Staci Colas’ 2011 DRZ400S

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Staci Colas is an X-Ray Technician with a world wide adventure streak. From motorcycle camping in the Pacific Northwest to surfing in Canada (!) to back packing in Italy, she takes her fun seriously and is constantly searching for new challenges. A testament to this is her bike's odometer, which has racked up over 10,000 miles since she rolled it … [Read more...]

Redo: My 2002 Suzuki DRZ400 Dual Sport

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Some people can't leave well enough alone. I happen to be one of those people. In the year and a half since I first posted my trusty DRZ up on the site, I've made some significant improvements - almost all of them well worth it. Instead of rehashing my original answers to all the standard questions for this section (which you can check out HERE), … [Read more...]

Mike Gueldner’s 2012 Husqvarna TE511

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Formerly a long time Service Manager for a car dealership, Mike Gueldner has always had an appreciation for all things with an engine. Over the years his toy box has included race boats, hot rods, Harleys, dirt bikes, sport bikes, and even a few scooters. I talked to him about his newest favorite toy - a 2012 Husqvarna TE511. What made you buy a … [Read more...]

Chris Sanden’s 2001 Honda XR650R

Chris's XR650

As a long time motorcycle mechanic who now runs his own shop, Chris Sanden has owned a lot of bikes over the years. I stopped by Chris Sanden's Motorsports in Bend, Oregon to check out the Dual Sport in his collection - a 2001 Honda XR650R. What made you buy a 2001 XR650R? In 2008 I had just gotten rid of my DRZ400 and needed a bike for the … [Read more...]

Frank Morton’s 1994 Suzuki DR650

Frank's New Favorite Toy

What made you buy a DR650? I've been into street bikes for a while but always wondered where some of the dirt roads I passed led to. I came across this bike for sale and it was a little beat up but ran really well. The price was nice too, around $1500. I really like the low end torque it offers and feeling the suspension work. What don't you … [Read more...]

My 2002 Suzuki DRZ400

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Why I bought a DRZ400: It's reliable, light weight, and low maintenance...it's the perfect girlfriend! This is the kick start only model. I've taken some flak over the years for not having a button, but starters and batteries  add considerable weight. Plus this is significantly more off-road ready than an 'S' model. Since I prefer the dirt it … [Read more...]

JJ’s 1972 Yamaha DT250

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What made you buy a 1972 Yamaha DT250?  I didn't go looking to buy this bike, it found me. I was checking out some garage sales one weekend and there it was. A vintage street legal 2 stroke in great condition for $600...I couldn't pass it up. What don't you like about this bike? Vintage suspension! But that's just part of the deal. The … [Read more...]

Justin Beach’s 1994 Honda XR600R

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What made you buy a XR600? I wanted a large displacement dirt bike that could also go on the highway. This bike was already plated and I knew I could take it everywhere; the woods, the desert, and the highways.  I wanted something that I could do longer trips with and could handle high miles. In the two and a half years since I've owned it I've … [Read more...]