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Win a $500 Aerostich Gift Certificate

Ride to the Very Boring Rally 3

Win a $500 Aerostich gift certificate and have a fabulous ride to the antithesis of Sturgis. On August 23-25, we'll be in Duluth, MN for VBR 3. That’s right, not PBR, but VBR, the Very Boring Rally celebrating Aerostich's 30th anniversary.

So how do you win a $500 Aerostich gift certificate? Go to our contest site and just type in your email address. That’s all there is to it! (The giveway is sponsored solely by, which is unaffiliated with Aerostich or the VBR rally ).

Lake SuperiorIf you enjoy motorcycling, then you will enjoy this rally overlooking Lake Superior, one of the world's greatest bodies of fresh water that is much like an inland ocean. There is usually a moment, of about 30 seconds or less, where you can actually take a dip in the grand body of water when it is not instantly hypothermic. So if you believe everything you hear, try it!

National Championship Observed TrialsThere are seminars, long distance riders, journalists, authors, and those that just enjoy everything about motorcycling. In addition, for those that sweat turning around on a two-lane highway, the National Championship Observed Trials are held simultaneously at the rally site, Spirit Mountain. There, you can observe those too young to have driver’s licenses make your attempt to turn around within two lanes look like a rather unskilled maneuver.

After watching these very talented young trial contestants, do what you and I are wise enough to know we should not try, unless of course, we have inadvertently left the road and find ourselves frantically negotiating uncharted countryside while our GPS admonishes us to make a U-turn. Aren’t you glad you got that helmet with Bluetooth!

Bob Crowe and Clement SalvadoriThen there are the chances to meet well known journalists and writers for your fleeting moment of fame as compared to their well-established position amongst the well-known and respected. Everybody is a good sport and there to have fun and share.

To set the record straight, the gentleman on the left is the well-known journalist and motorcyclist, Clement Salvadori, whereas the guy on the left, still to this day, remains quite unknown, even to the gentleman on the right.

John Ryan's Modified BikeThen for those that are thinking of making modifications to their motorcycles to improve performance, there is always someone who brings an idea stimulating bike with aesthetic modifications you just may never have considered - a bit non-linear, maybe? This one compliments of John Ryan, a legend in the motorcycle world (Google him). Let’s just say he rides his bike a bit more than you and I do — combined...a bit faster too!

Very Boring Rally VillageAnd if the Buffalo Chip Campground at Sturgis is what you are looking for, look no further than the Spirit Mountain Lodge lawn. If there is a wet t-shirt contest, it is most likely a solo beer spilling incident on a high-viz colored t-shirt...worn by some guy.

Then for those KLR fans who say, “Oh I have one just like that,” not so fast; it is a diesel. Yet if you can get one of these, you will have most likely spent the least on fuel getting to the rally of any other riders, but spent more for a KLR than anyone else at the rally. The stated range and mileage per gallon were beyond impressive. In short, your ass will not last as long as a tank of fuel.

KLR Diesel BikeIf you just have to ride one, enlistment in the USMC is probably your best bet, and that most definitely redefines "brand loyalty." Apparently, they are quite effective in areas of vast expanses of sand or remote mountainous regions in faraway places.

Next blog, I will talk about things to see coming from the west, and there is a lot. For more information regarding the 2013 Aerostich Rally, go to Great gear, great folks, and lots of shared information through casual conversations and via presentations by an assortment of experts in their particular moto area, rides etc....

But what a shame to visit the Aerostich website or the VBR and Aerostich Headquarters without registering for's $500 Aerostich Gift Certificate Giveaway.* Who doesn't want fantastic apparel & gear???

* Aerostich is not a sponsor of this prize or affiliated with the promotion of the prize. The prize is solely a promotion and prize. chose Aerostich for a gift certificate independently based on their quality products and excellent customer service.

Our New Enclosed Charmac Trailer

Having owned and pulled many trailers, I did not exactly look forward to purchasing another. For motorcycles, I am very particular. The trailer had to be commercial grade, tandem axles, and electric brakes, fully enclosed, with a side door and ramp back door. Trailers, such as cargo trailers, are for the most part regional, and in the Northwest there are many fine brands, but you really want to buy something manufactured in the Northwest and sold, preferably, locally.

New Charmac Trailer

Our New Charmac Trailer

One of the premium brands here in the Pacific Northwest is Charmac Trailers, which are manufactured in Twin Falls, ID. The real trick though is to find an already manufactured trailer since the lead times for having what you want delivered is long — very long.

I looked at several trailers and could almost find what I wanted locally, but the trailer interior was lined with lauan. Just Google the word, and if you are like me, you will be dismayed to find out that lauan is cosmetically nice looking, but when used by itself structurally is junk.

After several calls, I connected with a Charmac dealer in Lolo, Montana who had a commercial grade 7' x 16' foot trailer, steel frame, interior walls lined with 3/8" plywood and a floor of 3/4" with walls and floor 16" OC tubing, quality keyed alike locks on all doors, 15" wheels and a spare, V-nose (saves about 2-3 mpg), one piece aluminum roof, rear ramp, side door, tandem 3,500# axles, a GVW of 7,000# (4,800# cargo), electric brakes, interior height 6'5", interior light, LED exterior lights, and a hitch torsion bar kit.

Now comes the time to make this beauty an awesome motorcycle trailer. We install Condor Universal E-tracks and Condor wheel chocks. The great thing about these is that they come close to fitting virtually any motorcycle and have a wide range of adjustments and places to stabilize the bike with straps. The advantage of the Condor wheel chocks is that the motorcycle does not have to be compressed as much as your friendly tow company or other arrangements do. We feel this safely transports the bike and avoids damage from over-compression of the suspension. Since I transport a spare bike for myself, I am very particular as to how the bike is secured. We are prepared for almost any bike, though there can be, I guess, some exceptions, like the bike below.

Motorcycle with "Ape Hanger" handlebars,

Some bikes, like this one with "Ape Hanger" handlebars, are a challenge to transport.

The real plus of having an enclosed cargo trailer is not only can a disabled motorcycle be transported to the closest repair facility, but there is space for rider and co-rider/pillion luggage, air compressor, fire extinguisher, first aid kit, toolbox, bike washing materials, ice chest for cool beverages, and a snack box.

In essence, a motorcycle/cargo trailer provides an umbrella of convenience and the security of knowing that a rider and their bike are not left by the roadside waiting for a tow service. We go through a lot of country that has either marginal or no cell service.
We know this trailer is stout, secure and pulls exceptionally well, as we only use Class 3 hitches with hitch torsion bars. Our trailers all have break away braking devices and transport rated chain. The tow vehicle is rated well above the GVW of the trailer and designed to tow trailers.

Safety is paramount to, and we always buy equipment second to none.