Tag Archives: Desert Riders

Desert Riders ~ XRL650s in the Sahara

“Having tasted the thrill of off-piste riding, corrugations just aren’t so much fun anymore.” XRL Choice • XRL Preparation • XRL 4000-mile report Not long after 1989 when the original Sahara Motorcycle Tour (SMT) described in the Desert Travels staggered home, a bitter civil war … Continue reading

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Desert Riders TV cut

I just dug up this shortened version (13 mins) of Desert Riders dvd which appeared on TV a few years ago.

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Honda XR650L – 4000 mile report

XRL Choice • XRL Preparation • Desert Riders Despite early reservations in Tunisia (it’s always the way on your first ride fully loaded), we agreed the bikes made a good alternative to a KTM 640 Adventure which was our second choice. What we liked … Continue reading

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Honda XR650L set up

XRL Choice • XRL 4000-mile report • Desert Riders Written before the advent of blogs, these instalments run from the first one at the bottom of the page (receiving the new bike) to the last report at the top, just prior to departure on Desert Riders … Continue reading

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Honda XR650L for Desert Riders

XRL preparation • 4000-mile report • Desert Riders  Back in 2002 the criteria for our ideal desert machine for Desert Riders added up to those listed on p.208 of my Sahara Overland book: Lightness • Economy • Comfort • Robustness • Agility • Reliability • Mechanical … Continue reading

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