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My BMW GS 1200 Rallye Seat Debacle

My BMW GS 1200 Rallye Seat Debacle is a somewhat embarrassing story but I share it hoping to help other really short BMW GS 1200 riders.  Riding this fantastic bike is thrilling, exciting, and easy to do.  I ordered the lowered model and was able to touch the ground with the ball of one foot. However, what is not easy is parking and maneuvering a loaded GS 1200 at a slow speed using your legs. On a flat surface with the gas tank near empty and no luggage or gear on the bike, I had no problem.  But in real life, rarely do such circumstances exist.  So, I began to search for ways to get more of my feet on the ground. Continue reading “My BMW GS 1200 Rallye Seat Debacle”

Moto Adventure to Moab

We were lucky to enjoy a late spring Moto Adventure to Moab with a small group of friends.  It is so much fun to share the ride.  For those that couldn’t be there with us, we put together some info with maps, gpx files, photos to share with you.  With this information it will be easy for you to make your own Moto Adventure to Moab.  No matter what kind of motorcycle you ride, there is something in Moab for you.  Check our website for navigation downloads and other hints to plan your own incredible adventure.

Helpful files and info can be found at these links:

Motorcycle Moab White Rim Trail on Big Adventure Bikes  https://wp.me/P7WAtQ-JW

Motorcycle Moab White Rim Trail on Dual Sport Bikes https://wp.me/P7WAtQ-J5

Motorcycle the Backroad to Arches National Park https://wp.me/P7WAtQ-JW

 

Lockhart Basin Ride

 

Our 2018 Lockhart Basin Ride was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life!  This ride was is 75 miles of dirt and rocks, near Moab Utah. There were steep, near impossible climbs and rocky narrow trails along the upper edge of deep canyons.  I have done this ride before and it was never easy, but this time the terrain was exceptionally difficult to navigate on my KTM 690.  Trails change with weather and wear and this one was near impassable in places for our May 2018 ride. Our buddy broke the frame on his motorcycle in the middle of the ride.  We strapped it back together enough to finish the ride, but the bike is history.

Lockhart canyon is a famous trail that every dual sport motorcycle rider should do; but, go with friends.  Have 2 or 3 buddies strong enough to lift and push because some places could be just too step to ride without help.

This year was the second time I have done it.  Check out the short GoPro clip to see why  I say it was the hardest motorcycle ride I have ever done in my life.

Carson Ebbetts Pass 2018

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.

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When it’s snowing in the mountains go to the coast

fancy coffee in Sausalito California $7.50 at the Taste of Rome. Worth the ride and a fun stop.

Motorcycle Ride Mexico Hwy 1 South of El Rosario Baja 2018

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.

BMW’s off Mexico Hwy 1 near Catavina, Baja California

 

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.

Roadside Toilets, Catavina Pitt Stop, Baja Motorcycle Riding

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 

Dining at Malarrimo Restauraunt & Resort, Guerrero Negro, BC Mexico
Drone captures salt mining in Guerrero Negro, BC, Mexico

 

Mallarrimo Eco Tours, Whale Watching Guerrero Negro, BC, Mexico
Vicky Whale Watching

Monday plan is rest, whale watching, laundry, dining, and packing for Tuesday’s early ride out.

 

El Rosario, breakfast at Mama’s

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. 

My Latest Farkle for the BMW GS 700: Sheepskin Buttpad

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/

Check out my photos of this new farkle.

Sheepskin Seat Cover cut for GS 700
BMW GS 700 Sheepskin Seat Cover
Sheer Black Sheepskin Seat Cover
OK, so these ducks WOULD NOT get out of my picture!

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