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The worst thing to happen to a pair of gloves . . .

… is to lose one of them, especially when they are your favorite.

A few months ago, I lost the right hand of my favorite motorcycle gloves: the “Sambia” by HELD. They were a splurge buy after my motorcycle trip to South America. The flimsy pair of Fox gloves I had taken with me (at a bargain of $20 a pair) had served me well during the trip and I was impressed they had lasted the entire 6 months. Read more →

Summer’s not over yet. Three ways to beat the heat while motorcycling

You want to go ride, but the temperature read out on your motorcycle shows you near triple digits. Then you look at your gore-tex infused or ballistic nylon suit and wonder how you are going to be comfortable enough to do it? Body heat regulation is an important factor to consider for any ride, and a cooling vest may be the answer you are looking for.  Read more →

Improving a KLR650 with a Seat Concepts custom seat

 

I first met Lendon of Seat Concepts when the office was in a small warehouse in San Jacinto, CA. At that time, the company had just started manufacturing molded foam replacements for motorcycle seats. With most of its employees coming from a motocross background, the company has a vested interest in creating comfortable seats. Eighteen months later, I saw him again at Overland Expo in Flagstaff, AZ and was able to catch up on how the business has grown. Read more →

Ural-mania! – A week long test ride (and abuse) of a sidecar rig at Overland Expo.2014

I have never driven a motorcycle with a sidecar before. Somehow I was in the right place, asking at the right time. I was briefly staying in Prescott, AZ, so I went to see Mark at Scooter and Auto Source. The first test ride around the block made me nervous about stretching the speedometer above 15mph. The handlebars shook in directions I was not directing them to go in. Read more →

Overdue Klim Latitude Review – 15 months and 23,000 miles later…

It’s not late, I just figured I might as well give the long-term version for reviewing Klim’s Latitude suit.

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ODE to Oscar… my KLR685…

I couldn’t let it go without paying honor to a motorcycle I have shared so many years with, even if it is just a KLR. That’s saying something since I have never done this for any ex-boyfriend. I wanted to show and explain a little bit of the process and development over the last 3 years – 8 months and 46,579 miles as both Oscar and I progressed.

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a Time to say goodbye: The sale of my beloved KLR

Close to the Finale:

I had spent 46,579 miles with Oscar, my trusty KLR685  since 2009.   I adorned him with all the best modifications, including gold chains and improved doohickeys, even though you wouldn’t know by looking at it. The time to pass the bike to another rider had arrived. Oscar had taken me all over North, Central and South Americas, but this was his final journey with me. Read more →

A conversation with D. Brent Miller of Sojourn Chronicles

I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Brent about traveling and my latest trip to Tierra del Fuego. For those who are not familiar with Sojourn Chronicles, Brent interviews a wide range of enthusiasts of motorcycles, traveling, bicycling, adventuring, and more, which you can find on his website. Read more →

Going to Overland Expo this weekend? I’ll see you there!

 

Come listen to some stories accompanied by photographs throughout Latin America this weekend at Overland Expo! (Yes, I am back in the states, even though my blog is not.) The event is held near Flagstaff, Arizona, May 17-19, 2013 – check out http://www.overlandexpo.com/ for more info. I will be giving an (abbreviated) presentation of my experiences on Sunday, May 19 @ 10am.Since I have only been back less than a month, its aptly named “Fresh off the Road: an Adventure Discovered in Central and South America.” Read more →

Ushuaia! As south as the road south goes

The calm waves of the Strait of Megellan provided an easy ferry crossing, and we figured that with such good weather, there was no reason not to ride. So, each of our two wheels continued to chase the sun to the end of the earth, el fin de mundo. Riding 300-mile (500km) days were the norm… we mounted our bikes shortly after the sun rose, and continued until just after it set, using the last of its dusk to set up our wild camps. Excitement fueled our spirits across the gravel roads of Isla Grande de Tierra del Fuego, knowing the end time was near, as was our goal of reaching as south as the road south goes.

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