Some time ago, I watched an extended commercial that was the Icon Raiden Files Portland to Dakar Youtube video: Ever since then, I had pined over a Triumph Tiger 800. Fast forward to last year, and I finally had my dream bike. Now all I needed to do was to ride the hell out of it. And I did. So far it's been up the coast from CA to WA, Glacier Park, Lolo Motorway, on a racetrack, and most relevant is my shakedown sand excursion from last year at the Oregon Dunes: Okay, so we've established that horsepower is king in the sand, and the 800cc triple has the 450cc thumpers beat in that regard. Now, if you've watched the Icon video, you know what's coming next, but if not, skip to 14:29 And so, I shipped a worn out TKC80 donor tire to Skat Trak, forked over $200, and a week later received this absolute monster in the mail: This weekend will mark the beginning of an annual beach trip to the Oregon Dunes Recreation Area outside of Coos Bay for a group of my friends and their ATVs, dirtbikes, and sand buggies. They'll be trailering their toys to the beach, while I will be hitting up scenic twisties to get there. This is the route I will be taking: Leaving tomorrow morning, hoping to get all those miles of twisties out of the way in time to watch the sun set over the ocean. I should probably start packing.