Boots, Tires and Resting Place for My Bike


My boots, Alpinestars Toucans need new soles.  I am a short rider for the F8 and often have to really push off my left boot to get the bike up from its stand and it shows.  Still an amazing boot for the price and 100% H20 proof and so comfortable.  My Heidenau K60 Scout tires are the bomb.  Keep the PSI up and they last forever.  Rear has over 17,000 KM’s and still has plenty of tread left and the front has over 14,000 and is in really good shape.

My bike will stay in this exact place until I get back to the USA.  First time we are separated and yes, I will have a difficult time not being able to ride back in BC.  But…at least she has a spot with a window view 😉

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Days off the Bike continued + My First Really Great Birthday


February 2nd, 2015

I felt like I had to get a post together on my 49th birthday.  What’s funny is that my father and I just came to realize I could use his iPad as a hotspot to access WIFI.  They don’t have internet at their home in Florida.  Long story but my folks feel they are not here long enough to have it activated.  In any case, I am using my father’s GB’s but he is OK with that to help me keep the blog going.  Thanks Dad. 😉

According to the news…not like my video I did not see my shadow being a groundhog and that means 6 more weeks of winter.  Got my shadows wrong.

You know you are in Florida when you see streets lined with Palm Trees, a slight warmth to the air at night even though everyone here thinks it’s freezing outside.  I have not been down here since the early 2000’s.  I have not seen my cousins…mainly Sofarelli’s for over a decade or more.  I came here to rest, see my parents and get to hang out with some cousins who also follow my FB/BLOG and my trips.  How cool is it to have your own family want to come along for the ride? Continue reading “Days off the Bike continued + My First Really Great Birthday”

Day 19 – West Point, NY to Geneva, NY


Tracking web site click here 2014 X Country Solo Trip

After being caught in another storm, love riding in the Spring I arrived at the Westpoint Motel. A bit of a dump in some regards, like the bathroom was gross, I did not trust the linens that kind of stuff…it did get me out of the rain. I was greeted by a man behind the desk that needs to get a new job!

I spent most of the night texting home about my Beagle Cruizer who was hospitalized for not eating for days, lethargy and just overall not feeling well. I have since found out he has been diagnosed with A-Typical Addison’s Disease at the rip age of 10. Perhaps me leaving, all the change in his life as well has brought on this disease that was probably dormant waiting to rear its head. Continue reading “Day 19 – West Point, NY to Geneva, NY”

Day 18 – Service, Storm and Sick Dog


Day 18 of my X Country trip was spent mainly at MAX BMW in Brookfield, CT.  I needed a 20,000 KM service but decided to wait until I get home to have the valves inspected on my bike.

Cool dealer, they have loads of classic bikes on the show room floor as well as all the new models.

The service included, air filter, oil filter and oil change, top up fluids, inspection.  The Master Tech found my output Shaft Seal to be leaking oil and was replaced under warranty.  I got new front and rear brake pads, a new DID gold chain and sprockets.  Mainly preventive measures I am taking.  My tires, chain and pads all had some life left in them but I still have over 4000 miles to go.  I adjusted the ergo’s of my handle bars a bit and with Dan we tilted them back in my risers just a touch to make my reach a little closer.  Felt good afterwards when I was riding. Continue reading “Day 18 – Service, Storm and Sick Dog”

HEIDENAU K60 SCOUT TIRES | MC TESTED


Funny we have been using these tires since 2010 and surprised this reviewer just heard of them.  We get tons of mileage out of them and I would disagree on one thing.  Not a 50/50 tire, more like 60/40. 😉 We have them on our bike 24/7, 365 days a year.

Have them on our F800’s right now…and would only use these for where and how we ride.

Heidenau K60 Scout Tires

Motorcyclist, January 13, 2014

Heidenau Dual Sport Tire


I have embedded a great video made by Revzilla reviewing the tires we choose to use on all our bikes.  We bought our first set back in 2010.  Placed them on our 2010 BMW F650GS bikes.  Rode cross-country on them and came back after 12,000 KM’s with plenty of tread.  Leslie also got a nail on day 2 of our 26 day trip.  We plugged it, centre tread and she rode the entire trip on this plug.  We installed them on the Triumph Tigers we borrowed for Alaska.  Rode over 15,000 KM on all terrain and came back with many KM’s left on that set.  We are now on our fourth set of Heidenau’s using the K60 Scout on our own 2013 BMW F800GS bikes. Continue reading “Heidenau Dual Sport Tire”

Pictures of the Day


Got my bike last Saturday and just hit over 700 KM…first service scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 27.  Some pictures after I picked up my stock tires.  We had Heidenau K60’s installed before we both picked up our bikes and sold both sets of Anakee’s to a nice Triumph Tiger owner. 😉

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Heidenau K60 Tires


We use these tires all the time.  We commute on them, we have taken to Alaska in 2011, cross-country in 2010, been on the Triumph Tiger 800XC bikes we borrowed, got over 14,000 KM on that set, got over 19,000 KM on the set after going cross-country on our Beemers and now Leslie has over 23,000 KM on the set mounted on her Beemer.  We keep the PSI at 36 most of the times and they seem to not want to wear out.

Revzilla has a good review as always on these tires. Anthony states they are a 50/50 tire.  That is how they are advertised.  We would call them a 60/40 maybe 70/30 tire.  They are not a super knobby so expect a ton of traction in sand and deep mud.  Having said that we survived a very wet Dempster and Dalton highways.  Tires are subjective and you need to find your way by trial and error based on your riding styles.  We commute on these all the time but love the fact that if we want to wonder off-road we have a tire we can trust underneath us. 

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