The KTM set a new MPG record…

June 16, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

So that means that I’ve been riding way too many highway miles and not enough dirt miles.  I need to get away on an easy trail ride, with no KTM breakdowns or falling down.  Oh yeah, it was 110F in Mesa, Arizona today.

Got the KTM back today

May 14, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

It was the magnet on the kickstand according to the dealer. How lame is that? Sure hope this never happens again.

Imposter on my RC51!

May 8, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

My good friend Andrew was in town from Michigan this past week.  He’s the ostentatious owner of a GSXR-1000 and the little brother of my best friend.  I had originally planned on us riding my RC51 and my KTM.  However, the KTM is being a bitch right now and is out of commission.  Thankfully, Andrew didn’t mind renting a Ninja 650R for a day.  So we cruised up the GWT until the pavement ended.  Then we backtracked on Cave Creek Rd, down to Bartlett Lake Rd. on down to the Bartlett lake marina.  After that, we cruised home for some forgotten sunblock and a short rest.  It got up to 100 degrees F this day.  After a short rest, we continued on to Canyon Lake and Tortilla Flats.  We again took the road as far as it went, until the pavement ended.  Overall, it was hot, but I had a great time hanging with my friend.  Hopefully, next time you make it down Andrew, the KTM will be in running order and you can finally check it out.

Here’s Andrew, big pimping, on the two bikes…

KTM is still busted…

May 8, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 


The KTM is still busted :(

I missed my bike pick-up appointment last Weds., but it was worth it.  I got to head up to Jerome with some close friends of mine.

Anyhow, I have another appointment for this coming Weds.  So I hope to get the damn KTM up and running for good.  Since I bought it last Nov., I feel as if it has been in the shop almost half the time I’ve owned it…

Ding Dong, the bitch is dead!

May 1, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

God Bless our military servicemen and women.  I’m not a fan of Obama, but it looks like he finally got something right.  Good job.

KTM Recovery…

April 28, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

Here’s some nice pictures my pal Scott took when we recovered my broken down KTM.

My KTM hates me…

April 25, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

So I tried to make a clockwise run from the GWT -> Bloody Basin Rd. -> Sheep Bridge -> Horseshoe Dam, but the KTM failed me.  I was 3 miles from my furthest point away from home, and the damn bike crapped out on me.  For some crazy reason, the kickstand sensor went belly up.  So anytime I tried to put the bike into gear, it would kill the engine.  It thought the kickstand was down (IT WASN’T), and wouldn’t let me shift into gear.  I tried disconnecting the sensor but that didn’t work, nor did cutting the wires twisting them together.

So I’m basically 80 miles from home, on a rather desolate trail, a few hours before sunset, with a worthless KTM.  Thankfully a really nice couple, (Thanks Brendan and Amanda!!!) found me walking down the road.  Not only did they give me a ride out of the wilderness, they drove me all the way home.  How cool was that?!  I got so damn lucky to meet these really nice people.  Then Scott helped me recover the bike the following day with his awesome Toyota truck.  So finally after a 12 hour day, I am kicking it at home and my KTM is in the garage.  I do hope the dealer will cover this issue, it clearly is a warranty issue.

Finally got the KTooM back!

April 14, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

After many delays and missed ETAs, I finally got my bike back. Go AZ took good care of my ride and installed a ton of new parts…

High Fender Kit
Conti TKC80 Tires
GPS + XM Antenna Touratech Mounts
Large Sidestand Foot
Handlebar Risers
Lift Handle
Crash Bars for Safari Tanks
Folding Brake Lever Tip
BDCW Side Stand Relocation Kit & bash plate
European Headlight + Euro Switch
950/990 Adventure Tripmaster Switch
Safari Tanks
Renthal Orange KTM Bend Handlebars
Folding Mirrors
Oxford KTM Heated Grip Set
ZypTy Racing KTM Footpeg Extension Kit & Axel Quick Adjust
KTM Big Windscreen

Here’s a crummy phone cam pic


Ducati Diavel

March 27, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

So I got to check out the new Ducati Diavel the last two days.  Last night, the local dealer had an unveiling of the newest model in the Ducati line-up.  It was a pretty fun time.  They had music, free food and drinks.  They also had a 45 min riders clinic with an instructor from Rawhyde Adventures.  I sat in on that and had a good time while picking up a few trail riding tips.  Go AZ put on a pretty fair show.  Since it was a Ducati gig, there were a fair amount of neat customer rides…

Hacienda Harley Davidson was having a block party at the same time.  So it was a little hard to hear the Ducati presentation at times due to the HD riders getting froggy.  Check out the smoke screen generated by one of their many burn out contests.

So anyhow, here are a few photos from the presentation…

The best part of it all was the next day, when they were offering demo rides…

This is a very fun bike to ride.

Pimp my KTM

March 5, 2011 · Posted in Misc · Comments Off 

So the KTM is in the shop since I got it out of the mud.  It is undergoing a little plastic surgery and soon will be sporting some new bling.  Safari tanks, maybe a new 2-into-1 exhaust, and some panniers, are in store for the Katoom.  Hopefully in another week or so, everything will be bolted on and I can take her out for some romping.

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