Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Comparison: KTM 1090 Adventure R / 1290 Super Adventure S

I’ve ridden adventure bikes around the world for the better part of two decades, and it never gets old. As technology changes, the more I ride the more it seems there is to learn.

What better way to check out a couple KTM spaceships than to ride with current Pike's Peak world record holder Chris Fillmore of KTM racing. Stay tuned for upcoming story in RoadRunner magazine.

KTM 1090 - 1290 V3H from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

Chris Fillmore aboard the KTM 1290 Super Adventure S:



Fillmore taking the road less traveled, and then riding further off the beaten path on the KTM 1090 Adventure R:


Actor Justin Chatwin aboard the 1290 S:


I spent a lot of time testing out the 1090 R:







2018 Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports review on DirtBikeTest.com

In 2016 Honda took the bold step of introducing an automatic transmission into the available options of its classic Africa Twin. For 2018, the updated CRF1000L2 Africa Twin Adventure Sports improves on the machine with both new and updated features.

I flew to the historic town of Prescott, Arizona, to climb aboard the latest version of a historic motorcycle platform and paddle-shift my way back to California, and into the future...








Sunday, January 21, 2018

Cuba

I’ve massively neglected the blog over the past few months. Between projects in and out of the country, and projects on the modeling side where photos on set are strictly verboten, I’ve got some catching up to do. 

2018 is off and running, but going to begin with culling the archives best as I can for stuff omitted from 2017.

To begin… Cuba!

2017 involved a unique trio of islands. Magazine stories published from Australia and the Azores, and in between a journey through an island much closer to home, yet politically more distant than any I’ve visited. Like most places in the world it seems, the locals are welcoming, and the land is fascinating. Unlike most places in the world, the unique combination of hyper first-world architecture, left to its own devices and the elements over the past several decades, perhaps exists nowhere else on earth.





Hiked around the country in TCX Street Ace Dakars. Work for hiking and substantial enough to jump on a bike as opportunity arises!



Was fortunate enough to come across a nest of the world’s smallest bird: the Bee Hummingbird.





Picking out cigars with Court Butler of Butler Maps:




Monday, July 10, 2017

Quail Gathering

3,000 spectators came to the 2017 Quail Gathering to peruse 350 of the finest examples of vintage and custom motorcycles, bicycles, and scooters to be seen most anywhere. Riding to and from the event on a BMW K1600 GTL made it all the more interesting. 

One of the most photographed locations in California, yet the view never gets old...


You know you’re in California when you pass a Morgan parked and enjoying the view…




Taking notes by the campfire with an H. Upmann 1844 Reserve fits the character of the event.


Prior to arriving back at home base in Southern California, stopped by Intense Bicycle’s HQ to test ride their Spider 275C on a local trail.





Friday, May 26, 2017

Baja Mexico with Black Dog Cycle Works


Looking forward to diving into the media from the recent shoot in Mexico with Black Dog Cycle Works. Significant portion of my life has been spent here in an extremely wide variety of contexts. Wonderful to photograph and film these locations.




One-minute sample summary of the "Black Dog" trail.
Music by Havalina Rail Co. Fun group I played a few shows with many years ago.

BDCW 2 from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

Kurt Forget, owner of Black Dog Cycle Works, on his KTM 1290 Super Adventure:



Standing on a world-class beach, with my back to the view, staring at a small screen. Reads like a social ill but the footage is unreal.



I can say with confidence the TCX X-Desert boots are completely waterproof. Sometimes the most effective product shots don't even feature the product...


Monday, March 6, 2017

Blueribbon Coalition's Sharetrails 30th Anniversary Event

Butler Maps was the recent title sponsor of the Sharetrails 30th anniversary event. The Pirate Cove Resort on the banks of the Colorado River in Needles, California served as a base from which riders could explore nearly 100 miles of desert trails outlined by the event. Two wheels or four, the Sharetrails event lived up to its name.

I headed out with Butler Maps' founder, Court Butler, to capture some of the event both from the air, and behind the bars of a KTM 1190.


Sharetrails 1 from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Baja with CROIG

Introducing Mexico to @caferacersofinstagram @justingchatwin @croig.co and host of others. Childcare duties, greeting fans, some repairs, tailpipe push start, and transitioning from pavement to dirt. Stay tuned… more to come. Thanks to HusqvarnaKlim, and TCX Boots for their support in this trek!



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