Traveling Light

April 16, 2018 in

Over the last few months I’ve downsized what I pack for motorcycle trips to the point everything fits in my much loved Mosko Moto Backcountry 30 liter duffle bag. No panniers needed at all unless I am bringing camping gear, even then I have room to spare. If I am doing a fly-and-ride trip I can take my Mosko Moto duffle... View Article


Michelin Road 5 Tire Review: 500 Mile Update

April 4, 2018 in

I’ve put almost 500 miles on the Michelin Road 5 tires commuting on the R1200R. They’ve been ridden in the wet more often than in the dry over the last month and performance has been excellent in all conditions. I did have one cold tire related slip but it was rider error; heavy throttle while cornering over a painted line... View Article


Michelin Road 5 Tire Review

February 28, 2018 in

The problem with reviewing motorcycle tires is that new tires always feel better than old tires. It would be difficult to accurately compare different tires handling unless you have two sets of tires that are the same age mounted on the exact same bike, ridden back to back on the same route. With my review what I plan on doing... View Article


The One Moto Show – Portland, OR

February 12, 2018 in

Took a short ride down to The One Moto Show today with my camera and shot some bike pics. I've attended the show in the past but I have to say this year was the best yet. The motorcycle builders, hosts and vendors all did an excellent job putting on a great show.


Michelin Road 5 Tires on Order

February 4, 2018 in

The Michelin Pilot Road 4 tires I’ve been running on the R1200R were fantastic while they lasted but are nearly done at 7k miles. There is still maybe a couple thousand miles of tread left if I baby them but they have fairly uneven wear and are not as grippy in the wet as they used to be. It’s time... View Article


Icon Patrol 2 Boots

November 6, 2017 in

I ordered a pair of the new Icon Patrol 2 boots from RevZilla the day they came out. I had been looking for a motorcycle boot that was comfortable off the bike and was having a hard time finding what I wanted. I didn’t want something covered in logos or plastic sliders but something more stealthy. The Patrols seemed like they would... View Article


MotoSolutions Raincoat Pro

September 18, 2017 in

I ride in the rain a lot. Living in the Pacific Northwest and commuting daily on the bike, riding in the rain is just how it is, from drizzle to torrential downpours I’m in it. With the Aerostich Roadcrafter I stay dry and for cold days I have a Warm & Safe heated jacket to go underneath my suit but the most... View Article


Short Trip to Hood River

August 29, 2017 in

I just got back from an overnight to Hood River, OR. I did all the usual stuff, bummed around town, stayed at the Hood River Hotel and hit two of my favorite restaurants for brunch and dinner. Brunch at Broder Øst and dinner at the Pfriem taproom. I used the 120 mile round-trip on the bike as an opportunity to try... View Article


Aether Rally Jacket

August 13, 2017 in

I just picked up the new Rally Motorcycle Jacket from Aether Apparel and right off I am blown away by the quality. Yes, I am normally an Aerostich guy but I wanted something that can be worn off the bike,  on a plane for a fly-and-ride and so on. Aerostich is great on the bike but not so great if you want... View Article


TechSpec Tank Grips Installed

July 23, 2017 in

Installed a set of TechSpec Tank Grips on the R1200R yesterday. Initially I wasn’t sure about how they look on the BMW but I wanted more grip and to protect the paint on the tank and this 5-piece set from TechSpec will definitely do that. Application was easy, just make sure the surface you are sticking them to is very clean... View Article