• Longview, AB
  • Bad Water - Death Valley
  • Lost Coast California - Mattole Rd.
  • Arches - Moab, UT - 2007
  • Algodones Dunes
  • Hurricane, UT
  • Grizzly - Hyder, AK
  • Denali National Park
  • Dempster Highway
Getting the Outside On!

Goal for Summer Trip – Be Outside, A lot….

My trip to Alaska and Northwest Territories a few years back really drove one thing home – there’s a lot of world out there to see and with a bit of effort and time it’s easy to get lost (in a good way). I was amazed at the remoteness of the North and how space uninterrupted by humans can really make one relax and unwind.

This year, I will attempt to find quiet and remote places…

$80 bolt escapade

The $80 bolt, New Centre Stand, and Side Stand Bigfoot

After spending hours and hours and multiple methods I finally got a bolt out of the bike that was preventing me from installing the centre stand. The centre stand is a very useful tool when touring to lift up the bike and maintain the chain, change a tire if needed, or to really fill the bike to the absolute hilt with fuel. The bike has a dummy bolt that goes through the underside of the…

Ride to Longview - Just off Highway 22

It’s automatic, it’s systematic, it’s hydromatic… Well, it’s got new electrical farkles….

Added a few more components to the XL1000V Varadero last weekend. Power to the handlebars, new heated grips (ones on the bike failed), cleaned up and replaced a bunch of the wiring, and added a power centre to keep track of everything.

I’m not that handy with electrics but this was necessary and really cleaned up the underbelly of the bike. There were a lot of wires not fastened to anything or floating under the fuel…

SW Motech On-road/Off-road Footpegs FRS.01.011.80400.S

More Farkles for the Varadero

The parts that I’ve ordered have slowly started to trickle in. I have the Eastern Beaver PC-8 power supply, Oxford Adventure heated grips, and Centre stand (OEM) sitting and waiting to be added. I’ll do all of the under seat stuff when it is all here so I only have to take the tank off once and clean the air filter.

So I’ve just added a couple for now. The tank protector (Honda OEM 08P61MCS800) and…

Lovely Spring Day - Turner Valley

First Gravel Experience on Varadero

The weather was absolutely gorgeous today. It went from bleak and about 10 celcius to around 19 celcius around noon. A perfect day for a spin on the bike. Since this was only the third time riding it, it was time for some backroads and gravel.

I’d read about how top heavy the Varadero is – and it is. I’d read about how heavy the bike is – and it is. Already though, it is inspiring…

GIVI TRK52 Feature Image

Adding a new top case to Varadero – GIVI TRK52

The Varadero came with a Givi Monolock top case which did the trick for a helmet or small stuff but wasn’t really big enough or durable enough for anything other than commuting. So I decided to add a larger and more touring type of top case – the GIVI Trekker TRK52.

This case is absolutely cavernous. My case on my Honda VFR holds a ton of stuff and is a 46 Litre case. This is like…

SPOT Communicator Mount - XL1000V Varadero

Varadero – Adding GPS and SPOT Ram Mounts

One thing I really appreciated about buying a VFR was the excellent support from online forums – VFRdiscussion and VFRworld. VFR motorcycles must attract a ‘special’ kind of buyer and rider because they document everything. Every type of maintenance, alteration and equipment addition has been documented on those two sites – encyclopedic knowledge.

Well, buying a XL1000V Varadero has not been the same experience. I read an article that suggested that only 300 of them were…

2008 Honda Varadero XL100V

New Bike and New Adventure

Last summer I sold the KLR650 I bought in 2010. To be honest, I never really liked the bike from the beginning. I know people rave about them about how cheap they are, easy to fix, and that they will ‘go anywhere’.

For me, it just never really started any kind of love affair. The suspension was old and too light for the size of the bike let alone an average sized guy and gear. It felt…