March 29, 2015 = pick up day
Recap…this blog has been a bit sleepy because well? I haven’t been doing much since October 17th, 2015 except trying to heal from my crash.
On October 17th,2015 I did this
I have gone through 3 months of refection
Most pics can be enlarged! Updated from a previous post
I have been asked many times “how can you ride such a tall bikes”? So, I have put together some pics to try to show as close as I can with the specs I know what I might look like on all the recent bikes I have owned or “borrowed”. My height is 5’5″, well almost 5’5″ 😉 with an in seam of 30.5 inches.
Riding “tall” bikes within reason is doable for any rider who can ride. All about your own comfort and instincts. Trust them and learn. Continue reading “How tall is too tall?”
I feel like I am always saying good bye to something…this time it’s my brand new 2015 BMW 1200GS. Totaled on October 17, 2015 only after owning her for 3 months. Welcoming back will be my loaded 2013 BMW F800GS.
October 17th, 2015 was a new adventure for me. I crashed and totaled my brand new 2015 BMW 1200GSW. Some were hoping this would be my wake up call hoping I would not want to ever ride again. I wonder if those same people question those who have been in a car crash? I digress.
My life with my bike(s) has been full of LIFE. Exploration, going places I would never dream about going in a car. Meeting so many people who don’t share my passion about bikes but want to know “how do you do this alone?” What is it like to ride in bad weather? Don’t you get scared? Aren’t you worried you will crash and die?
My life with my bike(s) has been about meeting people who share my passion and want to exchange stories.
Well, the later question is easy, not one I hope many experience but was I worried I would ever crash and die? Yes. It’s the truth. Always in the back of my brain, somewhere was that thought but I was never scared for that day if and when it happened.
What scared the crap out of me on October 17th was the fact I had precious cargo on board. I never envisioned myself jeopardizing another life all the while doing what I LOVE and know can be dangerous. I mean pretty much just living can be dangerous into today’s society but we all know riding on two wheels, exposed to many things makes us more vulnerable to “accidents” and injuries.
March 16th 2015
I own the TCX Desert boot and the Alpinestars Toucan. Older models and both Gore Tex. TCX runs narrower than the AP. If you order TCX boots I would go up a size and I would recommend both these boots for the price. 100% H20 proof but if you have wider feet the AP Toucan and the Sidi will work better for your fitment.
November 1 2014 (In another post I will write a little review of the TCX Gore Tex Desert boot)
Total Mileage 883 KM’s. (Oct 30 – Nov 1) Continue reading “Riding Clears the HEAD – Last Day of My Washington Fall Trip”
2014 Annual Fall Dual Sport BC ride is a group ride for all size bikes and skill. There are three routes, A, B and C. C is the big bike adventure route. Great organization, great people and always a great ride.
October 19th, 2014
Before I post about today’s ride I think I should catch up the BLOG about where I am at in my separation. Again somethings should remain private but others can be shared since I have shared so much. I guess you can say I am in the mourning phase of the loss of my relationship/marriage. I will mention my ex’s name only once and then she will be referred to as my ex. 😉 Cheryl left on January 30th, 2014 and never looked back. Since then I was fortunate to be able to buy her out of my house and keep it.
Just like that, some money and the swipe of a pen she was erased from ever owning my house. We are completely separated and I would suppose the next step would be a divorce in 2015. So, 2014 has been a struggle for me yet I seem to be able to continuously ride my bike. It’s been a busy Fall fitting power rides, leisurely rides as well as the annual BC Dual Sport off-road ride too.
September 28th 2014 (all pics click-able for Hi-Rez) I woke up to a very FOGGY and misty morning.
My usual early rising…I manage if lucky to get about 4-5 hours a sleep a night. Long story but anyway….I checked the weather out and the weather people did predict the sun would shine eventually. So, what to do? What else, find someone to take care of my dogs and plan on riding a 700 KM day trip. I need to power ride once in awhile, especially when I FEEL the need to go on a LONG trip like I do now. Not possible but let’s make the best of this day and I did.
Rode up to Chehalis Lake British Columbia today. A decent logging road that takes you through shady forest areas to vistas with views to die for….temperature changes throughout the ride. No cell coverage so I brought my SPOT just in case. Here is the link to my track…
I personally think this would be a HUGE hit in North America if Yamaha made this a reality weighing in about 400 pounds? I don’t know what do you think?
A new Yamaha adventure-tourer powered by the FZ-09’s triple? Let’s hope it’s a reality!
Photographer : Photo-Illustration: Young Machine
Regular readers of Cycle World know that we are smitten by the lively 847cc triple in the Yamaha FZ-09 streetfighter. They also know that we thoroughly enjoy the Yamaha Super Tenere ADV bike. Problem is, for many potential customers, the Super T and its 1200cc engine are a bit too big and heavy for some off-road riding situations.
Here’s one possible solution, as seen in the photo-illustration above provided by our friends at Young Machinemagazine in Japan. We’ll call it the MT-09X, and this motorcycle appears to be just what Yamaha needs—an ADV machine that can gobble up lots of miles on the highway while being lighter and easier to handle in the dirt. And while this illustration shows the bike outfitted with tarmac wheels and tires in a more Ducati Multistradavein, who’s to say that Yamaha won’t step up and fit the MT-09 Tenere with DOT knobbies on a proper 18/21 setup? A lot of customers could be covered by a pair of models like this.
What do you think: Would you like to see Yamaha build an MT-09X, or at least a very similar machine? We would. An ADV Yamaha that’s much lighter than the current Super Tenere would make a great addition to the lineup, powered by either the FZ-09’s triple or possibly even the FZ-07’s 689cc parallel twin. We don’t get the XT660 Tenere in the United States, so we strongly suspect that this new Yamaha MT-09X would be a big hit on our soil. Agree?