Mariposa 2016 – Friday

Sue and I were up at 3:00 this morning for the drive up to Mariposa and the Horizons Unlimited event.   We rode up in the heated comfort of my Subie.  I had fun with the 8mm lens on my Nikon…



We arrived in Mariposa around 10:00 this morning, and we walked around a bit.  I got a couple of cool shots of a father-and-son team, both riding Buell Ulysses ADV bikes…



Switching over to the more conventional 24-120 lens, I caught a photo of Flip, one of the event organizers…


Then I saw this interesting arrangement on the side of big Yamaha.   As near as I can figure, this thing uses radiator heat for warming food…


Next up is a photo of my good buddy Sam Manicom, author and rider extraordinaire.  I bought two of his books and he signed them for me….


Sue and I attended Sam’s presentation this evening and we really enjoyed it.   He spent 8 1/2 years on the road.   It was an amazing story.

Then we saw Jeremy Kroeker, yet another author and rider extraordinaire.   I bought all three of his books, and he was happy to sign them for us.  We’re going to his presentation tomorrow.   I’m told you have to be careful around folks who write three motorcycle books…


Jeremy had a really interesting story about the old Honda he rode to Mariposa.   I’m going to try to get a photo of Jeremy with that motorcycle to put on the blog.

There were three folks I saw today who rode their motorcycles to Mariposa – Sara, Wade, and good buddy Rob.   I grabbed one photo of Wade, and I’ll try to get more showing the rest of the RX3 crew in the morning.  Here’s Wade with his RX3…


One more photo for tonight and I’ll call it a wrap.   Folks, meet Cliff Danger and his 300cc, 2-stroke Minsk (named Lucy)…


Cliff gave a great presentation about his travels  through Cuba on Lucy.  It was a great story.

That’s it for now…more to come, my friends, so stay tuned!

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The TT goes to college…and we’re off to Mariposa!


The fall quarter started at Cal Poly today, and I’m using the TT250 as my commuter bike.   It’s perfect…torquey, light, maneuverable, and just fun to ride.  I enjoy getting around campus on it.    My students like it, too…my guess is that we’ll start seeing more of these bikes around the engineering building.

Sue and I are rolling up to Mariposa tomorrow, and that’s going to be a hoot.  I’m giving two presentations…one is on the ride through Colombia, and the other is on the ride through China.  For those of you who aren’t lucky enough to participate in the Horizons Unlimited event, I thought I would include copies of the slides for you.

The deal on the galleries below is you click on each slide you want to view, and it opens full size.

First, the Colombia adventure…

And next, the China ride…

That’s it for now, folks.   Enjoy the slides…I sure enjoyed living the adventures!

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Randy’s well-reasoned rationale…


Hey, you have to check this out…our good buddy Randy (a real adventure rider) just posted a sterling writeup on why he choose the RX3!  It’s a great article, and you can read it here!

Randy, that was a well-written piece!  Our compliments and thanks to you.

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Harleys in China?

Yep, there actually is such a thing.   We saw just two Harleys on our ride across China…a Sportster in Luoyang, and a big twin with apehangars just outside of Beijing (the Chinese guys in our group had a good laugh when they saw those handlebars).   We were on the move both times, so I didn’t get any photos.  Anyway, my son-in-law sent a link to me today with a story about Harley-Davidson motorcycles in China, and you can read it here.

It will be interesting to see what happens when those Harleys hit the magic 13-year mark in China.   It’s illegal to keep a vehicle older than that in China, so when your car or motorcycle is 12 years old, it’s in its final year of life in China.   Shocking, I know, but it’s why you don’t see any older cars or bikes in China.  There’s no exemption for classics, collectibles, or anything else.  I guess it keeps the economy going and gets older (and presumably more polluting) vehicles out of circulation.   But wow, it sure is draconian!

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A smoking price…


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Matt’s TT250 video

I saw this pop up as a recommended video earlier this evening…it’s good!  Matt, we’ve never met, but I sure would like to.  Your video is awesome!

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How wide is wide?

8mm, to be specific…


I was playing a bit with an 8mm Rokinon lens earlier today.   I’m going to bring it with me to Mariposa…stay tuned, folks!

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Tibetan confetti…

I’m putting the finishing touches on the two presentations I’m giving this week.   You know, for Horizons Unlimited, about my trips through China and Colombia on the RX3.   Boy oh boy, I sure miss being on the road.   It’s a funny thing…when I’m on the road, I think about getting home, and when I’m home, I think about being on the road.   I shot close to 10,000 photographs on those two rides, and in going through them, I am realizing all over again just how lucky I was.   Both rides were amazing.  Not many people get to do what I did, and don’t think for a minute I don’t realize just how fortunate I am.

Anyway, I’m finding I shot more video than I remembered, too.   One of the nice things about the current generation of DSLR cameras is that they have built-in video capabilities, and that makes it real easy to switch over to video when the mood strikes.    The video you see above shows my good buddy Lu, who is easily the most graceful man I ever saw on a motorcycle.   He’s releasing a batch of confetti, which is something the Chinese do whenever celebrating a major event.  The major event we were celebrating was but one in a string of major events, and we pretty much experienced them two or three times a day, every day, on our ride across China.  We were up on the Tibetan plateau when I recorded this, probably at about 13,000 feet, and the camera crew was grabbing photos and video for Zongshen’s marketing use.  Cool stuff, to be sure.

I hope I’ll get to see you at the HU event.   I’ve got lots of photos to share.  You’ll like them.

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Asphalt and Dirt

Asphalt and Dirt is an online motorcycle magazine I just discovered courtesy of a Facebook post by my good buddy Joe Gresh.   I spent a few minutes on it earlier today and I like it.   It’s something you might want to check out.

Hey, are you planning on going to the Horizons Unlimited meet in Mariposa?  I am, and I hope to see you there!

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Entering the Gobi…

I’m assembling a new video, and in the process, I found this photo among the 6,000+ shots I grabbed while in China.   I like it a lot, as it captures what it was really like…


Watch for the video…it will be another few days before I post it.

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