A while back my sister and bro-in-law left me with a Garmin Nuvi. It’s an older device, but successfully loaded Kevin’s plotted maps of the Great Continental Divide Trail, which fortunately have been updated for 2015. (Green: easy. Blue: medium. Red: hard.)
Practicing controlled throttle-clutch-braking slides to the left and right are a must. What a handful. These motocross kids make it look so easy!
A YouTube’r I subscribe to has recently released a movie that he and a friend filmed when riding through 7 countries in 2013. The worldwide dual-sport and enduro riding community is full of inspirational riders like this. Nothing gets me more fired up to explore than videos like this. Looking forward to watching the full movie soon.
Let’s talk tires for a moment.
The used 2008 DRZ-400-S I bought several months ago came fitted with brand new front and back Pirelli MT21 Rallycross tires. They’re a terrific tire for off-road riding. They’re also a very soft tire. Rule of thumb, soft means better performance, but shorter longevity. While they’ve been a perfect off-road training tire (likely overkill for my skill level), they’re going to fall short for my ride along the Great Continental Divide. Continue reading Fresh rubber
Yesterday I became a little more Californian. I’ve had a motorcycle license for over 20 years. I come from where lane splitting is illegal. There is no law for or against it in California, which apparently makes it legal. There are a lot of cars here, and a lot of intersections. I’ve been riding out here for several months, all the while not lane splitting. The air quality at intersections is similar to being enclosed in a box filled with fresh hot vehicle exhaust. Splitting the lanes to the front of each intersection was a breath of fresh air.