Elden Tops 200,000 Miles on KLR-650’s!

Elden Tops 200,000 Miles on KLR-650’s!

On a recent ride to Baja, Elden Carl logged his 200,000th mile on KLR-650’s. The big mile occurred on the return trip from Ensenada to Tecate, with Rod Morris and Todd Vosper along to witness the event. Elden’s KLR’s have performed well over the years, a testament to his maintenance prowess and attention to detail. […]

Wheels vs. Wings

Wheels vs. Wings

I loved flying jets. I enjoyed some of the other aircraft I had the opportunity to fly, but flying passengers in a Citation business jet is nothing like pushing the throttle up and slicing towards an impending merge with a bandit. Or tipping into a 45 degree dive from 15,000 feet towards a target 3 […]

LED Tail Light Failure

LED Tail Light Failure

I ride my motorcycle down to Mexico almost once a week. Besides being an enjoyable ride, it gives me an opportunity to eat some tasty seafood at my favorite restaurant, Mariscos Bahia de Ensenada, and spend the night at Hostel Sauzal, a small, homey alternative to a motel. Located in quiet little El Sauzal, just […]

More on Knobby Shod Sports-Tourers

More on Knobby Shod Sports-Tourers

In November 2015 Mike Henshaw and I took a ride to Baja with an overnight stay at Maria Navarro’s Hostel Sauzal, six miles north of Ensenada. Mike was riding his 475 pound Triumph Tiger 800XC and I was on my 350 pound Top Gun DR644. In our opinion here at Top Gun any motorcycle that […]

Elden Meets Thell Reed and Ray Chapman

Elden Meets Thell Reed and Ray Chapman

There were two towns in southern California that played quite an important role in my early adult life: Corona and the small community at the northern edge of town called Norco. Immediately after graduating from the U.S. Navy Hospital Corps School with Honor Company 20 of 1953, I was transported by train 100 miles north […]

Over the past 60 years and over a million miles of motorcycle riding, I can only remember suffering a couple of front flats, but I’ve had to repair at least 30 or 40 rear tire punctures. In my experience the item that causes the puncture (usually a nail) is kicked up by the front tire […]

Old Folks Off-Road Technique

Old Folks Off-Road Technique

  (Editor’s Note – I haven’t ridden a motorcycle for over a year now due to personal reasons, but my last ride with Elden and Pauline was less than two years ago (probably when they were younger… like 79 and 87…) on Highway 94 east of San Diego. Riding one-up, as fast as I could […]

Two Rides to Mike

Two Rides to Mike

Back in the last decade of the 20th century I took Bob Kornafel on what was to be a Baja pavement ride to San Felipe by way of Tecate and Ensenada. Bob was riding his very clean, vintage 1970