Monday, September 10, 2018
The Rain Brought With it Changes
Life often throws us curveballs. It's not what comes our way so much as how we deal with it that can define the moment.
Thursday, September 06, 2018
Exploring South Dakota's Black Hills & Badlands
Whether you are planning a trip to South Dakota or just enjoy learning about American landmarks and the remnants of the Old West, you need to watch this film.
Sunday, July 29, 2018
The Top Five Biker Movies of All Time
Discover biker movies that reflected the attitudes and counter culture of the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s.
Sunday, July 15, 2018
Harley rider demands to know what this is all a boat! Let's explore strange stuff!
You find some weird stuff in the desert.
Sunday, July 08, 2018
The Kawasaki Z900RS is a retro disappointment
Published on Jul 8, 2018 I finally take a few minutes to explain why I didn't buy the Z900RS after seeing it in person and test riding it. I know several viewers were looking forward to a full post-purchase ride and review. But that didn't happen because I backed out once I discovered that I didn't like the bike nearly enough to pay the exorbitant MSRP.
Thursday, June 28, 2018
Harley-Davidson Crashes Hard Into the Trump Tariffs
Enjoy the first ever Tim Kreitz Adventures podcast. In this episode, tariffs always produce unintended consequences and a mixed bag of results.
Monday, June 11, 2018
We Stumble Upon Something Dangerous by Accident
While searching for an abandoned ghost town in the middle of nowhere, on our motorcycles, we happen upon this.
Monday, May 21, 2018
Return to Space Alien Bridge
Four years later, we return to the bridge where we saw the alien children.
Wednesday, May 09, 2018
When Animals Attack : Vulture vs. Biker
We all sail on the cruel wings of fate.
Saturday, April 28, 2018
This Harley-Davidson rider with a very bad attitude crashes our history ride!
You won't believe this guy.
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Texas Hill Country Dream Ride: Luckenbach, Bandera, Fredericksburg
Our annual group motorcycle ride from West Texas into the hill country proves to be our most interesting and fun yet. Join us as we visit some popular sites and ride some of the best roads in the Lone Star State.
Thursday, March 29, 2018
On the Road with the Tim Kreitz Band
At long last, we finally document another road show. Join us as we travel across West Texas to make music at a peppy little venue in Pecos.
Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Hot Coffee, Cool Wax, and Inner Peace through Small Wheelies
Clif, George, and I take a breakfast ride to a neighboring town in a search for delicious coffee, over-medium eggs, old vinyl records, and inner peace. We find it all on a Saturday morning in March. Come with us.
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
West Texas is Gonna Burn | Drought and Fire Warnings
I take an early March ride through a dry, parched badlands to show you what three months without precipitation looks like in the Midland-Odessa area of the Permian Basin. Wildfires will be the norm over the next month or two if we don't get some rain.
Thursday, February 22, 2018
Railfanning Union Pacific Plus An Abandoned Drag Strip
A laid back ride close to home on a cold winter day with footage from my DJI Spark drone and my new Sony FDR-AX53. We'll get back to taking trips and exploring strange places once the weather improves a bit more, but I thought some of you might dig this little jaunt.
Monday, February 12, 2018
Cabin Fever + No Motorcycles = Insanity
Folks, I think I'm going crazy. No, seriously. Go away, winter.
Monday, January 22, 2018
Exploring a Mysterious Crater Devolves into Buffoonery
In the the first TKA episode of 2018, Mother Nature conspires against us as we attempt to take aerial footage of a mysterious crater using my DJI Phantom 3 and Spark drones. Along the way, I likely trespass, and we fight gale-force winds on a crazy winter day in West Texas
Sunday, December 24, 2017
2017 Rewind : My Year In A Nutshell
Forget YouTube's 2017 Rewind, this is the one you want to watch. Here are some of my favorite moments from (and thoughts on) 2017, as well as a look ahead to the coming year. Thanks for watching Tim Kreitz Adventures.
Thursday, December 07, 2017
Our final motorcycle trip of 2017 | Alpine, Texas
Clif and I ride our bikes into the Big Bend region of Texas, deep within the Chihuahua Desert. There we enjoy local Mexican cuisine, meet a group of motorcycle friends from Lubbock, and stay in the nicest motorcyclist lodging we've ever had on a road trip.
Friday, November 24, 2017
Kawasaki ZRX1200R Resurrection | Stage 3
After a long period of poor performance and carburetor problems due to ethanol-laced fuel and sitting unridden, I finally made a winter project out of my 20014 ZRX1200R, installing a Stage 3 intake and doing a few other mods. The bike runs better than ever now. Here are the mods and the tuning data. Enjoy.
Monday, November 06, 2017
Exploring a ghost town that's hanging on to life
Matt and I visit the small, unincorporated town of Gail, Texas on an autumn motorcycle ride. It's almost a ghost town, but a few great people are dedicated to keeping it alive. Check out some historic ruins and enjoy the trip with us.
Tuesday, October 24, 2017
Traveling alone on my Triumph Bonneville in the Trans-Pecos Badlands
This was one of those days when I woke, hopped on my motorcycle, picked a direction, and just rode to see where I'd end up. To near the Mexican border and then into the Trans-Pecos region, join me for some rural ghost town exploration in Grandfalls and Coyanosa, Texas. Near the end, I rendezvous with Matt on his ingress homeward from a weekend trip to the hipster-infested community of Marfa.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
Let's ride to a massive solar farm and talk green energy
Clif and I visit a giant solar farm in the trans-Pecos region of West Texas. Is this form of energy production green or just politically correct? Enjoy some breathtaking footage of an amazing facility as we discuss solar energy's questionable efficacy.
Monday, October 09, 2017
This is the time of year when all I wanna do is ride
As many motorcyclists in other parts of North America are dealing with the first onset of winter weather, mothballing their bikes and bracing for snow and ice, we here in West Texas are getting our first break in months from the 90-plus degree heat. The first significant cool front of the fall is blowing through as I write this article, and we are thankfully and at last embracing mild weather and refreshing temperatures. This is the best motorcycle riding of the year for us, hands down.
For me, the changing of the seasons from summer to autumn is a bigger relief than usual this time around. That's partly because a combination of life changes and the summer heat really got to me in 2017. I won't bore you with the minutia, but suffice it to stay that I shut down one of my businesses, took a great full-time job offer, and subsequently found myself in the midst of a pretty significant paradigm shift. As a byproduct of that stress, I rode less during the hot months. In fact, if you're a regular follower of this blog and my YouTube channel, you've likely noticed that such is reflected in the smaller volume of Tim Kreitz Adventures episodes. It wasn't that I didn't want to ride as much; I was just elsewhere mentally and the scorching heat seemed to make it all worse. I even passed on my annual California ride, which as you all know is a big deal.
But with an almost perfect timing, the arrival of this year's cool weather has coincided with a bit of a calming for me. I'm settling nicely into the changes I've made for myself and I'm ready to mentally relax a bit and enjoy autumn riding to its fullest. In fact, it's about all I can think of right now. That's a good thing, because it's an emotional signal that I'm returning to normal. In that regard, I'm always astounded at how motorcycles are such an active catalyst for my peace of mind and contentment. I don't know that motorcycles can make you happy in and of themselves, but they can make your happiness happier, and therein lies one of motorcycling's true blessings.
That contentment seems to extend to every aspect of my motorcycling life. Even cleaning up my bikes, changing their oil, checking tire pressure, or making small adjustments in the driveway as the autumn air surrounds it all is a bit of a spiritual experience. Robert Pirsig summed it up best when he said, "Working on a motorcycle, working well, caring, is to become part of a process, to achieve an inner peace of mind. The motorcycle is primarily a mental phenomenon." Combine that mental phenomenon with the beauty of autumn and you have an almost perfect experience every time.
I know there are only a few months left in 2017, but I feel like there are going to be plenty of Tim Kreitz Adventures installments to come between now and then. I have a few new rides and locations in particular I'd like to film as the leaves turn, and I'm anxious to revisit a couple of familiar locations as well. I'm really looking forward to it and I hope you are, too. It's great to be this fired up again.
So here's to fall and here's to bikes. Let's ride.
Thursday, September 21, 2017
Exploring Abandoned Places | Texas Ghost Town Ride No. 22
Exploring the abandoned ruins near the Texas ghost towns of Hadacol Corner, Texon, and Best via motorcycle (Yamaha FZ-07/MT-07 and FJR1300). Aerial footage shot with the DJI Spark drone. Other off-bike footage shot with Nikon DSLR and mirrorless cameras.