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Last week, I put a deposit down for the bike I’m going to ride on this trip.  It’s a 1978 XS650 engine, rephased to 277 degrees, in a one-off custom hardtail frame.  The guy who built it lives up in Washington State, north of Seattle, where he runs a little custom shop, making all sorts of cool stuff.  He originally put the bike together for himself, as a lightweight, long-distance machine, so it’s set up with an air shock on the tractor seat, a decent size gas tank, sissy bar and luggage racks.  Better still, it’s got highway pegs, a comfortable riding position and evenRead More →

I’ve been riding motorcycles since I was in my teens.  My first bike was a Kawasaki KE100 that I bought before I even had a license and I’ve had more bikes than I can remember since then.  Road bikes, race bikes, big trail bikes, muscle bikes, tourers – all sorts.  I’m lucky in that I’m tall and strong, which means that I’ve yet to find I bike I can’t physically handle.  As soon as I could afford it, I worked my way up to bigger engines because I loved the power, the speed and the adrenaline.Read More →