Road Trips

Riding Pike’s Peak on the cheap but can you handle the lack of oxygen at 14,110ft?

Pike's Peak is high up on the list of places to ride and when the opportunity arises, you ride it! A quick phone call to Colorado Motorcycle Adventures and I was setup with a Husqvarna 701 and my buddy had a BMW 1200GS. We called the day before so we were...

The finest California trip I’ve ever done. My gift to you.

I live in Vancouver BC and have been riding for 12 years now. During that time I have logged 150,000kms and good portion of that is in California. Most of it is in the United States. For good reason, the roads are incredible. This trip was similar to previous ones....

MOREgon – Why we keep going back to Oregon to RIDE

Last year I was fortunate enough to ride Oregon twice last year. It was so good it deserved yet another visit. A mere mention to my closest riding buddies that Oregon was being planned was all it took. Below are the roads and the video of it. Middle and Eastern Oregon...

Moregon – What does central Oregon have to offer?

Central Oregon has a lot of to offer for sport touring motorcycles. The wide open spaces, long sweeping turns, the lack of traffic, and the open desert make for very memorable rides. Oregon is one of the most amazing states to ride in and not very many people know...

2400kms of California Bliss. Redding to Palm Springs.

Since I started 1st Gear I knew my motorcycling trips would become a challenge, especially a California Motorcycle Trip. Getting away was proving to be difficult. It is best to plan ahead so you can prepare for such trips but this trip was special. It was not planned...

Riding through the National Parks of Utah. An unforgettable experience.

On June 8th I flew down to Phoenix AZ to complete the 7th part of my motorcycle storage experiment. I would ride to Kanab UT from Phoenix and spend the next three days exploring the Grand Canyon, Zion, Bryce, and other incredible locations in Utah. 2007 was my first...
Moregon – What does central Oregon have to offer?

Moregon – What does central Oregon have to offer?

Central Oregon has a lot of to offer for sport touring motorcycles. The wide open spaces, long sweeping turns, the lack of traffic, and the open desert make for very memorable rides. Oregon is one of the most amazing states to ride in and not very many people know...

2400kms of California Bliss. Redding to Palm Springs.

2400kms of California Bliss. Redding to Palm Springs.

Since I started 1st Gear I knew my motorcycling trips would become a challenge, especially a California Motorcycle Trip. Getting away was proving to be difficult. It is best to plan ahead so you can prepare for such trips but this trip was special. It was not planned...

Baja Motorcycle Trip. Good idea or bad idea? You decide…

Baja Motorcycle Trip. Good idea or bad idea? You decide…

"We're  going to ride our motorcycles in Mexico" "Really? I heard/know of/This will happen *insert disastrous horrific story here*" "Well, the Baja is alot safer than the mainland..." "Uh Sure... That's not what I hear! HAVE FUN!" It became pointless to tell people...

Rules of the Road Trip

Big rides require discipline. The following are rules and ideas that ensure a smooth ride for one person or several. In no particular order... 1. All motorcycles must have new or newer tires that have more than enough tread life to make it for the trip. The right...

Riding in January?

Riding in January?

Yes! It was a real mind bender riding in January. Living in Vancouver you just don't ride in the winter. It was incredibly good for my motorcycling soul. I flew down to San Francisco and made my way through BART transit system. I am beginning to become quite...

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