Welcome to Photos of the Week #7-21. We lead off with a Featured Image that highlights the wonders of nature. How the tinkering hands of natural selection could produce something as fabulous as a Ural from nothing more than a few coat hangers and a soldering iron leaves us science types baffled—but let Mamma Nature alone for long enough and just about anything will pop out of her Idea Shed. In this case, a 2008 Ural Gear Up, upon which @DaFoole cruised around northern California long enough to find Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park and this gigantic Sequoia, otherwise known as a California redwood, another of nature’s productions.

The size of this tree astounded me.

The photo of Ural + redwood was taken more than six months ago.

Tree . . . fallin’

It’s not a giant Sequoia, but it could still hurt. @BikeyPikey says he was “out riding with mates last year in the wet season north of Chiang Mai”—a city in the mountainous country of northern Thailand—when this tree branch fell on him, clobbering the 2016 Royal Enfield Classic 500 but leaving its rider unscathed. Take a look, then come back for details straight from the rider’s mouth.

I was leading and there was a terrific storm going on. . . . One minute I’m doing about 20 mph due to the treacherous conditions, the next, I’m on my arse! The branch came from about 30 feet up and fell directly on me. Not in front, not behind, ON ME. So lucky, you can see one bit got the front mudguard and another hit the rack. I was in the middle.

Monumental view

The 2001 KTM 990 Dakar pictured below was situated at Muley Point near Mexican Hat, Utah, in 2015 when @Bomose photographed it with a Canon G15.

A friend and I had spent the night there on a 2000 mile trip around the West. Monument Valley is in the background.

Below, Bomose’s 2019 Moto Guzzi V85TT, which had just five kilometers on the clock when our intrepid inmate climbed on for a first ride.

I drove the bike back to the town it was made, Mandello del Lario in Italy, to have the first service done @ the local Guzzi dealer over there. Location of the photo is on the French Italian border near Susa with the Lac-du-Mont-Cenis in the background.


Scene in passing

Motorcycle riders sometimes use their legs for more than gripping a fuel tank or standing up on pegs. Below, fast action by @Cooltours with an iPhone 12 catches the pleasing image of an unknown rider “crossing my way on last Sunday afternoon’s walk” with the mountains in the background. Inmates with sharp eyes might spot the family apparently having a picnic in the background. A beautiful spring day in Switzerland.

Mountain roads

Once again we travel with DaFoole as he and a buddy head toward the Teton Range south of Wyoming’s Yellowstone National Park. That’s a 2006 Triumph Tiger leading a 2007 V-Strom more than three years ago.

And below, back on his Gear Up by Ural, DaFoole and a pal are on a summer trip along the south Oregon coast, having stopped near the Cape Blanco lighthouse more than six months ago.

Catching the view

Not long after Dirt=life bought the 2010 KTM 990 Adventure R in the picture below he rode it on a beautiful day in 2019 up to a viewpoint . . .

. . . on the family property. A pretty little spot in Denmark not known to many who think it is all flat.


Meanwhile, back in the States

On a solo ride in May 2020 @Ed stopped to photograph an abandoned homestead “somewhere in Harney County” while exploring back roads near his central Oregon home. This was more than six months ago, and he made the shot at f/5 and 1/640 with a Nikon D7200 and then edited it in Lightroom.

Those New Zealand highways!

State Highway 1 in New Zealand?

Ha ha, not really. We do have some dodgy roads, though. It’s great for adventure bikes.

The “road” under that KTM Adventure 1190 R is actually a “knarly track” near Rotorua, says @Betch. The photo is more than three years old.

Kids, I’m over here!

It was only a few weeks ago when @Exfiredude took his granddaughter out for a birthday quad ride on El Mirage Dry Lake in California. When her father wheelied by on his 2018 KTM 450 XC-F, the kids didn’t know where to look.

During a break my kid (Dad) raced by and they heard the noise obviously looking towards where the noise was coming from. Great place to learn. I took my own kids there 25 plus years ago to get their initial ride experience. Land speed stuff still racing there after all these years.

Speaking of wheelies . . .

Here’s a “behind the scenes shot” while filming #Mototrek in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park in California, with @foxwilmar riding the wheels off a BMW 1250 GS HP just a few weeks ago.

And now, a quiet moment

The blue bike below is a 2004 Freewind, which was almost a song by Lynyrd Skynyrd, but Suzuki got there first. The photo of @igorshen‘s bike was taken during a ride a few m0nths ago through the Colombian Zona Cafetera near the national Guadua (a type of bamboo) Park.

Introductions on the road

The 2017 BMW 1200 GS Adventure pictured below had only been with its new owner, @Mgates604, for a few days when this photo was taken a few weeks ago.

Bought the bike on Wednesday in San Diego, took the photo in Titus Canyon, Death Valley on Saturday. Great way to get to know my new friend!


On the way home from BMW Motorrad Days in Brazil, @Nicobico took the Serra do Rastro da Serpente (Trail of the Snake Sierra) road in Sao Paulo with his 2012 BMW R1200 GS Sport (below).

The 300 km stretch (190 mi) has more than 1200 turns; a biker’s dream. But what did impress me most was the view above the mountains where I could ride above the clouds, literaly.

Back Country DR(ive)

The photo below of a 2019 Christini 450 DS was sent in by @SPKR, taken during a November 2020 ride on the North East Backcountry Discovery Route. If you haven’t looked into the technology of Christinis, some googling might be worth while.

Here’s a better look at SPKR’s all-wheel drive motorcycle, taken in November 2020 near Moab in eastern Utah, where Arches and Canyon Lands national parks are located.

Amazing bike, climbs over and through anything. Moab was beautiful, too much to see even spending a week there. Going back next fall.

And here’s a shot of the inmate’s 2020 Moto Guzzi V85TT, taken in southern Ariozona, where he says the bike—”very capable and a joy to ride”—”was sliding all over with street tires.” SPKR says new 50/50 tires have been ordered.

Smokey Mountains

Here we have a 2014 BMW F800 GSA photographed by @toeside at Cades Cove in Great Smokey Mountains National Park  during a spring tour of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Down through the clouds

Wearing the spikey helmet in the photo below is Tim, a friend of Jeff (westofthe), on a BMW F800 GS after riding to the top of Pikes Peak in Colorado. On the way down they rode into lowering cloud and only hit clear air again at the bottom. The photo is more than three years old.

Buckets and buckets of it

Lake Baikal, where the photo below was shot by @XOMA, is in Siberia. It is just north of Mongolia, and is the seventh largest lake in the world by area but the second largest by volume, with 23,600 cubic km (for comparison, Superior has 12,100 cu km and Victoria, 2, 750) of water. That’s a 2013 KTM EXC 300 2T looking thirsty on Baikal’s western shore and ridden there from Irkutsk.

We usually open up an enduro season on the April. We take our bikes, get on a place, make camp, fire, steak and wine, beer, and just ride some places near the camp. Of course, we don’t drink and drive.

Jingle who?

Tjilpi sent in this photo of himself with a couple of admirers during a Christmas gift ride in Chiang Mai, Thailand, taken either in December 2020 or December 2019. That’s a 2019 Honda Rebel 500. No explanation for where the suit came from, but we’re grateful to @Tjilpi, and everyone who sent in photos. Keep it up and Mr. Kringle just might leave something special for you in December 2021, or maybe December 2022.

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