now!:)
What do you have to say to people dreaming about hitting the roads?

Just go! There is nothing special about that. Once you have left the front door of your house the hardest part is done.
It is not any different then traveling in your own country, just some adjustments and if you are relaxed about what comes ahead all goes well. I would say that if you travel in a foreign country and do not speak the language that should not stop you.

I am lucky I speak the language where I am traveling but would not hesitate to go anywhere in foreign speaking country.

Another thing you should really ask yourself are you really curious enough to plunge in the unknown? If the answer is yes, go for it.

Are you a perfectionist?….well you have to think little harder. Things go different then you expect most of the times.

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So don’t let any language barriers stop you, but some might be a bit scared to make such an adventure by them self, but you are not?

I am not a person who gets scared, that is my nature, but there is really nothing to get scared of.

In SA people are much more respectful of women and also most foreigners. This is one of the nicest things I keep observing over and over. People are friendly, helpful and discreet. Even the interaction of people between them are much more gentler. I have not heard any harsh tone voices even in very crowded places.

I feel safer here then traveling in the USA. You might not believe that, but it is the truth.

Well I for one believe you and how is the support from fellow bikers/people you meet?

I have not interacted with many other riders. I think we are a minority who travel on a motorcycle specially long distance. The few I have met has been very fun. The interchange of experiences is great. I do not think there is a great difference between being a women or not. The first reaction is little surprise but then the real deal about riding comes in conversation and the gender is forgotten.

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I think so too and I guess that minority feeling can really open up for nice meetings when they do occur…
Finally, give us 3 tips for the life on the bike?

Go with the flow, but do not get complacient and get prepared for all kinds of weather.
Take good care of your bike, listen to changes in the sounds.
Stay healthy and try to eat well balanced even if it may be difficult sometimes.
I would add a fourth… be optimistic!!

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Ok, four it is!:) Big thank you Nina and best of wishes on your future endeavors!
For you readers, follow her Adventure at AdvRider for lots of more images and stories.

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Yamaha YZ250F Release Date

Yamaha YZ250F Release Date

The details for the 2016 Yamaha YZ250F have arrived, but the official statement regarding its release date remains unknown, but the rumors state that it will be in early 2016. Besides this model, the brand will also release its anniversary edition with sophisticated colors, and a limited edition. The YZ model has received a lot of attention from individuals and experts since early in its production. One of the details people are especially excited about is that the braking system has additional reinforcement, 20 mm larger for the front disc brakes, updated shifters, and new pad material. In 2016, the Yamaha brand will be at its peak, because, as we mentioned, there will be both the basic model and the anniversary model. With yellow paint as the exterior look, this will revolutionize the way riders can handle their bike.

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There are a few changes that this 2016 Yamaha YZ250F series has, such as the new launch control system that is perfect to tackle hard surface road conditions. The changes also include a new cam exhaust, along with new intake to improve the mid-range and bottom end performance. The bike also gets brand new triple clamps that function for reducing the trail, with 25mm for the fork offset with the accompaniment system to improve the front-end handling. The engine mounts has a reshaped pivoting swing arm to enrich the performance and improve the rider’s experience. With its updated weight of 105 kg– this bike will have incomparable performance.

Engineering in the 2016 Yamaha YZ259F will include the 250cc displacement that will work with four titanium valves and a DOHC four-stroke system. The cooling system will be liquid-cooled, with a Compression Ratio of 13.5:1. Technically speaking, this bike will have TCI, Transistor Controlled Ignition, and 5-speeds with the multi-plate clutch. The tires for both front and rear will be special edition of Bridgestone tires, and will work best with the new KYB mono shock for the rear suspension, the front suspension will be a KYB speed-sensitive system.

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2016 Honda Africa Twin Price in USA and Canada

2016 Honda Africa Twin Price in USA and Canada

Along with the great news that the 2016 Honda Africa Twin will be available in early 2016– we hear that the price will be the same in USA and Canada, $12,100. To celebrate its upcoming birthday, this vehicle shows off its new clean body design, which brings it up to the front of the global scene of motocross competition. The idea for this new design originates from the mix between the two worlds of the off-road flexibility and touring comfort with daily agility. There is no news about the VFR1200X version, which is why this new ride will tackle 2016 all on its own. Only a few brands could build a concept similar to Honda, because producing a ride that can span two different worlds is difficult. Another reason why we need to consider Honda as a role model and pioneer is that Honda has created a new version, the Honda Africa.

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The basic color combination for this 2016 Honda Africa Twin is red, white, and black for the whole body. However, chrome and gold are used to ornament and detail the bike. Based on the official announcement, Honda will offer its fans four different colors to choose from for this new unbelievable ride. The four colors are Silver, Black, White Tri Color, and the CRF Rally. The bike’s engineering shows that displacement will be around 998 two cylinders with four valves and 270-degree crankshaft. With that engine, the output power of this ride is around 94 horsepower at 7,500 RPM and the torque section at 98 Nm at 6,000 RPM.

For the 2016 Honda Africa Twin, the ground clearance is around 250mm, and the exhaust pipe is designed to prevent any accidents. The engineers for this new project will install the 21-inch tires for the front wheel, and 18 inches for the back wheel. New technology uses the Dual Clutch Transmission.

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