Depending on the conditions, driving sideways can either being terrifying or completely joyous. This is one of the joyous occasions.
Guido Tschugg, a Ghost Mountain Bike professional, spends the afternoon “exploring” his backyard with his Mitsubishi Evo. Slipping and sliding over the snow covered pastures, Tschugg kicks up some serious powderspray while “aerating the soil.”
The aerial portion of the video was filmed using remote controlled rig by AirV8, with static shots and editing provided by Mario Feil. Music courtesy of Ok Go.
Turn your Jeep’s seat into a high-capacity rucksack with Smittybilt Gear. Their G.E.A.R. Seat Covers functions can a multi-compartmental modular storage unit as well as a protective seat cover. Storing all of you possessions in plain sight (inside your soft top jeep) might be asking for trouble in the city, but out in the backcountry it could by quite handy.
To find out more about Smittybilt’s G.E.A.R. Seat Covers, visit their website smittybilt.com
Coursing with male-machismo, the word “tactical”, and a hyper-fixation on the coming zombie-apocalypse, the Dromedarii is Portland-based Icon 1000‘s custom rendition of a Triumph Tiger 800XC. To transform this perfectly reasonable adventure bike into a hell-fire Afrika Korp death-machine, Icon 1000 replaced the plastic fairings with steel, incorporated an oversized bespoke fuel tank, auxiliary fuel cells, and a front and rear racks. All of which, have been painted the requisite matte desert tan.
So if you’re looking for a really serious motorcycle, and we mean so serious that you don’t find anything disconcerting about Icon 1000 Gulf War inspired promo video for it, then the Dromedarii is definitely for you.
Apparently the military passed on it, because the all-terrain DTV shredder by BPG Werks is now available for sale to the general public (as demonstrated by the intrepid short-wearing individual above). Now, any Tom, Dick, or Harry can now tear it up practically anywhere for the small price of $3,999
The DTV shredder was first announced back in 2010, but speculation about its potential military application delayed its release. Its aggressive off-road ability comes from its two rubber tank treads that are powered by a 196 cc, 4-stroke engine, generating 13 horsepower and propelling the vehicle to speeds of up to 30 mph. The rider steers the vehicle much like a skateboard, by leaning to one side or the other to increase tread friction.
The DTV is now available. For more information check out bpgwerks.com
In 2009, Land Rover celebrated their 60th Aniversary as a company with the release of a special edition Defender SVX. With only 300 units made available, the limited soft-top was highly sought after, being the first time the factory had offered a drop-top Defender in more than 20 years.
Now comes a special edition of the special edition from Overfinch, the world’s premier Land Rover aftermarket outfitter. Their Defender SVX conversion retains the exhilarating open-top ride, but incorporates their own distinctive luxury style.
For the exterior, Overfinch refinished the loading deck with marine grade teak and black caulking and added 18″ Stain black Apollo wheels with diamond turn face. Overfinch signature color coded hood and roll cage, and a “Union Jack” enamel badge.
The interior has been transformed entirely as well. The upholstered seats have been covered in distressed tan leather with black detailing and stitching. The dash and other surfaces have been finished with a unique teak veneer, for a warm rich feel.
Like something straight out of a Bond film, the Gibbs Quadski is a four-wheeled ATV that can transform into a streamlined jetski in just seconds.
This truly all-terrain vehicle is powered by a 1.3-liter four-cylinder BMW engine that churns out an impressive 175 horsepower and 103 lbs-ft of torque. It has a top speed of 45 mph, both on land and water, which is pretty sprightly if you consider its size: 1,300 pound and 10 feet long. It also comes with a standard 15 gallon tank to give riders plenty of range to go out and explore.
According to Gibbs the transition from land to water is seamless, with twin servomotors lifting and dropping the wheels in just five seconds. The company says that the Quadski can be driven into the water at speed and continue forwards without delay.
The Quadski is schedule to go on sale in the US by the end of this year for around $40,000, and Gibbs hopes to sell the vehicle worldwide by 2014. For more information, you can visit their website at Gibbsports.com
It’s always a treat to find a well-made, beautifully shot travel video – even if it is a little old. Back in 2010, German filmmaker Vincent Urban went on a trip with two of his good friends through South East Asia. They had a Landrover Defender 110 shipped over in a container and spent the next 2 months driving through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, and Laos. Armed with DSLRs, they took some fantastic footage and edited them into a five part series. This is the first episode, but if you would like watch others you can check them out here.
The Action Camper is a bomber drop-in camper shell that turns a Jeep Wrangler into a rugged, all-terrain mobile RV. While there are a lot of third-party add-ons available for Jeep Wranglers, this one has a particularly solid look and a smart multi-functional layout. Designed by Austria-based Thaler Design and distributed in North America by Adventure Trailers, the Action Camper allows two individuals to live, eat, and sleep in comfort while out in the backcountry.
To maximize available space the Action Camper features a single space that can be transformed to serve multiple purposes. There is small kitchen area with a 3 burner stove top, a sink, and 40 liter refrigerator. Next to that is a foldable table and seating area. The camper also comes with a chemical toilet with 4 gallons of clean water capacity and 5.5 gallons of dirty water capacity. The kitchen sink facet can be pulled out to double as a shower fixture.
At night, a full sized king mattress folds out and rests on top of the counters and table, turning the space into a bed. The mattress can also be folded out half-way to allow one person to access the kitchen area. Specialized designed cut out function as night stands.
The only problem with the Action Camper is the $53,500 price tag (Jeep Wrangler not included). Seeing how Laird Herbert was able to make full-sized custom RV with about the same amount of money, the Action Camper begins to feel a little overpriced. Although if your woodworking skills aren’t quite up to snuff, the Action Camper might be your best bet for an all-in-one solution.
Are you a vintage motorcycle enthusiast? Have you ever dreamed of riding across the desert sands of North Africa? Unable to find a proper outlet to express your deep-seeded admiration for the Afrika Korps? Well good news! Fuel Motorcycles has just the trip for you: SCRAM Africa.
Fuel is a custom motorcycle shop based in Barcelona and specializes in revamping vintage-era BMW. One of their recent creations, the BMW R100 SCRAM, can be viewed on Silodrome. In order to stir up some excitement for big, off-road, vintage motorbikes, Fuel has launched the SCRAM Africa ride, which will tour through the desert roads and trails of Morocco. Drawing inspiration from the early days of the Dakar rally, the 9 day all-inclusive trip is being coordinated by veteran off-road outfit Soloraids.
Many think you need to go to some exotic location half-way around the world in order to have a proper off-road adventure, but there’s some incredible opportunities right here in the US – if you know where to look. That’s the goal of Touratech’s Back Country Discovery Routes. The series plans to crisscross the United States to promote community-based efforts to preserve off-highway routes for adventure motorcycling and reveal some America’s best kept secrets.
Following their successful Washington State ride, Touratech decided to set their sights on a pan-Utah journey. With it’s stunning Western vistas and rugged terrain, Utah provides an excellent opportunity to showcase America’s varied backcountry. Through rocks, sand, and mud, Joe Lloyd lead the group on a 871 mile long south-north route, which passed through Moab, Valley of the Gods, the Abajo and La Sal Mountain Ranges, Nine Mile Canyon, and the northern Wasatch Mountains.
From the looks of the short trailer above, the team had a blast. No word yet on which state they plan to tackle next, but we’re hoping it’s California so we can join them.
Touratech produced the trip in association with KLIM, Butler Maps, Nemo Tents, WARN Winches, Sidi Boots, Noren Films, and Curbsyde Productions.