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Two KTMs and the Grand Canyon

Two KTMs and the Grand Canyon

“Babe. Chris asked me to go do that Grand Canyon dirtbike thing with him.”
“Okay. You should do it! When is it?”
“We’re driving out.”

And just like that, with a few days notice my husband Kenny loaded two dirtbikes in the back of his pickup and drove from Long Island to the edge of California. See? I’m not the only one around here who impulsively heads off galavanting.

In two days time, Kenny and his friend Chris were in Moab, Utah where they spent a day riding. The following morning, they reloaded their bikes in the truck and were off to Primm, Nevada. That’s where they ditched the truck and set off across the desert to Bar 10 Ranch to begin the Grand Canyon leg of their trip.

The pictures Kenny sent of the rugged desolation were so beautiful. Here are a few:

This post is part of a month-long writing prompt challenge: Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 hosted by Kathy at ToadMama.com.

Prompt: Three pics you’ve never shared

My First Ride on a Royal Enfield

My First Ride on a Royal Enfield

On New Years Day I had the opportunity to take my first ride on a Royal Enfield. Though not as rare as a pink unicorn, Royal Enfields aren’t something you see around these parts very often. Needless to say, I was excited.

royal enfield desert storm edition classic 500

2012 Royal Enfield Classic 500 – Desert Storm

First things first – it is a great looking bike. It doesn’t get fussy with pretense instead it wears its classic styling well. Its matte sand-colored paint job is très chic!

My first impression as I swung a leg over and parked my rump on the sprung saddle ~ Wow, she is quite petite. The C5 was first motorcycle I’ve flat footed since the Monster more than a decade ago.

When I turned the key, the exhaust note began puffing a sweet, steady thump the likes of which I’d not heard before. It sings a very unique song.

The riding… well ~ when I first pulled away and picked my feet up to put them on the pegs, they weren’t where my brain said they ought to be. They were slightly more forward. A light touch on the bars was necessary to combat some of the ever present buzziness of the bars in my hands.

royal enfield desert storm classic 500

If you aren’t interested in taking it easy, this may not be the bike for you. With less than 30 ponies coming out of its little heart, you aren’t winning any races.

That said, as I clicked through the surprisingly smooth gearbox I never felt disappointed. On the contrary I felt content, dare I say, happy. The bike brought a smile to my face as it danced its way through the curvy north shore roads swiftly and confidently.

When I  arrived back home, Kenny eagerly asked me what I thought about the bike. I finished up my ramblings with a resounding ‘I love it!’  

There is something romantic about this bike that speaks to me. Some pleasures are perfectly wonderful while still being simple.

The Perks of Being Part of a Motorcycle “Couple”

The Perks of Being Part of a Motorcycle “Couple”

Many people who are part of a couple in which both people ride their own motorcycles like to wax poetic about how it’s so great to be able to ride with the person you love most, your best friend, blah blah blah…

Get real. The best part of being in a motorcycle couple is being able to ride each other’s bikes! 😉

Kennys CL 350

Kenny sent me out on his CL today to just run some gas through it. Now that’s the kind of “honey do” list I like!

Day 27: What Are You Talking About? – #29in29

Day 27: What Are You Talking About? – #29in29

Kenny, bless his blonde little heart, can be pretty animated when he speaks. He uses his hands quite a bit. In other news – I’ve been told that I’m as nutty as a fruitcake so there is a lot of clarifying of what I mean going on.

Between you and me, I had no idea fruitcakes even had nuts, but whatever.

“What are you talking about?”

Kenny DRZ

“What does that even mean?”

Kenny sand pit

“Okay, I give up. What are you talking about?”

Kenny helmet

“Whoa. I have NO idea what you’re talking about.”

Kenny Husky

 Love that guy 😆

Day 1: Beware of the Creeper – #29in29

Day 1: Beware of the Creeper – #29in29

29in29 Blog Post ChallengeIt’s so great to let the GoPro run in photo-mode. You really find some candid gems when sifting through the stack of photos that you took throughout the day.

I love this one of Kenny:

GoPro Kenny Alien

Doesn’t he look like a menacing alien creeper? I think I’m going to get him a Team Anal Probe sticker for his bike.

How to Know When You Need New Motorcycle Boots

How to Know When You Need New Motorcycle Boots

If you have to place a bag over the the tops of your motorcycle boots to stop the scent (which is something reminiscent of urine, paprika and natural gas) from suffocating you in your sleep … it may be time to replace them.

Made of the finest space age polymers, this is Kenny’s patented Hotel Room Boot Protection System:
Boot Protection System

I think I am going to have to INSIST he get new boots for Christmas this year. Whew!

Winter Motorcycle Riding Pictures

Winter Motorcycle Riding Pictures

When the first snow of this winter fell, Kenny went out to see what it felt like to ride in it. Being that neither of our DRZs have studs in their tires, it was just a quick run around the neighborhood. You know – for scientific purposes.

As an observer there was something beautiful about seeing the orange glow of his headlight slowly making it’s way through the whirling snowflakes. While the snow started to accumulate the world outside had a very flat, muffled sound. There was no noise except for the gentle thump of his engine.

He would be the first to admit that riding on the snow without studs is, well.. probably not a great idea. Your mileage may vary.

ADVrider has a winter riding picture thread you should check out. There are some great photos of motorcycles in the snow. Enjoy!

Frosty ZX6R seat in Yellowstone Park

Christmas 2010: Cross One More Thing Off Your Bucket List, Kenny

Christmas 2010: Cross One More Thing Off Your Bucket List, Kenny

Same question, different Christmas.

What do you get for the boy who doesn’t need anything? This year, Kenny got a dualsport trip to Moab, Utah.

Delicate Arch - Arches National Park - Photo by Thomas SchochPhoto by Thomas Schoch

Weeks in the Making

My first and biggest hurdle for planning was: Can you rent dirt bikes? Where? And How?

Through the advice of friends, I got in touch with Jim at KTM of Moab and began to gather details on what sort of riding and rental options were available.  He was friendly, enthusiastic and made you feel like you’ve known each other for years. As Jim and I spoke, it became abundantly clear that this trip would be a home run.

Fast Forward A Few Weeks

Kenny and I were sitting on the train heading in to a party in NYC. We sat chit-chatting, talking about the quickly approaching new year. We talked about our travel wish lists, the places we’d like to visit, things we’d like to see. He mentioned he’d love to ride dirt bikes out west, you know, maybe see Moab.

I know that I really don’t have any kind of a poker face. My skin prickled, I smiled nervously and thought for sure that I’d just tipped my hand. But he just kept on talking. What a coincidence! It made me feel good to know that I was on the money.

Now the daydreaming starts

Being able to give someone you love something they love is priceless.

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