Friday, May 22, 2015
The list of places I want to explore is undoubtedly a long one, but I decided to dedicate my recent big trip to my home state of Oregon. There's so much country here and I've hardly scratched the surface. I wanted to ride the blue highways here because the idea of "yonder" isn't always so distant a place.
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Years ago a buddy in Seattle gifted me an old tool tube that had been on his Trans Alp and I've been sitting on it trying to sort out where to put it on my bike. A lot of folks just throw it on the front of their skid plate and call it a day. While that's certainly easiest I honestly hate the idea of it tied to the skid plate and my intuition tells me that's a horrible place for it anyway (seriously none of you people have had a large rock get kicked up and shatter at that very spot?!) So here's the solution I came up with after just a little fabrication...
Friday, May 15, 2015
Up until this last fall I've been running a set of Metzler Tourance tires on my KLR and while they're a far cry from the stock tires on the KLR when it comes to off-road riding they have more than met my needs. They had been so good in fact I went through several sets of them over the years. The time finally came for a change. It's probably due to the addition of a more pavement-specific bike in my stable, but I felt the KLR needed to transition back to it's dirt roots. It was time for new shoes, and I bought the Metzler Enduro 3 Sarahas.
Monday, May 11, 2015
The bicycle shop I work for in Portland has a good relationship with another shop over in Hood River, Oregon and for two years running now we've been doing a bicycle ride between the two towns up over the side of Mt Hood. In 2013 we rode from Portland to Hood River and this last August we did the ride in reverse. I also decided to change things up and brought the moto intstead to run support for the cyclists.
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
I LOVE my coffee. I wouldn’t go so far as to call it an addiction, but a thorough enjoyment of the pleasures of riding motorcycles and sipping Joe. Next riding buddies, and a cold beer at the end of a ride, few things compliment motorcycles better than coffee.
I've put together a list of some of my favorite ways to brew coffee out on a ride for your enjoyment. In no way do I claim to be an expert on the artful ways of making fine coffee (I’ll leave that to the rad folks at Stumptown Coffee Roasters, whose amazing coffee I enjoy on the daily). It also isn't a list about the lightest, most compact, recycled grounds, and minimalist brew methods, just so you know. And while it's not a complete list, I'm pretty happy with the options on it and think each is a very viable way to get your brew on while motoing about.
Riding motorcycles is already one of my favorite activities, and since I'm spoiling myself by going on tour anyway I like to kick it up a notch and make some damn fine coffee while I'm on the road. You better believe I can make room for a solid coffee setup in my ammo cans. Be it touring, camping, settling in at base camp, or sitting on the tailgate of your truck after a day at the track; brewing up some coffee is a nice way to jumpstart your day or reward yourself for a good one.