Rally Navigator

Rally Navigator is a new and very clever way of creating roadbooks, an essential method of touring cross country used by Paris-Dakar competitors and other cross country endurance racers the world over. Up until now, the only way to create a roadbook was to hire a professional or shell out a small fortune to buy professional-grade computer programs - Rally Navigator is set to change this forever.

Using Google Maps you can now create professional-spec roadbooks in the Rally Navigator interface by clicking through your route and adding waypoints, notes and icons. There are both free and professional plans offered, with the free plan offering everything a weekend trail rider needs to create or download roadbooks. Traditionally, a roadbook will be printed in a continuous roll that can be scrolled through as waypoints are passed, Rally Navigator offers this functionality but also allows users to print them 3 wide to a page to allow people to print them out at home, then cut and connect them manually.

If you’d like to give Rally Navigator a go, you can click here to visit the website and sign up.

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Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

The Moto Guzzi Le Mans is one of the most iconic designs ever to roll out of the Italian marque’s factory, first introduced in 1976 the model was a factory-built cafe racer on par with anything coming out of Japan, Germany or Britain.

By 1981 Moto Guzzi was on its third revision of the popular model, the list of tweaks included moved pushrods, a new seat, fuel tank, fairing and instrument panel along with over 80 other modifications to take the model into the new decade.

The modern trend towards simpler motorcycles has led to a resurgence in popularity for the Moto Guzzi Le Mans series, non-engineers can work on them, customise them and modify them to their hearts content without having to deal with an ECU or wiring loom that looks like it belongs in a Gemini capsule. The longitudinally mounted V-Twin is one of the most beautiful engines ever fitted to a motorcycle, meaning it works very well with minimalist, cafe racer style builds.

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

One of the world leaders in the art of re-imagining Moto Guzzis is Kaffeemaschine, a garage based in Hamburg and run by a friendly German chap by the name of Axel. We’ve featured his work before here on Silodrome so whenever an email from Kaffeemaschine arrives, it attracts much interest.

The Moto Guzzi you see here is Axel’s most recent creation, he’s been going through a John Player Lotus phase and he decided that this would be the perfect bike to sport the renowned black and gold paint scheme. As with all Kaffeemaschine builds, the project started with a full engine teardown and rebuild, the bore was increased to 1000cc over the 849cc original and a lightened clutch was added along with a balanced crank, twin spark heads, a sport cam and valves, an electronic ignition and performance carburettors.

The front and rear breaks were then overhauled, as were the front and rear suspension. A custom fairing and Magni tank were fitted after a meticulous John Player Lotus paint job had been applied. The completed bike is now in the care of its new owner, being ridden around the streets of Hamburg with two fingers on the clutch and a heavy hand on the throttle – just as a cafe racer should be.

See more from Kaffeemaschine here.

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

 Moto Guzzi Le Mans by Kaffeemaschine

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Kaufmann Mercantile Camping Gear Giveaway

The Kaufmann Mercantile Camping selection for 2014 is an expansive list spread out over 3 pages, each of the curated items is individually selected by the team who place significant emphasis on handmade, high quality goods that are designed to last decades rather than months.

Rather than try to feature everything in the camping section (which was tempting) we picked out 4 items that are all vital in their own right that also give some indication of the length and breadth of the inventory over on Kaufmann Mercantile / Camping. In conduction with KM we’re going to give these 4 items away, to 4 different people over the coming week – all you have to do to enter is type in your email below and hit the “Sign Me Up” button, which will subscribe you to the official Kaufmann Mercantile email list (I’m personally subscribed, it’s excellent).

Enter your email and hit the red button to win.

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Ultra-Thin Stainless Steel Camp Stove

This lightweight camping stove can be folded down into a small semi-circle and tucked into the side pocket of a rucksack whilst not in use. When assembled you simply load wood or fuel in the centre, set it alight and then sit your pan, pot or kettle on top.

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Everyday Metal First Aid Kit

This American-made first aid kit contains everything you’ll need for minor disasters out in the wilderness, it measures just 9.5″ long, 6.5″ wide and 2.5″ deep – meaning it’ll fit nicely into even the smallest of backpacks.

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Estwing Camping Hatchet

A good hatchet can be used for everything from felling trees and building accommodation to chopping firewood and fending off slightly too friendly bears – this one by Estwing is forged from a single solid piece of steel and has a bound then lacquered leather grip. It comes with a tooled leather safety sheath and is made in the USA.

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Campsite Cutting Board

This is possibly the item most often overlooked on camping trips – you can’t chop food on dirt and it destroys blades to cut on stone or steel. Made from ultra-thin (3/16 of an inch) wood fibre the Campsite Cutting Board can be used for cutting, preparing and (once cleaned) serving.

Kaufmann Mercantile is a small company based in Brooklyn, made up of an eclectic mix of Americans and those from further afield. It was funded in 2009 by Sebastian Kaufmann and has quickly become a favourite one-stop shop for those who love design, art, cooking, science, and the great outdoors.

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