Motorcycling

I started riding at 15 when I would sneak my Dad’s Lambretta motor scooter out of the garage. I never got caught, and Dad never let on like he knew. When I turned 16 in 1966 and obtained my driver’s license, it was a moot point. I rode that Lambretta all over town. It set me on my path to motorcycling. I bought a new Honda CL350 when I returned from the US Army, and owned a bunch of other Hondas over the course of many years until I discovered Adventure Motorcycling. I learned that “Less is More.”

Over the years, and on many adventures, I realized that I was traveling to or through many of the 48 states. Visiting family out west, riding the Pony Express Trail and the Oregon Trail, I rode a lot of miles. Then, I got serious about filling in my states. In June 2017, I completed a bucket list item by riding to the northeast USA. When I entered Vermont, I entered my 48th State Visited by Motorcycle.

Welcome to Vermont
Welcome to Vermont, my 48th state.

Currently, I am riding two V-Stroms–a 2017 DL650 and a 2014 DL1000, and I continue to ride the countryside.

2014 Suzuki V-Strom DL1000 Adventure
The V-Strom 1000
2017 Suzuki V-Strom DL650
The V-Strom 650

Motorcycles I have owned in the recent past:

2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650
2015 Suzuki V-Strom 650.
2018 Kawasaki KLR 650
2018 Kawasaki KKLR 650.
2017 Suzuki SV650
2017 Suzuki SV650
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2008 Suzuki V-Strom 650 and 2014.5 Kawasaki KLR 650.

Motorcycles and travel have been a source of inspiration for me. You will find musings of travel scattered throughout the web site.

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Chimney Rock, Nebraska, was an important landmark for travelers on the Oregon Trail.
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The end of the Oregon Trail. It was an epic ride from Kansas City to Portland, Oregon. The trip from home and return was just over 6,000 miles in 19 days.
There are plenty of scenic pullouts on the Great River Road in Illinois--right next to the river.
There are plenty of scenic pullouts on the Great River Road in Illinois–right next to the river. Originally produced for Road Runner Magazine as a feature story.

I began my adventure rides when I purchased the Suzuki V-Strom DL650 in March 2008 after doing probably too much research. I set out to write a review of the motorcycle, because I had not found anything lengthy or adequate. The magazines tend to be too technical and cite the manufacturers specs. So, I wrote a review, and then another one. I put more than 67,000 miles on that bike (Dec. 2014) before trading it on a new 2015. I have not changed my mind about V-Stroms.

Originally published at Sojourn Chronicles:

Suzuki V-Strom: The First 1,000 Miles PDF

Suzuki V-Strom: The Next 5,000 Miles PDF

See you on the highway!

Brent