Still stumped for someone on your shopping list? We’re happy to help! Our staff went window shopping again and put together another wish list from Exhibitors past and present. Read on to see what we love and why we love them!
Honda Africa Twin: – from $13,000
I grew up riding little Hondas around the Arizona desert, my first dual-sport bike was a Honda NX250, and I’ve always admired its big brothers the TransAlp and the Africa Twin (both V-twins). So when I heard that Honda was bringing back the great Africa Twin but improving it with a parallel-twin engine, I was pretty excited. But when I actually spied and tried one at Overland Expo EAST this year, I was absolutely smitten. Commence the lust: 998cc parallel-twin engine layout makes for a shorter wheelbase and it feels (and is) extremely nimble. Huge plus for smaller riders: it has a easily adjustable seat. And speaking of adjustable, the single-shock rear suspension is fully adjustable, with 8.7 inches of travel and a convenient remote preload adjustment. The front fork has 9.0 inches of travel, which is impressive. It comes with either a standard six-speed manual gearbox, or Honda’s exclusive automatic six-speed Dual-Clutch Transmission. My favorite part: only 511 pounds wet (holds just shy of 5 gallons of fuel). It felt as responsive and fun as my little NX250 but with 998cc of get-up-and-go-anywhere. – Roseann Hanson, Director
Under Asian Skies by Sam Manicom: – from $9.99
I just finished Sam’s first book Into Africa and really enjoyed it. Africa and Asia are two continents I have yet to explore so it’s a treat to live vicariously through a talented storyteller in the meantime. Sam Manicom wanders off the beaten path and immerses himself in the communities he visits, taking you along for the ride with his engaging writing storytelling style. This book is available in paperback, ebook or as an audio book read by the author in his great British accent. – Cyan Samone, Community Relations Coordinator
Flexopower Atacama 79 Watt Foldable Solar Panel: $670.00
The Atacama-79 is a powerful, lightweight solar panel employing thin film technology and built to milspec standards to power your adventures in remote areas. From charging deep cycle batteries to running your fridge / freezer, you’ll never be without power with the Atacama. – Anthony Sicola, Sales Manager
ARB Twin Portable Compressor Kit: $875.00
The ultimate portable air compressor, capable of running air tools or inflating the largest tires. – Jonathan Hanson, Director and Curator of Overland Tech and Travel
Apothik Nature Ultimate Recovery Kit: – from $110
Motorcycling through the varied terrain of South America wreaks havoc on my skin, especially when I am in a desert one day and jungle the next. I have learned that even when traveling, there is no excuse when it comes to taking care of my skin. Apothik Nature makes soothing products, like the Ultimate Recovery Kit for dry skin, to help limit the weathering effects of continuous travel. – Alison DeLapp, Assistant Director
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