Over the last few months I've been subjected to various trials and tribulations of Harley-Davidson enthusiastship at my workplace which is predominantly dominated by dual sport riders. They've decided that Harley-Davidsons aren't cool, and have told me under no circumstances should one appear on the front page of Expedition Portal. I'm proud to say that today, for those of us who are Harley-Davidson "bike-curious" the day has finally come when we've found a Harley-Davidson dual sport. This museum quality 175SX comes with only 131 miles, and very well might represent the pinacle of AMF engineering. The seller is letting go of his entire collection located in Washington State.
First things first, breakfast - after enjoying some nice bagels, juice and coffee, we left Land Rover Las Vegas around 8:30 and convoyed up the I-15 two exits past State Line. This put us at Nipton Road which we took into the Mojave National Preserve in South Eastern California, then headed South to our first stop, Ivanpah (35.20'26"N, 115.18'38"W), where Nipton Road and Ivanpah Road cross. Ivanpah was a train depot in the early 20th century where the California and Eastern Railroads converged. Today the only thing left are the remnants of a house, corral and a loading dock. As usual for a ghost town, there's quite a few collapsed buildings.
A word of caution - the site you're about to look at has over 800 images of crazy, and custom expedition campers from all over the world. From an old Russian Kamaz, to a newer custom VW Syncro they only have one goal - bringing you the coolest campers from all over the world, and they do a great job at it. Check it out!
It's the moment you've all been waiting for, Safety Devices, the leading manufacturer of roof racks and roll cages for Land Rover products, is back! Again! This time around, they've wisened up and realized that they need to start producing their infamous racks for the Discovery line up instead of just focusing on products for the Defender. Safety Devices is asking you, the enthusiast, what you'd like to see them produce in a poll on their website. We're hoping the "low" rack for the Discovery models gets produced. Check it out!
Do you ever sit and wonder why almost every time you're on a round-the-world trip - you always seem to end up with the steering wheel on the wrong side?
Before you leave on your next adventure that takes you through the United Kingdom, don't forget this bit of helpful advice from their Ministry of Transport...
“Visitors are informed that in the United Kingdom traffic drives on the left-hand side of the road. In the interests of safety, you are advised to practise this in your country of origin for a week or two before driving in the UK.”
Jeremy Womack of Expedition Ops takes a second out of his strikingly busy schedule at Overland Expo to chat a little bit about what he does - and show us his new secret prototype!
Often overlooked, rock sliders are one of the most valuable upgrades you can make to your off-highway vehicle, especially if you're on the trail in one of Toyota's newest-generation 4Runners. One wrong move, or a rock that decides to unseat itself, and your pretty new truck is going to be in the shop for some extensive bodywork. Fortunately for owners of the newest generation 4Runner - Slee Off Road has just announced that they are now offering bolt-on sliders for all 2010+ models.
I'll let you in on a little secret, after participating in Expeditions 7 - my traditionally Land Rover biased self has started to look a little bit more seriously at the Land Cruiser lineup. Where does one go to learn about Land Cruisers? Why no where else than IH8MUD - searching their classifieds section I came across this nicely modified 1997 40th Aniversary Land Cruiser. You can check it out on IH8MUD [link] or on eBay Motors. [link]
Words by Matthew Scott.
Photography by Marc Fiorito of GammaNine.
The 2007 Toyota FJ Cruiser you're looking at needs to sit down and take a long, long nap - which I'm suspecting it did shortly after we took these photos at Overland Expo. Before the owner Benjamin Meddows through us the keys to check it out, the truck had just finished driving from New Jersey the day before, prior to that, it was on a container from Belgium being returned after a long adventure bashing through the desert of Morocco in the all-women's Rallye Aiche des Gazelles.