The Northern Lights


Two things we did not see while traveling this summer, the dark and Aurora BorealisJust another thing to add to the bucket list.  :-)



KLIM TRAVERSE – The gear we wore on our Summer Trip

KLIM makes some of the best gear out there for DS/ADV riders.  Well, we think so.  See post from September 23rd, 2011 for the new Badlands and Latitude suits coming this fall. Not cheap gear but looks and feels like this stuff would last a long time.

Info for the grrls out there…this gear can fit us but the new Latitude Suit will fit gals with hips, which we all have better.  if you have a slim figure you would be able to fit into regular sizing but if you have hips like me having waist gators would help.  The Traverse does not have any way to open up the sides of the jacket but the Latitude does.  The new Badlands does not.  Hip gators expands the jacket where a gal might need it.  I am excited that KLIM heard the needs of women and have made at least one suit really unisex friendly and in my case will most likely be able to fit into a medium jacket versus a  large.  As for the pants, again may have to go larger for the hips but I am over what the size is as long as the fit feels good.  Jacket sizing to me means more because right now my Traverse is a bit baggy in the chest because of the larger size I have to wear.

***The Traverse arms seem a bit lean and may feel tight on some bulky folks.  just FYI.

The Traverse treated us very well on our trip and still does in the lovely rain we have been having in the lower mainland near Vancouver, BC.  KLIM gear is so comfortable that we have even gone out to dinner in it after work.  Again, I am not being paid to say this stuff, just sharing our opinions on gear.  One thing I look for when researching bikes, gear and accessories is real reviews from people who have been using the stuff for more than a few hours.  

The Traverse would make a really good dirt bike suit even though we use it everyday.  Not enough pockets for true ADV riding but still 100% waterproof, you can upgrade the armour to D3o, good venting even though it is a Gore Tex shell, love the fact that the layering is up to the rider.  We mainly use just a Gerbing heated liner either plugged in or not as the layer.  No need to stop and put a rain liner in or rain suit over this gear.

So comfy we go out to dinner int he Traverse

We hope to get the new Latitude when it comes out.  More pockets and seems better suited for road touring and ADV riding.  Here is KLIM’S video of the Traverse and it comes in black too now.

Cross Country Trip 2010 – A montage of the last few days

Just made a short video showing the last few days of our Cross Country trip last year on our Beemers.  We were doing our best to avoid heading home.  Interesting though we got home August 11th 2010 last year and this year we ended on august 11th, 2011.  That was not planned. 

Last years trip was 26 days with riding for 23.  We saw 17 States, 5 provinces and did about 11870 KM.  This year we were away for 44 days, rode for about 37 and did almost 14,000 KM. 

My Test Ride of the Street Version of the Tiger 800 from April 12th 2011

This is from April 12, 2011 and we were not sure if we were going to be riding the Tigers on our trip yet.  This is a true impartial test ride. 

Keeping the BLOG, Changing the Title

I like this BLOG and a lot of time and effort has gone into it.  So, we will keep this BLOG as our own way to continue to document all that we do with our motorcycles from now on.

No reason to start from scratch!  This way we can also look back on our once in a lifetime trip to Alaska on board the Triumph Tigers but also BLOG future trips long or short.  Mechanical issues if any on the bikes we are riding. Mods we make too.  A BLOG all about adventure touring, commuting and riding in general.

Thought about  putting BMW in the title but I am reluctant to brand us.  We love bikes and for now it is Beemers all the way but who knows what the future has in store for us. 

So, we carry on with and if any of you who have been with us since the day Triumph said yes, we hope you stay on for our unknown future plans.

Cheryl’s BMW the day we pick her up.  December 2009

Pick up Day

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Our Beemers and New Contour + Camera

Cheryl and I got to take a nice fun ride on Sunday, September 25th, 2011 on a forest road near our house.  Stave Lake Road near Mission, BC.  There has been a lot of construction work done on the road so it is actually really easy to ride now but still a nice way to get off the main highway.

I am going to start a new BLOG soon that will be all about our motorcycle journey’s, adventures and just our passion for these bikes no matter the brand or make.  We are keeping ourselves not married to a brand because we never know what we might own next.  For now, it is the advgrrls and our 2010 BMW F650GS/798 bikes.

I will post the new BLOG link here just in case any of the subscribers want to carry on with us in one way or another.

Last Batch from our 44 Day Adventure

Loon Bay right outside 100 Mile House BC, Our pit stop for 3 nights before heading home!




The cutest BUTT there is!



We loved this little cabin!
























































Most likely will be starting a new BLOG just about our motorcycle travels in general and no matter what bikes we own that will be our BLOG from now on.  Feel free to leave a comment if anyone thinks this is a good idea.

BEER & More Scenic Pics

Only time we road in the dark and it was in Skagway for about 1 mile





Saw nothing while riding through Whitepass



















Trying to figure out how to stop the stalling


















The little thingy I was using to clean my camera screen. never again could I get a picture like this again!




Part of our foot care!

















Barkerville, BC















KLIM – New AWESOME Gear coming out this Fall 2011

We wear this stuff and are looking forward to trying out the new gear.  If you don’t like buying gear that has tons of layers and needs a water proof liner or rain gear to go over, then KLIM is the way to go.  No, we are not paid to say this nor to get we KLIM gear for free….just believers!  Choose your own layers and voila….you got yourself gear that can be worn 365 days a year!

One thing is for sure KLIM seems to listen to their buyers because these two new suits really have had a lot of input from people like us and KLIM made changes and look what they have come out with…absolutely the most comfortable gear we have ever worn and we own the TRAVERSE.

And of course the Diamond Suit the Adventure Rally…the most expensice suit KLIM makes.

McCarthy & Kennicott + More Pictures

The Park is bounded on the west by the Copper River, on the north by the Mentasta Range and to the south by the Chugach Range. The most impressive mountains by far are those contained in the Park, including Mounts Drum, Sanford, Wrangell and Blackburn, which can be seen from various points along the Richardson Highway.

The new Park headquarters is located at approximately mile 107.5 on the main Richardson Highway. Heading south from Copper Center, take the Edgerton Highway to Chitina, then continue on to McCarthy.

From Copper Center it takes about 50 minutes to drive to Chitina, and then about 2 1/2 to 3 hours (or more) to drive the next 58 miles over the old railroad grade to McCarthy, where the road terminates at the Kennicott River.

Grizzly's, Chilkoot River, Haines Alaska


Homer and some of the Alaska Marine Highway too






























SPOT Connect = LOVE IT










Harbour @ Whittier, AK

























Highlight Pictures Continued

I was not supposed to stop and take this picture, learned that after I took it




















Maclaren River Lodge dogs, Bandit is the Black and White and forgot the other dogs name, GREAT LODGE, GREAT PEOPLE!


Maclaren River Lodge, Denali Highway






















Ewan McGregor's Rim from Long Way Round @ The Motorcycle Shop in Anchorage!


Our air Filters which initially were thought to be the cause of our stalling problems. This was after about 9000 KM. Cheryl's is the one on the right.


Cheryl's air filter. She always following me


Our gracious ADV hosts, Gary & Deb! from Anchorage!