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•Tophotography• A Photography Exhibit

Posted in Alaska Trip 2011, CJ Designs Events on February 24, 2012 by mdfehrmann

Five Cleveland photographers offer personal experiences of landscape-near, far, and along the way.

Matthew Fehrmann -On May 15th I threw a leg over my KTM 950 Adventure and set off for Alaska seeking the most deserted back roads and trails to get there.  Over the next 17,000 miles I visited 17 states, 3 provinces, rode on Kodiak Island, stuck my feet in the Arctic Ocean and crossed North of the Arctic Circle twice before heading south to Mexico for a taco.  These were only some of the destinations but it was the space in between that was important for me, these images represent those spaces, where we camped, the roads we traveled, and the vast country that exists if you are willing to try and get there.



Craig’s B-Day Ride, the Bucky 3

Posted in General, Travel Updates on October 24, 2011 by mdfehrmann

The weather was perfect, the bikes were working great, the trails were fun and at times challenging, and most of all we had a blast digging trenches with the 950’s that could swallow a little bike.  I have a few pictures from the event, just like Craig I was having way too much fun to even think about my camera.  Hope to see you all on the trail again next year if not sooner!

CJDesignsllc Tech Weekend 2011

Posted in CJ Designs Events, General, Product Updates on August 22, 2011 by mdfehrmann

The images are up.  I had a great time and can not wait for next year!

Tech Weekend Images

WARN XT17 Portable

Posted in Alaska Trip 2011, Product Updates on August 21, 2011 by mdfehrmann

Piece of mind with Warn!  A product we use, carry, and rely on while on the trail.  Not only is having a XT17 on board comforting in the event you get in a tight spot on the trail where muscling the bike free is not an option it also provides you an opportunity to see place others have not as was the case in northern Montana earlier this year.  We used the the Warn XT17 to pull across a closed section of trail due to some earlier avalanche slides and keep on riding.  This section of trail was one of the highlights of 17,000 mile trip and so worth it.  Check out the video we shot about our experience posted on Warn’s blog.  Look for more information to follow we have been using and demoing it fellow riders in the past month since returning from our trip.

A few additional things about the system that can be very useful to know.  On our Alaska to Mexico trip we had two bikes wired to run the winch and the third was hard wired with the same power plug, with this set up we were able to jump start any of our bikes with the same Warn power lead that ran the winch.  The two bikes that were wired with the winch controllers would have to push the “In / Out” button to open the relay in the system but this worked like a charm when we had an alternator failure in the middle of nowhere.

More information to follow in the next few days.


Remus Revolution Titanium Silencer w/ 2 into 1 CJDesigns Adapter

Posted in Product Updates on July 30, 2011 by mdfehrmann

Photography and Words by:  Matthew Fehrmann,

After nearly 18,000 miles running the Remus Revolution Ti Silencer with CJDesigns 2 into 1 adapter I can safely say this is an extremely worth while upgrade.  The silencer design and construction is nothing short of the highest quality in fit and finish.

Not only is this silencer a work of art but it’s light, try 4 pounds a side lighter if you run the twin set up and even lighter if you are running the 2 into 1 adapter like I am.

One of the most noticeable differences as soon as you take your first ride is the sound, it’s very pleasing for those of us who love motor sounds with a deeper than stock growl that means business.  I did not want an overly loud system and where the sound has more punch and a different lower note than stock I still feel it’s quiet enough for the neighborhood and the trails.  If you really enjoy the open motor sound, want to compete with the Harley guys in the neighborhood, or run a few track days pull that insert and unleash the fierce sound of the LC8.  While loud with the insert out the lower note is still pleasing, sounds aggressive, and with a few revs to the limiter your neighbors will wonder what plane is taking off from their driveway.

After some time on the tight trails or stuck in some city commuter traffic you will notice and greatly appreciate the heat reduction.  These pipes run much cooler than stock and you and/or your passenger will greatly appreciate this as the ambient temperature starts sky rocketing in the summer time.

After some fairly major abuse the finish still shines and cleans up very well.  The photograph above is of the famous mud and sodium chloride slurry  from the “haul” road after returning from Dead Horse, AK

Warranty on the Remus Revolution Titanium Silencers is a Lifetime Warranty, yep you heard me right, LIFETIME! That includes running a single silencer with a 2 into 1 adapter, yep you heard me right again.  They have certainly built these to last and with a warranty like that why would you question which exhaust to buy.

Pictured above is the cjdesigns 2 into 1 adapter and this is also a nice piece of kit.  Utilizing the stock exhaust midpipe it’s carefully cut and then expertly tig welded into the 2 to 1 adapter.  This make room for an auxiliary fuel tank or a tool tube on the other side.  We have been testing a new tool tube for the last 17,000 and it has preformed very well, a few minor tweaks and there will be a small production run of these in the next few months (fingers crossed).  Since we are running the Safari tanks holding 12.5 gallons of fuel the tool tube was the right choice for us, the nicest thing about having the extra storage is you can carry front and rear tubes, front sprocket, rear brake pads, tire irons, stock tool kit, small spares, and more all on the bike all the time not just when you are packed for a big trip.  The other added benefit is you do not have to unpack anything to get to any of your tools, as you know standing on the side of the road in the rain digging in your side cases looking for some small part you packed 2 months ago can be a frustrating task.  This leaves the under seat storage available for tools not needed as often, I keep spare plugs, small air compressor, winch extension leads with the remote, and jumper cables there.

Prototype tool tube in action, have everything on the bike wether you are fully loaded or just out for the day trail riding, no extra baggage needed.

Alright enough writing time to go ride.

Matthew Fehrmann

Jasper Banff and the CDT

Posted in Alaska Trip 2011 on July 27, 2011 by mdfehrmann

As we descended out of the great north it was nice to finally start having sun sets but we had to start planning our days better and getting on the road earlier in the day.  When there is 24/7 of light you sort of loose track of the days, the times, “Is this a week day…what day is this?”

Waterproof boots are fantastic until the water is too deep then they become buckets on your feet

Mobil Office

Headed into Jasper via some high speed dirt

Hello tourist town, oh ya is Canada Day weekend, fantastic!!!

Entering the park was like walking into a freezer, the temps here were all over the place

Here is why, BIG chunks of old ice left laying around everywhere

Time for a new shield, this one is very hard to see from even when clean

Illegal fire…This place said it was illegal to pick up firewood from the woods

even the stuff already on the ground, this we thought was ridiculous.

We are getting closer and closer to the US border, won’t be long now.

Canada is nice but we were ready for less expensive fuel, food, and drinks for sure.

Canada you sure are dear!

Back to the Blog

Posted in Alaska Trip 2011 on July 22, 2011 by mdfehrmann

After several days or weeks by now we finally have internet and cell service.  Funny how the woods and sides of the trails don’t offer internet or WiFi and my tent is missing the electrical plug.  I’m happy they don’t so don’t get any ideas, being unconnected is awesome and I wouldn’t change it for anything.

In Dawson City we met some cool cats from Australia that were riding from Deadhorse to the tip of South America.  Campbell and Jock are riding for a cause and they have set up a blog and website all about their ride.  We had the chance to cover some ground with them for a couple days, and met them again further down the trail as well.  Check out their site for their plans.

Headed down to the Canol Road which was an awesome, hardly talked about, stretch of dirt.

Stopped in Faro an old mining town for lunch.

The motor was still warm in this truck but there must have been someone there to help before we got there since it was deserted.

Campbell and his DR650 on the Canol

It’s a long way down from here

The road is beautiful



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