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DS1 – Lighting Upgrade ?>

DS1 – Lighting Upgrade

Stock lighting on the XL500R was dismal to say the least. With only having a few watts to work with from the stator, not much light was produced. Riding along dark roads made it apparent how little the beam projected ahead. Digging around my pile of parts, I grab a Hella Rallye 4000 lamp. Initially the light had a 100 watt bulb. ┬áThat by far exceeded the stators output capacity. I looked into the possibility of upgrading the stator, though…

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DS1 – Gear Storage ?>

DS1 – Gear Storage

With the purchase of my first dual sport comes the inevitable upgrades. The goal of loading more shit onto your bike that it probably can handle for most. Thought, having become more of a minimalist, I want to try to keep gear, as the term suggest, to a minimum. For the first few weeks I had the bike nothing really happened. All I did was get some new riding gear; helmet, jacket and water resistant backpack. Then a few weeks…

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Moto Arrival in West Virgina ?>

Moto Arrival in West Virgina

In the morning I repeated the same pack-up. This time I strapped my backpack onto the yellow dry sack. I had ridden with it on my back from New Mexico to Kentucky and the weight was getting to me. Although I started to do this earlier in AZ I was paranoid of it coming undone. It had my laptop, which I needed for work once I get to West Virginia, as well as other expensive electronics. I spent a while…

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Moto into Kentucky ?>

Moto into Kentucky

Stumbling out of the tent in the morning I quickly began to pack. The days of riding through nothing made me want to hurry up and get through the next flat part to where nice places were. During packing the husband of the host came over to say hi. We talked for a while about traveling. He had taken a bike trip similar to what I did back in the late 50’s or early 60’s. He ran on aviation gas…

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