Tag: Varadero

Jordan Valley, OR

Summer 2015 Ride to San Francisco, the Varadero, and Absence from Blogging

I haven’t seemed to find the time, energy or interest to update things on my blog over the last couple years. There always seems to be something to do and this has fallen to the bottom of the list.

I’ve learned a lot about various aspects of life from reading other people’s personal experiences through blogging…

First Gravel Experience on Varadero

he weather was absolutely gorgeous today. It went from bleak and about 10 celcius to around 19 celcius around noon. A perfect day for a spin on the bike. Since this was only the third time riding it, it was time for some backroads and gravel.

I’d read about how top heavy the Varadero is –…

Adding a new top case to Varadero – GIVI TRK52

The Varadero came with a Givi Monolock top case which did the trick for a helmet or small stuff but wasn’t really big enough or durable enough for anything other than commuting. So I decided to add a larger and more touring type of top case – the GIVI Trekker TRK52.

This case is absolutely cavernous….

Varadero – Adding GPS and SPOT Ram Mounts

One thing I really appreciated about buying a VFR was the excellent support from online forums – VFRdiscussion and VFRworld. VFR motorcycles must attract a ‘special’ kind of buyer and rider because they document everything. Every type of maintenance, alteration and equipment addition has been documented on those two sites – encyclopedic knowledge.

Well, buying a…

New Bike and New Adventure

Last summer I sold the KLR650 I bought in 2010. To be honest, I never really liked the bike from the beginning. I know people rave about them about how cheap they are, easy to fix, and that they will ‘go anywhere’.

For me, it just never really started any kind of love affair. The suspension…