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Elden "Old Top Gun" Carl
Elden has been riding on and off
road since 1955. A multiple trophied
rider in the Tecate 500 and with
years of Baja experience, he is widely
recognized as a true multisurface
expert. A proven innovator his whole
life, he can back up his ingenuity in
the shop with his riding on any curve
- paved or dirt. Possibly less
well-known among riders, but no less
impressive, is his status as one of the
five recognized founding "Masters" of
modern combat handgunning. He
shot alongside handgun legends
Thell Reed, Ray Chapman, Jeff
Cooper, and Jack Weaver, and won
the Big Bear Leather Slap, the
The Top Gun Crew
- Recognized need for
improved balancer lever
- Ohlins shock on KLR (1992
by Stig Pattersson)
- Aftermarket shift lever
- Fully sealed wheel bearings
- Hard anodized front forks
and modified stock
- Improved wheels including
1.85" front (stock too
- Upper chain wheel to protect airbox
- Shock shaft protector for swingarm
and inner fender
- Partially zerked Uni-Track lever
- Triple density foam seats (1970's)
- One-off front and rear serrated
foot pegs (MacDonald Products)
- Modified speedo cable to prevent
- Zerked steering head
- Manual fan switch with keyed lock-
Additionally, Elden developed many of the maintenance procedures you
commonly see posted on the Internet, including those at originally found
at multisurfacemotorcycling.com (no longer active).
Todd "Deuce" Vosper
Todd is an up and coming rider
with 20 years as a Marine jet
pilot. He was one of the first
instructors selected for the
introduction of the
radar-equipped Harrier and was
a Harrier instructor at the Marine
Aviation Weapons and Tactics
squadron. He also flew UC-12
What Others Have to Say About Elden and Todd...
"...He (Elden) builds, studies, re-engineers and improves whatever his choice
of mounts... He also has a lot of innate engineering ability and creativity." "...He
can ride the wheels off a motorcycle."
- Scott Wexman, expert MSM and Trials rider, mechanical engineer
"...He (Elden) is probably the best all around mechanic and motorcycle set-up
guy I have ever met. That is quite a statement from a guy who grew up racing
motocross and who has worked in the motorcycle industry for over 20 years."
- Garry Wright, pro motocross racer, expert MSM rider
"...(Todd) disciplined, highly skilled aviator and motorcyclist. He's the guy I want
on my side when things get interesting."
- Jim Moore, Marine Attack Pilot, F-5 Aggressor Pilot, MSF Riding Instructor
"I am unable to give a definitive comment on Elden and Pauline two-up as (I)
was never able to keep up. They are fast and smooth, no doubt, but how can
you rate someone when all you see is their dust..."
- Bruce Redding, expert MSM rider, air-race and sport car racing champion
"When I first rode with Todd I didn't expect much due to his limited riding
experience. I soon found out his riding ability was quite substantial, but why
not? After all, he was a Marine fighter pilot. Look out Elden!"
- Rod Morris, 40+ years expert MSM rider
and UC-35 utility aircraft and instructed in both. A fitting finale to his flying
career was a deployment to Qatar in 2005 where he flew the UC-35 (an
unarmed Cessna business jet) into airfields across the Persian Gulf and
Southwest Asia, including the Horn of Africa and Afghanistan (and most of
the other 'Stans). He has a Masters degree in Business Administration and
handles the day to day operations of the business as well as the website.
With many interesting parallels between motorcycling and flying, he brings
a unique perspective to Top Gun Motorcycles. And whenever he can, he
tries to keep up with Old Top Gun.
premiere quick-draw competition, from 1960-1962. Many of his techniques
have become common practice with military and law enforcement shooters the
Elden is the creative mind behind many well-known KLR innovations, to
The term "multisurface motorcycle" was coined by "Old Top Gun" Elden
Carl. Our philosophy at Top Gun Motorcycles is that motorcycling is really
just one sport - having fun on two wheels no matter where you are riding.
"Multisurface motorcycle" immediately conveys the image of using one bike
to ride various types of surfaces, the objective of which is to get the rider
from one place to another no matter what challenges the road or trail has to
We started this site and company because we love to ride and because we
wanted to provide you with the best parts and components possible for your
motorcycle. Besides having hundreds of thousands of miles on multisurface
motorcycles, decades of riding equals hundreds of personal contacts and
we have access to some of the brightest and most talented motorcycle
We have no hidden agenda, we won't try to sell you a product you don't
need. We will only sell the highest quality, most effective products that we
can develop. And you can be sure that everything will have been tested in
the field and found to be not only useful, but superior to any similar product
on the market. If our product is not superior or has no advantage - we'll tell
you to buy something else.
Our current focus is on the KLR-650 and DR-650 because we feel they are
the best big-bore multisurface motorcycles available. If you'd like to see us
expand our efforts to YOUR favorite bike, please let us know.
As fighter pilots say, "check your six" (watch your tail), and ride safely!