Tuesday, May 21, 2019

BMW R 1250 GS/GSA/RT

Flying out shortly for a series of back-to-back projects, the first of which is the BMW S 1000 RR launch in Alabama. Earlier this year, the press event for BMW's R 1250 power plant took place in Southern California.

Had a bit of fun creating b-roll with the GS and GS Adventure models. Staggeringly heavy rains turned normally smooth dirt roads into an adventure bike playground...


GSA-PRE from Jon Beck on Vimeo.


GS-PRE from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

The West, in the U.S. and Canada

The June 2019 issue of Roadrunner Magazine features a couple different stories, from two different countries. Reviewing Beta's 2019 500 RR-S in the deserts of Southern California, and touring around Penticton, Canada on a couple BMWs.












Friday, March 15, 2019

From Zero to 1,290

Couple stories on very different machines appear in the April '19 issue of Roadrunner Magazine. Trying out the 2019 Zero DSR both on and offroad, then taking a KTM 1290 Super Adventure S for a tour that was supposed to be all on-road, but ended up wandering into the dirt anyway...

Happy coincidence, both these projects ended up at the beach. Rode motorcycles on a beach in the northern part of the state, then rode motorcycles to go surf a beach in the southernmost part of the state.


ZERO MOTORCYCLES from Jon Beck on Vimeo.





Friday, February 1, 2019

Dual-Sport Tire Test

Worked a tire test for Roadrunner Magazine recently. Had opportunity to ride the same 1,500-mile route back-to-back on different sets of tires. Swapping treads back and forth between each ride provided quick insight into both wear and performance.

A KTM 1090 Adventure R and Honda Africa Twin Adventure Sports spent many miles in California, Arizona, Nevada, Colorado, and Wyoming for this test.

Few seconds of Wyoming:

Wyoming v1 from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

15 minutes of California:

California BDR South - 15 min aerial highlights from Jon Beck on Vimeo.






For the test, only the tools I carry with me on the bike were used to change tires (wheel balancer being an exception - it’s only along for exceptionally long rides where multiple sets of tires will be used up).






Monday, December 31, 2018

ADVROAD Interview

Interview for ADVRoad came out near the end of the year. Interesting and encouraging exercise digging into the memory archives to answer questions. More than ever, motorcycle exploration is both an enjoyable and beneficial thing. As the distinction between the real and the virtual continues to become less certain, accurate viewpoints of the world are easily found with a couple wheels and the will to seek them out.



ADV Road interview cover Jon Beck





"Preparedness is the key for me as a rider. It doesn’t matter if you have the best bike money can buy and all the gear anyone could hope to bring. If one is struggling behind the bars, the experience simply isn’t as enjoyable, safe, or long-lasting in most cases. I’ve ridden with enough pro riders to know what’s possible with these bikes. Knowing there’s more to learn is part of what keeps it fun for me.” Read more about the adventure of Jon Beck from the link in our bio. 📷 @paulguillien . . #advroad #jonbeckadv #trailside #campout #dualsport #motolife #advaddicts #adventurerider #xladv #advlife #advrider #advmoto #dualsport #dualsportlife #WhyWeRide #motolife #mototravel #bigtrail #makelifearide #adventurebike #motoadventure #enduro #motorcycle #bigenduro #offroad #adventure #rtw #bmwR1200GSA #r1200gsa
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Jon’s career in motorcycle journalism has given him the opportunity to meet people on his travels and interacting with cultures he might not otherwise have experienced. The work itself is also challenging and varied. "I suppose I’d have to split this into two parts, journalism and photography. Most of my moto journalism gets done in the context of larger photography projects. Then again while wearing the journalist's hat, documenting my travels becomes a huge perk.” Get the full ‘scoop’ on ADV rider and journalist @jonbeckadv from the link in our bio. 📷 @elywoody . . #advroad #jonbeckadv #trailside #campout #dualsport #motolife #advaddicts #adventurerider #xladv #advlife #advrider #advmoto #dualsport #dualsportlife #WhyWeRide #motolife #mototravel #bigtrail #makelifearide #adventurebike #motoadventure #enduro #motorcycle #bigenduro #offroad #adventure #rtw #ktm1090adventureR
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"I was riding over the high pass between Batopilas and Creel during a record snowfall in Chihuahua, Mexico. The day was intended to be a relatively short one, so I only had a basic backpack hydration system and no luggage. The temperature got down to just above zero as the sun was setting. I was riding on a completely iced over dirt road with snow blanketing everything else. The growing darkness helped the situation by revealing a small campfire in the forest. A trio of Tarahumarans was walking between towns and had elected to spend the night in that spot. I figured if these guys knew how to light a campfire in the snow, they were the ones to ask for some information. Two only spoke Raramuri, but one spoke Spanish. That conversation gave me the information and confidence to ride on, and it all worked out, albeit with a few slams. That ice was thick!". Get the full scoop on motorcycle journalist Jon Beck and his passion for covering adventure from the link in our bio. 📷 @elywoody . . #advroad #jonbeckadv #trailside #campout #dualsport #motolife #advaddicts #adventurerider #xladv #advlife #advrider #advmoto #dualsport #dualsportlife #WhyWeRide #motolife #mototravel #bigtrail #makelifearide #adventurebike #motoadventure #enduro #motorcycle #bigenduro #offroad #adventure #rtw #ktm1090adventureR
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Reposted from @advroad - Jon’s career in motorcycle journalism has given him the opportunity to meet people on his travels and interacting with cultures he might not otherwise have experienced. The work itself is also challenging and varied. "I suppose I’d have to split this into two parts, journalism and photography. Most of my moto journalism gets done in the context of larger photography projects. Then again while wearing the journalist's hat, documenting my travels becomes a huge perk.” Get the full ‘scoop’ on ADV rider and journalist @jonbeckadv from the link in our bio. 📷 @elywoody . . #advroad #jonbeckadv #trailside #campout #dualsport #motolife #advaddicts #adventurerider #xladv #advlife #advrider #advmoto #dualsport #dualsportlife #WhyWeRide #motolife #mototravel #bigtrail #makelifearide #adventurebike #motoadventure #enduro #motorcycle #bigenduro #offroad #adventure #rtw #ktm1090adventureR #bigtrail #bigtrailmagazine
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Sunday, December 2, 2018

KTM ULTIMATE RACE, Park City, Utah

KTM's annual rally took place this year in beautiful Park City, Utah. A first for the event, this year featured "The Ultimate Race" - a qualifier for a special 790 class in the upcoming Merzouga Rally in Morocco. I showed up with a KTM 1090 Adventure R and a notebook to get an impression of the event from a rider's perspective. A fun and often challenging course, the event was very well received, and I'd guess the first of more to come.




Two key features of the qualifier were a timed special test on a short enduro course, and a timed wheel swap on a KTM 1290 R.



A fresh Konflict Motorsports suspension rebuild arrived two days before I had to leave for Utah, so buttoned up the bike and got one quick local shakedown ride in before aiming north.




TKC70 tires were definitely not the correct choice for an event like this, so I swapped out for some Goldentyre GT723s on the way to Utah.



Trail Tech's Voyager Pro and Garmin's 276Cx were run in tandem for navigation. An interesting test of two very different GPS units.


A very fun time. Looking forward to more events like this in the future!



Sunday, November 4, 2018

Roland Sands' Moto Beach Classic

Roland Sands' Moto Beach Classic took place in Huntington Beach last weekend. Unfortunately, I was out of state on another shoot, but heard the event went awesome. October '18 Roadrunner Magazine has an interview with Roland following the first running of the Moto Beach Classic, just up the street at Bolsa Chica State Beach.

Shot entirely on various 35mm/120mm/instant films, with extensive use of the Dr5 black & white reversal process, a couple of the images were blown up into large prints and had custom frames built at Roland Sands Design.

Action shots with cameras that don't even require batteries... the latest tech, ain't always the right tool...




Grabbed a Polaroid of the stunning Concept 7 BMW and few other builds as well...
















I grew up surfing this exact same beach for fun and competition. Can say with complete confidence, the Moto Beach Classic is the first event of its kind here.