Today was the last ride with my beloved Ruby before I turn her over to her new owner next week. It turned out to be a fabulous celebration as we were surprised in Markleeville with news of the opening of Ebbetts Pass just yesterday. Ruby is an FGS 700 and is really an amazing bike well suited to the challenges of this ride. I thoroughly enjoyed pushing through the turns, curve after curve as we travelled this newly opened mountain pass still lined with deep snow at the highest elevations. The season is here folks, get out there and RIDE.
Photos from our ride, GPX files, Google Map, and GoPro files available with a click to the following links.
She’s given me 38K happy miles but it is time to say goodbye. For $5000 cash you can take this fine bike home to your garage. This is a 2015 BMW GS 700, factory lowered model with many fine upgrades that make it a fantastic bike for rugged terrain or highway cruising. Some of the features off road enthusiasts will enjoy include: Magura hydraulic clutch, Puig crash bars, Altrider heavy duty skid plate, TKC 80s, radiator guard, headlight guard, Touratech hand guards, Touratech folding brake pedal, and center stand. Your highway cruising will be more comfortable with the Alaska leather sheepskin seat cover, Touratech GS 700 customized wind shield, and the foundation for luggage is included with Touratech luggage racks and Altrider tail bag rack.
I rode it hard so I am saying it is in good condition because there are some scratches on the crash bars and the paint is worn on the frame by my knees. The engine is in excellent condition and thousands of dollars have been spent on regular maintenance with oil changes, sprocket and chain changes, steering bearings, etc. This bike will give you plenty of worry free fantastic miles.
Why am I selling? I am looking for a different ride with a better range in suspension and a little more power from the engine. My new 2018 BMW GS 1200 Rallye is on its way and should be here before the second week in May.
This GS 700 has to go before I can bring the 1200 home. Buy it now from me direct and save. Otherwise, you can buy it later from the dealer and likely pay more.
Yesterday we rode Mexico Hwy 1 south from El Rosario to Guerrero Negro. This trip took all day and carried us from Baja California Norte into Baja California Sur. Ordinarily a full day of highway riding would put us down the road at least 500 miles. Not so today. Although our only stops were for gasoline, water, or a roadside just gotta have relief!, we only made 214 miles this day.
As highway rides go, this is the toughest I have ever done. The route included ascents and descents, tight curves, and long straight stretches with dips that give poor visibility for passing. The road is shared with many truckers who creep up the hills in front of you. The left blinker signal from a trucker means it’s ok to pass, NOT — I am turning left. The only reason you know this is true, there is no where to turn on the left!
The wind, OMG–the wind! On the straight stretches the wind was unrelenting. Most of the time it was a strong cross wind forcing the motorcycle to lean 30 degrees from the pavement into the wind. It was difficult to travel forward and hold my head up. I soon developed a painful crick in the neck and had to take at least two pee breaks AND rest my neck.
The next challenge (besides not getting wet with flying pee), was dodging the pot holes with a leaning motorcycle. They were numerous and rim breaking DEEP.
Watch out when passing a slow truck too! The truck blocks the wind and WHOA, you are upright again. But the bike perpendicular to the pavement only lasts a second and WHAM–you are blasted back down again by the wind!
Treacherous and tedious it was! But we made it safely to Guerrero Negro by late afternoon. Dog tired, we checked in and went almost directly to dinner at a fine restaurant attached to our very clean and comfortable hotel. Margaritas, beer, and fresh fish ended the day. For a great place to stay complete with Fine Dining, Bar, Hotel, and Whale Watching Tours visit Hotel Malarrimo
Monday plan is rest, whale watching, laundry, dining, and packing for Tuesday’s early ride out.
El Rosario, a very small town about 300 miles south of the border is a pit stop for the Baja 1000. Motorcyclist are welcome here. We are enjoying breakfast at Mama’s before heading out to Guerrero Negro. Jon is fashionable for the morning outing!
Border crossing at Tecate was a breeze thanks to Jon’s prepaid visa application. Worse thing so far on this trip, the TOPAS at the border, tall, slick, close together. I almost lost it.
It has been a tough go getting back to long rides since my Tibial Plateau Fracture a few months ago. I have a problem that is new to me in long distance riding. I can’t find the right spot in the saddle, my butt hurts and pressure builds over my lower back. Searching for solutions I came across “Alaska Leather, Home of the Sheepskin Buttpad!” I purchased the Sheared Buttpad, with a special cut to fit the BMW GS 700. It not only feels great; it looks great too. Tomorrow Jon and I head out for two weeks of riding from Sacramento to Cabo San Lucas and back. We want to cover as much of Baja as possible so there will be some long days in the saddle. I hope my new farkle is indeed the solution! Browse my photos, and check out Alaska Leather for yourself at https://alaskaleather.com or, on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/AlaskaLeather/
Another milestone in the healing of a grade 6 Tibial Plateau Fracture — today I did my first off-road ride since breaking my leg 6 months ago. We chose a favorite place — Yankee Jim Road just north of Sacramento off the I-80. It was a perfect choice for my dirt debut. The sky was overcast but the temperature was warm and all went well. Yankee Jim Road is a fun off-road ride for both the novice and expert dual sport rider plus it is well suited for motorcycles of any size. For gpx file, maps, and more see details on 2ShareOurRide or CLICK HERE.