Friday, July 23, 2010

Not quite a full moon, but still some nice visibility for a dirt ride in the dark tonight.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Since I'd visited with old friends at the Canyonlands Motor Classic, and the temperature was climbing quickly towards 100F, I thought I'd head north toward cooler air.

Not unusual conditions for early June in Utah.

Snow on the side of the roads and ice still on the higher elevation lakes.

One of the activities at the Canyonlands Motor Classic is tech day. Riders are encouraged to bring in their bike and perform needed service or modifications. Here is a Kawasaki KLR rider from Salt Lake City getting assistance from Fred, owner of Arrowhead Motorsports, in installing a new "doohickey" in his engine.

Friday, June 4, 2010

Canyonlands Motor Classic

A quick ride to Moab was in order to take part in the Canyonlands Motor Classic. The CMC is one of the oldest gathering of dual sport motorcycle riders in the U.S. The Classic was originally called the "Utah Get Together" and attracted primarily Kawasaki KLR riders. I don't recall when I first attended, but it was 199_.

The CMC has evolved from a small event where everyone got to meet everyone, to a more well attended affair (about 150 riders) and now back down to about 50-60 people.

Arrowhead Motorsports sponsors the CMC now and served dinner to us tonight.

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Packing list from 2009 trip on the Trans-America trail.

Frogg Toggs jacket
Monkey Butt powder
Roll charts
Spare gloves
Powder Gatorade
Voile (Wally) straps
Air pressure gauge
Baby wipes
Rok Strap
Clif Bars, tuna fish, Powerbars
Benchmark atlas
Empty 55 gal. trash bag
spark plug
clutch cable
throttle cable
sunglass case
cell phone
camera battery charger
1 oz. bottle Dri Wash 'n Guard w. microfiber towel
Aerostich triple digit raingloves
100 oz. hydration bladder (fits in backpack)
toiletry kit
water filter
20 oz. motor oil in MSR fuel bottle
Cruz tool kit (Econokit M1)
First aid kit
AA batteries
latex gloves
chain lube
head lamp
1 gallon gas jug
Lowe camera bag (chest pack)
fleece jacket
long underwear
thread locker
Cruz tools Outback'r M14
safety wire
Roadgear coconut socks
Dave Wach's oil bottle tool carrier
chain masterlink
duct tape
zip ties
CO2 cartrides
CO2 inflator
hand pump
tow rope
Nikon D40 with 18-55 lens
dry bag
wide brim hat
microfiber bath towel
Hennessy Hammock (Explorer model)
tent ground cloth
sleeping bag
SPOT satellite messenger
sheepskin ( to make tarmac sections more comfortable)
Garmin Emap GPS
Rear tube
Front tube (packed with tire irons in front fender pack)
Giant Loop luggage system
Flip flops

Sunday, May 23, 2010

We did a nice ride yesterday to the Toroweep overlook of Grand Canyon national park. Check it out here!

Friday, May 14, 2010

On the way to Baker, Nevada for the annual Grappa Groupo Gathering, we were passing through Delta, Utah and saw a friend at the gas station. He had just endured some muddy conditions in the area and was content to ride tarmac with us to Baker.

Thursday, April 29, 2010


Come out and support this worthwhile event! There is a rumor that special points are being awarded to motorcycles of Italian origin. Check out the museum after you eat a great brat for lunch! If you don't have a European motorcycle, show up anyway!