Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy


MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE. Best to watch videos full screen and in HD

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When I look back at all the years I have spent in Canada, all the fortunate riding I have been able to do since 2010 when I got my street license these videos will enable me to really see, feel and reflect. My life here has not been bad.  Continue reading “Remembering 2014…my own form of therapy”

Canada to the USA….oh, the joys of moving back “home”


Update: I learned how to import vehicles into the USA from Canada today. Not terribly difficult but nonetheless work. I had to contact BMW & Fiat USA to apply for letters of compliance. This was after I called the Canadian divisions because that made sense to me.  NOT! 😒 Compliance letters mean my vehicles meet USA DOT and EPA standards. Both vehicles do.

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However, since my motorcycle and car were not built-in North America I have to pay 2.5% duty on the Kelly Blue Book values. Just another way to tax us. After I decided what State I will live in I will have a letter of import all ready from the border and just have to get them inspected. More money and will have to change the insert for my speedometer to MPH versus KPH. I can get that insert from a BMW and Fiat dealer. Continue reading “Canada to the USA….oh, the joys of moving back “home””

214th Country to Visit my Blog – South Sudan WELCOME


Overview
 History
Egypt attempted to colonize the region of southern Sudan by establishing the province of Equatoria in the 1870s. Islamic Mahdist revolutionaries overran the region in 1885, but in 1898 a British force was able to overthrow the Mahdist regime. An Anglo-Egyptian Sudan was established the following year with Equatoria being the southernmost of its eight provinces. The isolated region was largely left to itself over the following decades, but Christian missionaries converted much of the population and facilitated the spread of English. When Sudan gained its independence in 1956, it was with the understanding that the southerners would be able to participate fully in the political system. When the Arab Khartoum government reneged on its promises, a mutiny began that led to two prolonged periods of conflict (1955-1972 and 1983-2005) in which perhaps 2.5 million people died – mostly civilians – due to starvation and drought. Ongoing peace talks finally resulted in a Comprehensive Peace Agreement, signed in January 2005. As part of this agreement the south was granted a six-year period of autonomy to be followed by a referendum on final status. The result of this referendum, held in January 2011, was a vote of 98% in favor of secession. Independence was attained on 9 July 2011. Since independence South Sudan has struggled with good governance and nation building and has attempted to control rebel militia groups operating in its territory. Economic conditions have deteriorated since January 2012 when the government decided to shut down oil production following bilateral disagreements with Sudan.

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Lower The Water Level please……


December 13th 2014 – (all pics are clickable for hi rez and there are videos in the post.)

Rode out to see the Eagles again today at the Sandpiper Golf Course about an hour ride east of my house.  Been going out here every year for almost 18 years.  Will be going out a lot more over the next month or so because the river is still way too high for these magical creatures to feast on the spawning salmon.  There were a lot more eagles flying around today than a few weeks ago.  This area makes me forget about 2014 as being a year of loses. Makes me feel really good to be honest especially when I ride.  I have some hurdles still in my way before I move back to the USA but I have such a good family and friends I think I will jump over them and land on my feet.  But, MAN…would I love to just stay out here with the eagles for weeks.

Beauty-she makes me feel so light 😐

Temperature was perfect for riding.  Between 4C (39.2F) – 7C(44.6F).  The next four pictures were taken by a guy name Doug.  I just was watching him take shots of an eagle that was real close to us and low on a tree branch.  He showed his pics using a great lens and better camera than mine and I asked if he would email the shots he loved.  Gave him my blog travel card and he did indeed keep his promise.  Mailed me these pictures and I told him in return I would post them and link his site.  Doug said he is not a pro but I think he is an awesome photographer.  Thanks DOUG if you read this for the pictures and nice to have met you.

I met DOUG who took this shot and graciously emailed me a few of his pictures. Amazing and he claims to not be a pro.

Visit Doug’s website by clicking this link DJB-PHOTO

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Welcome to Canada-Better late than never


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Just wanted to announce today I passed my Canadian citizenship exam and have been approved 👌 to be sworn in I hope in the next 2 months! My interviewer asked “what took you so long?” Continue reading “Welcome to Canada-Better late than never”

It’s Still FALL but…Feels Like Winter


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Inexpensive Safety Farkle – It’s good to be Seen


I got these new LED signal inserts for my 2013 BMW F800GS.  I feel the need to deck my bike in LED lights wherever I can.  Presently, I have a LED low beam which has been really great and bright.  My AUX LED on steroids, and now LED signals using inserts.

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2014 – A Year to Forget but I am still THANKFUL…


Vancouver from the air

Feel free to click the pics for larger Hi-rez versions

2014 has been one hell of a year for me and still is on some levels.  Separation, leading to divorce, death of my beloved 10-year-old Beagle, Cruizer…work issues, deciding to leave Canada after almost 18 years and start over?  So, what to do?  Do I dwell on all the misfortunes I have experienced or do I try to hold on to the things I am and should be grateful for?  Seems like such an easy question to answer doesn’t it?  I should instinctively say I am THANKFUL for being alive, my family, my friends, my passion for organ donation, my dogs, my bike, my many many trips I am able to take, yet I am not completely convinced I feel this thanks deeply in my heart.

I think after I write this post and I’m reminded how fortunate I am, I hope to end with a truly genuine thanks. Let’s see how I feel as I write and post some of my favorite pictures from the Fall of 2014.  I don’t BS, been told I offer too much information, TMI, but again this is me and what I like to do is actually write how I am felling in the moment and I just happen to share it with well?  A few people around the world. 😉

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Airplane, Bagels & Fuzzygalore


In the words of my new real life friend, Rachael AKA Fuzzygalore: Continue reading “Airplane, Bagels & Fuzzygalore”

AltRider = Premium Quality and Protection


I figured that when I put anything on my bike that has real life testing to prove my dedication to a manufacturer or online company that has great customer service and products I need to share.  All of us when buying bikes look for the best value, protection, and items that assist us with better visibility, etc….real life reviews are what I look for and they are hard to come by when reading magazine reviews.  Just for the record I am not paid to endorse any products.  I just share what works well for me.  I also share what I would buy again and again.

If you buy from them mention my blog or name…you never know!

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I SURVIVED THE POLAR VORTEX on 2 Wheels


November 14th -16th 2014

In this video if you listen closely I rub my pegs….;-)

Mileage 1178 Km’s

Polar Vortex Route

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CYCLOPS H7 LED Headlight Module Install


I installed the new LED module on my bike but only the low beam.  I felt since I use the low the most in conjunction with my Aux lights I would light up the sky.

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I am going to add one more item…LED signal inserts when the come from Adventure Design

Specs

Lumen Rating         2400 (RAW)

Color temperature   5600K

Power draw             20 watts

Life span                 30,000 hrs

Warranty                18 months

The install is pretty straight forward but I would say the secret is removing the entire head lamp and take it from there because there is a fan and a heat sink that you will need to tuck inside the housing.

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2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and 800 XC – First Look More standard features and more tech for middleweight ADVs.


click me 2015 Triumph Tiger 800 XR and 800 XC – First Look More standard features and more tech for middleweight ADVs

TRIUMPH Listened…and I like the improvements…can’t wit to read the reviews!

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BMW EYE CANDY!


BMW eye candy! Both of both worlds yet again…ADV and street!

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Type Water/oil-cooled 4-cylinder 4-stroke in-line engine, four valves per cylinder, two overhead camshafts
Bore x stroke 80 mm x 49.7 mm
Capacity 999 ccm
Rated output 118 kW (160 hp) at 11,000 rpm
Max. torque 112 Nm at 9,250 rpm
Compression ratio 12.0 : 1
Mixture control / engine management Electronic injection
Emission control closed-loop 3-way catalytic converters, with interference pipe
Performance / fuel consumption
Maximum speed over 200 km/h
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 90 km/h 5.4 l
Fuel consumption per 100 km at constant 120 km/h 5.8 l
Fuel type Super (premium) unleaded, octane number 95 – 98 (RON) (knock control; rated output at 98 RON)
Electrical system
Alternator 486 W
Battery 12 V / 8 Ah, maintenance-free
Power transmission
Clutch Multiplate clutch in oil bath, anti-hopping clutch, mechanically controlled
Gearbox Constant-mesh 6-speed gearbox, straight-toothed
Drive Chain 17/45
Chassis / brakes
Frame Aluminium composite bridge frame, partially self-supporting engine
Front wheel location / suspension Upside-down telescopic fork Ø 46 mm, compression and rebound stage adjustable
Rear wheel location / suspension Aluminium 2-sided swing arm, rebound damping adjustable
Suspension travel front / rear 150 mm / 140 mm
Wheelbase 1548 mm
Castor 117 mm
Steering head angle 64,5°
Wheels Cast aluminium wheels
Rim, front 3.50 x 17″
Rim, rear 6.00 x 17″
Tyres, front 120/70 ZR 17
Tyres, rear 190/55 ZR 17
Brake, front Twin disc brake, floating brake calipers, radial 4-piston fixed caliper, diameter 320 mm
Brake, rear Single disc brake, 2- piston floating caliper, diameter 265 mm
ABS BMW Motorrad Race ABS (part-integral), disengageable
Dimensions / weights
Length 2183 mm
Width (incl. mirrors) 940 mm
Height (excl. mirrors) 1408 mm
Seat height, unladen weight 840 mm
Inner leg curve, unladen weight 1.894 mm
Unladen weight, road ready, fully fuelled 1) 228 kg
Dry weight
Permitted total weight 434 kg
Payload (with standard equipment) 206 kg
Usable tank volume 20 l
Reserve ca. 4 l

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Pouring Rain, EWS error code, Sun, More Rain & the Olyimpic Penisula


This what I woke up to leaving La Conner this morning.  It was an on again off again rainy day.  Some pooling on the roads and just bad drivers made for an interesting ride at times.

But before I took of from the Channel Lodge I had to take some pics of the reception area.  I love this little lodge.  Has a great cozy feel to it. Continue reading “Pouring Rain, EWS error code, Sun, More Rain & the Olyimpic Penisula”

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