If Halo Had A Motorcycle

Surely they’d choose the KTM Adventure bike platform. Big enough for a Spartan. Tons of power and range: a 150 horsepower dirt bike with a 6-gallon gas tank. Surely Master Chief himself would be smiling under that helmet from the moment he laid eyes on it, the moment he threw a leg over, the moment he started it, and the moment he twisted the throttle.

I’m tempted to take off my helmet to feel the wind in my hair!

said Master Chief never

A year ago I decided to wrap my KTM Adventure 1190 with a custom graphics kit based on the Warthog in the Halo video game. A close friend, Rich, recommended I get with Greg at M7Designs to start crafting what that could look like because, as I understood it, Greg was one of the few folks who had the 1190’s factory graphics template specs locked into his design platform.

That was actually a surprisingly smooth process, especially since I had no idea how to get from “Halo bike like a warthog!” to an actual physical graphics kit coming to me in the mail.

Mockups from Greg…

In the mail…

On the bike…

Compared to the Halo Warthog…

Not bad, eh?!

You might be thinking, “it’s not a perfect match, even the color is off.” I cannot argue with that. I’ll explain why I’m happy with the result.

First, that green drab color is so overdone today. I found it refreshing to have a green that felt alive. The brighter forest green looks good on this bike. The only challenge I’ve experienced with this green color is if you care to find matching green gear to wear, it’s almost impossible. Meanwhile, there’s tons of drab green gear to get your hands on. Noted to self.

Second, like working with a tattoo artist, you show your respect and appreciation to the art and artist by allowing the artist some creative freedom. Greg actually knew and loved the Halo game series, and was excited to take this on. I set my own expectations to accept what I received in the mail as the final product, no questions asked.

How about a shot of the beast in the wild of BC Canada?

The kit brought a couple of loves together for me: motorcycling and Halo. I couldn’t be happier with the result. It freshened up a machine that I’d put nearly 30,000 miles on; made it feel like a brand new bike. The graphics kit was also a fraction of the price of painting the bike.

There’s not another adventure bike like this (that I know of) and that’s kind of cool, too.

What I’ve struggled with is what to name the beast. Halo has the Warthog and the Mongoose, both 4-wheel vehicles. They’re also companions of sorts in the native sub-Saharan Africa Desert. Where does a Halo motorcycle fit in all this? Still thinking on that one.

If you have a name recommendation, drop it in a comment!

Some of my tagged IG posts with this beast #halomotorcycle

A DRZ 400 and a KTM 1190 Adventure R…

In the summer of 2017 a friend and I embarked on a motorcycle adventure from Santa Barbara, CA to Topeka, KS. We allowed ourselves 12 days, and had only one required stop near Alamosa, CO along the way.

What we didn’t realize when was that many of the parts we rode through that first day would soon after be ravaged by California’s largest wildfire ever, the Thomas Fire.

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Motorcycling the Great Continental Divide Trail

Oh yes, it’s a thing. It’s a wonderful thing. It’s a difficult thing. It’s something I’ll never forget.

I completed the ride back in July of 2016. I planned to complete the journey in twelve to fourteen days, but managed to finish in nine. My KTM 1190, which I affectionately call “Godzilla,” demolishes miles. I’ve ridden all the big bikes. Nothing is like the KTM 1190. It’s lighter, faster, more graceful, and more athletic. Continue reading Motorcycling the Great Continental Divide Trail

Ham Radio On The Great Continental Divide

Soon I will make way for the town of Roosville, BC at the border of Montana and Canada. Myself and Godzilla will make our way along the Great Continental Divide Trail over the course of two weeks until we reach Antelope Wells, NM.

As I make my way down the trail I’ll have a few key survival items in my possession. First, I’ll have a med kit. Second, I’ll have a Spot device. Third, I’ll have a handheld ham radio. Continue reading Ham Radio On The Great Continental Divide

I shall name it “Godzilla”

If you follow my Instagram account, you’ll notice a lot of the color orange lately. That’s because I’ve added a new KTM motorcycle to the garage. And not just any KTM. It’s their flagship adventure bike, which they so aptly named, Adventure-R.

1190 cc’s… 1.2 liter engine… wtf

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