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A quiet good-bye to Los Angeles

A quiet good-bye to Los Angeles

As I prepared in the final week before my departure, I couldn’t help but think this was the last time I would be driving around these streets of North East Los Angeles that I have come to know in my 9-year residence.  There was a fondness to the idea, not so much in what I … Continue reading

My Moto Parts Guys

My Moto Parts Guys

The men of Cycle Depot… sounds like it should be a pin-up calendar, but it’s just a shop full of great guys who have helped me out over the years with not only parts, but teaching me how to change my tires, pick up a bike (yes, I accidentally dropped it in the parking lot, … Continue reading

“Hablas Espanol?”

“Hablas Espanol?”

Response to a common question: “Do I speak Spanish?” When you have some time to kill at the airport (LAX in particular) it can reveal odd things… I watched this young girl wearing the highest heels I have seen all day, scurry across the sealed concrete floor.  She is lost and looking around for other … Continue reading

The Darien Gap: a learning curve

The Darien Gap: a learning curve

When I was first entertaining the idea of riding my motorcycle all the way down to the tip, I was asked, “What are you going to do about the Darien Gap?”  (It’s funny to think of how little I knew when I set out to take on this adventure.)  The Darien Gap is the only … Continue reading

Seat Concepts : comfort for the many miles ahead!

Seat Concepts : comfort for the many miles ahead!

    Seat Concepts  is a small company based out of San Jacinto, CA.  It was well worth the trek to watch Lendon build a new seat for my KLR.  A man whose initially constructed seats to restore old motocross racing bikes, he has made a booming business for himself recovering dual sport seats. The … Continue reading

Prep: Packing – the Spare Parts list:

Prep: Packing – the Spare Parts list:

For Tires: –       21” front tube –       17” rear tube –       tube patch kit –       valve stem & puller –       valve covers –       baby powder –       Slime 12V air pump For Wheels –       Wheel bearings (set of 5) –       15 tooth front sprocket –       43 tooth rear sprocket –       Front brake pads For Controls: –       … Continue reading

Prep: Immunizations… the cost of health.

Prep: Immunizations… the cost of health.

In preparing for travels down to Central and South America, I tend to play it on the “safe” side.  I am guessing it’s overkill, that the countries I am visiting aren’t as great of a risk as they once were, but I went to a local clinic (Healthy Traveler in Pasadena) for inoculations anyway.  The … Continue reading