The new paradigm: posing.

We live in what I consider and awkward time.

We have the world at our fingertips, revolutionary or evolutionary advancements are our daily reality. We a bathed in convenience and luxury. Now because of this, people with means look endlessly for the new “authentic” and “legendary” experience to hold over the heads of their peers, and soft guys who have gone from suburb kid to city yuppie are constantly trying to bridge the gap between their pampered life and feeling like a “man”.

Enter companies such as Wilderness Collective.

They offer fully-supported “off-road” motorcycle rides for the uninitiated, uninformed, coddled, and foolish. Artisan food is served, tents are delivered instead of carried on the bike, and it takes more than 3 days to ride 334 miles.

Watch the video, and feel your stomach turn.

I pride myself on being fairly authentic in what I do and what I’ve done in my life. I was taught to do (what used to be) simple, ubiquitous things like start a fire, chop wood, fixing a car, driving a tractor, and so on…things that most rurally raised children are taught. But now, exponentially fewer children are exposed to a “do it yourself” environment. I rode and raced bmx and motocross as a kid, along with playing most normal public school sports along with them.

With these sports as tools, my father preached his method of getting things done: no flash, just get things done well, and the right way. My dirtbikes and bicycles were used and modestly upgraded, and I was to let my riding do the talking. Same with stick and ball sports: no flare, just business. Enjoying the race, ride, or game was the point of doing it in the first place, and doing things well only furthered the enjoyment. Companies like Wilderness Collective are the opposite of what I was taught and the way I was raised.

Maybe that’s why I hate the concept so deeply. But even so, the philosophical crap (either forced or volunteered) shows that these people can’t just have fun. They have to make it into an event, legend, or epic to make themselves feel like they’re authentic people or to try to connect with people who do these thing on their own.

These trips are all just contrived for the sake of useless peoples’ egos.

Want a real adventure? Hook up with Helge Pedersen at GlobeRiders. I can’t even explain how much more you’d get for your money.

And a bonus just to show you I’ve done shit: Me and a family friend riding around our practice track. I’m on the big CR.

It might be time to say goodbye to the multi.

I can’t really afford her anymore. $100/month just to insure, and I ride my bicycles so much more (less stressful). I think I’ll purchase an XR650R or L and call it a season…so much simpler to own. I worry about this girl just being in the garage. Amazing motorcycle, and I will definitely buy another one in the future!

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How many bikes and/or motorcycles have you had to say goodbye to?

Cross-country on a Panigale.

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This story has been making the rounds for a few weeks, and I picked it up with a review of the 1199 on Hell for Leather Magazine.

This was a joy to read. Haven ridden and worked with these bikes for about 9 months, I never would have thought somebody would ride one cross-country. But now it seems, there should be no other choice.

Read Denis’ original thread on ADV rider.

I messed myself…twice.

The Surly Krampus! The shop I race for (Johnny Sprockets) is going to do their best to get me a frame when they come out. I crapped when I saw it, because it’s exactly what I want: the fun and the novelty of a fatbike with a bit more speed. I want to do some 24 hour races, so this thing so be great fun for that purpose.

Photo: twentynineinches.com.

And then…there’s this:

A TE510 all retro’d out.

From Krugger Motorcycles.

It’s like other people keep tickling my brain and making exactly the things I desire most. Crazy.

I swear to god that Giant TCX and cross gear setup post is coming.

This is awkward…

…it’s been quite some time…and time for more excuses. I’ve been busy, to say the least. Trying to run a parts department at an ever-growing moto shop is tiring enough, on top of constantly attempting to train properly and striving to see my girlfriend, friends, and family, it’s been too much. So this summer has forced my blerg to the wayside.

Now, never mind the excuses, on to some content!

I purchased my first Ducati! An 1100 Multistrada! 2-valve, air-cooled greatness. The feel of it on the track as well as the road is something I have never experienced from a sport-tourer. It’s the perfect sport bike.

I’ve already put 1,000 miles on it.

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Also, a great guy, and author of The Long Ride Home, Nathan Millward, stopped by our shop to get a taillight bulb and check out our place. It seems his trip is creating quite a buzz…check out Moto-Mucci’s write-up and notice the 1098SF of illustrious Ducati technician extraordinaire Jon Castello.


Photo: Moto Mucci

Next up, a all-encompassing write up of cyclocross 1×10 and 2×10 setups and a small taste of the Giant TCX that has been keeping me company since my Spooky left me.

Best bike at IMS Chicago: Johnny Campbell’s Baja Honda CRF450X.

I was working at IMS, but I snuck away a couple times and this is the only bike I bothered to photograph with a real camera. It’s Johnny Campbell’s Baja CRF450X. The little bits of prevention and protection are the best.

Take a peep.