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23 December, 2015



Roads of Argentina Series: 3 of 3 by Sarah Tesla, lostnotfound.in, @lostnotfoundin

Argentina is huge and you need at least few months to to explore its full diversity. But don’t let that dissuade you. If all you’ve got is a couple of weeks, there are plenty of day trips where you’ll find yourself happily in the middle of nowhere, or at least happily far far away from the tourist types. This series will focus on not-be-missed roads and the special places they will take you.

Ruta 83 Calilegua National Park

After spending time exploring the painted beauty of the Quebrada de Humahuaca, it’s time for an abrupt change of scenery. A lesser known, and therefore lesser explored area of Jujuy is on the eastern slope on Ruta 83, home of the lush Jungas of Calilegua National Park.

An easy and not particularly scenic drive, you’ll head south on Ruta 9, skirting the main city of San Salvador de Jujuy and connect with Ruta 34 north. You’ll pass through mostly rural landscapes and the occasional scrappy little industrial town, before you reach the entrance to the park after about 2.5hrs (181km). This is where the fun really begins!


Look for a clearly marked turnoff into Calilegua, it’s hard to miss because you’ll notice the Rio San Lorenzo, where you’ll find local families cooling off in the water and enjoying an asado along the roadway. It’s a good place to stop, stretch your legs and also assess your supplies. Because where you’re going, the amenities are very few indeed. From experience, snacks and petrol are the keys to success. If you’re in good shape then onward for the next leg of your journey onto the gravel of Ruta 83 and deep into the Jungas!


Ruta 83 is a single lane gravel road which runs deep into Calilegua connecting the world with several small villages. To reach our destination, the village of San Francisco, it’s a modest 39km, but you’ll be driving much slower, along medium to poor gravel with potholes and baby heads, switchbacks and coping with oncoming traffic around precarious bends. So speed is not an option here. Slow and steady, to keep safe, but also enjoy several views along the way. Honking as you approach blind corners is good etiquette.


Two hours would be a good approximation of time to reach San Francisco. When you finally make it you’ll certainly be ready for a beer and food, but suppress the urge and instead sort our your accommodations before dark. It will be extremely hard to find a place to sleep while wandering around with a head-lamp. There are a few families in this tiny village who let out rooms and offer meals in a bed and breakfast style. The local hostel might catch your eye first, as there are two on the main road as you enter town, but we recommend seeking out more familial accoms.

A local sent us in the direction of the Sabastien family who had a small, but clean and comfy building on their property with rooms and private baths and a garden. They were more than happy to include us in their dinner and breakfast planning for the time were were there. The cost was 200 pesos, which is approx $25 Cdn. They also had secure parking, but I’m not so sure that would be needed here. Worth noting that they don’t speak English, but basic Spanish and sign language goes a long way.


Once settled you now have as much time as you like to explore the area. The village itself has a lot of character as developing features such a power generator rather awkwardly sit in plain view, mixed with the serene beauty of the jungle and local farms butting up against the scattered homes. Horses roam freely all over town, as do dogs, chickens and of course the local kids playing football. As aforementioned, there are not many amenities. We found the local “restaurant” which doubles as a community gathering space among other things to have beers and snacks. There is also a TV with satellite for watching football matches, the news and daytime dramas.

On our second day we hired a local guide to take us for hike into the Jungas to a popular waterfall. It was not a strenuous hike, but very pleasant with views of the valley below. If you’re more athletically inclined there are many more adventures hikes in the area that take you to see some dramatic features, such as watering holes and more spectacular waterfalls. If you’re feeling lo-key like we were, there are also lots of nice walks into the rural outskirts. It doesn’t take long to adapt to the easy-going pace of village life and all those horses milling around.


One thing to mention, is while village life has a sleepy quality to it, the nightlife is VERY active. So bring earplugs if you want to get a wink of sleep, because the cacophony of dogs, cows, horses and insects go from dusk till dawn.

For active news about the area visit Parque Nacional Calilegua Facebook page or National Parks Argentina

Nothing Except Vast Skies and Wild Donkeys

19 October, 2015

Roads of Argentina Series:  2 of 3

by Sarah Tesla, lostnotfound.in, @lostnotfoundin

Argentina is huge and you need at least few months to to explore its full diversity. But don’t let that dissuade you. If all you’ve got is a couple of weeks, there are plenty of day trips where you’ll find yourself happily in the middle of nowhere, or at least happily far far away from the tourist types. This series will focus on not-to-be-missed roads and the special places they will take you.

Ruta 51, 40 and 52: Salta & Jujuy Province

Welcome to the north! Salta is a place of colonial beauty and it’s surrounding area is a juxtaposition of lush greenery and rocky red soil. As you venture further north into Jujuy you are greeted by colourful mountain landscapes painted in purples, pinks, greens and orange minerals. This region is an explorer's paradise, well worth spending at least a week getting to know. In the interest of time we’re going to take you through one long day filled with cactus forests, lonely plains, high altitudes, and an ocean of salt flats and purple mountains. Ready?

Departing from Salta City you will make your way West along Ruta 51. This quiet stretch of road will eventually, and abruptly turn to gravel and bring you alongside a river bed in a deep valley. Looks like this area of the river bed is used as a gravel pit, but the further along you go the more interesting things become. Soon you’re surrounded by a sea of 10ft tall cacti that dot the hills casting their shadows. They seem to grow on every precipice and is the only green contrasted against this rocky terrain.



This stretch eventually turns back into tarmac and you can get a sense of some of the local communities along the way. We liked the colourfully decorated cemeteries, and if your eyes are sharp you might spot one that has become overgrown by vegetation. The road gradually starts to gain altitude, with you eventually reaching 4080m at Abra Blanca. As you begin to descend the road turns back to gravel, and if you’re depending on Google maps, be prepared for some confusion as Ruta 51 and 40 start to blend together.


The town of San Antonio de los Cobres is your jumping off point to a lesser used, poorly marked leg of Ruta 40. The town has a strong frontier vibe to it, with very basic amenities. We arrived with a flat tire, but considering how common flats are on these dirt roads, we found a Gomeria quickly. Once we got patched up, we spent a bit of time circling around looking for our entry way to Ruta 40 and thanks to helpful tips from the locals soon found our way.


This stretch of road has nothing except vast skies and wild donkeys, which we thought was pretty cool. This road will take you to the famed Salinas Grandes and also across the border from Salta Province to Jujuy Province. Take time to get out and walk around the salt flats. There is an incredible spaciousness to this alien surface. If you’re out there on a sunny day cover up, because you’ll burn to a crisp in just a few moments!


Once you’ve got your fill of salt and sun, get ready to enjoy some epic curves! Following Ruta 52 East you’re going to start to ascend to your next vantage point at 4170m. It’s a bit of a tourist stop, so be prepared to wait in a cue to get a photo with the sign if you wish. Then from here it’s down, down, down along what feels like a spiral staircase into the valley that leads to Pumamarca.



As you enter the valley you’re greeted by purple and orange hues as the mountains along side you transform. Pumamarca is a key jumping off point for buses and popular with backpackers. We weren’t too keen to battle our way through traffic and vendors. Instead, we had our sights set on reaching our final destination of the day.



The 52 intersects with Ruta 9, which runs North to the famous hills of Humahuaca (stunning!) and South to the capital, Jujuy City. We headed south into a beautiful valley just outside the village of Volcan. If our day wasn’t already an adventure, the dirt road and cattle gates added to the rugged landscape as dusk fell with us finally arriving at our destination.

Rumiyoc is a beautiful country estate and active farm that has been lovingly restored and turned into a B&B. The stone turret and cozy valley transport you back in time nearly one hundred years. Our host Joaquin, and the estate's caretaker Rodrigo were incredible hosts. This would serve as our HQ for the next few days, while we went out exploring the natural beauty of the area before heading out on the next leg of our adventure!



Road Notes:

Salta to San Antonio de los Cobres approx 174km
Gravel road begins just outside Campo Quijano
Limited services
San Antonio de los Cobres to Salinas Grandes 101km
Old Ruta 40 is gravel, travel with a spare tire and lots of water
No services
Salinas Grandes to Pumamarca approx 65km
Petrol, food and accomodations
Rumiyoc bookings: https://www.airbnb.ca/rooms/2493745

Maps:

"Argentina is huge, you need at least few months to to explore its full diversity"

27 July, 2015

 

Roads of Argentina Series: 1 of 3 by Sarah Tesla of LostNotFound.in

On special assignment for Wolfman Luggage on our recent adventure to Argentina:

Argentina is huge and you need at least few months to to explore its full diversity. But don’t let that dissuade you. If all you’ve got is a couple of weeks, there are plenty of multi-day trips where you’ll find yourself happily in the middle of nowhere, or at least happily far-far away from the tourist types. This series will focus on not-be-missed roads and the special places they will take you.

Ruta Provincial 52: Province of Mendoza

Welcome to wine country! This region is internationally known for Malbec production and many luxurious wineries offering a taste of the high-falutin lifestyle. While it’s a pleasure to sample the regions varietals, the real luxury is found in the remote villages that dot the area and the fantastic roads that get you there.

Escape Mendoza City quickly and head north to Ruta Provincial 52. Most people take this road to reach the famed Gran Hotel de Villavicencio, which was built around the areas thermal baths. If you’ve ordered mineral water in Argentina, odds are you’ve ended up with a bottle of Villavicencio. The hotel has been closed for more than a decade, and isn’t in our opinion worth stopping. Instead, what you’re really here for is the road -- past the hotel, Ruta 52 starts to get interesting as you go up, up, and up around switchbacks and sweeping views to reach the Rutas Sanmartiniano.


The Rutas Sanmartiniano were forged by General San Martin and his Army of the Andes, who set off to battle Chile in the 1820’s. Later Charles Darwin followed this same route and made discoveries of a petrified forest which is now marked along the way. 

This gravel road has tons of look-outs, and when you reach the summit you’re likely to catch glimpses of wild Llamas and maybe a Zorro (fox) or two. The change in biodiversity is equally as cool as the road. You leave green forests for high altitude plains, then enter an area of rock formations and lunar landscapes. Gradually you will begin to descend into the village of Uspallata.


A word to the wise - bring lots of snacks and water and make sure you’ve got plenty of fuel. There are no petrol stops or places to eat until Uspallata. This road is single lane, but accommodates a 2-way traffic flow, so you will need pull over to allow others to pass, so mind those corners. 

Uspallata is a nice place to stop for lunch, but you do start to rub shoulders again with the tourist set here. The local parilla’s are hot spots for bikers and there is a lot of camping and cabins here. It’s also a jumping off point for white water rafting. Rather than staying we suggest pushing forward and heading to the village of Portrerillos. 

Follow Ruta 7 along the river and through spectacular ravines until you reach this sleepy village. There is good camping here and if you’d like to spend the night in a bed we suggest reaching out to Eduardo and his partner Sonya for a few nights at their beautiful cabin with a stunning view of Los Andes. There is a little bodega near by for groceries, wine and beer so you can cook your own frontier style meal. Or Sonya is more than happy for a little extra cost, to prepare you a delicious Argentine meal. 


Road Notes: 

Mendoza to Upsallata - Approx 95km, no services
Gravel road begins as you enter Aconcagua National Park
Small fee for entry, approx $2
Upsallata to Portorellios - Approx 50km
Tarmac
Petrol, food stops and accommodations
Camping and cabins

Bear Aware--food is food to bears no matter where it is located

11 June, 2015

This is from Wolfman customer, Ian Mumblo at Halfway River, near Nakusp in the Kootenay region of British Columbia, Canada.  We are happy to report a happy ending but definitely a good public awareness story.  (There was no food in the bag itself just beer and toiletries):

...So this story starts with complacency and came inches away from ending in tragedy. With a little luck and a lot of patience my girlfriend and I were able to ride out of the forest happy and alive, but it could have very easily been a different outcome.


This was my first motorcycle trip going two-up and I don't think either of us were sure how it would turn out. Mostly I was worried the KLR would dislike long days on the highway, and too much weight on the forest roads. But aside from almost being killed by a bear, everything else turned out great. I was dead set on returning to a favourite natural hot springs of mine in an isolated section of the Kootenay region of British Columbia. On the second day we made our way out there and enjoyed a great ride through the mountains to the forest road that leads to the hot springs. This road is known for being in poor shape, so my main concern when we turned off the highway was going down somewhere along the way. I always carry survival gear and a SPOT so with that in hand off we went. The road was a mess, but everything went fine. We got to a camp spot, set up and headed for the hot springs which sit right on a river and are just about as good as it gets. We spent way too long soaking and taking cold dips in the river and by the time we started the hike back up the cliff to our camp it was after dark and we were dead tired. This is where we got lazy and it almost cost us. After a quick can of soup we set about getting ready to hit the sack. I hung the garbage in a tree and put anything else I thought might be a problem in a few dry bags and stowed it in my faithful Wolfman Expedition Dry Duffel. What we failed to do was clean up other peoples garbage around the site and we completely failed at properly stowing ANYTHING THAT SMELLS LIKE ANYTHING in a tree and far away from our tent. The bear was after our deodorant, toothpaste, wetnaps etc. He got our beer and coolers too, but I doubt he smelled those through aluminum.


Around 7:00 am I woke up to sounds in our site. I have spent countless nights camping in the wilderness, many alone and am used to this feeling so I wasn't too alarmed. Until I looked under the fly towards my KLR and saw four very large bear paws just feet away. I told my girlfriend we had a bear and we both moved quietly to the center of a very small tent, grabbed our knife and bear spray and sat quietly. She is a Professional Forester and also has years of experience in the bush, but I don't think either of us were totally ready for what happened next. The bear moved around the site, stealing a lawn chair from one of the three vehicles around us. He then walked past our tent and we looked at each other through the small window on the fly. Keeping our calm, he wasn't too interested and moved off towards the bike. We then spent the next 30-45 minutes with this large, mature bear just feet away trying to break into my Wolfman bag. He eventually got tired of not being able to totally shred the amazing material the thing is made out of, so he just knocked the whole bike over and opened the bag normally. It was a painful moment to hear the bike go down and the bags contents spilling out. He spent a while consuming our beer and generally being a curious guy while we sat silently hoping he would move on. Every once in a while he would move around the site, but never far enough to afford us the opportunity to do something other than sit and wait. Eventually, our worst fear was realized. He got bored with the bike and drank all the beer, so curiosity got the best of him and he came back to the tent. We weren't totally sure where he was until we could see him bearing down on the corner of the fly. It still seems like a movie to both of us, completely unreal, but there he was. Suddenly there is his paw on the fly and he is pushing forward crushing the corner in towards us, we could see his face through the grey fly material and even worse, his paw, large and deadly was right there, literally inches from us. A gun would have been a godsend. Bear spray works, but not if you spray yourself because you are in a tent. That would likely lead to you being mauled, you just wouldn't be able to see it happening. We both stayed silent and calm and leaned back, both fully aware of the gravity of what was happening. I'm not sure what happened next, maybe it was our silent movements or he didn't like nylon, but he suddenly gave up and went back to lap up more beer. At this point I said it was time to do something, the longer we waited the worse things got. I grabbed the pepper, gave my special lady the knife, we grabbed hands and I slowly and quietly unzipped the fly. Not sure exactly where he was we made our move, jumping out of the tent, hands held, bodies close waving and yelling like lunatics. The bear was close, too close for comfort, but we had committed, so we stood our ground and began to move forward making the biggest racket we could. Suddenly he had had enough, grunted and ran up the hill.

Again, we made a few mistakes, but in the end it was our awareness and outdoor skills that kept us alive once we had gotten ourselves into this mess. It would have been very easy for this to have gone a very different direction. We camped the very next night, and it will never stop me from enjoying the wilderness, but it was a good lesson and something neither of us will ever forget. Especially the next time we are in a tent and hear something go bump in the night...

Simon Pavey behind the Scenes at DAKAR

15 May, 2015

Simon behind the scenes at DAKAR.  Words & Photos: Sarah Tesla & Richard Rae

On our recent adventure to Argentina we were extremely fortunate to catch up with the Dakar Rally Raid and get an up close and personal look at life at a bivouac. We linked up with the traveling circus at Stage 12 in Rosario at the Hipódromo parque de la Independencia . It was the 16th of January and competitors had only one day left before reaching the finish in Buenos Aires.

Dusty, weather worn and exhausted, the Dakar crew tirelessly setup after traveling all night in anticipation of the afternoons race arrivals. We really didn’t know what to expect. It was organized chaos with the saving grace for us being a tent setup by the country of Argentina to host VIP spectators and press. Drinks, wifi and shade were an oasis in an otherwise barren race track.

The real excitement came late in the day when the bivouac began to spring to life as riders arrived. Fans who had come earlier in the day to line the roadway began to cheer and it wasn’t long before crews were in full throttle attending to their teams. It was like a ballet.. of carnage; everyone moved in a well rehearsed dance, while the riders littered the camp finding moments of quiet or a medic to tend to their hurts.

We had kept our eyes on how Simon Pavey and his son Llewelyn Pavey (Llel) were doing, the first father and son to race together in the Dakar. Simon is a bit of a adv figurehead for us, after being featured in the documentary Race to Dakar with Charley Boorman in 2006 we became instant fans of this race ethos, as well as the work he does running Off Road Skills in England. We didn’t get a chance to meet Simon in person during the Dakar, but we did catch up with him on Skype after he returned to England for an interview. After a day at the bivouac, our conversation with Simon really brought the whole experience together for us.

Here are a few excerpts from our interview with Simon on what it was like for him a Llel to race together.

LNF: Thank you so much for taking the time to do this interview with me, I know that your life has probably been total madness over the past few months, especially recently around the race.

SP: Ya my life is always like that, and I’d say it’s been like that the past 45 years. (laughing)

LNF: How are you feeling and recovering after the race?

SP: Yeah, I’m alright to be honest. Just really tired actually. Yeah, it’s taken a lot longer to recover from this one then the last one I did.

LNF: I spoke with a photographer in Rosario who said he’d been doing a lot of shots of you both (Llel) during the race, and that the night before you’d both arrived at the previous bivouac at 4am after a crazy long day, and then had to get up and do it all over again with little sleep...

SP: There were plenty of people having those problems, that night was crazy.. a crazy one! We were also pretty late to Rosario, I think we got there like 11pm. That special was one of the days since the salt lake that we didn’t actually have any problems, we finished the special in pretty good time, but it was a really nice afternoon and we only had that liaison to do and our assistance crew were at the end of the special, so we all found some steak house on the side of the road and had a great dinner and ice cream and all that, and it was totally worth getting late to the bivouac for.

LNF: That’s amazing, that’s actually really funny because we spoke with a few support trucks that had arrived quite early like around 4:30pm, and Chile was one of the first trucks to get in and they’d said they had just spent 14hrs driving from the previous bivouac. So we were thinking, “my God, that’s an 800km day at least”?

SP: Yeah, it was 900km the assistance had to do, but because we were still having so many problems with the salt, especially on Llels bike, and on the way to the special in the morning Llels bike had played up again, so we actually said to our assistance to not go the bivouac. Like normally every day it’s better that they go to the bivouac, but we said come to the end of the special just in case. So yeah, we all kind ended up there (steakhouse). It was fantastic, it was so good. Even though we knew it was going to make us a bit later to the bivouac, it was really, really good steak. (laughing)

LNF: You’ve done Dakar 10 years now? What is it about that race that has had you hooked for so long?

SP: It’s actually my 10th one, but it’s been 17 or 18 years I think? The first one was 1998. When I was growing up racing and stuff, it was the most famous event and the biggest kind of event really. And once you see it’s just such a different scale to any other race event in the world, it’s just so massive 4000 people on bivouac and the craziness of all the cars and trucks and the support teams. It’s a little bit amazing to be a privateer, to be a person (guy or girl) who can show up and ride next to the factory stars and it’s pretty amazing to become friends with those people just because you’re in the same event, when you’re not in their level. Ya it’s pretty cool. Dakar because of the scale of it, is a little mad and a little bit chaotic riding all through the day and all through the night. As much you don’t want to be doing that at the time, there is no other event in the world where you can do that?

LNF: You’ve remained relatively unscathed after this many years of doing the event, where obviously people have died, or had extremely serious injuries and had to be airlifted and this kind of thing. What’s your secret? How have you been able to keep yourself in relatively good condition from year after year?

SP: Just as well that I haven’t got the video on, or you’d see the big hump wouldn’t ya! (laughing) (Note: Our Skype video was not on, so I couldn’t see Simon’s postrace condition) I think a couple of things really, I think it is a dangerous race there is no doubt about it. I’m always riding for a finish so I’m kind of always riding a bit too reserved maybe. And ya I dunno, I think I’ve just sort of found a good line between riding fast enough to not get into too much trouble, and not riding so fast that I’m taking big risks. But having said that there were times this year, where you just felt like you were on the limit of what you can do. Everyone is, and I think that’s the point of that event. There are definitely times when you think, I don’t know if I can get through this. You say unscathed, but both Llel and I had a couple of really close calls this year. On the second day when it was really hot, it was in the 50s, there was a lot of us that pushed ourselves as close as you can get, without pushing yourself and ending up like unfortunately our Polish friend who died the next day. I don’t think anyone really knows the circumstances, but the end of day 2 I was throwing up in the hospital and spent a couple hours on a drip. I didn’t eat all night, so I went out the next day pretty depleted, but I had actually been rehydrated.

LNF: It must really be an extraordinary place where you are mentally, because physically things are going wrong and you’re exhausted and dehydrated. Truly you must have to psyche yourself up for it. And think, this is what it is and that you’re going to push through. Where do you pull that out of?

SP: Yeah, I don’t know really. I honestly don’t know even after all these years. But for some reason I seem to be able to do that. And Llel was talking about it afterwards, that it’s almost opposite to what you think. In some ways it’s almost easier to keep going than it is to quit. When you quit things get really difficult. Honestly the medical support on that rally is so fantastic. Anytime we had a problem, the doctors were really, really good.

LNF: Was there any anxiety for you, or your family about taking your son on this race?

SP: No one said anything beforehand, but ya my wife she obviously has been super, super involved in everything we’ve done right since the beginning of racing and traveling and the business, she’s been instrumental to every part of it. She said to me afterwards that was the first time she’d ever been a bit nervous and a bit worried was having us both out there in the event. It was definitely kind of hard on her, and she’s never ever said that before. But yeah, everyone was really good and didn’t say anything before hand.

LNF: Seeing that you’ve been part of the evolution of Dakar since you said 1998? And seen the race evolve and change, and seeing it move from Africa to South America, are you feeling confident that you will continue competing into the future, and are there any other parts of the world that you’d like to see the race move too or evolve?

SP: Um, that’s always too soon a question to ask a week after Dakar (laughing).. are you doing it again? Um yeah, the race has changed dramatically and most of the things they’ve improved and changed are for good reasons. The professionalism, the organization and the safety is fantastic now and the terrain they’ve got to work with in South America, they’ve got so many possibilities there. There is money for them there, so I can’t see them moving it anywhere else for some time, because it’s very much a business now. From my point of view, what has always driven me to go to big rallies is going to different places as well. When it was in Africa I had sort of said that was it, enough’s enough, but when it moved to South America that’s what reignited it for me. There has been been some other great rallies in other parts of the world and I’m definitely inspired to try do more of those if the opportunity is there. There was one that only ran once in 2008, the year that Dakar didn’t run, the Transorientale rally from St. Petersburg to Beijing, that was one of the best event I’ve ever done a fantastic experience. If there is an opportunity to go race somewhere else I’d be well up for that.

 

Wolfman WolfStore SALE February 19 and 20th!

07 February, 2015

Wolfman Luggage is having a once-in-a-lifetime WolfStore Scratch, Dent and 2nds Sale* this February 19 and 20th!

Our hours are 10-5 on 2/19 Thursday and 10-6 on 2/20 Friday. This is a we-don’t-want-to-move-it sale (yes, we are moving to brand new digs in historic downtown Longmont--a booming food, microbrew, shopping, festival scene in March. We are excited and proud to be part of this downtown small business community with Wolfman’s Made in the USA, Colorado Small Business focus. Yay!) and you-don’t-want-to-miss-it sale!

*This sale has 2nds at deep discounts, discontinued items, one-of-a-kind samples, scratched/dented hardware and lots of pre-season gear to add to your Wolfman collection for the 2015 riding season. Come enjoy the fun and leave us your business card for a drawing for a FREE Wolfman Colored Ridgeline Plus Duffel! (Retail value of $170.99.) You do not need to be present to win. If we pick your name, we will call and ship the color of your choice to you (within CO only). The Colored Ridgeline Plus Duffel is available in Charcoal, Navy, Dark Brown, Green, Red or Sky Blue. You can see the actual colors in the WolfStore while you are here for this amazing sale.

(All 1st quality products are not discounted. Go to your local dealer or wolfmanluggage.com if you want those. All items sold at this sale do not come with warranties. Sold as is.)

Tis the season for a WINTER Bike Build!

21 November, 2014

In honor of winter bike builds, we would like to share Eric Hougen, President and Owner of Wolfman Luggage, WR250R build.

"I crave adventure like the next guy. I can’t wait to escape suburbia to rugged regions like Bolivia’s Road of Death, Baja’s dusty trails, Moab’s White Rim, Colorado’s hidden gems of single track. In order to continue to escape while healing my knees, I decided on a lighter bike.

“What??” You ask. Yep, a lighter bike. After much research, I narrowed my search to three bikes. The 2014 KLR New Edition, a DR 650 (I have had 2 in the past. Still one of my favorites), and the WR250R. I ended up with a 2011 WR250R (I have secretly wanted one for sometime.) with less than 1000 miles. It came with: FMF Q4 pipe and Mega Bomb header. Led turn signals, Fastway pegs, Flatland skid Plate.

Why the WR?  My Tenere is great. I like Yamaha quality. The reputation of this bike is low maintenance, goes forever.  Fellow riders Scott “Dingweed” Stevenson has over 50,000 miles on his. Mark “Big Dog” Sampson has over 45,000 on his. I like to ride pretty aggressively off-road.  My plan was to build the WR up really well, something I like to do.  The bike came out really amazing. Especially for a 250!

Here is my build:

2011 WR250R less than 1,000 miles. $5,200.00

The WRR came with the following:

FMF Q4 and Mega Bomb SS header

AIS removed

ProMoto Billet Pegs

LED turn signals

Flatland Racing Skid Plate

EXUP removed

Air box Flapper removed

What I did:

FMF Programer

Sandman Front Sprocket Guard in blue

Took off top of air box

### rear brake light upgraded from 12 o'clock labs- Rear turn signals incorporated in brake light

Pro Moto Billet rear top rack

Rocky Mountain ATV- spare chain slider, spare key blank, misc. parts

Scotts Steering damper, and handlebar mounts ( 1 1/8" bars)

High Way Dirt Bikes hand guards- (recycled from an old bike)

Pro Taper Handlebars 1 1/8" Henry/Reed Bend

Screens For Bikes from Australia- Clear windscreen

Warp 9 Black wheels, Silver spokes and Blue Hubs- awesome

Dunlop 606 tires front and rear

IMS white tank 4.7 gallons

Seat from Seat Concepts

I would like to thank:

Marvin Rosencrans and Mark Woodward from Rocky Mountain Kawasaki

Kevin from Warp 9 wheels

Chris from IMS

Lynnand crew from ProMoto Billet

Paul from Highway Dirt Bikes

The guys at 12 O'clock labs

Rocky Mountain ATV

 

The Wolfman luggage that best fits this small size bike is our ENDURO line. Please see our website for the:

Enduro Tank Bag, Enduro Fender Bag, Enduro Carryall 12, Enduro Saddle Bags, Enduro Duffel, Enduro Tool Bag, Enduro Daytripper and the Enduro Pocket.  I have also designed an Enduro Dry and Enduro Ultralite series for 2105.  Stay tuned in January for details!

 

See you this Friday in our Wolf Store!

05 November, 2014

Wolfman will be extending our Wolf Store hours to 8PM this November 7, and we’ll be joined by none other than Matt McCabe, president of Rocky Mountain Adventure Riders. RMAR still has a few spots open for their April 2015 Moab Rendezvous. At 6:30PM, Matt will give us a rundown of what RMAR’s all about, and tell us about the upcoming rally in Moab.

We will also be featuring some SWEET in-store specials including our limited edition Wolf Beard T-shirt, colored Ridgeline Duffels and even a few seconds.  

See you Friday!

Wolfman E12s in Maui, Hawaii creek crossing!

24 October, 2014

Wolfman has been featured in the December 2014 issue of RoadRUNNER Magazine. The Wolfman E-12 Saddlebags appear in the Maui, Hawaii Tour on "a KX450 with gusto, crosses the most slippery creek I've ever seen."  See link to the online issue to check it out:


http://en.calameo.com/read/000372136b1f10781c11e?authid=sCOtVw8zBgxB

Meet Our Wolfman Luggage Staff!

20 October, 2014

Here are Tommy (Shipping/QC), Isai (QC), Lisa (Marketing), Krystal (Finance), Frank (GM), David (Sales Supervisor), Cristina (Sewer), Cely (Sewer), Eric (Owner/Designer), Tom (QC), Justin (Production/QC), Marty (Purchasing), Daniel (Sewer). Missing from our group photo are Brooks (Sales), Dan (QC Supervisor) and Burk (Shipping Supervisor). Staff motorcycles featuring Wolfman luggage are from left to right: Honda XR500, Suzuki SV650, Kawasaki KLX140, Suzuki DR650, Yamaha WR250R, Yamaha Super Tenere, KLR 650-’09 and Kawasaki KLR 650-’04. We love to ride to work!