Sunday, April 30, 2017

Test ride....finally put the 690 and the latest mods to the test

Wow, beautiful day in Utah and a great day to put the KTM 690 to the test.  The ride was 130 miles, terrain included pavement, dirt roads, double track, rocks, ruts and a little mud.  I can't say enough about the new mods from Fasst Co.  The Flexx Handlebar is the bomb, especially in the tough terrain, going over rocks and ruts.  The reduction of impact to your arms and upper body is remarkable.  You don't notice the bars moving but you definitely can feel the difference after a few hours of riding.  This is a GREAT product.  I'm to old for MX, but a set of these bars are going on my KTM 500 EXC and my KTM 1190 ADV R.  Go to to find out more.  You may think you can live without these bars; if you ride with them, you won't give them back....

Although I wrote a ride report about the Warp9 wheels, today was a perfect testing ground, big rocks and deep ruts.  Wheels may be the most important upgrade for your ADV Steed.  The Warp9 wheels allow you to cut through obstacles with precision and roll over objects with confidence.  No dented wheels!

The new seat (brand not mentioned intentionally since they could not even return my email or phone calls) is a HUGE improvement over the OEM seat.  It is comfortable and will keep my backside as comfortable as possible during the 5,000 mile trek.

The Steed is the perfect motorcycle for the ride across America.  The KTM 690 is a giant dirt bike that will get you around on the slab when needed.  Today I rode 75 MPG with no problems other than a little vibration.  On the dirt, the BIG adventure bikes can't keep you in sight.  You carve through corners and through obstacles with little effort and at 3X the speed.  Riding across America on the KTM 690 is going to be a blast.

Today's ride was light, without gear.  I used the Giant Loop tank bag to store food, extra jacket, 2 tie downs and a hat.  You always need space on a motorcycle.  The Diablo fits the KTM 690 like a glove.  The bag does not move, even while riding gnarly terrain.  The bag is also handy for stability while standing, the KTM 690 is narrow due to the OEM fuel tank being in the rear of the motorcycle.  The Diablo stands up high enough to keep between your knees when standing.  And last but not least, it comes in orange too.

Today was an awesome day for riding, check out the pics and vids......  If you have questions or comments on the mods please email me at

Back home after a successful day

Friday, April 28, 2017

My new pit crew

Snippet of the Salt Lake Off Road Expo Interview

This is a rough video from my Bride's iPhone, it starts a few minutes into the interview.  Once the final produced video is released I will post it.   Thanks again to the Salt Lake Off Road Expo for allowing me to be part of their awesome event.

Great exposure at the Expo during the interview!

Salt Lake Off-Road Expo Starts today!

Last night my two boys and I delivered the Steed to the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo and set up the banner.   If you enjoy the outdoors on two or four wheels, this is the place for you!  There are a lot of cool exhibits and products.  Don't miss out on this event!
Doors open at noon!

The Steed is the first exhibit you see on the right when entering the Expo

Today at 1PM and tomorrow at 9AM, I will be interviewed on stage.  
I will post several pictures during the Expo.  

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Banner and Salt Lake Off-Road Expo

The banner and motorcycle are ready for the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo.  Please stop by an say hello.  Friday at 1PM I will be interviewed on stage during the Expo.

Thank you again Phil and the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo for your support of Crossing America On Dirt to benefit Wounded Warrior Project.  Also, many thanks go to Susan on the CAOD marketing team...she rocks!!!

Last night I worked on the bike until 10:30PM installing all the cool mods from and Giant Loop.  The bike is ready for the Expo!  Thank you to all the awesome sponsors who have helped make my Steed adventure ready.  Please support the sponsors who support my trek.  They are helping me help our wounded heroes!!!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Spotlight - Healing the Invisible Wounds

As many as 500,000 of today's generation of veterans live with the effects of post-traumatic stress
disorder (PTSD). These men and women cope multiple symptoms including flashbacks, frightening thoughts, anger, and interruptions in sleep.
Warrior Care Network® – a partnership between Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP), the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and its partner hospitals (The Veterans Program at Emory Healthcare; the Road Home Program at Rush University Medical Center; Operation Mend at UCLA Health; and Home Base, a Red Sox Foundation and Massachusetts General Hospital program) provide treatment and coping skills for warriors dealing with PTSD. Beyond just sleep studies, Warrior Care Network provides intensive two- to three-week outpatient programs that include more therapy hours than most patients would experience in a year.
Warrior Care Network connects veterans across the nation to world-class care, aimed at healing the invisible wounds of war. Help support these efforts by donating to Wounded Warrior Project now.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

The power of the Internet

It amazes me how the word spreads about Crossing America On Dirt.  This week this is where the visitors to the blog live...

Salt Lake Off-Road Expo

The Salt Lake Off-Road Expo is this Friday and Saturday at the South Towne Expo Center in Sandy, UT.  The Expo is a great place to see the companies and products that help us access the great outdoors on 2, 3 or 4+ wheels.  This event is a highlight for my family since we love to get back in to the outdoors to explore and camp.

My Steed, the 2016 KTM 690 Enduro R will be on display in front of the CAOD banner.  The Steed won't be wrapped in it's final design, but all the modifications are installed.  Please grab a bumper sticker and make a donation to Wounded Warriors Project!  It is easy just scan the QR on the banner...👍

Thank you Phil and the Salt Lake Off-Road Expo for helping me help our wounded heroes.  The worst thing we can do as Americans is forget those who have given more than most to protect us and our freedom.    

Saturday, April 22, 2017

New Sponsor-Fasst Company

It is great to introduce the latest sponsor for the Ride Across America On Dirt.  Throughout this blog you've read about my concerns regarding the KTM 690's vibration.  It's no surprise, the bike is a HUGE single cylinder dirt bike with very little road acumen.  This bike is built for the dirt and small stretches of pavement.  In order to create such a large displacement motor to handle longer rides at higher speeds, with gear, for long periods of time, it generates a lot of vibration.   Several of the modifications to date are focused on taking some of that vibration off of my body.  5,000 miles is a long way to ride on a single cylinder bike.  I'm not the first person to do it, nor will I be the last, but when the ride is over, I go back to work behind a desk.  The last thing I want is to have numb hands, arms and feet for the rest of my life.

Fasst Company is a Utah based company, located near St. George.  They build products that make the ride more enjoyable.  Their Flexxbar handlebar, Impact Adventure Peg are built to take the vibration and impact out of your arms and legs allowing me to ride longer and faster.  Fasst Company's products will enable me to enjoy the ride, explore more miles and keep the fillings in my teeth.

Fasst Company has been working with me since December to dial in the right products for my ride. Jason Parsons and the Fasst Company Team have been great to work with....  In February I visited their shop, met Jason and the Team, which includes the company dog.  It was impressive to see their products, assembly and R&D.  Fasst Company has some VERY cool products in development.

Thank you Faast Company, and especially Jason Parsons for his help.  Jason is the Athlete Manager and Ergomonic Expert at Fasst Company.

Once I get the steering stabilizer installed, I will do a full ride report on the Fasst Company products.  This is by far the best modification to date to help reduce my fatigue.  My wife keeps reminding me that I'm not getting any younger!


Impact Adventure Peg


Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Spotlight - She is Living Proof

Two traumatic experiences Taniki Richard endured as a US Marine followed her home after Iraq.
Despite receiving help to cope with her post-traumatic stress, she still felt alone. Her memory started to fade. She couldn't run without chest pains. She couldn't sleep and was afraid to leave her house. She credits the help she received at a WWP event with changing her life and that of her family.

Today, she spends most of her time helping other female warriors find their path towards recovery. "If I can be a part of an organization that helps people heal and and find peace, then the end of my service is not the end," she said. "I'm just service in a new way now."

Help me help our brave wounded warriors by donating now.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Crossing America On Dirt KTM 690 walk around-VIDEO

This is my first attempt at being a videographer...  I need more practice!  A couple weeks ago I did a walk-around of the bike.  Only a few modifications are left, then the bike will be wrapped in a new design for the trek.

Thank you to all the awesome sponsors and their products.

Please follow me on Facebook and make a contribution to Wounded Warrior Project via the blog at Your generous, tax deductible donation to Wounded Warrior Project® (WWP) will change the lives of over one hundred thousand injured warriors, caregivers, and family members. You will help bring independence back to our nation’s most severely wounded veterans.

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Blessing

Happy Easter!  This Easter my family was blessed with 4 little girls who were removed from their parents by the State.  It looks like they will be with us for a while.  We helped this family over 4 years ago and it appears that they continue to struggle.  This was a complete surprise.  Please keep these little girls in your prayers.

So no ride report this weekend.  It will wait until next weekend.  The bike is in great shape with all the modifications.  Only a few more to complete and the bike will be done.  Marketing will start working on a design for the KTM 690 and if all goes well it will be wrapped for Overland Expo.  By the end of this week I should be able to announce a new sponsor for the ride, which is exciting and their product is needed.  The KTM 690 creates a lot of vibration through the handlebars to the grips.  After 5,000 miles and 5 weeks, my numb hands may be permanent.

I hope everyone enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Easter!

Friday, April 14, 2017


Wow, yesterday the temperature reached 83 degrees in Salt Lake City.....Spring is here, after 6" of snow on Saturday.  This weekend the KTM 690 will go out on a test ride, so photos and ride review will follow.

This week, Susan, the Wonder Women of Marketing, sent me the mock-ups for the new CAOD merchandise.  A lot of people have asked about stickers, hats and t-shirts.  Let me know what you think ( ...

The new merchandise will be ready by the Overland Expo-West.

I can't say enough great things about the Overland Expo and how great they've been to work with....if you don't have plans to attend the Expo, make your plans while you can find a hotel, or camp.  I will be camping in the ADV-VAN.  Or should I say Glamping...  The ADV-VAN is hardly roughing it in the outdoors.

Last year I rode to the Overland Expo, from SLC, 50% on dirt.  What a fun ride.  We started on dirt outside of Boulder, UT.

Please stop by the Crossing America On Dirt booth at Overland Expo West!!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Spotlight - In Their Shoes

It's had to image what our military members go through physically, mentally and emotionally when
they are in training and on tour of duty. They put their lives on hold to defend the freedom of our country. Many soldiers are on high alert during every waking hour; waiting for the unexpected, waiting for the terrible.

Once discharged from service, many warrior returns to a life that doesn't understand or acknowledge the personal trials they experienced unless they have been physically wounded and forever visibly changed.

Wounded Warrior Project provides avenues of hope for our heroes; to reconnect to not only society, but to their families, and to themselves. Help our wounded warriors by Donating what you can to WWP.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spreading the Word

I need your help!  Supporting Wound Warrior Project is the reason for my ride across America.  My goal is to raise awareness and financial support ($50,000) for those who have served our country and are left to deal with life changing injuries.  The worst thing we can do is forget those who have served our country. 

In addition to social media, one of the methods to raise awareness and financial support is posting flyers at the local hangout, motorcycle shop, coffee shop or work.  Please print and post the below flyer in as many local places as possible.  If you need a jpg or pdf, please contact me at  

Thank you for the help!

Monday, April 10, 2017

Overland Expo West-are you attending?

Overland Expo West is 5 weeks away!  One of Crossing America On Dirt sponsors is Overland Expo and their annual event located in Flagstaff, AZ is the premier overland event of the year.  I will have an exhibit booth in the motorcycle section.  Please come out and stop by to support Crossing America On Dirt and Wounded Warrior's Project.

At the Overland Expo booth I will have new merchandise, t-shirts, hats and stickers for those making donations to support Wounded Warrior Project.  If all goes well, visitors will be able to make donations either by cash or on-line at the booth.  100% of your donations go to Wounded Warrior Project.  The ride is 100% self funded with the help of the great in-kind sponsors (see their logos on the right side of the blog).

The financial goal to support WWP is $50,000.  Today we have met 25% of the goal!
A HUGE thank you to everyone that has made a donation to help those who have served our country!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wounded Warrior Project Spotlight - Peer Support

Our nation's service members place the highest trust in their fellow warriors in the battlefield. Wounded Warrior Project (WWP) support groups for veterans ensure that trust is strengthened long after military service has ended.

WWP peer support groups are lead by and designed for warriors who want to discuss personal challenges and lend support to one another. Veteran peer support groups can lead to new friendships, provide a renewed sense of community, strengthen bonds through shared experiences, and introduce new solutions to challenges. WWP can help warriors connect with fellow veterans and service members in their communities and overcome challenges as a team.

Your Donation helps fund these important WWP efforts.