keithmckenney
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farmer, father and teacher (science-DNA mechanic)

keithmckenney

Adventure riding for fun and adventure, Dude, from Rockville Maryland and Hollywood Maryland

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  • About

    Gender:
    Dude
    Location:
    Rockville Maryland and Hollywood Maryland
    Occupation:
    farmer, father and teacher (science-DNA mechanic)
    Motorcycles owned past:
    67 Triumph 650, 70 CB350 94 Sportster, 07 R1200GS 08 WR250R 13 WR250R 14 R1200GS
    Dream bike:
    four set up WR250Rs, in Utah, CA, MD, + Colombia
    Best ride ever taken:
    La Paz Bolivia to Ushuaia Tierra del Fuego and the Trans Labrador Highway-Newfoundland
    Dream Ride:
    Heart of the West-did that now it is the TAT from NYC to Oregon
    2014 R1200GSW 09 XCountry 650 74 CT90 65 CA110

    gas+oil wind+water (boats) and gravity (motorcycle riding+skiing)

    I returned to riding about eight years ago (at age 58) when I realized I had a limited number of years left to ride. I bought a used R1200GS. My first 'adventure' ride from here (Maryland) was the Trans Labrador highway with Dan Z. (across Labrador to the end of the road in North East North America at Happy Valley/Goose Bay) and then south to Newfoundland, Nova Scotia, New England and home.
    The riding bug bit hard for adventure.
    The next fall we rented 650s in La Paz Bolivia and rode through Bolivia, Argentina and Chile to Tierra del Fuego (Ushuaia) and the end of the road in South America.
    The following year I rode with Dorito and Blaster on the James Bay Road to Radisson and Trans Taiga, as well other rides (Fundy Adventure Rally/North Carolina RA rally) on the 1200 or 650.
    Dan Z helped me to 'discover' a used WR250R in Tucson set up for adventure riding. We rode from SLC on the "Heart of the West" trail some 2400 mile that included the Pony Express trail to Nevada, Bonneville salt flats, the Trans Continental rail bed to Promontory point, the Oregon trail to Idaho, north to Montana, then south through Yellowstone, Tetons, the great basin, onto the CDT to Dinosaur NP and back to SLC. That is when I discovered the original owner of my WR was gpsKevin and off I was on more adventures. Last August on the WR I was lucky to ride the White Rim trail (in Moab Utah) on the way to two weeks with gpsKevin and the Colorado BDR for a week and then a week of single track in Colorado (aka Colorado 1000).
    gpsKevin makes adventure rides much simpler, safer and more accessible.
    I think I've solved the logistic issue by parking a bike (or two) at strategic locations long term and flying there, riding for a week or so, parking the bike and flying home. I've got a WR250R parked in Salt Lake City at my brother's place and the 650 XCountry in San Diego at gspKevin's place, ready for Baja in February (?) or the California Adventure Trail (CAT) in July or the ? in ?
    I'm pretty focused on the WR250R now as the principle 'tool' for adventure riding as it does so many things well and is reliable, relatively lightweight, and fun. It also doesn't consume a good deal of cash as the KTM 500 EXC might especially if you want to park two in different places.
    I'm more than happy to talk about adventure rides if you are interested. I'm pretty excited about some of the key improvements gpsKevin has introduced to adventure riding that overcome many of the limitations and obstacles I encountered in developing an outstanding ride.
    So 2017 provided gpsKevin rides for me on Route66 (Chicago to Santa Monica pier), Grand Canyon Red Rock Vegas ride, Continental Divide ride (Mexico to BC), Utah BDR, Utah double down and Baja in December 2017 (San Diego to Cabo and back). A very good year indeed!