Exit Interview with Dual Sport Alchemy’s Editor

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Why are you leaving your current position? I'm not leaving, just going on indefinite hiatus. This website is a one-man operation (with occasional contributions from other like-minded jackasses) and the time and effort required to feed it and maintain it while raising two kids and having a full time day job can be a bit arduous. For a brief … [Read more...]

The Sum of All Gears

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Literary demigod Marcel Proust once wrote that The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes. Dual Sport Alchemy's website used to have a gallery section, filled with pictures of stunning Central Oregon landscapes and the obligatory motorcycle in the foreground. The intention was to inspire people to … [Read more...]

Frank’s Yamaha WR250R Dyno Tuning Adventure

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Contributing Writer: Frank Morton After much careful deliberation (meaning a long period of indecision) I decided to have my Yamaha WR250R dyno-tuned, so I scheduled an appointment. I learned a lot throughout the process, but the most important lessons I learned were: any moron can buy a dynamometer but that doesn't necessarily mean he’s … [Read more...]

Single Track Trail of Terror

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Disclaimer: While the following short story does reference knobby tires and single track trails, it has absolutely nothing to do with motorcycles, dual sport or otherwise. In the mid 90s I moved to Atlanta, Georgia for an internship, and upon completion was offered a position that I knew would be a bright shiny penny on my resume. I had always … [Read more...]

Sibling Rivalry: In the Boot vs Over the Boot Riding Pants

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As the saying goes, there’s few certainties in life. However, if you ride a motorcycle off-road, one thing is certain: you’re going to wear pants. Through all my years riding I’ve yet to see a rider sporting a kilt, kimono, or (thankfully) loin cloth. Yes, broadcaster and Monster Energy motorsports tart Dianna Dahlgren can be seen riding wearing a … [Read more...]

The 2016 1Show – The Only Motorcycle Show that (Still) Matters

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Contributing Writer: Roger Hudnut Editor’s note: Another February is left in the dust and with it, another missed opportunity for me to attend the 1Show - the Pacific Northwest's preeminent motorcycle exhibition. Luckily Roger Hudnut, senior lackey from the Portland, Oregon branch of Dual Sport Alchemy's Global Domination Headquarters, was able … [Read more...]

The Header Heard ’round the World

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Go back far enough in history and you’ll find that the most basic common conveniences today started out as a revolutionary modern concept. Items used in everyday life today are so taken for granted it never occurs to us that said gadgets and contraptions didn’t exist not that long ago, and most certainly did not become commonplace overnight. The … [Read more...]

A Few of My Favorite Things

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Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens, bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens, brown paper packages tied up with strings, these are a few of my favorite things. Cream colored ponies and crisp apple strudels, door bells and sleigh bells and schnitzel with noodles, Wild geese that fly with the moon on their … [Read more...]

Transincidental Meditation

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  If being a father of two boys for many years now has taught me any one thing, it's this: I never should have had kids. This conclusion wasn't arrived at from a self-serving origin. I'm not afflicted with nostalgia for my misspent youth when my daily mantra was fuck you and hooray for me. I love spending time with my children and never … [Read more...]

Frank’s 2012 Yamaha WR250R Exhaust Modification

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CONTRIBUTING WRITER - FRANK MORTON Dual Sport Alchemy's favorite unemployed, overly-caffeinated backyard engineer is at it again - determined to conjure every last bit of performance out of his 2012 Yamaha WR250R. This episode finds the aspiring alchemist with an altruistic attitude attempting a hysterectomy on his WR's exhaust pipe! WARNING: … [Read more...]