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Certainty is the natural enemy of adventure.
Certainty is the natural enemy of adventure.

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Candidate 4: Triumph Bonneville T100

The Triumph's stunning looks and long heritage are difficult to ignore for riders like me who endlessly day-dream of dangerous adventures in distant lands

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Candidate 3: KTM 690 Enduro

The longshot with superior credentials, but circumstances (or Big Two media assassins) usually dictate a cruel yet inevitable demise.

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Candidate 2: BMW G650 GS

It typifies the ruling elite, the demonized 1%-ers who ruthlessly crush us poor peasants under their portfolio-fattened boots. Except...

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We hear from Candidate 1 in the race to become BPM's next bike: the Yamaha FZ-09.

"Has a law degree from Harvard but lacks the common sense to make toast."

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I’ve been home from my South American adventure for six months now, and it simultaneously feels like six days ago and also six years ago.

So of course, I kill time like all grounded pilots. I spend absurd amounts of time perusing motorcycle websites, adventure travel sites, unfurling maps on the coffee table, plotting the next mission. And, figuring out what bike gets purchased next.

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Headed into the Sierra high country, back with a report and photos next week!
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It's official. You're more likely to die just walking down a city street than riding a motorcycle:

#11: Pedestrian accident 
Odds of dying: 1 in 623

#12: Motorcycle accident 
Odds of dying: 1 in 802

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Along with the FZ-09, Yamaha has now hit a pair of homeruns in the past 12 months. Good on yah, tuning fork. Both bikes have the goods at excellent price points.

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Bears. Blisters. Mosquitoes. Fly fishing. Next up for Backpacker Moto: a five day backpacking expedition into the Sierra high country. The Hoover Wilderness awaits! T-minus 14 days to departure.
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