Shake Down Ride – the GS

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The GS was ready to come off the lift so we went for a shake down ride! An Airhead friend near Vinland, KS spent minutes planning our impromptu ride. The weather was glorious (60 degrees in January – this kind of weather confuses me when it comes to global warming…) […]

Installing a Jesse Top Case

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Installing a Jesse Top Case isn’t difficult, but the complete lack of instructions means you have to think about how you’re going to make it happen. There were a couple of challenges for me with this installation. The first issue is the baggage porter (the official term for the luggage […]

Strix 2.0?

Strix 2.0 - Featured

I’m happy and sad to announce that I am planning on trading Strix for a 1995 R1100 Gelände Sport – a GS! Strix is a wonderful motorcycle but I cannot get  comfortable riding him long distances. I’ve lowered the pegs and added a seat cushion but he still just isn’t […]

Hella 500 Fog Light Kit on R100/7

Hella 500 Fog Light Kit on R100/7

I love the look of the Airhead GS. I’ve seen pictures of the these Airheads with Hella lights on them and finally decided that Otus needed a pair mounted on his crash bars. As usual, my friends at Amazon were all too happy to sell me a set of lights, […]

Pedestrian Slicer

Pedestrian Slicer

A story found on the Internets tells me that back in the day, British and European motorcycle riders would display their license numbers on metal plates attached to the front fender. In the case of a motorcycle/pedestrian accident the plate would injure the pedestrian and so the term “pedestrian slicer” […]

Lowered Foot Pegs, Happy Knees

Lowered Foot Pegs

Strix isn’t perfect. Shocking but true. I first discovered his primary imperfection when I went wandering to Oklahoma and have just now performed the first mod to address the problem. The problem – the foot pegs on Strix are too high. To be clear, it isn’t that my legs are […]

Liberty Bell Replica – Independence, MO

Independence, MO Liberty Bell Replica

My first replica Liberty Bell in the 2018 Melting Pot Grand Tour is the one located in Independence, MO at the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library & Museum. The facility is located at 500 W. U.S. Highway 24  Independence, Missouri 64050-1798 and the bell sits on the north side of […]

Finding Tonga in the Midwest

Finding Tonga in the Midwest

My first country recorded in the 2018 Melting Pot Grand Tour is Tonga via the city of Tonganoxie, KS. Even though this was a short trip, it took the better part of the day, primarily to find a good place to get the required photographic evidence. We travel U.S. Route […]

Anatomy of a Proper Tank Bag

Anatomy of a Proper Tank Bag

First I was all about the tank bag. Then I modified my tank bag by adding power outlets. But a couple of years ago I felt the need to eliminate the tank bag. I even wrote about it here, and I wrote about modifying what took its place here. Unfortunately nothing […]

Well and Properly Sorted

Well ad Properly Sorted

It has been a long time coming but I am ready to declare that Otus is well and properly sorted. I’m not going to bore you by rehashing all the events of the past – just understand that I have been on a 620 day journey that came to a […]