GuyB's Blog Posts
2014 Summer Tour 9/30/2014 10:29 PM
This was a fifth year I've driven around most of the Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship circuit, and as usual, it was a blast. Here's a peek at some of the "everything else" that happened before the season, during the travel, and between races. Let's dig in.
After four years of using a Toyota Tacoma as the...more
Getting ready for year three of summer touring 4/5/2012 6:12 PM
I've spent the last two years touring around the country during the summer as part of my job, and I'm starting to get ready for the third go-round.
Things to do on the truck...
Just replaced the windshield. (Caught a rock at the top, and it split right down the center.)
Add an auxiliary...more
Crazy GPS 6/3/2011 3:53 PM
I have a Garmin GPS that has a mind of its own. Sometimes it'll route me off a perfectly good highway for seemingly no reason, only to route me back onto the same one just a few miles down the road. It's certainly not because it's a faster route, or anything like that. Sometimes it does make for good photo...more
Spot the Vital MX truck 6/3/2011 2:18 PM
Hangtown was the first event where the Vital MX Toyota Tacoma was parked in the infield, and you'll be able to spot it there at most Nationals this summer. Yeah, it looked a bit pedestrian parked on the inside of the second turn, but we've got some plans for it...
Hangtown Wildlife 6/2/2011 2:19 PM
Getting to Hangtown Wednesday night, we were set to head to the State Capitol building for Thursday's press conference there. But while headed out of the Prairie City SRVA (yep, it's a state park), we spotted this wild turkey, who was showing off for a hen that was between the two of us.
I think I was messing...more
Yeah, Zach! 6/2/2011 2:01 PM
It was cool to see Zach Osborne pick up a $5,000 check and the Marty Moates Cup for finishing as the top American at the USGP.
Equally cool? He was sporting a Vital MX T under his Bike-It Cosworth Wild Wolf team shirt.
Spotted at the USGP 6/2/2011 1:38 PM
Vital MX Member HuskyEd caught me and the Vital MX trailer at the USGP, which we used as a close-to-home shakedown cruise for the truck and trailer. It was cool waking up Sunday morning to the sound of rain...though it required about three "wardrobe" changes as the weather dried and warmed up throughout the...more
Improvising 6/2/2011 1:23 PM
The spring on the little latch that hooks onto the trailer lights connection broke. That allowed the pigtail to pop out easily, and required a little creativity. Hello, mini-bungees...
Prepping For The Outdoor Season 6/2/2011 1:05 PM
This summer will mark the second annual Vital MX Summer Tour, and it feels like I'm a little more prepared this time around. Last summer's prep went something like this...
1. Buy a trailer.
2. Throw in a toolbox, camera bag, backpack with laptop, some clothes, and hit the road.
3. Plan on buying whatever else...more
GuyB Tracked 4/25/2011 11:01 AM
If you've been paying attention to the news, you no doubt heard the uproar over how Apple has been collecting location data on iPhones. Today I discovered an app called iPhoneTracker that allows you to view where you've been on a map. Considering the miles logged over the last year or so, covering the Monster...more
Catching up on the road trip 7/2/2010 5:44 PM
Whew! The last two weeks have been a little nuts. After leaving the east coast, I went to Denver for the weekend, and now I'm back in Chicago, where I picked up my son at O'Hare. He'll be with me off and on for the next eight weeks.
The drive out to Denver was a little wild. At one point, I think I drove for 19...more
Visit to NASCAR Hall of Fame 6/17/2010 9:08 PM
While in Charlotte to visit the JGRMX Toyota/Muscle Milk/Yamaha gang, I stopped by the brand spanking new NASCAR Hall of Fame in downtown Charlotte, NC. You won't miss the disctinctive building
The initial hall features cars from throughout NASCAR's history, from oldest to newest.
There are descriptions of the...more
First Pic 9/19/2008 3:07 PM
I’ve been shooting for…well, let’s just say that it’s been a few years. But the shot below still holds a special place in my heart. The rider is Mark Barnett, the year was 1981, the track is Saddleback, and this was the first shot that I’d had published in a motorcycle magazine. (It ran as a full-pager in...more
L.A. County Fair 9/19/2008 2:45 PM
My son and I went to the L.A. County fair this weekend, and saw the usual array of carnies (nice mullets!), sideshows, rides, and midway stuff. Then there were the farm animals (and some exotics like porcupines), insects, and we watched some show horses in action. Typical fair stuff…including deep-fried...more
Fuel Blues 7/25/2008 12:43 AM
I couldn’t help but chuckle when I saw this license plate on a Hummer at Budds Creek a couple weeks ago.
Yeah, we obviously all have a love affair with internal combustion engines, and of course, that requires some decent-quality fuel to run the bikes. (I haven’t heard of anyone attempting to go bio-diesel on...more
Just A Little Hate 5/14/2008 12:09 AM
Okay, hate might be too strong a word for it. But as odd as it sounds, I actually liked hearing some of the smack talk between Chad Reed, Kevin Windham, and Andrew Short during the final rounds of the 2008 Supercross season.
Now I don’t think these guys should actually hate each other, the risk of injury on...more
Who Else Likes GP Motocross? 3/27/2008 1:04 AM
Back when I first got interested in motocross (yeah, you smartasses in the back row, it was a loooong time ago), the scene was completely different from the way it is now. We were the snot-nosed punks of the motocross world, and regularly got thrashed by the European Grand Prix riders. Back then, they dictated...more
Whoa, what a crazy couple of weeks! 2/28/2008 11:34 PM
Between the launch of V2.0 of Vital MX and the late hours of testing that went into that prior to (and during) the Dealer Expo in Indy, the show itself, then heading to Atlanta for the start of the East Lites series, and a couple days spent at a Champ Factory school with Rick Johnson and Sebastien Tortelli...more
Counting Down to 2.0 2/13/2008 4:12 AM
We’ve got some exciting changes in the works here at Vital MX. Our ace programmer, Aaron, has been toiling for months on a new content system for all the Vital Media Network sites (www.vitalbmx.com, www.vitalskate.com and our personal favorite, www.vitalmx.com). That includes not only what you see when...more
So What Is 100%? 1/25/2008 5:48 PM
Driving up to San Francisco for the Supercross in the Vital MX Toyota (yep, I love road trips), I was thinking a bit about the concept of 100 percent. What constitutes 100 percent? How do you determine a percentage? And how do some riders actually give 110 percent?
Coming into the season, I’d interviewed...more