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  1. See you on Saturday!
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    Why Isn't the GS Trophy Competition More Popular?

    I'm not sure if I should take that as a compliment...
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    The great tool-bag thread

    Never used it so far, hopefully I will never have to I have a few small loops under my seat so I can use them for getting a hold of the bike. They are tow straps I got from a local bike shop or amazon: https://www.amazon.com/TGL-Bright-Yellow-18-Inch-capacity/dp/B01GH3PBN4/ref=sr_1_1?s=automotive&ie=UTF8&qid=1506697127&sr=1-1&keywords=tow+loop
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    XLADV Races BAJA RALLY

    Yes, but I'm not competing. Not this year. I registered and then cancelled (got cold pegs - gettit - haha) and my name remained in the list.
  5. Now, THIS is Gold! Thanks Eric, looking forward to seeing more initiatives like this. Great job!
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    Welcome to Beyond Starbucks!

    By the way, I found the Beyond Starbucks sticker you sneaked on my windshield...
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    Michelin Anakee Wild

    Michelin Anakee Wild - Wildly Aggressive 8 months and 9,000 miles later, my R1200GSA seems to be liking the new tires even more than I do! When I was approached by Michelin and was offered to test-ride the new Michelin Anakee Wild for the water-cooled R1200 GS’s, I was quite skeptical. “A new 40/60” I originally thought. Never having seen the tire before, I did a quick research to find out that the tread design was not like the competitors’. The tire initially looks like an oversized true knobby tire, almost like the ones we use on our single-cylinder bikes. And apparently, that was not too far from truth! Before we begin, let’s talk about some technical details. When BMW announced the specs of the 2013 water-cooled GS, many of us wondered if they made a typo in the press release with the tire sizes. Unfortunately, the first reviews confirmed the not so common 120/70 R19 front and 170/60 R17 rear. We knew immediately that our choices would be limited for off-road or mixed-use tires. And for riders like myself, who like “getting dirty” our options were even less. In fact, at that time there was only one manufacturer who would offer tires which can be considered suitable for a little bit more… aggressive off-road use. The only alternative would be leaving the manufacturers recommended sizes or even replace the wheels. And then comes Michelin. To add to this, the Anakee Wild tires are radials. Yes, you read that right. Not a surprise from the inventor of the radial tire technology from back in 1946. In short, a radial tire will allow the sidewall and the tread to function as two autonomous features of the tire. While a bias tire consists of multiple rubber plies which over lapping each other. The crown and sidewalls are also interdependent. Thus the overlapped plies form a thick layer that is less flexible and more sensitive to overheating. There are numerous well-put articles by professionals who explain in great detail the pros of a radial tire. Back to our test, I received the Anakee Wild set in July 2015, right before the GS Gypsy Tour and the MOA Rally. What a better test-ride than 3,500 miles of mixed highway and off-road single tracks and ATV trails! Since I already had a little bit of thread on my existing tires, I decided to try and change them mid-trip using nothing but the tools we carry on the bike. This was going to be a real-time test! When it was time to fit the tires, I made sure they stayed under the mild July Colorado sun for the entire day. Undeniably, this helped a lot since the tires where extremely easy to fit. I even had to break and seal the bead on the rear twice, due to a… user error. I had no problems either breaking or sealing the bead with the trail tools. As I managed to create a small audience everyone’s reaction was identical to my first: “These do not look like 40/60 tires”. “My point exactly” I would always reply. The tires, especially when placed side by side to the competition, are clearly more aggressive with more spread out knobs and quite aggressive on the edges. Features which would make some riders skeptical regarding the stability of the tire on pavement. Remember, this is supposed to be a dual-sport purpose tire. I could not wait to try them out now that they were on my bike! Since I was at the campground, my first test was on paved road. And unfortunately, my initial reaction was not positive. The tires are noisy. Very noisy. To the point that a long trip would be unbearable without earplugs. But on the other hand, I consider this to be a knobby tire and consequently a certain level of noise is expected. On the following day, I had the opportunity to try the tires on the twisty Colorado roads. Having decided that the earplugs were necessary and the noise unavoidable, I concentrated on the grip and performance of the tires. The Anakee Wild tires will have absolutely no problem holding you on the road on the tight Colorado turns. Not even once, I felt any loss of traction. Having my bike fully loaded with the side aluminum cases, the only reason I would not scrape the pegs was because the paniers would find the road first. Of course, this is not a tire to put on the track but after over 20,000 miles with nothing but the competition 40/60 tires, it was nice to remember how it feels to have great grip using a dual-sport tire again. While still on paved road, the Anakee Wilds will perform equally great on the wet surface as well. Brake times were not significantly longer than with a 70/30 tire such as the Anakee III. Generally, the tire will perform absolutely great in almost any situation on paved roads. Interestingly enough, Michelin is promoting the new Anakee Wild tires as 50/50. I personally do not agree with this ratio and I base my assumption on the tires’ amazing performance on the off-road challenges. The Colorado rocky trails provided a great opportunity to test the tire’s performance. The rubber compound is as almost as soft as it is required for hard packed terrain. But in some cases, it was too soft. After 3,500 miles on fist-sized sharp rocky single-tracks, we noticed that the knobs are taking a huge hit and pieces of rubber are tearing apart from the tire. But this is expected as a harder tire would not perform as good in such conditions. However the biggest advantage the Anakee Wild has to offer is riding in soft sand. For the first time on a 600 lb bike, I actually felt a grip. The tire was equally great on the deep, sticky South Carolina mud. The tire’s more spread out knobs will allow sand and mud to evacuate from the tread faster. Also the more aggressive design on the edges allows the tire to grip in soft ground all the way through turns. As for the durability, I am currently at 2,500 miles on my second set and there is still about 40% thread left on the rear. Now, remember that I ride aggressively. I usually change 3 rear tires for every front. Speaking of, the front still looks like new! I think I have found the tire that suits my needs best. The tire overall meets and exceeds my expectations. I wanted an aggressive tire which can be safely used in paved road and I found it. Although the noise becomes an issue, the performance off-road is making up for the inconvenience. In my opinion, Michelin could easily promote this as a 30 on / 70 off tire. Easily. And although I feel confident enough to follow the single-cylinder bikes on the track with my 1200GSA, it is still not a dirt bike. The tires are now available and I already called my dealer and I will be getting the first two sets! PROS: Surprisingly good traction on paved dry and/or wet roads Extremely great in hard packed rocky terrain Unmatched performance on soft sand and mud Superior durability over the competition CONS: Very noisy on the paved road A little bit too soft for very sharp rocky roads Who am I? Well, glad you asked! I'm Dimitri and I live in Lafayette, CO. I have over 120 hours of off-road training in the last 18 months on his 2014 R1200GSA. I competed for a place in the BMW GS Trophy finishing 9th and 5th overall. My training grounds are the rocky trails of Boulder, Grand and Larimer Counties and the sandy dunes of the North Sand Hills Special Recreation Management Area near Walden, Colorado. And no, I do not work for Michelin.
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    Michelin Anakee Wild

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    Michelin announced the release of their new Anakee Wild tires. They are radial tires meant for 50/50 use (on/off-road) on adventure motorcycles. The all-new compounds and innovative tread pattern are inspired by Michelin's Desert Race tires. Offset blocks and curved tread grooves provide off-road performance improvements, especially in soft and challenging conditions. The front/rear casing design provides improved on-road stability as well. The Anakee Wild tires will be available from Michelin dealers starting on 1 March 2016 and are available in sizes to fit R 850, R 1100, R 1150 and all R 1200 GS and GS Adventure motorcycles. Available sizes: Front110/80 R19 120/70 R19 Rear150/70 R17 170/60 R17
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    What did YOU do on your bike today?

    Alright, are you ready for this? Because I sure as heck was not... Let's put the bike on the side stand. Good... Now... Let's remove the center stand! :eek1:eek1:eek1:huh:huh Well, yes... the skid plates goes there! Using this doohickey, I removed the safety pin (woohoo!!) Then, I tried to remove the tube, cylinder, mini barrel, whatever... Yeah, ain't happening. Did I mention that AltRider made sure I have all the tools required? Well, I'm not sure this is what I was supposed to do with the extension, but it worked! Rinse and repeat (on the other side). And... This is why we wear protection people! Let me tell you my goggles saved me! LOOK MA! NO CENTER STAND! Did I mention the bike needed to be in the side stand? :lol3 So now, using the screws also provided... We secure the front side of the skid plate. Then we put the barrel thingie back through the plate first. Then we put the safety pin back. We repeat the same process on the other side. Now, you'll see that in this picture, I... forgot... to put the skid plate before putting the barrel thingie in. So, sue me! Then we secure the barrel thing with the screws provided. Make sure the thread and head type matches! Tighten everything back and you're good go! NOTES: 1. Make sure you tighten back EVERYTHING!!! 2. Use Loctite thread lock where instructed! (not shown in pictures) Here's the final product! HEY!!! I want to see YOU trying fitting 4 bikes and a trailer in a one-car garage! Don't look at my mess :shog So.... people will ask me: "WHY THE HECK DID YOU REMOVE THE BDCW??!" Well, among other things because I think the AltRider looks more... stylish. Yes, I'm that guy. Maybe, I'll regret it, maybe not. It is a matter of taste people. Both products are superior. Well, I don't know yet about the AltRider one. I'm going to ride the same terrain in 2 weeks. I'll let you know! Dimitri, out!
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    What did YOU do on your bike today?

    So let's start with the first step (that was NOT in the guide)! Let's loosen up all the lower crash bars of the GSA! Because my friends, the skid plate, is attached on the frame (among other places)... All of them... Now we REMOVE this one completely! We also remove these two! Thin spacer between the bracket and the frame, using the screw provided. Thick spacer on the rear one and using the BMW screws. This is how it will look (LEFT SIDE). IMPORTANT: DO NOT TIGHTEN THE SCREWS!!! Thank you Kurt! Now, let's repeat the same steps on the RIGHT side. Yes, I'll show you pictures because OCD that's why! :wink: Remove these two... Remove this one... And loosen up these ones. Right bracket, front side, thin spacer and screw provided by AltRider. Thick spacer and OEM screws on the rear right side. Better view of what you should look at.
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    What did YOU do on your bike today?

    I replaced my BDCW with an AltRider skid plate on my R1200GSA So let me start by saying that I have no major issues with the BDCW skid plate. It served me well a few months back when I rode AltRider's Taste of Dakar. In fact, I really enjoyed the challenge of installing it myself. I even made a guide about it! However there were a few things I found weird and due to mild... who am I kidding, severe OCD, I had my mind on 'em all the time. Such is the fact it was using hose-clamps to secure the bracket where the skid plate would be... See what I mean? Regardless, even with the hose-clamps, I had no issues like losing it while riding etc. However, while at the Taste of Dakar event, I had the chance to see the AltRider skid plate mounted on a GSA and what can I say... I liked it! So I violated 2098's toy budget and ordered me one! A few days later... So here's everything that was shipped. Of course, the instructions were there as well. Yes, this time I did read them. And yes, I was sure I followed them step by step. And let me tell you what: 1 hour and 9 minutes. That's how long it took me. My only complain... But AltRider was kind enough to have their instructions on their website so I got my iPad with me to the garage and started the installation! :clap Not to mention that I was able to get someone on the phone right away and answered a stupid question I had... Here's a comparison next to the BDCW one. Nothing much different, right? Well... From this picture you can tell that the BDCW has a little bit taller profile. REGARDLESS, this is NOT a comparison. Not yet, this will come after I test the AltRider one! So the good folks at AltRider, were kind enough to include a note with what tools I need before I start. Let me tell you: that, was, AWESOME! Having to stop in order to buy those pliers, would have sucked!
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    RotopaX on aluminum side cases

    I tried it with pressure wash and they interior was kept dry
  13. He didn't because of the group's dynamic. But I hear it's a standard route now in every weekend class. I'm going there again, hopefully I won't have to get rescued this time! Haha!
  14. On our way, we kinda got lost and took the advanced route right at the power line road… Nothing we couldn’t handle! Photo by Pete As we’re riding, there’s a KTM 990 rider who joined us. Apparently, his group was stopping every 10 minutes and they were too slow for him. I didn't really feel comfortable, especially when I realized he was riding too close to me. Several times, I had to let him pass through. This is NOT how you’re riding in a group sir. Eventually he got separated and took off ahead of us. But only for a while. A few miles down the road, we found out that he hit a rock and bent his rim because he was running very low pressure. I looked at Jeremy and we pretty much had a secret grin on our faces, not because of the misfortune of our fellow rider but because we knew we made the right choice. 110 miles later, we arrived at the famous (?) Pioneer Saloon for lunch! Photo by Pete Photo by Pete After lunch, Jeremy decided he had to ride the highway back to the campground as it appeared he was more injured than he thought. At this time, we still don’t know if it’s a broken rib. I hope not! So the 5 of us now, we’re ready to continue but from the scenic route since we wanted to take it easy. Then our group, was approached by a young gentleman riding a rental GSW. He asked if we were riding the easier route and if he could tag along. I noticed he had street tires, he was wearing tennis shoes, jeans and a hoodie. At first I agreed and started riding but for the next mile, all I could think was him riding a challenging terrain with street tires and not the appropriate gear. As the group leader, I took the hard decision and asked him to leave our group. At first I felt terrible for leaving a fellow biker behind but my thought process was that I will not risk myself and/or my group members. I explained to him that we feel his luck of appropriate gear and tires, will compromise our safety and cannot be held reliable if something happens to him. I still feel I did the right thing. The rest of the ride was phenomenal! Easy to intermediate paths, fantastic views and so much fun! Photo by Pete Photo by Pete Photo by Pete Back at the campground, some person thought that riding bikes in the desert is not crazy enough and started demonstrating his flying skills! As we’re getting ready for the dinner, I had the pleasure of meeting two great people! Let’s start with GS Giant #1, Joshua Farnsworth, the man responsible for our “little” Giant group And then, I met with Erez Avramov. Erez, is trying to be the first amputee who will ride the Dakar Rally. Need I say more? Check his progress here. What an inspiration and honor meeting him! I also need to mention that Jimmy Lewis will be personally training Erez for the Dakar. This is crazy! Jimmy would never do a 1:1 unless he really saw something in him. I am so jealous!! Dinner time with award presentations! Apparently, I won the award for best attitude together with the slow ride… My price was a 3-day bike rental from MotoQuest. The night ended with beer and live music! The new day came with nothing but amazing experiences! And I'm ready to leave. The next Taste of Dakar is less than a year away! Bottom line, what I posted a few days ago on Facebook… As I'm finishing this trip report, all I can think is the fact I met people I'll ride to hell and back with. Derek, Kevin, Curt, Jeremy and Pete, it’s you I’m talking about! I’m looking forward our new I-6 adventure! Ride on brothers! Once again, I want to quote Ted Simon: "Motorcycles have put me in touch with wonderful people, as a result of that I have an elevated idea about how good everybody in the world is." Thank you Altrider and Jimmy Lewis! See you next year!
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