Longing for the Open Road – Memories of our 2010 BMW F650GS Bikes


Since we seem to not be able to get away on a decent rode trip this year I am entertaining myself with pics from our 2010 Cross Country Trip…and other trips.  In 2010 we both got our first Beemers and we picked mine up in March 2010, Cheryl’s in Dec 2009.  By June 2010 we were off for 26 days to ride across Canada and the USA.  No planning just learned by ourselves what to pack and how to navigate ourselves. 

I hope we are tempting all you street riders to come to the ADV side of dual sporting….enjoy….

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We need a TRIP!


This is what we did in 2010 and hope to do more like this on our BMW F800′s….our BMW F650′s treated us well…

Here are some of our pics of the 2010 F650GS Beemers….
Also, here are 2 maps of the States and Provinces we have been to….we have so much riding to do in north America!

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Adventure Riding Night


 Pacific motorsports. Vancouver BMW Triumph Aprilia Moto Guzzi Husqvarna MV Agusta dealer logo

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I am honored to be invited to speak at PACIFIC MOTOSPORTS our BMW dealer.

Free food, KLIM there and the intro of the new BMW 1200GS, plus me!  Cheryl is still in Ottawa but I get to share many pictures and stories about our Adventure riding endeavors!  What would be better than being around like minded folks/riders….good food and a great dealer?  Ummm…Cheryl being there but I think I can handle it!  ;-)

Hope some readers of this blog who are local will come down on Friday, March 22!  I think it’s going to be a fun night!

Special Guest speaker: LESLIE SOFARELLI

Friday, March 22, 2013 (6pm – 9pm)

COME Along For the RIDE with US


If you have 10 mins and want to take a ride with us sit back and enjoy this video I made of our BC back country ride this summer…this is only part of the 850 KM we did off road…Between Clinton and Lillooet, BC.

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I am not the best editor but learning….ENJOY your virtual RIDE across some of Beautiful British Columbia.  Sure hope those who read this from far away…get an idea!

Picture of the Day


If anyone has been around the Parliament Building in Ottawa you will know what we are doing in this picture is not the most legal.  There is not parking or stopping in front of this building…the funny thing is I made Cheryl stop for a photo OP…but look in the back ground….RCMP cruiser.  Cheryl is a cop too!  oops!

Last Day for our KLIM Adventure Trip


July 20th 2012

As you will see from the pictures you can tell the last day of our trip to Idaho and back was typical “wet” coast weather.  While riding in temperatures from 12 C to 42 C…basically low 50′s to triple digits in Fahrenheit, we almost had to turn the heat on for the last push.

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KLIM ADVENTURE part V


All pics are clickables!  ;-)

Before heading up the Oregon coast we rode to the Northern tip of California.  Part of the Redwood Forest.  We literally stopped at the visitors station to pee and look around and then went right up the coast, Rt 101. We have done this route many times before in a Jeep and on our bikes.  To be honest we never really get enough of the coast and we never see it the same time of year. 

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KLIM Adventure part IV


July 9th – July 20th 2012

***Worthy to note:  We had a discussion with Edward from KLIM about how one time he was riding his KTM in triple digits and he swears his gas began to boil and his bike would stall.  On this trip when were in triple digits Leslie’s bike began to stall.  We thought maybe it was the ethanol used in Idaho gas but Cheryl’s bike only stalled once.  My bike seemed to have issues in the HOT heat.  My theory now is the oil.  When we went cross-country in 2010 we changed our oil to 20W50 because of the heat wave that the east was experiencing.  I think we should have done that for this trip.  WHY?

20W50 motor oil is suitable for warmer climates, where the higher temperature causes the oil to thin. It is also useful for vehicles subject to hot temperatures and for those used for high-stress activities such as hauling or pulling trailers.

So, in the end I think for some reason my bike ran hotter than Cheryl’s causing me to stall like crazy after riding for hours.  I could get the bike to restart most times and other times just pulled over and let the bike cool down.  Anyway, interesting to note because we usually run 10W40 semi like most but another good lesson learned for the future.***
 

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KLIM Adventure Rally (July 6th – July 20th 2012) part II


Part I CLICK HERE

This years summer trip was way shorter than last years epic ride with Triumph Canada, 2 Triumph Tiger XC bikes to Alaska.  Not 44 days long but only 11.  Why?  Leslie started a new job in January and was not able to get a large amount of time off this summer.  As a matter of fact every day Leslie used for this break from work was banked OT not vacation time because she is not able to take “vacation” until her probation is over.  BTW, should have been over July 16th.

KLIM Trip

In any case, every ride no matter how long or short can turn out to be an adventure and this was no different.  This trip we contended with temperatures ranging from 12 C (53 F) to 42 C (107.6 F).  The beginning of this trip we saw triple digits. Continue reading

OUR KLIM SPOTwalla Page (will be activated July 9th)


On our trip will be using our SPOT Connect for tracking purposes.  This is so useful for our friends and family to keep an eye on us while traveling and in way easy on us so we do not have to make phone calls.  So, feel free as I say follow the bouncing ball and see where we are.  From July 12-16 we will be camping out while attending the KLIM Adventure rally.  The SPOT will not be activated at that time but before, July 9th and after see where we go because we have no idea where we are heading after KLIM.

See our other SPOT adventures here:  SPOT PAGE

SPOT KLIM ADVENTURE TRIP and then WHO KNOWS LINK!

If at anytime the SPOT is not sending out our GPS coordinates please feel free to comment here.  We do not always check to see if the SPOT is working.  Thanks.