Sunday, December 2, 2018


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, 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.

Sunday, October 14, 2018

Movie Magic and Massive Mountains

The RoadRunner Magazine Special Collector's Issue features a tour with @justingchatwin around SoCal aboard a KTM 1090 Adventure R and KTM 1290 Super Adventure S. Amazing the escape to be had in what would seem to be a simple ride.

KTM 1090/1290 Jon Beck / Justin Chatwin / RoadRunner Magazine from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

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

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...

DBT: Honda Africa Twin - Initial Impression from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

DBT upcoming test: Honda Africa Twin from Jon Beck on Vimeo.

Sunday, January 21, 2018


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: