Tiger Adventure Vehicles has just released their newest, and largest vehicle to date, The Siberian Tiger; They're serious about their new model - even rebranding themselves from Tiger Motor Homes, to Tiger Adventure Vehicles. There's no doubt it's going to be a game changer for the entire upscale adventure vehicle industry. 'Competition spurs innovation' and with more and more players entering the field, we're sure that no one is going to get too comfortable in their seats for a while. Gee, it's like someone let a Siberian Tiger loose.
The Rally Fighter is the first open source vehicle ever successfully put into production by a group of creative commons designers from their online community. Over 90% of the parts come off the shelf, saving time and money on engineering, research and development. It features a Chevrolet LS3 engine, a Ford 9-inch rear axle, King coil-over suspension, and a body designed by Sangho Kim - winner of the Local Motors design competition. It's a seriously fierce machine, and it was more than capable of propelling me at over 80 mph through 'whoops,' jumps, and anything that could be thrown at it on my little joyride. So how do you produce such an awesome vehicle? Naturally in a facility that is just as awesome.
When we found our vehicle for La Aduana, we couldn't help but look around the website that it was hosted on, The Vagabond Adventures. In addition to some outstanding imagery, they've also compiled a fantastic video which we decided needed to be the VOTD!Don't forget to check them out! [link]
"Quit Your Job. Buy A Ticket. Get A Tan. Fall In Love. Never Look Back."
Tempting, temping, when we found today's La Aduana, we couldn't help but become a bit tempted to take a look at buying this truck, flying into South Africa, and just going on an adventure. Here's your chance to take off around Africa for £26,000.
The FZJ80, or 80-Series Land Cruiser is one of the finest overland vehicles currently for sale in North America, even at a minimum of 15 years old, this represents a great platform for overland travel. This particular model a rare, 1997 40th Anniversary Toyota Land Cruiser is no exception. It's outfitted with an ARB bumper and Warn M8000 Winch, Old Man Emu Suspension, a Safari Snorkel, a Kaymar rear bumper and an extended range tank. My personal favorite modification is the factory TRD Supercharger which maintains near factory reliability, and drastically increases the performance of the 1FZ-FE engine.
Well we made it from Gabon into Congo with no problems - just 100 miles of sand and a short drive down to the Capital, Brazzaville. We had been in Brazzaville for a few days and began to think about options for crossing the Congo River. In summary, the Brazzaville Kinshasa ferry crossing is expensive and involves a fair degree of haggling, hanging about and hassle. Some fellow travellers recently reported being held at the gates and missed their ferry, had to pay port entrance fees with others paying for expensive disinfection charges, cranes and various forms of “help” etc … in all it seems that you will be lucky to pay less than $100 with most people being charged approx $150 for a 4x4 and 2 people (bikes obviously get charged less).
Vicki and I were very keen to try and look at other options and perhaps make the crossing a little more adventurous by trying an alternative route. One of Martin’s recent posts caught our attention: Obstacle course through the Congo and Angola. Inspired by this post we began to explore this option in more detail along with one other route we happened to find while staying at the Hippocampe Hotel in Brazzaville.
The VOTD (Video of the Day) comes from our first annual Expedition Portal Overland Video Contest; we've been so impressed with some of these videos that we're featuring select submissions on the front page.
Interested in the video contest and how you can be a part of it? Check out the thread here!
The BMW GS Adventure (GSA) is genuinely, without a doubt, a world-class, motorcycle. Whether it's London to Cape Town, The Road of Bones, or The Pan-American Highway; The GS Adventure has been there and is a proven expedition platform. The problem with the GSA however is sometimes I see more kitted out bikes at the local coffeeshop than I do actually out there seeing the world. Murph's GSA isn't one of those coffee-shop bikes. A quick look at it confirms this bike is actually used, and there's nothing cooler than that.
In 1948, Land Rover was born, three years later, this vehicle was built, in only three years, the vehicle became so popular, that it was distributed worldwide. This NAS (North American Specification) vehicle was built specifically for the US, Canadian, and Latin American markets with left hand drive, and a 1.6 liter petrol engine. It's in rough shape, but it's your chance to own a piece of Land Rover history for a meager price.