If you have seen the movie, you remember John and his racing dog Kookie.
Here is the story told in a children’s book. I saw this obscure listing on Ebay and just guessed at what it might be. Sure enough the Husky riding desert duo were the subjects. I was unaware of this book, but others have commented that they knew it from elementary school where is was a common library selection. And sure enough that is where the book I have lived at one time, St Joseph’s Elementary. Lots of great vintage District 37 desert photos here.
From the pages of Dirt Rider Magazine, here is a little story that I am sure most of you have never heard. The tale of the Aussie International Four Day Enduro. Straight from the byline of Mark Kariya.
“He (Fred Hoess) looked Bob Hannah in a Supercross 10 years ago, with his feet flying
and clutch slipping mercilessly until it fried completely”
From the February 1993 issue of Dirt Rider Magazine
KTM has finally taken the wraps off their newest entry into the ADV market, the baby 390. At $6,199 I am sure it will find an audience. Search as I may, the KTM website will not reveal to me a claimed weight. The 32kw claimed power rating appears to convert to a seemingly optimistic 42 Horsepower. As I recall from my initial street test of the 390 Duke a few years back, it was fine as long as you didn’t get in a race with a 350excf. Now that this is a full blown adventure version, I would suspect the same would be even more true.
KTM North America, Inc. is pleased to announce details of the highly-anticipated KTM 390 ADVENTURE, the next step in KTM’s incredibly versatile ADVENTURE lineup. As an introduction to the world of light offroading and wider adventure touring, this motorcycle is a pure class-leader, combining the most powerful single in the segment with unmatched technology.
The new KTM 390 ADVENTURE has harnessed the attributes and DNA from the popular and highly rated KTM 790 ADVENTURE, as well as the development information gleaned from nearly two decades of Dakar Rally success. A light, agile and confidence-inspiring entry model for riders looking to discover the world of adventure riding, this motorcycle offers added versatility for touring and light offroading. Using elements of the KTM 390 DUKE as a base, the KTM 390 ADVENTURE offers proximity to the feeling and performance found at the root of the all-conquering KTM 450 RALLY but with efficiency and comfort as part of the package.
A state-of-the-art, liquid cooled, single-cylinder, four-stroke 373.2 cc engine powers this agile machine perfectly into KTM’s world of ADVENTURE. The engine is equipped with an electric starter and achieves impressive peak power with incredibly punchy torque. Twin overhead camshafts, four valves and electronic fuel injection are integral to the KTM 390 ADVENTURE’s outstanding power and together with a balancer shaft, deliver an incredibly smooth ride for all-day touring. Next-level rider aids include lean-angle-sensitive Motorcycle Traction Control (MTC) paired with a class-leading PASC slipper clutch to keep the power to ground while pushing limits on or off the asphalt.
The low-maintenance, high-performance engine is housed in a flex and weight optimized chassis fitted with premium, adjustable WP APEX suspension offering 170 mm of travel in the front and 177 mm in the rear. Bringing this machine to a stop is easy with the BYBRE brake calipers, two-channel ABS system administered by BOSCH software and the standard OFFROAD ABS mode. Its versatile ergonomics, smooth power delivery and innovative technology all come together in a comfortable, lightweight package built for those wanting to fit more adventure into their daily lives.
The 2020 KTM 390 ADVENTURE is slated to arrive in North American KTM dealerships in May. For more information on the 2020 model lineup and to view a complete list of KTM dealerships, please visit www.ktm.com/us/.
If you are here, reading this, you can see that I have gotten back to writing on the website. It has been kind of a long road to get to this spot. But I realize I have more I want to say and write about. It has also occurred to me that I have a large collection of memories that I should get down on paper.
I love reading other people recollections of the lives they lived. Whether absolute fact, rose colored reflections or outright lies, they all have some value. Our world is changing so fast, the things we take for granted as everyday occurrences will, in some not too distant future, seem strange and exotic.
If someone will be interested in reading my history someday, who knows? But it doesn’t really much matter. I write for my own gratification. I am not ashamed to admit it. I have written for other people, or tried to, and it simply had no attraction for me. I had the idea to start getting these recollections down in some organized form. Then I realized I already had so much of it here on the website, I should just get the site up to date and continue here, for my own gratification if nothing else.
Perhaps you know that I have ridden and raced all over the world. No, I have never made any real claim as to being fast. As much as anything else, I am just determined and persistent. Work at something long enough and you will become better at it. For me, the biggest thrills have come from the opportunities to ride alongside some of my heroes. Or perhaps it would be more appropriate to say that I ride behind them. I am slow. But I do have a bunch of trophies and medals that attest to my ability to get to the finish line.
I am so slow that all of my riding buddies and even some of my tour clients can just barely stand to ride with me. Why do they do it, because I am the one who knows where I am going! I am the one who has prepared everything for a seamless ride. Plus, when it comes to finding trail, I am like a bloodhound on a coon trail. I have an almost second sense about where to go looking for good stuff to ride.
At times I have a second sense for other things too. More than once someone behind me has commented, that by the way I changed lines and slowed, it almost seemed like I knew that car was coming around the corner in the wrong lane.
As a trail guide in Baja, I ride slow and with caution at all times. And it drives my buddies crazy, so much so that they really begin to believe I am not very fast. I am sure they wonder why the even ride with me. Few months back my mate and I got separated a Y intersection in the road. I knew he had gotten in front of my, but he did not know it. Following along, watching his tire track in the road, I could tell he was riding full steam (oddly there was one other fresh track that he mistook for mine). I could only wonder where he would finally stop, because I could tell he thought I had somehow gapped him and he was desperate to catch me as I am normally so slow. The farther he went, the more confused he got about the situation. He continued on until he got to our normal taco stand and finally realized the situation.
A while back one of my buddies calls me. Seems he was meeting a new client and they got on the subject of riding. My friend starts talking about some of his racing and riding in Baja. In the conversation, he mentioned riding with me. “Strangest thing”, he says “this guy seems to think you are famous! In fact I had a bit of difficulty convincing him that I know you and we ride together. Then he was falling all over me, telling me how great it is that I get to do that. Are you famous? I mean I know you have done some stuff, but why would this guy seem to know all kinds of details about you?”
Now it has happened on occasion that these same go fast riding buddies of mine and I have been lined up in races together. And almost without exception the outcome shows that there is quite a difference between simply riding fast for fun and getting to the finish line first. But those memories are typically short lived. Fastest man is the always the one who just handed a face full of roost his buddies on the trail today.