Motorcycle Camping: Myths and Realities

Our Rally is almost upon us and it may be a little late for this article, but interesting reading anyway.

Not a Camper? Prefer a Hotel?

I found a good article on Sound Rider:   10 Motorcycle Camping: Myths and Realities

  • I don’t want to sleep on the hard ground
  • Too hard to set up a tent
  • No room for camping gear
  • I want a clean/fresh bed at the end of the day (if you use that excuse, don’t read the article)

Click on this link  Myths & Realities and check out the entire article.

Future Members (Ages 1 and up)


A neat Christmas Gift Idea for future members. Based on our current membership ages, maybe our grandkids?

Mimi and Moto are a pair of motorcycle monkeys created to help motorcycle riders everywhere start their little riders off right!

Designed for AGES 1 & UP and EARLY READERS, the lessons to be shared with children through Mimi and Moto are…

  • Motorcycles are fun
  • Safety is always first
  • Girls and boys ride
  • There are many kinds of motorcycles

Check their website for more information

Amazon as well

I think on the website you can get the Book & a Tee-Shirt!

We, The Riders


It seems the major players in motorcycling are joining the “We, The Riders” campaign – call to action.

From the International Motorcycling Federation website


We, The Riders. We are a movement of motorcyclists from around the world. We share the joy of riding – and the fight against invisibility.

In 2018, it is still far more dangerous than it should be to ride on our roads. That needs to change – and it will only change if all motorcyclists come together as never before to demand it.

Dorna, FIM, ACEM, Red Bull and MotoGP Ambassadors Andrea Iannone (ITA), Marc Márquez (ESP), Jack Miller (AUS), Jorge Lorenzo (ESP), Johann Zarco (FRA) and many, many others are all onboard.

Who knows, maybe TVR will join the ranks 😊

Read the full article from FIM here

Take a minute to check out the website, watch the video and take the 2 minute survey. It had some interesting questions.

We will try and follow this and keep you updated!

No forks?

Yes, it has been done. Most of us don’t remember or have ever seen one.

The Yamaha GTS1000 was introduced in 1993 with a single-sided front swingarm.

Here is a clip from the February 1993 issue of CycleWorld:

The GTS wasn’t designed to be the last word in handling, though, it was designed to be “technologically superior…the most sophisticated road-going Yamaha motorcycle ever produced.”

Read the full article here. It is kinda neat!


Riding with a Passenger?

A great article in the RoadRUNNER Magazine news feed this week titled “Ten Questions to Ask a Motorcyclist Before Becoming a Passenger

It is more directed to the passenger, but if you are the pilot, these are good thoughts for us to consider as well before taking on the responsibility. Below is a little clip:

“Sometimes a rider may try to impress his or her passenger with aggressive speed and deep leaning in corners. This type of riding behavior may well ensure that the passenger never gets on a motorcycle again, and it might even terminate a friendship”.  Pretty good advice!

I haven’t ridden 2-up since I was teenager, screaming down a gravel road, barefoot and no helmets on a old rattle trap dirt bike. Yeah, we used to do that back then 🙁 . Currently I have no desire to ride 2-up, my wife will never get on the back of one,  and I am not sure I would feel comfortable with that responsibility anyway.

If you are thinking of taking on a passenger, Click Here and read the full article

You can’t ? ……BS

Who says you can’t race a H-D 883 Sportster in the NORRA Mexican 1000. Don’t tell these guys that, cause they ‘did it!

Take a 2000 883 Sportster, bolt on a set of Honda 250 forks, beef-up some joints. Add a rear sprocket and rear disc the size of Medium Pepperoni Pizzas and go racing.

Of the 40 entrants, 32 finished and the Frijole came in 27th. Not a bad showing at all.

I don’t follow Desert Racing, but I really found this Motorcyclist article interesting. Show up with one of these at your next DS ride and see who gets all the attention!


Interested in the “Frijole 883”? Read the Full article on Motorcyclist, and more info about Biltwell, Inc here.


Ever thought of getting on the Track?

I had never even given it a thought until 2012 when several TVR members attended the two day Reg Pridmore’s CLASS at VIR. I was nervous at first but by the second day the jitters wore off and I felt a lot more confident on the track and even later when riding on the street. It was a little pricey but I thought it was money well spent.

I have no desire to be a track racer or “drag a knee” and not sure if I would ever take the class again, but I really enjoyed it!. Don’t worry if you are a novice, you are separated in groups by skill level and take turns on the track and classroom.

Dan Netting @

has a good article on that here – CHECK IT OUT!


(Oh, BTW, that is me in the photo :-). Ride your own bike, no knee dragging, body just a little to the left as they instructed me to. No special racing gear was required, just good tires, proper street riding gear, a brief inspection and you are ready to go.)

650cc Thumpers dying? (Don’t bet your money on it)

The 650 Thumpers. Most of us have owned one, at one time or another, or we will.

So why are they still being made in this age of modern technology, fuel injection, heated seats, on-the-fly suspension adjustment and on and on? I guess riders are still buying them.

 Zack Courts @ Motorcyclist Online recently posted an excellent article on these time-proven standbys. Hard to believe, but did you know the Kawasaki KLR 650 was first introduced when Ronald Reagan was President!  Think about that time span ( Reagan, George H, Clinton, George W, Obama, Trump)

Here are a couple of snips I enjoyed from the article:

  •  it’s easy to forget that uncomplicated machines still exist, but they do.
  • No liquid-crystal displays, no light-emitting diodes, no fuel injection. They are uniquely unsophisticated in this day and age
  • 650cc of tugboat thrust means there’s enough power to get out of the way of traffic
  • All of these bikes are as simple as a hammer and just as reliable
  • We never intended to rank these bikes, frankly. Because 35 horsepower and 30 pound-feet of torque is the same


Please continue reading the full article with the link below. I am sure you will enjoy it!

2018 Honda XR650L vs. Kawasaki KLR650 vs. Suzuki DR650S Comparison



Too Hot for ATGATT ?

An excellent article from Sound Rider busting common myths about hot weather riding

“Myth #3: When it’s really hot strip down to shorts and a sleeveless t-shirt”

You see it all the time, but this is a faster route to dehydration and sun stroke than number two, not to mention sun damage to your skin which you may have to deal with later in life at the skin cancer center. Keep as much of your skin covered when you ride to reduce sun damage and road rash and help stay cool. Some may ask – “How can that be?” ……   Keep reading.

Contract For Safety

I stumbled across this the other day and I think it is worth a read. Some may consider it bad timing, or is it?  You be the judge!

You are not asked to sign and send in, but at least spend 2-3 minutes and read it over.

(copied from the MSF)


Motorcycle Safety Foundation

Rider Choices

Contract For Safety

I appreciate that my family and friends may be concerned about my safety now that I have chosen to ride a motorcycle.

I also understand that my choices can affect those who care about me, especially if I am injured in a motorcycle crash.

I agree that motorcycling, like many activities involving vehicles and motion, involves some degree of risk, and I hereby commit to riding safely and minimizing my risk. By initialing each of the following statements, I agree to:


___ Be Aware of the Risks Associated with Motorcycling – I understand that safe motorcycling requires dedicated attention to the immediate task and a keen awareness of everything going on 360 degrees around me. I also understand that motorcycles lack the crash protection of cars, and since motorcycles are smaller and narrower than cars, car drivers may not see me and may cut me off or squeeze into my lane without warning.

___ Get Trained and Licensed – I will take at least one MSF RiderCourse® to learn the proper mental strategies and riding skills in a controlled environment, under the guidance of professional MSF-certified RiderCoaches, before riding on the street. I will get a motorcycle license or endorsement and obtain proper insurance for my motorcycle, to demonstrate that I am a responsible individual.

___ Wear Protective Gear – I will always choose to wear proper protective riding gear when I ride; most importantly a DOT-compliant helmet, plus eye protection, gloves, over-the-ankle boots, jacket and pants, regardless of my destination or the duration of my ride.

___ Select an Appropriate Motorcycle – I will only ride a motorcycle that fits my physical characteristics and is otherwise right for me. I will become familiar with its controls, power delivery, braking, and handling characteristics by studying the owner’s manual and practicing on lightly traveled streets before venturing onto busy streets or highways.

___ Use a Safe-Riding Strategy – I will maintain awareness of the traffic environment and my position within it by using safe-riding strategies such as SEE – Search, Evaluate, Execute – and a 2-second minimum following distance. I will communicate with other motorists by always using my turn signals and a head-check when turning or changing lanes, and will make a mental note of possible escape routes in case my path is blocked.

___ Ride Within My Limits – I will not ride faster or longer than my abilities allow, nor will I ride aggressively or make risky maneuvers. Riding too fast in corners is a primary cause of single-vehicle crashes. I will honestly assess my own physical capabilities and mental attitude before each ride since both aspects are required to safely navigate my motorcycle on the street.

___ Ride Unimpaired – I will never use alcohol or drugs when riding. I understand that motorcycling is a serious activity that requires intense focus, keen perception, split-second decision-making, physical coordination, and a fine sense of balance, and that alcohol and drugs weaken those abilities. In fact, almost half of all motorcyclists killed in crashes were using alcohol.

__ Keep my Motorcycle in Excellent Operating Condition – I will follow the recommended maintenance schedule as outlined in the owner’s manual, will ensure repairs are made promptly, and will pay particular attention to the tires, since inflation pressure and overall condition affect the critical grip between my motorcycle and the road surface.

___ Be a Lifelong Learner – I will return periodically for a variety of refresher rider training courses to brush up on my skills and knowledge, because the positive effects gained from a training course do not last forever.

To summarize, I acknowledge that if I ride untrained, recklessly, or without the protection of motorcycle-specific safety apparel, I am at increased risk of a life-altering injury or death. This would not only affect me but could affect my family and friends. Therefore, I am committed to being a safe and responsible motorcyclist.