Hunting in North Dakota:
Living in North Dakota means that I am a big hunter. It’s just part of the territory up here in the northern tip of the US. The landscape is made up of miles of wilderness full of game, in the form of pheasants, waterfowl and big game such as moose and elks. I love to hunt and when I’m not cruising around on my latest motorized toy or watching my favorite sports, I spend the weekends out at a friends hunting lodge. My friend Dirk has owned the hunting lodge for 6 years now and every few months a big group of us head out there together to hunt, drink and eat what we kill!
Navigating the Rough Terrain:
The terrain up in the wilderness of North Dakota is rough and difficult to navigate around in a 2 wheel drive vehicle. Dirk has an old 4X4 that we usually go hunting in but, in recent months, this is starting to break down beyond repair. Dirk thinks it’s probably time to give up fixing her and move onto something else. This got me thinking about the best type of vehicle to manage the rugged landscape. When I was a young boy my father owned a Rokon. Perhaps not the sexiest of motorbikes, the 2 wheel drive Rokon can make it’s way over practically anything. I remember my Dad driving over fallen trees on the ugly thing and it didn’t seem to struggle one bit.
The History of the Rokon:
Dirk really likes the idea of buying a Rokon too. It was made vey popular when Jim Fowler rode around the desert on one for 20 years whilst shooting his television show Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom. More recently, the Rokon was popularised by Mark Spreadborough and Bob Crisman in their documentary Chip’s Winter Ride. During this show, Spreadborough and Crisman make the Rokon look as though it’s the most fun anyone could have on a motorbike.
The Rokon, the first ever all wheel drive morotcycle, was invented in 1958 by inventor Charles Fenh. The power transfer system and hollow drum wheels that Fenh invented back in 1958 are still used in the Rokon’s that are being manufactured today. Although pretty ugly, the Rokon really is a super bike. It’s strong, durable, reliable and will literally drive over anything. Unfortunately it’s also very very slow, which compromises by need for speed somewhat. But when we’re hunting, Dirk and I need to move around slowly anyay, so as to spot the game and not scare it off. To find out more about the history of the Rokon you can check out their website here.
Dirk and I share 2 things in common. The first is our love for hunting and the second is our passion for motor vehicles. We’re both pretty intrigued by the Rokon. It may not be fast and it might not be pretty but riding around on rough terrain with no need for care or safety awareness is something that excites us both. Plus, Rokon’s are handmade and, in this age of mass produced factory vehicles, it’s rare to find a moto that has been made with such attention to detail. The other big factor is that the Rokon barely uses any fuel at all, rarely has any problems that require expensive fix up jobs and require little to no maintenance. So, we can leave the Rokon at the hunting lodge and it will just start up straight away every time we head out there for a hunting weekend.
Buying a Used Rokon:
Finding a used Rokon is the next big step we need to take. Both Dirk and I know a lot about motors and we can tell a decent vehicle from a dodgy one fairly easily. It’s just not that easy to find a used Rokon for sale. The used Rokon models seem to be snapped up pretty quickly, which is hardly surspising considering how well made even the older used Rokon models are. Interestingly, we have found a few decent looking used Rokon models here where there also seems to be a decent supply or used Rokon parts.
Once Dirk and I have found a really good used Rokon I will report back with our findings. It’s safe to say that we are both a little bit more than excited about the prospect of careering around the North Dakota wilderness on our brand new but used Rokon. Speak to y’all again soon folks!