1ST TUESDAY REMINDER….this Tuesday 10/2 at El Fenix in Grapevine…7PM.
Second item: Texas is a great place to live…unless you are a ADV/DS rider! The lack of public lands available to ride on…means traveling to other states for some great rides. We travel to Arkansas, New Mexico, and Colorado! Each of these states has great riding, but Colorado has always been closest to my heart. I’ve liked it up there so much that I bought property in the Pike’s Peak area 10 years ago. There is nothing better than going out to your bike early on a July morning…and having to wipe the frost off the seat!
Great forest service roads, great two-track and single-track rides all over the state! Unfortunately, there are always certain people, their groups, and their politicians trying to prevent us from enjoying the use of public lands on our bikes. It’s not just bikers who are targeted…Jeepers, 4-wheelers, and all types of OHVs are continually targeted by folks who think the forest belongs only to hikers!
This past summer, Bill led a group of riders up north, and spoke with a local (Tom) who gave him lots of great advice on trails. After his ride, Tom asked Bill to let his Texas friends know of the continuous legal struggles that the locals are fighting to maintain access to their trails. He asked us all to consider donations to help finance the fight. I know that you are constantly bombarded with donation requests…especially during an election year. However, many of us do benefit from the hard work that these Colorado organizations do year around to keep trails available to us.
There are several organizations throughout the state to consider. Since I am a Colorado property owner, I am a member in the Colorado Off Highway Vehicle Coalition (COHVCO). As a member, I receive email postal updates on various legal proceedings throughout the state. Their website is: www.cohvco.org.
Tom has his own organization, the Public Access Preservation Assn, which advocates for trail access in the Silverton/Ouray area. His site is: www.papatelluride.org. Even though Tom has PAPA, he actually recommended the Colorado Trails Preservation Alliance, as a good organization if you are considering a donation. Their website is: www.coloradotpa.org.
I’m sure there are still other organizations working to maintain access to the trails, not only in Colorado, but also in Arkansas, New Mexico, and probably any other state with public lands. I know that even here in Texas, there have been fights over access to the Sam Houston National Forest, and also down in Austin, at the Enma Long Park. There are always people attempting to remove you from the trail systems!
Please consider helping out if you can. You don’t have to actually join any of these groups, they will be happy to take a one-time donation of any size. I’m pretty sure each of their websites have a donation tab. If you have $10 or $20 you can part with…it can do wonders in their legal battles…and the benefits will come back to you many times over when you get to ride on trails with simply gorgeous scenery.
Hope to see you guys on Tuesday.
PS: I’m working Tuesday…scheduled to be in at 6PM, so I might be a little late. If anything goes wrong & I don’t make it in…have a margarita in my honor!
After a well telegraphed build-up, Honda has finally released the 2019 CRF450L – one of the most anticipated dual sport bikes in history. Honda (and Japanese) motorcycle fans have been demanding new dual sport bikes from Japan for years as KTM, Husqvarna, and other smaller European manufacturers have trounced the ancient offerings from Japan Inc.
Moto journalists were recently invited to a press ride and the first reports on the bike are just now being released. Is the CRF450L everything the dual sport community has been demanding? Not surprising, opinions vary, depending on the skill and experience of each reviewer. Here’s what famed motorcycle racer Jimmy Lewis had to say about the new 450.
“This is not a bad motorcycle. In fact it is very good. But instead of having to read between the lines and guess what others are trying to tell you, here is the plain straight up fact. This CRF450L is not going to replace your KTM 500 EXC. It isn’t in that category though many hoped it would be. The CRF450L is a modern day XR650L..”
In other words, the best comparison for this bike are the WR250R, DRZ400S, XR650L, and DR60. Not the KTM 350 or 500 EXC bikes. This is not a “dirt bike with blinkers”. Instead, it is a modern version of the XR650L or the DRZ400 dual sport bikes. With a really short recommended oil change interval (600 miles). Here’s how Jimmy Lewis put it.
“Yet maybe this bike will be a better match for a different customer and best ridden stock? There are plenty of 250cc dual sport riders who might be looking for the next step up. Riders coming off a Suzuki DR-Z400 would be happily impressed. And if you are one of the many Honda XR650L riders out there looking for a lighter and higher performance Honda option, this bike is right in your wheelhouse. Want to do more trails than your Kawasaki KLX will handle, now we’re talking.”
How well will this bike sell? Time will tell but I could see it going one of four ways.
- “What??? The KTM 500 EXC is only $800 more than the CRF. For that kind of money, I want the more powerful, lighter weight, and longer oil change intervals of the EXC bike.”
- “What??? 600 mile oil change intervals? To hell with that. I’ll buy a WR250R and change the oil every 3000 miles.”
- “What??? $10,300 for a dual sport? No way am I spending that much money on a Japanese dual sport. I can buy 1.5 new DRZs for that kind of money.”
- “I want one. I want one now. I must have one. Now.”
Clearly, Honda is hoping that the majority of people go with option four.
So do I. I hope Honda sells a million of these bikes.
Austin used to have a Husqvarna motorcycle dealer (Napalm Motorsports) but they went out of business in 2017. Since then, if you wanted to buy a new Husqvarna motorcycle or get service on a Husky you already owned, the closest dealer was Munn Racing, a two-hour, 100 mile drive away. Certainly not an ideal situation.
The great news is that Austin has finally gotten another Husqvarna dealer. Austin’s well-respected and long-time KTM dealer, TJ’s Cycle, has picked up the complete Husqvarna line of motorcycles. If you live in central Texas and have been lusting after those awesome Husqvarna motorcycle now is your chance to get the bike you’ve been dreaming of and to do so from a local shop.