I’ve seen a few custom racks out there that motorcycle riders have fashioned so they can take their bicycles along for the adventure. I spotted this one parked outside the Park City Home Depot. The idea of packing up the mountain bike and heading down to Moab has always sounded good to me. This one is cool because it uses a standard and reliable Yakima full length tray, holding the bike off to one side (on the other side, this rider had a fork mount for the front wheel). Obviously a very custom job, by someone who was fairly handy with welding torches, as the support for the back of the wheel tray was integrated with the rear luggage rack. I’ve seen this guy a few times in the Park City area, but this was the first time I got a good look at the work. Ride on!

Custom Bicycle Rack on BMW GS 1150

A Very Custom Job to mount a Yakima Bike Rack on a BMW GS.

Here is the challenge in packing for the upcoming Morocco moto trip: each of us needs to bring our own riding gear (helmet, boots, pants, etc), plus whatever casual clothing to get us through 8 days of riding and seeing the sites. We will be riding rented Husqvarna enduro bikes, with a support truck carrying gear for us, but only limited to what can fit in a 40 liter Ortlieb dry bag (so says the tour company). My solution is this Base Camp Duffle bag from The North Face (full disclosure: that’s an affiliate link, in case you decide you might want to buy one). This is the XL size. Fully stuffed, this bag will hold over 120 liters capacity, but when empty, it folds nice and flat. It has backpack straps to help me get all my shiz through the airport. Since my riding gear will be the bulkiest items I take with me, once I get there and have my riding gear on, this duffle and all my remaining items should fit no problem inside of a 40 liter bag. That’s my plan. I’m thinking I could have gone for the Large size which holds 90 liters, but erred on the side of gigantic. What would you do for a trip like this?

XL Basecamp Duffle from The North Face

The simple answer, of course, is to sell your BMW F800 GS and buy a new KTM 990 R. Or at least that’s what Bart says. Seriously, that ain’t going to happen right now. I’ve had some issues with the performance of my F800 GS in the rough stuff. The issues are, it just doesn’t perform the way my previous KTM 640 Adventure did, understandably so, as they are totally different bikes. Lately, I’ve been combing the intrawebs for possible solutions. On ADVrider, there is an extensive thread about the mythic Bitubo fork cartridges, imported from Italy. There’s one guy who actually has them, swears by them, but he does most of his riding in Staten Island. Fuck sake, lads. I need  a better endorsement than that before I run out and chuck a bunch a dough at new cartridges. First step is to get my damn fork seals replaced, not something I planned on doing at 6,000 miles. But my bike has been to hell and back. I’m thinking about doing the Hyperpro progressive spring upgrade front and rear. Anybody out there with some advice or experience in this matter?

The Mona Lisa

DF, Moto, and UK Keith, somewhere near Afton, Wyoming.

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