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The Art of the Oil Change

Posted by on Oct 4, 2011 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Travel Prep | Comments Off on The Art of the Oil Change

Ever wondered about the secrets of the ghetto traveler’s oil change? Here is it in 4 easy steps: 1. Buy the necessary oil, a gallon of water, and a throwaway funnel at your favorite retailer. 2. Find some shade behind their building and stake out your territory. 3. Perform oil change, drain used oil into emptied water jug (don;t forget to put your bike back together). 4. Return (recycle) dirty oil with the same (perplexed!) retailer that is *supposed* to have the ability to recycle oil. (If they sell it they’re supposed to recycle it, eight?)           Please follow and like...

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Horizons Unlimited Event – October 14-16th, 2011

Posted by on Sep 30, 2011 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Travel Prep, USA | 3 comments

Want to meet veteran travelers from all over the world? Come to the Horizons Unlimited Event in Cambria, CA October 14-16th, 2011. Mike and Sandy Dimond are the local hosts, and they’ve done a bang-up job of organizing a varied and quite interesting line of presenters–including Ted Simon, Gregory Frazier, Carla King and Clement Salvadori. And of course HU founders Grant and Susan Johnson will be there, gurus of world travel and bringing travelers together. Check out their web site for this California and other meetings: If you are anywhere near the Bay Area or LA in California, or planning a motorcycle trip, you should make a point of attending. I’m riding there from Idaho with my friend Zigy (Colorado). Please follow and like...

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Alisa to be on Side Stand Up Radio Show Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Posted by on Dec 8, 2010 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Other Press, Press, Travel Prep | 1 comment

Hey folks, check out Tuesday night December 14th. It’s the radio show for motorcyclists (Motorcycle Radio!) and I’ll be (eek–LIVE!) interviewed by Gadget Guru Tim “Timmer” Bowman. We’re going to talk about the goods you bring on a long distance ride. Tim says we’ll cover the full spectrum of things like tools, navigation, safety/first-aid, personal items, camping, etc. Tim says we’ll be on roughly 4:20pm PST or 5:20pm MST. Each week Side Stand Up has a variety of guests–the show airs live each week from 7-9 Eastern. You can even call in! So join us live on the air on December 14th, call in or join us in the chat rooms, and get your weekly motorcycle fix for those of us living in the cold climes. Please follow and like...

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Cogent Dynamics is a Sponsor!

Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Travel Prep | 3 comments

Many thanks to Cogent Dynamics ( – Fletcher, NC) for coming on board as a sponsor. I’d read about some of the suspension work they’d done for racers and other travelers, and decided to use them because I was adding so much extra weight to the DR650. They offered to sponsor my ride (because it’s for Breast and Ovarian cancer CURES) and whipped up a set of shocks for me in what must have been record time. I’ve only taken it for a short ride, but let me tell you it’s *awesome*. No diving of the front end even under hard braking conditions. Thanks Rick and Joyce at Cogent Dynamics! Please follow and like...

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Bike is Done..

Posted by on Oct 30, 2009 in Motorcycle Vagabonding, Travel Prep | 3 comments

Twisted Throttle has dedicated a HUGE amount of staff time to outfitting my bike so it’s just perfect for me (Thanks Mr. Twisted for allowing Dereck to spend so much time on it!) We arrived here is Peacedale, RI last night and I got my first look at my (new to me) 2003 DR650SE…it’s awesome! Ill post a picture as soon as I figure out how! Please follow and like...

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Twisted Throttle is now my official Sponsor!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2009 in Mexico & Central America, Motorcycle Vagabonding, Travel Prep | 4 comments

I’ve decided to make my South American trip an extension of my “Adventure for the Cure” fundraising efforts this summer, and will be riding with the goal of bringing breast health awareness throughout the Americas, and fundraising along the way. Donations for finding breat cancer and ovarian cancer CURES can be made directly HERE . Please know that any monies you donate go directly to the CURES… I am paying my own travel expenses!!! TWISTED THROTTLE has come on board, and they will be outfitting my bike. They offer everything you could possibly want to set up an adventure touring bike, and I am going to prove it. I’ll also provide valuable product feedback on how the parts work in real-world environments. I just love how committed Twisted Throttle is to only distributing the best accessories available on the...

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