Don’t Want to be Stuck Inside this Winter? Head to Big Bend

Sep 02, 2014 View Comments by

If you read Brian Shaney’s recent article about dual sport riding in Big Bend, TX (Into the Great Wide Open, March/April 2014), then you know that the area offers a treasure trove of dirt roads to explore. SummerS in Big Bend are very hot, but winters, on the other hand are extremely mild and offer […]

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Trans America Trail: Moab to Salina (Home of the World’s Best Chicken Dumplings!)

Aug 21, 2014 View Comments by

This morning I’ve turned the parking area outside of our room into a garage; opting to rebuild the rear and front brakes just to be thorough. When my fingers prove not to be an adequate vice, I head to the local Ace Hardware store to acquire the “magical C-clamp.” I cannot help feeling like I […]

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Trans America Trail: Ouray to Moab

Aug 14, 2014 View Comments by

Just loading the bike this morning is a bit challenging. My foot continues to swell, but once forced into the boot, it is a little more bearable. After missing portions of the Alpine Loop, I am determined to make it up to Luke. My plan is to get us to Moab tonight and catch up […]

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Trans America Trail: Happy Birthday Luke!

Aug 09, 2014 View Comments by

As we leave the trail and enter Salida, I’m fully tempted to call it a day. Bearing any weight on my foot is not an option, but letting my boot hold the bones together is. There are those that say the KLR doesn’t have a very comfortable seat for long distances, but in my present […]

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Trans America Trail: The Blindside II

Jul 31, 2014 View Comments by

Continued from: The Blindside If you have ever had one of those moments when time stands still, you will understand my attempt to explain what happens next. My life is not passing in front of my eyes, but I am seeing the trip ending. I am not more than an hour from Fairplay, CO. Practically […]

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Want to Beat the Heat? Run to the Hills

Jul 26, 2014 View Comments by

Summer throughout North America means riding season is in full swing. Here in the Phoenix area, triple digit temperatures have a lot riders parking their bikes until fall and cooler days return. However, it hasn’t taken me long to figure out a good way to beat the heat. Something many locals know well. Answer: head […]

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Trans America Trail: The Blindside

Jul 24, 2014 View Comments by

It’s our first full day ride together and we are getting a late start. I have been up for a while, but have yet to see my riding partner. Maybe he has a bit of altitude sickness, or it’s the spirit of my dad keeping things at a slow and easy pace, or possibly it […]

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Trans America Trail: Introducing Luke Swab

Jul 17, 2014 View Comments by

Heading out on the second half of the TAT lacks any real fanfare. It’s a day like any other, trying to get too many things done, in not enough hours—the girls are at school and Beth is at work so I merely get on the KLR and leave. As expected, the excitement of my return […]

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Trans America Trail: The Middle (Fanfare for Return)

Jul 10, 2014 View Comments by

Arriving home is a strange and bittersweet feeling. The journey is only half over but coming home in the middle creates some type of finality. From this point forward I will have riding companions for the majority of the trip. For many people the Colorado portion is the highlight of their TAT experience. It really […]

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Two (Wheels) are Better than One: Christini All Wheel Drive Motorcycles

Jul 08, 2014 View Comments by

In case you’re unfamiliar with Christini, they are to motorcycles what Subaru is to cars, well, sort of. Like Subaru automobiles, all Christini motorcycles are all-wheel drive. The company got its start designing all-wheel drive mountain bikes back in the 90s before building the first AWD motorcycle in 2002. The first production Christini AWD bike […]

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In Over My Head

Jul 06, 2014 View Comments by

It’s been just about a month since Kris and I relocated to Arizona. I haven’t had many opportunities to get out and ride. My schedule, along with triple digit afternoon temperatures, has left little time to “play.” So I made a conscious effort to clear my morning schedule and plan a ride. After some research, […]

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Trans America Trail: Making a Pass or Two in La Veta

Jun 26, 2014 View Comments by

As promised, I pick up where I left off last week in the middle of a hail storm just south of Trinidad on my way to La Veta, CO, pronounced like the cheese (Velveeta). For almost 20 years I have insisted on pronouncing it with a short “e” sound, but upon arrival in town I […]

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Trans America Trail: Kansas Detour (I Don’t Think We’re in Oklahoma Anymore)

Jun 12, 2014 View Comments by

As I continue to pass through “No Man’s Land,” their wording not mine, the views become more and more desolate. Without a doubt the most prevalent street sign markers are for cemeteries. I have no idea why, but every few miles there is another one. You can’t see the graveyards from the road, and since […]

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Oh Ducati, You’re Such a Tease….

Jun 11, 2014 View Comments by

A brand new Ducati Scrambler is coming….but it’s not here yet. That’s the basic point behind the Italian company’s most recent media release. The original Scramblers, manufactured between 1962 and 1974 were a range of single cylinder bikes made for the American market with capacities between 250 and 450cc and designed for dirt racing. Though […]

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Trans America Trail: The Great Salt Plains

Jun 05, 2014 View Comments by

Even when traveling on pavement, Oklahoma is still one big ol’ state to try to cross. As I approach the town of Jet I can’t resist a quick “selfie” with a town who’s name shares my initials. Following the morning’s photo-op, today is once again set aside for detours as I head up to the […]

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