Harley Pan America

On Saturday, Sept 25, I joined a few friends in Flagstaff, AZ at the Overland Expo West, an event growing exponentially over the past few years to include vendors from across the outdoor experience world. Represented were every truck and off-road-oriented vehicle, motorcycle companies, tents, yurts, lights, knives, water purification,… Continue reading

Good heads deserve great helmets

Few decisions are agonized over by motorcyclists as much as helmet choices.  There’s color and type (full face, modular, shorty, off-road, touring specific, etc.), as well as construction material and features.  Women shopping for swimsuits struggle less to find the “perfect fit” than motorcyclists selecting a helmet.  Arai, supposedly, fits… Continue reading

Yamaha’s new Ténéré 700, a Suzuki DR350S and two Harleys

This is a story of my testing the new-for-2021, Yamaha Ténéré 700, an on/off-road motorcycle.  But first, here’s a bit of my history with this category of bikes.  If you’re lucky, I’ll work a couple of Harley-Davidsons into the story, too.  These days I love reviewing a new bike like… Continue reading

Top TV Pic # 15: Himalaya Calling and Pedro Mota’s YouTube videos

Following my recommendation of a series of YouTube videos made by Pedro Mota, two of my friends responded with how much they liked an Amazon Prime documentary, “Himalaya Calling – Overland to the highest passes in the world.”  They were right!  I’ve watched three of the four episodes, and they… Continue reading

Photographs:  Dakar 2021

Ten years ago I tracked the 2011 Dakar Rally in Argentina and Chile for The Overland Journal Magazine.  In the article I said the Dakar Rally was to dirt bike riders what The Vatican is to Catholics, what Hollywood is to movie buffs and the Grand Ole Opry is to… Continue reading

Were they that high?

When visiting John Binder, one of the “old pharts” in Frank Del Monte’s orbit of British bike aficionados, I discovered a distinguished set of classic motorcycles and a spotless garage/workshop.  Holding 45 motorcycles at one point, John’s recently cut his collection to just over a half dozen exceptionally special and… Continue reading

Know Thyself: A Riding Skills Story

After reading of a harrowing motorcycle adventure tour outside of the US in which several bikes crashed and riders were hurt, I circulated the article to several friends who lead motorcycle tours for a living. The task of assessing someone’s self-reported riding skills before signing them up for a tour… Continue reading

Disproportionately High Value #4: Polaris Slingshot

Not everyone knows I own a Polaris Slingshot.  Fewer still have any idea how or why, but I’m about to tell you.  But before I start, I need to make a point.  No, it is not a motorcycle.  While it may be called a motorcycle from a legal standpoint, it… Continue reading

TV Top Pick # 9: Motorcycle Touring Movies

There are motorcycling adventure movies floating around that deserve attention from my riding readers. “Long Way Up” recounts the latest adventures of actors Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman on AppleTV. Then there’s Ride Report: 10,000 Miles to Rio, an independently produced and directed film by two Las Vegas guys with… Continue reading

What You Said about What I said

Occasionally feedback on my newsletters and resulting conversations are more informative and meaningful than the original piece.  The “In Praise of Talent” newsletter seems to be one of those. Here is some of the feedback, a day or so after publication of the newsletter with its special nod to photographers.… Continue reading