Sunday, October 1, 2017

G650GS Sale or Trade

After considerable debate, mostly with myself, I decided to sell my 2012 BMW G650GS Sertao!

Will take $5,000 or will consider trading for a camper (best option) or a BMW road bike and forgo the Dusl Sport functionality which served me so well.

What will this bike do for you?  Point it up a gulch and roll on the throttle... It will take you to the top.  Hang on and steer with the pegs.

Sand?  Ask the Florida Cads peeps... roll on the throttle and lean back.  Last trip following the leader was 25 miles of 10" deep sand and we never missed a beat.

Bootlegger 1200?  Climbed every challenge... no prob.

BMW Performance Center?  Took on every obstacle.

GS Giant Events?  In Ashville I placed third for the Gypsy Tour.  'nuf said.

Lots of stories to share about the history of this bike, but that can follow.  Featured in magazines, won awards at ralleys, been across the country and back.  Time to let someone else enjoy this remarkable dual-sport bike and take on a more laid-back riding style.

All the details to be posted here presently.  Call for details and questions.  Lots of videos available, but most include my custom PVC canisters and hundreds of decals and stickers on my luggage (not included in the sale.)

Here's the link to bunch of current pics taken today:

The bike was in for service at every required increment through the 35,000 warranty period.  Since then I have done the oil changes (AMSOIL) and recently rebuilt the rear brake.  Here's the rundown of aftermarket items and what is missing or not functioning:

Aftermarket add-on's:

Handlebar riser
Center Stand (included but not currently installed)
Kuba Link (lowered the rear about 1.5")  DETAILS <<<
Booster Plug (increases low end HP about 5% DETAILS <<< "Best $150 I ever spent."   I installed it when the bike was under 1,000 miles and hardly ever killed the engine since.
Leo Vinci exhaust installed by EuroSport Ashville.  VIDEO <<<

H4 LED headlight from ADV Monster. <<<  HUGE improvement.  Installed at NEFL rally 2015.
Turturo Chain Oiler. Details <<<  From the UK but has a dealer in the US.  Only operates when bike is moving and hitting bumps.  Completely independent of bike electronics.  Read the details.
Oversized foot pegs.  e·quiv·a·lent to power steering when off road.
Flashing brake lights and a large multi-LED light below license plate. (Tractor Supply)
Turn indicator LED lights added in brush guards. (Tractor Supply)
Fuse block added for additional accessories.
DOT plugs wired at rear for additional turn indicators and brake lights which were mounted in my panniers and top box.

Items missing or failed:
Wind Screen (all my event stickers go with me)
Heated grips failed.  Could be switch issue.
Emergency flasher function failed.  Could be switch or flasher timer.
One rear turn indicator is missing the lens but flashes.
Tool compartment lock failed.  Drilled the lock and has a strap to hole it in place.
Seat release latch handle.  Came unhooked and vanished. Use your bare hand or pair of pliers.

This bike was not ridden insanely by a crazy person.  I'm 69 years old and bought it 5 years ago when I returned to motorcycle riding.  Loves sand!  I did the ADV and CADS trans Florida rides 5 times.  Worked for two months in the Mohave Desert (El Mirage Dry Lake, CA.)  Competed in the BNW Trophy Challenge in SC in 2013.  

More history on my blog at

Why selling?   My lifestyle had morphed into more casual and less opportunity to ride off-road.  As a result I have packed on about 25 pounds and gotten really out of shape.  I would like to find an older more classic style BMW to do road trips and camping.  My g/f doesn't ride so it's just going to be something that I enjoy on my own.  Open for ideas.  Cash is always an option.  

Also:  4 rear tires, one highway, others dual sport.

Tuesday, September 5, 2017

gas gas txt 70 '03 notes

You can skip over this page... I just need a place to store links to info on the Trials bike I just bought.

If you have related info don't hesitate to comment or email things to me.



Manuals for Gas Gas bikes:

Gas gas forum

Tryals Shop:
His suggestions:  Hi Jeff

I would go with 1.5 oz of synthetic  two stroke oil per gallon of gas. 80:1. 
I should be able to order the rubber boot but do not have it in stock. 
The transmission should take about 300-400 cc of oil. Most Gas Gas owners use ATF type F. For anti-freeze the type formulated for aluminum and magnesium engine parts is best like the factory Motul.



Per Kevin at RYPUSA:  Contact Stu at Jack’s cycle 207-337-1274 for parts.   Stu thinks he can get the boot between the carb and the engine and an airfilter.  Both are working but look like they are ready to disintegrate.

Update:  Stu took info and had parts shipped pronto!  Parts came from TRS Motorcycles, Earl Park, IN  47942  219-474-6656  They shipped the parts and then called me for credit card info later.  Nice!


Clutch:   I drained the oil and measured 500ml.  Refilled with fresh ATF type F.

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Monday, September 4, 2017

A few hundred photos from the 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Enduro

I had the opportunity to witness and photograph the remarkable 2017 Kenda Tennessee Knockout Enduro (TKO) at the US Trials Training Center in Sequatchie, TN back in August.

Between Saturday and Sunday of the weekend I mnaged to shoot over 5,000 frames of the riders and facility.   At 7 frames / second there are plenty of near duplicates, but i'm sorting through them to pull out the best of as many riders as I can manage.  My eyes are blurring and my patience isn't what it used to be, but I'm ready to post links to some of them.

Eventually they will be posted on my Photo Gallery at  The direct link to the album is HERE <<<.

So far I have edited about 200 shots and am in the process of getting them loaded... it's a slow process.

If there is anything you see that you like you can purchase them right on line.  If you need high res digitals for publication please contact me directly.

Keep in mind... if I have one shot of you it is probably selected from several in quick succession.  It is very time consuming to process these to print quality, but if you want to see if I have others of you or your fav rider just give me a call and I[ll see what I can come up with.

Happy Day!   Let's all get there again next year.

Jeff  <  Slide Show Clip

Standings at finish of final TKO:

  1. Cody Webb, KTM
  2. Graham Jarvis, Husqvarna
  3. Mario Roman, Sherco
  4. Max Gerston, Beta
  5. Jordan Ashburn, Beta
  6. Cory Graffunder, Husqvarna
  7. Ben Kelly, KTM
  8. Mitch Carvolth, KTM
  9. Quinn Wentzel, Husqvarna
  10. Grayson Goncalves, Husqvarna
  11. Kealoha Estrella, KTM
  12. Josh Rooken-Smith, KTM
  13. Noah Kepple, GasGas
  14. George Kowalski, KTM
  15. Chris Satterfield, Husqvarna

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Eclipse prep 2017

With only 4 days to go I'm going to get into the details of preparation for photographing and enjoying (hopefully not mutually exclusive activities...)

This will include calculating ( or looking up) precise observation times, definitions, experimenting with several cameras and lots of wine.

Stay tuned... this is a developing story.

Here's an app that came highly recommended. $1.99+tx.
SolarEclipseTimer app <<<

With just a couple minutes practice I had it find my location and calculate a few event times.

Definitions HERE <<<

1st Contact: Don't look yet!

first contact — during a solar eclipse, the moment that the Moon makes contact with the Sun; the beginning of the eclipse.

Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 11:52:39  (AM)

second contact — during a total solar eclipse, the moment the Moon covers 100 percent of the Sun’s disk; the instant totality begins.

Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 13:20:21  = 1:20:21 PM  Start looking

third contact — during a total solar eclipse, the instant totality ends.

 Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 13:22:52 = 1:22:52 PM

fourth contact — during a solar eclipse, the moment that the disk of the Moon breaks contact with the Sun; the end of the eclipse.

Here at 908 Valley Drive that will be 14:47:37 = 2:47:37 PM

That means the event actually lasts 2 hours 54 minutes and 58 seconds?  Will confirm.

Continuing:   It is now 11:54 on Thursday.   I went out to check the sun position.  OK... Interesting observation. Good time to realize how tall our trees are and just where we can be standing at 11:52 when the "First Contact: happens. We are in good shape. Pics to follow.

 This video was today about noon.  This confirms one thought... the sun (at least with some cloud-cover) isn't going to destroy a go-pro.

Here's a panorama showing the open sky area from back by the garden.

Continuing with my search for information on shooting the moon (as it were...)  this turned up from Nikon:

Here is an exposure guide which is referred to by the above article. 

Exposute intervals?   Here are some calcs:

10498seconds15second interval =699.8666667frames
10498seconds10second interval =1049.8frames

My camera, when tethered to the computer, can be set to take time lapse pics.  When bracketing each frame is the next setting in the bracketing process.  ie:  Frame 1 is under exposed, frame 2 is correct exposure, frame 3 is over exposed.  If I use the 10 second interval I will essentially have 349 sets of photos at each exposure setting.

Then I will have second camera (with much shorter focal length lense) to take pics along the way.


Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice

 As an ambassador for the Solo Stove products, we have been asked to review a food product created for camping/back-packing and situations where good food is desired without the challenge of refrigeration.

Last night we did dinner in the fire pit here at our house.  The main course was chicken roasted in foil with onions, tomatoes, garlic and basil.  One of my 45 minute favorites.  While the chicken was baking on the charcoal I took a few minutes to fire up my Solo Titan Stove and boil water for the dehydrated side dish.

The ingredient list reads like a gormet meal of its own!  Chicken, long grain rice, scrambled eggs, onions, red peppers and carrots.

It comes in a waterproof pouch (serves 2) which is used as the cooking dish, sort of.

Boil 1 1/2 cups water. Pour the boiling water into the resealable bag. Sip the bag closed.   After 4 minutes open and stir.  Reseal for 8-9 more minutes.

When we opened the chicken from the foil we served the Mountain House Chicken Fried Rice along side and enjoyed a si
mple and delicious dinner!

Created for camping convenience, this meal is too good not to enjoy any time right here at home!

Happy Trails,

Jeff Kurtz
Solo Stove Ambassador

Monday, August 7, 2017

Checking out the Solo Bonfire

We recently bought a new toy for our camping and backyard adventures.  Checkout the Titan stove from Solo Stoves!

I saw this online while shopping for camping equipment this summer.
New gear always interests me and this little stove was an instant favorite.

  The design behind this stove is really ingenious.  A small package that simplifies the campfire experience so much that we have been using it almost every night here at the house instead of firing up the firepit.

The model that I have is the Titan.  The catalog describes this as a 2-person stove, but everything is relative.   Instead of a log fire in our fire-pit we've just been burning twigs and enjoying our evenings on the patio.  It's small enough that we can put it up on a stand or just on the ground.  There's a ring that fits on top to support a pot or pan.  We did burgers in a frying pan and then picked up a grilling basket with a handle for brats, burgers or about anything you would want to grill.

As you can see, the embers burn down to ash and clean-up is simple.

Next week I'm heading to eastern TN for a motorcycle weekend and I'm looking forward to showing this off to friends there.

Amazingly, we have mostly been burning twigs from around the yard.   For cooking I also have dropped in hickory chunks and charcoal.  Those pieces furn slower and longer, which makes cooking simple.  The heat is very concentrated and things cook quickly.

Down the road I'll look into their pots and pans.

They also have two larger models.  Those would likely be best for larger groups of people.'

Will post more info as I experiment with the Titan.

Happy Trails!


Thursday, June 29, 2017

July 2017 to the UP!

This is a trip that Donna has wanted to relive.  She know's it's a beautiful region and I have only driven through (without smelling the roses...).

The letters (A,B,C... ) mark the planned route.   the pins are points of interest, to be visited, or not, as we progress.  Lots of waterfalls and lakes on the list.

Photos as we begin on July 3rd.

Earn while camping?

We found Rent Wizard last month and it's pretty slick.  We handout and place brochures on RV's and let the owners follow up.  Rent your RV via a website that helps with contracts and payments all ove the country.

Ambassadors needed.  Profit by renting your RV/Camper or by introducing others.

email for details.  Use the referral code 59308E for extra 6 months on posting or referrals.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

No left turns?

How do your route your trip and plan your exits/turns? Interesting article here about why UPS trucks make left turns only 10% of their travels. We all have our thoughts about making our travels safe. I avoid cities, drive 1 MPH faster tan the traffic and take back roads (or even side streets) as often as possible. Check the stats in this article: