So the road to the beach that we'll be taking on the Biltwell 500 was so muddy last weekend that we couldn't get in without a swamp buggy. According to a friend of mine that lives down there, this little river you see here is about 300 meters wide now. It's probably 20 meters wide in this grab. With all the rain over the past couple weeks, the arroyo has swollen up like my knee after Cincinatti. We couldn't get close enough to see it for ourselves but I'll go down and check it out in a couple weeks after things dry out for a while. We'll probably pitch in with some other gringos down there and rebuild the road. If that doesn't work out, there are a couple other ways to get through. Either way it'll be an adventure, so make sure you are ready. It ain't for everyone!
We had a great visit with our friend for the Great White North today, Shawn Britton. He's on his way to park his truck in San Dog, then hit the road into mainland Mexico, eventually catching a ferry across to Baja and working his way back up. Yes, that's an old garage-built Honda CB450, and yes, he's going solo. We hope to see him again, with a little better tan and a big bucket full of new road stories in early April some time. The tool kit he brings is unconventional and heavy, but very effective. Shawn is a rare character and his trips are inspirational to say the least.
Brian sends these pics of his Sporty with some new Friscos. These Gen2 bars are a little shorter which allows you to install them easier. All Brian needed was a new front brake line. Here's what he had to say: It realy was very easy. "This is my first bike and I had no idea what I was doing. If I had not internally wired them it would have taken an hour. I trimmed about an inch or so off the ends."
Our good riding buddy Chris is selling his Triumph of Burbank chopper. There is some neat backstory on this particular bike, ask Chris for the scoop. Ironically, a road test from 1972 appeared on Chop Cult this morning if you want to read about the origins of these dealer-built "production choppers".
My brother from another mother, Greaser Mike has a new flat tracker:
Please note: The sand is pretty thick at first, for about 100 yards. It's totally doable once you are down on the beach but getting down there (and even worse getting back up!) it's not going to be easy on the wrong bike. If you have an open belt primary, it's gonna pack up with sand and snap. If you are on something like a Triumph with a regular enclosed primary and a chain final drive, you'll be fine. It might take a couple guys pushing to get you back up through the deep stuff, but you should be OK. You don't have to take your bike down into the sand, you can camp on the bluff on hard packed dirt. I'm making a big deal out of this because we want everyone to know what they are getting into, and it's not for everyone. If you doubt your bike or your skills, please stay home. The less, the merrier! Girlfriends in 4x4 chase trucks are encouraged. As stated on the 500 page, we're not providing food and drink (maybe a little, but don't count on it) so be prepared to take care of yourself.
My buddy Eric Ryke is one of my favorite guys to ride with. His shovel is seriously fast and since he's a motocrosser he's got bike handling skills, so he's impossible to drop. He recently swapped out his old Friscos for some new Chumps. I'm diggin' em, Eric. Thanks for the pics, now let's go ride!
Perfect day for a ride. Spring's comin'! Sorry for all you dudes stuck in the snow and crappy weather. I rode out to Palm Springs with Elsinore Tim this morning, had a great time, roads are SO good on that route. FXR was flawless, digging the new dual disc and fork brace set up.