Mel’s Back in the U.S.A.

Mel’s Back in the U.S.A.

by Elden Carl MSM Squadron 1 member Mel Clark has headed back south from Canada, but it almost didn’t happen. Seems like our Homeland Security wanted more than a passport from England and he came up short on paperwork.  They finally gave him 3 months to visit and then he must leave. Mel’s plan is […]

Bits and Pieces

Bits and Pieces

Kurt Grife has passed 125,000 miles on KLR650s.  For 70,000 miles he’s had a Jake Doohickey and spring in his engine and we recently added a Wexman/Carl inspection port. Kurt’s engine history includes a stock balancer lever failure and a broken cam chain both of which caused serious engine problems. The moral of the story […]

Dangerous Travel in Baja and Mainland Mexico

Dangerous Travel in Baja and Mainland Mexico

Lately there have been numerous stories about travelers in Baja and Mainland Mexico encountering bandits and other bad elements; fortunately this has happened on a relatively small scale. Usually it’s because the traveler is unaware or ill-prepared for safe travel in not only Mexico, but third world countries in general. Most crime in Baja occurs […]

Baja Ride January 2008

Baja Ride January 2008

On the 3rd of January, Jay Bass, Elden Carl and I took off for a whirlwind 7 day Baja ride to San Borja, San Francisco de la Sierra, Mulege and Rancho San Isidro near San Jose Magdalena, Baja Sur. The highlight of the trip was the time we spent eating Elsa’s great food and watching […]

Motorcycle Air Bag Jacket

Motorcycle Air Bag Jacket

Air bags in cars have been used with great success for some time, but what does the motorcyclist have for impact safety besides the standard leather, pads and other skid resistant fabrics ?   The Japanese came up with an idea that has now reached the U.S. Impact jackets were originally designed to save Japanese construction […]

Top Gun Custom KLR650 Rear Shock Springs; 1987-2008

Top Gun Custom KLR650 Rear Shock Springs; 1987-2008

6.6 kg, up to 675 lbs GVW 7.4 kg, beyond 675 lbs GVW   *GVW includes rider and full tank of fuel. Features:   Straight wound springs made of the highest quality materials available. Excellent fit allowing installation from either end of the shock. Spring length designed for compatibility with the stock pre-load mechanism. Springs […]

KLR650 Drive Chain Control

KLR650 Drive Chain Control

17 years ago, Elden discovered the KLR650 was lacking a very important part – it had no upper chain control wheel. Every other long-travel bike he had ever owned had some way of keeping the chain running smoothly without flopping around and hitting things – but not the KLR. Elden ended up drilling a hole […]

10 Year Anniversary Writing about KLR650’s

10 Year Anniversary Writing about KLR650’s

If you’re reading this article then you already are aware that there have been some recent site changes. Here’s how it breaks down now: www.multisurfacemotorcycling.com(MSM) –  MSM will maintain archived FFT articles, procedures and Multisurface Motorcycle Products (MMP). www.topgunmotorcycles.com (TGMP) -“Fuel For Thought” (FFT) will appear on this site monthly with articles by me, Rod […]