What? Another Chain Master

What? Another Chain Master

Back in the last century I purchased my first KLR650 in the spring of 1990 with the intention of developing it for serious multisurface riding. Before major work began I installed a set of knobbies on the stock unit and headed into Baja with Bob Kornafel who was riding his XT600 Yamaha. Our two day […]

Stock Air Filters Suck!

Stock Air Filters Suck!

Come to think of it, all air filters suck air. The problem is that some of them suck more than air. Not good! If you are an off-road rider you should service your air filter in a timely fashion or you may start sucking dirt at some point. Even if your multisurface motorcycle is kept […]

Mexiphobia

Mexiphobia

My two favorite hangouts happen to be south of the international border, which is located 20 miles from my home. About once a week I make a 200-mile round trip on my motorcycle to and from El Sauzal and Ensenada, using a variety of paved and dirt roads along the way. One of my favorite […]

It’s a Small World

It’s a Small World

It Is Indeed a Small World. The other day I took off on one of my short mountain loops of about 50 miles. About half way through the ride as I headed uphill on Honey Springs Road I noticed a motorcycle following me. Not knowing if the rider was familiar with the many curves ahead […]

Modern Baja: Different But Still Lots of Fun

Modern Baja: Different But Still Lots of Fun

When the best all around dirt rider I ever knew, Alan Dietor, and I began riding in Baja Norte in 1974, there were very few paved roads and what pavement existed was pretty bad. It was easy for the late Niles Ussery to set up a Tecate 500 course to and from San Felipe without […]

Oil and Oil Filter Replacement

Oil and Oil Filter Replacement

Way back in ancient times before synthetics and motorcycle specific oils, some folks used to change the engine oil, usually Castrol GTX, every 1000 to 1500 miles. Some felt it was necessary to also replace the oil filter (if the bike was so equipped) each time theoil was replaced. The procedure I follow has always […]

Long Live Your Chain and Sprockets

Long Live Your Chain and Sprockets

Glossary MSM – Multisurface Motorcycles/Motorcyclist MMP – Multisurface Motorcycle Products TGMP – Top Gun Motorcycle Products MSM Weight Categories Lightweight – up to 250lbs Middleweight – 250lbs – 300lbs Light-Heavyweight – 300lbs – 350lbs Heavyweight – 350lbs – 400lbs We

Top Gun

Top Gun

Glossary MSM – Multisurface Motorcycles/Motorcyclist MMP – Multisurface Motorcycle Products TGMP – Top Gun Motorcycle Products MSM Weight Categories Lightweight – up to 250lbs Middleweight – 250lbs – 300lbs Light-Heavyweight – 300lbs – 350lbs Heavyweight – 350lbs – 400lbs If you

KLR Rear Suspension and Chain Control

KLR Rear Suspension and Chain Control

As I sit here in my favorite Subway restaurant (#40249) at the corner of Avocado Ave. and Hwy 94, my mind harkens back to early 1990 when I purchased my first KLR650 ; a very clean and slightly used 1989 A model. Even before I took my new acquisition off-road I knew I had some […]

Roll-On With Rod

Roll-On With Rod

I called Rod Morris and he suggested we meet at Bell Valley east of Potrero on Hwy 94 for a roll-on test between my stock 2004 KL-A model and his 1999 KL-A model. Rod

Air Filtration

Air Filtration

Some guy on one of the Internet sites wrote recently that I had been riding off road bikes since before there was dirt and that I had forgotten more than most people ever knew about KLR650

Riding Twisty Roads

Riding Twisty Roads

The most memorable encounters are mostly with lighter bikes usually singles in the 350 to 400 pound range. Of the heavier bikes, the GS Beemers come to mind. Ron Jensen was a terror on his early GS1000. He could keep up a pace on challenging mountain roads usually reserved for lighter more agile bikes. Ron […]

Two

Two

Long after I thought two-stroke motorcycles were extinct I ran into Paul Suchy at Santispak 10 miles south of Mulege Baja Sur. Parked there on the beach under a palapa was a loaded down

Racing Rod

Racing Rod

  Rod Morris and I recently did our first two day Baja loop since rebuilding and breaking in both of his MMP/KL-A KL engines. The overnite would be at Maria Navarro