Monday, June 14, 2010

Thursday, May 20, 2010

mileage check

122,647 miles

Mud fun

Got a little stuck last weekend in the Florida Keys. I also passed the 20,000 mile mark, all since last February.

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Time for a new pipe

My Two Brothers muffler is falling apart, one rivet at a time. I have the original muffler and may try to install that.

Friday, March 5, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

one year of riding the GS

As of February 17, 2010, I have owned my 1150GS for one year.

The current mileage is 120,200, meaning I put 17,720 miles in the bike in the last 12 months. That includes having the bike out of commission for an entire month with the faulty Hall Sensor. So, based on 11 months, that's an average of 1,600 miles per month.

A 400 mile a week average is not bad when you live on a 2x4 mile island and have a 100 mile 2-lane road to the mainland.

Monday, January 18, 2010

a little adventure

Went for a ride, rode some trails, got soaked in a downpour and got seriously stuck in some deep mud. A full day. This is the first stop. Trails were in good shape, if a bit wet.

Then...I decided to go to another spot just down the road. What started as a simple off road side trip turned into an adventure in the mud.

I tried to navigate this mudhole, realizing quickly that I only had one chance to make it. If I fell in the water, it would be very difficult to get the bike back up. I headed for the bushes, hoping for more solid ground. This is looking back to where I started. I rode right by the plywood, hugging the edge and heading for solid ground. That is my track on the lower right of the photo.

Below are my tracks where I exited the bushes and where I got stuck. The bike could almost stand up by itself. Eventually I had to gather rocks and stack them in front of the rear wheel, then walk the bike while slipping the clutch and giving it throttle. All in all, it only took about a half hour to get out.

Everything's an adventure.

Thursday, December 31, 2009

Hail the BMW GS

"Taken Tuesday morning in upstate New York. The conditions, if only to prove that this man has cojones de fuego, were 5 degrees Fahrenheit, 30-mph winds, and ice. Hail the BMW GS!"

Hat tip to Jalopnik

Sunday, December 6, 2009

Somewhere in the Florida Keys

Here's two poor quality videos of a spot just off US 1 in the Keys. I had the camera tucked in my jacket on my chest, so the video was shot through my windscreen. Not great but it will give you some idea of the terrain. These are not edited at all, so it takes a while to get the gear on and the bike rolling at the start of the videos.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

TKC's still have some life...

The Continental TKC 80's survived the trip, both the trail and gravel
and 2600 miles of slab, in good shape. I am impressed and will
probably get several thousand miles more out of them. Amazing
considering the terrain we covered and the weight of the 1150 GS.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Long Way Round to Key West

2665 miles from Moab to Key West in 7 days, or about 380 miles a day. My longest day was just over 560 miles, my shortest 140 miles.

(click to enlarge map)
Best part of the trip was finally seeing my wife again in Vero Beach Friday night after 13 hours on the motorcycle.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Vero Beach

550 miles today....finally at my in-laws. Dinner on the grill.....wife smells good. Sunday......Key West......3 weeks on the road......priceless.

This ones for Nate

World's largest Harley Dealer

St. Augustine and heading south

Thursday, September 10, 2009

8 days ago I was in the falling snow/sleet on my birthday at 13,000 feet on a Colorado mountain top. Saturday, I was in the high desert in Moab, Utah. This morning I had coffee in the French Quarter of New Orleans and by the afternoon was standing in the white sands of a Florida beach. Tomorrow night I will be with my wife in Vero Beach and the next day back in Key West.

Trey at dinner

John in Destin

Welcome to Florida