About

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September, 2013

My name’s Pete and my wanderlust runs deep.

At age 15 I left my family’s home in Philadelphia, dropped out of school, and spent several years riding freight trains and hitchhiking all over North America. I worked odd jobs for cash, making just enough to stay afloat and keep traveling. Most nights I slept outside – on beaches, under bridges, in the woods – anywhere I wouldn’t get busted. It was an intense experience and it’s still a big part of who I am today.

California, Age ~16

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I never got past 9th grade. Instead I enrolled in a junior college, and later transferred to a four year college for a degree. I kept up the hitchhiking and freight-riding throughout, crossing the country several more times and hitchhiking to Alaska to make money in the fisheries. One year, when I got back from Alaska flush with cash, I was in a buddy’s car and we saw an old CB550 for sale on the side of the road. I bought it for $350 and learned to ride just to get it home. That Honda was the first vehicle I ever owned; camping and exploring on a motorbike was a big improvement over hitchhiking.

Life took a turn-for-the-normal after school. The absence of a high school diploma was immediately overshadowed by the presence of a college degree. It turned out I was actually a good student, good enough to land a professional job in downtown Seattle, and ultimately a graduate degree in business as well. While living in Seattle I discovered and fell in love with the Columbia River Gorge, which I’m happy to now call home.

The Gorge

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The wanderlust that infected me as a kid has not gone away as I’ve gotten older. Before Andrew and I started Mosko, I took every chance I could to head off to some distant part of the globe, find a motorbike, and get as far off the beaten track as possible.  I had a blast riding through countries like Vietnam, Mexico, Uganda, Colombia, India, Bolivia, Honduras, and more.  Mostly I went alone, and the trips were always unguided, unsupported, and unplanned.  I liked it so much that I decided to make it my life.

Uganda

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Things I love about moto: there are no windows, no doors, no schedules, and no predetermined routes. I feel the temperature, see the sights, and smell the smells in a way that I wouldn’t in a car, bus, or train. When it rains, I’m wet. When it’s hot, I sweat. And it’s a great way to meet people. Pulling into a small town in some far-off place on a bike, people invariably walk right up and introduce themselves. Those introductions lead to all kinds of wacky invitations, which then become the highlights of the trip. Motorcycles are awesome conversation-starters even when you don’t speak the same language.

Bolivia

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For Andrew and I, motorcycles are a way to get deep into the backcountry, find epic campsites, and border-hop through the remotest corners of the world. They’re a way to see places that aren’t seeable any other way. They’re about getting off the pavement and out of the comfort zone: climbing mountains, crossing rivers, and traversing deserts. They’re about scratches, dents, and scars, and the stories behind them. They’re about taking a machine to places I didn’t know we could go. They’re about pushing boundaries.

La Moskitia, Honduras

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Starting this business is about pushing boundaries too. I’ve always had strong opinions about moto gear, but until we started this business I didn’t know the first thing about making it. It has been a steep learning curve so far, which is both motivating and scary. Fortunately, Andrew is an extremely talented industrial designer with a ton of experience, so I know we’ll make something cool. But it’s still a big leap for both of us.

This blog tracks our progress,  Hope you enjoy it!

Pete Day
Mosko Moto
White Salmon, WA

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6 thoughts on “About

  1. timhallrud

    Hi Guys, my name is Tim Hallrud. I am co-founder of the Portland Motorcycle Film Fest, which went off a couple of weeks ago and sold out both nights at the Hollywood Theatre. While I work for Nike, I am really active in the motorcycling community here. In fact, June 28-July 2, I am putting on the Portland Motorcycle Adventure Fest. I already have a ton of big names in Adventure Biking coming, plus most of the local dealers signed up (and the ones who aren’t I have yet hit up yet). I heard about you through a friend. I love adventure riding – I just rode from Berlin to Croatia and back for almost 4 weeks with my brother in September. Plus,I want to support our local motorcycle vendors and suppliers. Email me at Tim.Hallrud@Nike.com. Here’s a video about me:https://vimeo.com/9148080

    I’ll look forward to talking to you.

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  2. Fred

    Hello, I am very interested in purchasing your product when your panniers and bags become available for a gs 800. I admire you guys for trying to improve on the systems out there, keep it up, Fred

    Reply
  3. garnaro

    hey guys – glad to see some new luggage being developed – bags look great in the pics! I’m also pretty particular about luggage requirements and I haven’t yet found anything that seems just right.

    Currently riding down the west coast of Africa on a DR650 before heading back up the other side. If you need any further field testing do drop me a line http://bugsonmyboard.org

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    1. moskomoto Post author

      wow looks like an epic trip! let’s keep in touch on field testing. we’re still a few months out from having inventory. enjoy the ride!

      Reply

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