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KTM 790 R and Yamaha T7 / 700XTZ Ténéré: Are Hardcore, Adventure-Rally Motorcycles Finally Coming to Market?

Are you ready to acquire, right off the showroom floor, a light weight, twin-cylinder, hardcore adventure motorcycle? Something that you can take on a long adventure ride but which you can also engage on a rally-style ride if you so … Continue reading

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Death Valley 2017 Edition – Getting to California

Traveling with a trailer was a new adventure for me, and I learned many things about RV’ing on this five-day trip. However, in preparing for it there was only one question that kept coming back and again, which really worried … Continue reading

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Death Valley 2017 Edition – Part 2 – Getting stuff ready for the trip

I worked on three main items to get ready for this year’s trip to the Death Valley:  got a trailer and prepared it for the trip; performed a couple of upgrades on the Honda; and a couple of upgrades on … Continue reading

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Forget about motorcycles!

Forget about motorcycles, let’s do something else for mechanical entertainment. It is not an April fool’s joke, neither a permanent decision.  It reflects, however, the need to get my lawn mower ready for the grass growing season. And why not … Continue reading

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Death Valley 2017 Edition, Part 1

I would guess everyone has a short list of places they like to visit multiple times.  The Death Valley is one of these places for me.  Geographically speaking it is large enough for me to experience new places every time … Continue reading

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There’s always a motorcycle that will inspire me…

There is always a motorcycle that will inspire me to write or ride.  Usually they are  adventure or scrambler motorcycles. Every now and then, though, there is a different kind of motorcycle being the source of inspiration. The last time … Continue reading

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The count down to Spring has started!

Nothing like an unusually set of cold weeks here in west-central Oregon for me to officially start the count down for Spring .  March 20 is when it will happen in 2017. As of today 62 days separate us from … Continue reading

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Yamaha T7: An ideal adventure/rally machine one step closer to reality!

Are you ready for this? Exactly two years ago, at EICMA 2014, Honda delivered a concept motorcycle, the much rumored and anticipated Africa Twin.  To many it was the answer for what they always wanted.  To others, myself included, it … Continue reading

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Scrambler Ducati new models: Cafe Racer and Desert Sled

There is no question heritage, classic, retro-looking motorcycles continue to be popular.  There is something about that basic motorcycle design where a gas tank looks like a gas tank, the motor is visible and it is air-cooled, and headlights are … Continue reading

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Disruptive Innovations and the Future of the Motorcycle Industry

Mobile phones rendered landline telephones obsolete. Smartphones are killing the digital consumer cameras which only a few years earlier rendered film cameras obsolete. Uber has disrupted the taxi cab industry. Youtube and Netflicks are disrupting cable TV faster than cable … Continue reading

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