The Sad State Of Squaw Flat Road

While living in Fillmore, California, Squaw Flat Road at the end of Goodenough Road was my escape route. Didn’t matter if I was grunting up the climb on a mountain bike (and sometimes a road bike way before gravel bikes were invented) or twisting the throttle of a dual-sport motorcycle, the partly-paved, mostly-dirt road never got old. I rode it hundreds of times. I rode it on birthdays. I rode it solo and with close friends. I rode it at night. I rode it in the pouring rain. I rode…

An Inaugural Ride Of Wyoming’s Eight-Day Backcountry Discovery Route And Tips For Your Ride

I seldom read stories about a rider’s experience on a Backcountry Discovery Route. There are a couple of reasons why. First, I’m jealous. I want to be riding the route, not reading about it. Second, every BDR experience is unique. Just because Lance (that’s Lance Sallis of Central Texas Restorations) and I saw a massive herd of elk (well over 60 of them) and one moose (that wasn’t mounted over a fireplace), cleared all the water crossings, cheated multiple thunder storms (sometimes by mere hours) and attended a Monster Truck…

1988 Honda XR600 Served On A Plate

This 33-year-old Honda XR600 has been sitting for 10 years but was “running when parked.” The seller is pushing the fact that the bike was plated at one time. The catch is the bike is no longer in the DMV data banks. So, it was plated at one time (turn signals and headlight/taillight seem to back up this claim) and who knows if it can be plated in the future? These bikes are ultra reliable so if it kicks through and you can feel the tranny working, it might not…

Searching for Texas Dual-Sport Riding Or Why Riders Skip The Lone Star State

We grew up watching movies depicting Texas as an untamed, expansive land consisting of desert landscapes, coastal plains and the country-dividing Rio Grande river. According to The World Atlas, Texas is the second largest state in America, only bested by Alaska. The geography is so unique and inspirational that it boasts its own music genre (and yes, Bob Wills is still the King). So you might figure that Texas is a dual-sport rider’s dream come true. Not so fast, buckaroo. There’s a catch. While the State of Texas is a…

The Simple E-Bike Hack For Beating Glacier National Park’s Tourism Hoards

Ashley Harrell of the SFGATE penned an awesome article explaining a simple hack for dodging the reservation system and escaping the crowds at Glacier National Park. The hack? Rent an e-bike. The article goes into great detail on how she pulled it off so you can do the same.  My story on riding the Utah BDR suggests that a motorcycle is the best was to experience America’s National Parks. After reading Ashley’s story, I’d have to say motorcycles are second-best at many National Parks. Riding an e-bike (or a non-motorized bicycle…

Stolen Suzuki DR-Z400 Ready To Rage Again

If you haven’t followed the saga of my stolen Suzuki DR-Z400, here are the CliffsNotes: Bike stolen in Tuba City, Arizona. Bike stripped and painted. Bike recovered. Bike dragged onto towing truck (causing as much damage as the crook). Bike picked up and hauled back to home base (Somis, California). Bike repaired. The DR-Z needed turn signals, brake light, license plate holder, new plastic, new gas cap (the OEM cap is over $100), new ignition switch, a clutch lever, an OEM chain guard (no idea why the crook removed that),…

Easy Hack To Reduce Potential COVID-19 Exposure Until You Get Vaccinated

Need to visit a shop to get a part or service for your motorcycle, bicycle or electric-motorized bicycle? There is a simple hack that can reduce your exposure to others during the visit. Go to Google Maps and in the search bar, type in the shop’s name. Below the address, hours of operation and contact info, there may be a bar chart that shows the most-busy and least-busy hours of operation. The current day is shown, but you can see the history of floor traffic for every day of the…

Dual-Sporting Terlingua’s Desolate Desert Playground

I first visited Terlingua, Texas, 20 years ago to cover the Chihuahuan Desert Challenge mountain bike race for Mountain Bike Action magazine. Terlingua is not the kind of place that you pass through on your travels (it is over 100 miles from the nearest Interstate off ramp), yet I always knew I’d get back to the isolated West Texas desert that’s located on our border with Mexico. Lance Sallis (who you may remember from our Utah adventure) returned his buddy’s Yamaha 450WR and picked up a used KTM for himself.…

A Dual-Sport Adventure Good For The Soul

Lance Sallis and I have been talking about a dual-sport ride for over a year. Lance, of Central Texas Restorations fame, is a long-time friend who lives in Austin, Texas. He also has a place in Park City, Utah. Since Austin averages around 104 degrees during August, we wisely agreed to meet in Park City and follow the Backcountry Discovery Route north to the border of Wyoming (and it would turn out, well beyond). This was Lance’s first time on a Backcountry Discovery Route. He borrowed a Running-When-Parked Yamaha 450WR…