Ducati Multistrada Upgrades

On my first ride on the Multistrada I noticed major buffeting from the windscreen.  The screen has height adjustment – I tried it all the way up, down and settled at mid-height.  The buffeting was reduced but still unpleasant.  I …

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Motorcycle Trip Preparation: Alaska

“The Milepost” is published each spring and contains the latest information for the variety of routes to Alaska from Montana, Idaho and Washington.  It is an excellent guide and lists out details for every segment of each route.  I originally …

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Adventure Motorcycle Selection – BMW vs Ducati vs Suzuki vs Triumph

Over the course of the last two years I have researched various alternative motorcycles for my trip to Alaska.  In 1996, I bought an early BMW R1100GS, which I rode all over the Pacific Northwest.  My expectation was that I …

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Equipment List: Adventure Travel by Motorcycle

If you are planning a long trip on your motorcycle, take a look at this list. Please add a comment if you see anything missing. I will be expanding this list and also discussing various solutions for communications, entertainment, repairs, …

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Ducati Multistrada Issues: Clutch and Electrical

I went in to get new tires, new horn and to check the clutch. My Ducati has a history of missed shifts and false neutrals, particularly in fifth. Recently the bike was running rough in first gear – it was …

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Trip Report: Motorcycling from Seattle to San Francisco to Photograph the America’s Cup

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As soon as I found out that the America’s Cup was coming to San Francisco in 2013, I made plans to take time off and head down to photograph and experience the event. One of my best friends lives near …

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