Packin’ the Mule

Apr 15, 2015 View Comments by

One of the biggest challenges facing motorcycle campers is simply finding enough room on the bike for all of the gear they wish to take. This problem is even more pronounced when camping two-up. Close to twice the gear crammed into less space can spell trouble if one is not careful. My wife always wins […]

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Guy’s Night Out, Literally

Feb 28, 2015 View Comments by

Last spring, my wife made her annual trip to Florida with her sister and I was left with the tantalizing list of options that confront married folk when their spouses are away. Being alone once in a while is good, but the typical tug of war over what to do with my time began immediately. […]

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Installing A Hydraulic Clutch on Your KLR

Feb 04, 2015 View Comments by

Many motorcycles, particularly dual sport and other off-road-oriented bikes, still use manual clutch cables. For fear of being stranded in the middle of nowhere by a broken clutch cable, I always carried an extra cable, along with an additional front inner tube and several other tools and repair items for my 2006 Kawasaki KLR 650. […]

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Review: Happy Trails Teton 9” Aluminum Panniers for Kawasaki KLR 650

Dec 18, 2014 View Comments by

Rugged simplicity is what sets the Kawasaki KLR 650 apart from its fuel-injected, sensor-laden adventure bike brethren. When selecting luggage for my KLR, it only made sense to outfit the bike with luggage that followed the same design principles. The Happy Trails Teton series of panniers does just that. The KLR 650 panniers are constructed […]

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Trans America Trail: Not Just Any Port in the Storm . . . Port Orford!

Oct 23, 2014 View Comments by

Even though Big Windy spoiled our vision of rolling out of the woods into an unsuspecting sleepy little seaside community, with our dirty bikes and even dirtier selves as locals watched gape-mouthed and amazed, we are still determined to get to Port Orford, OR, tonight. It is just under two hours due north on the […]

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Trans America Trail: The Wrath of Big Windy!

Oct 16, 2014 View Comments by

Good morning Shady Cove! This appears to be it . . . the last official day of the TAT. By tonight we should arrive in Port Orford. I make a cup of coffee and walk down to the Rogue River and call the Castaway By The Sea to confirm our reservation for later tonight. A […]

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Trans America Trail: Craters and Underground Rivers

Sep 25, 2014 View Comments by

Waking up on an empty stomach leaves both Luke and I seriously ready for breakfast. The fact that the recommended Dinner Bell Café is “way on the other side of town” according to some locals does not deter us from gearing up and making the trip. Four minutes and one mile later we are seated […]

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Trans America Trail: Denio Junction Goat Gouda!

Sep 18, 2014 View Comments by

We awake to a wonderful breakfast at The Griddle; a culinary treat complete with a sassy waitress who will perk you up even more than the coffee. We fuel up knowing that today’s goal is somewhere in Oregon. According to the TAT maps, there’s fuel in Denio, about 100 miles away, but we play it […]

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Product Review: AltRider KLR 650 Skid Plate Review

Sep 16, 2014 View Comments by

For those wishing to explore the off road capabilities of their Kawasaki KLR 650, the stock plastic skid plate should be replaced with something more substantial. The stock plastic item may be tougher than it looks, but in a rock versus plastic grudge match, my money goes on the rock every time. With something as […]

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Trans America Trail: There are Two things to do in Winnemucca, NV

Sep 10, 2014 View Comments by

If you type Winnemucca, NV, into Google, one of the first search results is from Trip Advisor. It boldly states, Two Things to Do in Winnemucca! Well, with up to two entire things to do, it seems crazy not to make it the place to spend the night. Like many midsize towns, it has plenty […]

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Trans America Trail: Pavement Day

Sep 04, 2014 View Comments by

Luke and I are both meeting up with separate groups at the end of the TAT. We’re traveling east through Glacier National Park, but our timing will be slightly different. The other riders are heading west along more conventional routes, and today’s when we decide on how to reach the Oregon coast in order to […]

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Trans America Trail: A Desert Oasis in Baker, NV

Aug 28, 2014 View Comments by

A quick bite at Mom’s Cafe in Salina gets us started right. We learn that we missed the crab leg special from the night before. All for the best; I’m not sure, but being a professional Alaskan fisherman, Luke could possibly lose his license for taking part in such a dining experience in the middle […]

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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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