Hey, if I can get out of bed these days without something hurting, I'm good.


OH, And New Parts For The CBR!


I received a new pillion seat (yes, I said that!), new bolt kit, a new set of headlights (yes, headlights!) and I have the brand new satin black bodywork.  I have new mirrors and a light kit coming for it, too.


What blasphemy is this you ask?  Am I giving it up and the C Horse is going back to street?  I am still on the fence about actually going for it.  Shawn and Ali are trying to talk me into a track day at T Hill.  Hmmm.. *think think think think*


Hi, My name is Marianne…and I am a bikeaholic.


Shawn bought me a YZ250F for my birthday!  And now I have 6 motorcycles.  I think I have issues.  Well, I know I have issues, but I think I specifically have motorcycle issues on top of said pre-existing issues.  It has the suspension done by Fox and the motor (both top and bottom) are freshly done. We located a Dunlop 90/90×21 front at Faultline in Hollister and a Dunlop 100/90×19 rear at Cycle Gear in Gilroy.  Also have a new front sprocket.  Hopefully they have some good folding levers for it as well because I feel that is a necessity.


I know, I know.  I need to get rid of one to make up for the new addition.  But I am not ready to get rid of the CRF150RB.  I am not.  I am similar to a cat in that I don’t like change but I need to go to a 250.   He knew I would not sell a bike and go out from scratch and buy a 250 and throw myself into the deep end.  When I say deep end, I mean I whine a lot until I get used to something.  Then I love it and remark about how *I should have done this a long time ago!*   Well, usually.

This weekend is my customary birthday dirtbike camping trip–I am even taking a vacation day to extend the weekend!  Me! A. DAY. OFF.  So we are taking both of my dirtbikes so I can switch back and forth and ease into it and not feel so “traumatized”.   *I don’t like it. It isn’t like my CRF, my CRF has more hit, this thing is slow, this thing has short gears, it is heavy.  I can’t kick it over, will you kick it for me?  The struggle is real.   Waaaahh*   Which will make for an interesting, long weekend.  He certainly must love me, haha.

SacMile-2017-Logo@0.5x-300x188I went back and forth with “are we going camping, or are we slumming it at a Motel 6?” We wanted to go to the Sacramento Mile flatrack race on Saturday night and didn’t want to be all grimy going into public (and the drive out of Mendocino forest is looong and bumpy).  Sadly we just decided that we are not going as we do not want to leave our stuff unguarded in Mendocino, nor pack it all up, to go to a race and drive all the way back at night into the forest.

Dragging all the gear out for one or two days is a bit much.   Yeah, more “struggle”.   I am getting old.  I used to just grab an MRE or some energy bars, water and throw it in my pack and go for it.  I am absolutely lying right now.  I can’t go anywhere without being overly prepared.  I must have a plan and a destination or I get mild anxiety.  If I don’t have a flashlight, a back-up flashlight, usually a back up lightstick, at least two knives, paracord, CO2 canisters, patch kit, food, water, clotting granules, first aid, firestarter, back-up firestarter, emergency blanket, compass, maps, etc. etc. I stay within 10 miles of camp.  Because we may get lost, freeze to death, have to cut off one of our own arms, be forced to drink our own urine,  be eaten by bears and subsequently die.  I warned you of my issues at the beginning of this entry.

So!  Off we go into the forest to “rough it” with French Press coffee, fresh eggs from the chickens, and biscuits baked in my dutch oven.  And wine for night time.  Do not forget the wine.   Trying times, I know.





Oooooooooooooooooooooo 2017 KTM 150 X-CW

2017 KTM-150-XC-W


Engine Type: Single Cylinder, 2-Stroke
Displacement: 143.99 cc
Bore/Stroke: 58/54.5 mm
Starter: Electric, Lithium Ion 12 V 2 Ah / Kickstarter
Transmission: 6 Gears, wide ratio
Fuel System: Mikuni TX 38 Carburetor
Lubrication: Premix 60:1
Primary Ratio: 23:73
Final Drive: 13:50
Cooling: Liquid Cooling
Clutch: Wet Multi-Disc Clutch, Brembo Hydraulics
Ignition: Kokusan
Frame: Central Double-Cradle Type 25CrMo4 Steel
Subframe: Aluminum
Handlebar: Neken, Aluminum Ø 28/22mm
Front Suspension: WP Xplor USD Ø 48mm
Rear Suspension: WP Xplor PDS Monoshock
Suspension Travel Front/Rear: 300 mm/11.8 in; 310 mm/12.2 in
Front/Rear Brakes: Disc Brake 260 mm; 220 mm
Front/Rear Rims: 1.60 x 21”, 2.15 x 18” Giant
Front/Rear Tires: 80/100-21”; 110/100-18” Dunlop AT81
Chain: 5/8 x 1/4 in
Silencer: Aluminum
Steering Head Angle: 26.5º
Triple Clamp Offset: 22 mm
Wheelbase: 1,471mm ± 10 mm / 57.9 ± 0.4 in
Ground Clearance: 370mm / 14.6 in
Seat Height: 960 mm / 37.8 in
Tank Capacity, Approx: 9.5 L / 2.5 gal
Weight (without fuel), Approx: 91.5 kg/ 201.7 lbs

Read more: Last bike waaaay down at the bottom: http://dirtbikemagazine.com/ktm-off-road-2017/

It is taller than my CRF, has bigger wheels, has a headlight, a bigger fuel tank (maybe I can finally finish an enduro now without running out of gas), but it is heavier by a good bit! I am not a 2-Smoker, but this could quite possibly convert me. Granted, I think it is worth more than the trade in on my truck. And that’s just sad. Does anyone need a kidney? *Kidney for sale!! Or will trade for 2017 KTM XC-W*


p.s. Thank you, Alfie, for the recommendation! There. Happy?

Hollister Hills K.O.G. Poker Run – April 15, 2017 – BE THERE!


This year’s K.O.G. Poker Run benefits the Katherman Family and Lovers Lane flood victims.   Come out and show your support and GET DIRTY!  As you guys up here in the bay area know, it has been raining all week so we are not going to come out of this event clean!  YAY!

Shorai is donating a battery and charger set for the prize giveaway.  We won’t have a booth there as we are goin’ ridin’!  But if you need help, or have questions, come visit us at the Shorai van.


Love is…

Love is when your significant other agrees to rub lotion into your leathers while they are on you just so you can breathe.  It was not as enjoyable to either party as it may sound.


I realized I hadn’t worn my leathers since I think October?? My insurance and registration papers I found in the inside pocket expired in October so I had to print out the new ones. Yeah. so sitting in the garage drying out and stiffening up plus winter lbs.  Does anyone have a shoehorn and some bearing grease??

By the end of the ride it was fine but getting in them at first?  I couldn’t even raise my arms to put on my helmet.  I felt like I was in my streetluge leathers.

It was pretty chilly, the roads were incredibly green, there were downed trees, areas which were still flooded, roads still closed, debris from mudslides.  It wasn’t all that great. Plus it is raining again.

Part of me wants summer to hurry up and get here while the other part still wants it to be boot weather!

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced


GRANBY, CO – February 15, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) –  Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates Announced for July 20-23, 2017, at Flying Heels Rodeo Arena in Granby, Colorado.

Dates are announced for the second annual adventure rally organized for women and families. To be held July 20-23, 2017, in Granby, Colorado, the event will include a variety of self-guided rides, Geocache scavenger hunt, classroom training sessions as well as on-range adventure and dirt bike rider training. All instructors are women! Men are welcome too– this is a female and family friendly rally….

Second Annual woman-led ADVWoman Rally dates announced

I definitely want to get more into this.  But that would require selling a bike to buy a bigger onroad/offroad bike and I am not ready for that. 



Monster Energy Supercross Oakland – Amerikuh!! F*** YEAH!!



We went to Supercross this past weekend in Oakland, which was awesome! If you can believe it, it was my first dirtbike event where I wasn’t actually riding. I know, right? Out of all of these years I have never gone to an offroad event as a spectator–ever. Roadracing, yes.  Many, many, many [sometimes painful] times.  We watch Supercross every time on TV so I was stressing about being able to see as well as I can see on the TV. It was a last minute decision as one of the girls in our office sannounced that the tickets were really cheap due to the threat of rain. So everyone in the office jumped on StubHub.com and the prices were going up as we  were searching.  We got a hold of some awesome seats Section 133/row33/seats 20/21 – this would be my go to seat if I ever went again..

And 47,061 spectators stood for the National Anthem.  Yes!  Take that, NFL.

Video and Highlights: https://motorsportsnewswire.com/2017/02/05/tomac-charges-to-the-front-in-oakland-to-claim-back-to-back-monster-energy-supercross-victories-0205173/



And Tomac takes the win!  That boy has the voodoo; I don’t know how he pulled this off. He is on a tear, that is for sure!


p.s. And Yes, Oakland is everything horrible that you have heard about in the news.  I hate going there.  Sorry people, but if you want people to say things about your hometown, clean it up.  Although it is the Left you have to worry about, now.  There were 20 ft tall police towers in the parking lot at the event.  No need for it though because all the people at the Supercross event cared about was racing and beer.  You guys should pack up your towers and go to Berkeley.