Tag Archives: Dual sports

My new XR650L-ouie, Louie

Last year my motorcycle “Alaska” turned into quite the ordeal and was reason enough for me to dread ever taking a bike onto a ferry, let alone the wilds of British Columbia again. As a kickstart-only dual sport with a blown CDI box there was not much I could do to remedy the situation during […]

Lost and Found

It’s always such a downer to see posts on Facebook (or whatever social platform you’re on) about a stolen motorcycle. I remember one, posted by a mom who was evidently distraught for her son. The young lad had worked so hard to save for the bike, only to have some creep take it from their […]

Vancouver Island (Part 2): Stranded in Sointula with the Salt of the Earth

If you want your faith in humanity restored, I highly recommend having a mechanical breakdown on a remote island, perhaps inhabited by a community established by a former Finnish utopia and see what happens. That experience is essentially the highlight of my latest motorcycle trip with Scott. After exploring Vancouver Island (see Part One), primarily via backroad […]

Vancouver Island (Part 1): Backroads and Beauty

The original plan a year ago was to hoard my vacation days and do an epic trip around the National Parks of the U.S. That didn’t quite work out this year, although it’s still on my bucket list. Instead, Scott and I decided to stay somewhat local, and explore our beautiful province in more detail. […]

Pioneer Road to Kingdom Lake

This past week Scott and I loaded up our motorbikes to explore some places I’ve been meaning to visit not far from Vancouver. We both ride Honda dual sports, and mine was created from two different bikes – a 1985 XR600R (engine) and a 1985 XL600R (frame). It’s essentially a street legal dirtbike, kickstart-only, and […]

The Miracle Roadtrip: Part Three (The wildebeests)

Since blasting through the aftermath of some devastating forest fires in BC (see Part Two), Scott and I continued our summer motorcycle trip along the more relaxing setting of the Sunshine Coast. We swapped in some clean clothes in Vancouver, then hopped on the ferry at the Horseshoe Bay terminal. It was so sweet as […]

The Miracle Roadtrip: Part Two (The apocalypse)

In part one, Scott and I began our Mad Maxian vision of ripping cross country on our dual sports down Washington, up Idaho and into the heart of hippie-dom in Nelson, BC. We continued to live a bikers’ dream since the road heading north to Kaslo was such a cruise of windy roads and epic […]