Tough Tanks From IMS

Tough Tanks From IMS

In late July of this year (2018) I was riding in the eastern San Diego County mountains when I encountered an unexpected problem on a sharp left hand blind curve. As I approached the curve I observed what appeared to be loose decomposed granite on the road surface. I attempted to

A Story about Elden Carl and Pauline Read

A Story about Elden Carl and Pauline Read

From the editor: Here is another article I found in Elden’s archives. It’s from Scott Wexman, a mechanical engineer and inventor who is also an accomplished motorcycle mechanic specializing in European motorcycles, principally BMW’s. Like Elden, Scott is a long time multisurface motorcyclist with lots of additional hours competing in trials events. Scott’s story was […]

DR650 and KLR650: Stock Air Filters Are No Good

DR650 and KLR650: Stock Air Filters Are No Good

In the spring of 1990 I purchased my first KL650A, a 1989 model with less than 500 miles on the speedometer. The first thing I did was execute a complete set-up and service which exposed so many defects that I almost sold the bike. What I did about the problems I encountered have been documented […]

How Not to Celebrate Your 30th Wedding Anniversary

How Not to Celebrate Your 30th Wedding Anniversary

Editor’s note: Pauline Read has just written her first article for Top Gun. She reminisces about a motorcycle trip she and Elden made in 2010. As a long time member of Vida Nueva Baja Ministries, I have offered my help by transporting much needed funds to various churches and orphanages that help the poor of […]

2018 DR650SE

2018 DR650SE

I wandered in and out of motorcycle shops in San Diego county, studying all the new models of every available brand for several months as the new two-wheelers were released last fall (2017) and this spring (2018). My hope was to find a bike good enough that I could easily develop it further until it […]

A Story About Elden Carl and Pauline Read

A Story About Elden Carl and Pauline Read

From the editor: During my searches of Elden’s archives I have found a number of letters and testimonials from a couple of long time expert motorcyclists who have ridden with Elden and his wifePauline. The testimonial reproduced below is from Garry Wright, a former 1980’s pro-motocrosser and outstanding pavement rider. He lets the reader see […]

Necessary Improvements For Your DR650SE

Necessary Improvements For Your DR650SE

Rod Morris, proprietor of MMP (Multisurface Motorcycle Products) on this website is a very knowledgeable guy with a long and successful career of riding and working on motorcycles. And nobody takes better care of his customers than Rod. From time to time he will refer a potential customer to me, usually someone that has a […]

Happy Birthday Regis Philbin!!

Happy Birthday Regis Philbin!!

(Webmaster’s note – we are in the final stages of shifting Elden’s shooting articles to a new website completely devoted to the subject – stay tuned!) When you are 83 years old like me, lots of little things pop up that bring back old memories. For instance, one day while looking through our local newspaper, […]

Shocks and Springs and Things

Shocks and Springs and Things

We are fortunate to have Rod Morris and Multisurface Motorcycle Products on this website. Not only has Rod been an excellent multisurface motorcyclist for about half a century but he is very knowledgeable about KLR’s and DR650’s. The shock service that Rod offers at MMP is reasonably priced and expertly conducted