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Friday, May 3, 2019


With anything you buy... you typically research.


In my quest for dependable, rugged, waterproof luggage on the KTM 790 R, I came across a company that was essentially started by listening to the audience they supported.

Back up a few minutes... I setup my KLR 650 (which I do not own anymore) for my first off-road experience. Of course I packed too much... but that is just me being overly prepared.

I was packed Top, Left, and Right... and I had a duffel bag full of stuff as well. Of course, I'm always over prepared for everything.

These bags by Wolfman Luggage were excellent. I even crashed one time and went through many creeks - all with no damage and without anything getting wet. My crash was in Mississippi in the deep sand. Which means the luggage was spared any major damage by virtue of the sand (same for me by the way).

So... back to my story, after some minimal research, I've realized that a company, born and bred from the advrider.com website, with full exposure and feedback of the adv community has blasted through the plethora of luggage options for adv riders.

This soft-luggage has been designed and created by the community and some brave entrepreneurs that decided that it was time for a change.

The change, MOSKO MOTO. I've seen the difference through the bountiful RTW motorcyclists that have chosen this luggage as well as the 'weekend warriors' that have also chosen MOSKO.

Naturally, after much research, I've decided to outfit my new KTM 790 Adventure R with the pannier kit, the duffle pack, and the Nomad tank bag. Of course, you all might think this is a bit much for the 790 R... well, let it be known that the wife and I are going to "adventure" our way up to Alaska on a 1290 Super Adv R in 2022... this will also be our luggage for that monster trip.

Let's call the Trans America Trail in 2020, my test ride for 2022 to Alaska.

More soon. (we'll likely run the Smokey Mountain 500 or 1000 during this summer - gotta break in that 790R some how...)

Monday, April 15, 2019


A good friend and business partner is going to join me on the TAT next year. Being the planner that I am, I've already started planning. In fact, one of the most important decisions / purchases for the TAT is of course, the motorcycle.

In order to share parts and be able to work on the bikes in the event of issue, we both decided that it would be a good idea to buy the same bike. With a little research and keeping my ear to the ground on new and exciting bikes being released, we both decided to move forward with the KTM 790 Adventure R. The caveat - it isn't quite available yet. We put down two deposits for two bikes today at the local 'power sports' dealer. They have four on the way and two of them have our names on them. We have been told that we should see them by the 1st of June, 2019.

If we do in fact get them by the first week of June, I'll publish the name of the dealer as they will have pulled off an amazing feat. Many others out there in the country are trying their level best to get their hands on these bikes with little to no luck.

I'm pretty excited about this choice, great power in a lighter, more agile bike.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Been a while...

Yeah, it has certainly been a while since I last visited my own little space on the "intraweb"...

A friend and business partner and I are in the early planning stages of a "small" adventure. We intend on riding across the United States on dual sport motorcycles, mostly offroad!

Not sure if you've heard of the Trans America Trail, I actually completed the first three states back in 2013. Now that I have more time on my hands, we will attempt the whole thing!

I purchased the GPS files today so we can officially begin planning. Our goal to start the TAT is likely July 11th, 2020.

Stay Tuned as we progress in our planning.

Friday, August 2, 2013

Trans-America Trail - Travel

Surprise Surprise.  We're in Tellico a whole day early.  We were supposed to be traveling from Tampa to Tellico on Friday - however, after getting the trailer setup with the bikes, we decided to just drive through the night and not waste precious daylight.

We did have an interesting time with the fuel of the TRUCK... we were almost completely out of fuel because we thought: "oh we can make it to the next gas station" - not so much. i think we coasted into the gas station. I even tried to fill the truck with the spare fuel I had on the bike... of course FORD makes that impossible... so no go.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Trans-America Trail - ready!

Trailering up on Friday!  TAT starts Saturday!  Of course, I have a business trip to NY first.  But that will make this week go by that much faster.

We installed some foot peg extenders on luigi's ktm the other day.  We went through his packing list..decided on a few last minute purchases he needed (ordered last night through Amazon - I love Amazon Prime).  Last night I finalized my packing.  Bike is ready to go!  I am ready to go.

I am also taking a mascot...

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Trans-America Trail - Bike Packed

For the most part, the bike is packed. Technology and the associated cables/wires/chargers are really all that remain. I've weighed each bag and the trunk. All-in-all, I feel I have too much weight.

Left Side Bag = 10 lbs (camp gear, 1 Gallon of fuel / rotopax) = 17.5 lbs
Right Side Bag = 16 lbs (clothes, klim pants/jacket)
Top Duffel = 11 lbs (laptop, bed roll, sleeping bag, tent poles, flip flops)
Rear Trunk = 28 lbs (tools, tubes, maintenance items, first aid, and ratchet straps - just to trailer to Tellico and back)

Once we're in Tellico, this will change - some of the weight in the trunk will be redistributed and some of it isn't going with us. Goal for the trunk is around 20 lbs.

I also cleaned the original air filter, lubed the bike, and we now have new tires/tubes! We are ready to roll!