NYC to Vermont on a Kawasaki KLR 650

Sam's Kawasaki KLR 650

Sam's Kawasaki KLR 650

A couple weeks ago I realized that my 60 day grace period between registering the Kawasaki KLR 650, and having it’s first inspection, was rapidly drawing to a close. Since I keep the bike registered in Vermont, that meant I needed to get the bike up there fast – necessitating either a trailer rental or a long ride. No argument there. I quickly ordered up a new EZ-Pass tag, dusted off my jacket and boots, and plotted a route… Read More …

Sam’s Honda CB 350 idles properly

Hot damn!  It turns out that with a little patience and a little research (ok, maybe a lot of both), you can get things done.  After my first start-up of the Honda CB 350, with its new carbs, exhaust, coils, etc., I was determined (but not at all confident) to get it running properly.  Read More …

Sam’s custom Honda CB 350 Lives! (Briefly)

Saturday afternoon with the Honda CB 350!

Saturday afternoon with the Honda CB 350!

It’s been a few weeks (at least) since I last had any significant progress to report on the custom Honda CB 350, but this weekend I finally did a few things worth mentioning.

First, the exhaust:  I’ve never done anything like this before, but my housemate has a TIG welder, I found this website to order pre-bent sections of stainless steel tubing, and I figured ‘what can go wrong?’ Read More …

Sam gets a new ride: 1995 Kawasaki KLR 650

Sam's "new" Kawasaki KLR 650

Sam's "new" Kawasaki KLR 650

Sam has been working hard on his custom Honda CB 350, and has posted some great progress reports here.  But sometimes we get the itch.  A bike that’s more or less modern, sleek, powerful, or just plain different.  This time he opted for a 1995 Kawasaki KLR 650, the ‘workhorse’ of the motorcycle world.  Read his full review… Read More …