The 500 EXC has 19,000km covered and is about to pass 400hrs so I decided to give her some care and attention. Every year I check the valve clearances and when I look at the measured clearances from 2019-2020-2021 and 2022, I can see the […]
Time’s been tight over the past year or so, and maintaining this site hasn’t been a priority. There are more important things. Having said that, I did treat myself to a new GasGas TXT300 over the summer, and there may have been a few spins […]
It’s been fairly quiet of late, what with Omicron and all that came with it. Winters can be bleak here, so it’s welcome when a few dry days come your way and there’s a chance to get out for a spin. Recent spins have been […]
Back in December when I ordered the new Tenere, I hadn’t realised about the upcoming Euro5 emmissions, and I had no idea that the 2021 model year was going to come with the catalytic converter on the downpipe. My initial reaction was really more a […]
The big EXC isn’t designed to cover 2300km over 10 days, but she took it all in her stride. Now that we’re home safely it’s time to inspect her for any unexpected wear, and replace or adjust parts as needed. The only items that either […]
The bike was ready. All consumables were replaced. Fresh tyres, pads, filters, bearings, you name it – it was done. All that was left to do was to go ride the actual trip that was planned. And hope to not make a complete balls of […]
More videos. In order.
In the order in which they were ridden.
Ok, first off, I don’t like doing reviews. They’re shit, mostly biased, and no one cares about my stupid opinions. But I’ll be going on more trips (hopefully) so it’s not the worst idea in the world to take notes on what worked and what […]
I’ve been planning a solo spin around the Alps, starting off in Memmingen, Germany, and taking in some amazing roads all the way down to Bardonecchia in Italy. When I get to Bardonecchia I’ll have a few days of downtime, when I can sleep, or […]
Another fabulous 27°C day in the July heatwave. Not a huge amount to say about this one. Four Yamahas hit the backroads and trails of the Burren earlier and put the Super Ténéré 750, a slightly newer Ténéré 700, an XT600 and a WR450F through […]
Over the past 18 months or so we’ve kinda migrated from enduro riding to more dual-sport / adventure riding. Trials too, but mostly dual-sport. The 500EXC is an amazing machine, with instant response from that big 510cc motor.. and the new Tenere 700 is effortlessly […]
A bigger roadtrip than normal was on the cards. Ideally suitable for the Tenere, but it looked like it was going to be a solo run so maybe safer to bring the KTM? Lifting a 110kg bike is a lot easier that a 210kg bike, […]
Motivation has been a bit hard to come by of late. No problem motivating myself to get out for a spin, but the thought of sitting at the computer and posting something online just wasn’t there. This past winter seemed to almost be never ending, […]
A picture spells a thousand words, and all that..