Past FUZ-motos

# Description Date (num days)
32 Rune and Brutale to Matt 2021/07/12 (3 days)
31 Superbike School Elbe and Forks 2021/07/05 (4 days)
30 Northern Washington PNW-GT Loop 2021/06/24 (2 days)
29 Mexico Three loops from Ajijic 2021/04/09 (6 days)
28 Mexico Double Devil Tour with Ride The Sierra 2020/11/12 (7 days)
27 Olympic National Park RV Camping w/ Kathi 2020/10/06 (4 days)
26 Mexico 2020 Scouting Hidalgo w/ Jerry and Chris 2020/09/12 (8 days)
25 Idaho camping with the Stassens 2020/08/08 (8 days)
24 Mexico 2020 Scouting Michoacán w/ Jerry and Chris 2020/06/22 (5 days)
23 Mexico 2020 Volcanoes and Tequila w/ Jerry and Chris 2020/01/25 (7 days)
22 Spain 2019 w/ Jerry and Chris 2019/05/22 (12 days)
21 Northern Italy, Switzerland, and France 2018 2018/05/03 (9 days)
20 Bumblebee goes home: Washington back to Montreal 2017/08/23 (9 days)
19 Northern Italy, and France 2017 chasing Nicky in C!RCA 2016/04/28 (16 days)
18 Mexico, Flying, Circa, and Motos 2016/10/02 (14 days)
17 Moving motorcycles from California to Oregon 2016/09/16 (3 days)
16 Rescue Bumblebee Montreal to Oregon via Louisiana 2015/10/18--27 (11 days)
15 Tony, Richie, Jerry, Chris Northern California 2015/03/30 (2 days)
14 Chris VTX OR→CA 2015/01/15 (2 days)
13 Tony, Richie, Jerry, Chris w/ Ride the Sierra Madre 2015/02/07 (7 days)
12 Chris buys a Honda 599 in Utah 2014/11/05 (2 days)
11 Birthday present: Chris rides Bumblebee to Nicky in Montreal 2014/04/14 (5 days)
10 Quebec 2013 w/ Chris and Nicky 2013/07/06 (2 days)
9 PCH North 2012 w/ Matt, Nicky & Eitan Zur 2012/07/30 (1 day)
8 Arizona 2012 Grand-Canyon FUZ-moto 2012/05/03 (4 days)
7 2011 mini FUZ w/ Matt and Chris to Tucson 2011/09/17 (3 days)
6 FUZ-moto-VI Nicky joins for California FUZ to Shell Beach 2011/05/28 (3 days)
5 FUZ-moto-V Sierras with chase car 2008/09/27 (3 days)
4 FUZ-moto-IV Dirty FUZ Oregon Brown's Camp 2008/08/25 (2 days)
3 FUZ-moto-III California Sierras and central mountains 2007/08/19 (3 days)
2 FUZ-moto-II Oregon and Northern California coast 2006/05/23 (4 days)
1 FUZ-moto-I Northern California 2005/04/21 (3 days)
0 before FUZ-moto-I picking up a VTX1800R from Oregon 2005/02/26 (2 days)

What is FUZ-moto?

I (Chris Uhlik) have always been infatuated with motorcycles. I started riding a Puch Maxi 50cc moped, with pedals, at age 16 (early 1978 IIRC) in Irvine California. My motorcycle riding took a pause when I moved to Japan in 1990, and I hardly rode between then and late 2002 when I was working at Google and communting 50 miles to Mountain View from Danville. I bought a 1991 BMW K100RS and started riding again.

Then in 2004 Google was going public and I was feeling spendy. Well, for me spendy. I wiled away many hours on eBay and craigslist looking at my dream bikes. The VTX1800, the VFR800, the BMW R1100RT, ... The first one to appear was a 1 year old Honda VTX1800R for $7,600 which I won on eBay from a guy in Hood River Oregon. I flew North and rode the motorcycle back to California. Now I had 2 motorcycles and could invite my father or brother to ride with me. The ride back from Oregon, even though it was down Interstate 5, whetted my appetite for long distance touring in the mountains.

Now I had 2 motorcycles and could only ride one at a time. I started working on my brother Matt Zerega (the Z in FUZ-moto) trying to get him to do a tour with me. I was dreaming about South America, Chile, Patagonia, etc. But I realized I lived in Northern California where people come from around the world to do motorcycle tours on some of the best motorcycling roads in the world. Instead of dropping $10k on an exotic tour, why not spend $200 for gas and lodging and just head out into the Sierras or Coastal Range?

Suddenly, the bike of my dreams appeared on eBay. The yellow 2000 Honda VFR. On January 4, 2004 I bought a sweet, yellow 2000 Honda VFR800fi with only 13,000 miles on it. Now I had 3 bikes. Who else should I invite to ride with me and Matt?

Then my father in law suddenly died December 2004 followed by my father suddenly dying a few weeks later in January 2005. I was 45 years old and having a bit of a mid-life crisis. At least I was starting to feel mortal. I realized that my father had lots of things he wanted to do, but just didn't. He died before he got the chance.

The Bucket List movie wasn't out yet (released Dec 2007), but I was making a list of things I was going to do in my life. Things my father didn't do. I wasn't going to let life pass me by.

March 12, 2005. We were at a family reunion at my mother's place in Shell Beach California. I was taking a walk with my uncles and talking about my father's recent death and my disappointment with not getting to do more things with him, like riding motorcycles. I knew Jerry had owned a Honda Goldwing when he lived in Florida. Maybe he'd be interested in riding with us. Out walking with my uncles, I asked Jerry if he would come on a motorcycle tour with me and Matt. Uncle Richie piped in with, "I'm totally up for a motorcycle tour!" Suddenly we had 4 people (Chris, Matt, Richie, Jerry) and I had only 3 motorcycles.

Back to craigslist and ebay and I found that BMWR1100RT I was dreaming about. But then my brother Joe heard about all the fun and wanted to join us. So Matt, jealous of all the new motorcycles, and a craigslist shopper to beat them all, found a Yamaha Warrior. We had 5 bikes between us and the first Faubert, Uhlik, Zerega-motorcycle tour FUZ-moto was on.

More details on all of the motorcycles I've owned.

What is BUCK-moto?

Long ago Kathi and I rode on my motorcycle quite a bit. She tried out sitting on various bikes herself at the time but they were always too tall. She sat on a new VTR250 at a dealer, and noticed her feet could be closer to flat on the ground, but somehow we never bought her one. And then kids came along.
I spent 2020 on many week+ long rides and mentioned my interest in continuing to spend more of my time on the road. Our youngest turned 18, leaving for college in the fall, and in December 2020, when bemoaning the lack of bikes for shorter riders, Kathi heard about the Honda Grom and became more interested in considering riding a motorcycle. On Christmas Eve, we drove up to Seattle attempting to buy her a Grom as a beginner's bike, but that fell through and on Dec 30, we bought a Benelli TNT 135 instead. And in early January, Kathi took the WMST motorcycle permit training class from SW Motorcycle Safety at the Clark County Fairgrounds for her permit.
After researching good beginner bikes in the 400cc range for seat height, visiting dealers and sitting on them, on May 17, we bought her a brand new Kawasaki Ninja 400 ABS. On May 28, she took her final tests and got her motorcycle license endorsement on her Ninja. A few days later, Kathi said "Hey, why don't I have a flag for the PNW-GT? I want to ride too!" OMG, I can hardly think of anything that makes me happier! So I'm rider 120 and she's rider 357 and we are off on the PNW-GT together. If FUZ-moto is Faubert's, Uhlik's and Zerega, then BUCK-moto is Baganoff-Uhlik-Chris-and-Kathi riding together. Here's a list of some of our more significant rides.

PNW-GT+Class Superbike School, Elbe, and Forks 2021/07/05 (4 days)
To Mac and Back 2021/06/22 (2 days)
Back-roads (almost) to Longview 2021/06/19
PNW-GT OR1 and WA5 Nehalem and Ilwaco 2021/06/13 (2 days)
Dirt bikes at Jone's Creek 2021/06/09
Dirt bikes at barn & Nicky's bike 2021/05/30
Class Returning Riders (test, class (2 skills x 3 sets), test 2021/05/28
Ninja: loop to Sadie's and Josie's thru several airparks, Kaiser & freeway 2021/05/26
Moto Lake/500/Blair/Sheridon loop 2021/05/22
Moto loop w/lake, Lacamas lake upper trail 2021/05/16
loop to go through Forest Homes Rd, Brady & a quick freeway run 2021/05/05
Peace Health circle practice 2021/05/04
Moulton Falls up w/Chris (N&O down) 2021/04/23
Dougan Falls w/Nicky & Olivier 2021/04/19
Dougan Falls & up the gravel road 2021/03/31
MeadowBrook Marsh & hike 2021/03/30
Woodland, over to Lacamas Lake area, home 2021/03/27
Cape Horn trail head (hike) 2021/03/23
Knapp landing 2021/03/17
Washougal River road & Canyon Creek loop 2021/03/13
9th to Haagen, to 178th, Fred's 2021/03/12
Camas circle alone 2021/03/11
David Douglas park 2021/03/03
down McGillvrey, them Fred Meyers 2021/02/21
TJs, Fred's then braking practice 2021/02/07
Camas/Fallen Leaf Lake park (hike) & street practice 2021/01/20
Pearson to the airplane hangar 2021/01/17
Fish Hatchery / hike 2021/01/16
Class Practical 2021/01/09 (2 days)
Class Theory 2021/01/04 (2 days)

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hiking

Hike Crater Lake / PC trail 2021/06/05 3:00p-4:15
Moto loop w/lake, Lac lake upper trail 2021/05/16 2:30-5:30
Powell Butte hike 2021/05/15 SAT 4 – 7pm
Captain William Clark park hike 2021/05/10 4:15p - 6:30
Walk no hike 2021/05/02 SUN 4:15 – 5pm
Mirror Lake hike (in snow) 2021/05/02 6:40 – 7:20pm
Mill Creek Bridge Canyon walk 2021/05/02 SUN 3:30 – 4pm
Lacamas/Potholes hike w/Nicole and Olivier 2021/04/28 2:30-5p
Moulton Falls Moto & hike w/ Nicole and Olivier 2021/04/23 FRI 3:15 – 6:15pm
Dougan Falls Moto & hike w/ Nicole and Olivier 2021/04/19 11:30-1:30pm
Marquam hike 4.1 miles 2021/04/04 SUN 3 – 5:30pm
Moto to Meadowbrook marsh & hike 2021/03/30 TUE 3 – 5pm
Douglas Dougan hike 2021/03/29 MON 6:40 – 7:40pm
Battleground Lake state park hike 2021/02/20 SAT 11:30am – 1:30pm
Moto to Camas/Fallen Leaf Lake park (hike) & street practice 2021/01/20 WED 2:45 – 4:15pm
Walk w/Yvonne then w/Chris 2021/01/19 TUE 1 – 2pm, 2-3:30pm
Hike lower Macleay park 2021/01/18 MON 2 – 3:30pm
Moto ride to Fish Hatchery / hike 2021/01/16 SAT 3 – 4pm
Tryon State Park 2020/12/27
Pothole Falls 2020/12/26
Camas Heritage Park, Lacamas Lake 2020/12/21
Camas Pothole Falls hike 2020/12/17 THU 3:05 – 4:35pm
Vancouver lake walk 4.5 miles 2020/12/15 TUE 3:21 – 4:52pm
walk w/Yvonne Mt. Tabor 2020/12/13 SUN 1 – 2:30pm
Trail of Ten Falls, Silverlake State Park 2020/12/12
Camas Heritage/Lacamas lake walk 2020/12/08 TUE 2:30 – 4:30pm
Marquam hike (near Forest Park) 2020/12/07 MON 11:30am – 1:15pm
Marine drive walk (along the Columbia River near PDX) 2020/12/06 SUN 3:15 – 4:45pm
Salmon Creek walk 2020/12/05 SAT 3 – 5:30pm
Mt. Tabor hike (Portland S of 84 W of 205) 2020/12/04 FRI 2 – 3:30pm
Lacamas Lake, Round Lake, PotHole Falls 2020/12/03 THU 1 – 4pm
Forest Park (Wildwood Trail from 53rd St Trailhead) 2020/11/02
Ashland Lithia Park 2020/10/29
Montaña de Oro State Park 2020/10/27
Forest Park (Wild Cherry Trail from Dogwood Trailhead) 2020/10/19
Hoh River Trail 2020/10/08
Hurricane Ridge 2020/10/07