Moto-Camping V.1: Test and Learn

“Sucking at something is the first step to being sort of good at something.”

That beautiful quote from Adventure Time keeps popping up in my mind when I reflect back on our first attempt at moto-camping. Failure is the new hot trendy phrase among academics and start-ups alike. “Fail Big!” they say. However what they usually leave out is the importance of learning from those failures. I prefer the idea of test and learn. We didn’t fail, we conducted a test, and learned from the results.  

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VikingBags Saddlebags: An Exercise in Murphy's Law

A few months ago I was on the hunt for some durable, attractive saddlebags for my Harley Davidson Iron 883. I wanted bags that would go with the classic cruiser look fitting my bike, but that would also lock and be large enough to fit a jug a milk, and pack enough gear for a short camping trip.  

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Gogo Gear Protective Leggings - Leg Protection for the Fashion Forward

Let me start by saying that I really love these leggings, they fit comfortable when on, I can ride for hours without feeling constrained or being affected by the outside temperature. I have received many compliments on them, and have even worn them at work without anyone realizing that I had armor in my knees and shins. 

That being said, as you may scour the internet looking at positive review after positive review, I’m here to offer a few counter thoughts. 

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The Honda Rebel 250 - Ideal First Bike for the Vertically Challenged

Nothing I'm going to say here is remotely original. If you google "best beginner motorcycle" 99 times out of 100 you're going to see the same result; the Honda Rebel 250. This bike hasn't changed at all in decades, and  it retains its value more than any other used motorcycle on the market.

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