Many of the counties in the western half of the Texas hill country are sparsely populated, which means the counties don’t have a very large tax base. Consequently, many county roads are not only dirt, but are only sporadically maintained. It’s just too expensive for the counties to incur the cost of paving them and then maintaining them when they are so lightly used. The road below, taken during TAR 2017, is an example of what I mean. It is a county road but very lightly travelled so it doesn’t see (or need) a lot of maintenance. Which makes it perfect for the type of riding we like to do.
It has been a few years since the last Texas Adventure Ride (TAR) in Junction, TX. With the formation of the Texas Adventure Riders Association in January 2017, I added TAR back to the event calendar for this year. About … Continue reading →
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 … Continue reading →
“Get Ready for True Adventure Some bikes are total game changers. And that’s the perfect description of Honda’s all-new Africa Twin®. … Continue reading →
Project XR650L Adventure is complete. Was it successful? With all the changes I made Is Big Red a better dual sport adventure bike? Read the verdict here. … Continue reading →
I have recently completed the final upgrades and modifications to my XR650L. You can read about them here. … Continue reading →
I finished Project XR650L Adventure just in time for a 7 day, 1400 mile recon of the mountains in Mexico south of Ciudad Victoria. Here is Big Red, packed and ready to go. … Continue reading →
One of my goals for Big Red (my Honda XR650L) was to get a little more power out of the engine and to improve the transmission. When I bought the bike it was pretty slow – probably from 22,000 miles of engine wear leading … Continue reading →