We tend to ride in out-of-the-way places when exploring the mountains of Mexico. Most of the little villages we ride through don’t have an actual gas station.  But that doesn’t mean they don’t have gas for sale.  Every little pueblo has somebody selling gasoline from a 55 gallon drum.  Ask around and one of the locals will point the way. Once you get there, just tell the man how many liters you want. I recommend straining the gas with some cloth or a t-shirt.


Before he became the superhero we all know as “Stuntman Jeff” he was “Tiger Jeff”. And he would make that bg Triumph Tiger 995i roar when riding in the hill country.

wpid-2009-06-05-3994.jpgYou might be wondering how Stuntman Jeff got that Tiger. Well, the story is that he went to Lone Star BMW one day to buy a pair of gloves.  As luck had it, Lone Star was having a sale on gloves.  For every glove purchase you got a free 995i Tiger.  The gloves were $9000 but, hey, they were really good gloves.  And how could you pass up the free bike?

KLRs are awesome.  They can be fixed with a rock. My buddy Mike demonstrates, using the rock to make a roadside repair to his handguards.  How can you not love a motorcycle that you can fix with a rock?


Everybody needs to ride in a sidecar.


Once is enough.

This was the day my number was called.  A few years ago my old KLR suffered a failure during a dual sport ride near Bastrop and couldn’t be fixed on the side of the road with the tools I had with me. Lucky for me a fellow with a hack was riding with our group and was kind enough to give me a ride back to civilization so I could negotiate a tow for my broken beast.  It is still the only day ride I’ve been on that someone in the group was riding a hack.  What are the odds?

The dog was just an added bonus.


I don’t know how to put this but Milton is kind of a big deal in this little Mexican village. Ten years before I took this photo Milton was on a solo exploration trip in Mexico and passed through this pueblo. He stopped, and while chatting up the locals, took several pictures of them. Ten years later Milton led me on a ride through this area. When we stopped everybody in town came out to say hello and many of them remembered Milton from 10 years earlier. Luckily Milton knew we would be passing through and brought the photos from 10 years earlier to give to the villagers.The excitement of the crowd was palpable.


My buddy Dirtbike Dave could ride the wheels off his KLR 650.  He would invariable fall over whenever he stopped but as long as the wheels were turning that dude could run with the best of them.


Who says pigs can’t fly?  Not Marcos, seen here flying his big green Piggy (KLR650) over a jump at Cross Creek Cycle Park back in the day (2006).


But, truthfully, that pig isn’t flying is it?  No, it’s admittedly just falling with style. :)

Brrrr, it’s cold!


In November of 2006 Uncle and I took our first long adventure ride and visited Mexico’s famed Copper Canyon. While temps were very warm at the bottom of the canyon, they were decidedly cooler up top. The town of Creel, located at the edge of the canyon, sits at an elevation of 7694 feet ASL – almost a mile and a half high. The last morning in Creel we woke to cold temps and icy bikes as you can tell by the note I wrote in the frost on the seat of my KLR.

The Husky TE610/630 are the finest 6xx class dual sport motorcycles ever produced. Unfortunately, Husky discontinued the TEs in 2012, with no replacement in sight. However, the Honda XR650L is still available and it is a surprisingly good platform for a 20 year old design. Which made me wonder – can you modify a XR-L so that it equals the might TE610? Find out in this comparison.