KTM 530 EXC supermoto build for the twisties

Brilliant. Take a plated dirt bike, swap in some street wheels & tires, and now the 530 EXC chassis is transformed into an entirely different machine. The build deserves its own introduction, derived from the bike’s Adventure Build for TAT. It starts with a 17″ wheelset in order to run modern tubeless street tires. AfterContinue reading “KTM 530 EXC supermoto build for the twisties”

TAT route planning and building truck basecamp

Trans-America Trail route planning through northern Utah and central Idaho. Travel project has evolved into a domestic focus by building out the truck into a basecamp and minimalist camper (lessons learned from taking a hardsided camper 3 months through Baja Mexico), in order to carry the motorcycle, mountain bike, and whitewater kayak. A lot already,Continue reading “TAT route planning and building truck basecamp”

KTM 530 EXC adventure build for TAT

So it begins.. added to the fleet, a 2008 KTM 530 EXC-R plated California dirtbike. Taken delivery with relatively low hours & miles (180 hours; 3850 miles | 6200km) on the XC4 motor, she appears to have solid potential from the initial baseline of mechanicals and fluids, and enough initial issues to facilitate getting rapidlyContinue reading “KTM 530 EXC adventure build for TAT”

For Sale: Fuel Meister II Dual Biodiesel Processor

If you’ve ever wanted to make B100 biodiesel at home (using lye and methanol to react with FFA to drop out glycerine) and help save the world, am selling a used Fuel Meister II Dual tank biodiesel reactor. Made in USA | $1000 USD | contact manoloalsol2020@gmail.com Complete system along with WVO and methanol andContinue reading “For Sale: Fuel Meister II Dual Biodiesel Processor”

PSA: Wear double eye protection!

Public service announcement: wear double eye protection when grinding metal! Been cutting, welding, and grinding away at a steel lumber rack for the truck in these hot summer days, and had a flaming spark of debris bounce off my cheek behind wrap-around sunglasses, and lodged into my left eye cornea. Despite a PPE suite ofContinue reading “PSA: Wear double eye protection!”

Soquel Demonstration State Forest Flow Trail

Earning those turns mountain biking in Soquel Demo Forest, deep in the Santa Cruz mountains of California. The flow trail is a network of spectacular descent sections, in what feels like an endless carve into the forest; the trail just keeps going and yet another berm beckons. POV shot with a GoPro7 chesty on aContinue reading “Soquel Demonstration State Forest Flow Trail”