“Yeah, 220, 221. Whatever it takes…”

Do you need any mechanical abilities to own a dirt bike? Well, maybe not, maybe so. You can certainly try to depend on “the shop” to do most of your maintenance. Though this can be costly and sometimes you find the guy at the shop doesn’t know as much as you do. Not to mention that when you’re 150 miles into the Baja peninsula, there aren’t that many shops around. Do you really want your friends working on your bike? If...

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I Don’t Get It…

Ok, I’m the first (right after my wife) to admit that I’m a hardware junky. I have a cell phone, a pager, a PDA, a GPS, a laptop, two UNIX workstations, 5 PCs, a scanner, color printer, ISDN, gigabytes of disk space, and hundreds of megabytes of RAM. It doesn’t stop there, there’s big TVs and Surround Sound™. Moving to the garage, we have power tools galore. A table saw, band saw, power miter saw, jig saw, and just about every power...

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Random Thoughts…

Well I haven’t had much of a chance to go riding lately. With the birth of the baby and moving, I haven’t had a whole lot of time for other stuff. I’m sure if I were single I’d have other priorities, but after over eleven years of marriage and now two kids, I’ve learned which battles are worth fighting and which ones are not. The ones you can’t win are not worth it. I choose to save my energy for...

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Regrets…

This is a really hard thing to write about. I’ve always taken great pride in the fact that I’ve lived a life complete with no regrets. Recently, current reflection has proven that I’ve been living a lie. I DO have regrets and I can’t put into words how nearly devastating this is. Even worse is the fact that all of my regrets involve dirt biking! How can this be? Well, continued reflection has proven that (on rare occasions) I’m not...

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Homage to the more experienced of us…

In my’97 Baja report on All-OffRoad I make brief mention of a sixty some-odd year old superman. In the April issue of Dirt Rider, they also make mention of one of these older supermen. Over the years I’ve heard several other similar stories as well. So I decided to share some more details of my latest experience. We hooked up with Richard totally by happenstance. Bryce and Brad had met Howard at Mike’s Sky Ranch the year before....

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So it usually goes like this…

I get an e-mail from Brad asking when we’re going riding. I end up replying with several dates. Finally we decide on one. Brad starts talking to Bryce and the date changes. Meanwhile, I talk to Paul and we change the date. I finally talk to Bryce and we determine that we’re planning on two different dates; of course no one knows how we got into this position. After a barrage of e-mails we finally end up on “the same page.”...

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