Thursday, May 14, 2015

TBT: Three Years Ago: Fairbanks, Alaska


Three years ago I was in Fairbanks, Alaska on my Everyday for 7 Weeks trip. Click the link if you want to see the daily posts and photos. I rode my SV650 for seven weeks and 12,000 miles from Minneapolis to Fairbanks to San Diego and back.


While I was in Fairbanks, I had the great fortune to meet and stay with Richard and his family. We also went on a couple rides. It was great fun.



Check out the other posts:


Everyday for 7 Weeks - San Diego by way of Alaska

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Teaching My First BRC of 2015

Teaching a BRC

This past week and weekend, I taught my first Basic Rider Course of 2015. I have seven courses scheduled for this year.

This class was at Century College. The normal schedule is a weeknight classroom session followed by a half day Saturday and Sunday.

Teaching a BRC

I had the afternoon class this past weekend with eleven students and a co-coach. The class went well. It rained a lot on the second day, which I think makes the students better since they can get over being scared of rain.

Most of them did very well, and only one failed. She is determined to come back and give it another try. Maybe I will see her again. I have a couple weekends off before I teach my next BRC. It was an enjoyable experience.

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Dual Sport Tech Day 2015

DualSport Tech Day 2015

This last weekend was the TC Dual Sport Tech Day hosted by my friend Paul. The day is for folks to get together talk about motorcycles and get some maintenance work done with friends. There is usually a few people doing tires and at least one KLR doohickey mod.


My WR250R needs tires, battery, and few other odds and ends to make it safe to ride. I thought about riding it over with the tires strapped to my back somehow, but I was feeling lazy. I decided to take my Super9 instead.

plum tree blooming

It was REALLY nice weather compared to past years. It was sunny and almost 80F by the time I left around noon.  This plum tree in Paul’s front yard smelled amazing. I can’t wait until mine is as large.

DualSport Tech Day 2015

Paul is a good bike mechanic and has a nice selection of tools. He was also kind enough to brew up some coffee. You can see him below helping someone break a stuck nut loose on a KLR.

DualSport Tech Day 2015

Not many motorcycles showed up compared to previous years. Usually there is 10-20 people, but this year there were less than 10 (see related posts below). Everyone else seemed to be riding a KLR except for me.

DualSport Tech Day 2015

My lonely Super9 surrounded by Kawasakis.

DualSport Tech Day 2015

Another KLR getting ready to do the doohickey mod. I can’t say I know exactly what it is, but it seems really popular in the KLR community.

DualSport Tech Day 2015

I had a nice time chatting with friends and meeting some new ones. One of these evenings I will get motivated and swap the tires on the WR.


Related Posts:

Friday, May 1, 2015

Evening Ride with a Friend

suzuki sv650 tank closeup

Wednesday night, I had my first ride of the year with a friend. We met in the NE suburbs and then headed NE towards the St. Croix River. Her on her Ducati and me on my SV650 our v-twins taking turns growling as we went.

We headed east on 96 towards Stillwater, and then turned north on Jamaca. What a fun road! Lots of nice big sweepers and the road meandered around the different farm properties.

We spent some time on 95 running north from Stillwater along the St. Croix River. I’ve ridden this road many times; I love the views of the cliffs and the river riding north.

We ended up taking a left to head west onto what I think was cty 7. I had never been on this road, and really need to look at a map to figure out how to hook it up with Jamaca. It was fun and twisty with most of the corners marked at 25-45mph.

A short ride of less than 70 miles, but I appreciate being shown some fun new roads by a friend. We were too busy riding to stop for photos. I will have to go back and get a few later.

Have you found any new roads lately?

Saturday, April 25, 2015

Three Lakes and Three Bikes

Motorcycling Lakes

With spare time and a sunny Saturday afternoon, riding was necessary. The problem was, which motorcycle should I ride? The super9 was high on the list as was the SV650. Then I thought about the motorcycle I want to sell: the GZ250

Motorcycling Lakes

I decided to take it out for a ride. I’ve recently put new tires on, a new battery, fresh brake fluid, new air filter, new oil, new spark plugs, and carb clean. I thought I should take it out for a bit of a shake down ride to make sure it is in ready condition to sell.

Motorcycling Lakes

Long time readers may be a bit confused at this point. Wait, when did you get the GZ250?? I bought it in the fall of 2014 from my ex-wife. It was actually my first motorcycle and hers as well. During the divorce, she didn’t want it, so I bought it from her with the intent of selling it to a friend. That deal fell through, so it will end up on craigslist soon. It runs great, and it will make a great first motorcycle for someone else.

Motorcycling Lakes

After a short ride I brought it home. The SV was sitting there, so I couldn’t quite resist taking it for a quick ride. I had all my gear on already… I had a fun time blasting around. The SV felt like a rocketship compared to the GZ. Since I posed the GZ in front of a lake, I thought I should do the same for the SV.

Motorcycling Lakes

One I got home with the SV, the Super9 seemed to be itching for a ride as well. Why not?! I found a third lake and posed the scoot for a pic as well.

It was tempting to try to dig out the WR or the Ural, but they need some TLC before they are ready for the road. They are also both buried in the corners of the garage.

It was a fun afternoon tooling around looking at the beautiful lakes nearby.

Where did you ride this weekend?

Monday, April 20, 2015

MinneADV Swap Meet


This past weekend was the Spring MinneADV swap meet. I have attended a few times now. It is usually cold and slightly damp. The weather for this year couldn’t have been much better.


It was the first time I’ve seen people standing around in t-shirts. I didn’t plan on selling anything this year. I was feeling lazy and didn’t want to spend the time to clean out the closet to figure out what could go.


This year was a new location, so I was a tad unsure exactly where the pavilion was. When I pulled into the parking lot and saw all the motorcycles, I knew I was in the right spot. They were almost all dualsports with a couple exceptions like the Indian above.


There was this little cozy sidecar as well. A couple people thought it might be mine, but no. I rode the SV650 (pic above). I put all the luggage on incase there was a deal I couldn’t resist!


It was fun looking at all the different configurations of bikes. I like the NC700 kitted out next to two BMWs.


This Vstrom was nicely setup. I secretly want it. Hmm… I just wrote that, so I guess not much of a secret now. The gas can on the front made me smile.


I really like this Honda scrambler too. Such a nice look with the exhaust high in the middle.


There was a Vstrom 1000 for sale. It was kinda tempting, but I’d prefer a 650.


There were several motorcycles for sale at the swap meet. I think I counted five including this 125cc kit bike. A few of us were talking that if he spent a bit more money to make it street legal, it would easily sell.


An 80s XR650. There was a 250 as well, but it sold in a few minutes.


There was also quite the collection of stuff for sale this year. It was mainly riding gear.


There was also a lot of camping gear, a couple chain saws, and a scooter.


My friend Paul had a table. His rule was if it didn’t have a price tag it was free. Sadly, not many takers.


Lots of tools as well.


I ended up buying a new battery. I think it was originally for an XR400, but I plan to use it on my lawn mower. The 12v battery for the electric start failed last year. The new one is almost $80, so with a little duct tape this $20 battery should be a great replacement! There was a few other tempting items, but I managed to escape without filling my luggage.


The pic above is for some upcoming local motorcycle related events.

I had a nice time looking at all the stuff for sale and catching up with a few other riders. I appreciate the efforts to organize and get this event going. Thanks!


Related Posts:

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Scooting to Work


The weather this past week has been really nice. An unseasonably warm 70F during the day. I rode my SV650 each day. I felt like it was time to get another bike out, so I took my Kymco Super9 on Thursday.

I really enjoy riding the scooter. It’s a fun and easy twist and go. The Super9’s little 12” wheels makes it feel like you are going much faster than you actually are. “I was totally doing 60mph wide open…” “What?? I was only going 30mph?” lol. I also love that I can park it anywhere including bicycle racks. Yay mopeds!

It it also easy to stop and snap photos or gawk at the spring flowers. I snapped this one at a park I like to ride through in Roseville. The park is really nice on a bicycle because then you can actually use the bike trails.

It will be a little bit longer before I get my WR250R out. It needs a bit of work, and I’ve been spending most of my free time in the garden or the kitchen.