Follow along for a great three day ride!
I often receive the privilege to ride with people from all the corners of the globe. While living in Peru, one thing I notice is that very few Peruvians have ever ridden in the areas around Cusco where I live and ride. So when I get a chance to show some locals(Peruvians) some of the secrets of their country, I try to do it well.
This is what its like to ride in the Andes of Peru...Check it out!
I met up with the b
Guiding groups of dirtbikers through the Andes of Peru is surreal. First of all, it is a huge privilege to be able to do what I do. I love riding dirtbikes as much as anybody possibly can. Combine that with serving others by leading groups on various trails, providing communication support such as translating a menu, or taking a picture or video to help recall the memory at a later date, these are the things that I do. There are many other tasks as well, but to simplify things, my job isn't much
This month I want to discuss three easy ways to improve engine cooling for your dirt bike or ATV and explain why they are effective.
As improvements are made to an engine that increase its power, the amount of heat the engine will create will also increase. Effectively removing heat from the engine and cooling it is very important as the power output of the engine goes up. The cooler an engine runs, the more power it can produce. There are three ways that the aftermarket attempts to improv
The seat bounce is a fundamental MX jumping technique and in this video I cover how to seat bounce, when, and why. Are you using the seat bounce? How's your technique? Struggling with anything? Hit me up in the comments section below! I'm here to help you improve your riding skills so you can be a more effective racer or simply have more fun & ride more safely.
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This is episode 7 of my video off-road training series where I cover the basic techniques used to wheelie over trail obstacles such as logs. Give it a watch and hit me up in the comments section below if you have any questions. Thanks for watching.
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Well, well, well…King Moon Racer 01 sold within 12 hours of my posting it for sale, and at a higher price than I was expecting to get.
Here’s a tip to those of you selling project bikes. Documentation and support are your friend. Since I had…
a clean bike
extra supporting parts (ring sets, gasket sets, stock parts that aftermarket replaced)
supporting materials (Chilton book, receipts, this blog)
an inspection-friendly environment (compression tester on-hand,
If you are struggling to get your day started, maintain high levels of productivity or struggling to fall asleep each night, here are three things that you can implement today to turn these situations around immediately! Once you establish the proper environment for specific results, your brain begins re-wire itself and this results in a natural productivity level that is second to none.
Greetings from King Moon Racer’s island of forgotten dirt bikes.
I’m overdue to give you all an update on King Moon Racer 01, my 1997 Honda CR250R off-road (non-MX) Project. I believe the effort has reached completion. There are stories to tell, evaluations to give, lessons that were learned…and decisions to be made.
In our last discussion, I let you know about my planned visit to Doc at 812 Suspension. I received an effectively new shock after the rebuild service for very little
When you become injured there are stages of emotion just like any major issue in life: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance.
Unless the injury is obvious: broken bone, concussion, etc., our brain wants to “ignore” the fact that something is wrong and needs to be addressed. Whether this mind set is due to “we don’t want to be considered weak and injury prone” or ”if I ignore it, it will go away”, either way, we as humans fight the idea that we are injured and w
Why does the school send home a note encouraging the students to eat a "healthy breakfast" prior to a day of testing? What is more special about testing than any other day?
In this video Coach Robb outlines what happens to the brain when you go to sleep, spend the day pushing the brain (whether at school or work) to think, learn and make decisions.
He outlines a simple way that you can prepare your children daily to improve their learning and testing ability naturally.
Winning racer & professional off-road motorcycle skills trainer Brian Garrahan gives us his best tips and demonstrates how to properly ride higher speed off camber hills. Instruction begins at 41 seconds.
The Garrahan Off - Road Instructional Video Series is produced by Cuyler Ruskin at Media66inc.com. Cuyler and his team at Media 66 Inc. come from a very extensive background in the off road motorcycle industry. Started at the young age of 16, filming on the side of the track, and has
If you find yourself struggling on what to eat while traveling for work, leisure or on your way to your races, watch this short video on how to "build" the perfect meal while on the road.
Coach Robb outlines how to review online menus, laying out your meal stops along your trip and why drinking water is not a good idea while eating. Knowing how to build your perfect meal while traveling, another way for your to improve your health, wellness and ultimately performance!
If you are not falling asleep quickly or getting enough deep sleep (as illustrated in your Garmin sleep log), watch this short video and learn what you can do to turn these situations around.
Contrary to what mainstream media and so-called "experts" like to advocate, it is imperative that you fuel your evening sleep.
Fueling sleep, another way for your to improve your health, wellness and ultimately performance!
Are you struggling with building lean muscle mass and dropping those unwanted pounds of body fat? Are you finding yourself sick more than a couple times a year? Watch this short video and learn why eggs should be a staple in your daily food portfolio for improved health and performance!
In this Concept Video, Coach Robb talks (and illustrates) about the importance of breathing deep through your diaphragm, a powerful muscle underneath your rib cage, and how using this muscle correctly will optimize your oxygen uptake.
When you encounter stress (of any type), humans have a tendency to breathe shallow and only through the top of our lungs which minimizes the oxygen being delivered to our brain and working muscles. Learning how to implement this breathing pattern will yiel
Nobody enjoys becoming injured due to overuse or an unforeseeable impact that happens in less than a second; however, as the old saying goes, as an athlete, if you haven’t already been injured, most likely you will be at some point. Once you cross that fine line, here are three areas – physical, mental and nutrition - that tend to get handled incorrectly making the healing process both difficult and slow.
First and foremost, follow your doctor’s and physical therapist rehab
About a month ago, I launched a campaign in order to bring my dirtbike film project to the masses. The name of the film is NEVER RIDE ALONE. You may have been exposed to the trailer. It should grab you tight and tease you to watch the rest. Here it is in case you missed it the first time around or want to see it again.
WATCH THE TRAILER
This project started with a little dream and evolved into a life altering consumption of energy and dedication to reach the finish line. M
In this video I lay out the fundamental riding skills & techniques to maintain your speed and control in flat corners. Hit me up in the comments section below if you have any questions on this particular technique or any other for that matter.
About Brian Garrahan Raced world-wide in nine ISDE Enduros, six of which were for The Team USA World Trophy Team, earning five gold medals, one silver, and one bronze. He’s a three time national Hare Scramble champion and
Removing and installing crankcase bearings is an incredibly important part of the build process to get right. Today we’re going to cover the method I’ve found works best along with tips and tricks to make the job go easier.
The majority of crankcase bearings utilize an interference fit which means the bearings feature slightly larger diameters than the corresponding bores they fit in. The typical ways to install them are either to force them into place (think hydraulic or arbor press) or v
Its for real! The Never Ride Alone film is finally here. Many of you have been asking about how to watch it. Well, here’s is the deal.
A few years back I set out to make a film. I was blessed with a crazy story, so I wanted to share it with an audience. I had little film experience, but a ton of grit. I can now check this one off the list.
I will let the film do the talking. I have given little bits of it along the way via these blogposts, but it’s an experience that, as one dirt rid
This will be short on text, but will include pics of the current bike state...cleared one obstacle to reach another with King Moon Racer #1.
The new carb is in place, with the Y2K Boyesen Rad Valve. Nice fit and a cleaner look to the engine.
New top-end is on the bike...and the compression seems crazy high when kicking it over. Looking forward to a three-heat-cycle break in.
Replaced every oil seal on the engine. It was another one of those jobs that sounds intimidating u
Yes, yes…for those of you following King Moon Racer #1 (my CR250), an update is coming quickly. Work, life and weather got in the way a bit.
Fortunately, I have a subject that will hopefully be of interest and use to a few of you while you wait.
My last three posts involved a look at answering the “big what” question…what bike should I get for my kid? Yes, all dads focus on the gear…
There is a bigger question that needs to be answered FIRST for a great many parents. How.
Mellenials, Seems like a dirty word these days. Almost always is proceeded by the word “You” and followed up by a negative adjective. Where did we go wrong? Why aren’t these spoiled kids riding motorcycles? Well, I am a Millennial, so I will tell you.
There is an obvious decline in not only the on road motorcycle industry, but the off road as well. There is a very blatant lack of engagement from the “Millennial” generation in the motorcycle community. There have been a number of studies p
This is the third installment of my kid-bike posts, written while setting up for the next evaluation ride of King Moon Racer #1. Pictures will be added to galleries for these posts as soon as possible.
The past two entries have been around bikes for my son. Well, my daughter decided she was willing to try riding after a few family trips to Little Speedsters for my boy. She took to it immediately. Christophe and his instructors made it really fun, and I was asked by her to arrange her o
This is a continuation of the kid-bike posts I decided to write while setting up for the next evaluation ride of King Moon Racer #1. Pictures will be added to galleries for these posts as soon as possible.
After selling my son’s JR50, we decided to pick up the same bike used as a base trainer by the staff at Little Speedsters. We set out to find a good deal on a Yamaha TTR50. It took a while to find something I was willing to buy, but after a few weeks of combing ads I had the right opp
Since King Moon Racer #1 is waiting for the next evaluation ride, I figured I’d share some experiences and opinions related to some supporting gear and the bikes I’ve put together for my kids. Pictures will be added to galleries for these posts as soon as possible.
This chapter will cover the first bike my son really got to experience no-training-wheels riding on, a rebuilt 1995 Suzuki JR50. Honestly, I wish Suzuki still produced this bike for the little ones.
This was truly a bask
The mechanical projects began again. I went back to RaceTech products and ordered a Gold Valve kit, along with all the necessary seals and fluids required for a shock re-valve. The process was simple…simpler, in fact, than rebuilding one of my forks.
You know what was NOT simple, though? Paying for all the specialty tools that really make these jobs possible. Shock bladder puller…shock shaft bullet…3.5mm super-fine drill bit for the required bleed hole on the Gold Valve. By the time t
I had finally reached a point where I could begin a true evaluation. The bike was running, though I knew the carb jetting was still miles off. Fortunately, a good neighbor had taken interest in the project. When this stage was reached, he invited me out to a local private riding club called CTOR, or Central Texas Off Road, for a half-day shakedown. In addition, he allowed me to run the same trails on his 2004 KTM 200 EXC for comparison, which allowed me to gauge what was really going on.