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  1. Khaled Y. Abueljebain

    Joining hobbies

    When i decide to kayak through my gs adventure 1200
  2. Stara__Varos

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    From the album: Transfagarasan road (DN7C)

    Transfagarasan Road in Romania
  3. Scottbraaply

    BMW Everyday Adventures

    Hey guys! My name is Scott and I'm a fairly new off road rider/seasoned photographer from Baltimore, MD. I was recently approached by BMW Motorrad to participate in their Everyday Adventures project, which is based around the ethos of exploring the best motorcycling places that are close to home. The project involved is posting content that reflects these endeavors, and the person who gains the most folllowers proportionate to where they started from is flown out to Motorrad Days in Germany! It would mean a lot if you all check out my content and give me a follow! Some of my work is attached below, and my Instagram is scottbraaplyphoto! IMG_3108.mp4
  4. Hey! I'm new to this forum, but thought I'd share a few snaps from my weekend trip to the Lake District. We rode some awesome trails and camped near Keswick. It had been raining heavily the days before we arrived so the trails were pretty muddy and flooded, but we had a load of fun
  5. Stara__Varos

    hello from Greece!

    Hello! My name is George, i am from Athens, Greece and now I live and work in Thessaloniki. I ride a 1200gs 2005 model. Two wheels is my passion. I started with destinations near my hometown and so far ι have visited all Balkan countries up to Ukraine, part of western Russia and south Finland, some Asian like Turkey and Georgia and most of European countries. I try, when circumstances allow it, to ride my motorcycle aiming to travel worldwide. Georgian side of Caucasus mt. Estonia, i think..
  6. Hi, New to this board, not new to adventure touring. Having previously owned and farkled a 2014 KLX 250S, have moved up and am in the process of farkling a 2010 BMW G650GS. Looking forward to checking out this board... Ciao
  7. Motopreneur

    Dutch 'Motopreneur'

    Hi all, My name is Martijn, I'm from the Netherlands, and I've only recently stepped into the allroad/offroad life. About a year ago I bought a first generation Ducati Multistrada 1000DS which obviously isn't really built for offroad adventures but that didn't stop me (although it did supply me with some fun moments, for example when I arrived at an organized offroad event where they asked me if I was actually planning on riding the Multi, and after answering yes they automatically placed me in the beginners group). Anyways, the Duc was stolen last april just 2 weeks after some major maintenance including replacing the valveguides. Of course I also just put on all the farkles I wanted. Fortunately the bike was properly insured and the insurance expert was pretty realistic about the actual value of the bike, meaning I could now look for a new bike. I kept 2 lists of possible replacements for the Duc, one had some cheaper bikes (Honda Varadero, high mileage R1100GS, early model V-Strom) on it so I would have some budget for farkles, and the other had some bikes on it more at the top of my budget (R1150GS or high mileage R1200GS, Aprilia Caponord or BMW K1200S). Obviously I was fooling myself a bit there, because I ended up buying a bike from the second list and already received about 7 packages with parts and farkles in the first week after I bought the bike. So without further ado, my new bike: A 2002 R1150GS Adventure ABS in Touratech Revamp trim. For its age it's fairly low mileage, I think it's a tad bit lighter than the original, has the Xenon headlight and also came with a new customfit tankbag and Laser exhaust (original was mounted when I bought it so it's not in the pictures). I'll be servicing it this weekend as the previous owner didn't ride it much (he had a R1200GSA as well) and it probably won't be long before she gets some knobbies. By the way, the bike is a company motorcycle as I'm self-employed and I also use it to drive to clients. So that's where my nickname comes from (also on Facebook / Instragram / Twitter). When I grow up I'd like to make a living doing something with motorcycles though, and not just be the entrepreneur that rides a motorcycle. Cheers, Martijn
  8. Hey guys! So, lately I've signed a deal with Zard Exhaust (www.zardlab.com), and they've supplied me with an exhaust for my F800GSA. Well, here's the videos I made about it: a more general one, and raw footage of how it is to have a Zard on your bike. Let me know what you think of it!
  9. Stefan Szmolyan

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    From the album: Szmolyan Stefan

  10. Stefan Szmolyan

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    From the album: Szmolyan Stefan

  11. Jason R

    2014 BMW F800 GSA

    Selling a 2014 BMW F800 GSA. Options included Heated grips ESA ABS ASC Traction control Lower crash bars Hand guards 6.3 gallon fuel tank Fog lights Over sized foot pegs Adjustable rear brake lever Bag mounts Aluminum paniers Tall Wind screen Accessories that I have added are: Altrider skid plate Altrider radiator guard Altrider luggage rack Rotopax gear box with locking mount Touratech bar risers The bike is in excellent running condition. Has been ridden off road so the plastics are not perfect. 7100 miles. [email protected]
  12. justin73

    New Guy in L.A.

    Hi All, Just got my first GS (a 2012). Ready to knock the shine off of her, so looking forward to meeting up in the So. Cal area.
  13. Quick set of photos of the install I did of 1 x water and 1 x gasoline Rotopax packs (1 gallon each) underneath the OEM panniers of my 1200 GSA for my 6 month trip next year in USA + Canada. The reason for mounting them this way was to keep the weight as low as possible on the bike (the packs will not necessarily always be full in any event) and to avoid them getting in my way. So far, I have had no issues while riding, even on very tight and/or very curvy roads. In case of a fall, both panniers have been reinforced to be able to take the additional strain. Although I don't necessarily expect them to survive a more severe crash on asphalt. Rotopax are heavy duty. So no, I am not too worried about falls when off-road, or even on-road to a certain extent. And don't expect to go up in flames either. Should one Rotopax end up being damaged enough, I will simply replace it So here goes. 2 aluminium plaques were cut out to reinforce the bottom of the panniers. And were installed on the inside. Holes were drilled in the plaques to be able to access the rivets at the bottom of the panniers. Aluminium spacers were also cut out, to be fixed on the outside of the panniers. The black plastic corners on the panniers would have caused the packs to rest on them and therefore put more stress on the pack mount and especially the screw used to tighten them. Didn't mind drilling holes in the panniers. Which were never waterproof to start off with anyway ^^ And turn into swimming pools whenever it rains. And no, I was not unlucky with this set of panniers. I have another set with exactly the same problem (even drilled holes at the bottom of each pannier of the 2nd set to help evacuate the water). Pack mount and spacer mounted. View from inside the pannier. The pack mount, spacer and inner aluminium plaques are all held and tightened together. Everything can be removed in a matter of minutes. Gasoline Rotopax on. Water and gasoline Rotopax on. They are centered underneath the panniers and do not stick out from them. No chance of the right one ever touching the final drive either.
  14. Stara__Varos

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  15. Reports Record Sales for November and December, Steady Growth In Sluggish Market WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – January 11, 2018 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorrad reported sales of 13,546 motorcycles for 2017, down just 1.3% from the 13,730 motorcycles sold in 2016. However, despite the slight downturn, BMW outpaced the rest of the motorcycle industry (which was down 3.2%) and its relevant competition (which was down 6.3%). Sales of BMW motorcycles increased 37.3% in December 2017 (1,270 units) compared to December sales in 2016 (925 units), capping eight months of steady growth over the previous year in BMW Motorrad’s strongest export market. BMW Motorrad USA posted a 15% growth in sales from September through December compared to the same period in 2016, and showed a 27% growth in sales from November through December in 2017 compared to the previous year. “We are proud to report these impressive results despite current market conditions,” commented Michael Peyton, Vice President, BMW Motorrad North America. “BMW Motorrad USA achieved all-time record sales in November, while December 2017 was our best December since 2004 and our fourth consecutive month of sales growth.” According to Peyton, strong year-end results were driven by the ever-popular BMW R 1200 GS Adventure, which accounted for 15% of December sales volume. “New and loyal customers; the broadest model range in our history; and a strong and growing dealer network will continue to propel BMW motorcycle sales in the coming year,” he observed. BMW’s robust product offensive will continue in 2018 with the recent introduction of the new 215 hp BMW HP4 Race limited-volume, supersport motorcycle (BMW’s most-exclusive motorcycle ever offered), the 2018 BMW G 310 GS (BMW’s second entry in the smaller displacement segment), the 2018 BMW C evolution electric scooter, the 2018 BMW C 400 X (premium mid-sized scooter), the 2018 BMW K 1600 B Grand America, as well as several special-option motorcycles. BMW’s diverse range of adventure models, roadsters, sport bikes, tourers, and scooters can be seen and ridden at 153 U.S. retailers. Many new and updated BMW models are also currently making their debut at motorcycle shows around the country. For more information about BMW motorcycles and retailers, visit: www.bmwmotorcycles.com. For information about The Progressive International Motorcycle Show schedule, visit: www.motorcycleshows.com/. BMW Group In America BMW of North America, LLC has been present in the United States since 1975. Rolls-Royce Motor Cars NA, LLC began distributing vehicles in 2003. The BMW Group in the United States has grown to include marketing, sales, and financial service organizations for the BMW brand of motor vehicles, including motorcycles, the MINI brand, and Rolls-Royce Motor Cars; Designworks, a strategic design consultancy based in California; technology offices in Silicon Valley and Chicago, and various other operations throughout the country. BMW Manufacturing Co., LLC in South Carolina is part of BMW Group’s global manufacturing network and is the manufacturing plant for all X5 and X3 Sports Activity Vehicles and X6 and X4 Sports Activity Coupes. The BMW Group sales organization is represented in the U.S. through networks of 344 BMW passenger car and BMW Sports Activity Vehicle centers, 153 BMW motorcycle retailers, 127 MINI passenger car dealers, and 36 Rolls-Royce Motor Car dealers. BMW (US) Holding Corp., the BMW Group’s sales headquarters for North America, is located in Woodcliff Lake, New Jersey. Source: BMW of North America, LLC
  16. Bryan Bosch

    BMW Owner with lady problem!

    Can anyone relate? Pretty serious stuff...
  17. For sale BRAND NEW, still in the plastic, never been opened AltRider skid plate and the mounting bracket; also BRAND NEW. Located in northern California, and would prefer a local sale, but I'm willing to ship them. I'm asking $450 or best offer for both, and I'm open to trades. I enjoy hunting, hiking, motorcycles (obviously), travel, and all sorts of stuff so let me know if you've got a good trade. Thanks for looking. http://www.altrider.com/en/product/detail/pid/2078 http://www.altrider.com/en/product/detail/pid/1382
  18. BMW has a new "whale foreskin" suit out called the EnduroGuard. I had their Rallye 3 suit and it was actually very good. This one appears to have more of an enduro or off-road functionality, which I welcome given the type of riding I prefer. What do you think? Video: And another featuring Adventure Brothers' Shawn Thomas From their press release: Product Highlights: New generation suit for off-road use, waterproof Highly abrasion-resistant shell of dynatec and dynatec stretch, with a ceraspace layer in some areas, a BMW innovation in cooperation with Schoeller Textil AG 3-layer laminate with BMW Climate Membrane™ membrane, wind and waterproof, highly breathable NP2 protectors on back, shoulders, elbows, hips and knees (infinitely height-adjustable) Coccyx protector, retrofittable Extremely good all-round ventilation through many generously sized ventilation options, double front zipper as an AirVent system Lining – 100% polyester; Mesh lining in jacket and pants and 3D-Mesh on the back, breathable and elastic 8 jacket pockets, 7 of which are waterproof, men's jacket with additional breast pocket, 3 pants pockets, 1 of which is a key holder (ideal for Keyless Ride) Sleeves and legs can be opened wide, recessed cuffs provide protection in foul weather Wind guards and recessed cuffs in the jacket provides effective protection against wind and rain Waterproof storm hood integrated into the collar Leather patches on the insides of the knees for a secure grip on the tank when riding off-road Snap buttons on the jacket front are concealed to avoid scratching the tank; and hook-and-loop straps allow a variety of width adjustments and ventilation openings Reflective print on the jacket Attachment zipper: all-around and 40 cm Comfort fit Colors: Men’s jacket in grey or black, women’s jacket in grey, both pants in black Ladies' sizes: 34-48, 72-88, 18-22 Men's sizes: 46-66, 98-118, 24-32 MSRP: Jacket - $949.00 Pants - $649.00 EnduroGuard Gloves for men and women also available, featuring ceraspace and two-chamber technology, in sizes 6/6.5 – 12/12.5
  19. Stefan Szmolyan

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    From the album: Szmolyan Stefan

  20. I had this steep alpine Romanian road for very long on my bucket list. After all i have heard or read about it, i had to check to have my own opinion. So, is it the best road to ride as well-known british auto-moto show claimed? Rate from 1 to 10.
  21. WOODCLIFF LAKE, NJ – February 13, 2017 – (Motor Sports Newswire) – BMW Motorrad USA has announced pricing and equipment updates for select 2017 models, including the next two Heritage motorcycles arriving at BMW Motorrad dealerships nationwide. 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Model Update / GS Adventure Price Change In conjunction with the product enhancements coming with the model update, the R 1200 GS base price increases by $200 (from $16,495 to $16,695 MSRP). The MSRP of the R 1200 GS Adventure, will increase by $200 as well (from $18,695 to $18,895 MSRP). 2017 BMW R 1200 GS Model Updates In showrooms March 2017. Standard Features Updated design/front panels New/Enhanced Packages Keyless Ride has been added to the Touring Package, which is also included in the Premium Package. Both packages increase by $250, with the price of the Touring Package increasing from $1,445 to $1,695 MSRP and the Premium Package increasing from $2,950 to $3,200 MSRP. Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, and Dynamic Pro Mode (a configurable ‘user’ mode) have been added to Ride Modes Pro, which is included in The Technology Package and The Premium Package. There are no package price increases associated with these enhancements. Style 1 (Rally) package ($600 MSRP) is now available with new color Lupin Blue Metallic. This off-road oriented package comes with a Cordoba Blue frame, gold calipers, Cross Spoke Wheels, Black Powertrain, Sport Windshield, bi- color rally seat and removes the center stand. To keep the center stand, standard windshield, and standard seat (for more passenger comfort) there is a passenger kit available. (Exclusive) package ($350 MSRP) is now available with new color Espresso Metallic. This package comes with an Achat Grey frame, gold calipers, and Black Powertrain. New/Enhanced Factory Options High Comfort Seat ($50 MSRP) Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment (ESA) ($950 MSRP) has been enhanced with the latest generation technology including an automatic ride-height adjustment and automatic damper settings. The price remains the same. Extra High Rally Seat ($50 MSRP). Only available with Style 1 (Rally) package and only if Passenger Kit is not ordered. Dynamic Traction Control, Hill Start Control, and Dynamic Pro Mode (a configurable ‘user’ mode) have been added to Ride Modes Pro. As a result, the price has increased $50, from $400 to $450 MSRP. Passenger Kit ($225 MSRP). Adds center stand, standard windshield, and standard seat (for more passenger comfort) when Style 1 (Rally) package is ordered. Sport Suspension ($300 MSRP). Only available with Style 1 (Rally) package and Dynamic ESA. Not available with Low Suspension. Sport Windshield – Only available within Style 1 (Rally) package Off-Road Tires – Only available within Style 1 (Rally) package Comfort Seat ($50 MSRP) Colors All existing colors and Special Model Triple Black have been replaced by the following colors and style packages: Light White ($0) Lupin Blue Metallic (only available with Style 1 (Rally) package: $600 MSRP) Black Storm Metallic ($100 MSRP) Espresso Metallic (only available with Style 2 (Exclusive) package: $350 MSRP)
  22. Stagehand

    Sonora Rally 2017

    Eric suggested I put this here. At this year's Sonora Rally I raced a BMW R850RR Rooney Special. Its custom built airhead rally bike based loosely on an old R65 engine, with a lot of tricks. I'm happy to describe them all if anyone is interested. Feel free to ask questions. This is the second time Ive done the Sonora on an airhead. I'll try and figure out how to embed photos later as well. Thanks for reading. Been sitting at PHX airport for 7 hours waiting for a flight home.. Had a little time to write up a thing about the rally. It's long, sorry. Ok so where to start. I had this romantic idea of building an old BmW, from scratch like the ones that used to rally in Dakar. Know it inside and out so not only could it be fixed, (by me, importantly) but it's emotions whims and secret language and could be read and I could tell and it could tell me what was happening to it as we went. Enter the Rooney special. Well long story short too late we smashed it all together with the guidance and help of Paul Rooney, the bikes paternal grandfather in engineering, and a bunch of others who shall be held responsible, later and off to the desert to test our mettle and metal. I know Bill conger wanted to go, but he was on the fence and it might have been my readiness that pushed him off it onto the side of Let Go Race. I mentioned on Facebook that we needed a crew chief and up stepped Tumu Rock. A better choice we could not have found. He would be our driver, support, babysitter, comic relief, and mechanical assistant. The Sonora rally is a special event. Not only is the organization extremely passionate in a low key way, but they are gracious enough to allow me the opportunity to take my home built machine and put it into their competition. For that I could not be more grateful. I was extremely nervous and anxious to say the least as the race drew near. Having had never enough time to sort it completely, there were still bugs to work out and it wasn't as sorted as if promised myself my next bike would be, having had a year and a half off due to knee surgery. I hoped and hoped I had thought of everything and prepared for all contingencies but really though, who can say? Mexico and the Sonora is a beautiful brutal crucible. The bike and I survived the sandblast rally in early March, so off it went in bills truck to points west. Ok, so to the hard parts: Tech inspection and registration day is spent entirely doing preventative maintenance that wasn't able to be done after Sandblast: torque the head studs (which needed to be done on this fresh motor with only 400 miles on it, very nerve wracking as I didn't want to pull the threads in the engine case) then adjust the valves.. Then figure out where on the dipstick 2.5 quarts of oil landed, as this bike has a non-standard sump. That requires draining and carefully refilling. Switch a bunch of electrics around to accommodate the rally required transmitters, and add my auxiliary fuel supply to the newly added saddlebags. This ended up taking all day among other things. Finally done and no disasters. Day one: Penasco to Liberdad. Two stages of mostly a mix of rocky piste and sandy piste. I learn the bike and it learns me. The stuttering carb issue I never figured out, but I figured out how to work around it. I pass some, and I get passed some. I can hardly recall day one now.. I know I opened two waypoints. One in the 1st special and one in the second, and took the ten minute penalty each one came with, rather than waste any more time than that searching for them. All I remember is about 40Ks from the finish, the front brake lever goes totally soft. I check the line and the master cylinder looking for leaks, but nothing. Squeezing the handle brings the pressure back up so off I go. I'm not nearly hydrated enough so I find my arms are cramping all day. Shortly after I hear the front brake grinding when I squeeze the lever and curious, I look closer to discover one of the front brake pads has fallen out due to the loss of the locating pin. That's why the loss of pressure, and return. The brake pistons pushed the remaining pad up against the disc and the disc up against the caliper. So... No front brake. Ok, just limp it in, then.. I can not remember if I packed front brake pads or not. About 3Ks from the finish, I see Bill again. I always hate to see Bill stopped and standing next to his bike.. It's not the first time. He asks for a quick tow to pull start him and I do.. To no avail, so I just tow him 13Ks back to the bivouac. An inglorious end to da one. I am happy to be able to help, though. Dave Peckham and Rally Managment Services rescue me by giving me KTM brake pads which miraculously fit, because indeed, I FORGOT YHE STUPID BRAKE PADS and we fabricate another locating pin. Thank the gods it works. I also discover while on my back underneath the bike that the pushrods tube seals have split and are leaking engine oil. A quick clean and some RTV sealant and my fears of massive oil loss are allayed for the time being. Bills bike requires a bit more loving, and the unknowns are debilitating. Much mucking about And it sort of fires up reliably, if I may combine "sort of" and "reliably" so we have no choice but to attempt day 2. Liberdad to Penasco: More sandy piste.. Everything is so soft.. Even the ground that is covered in vegetation which is supposed to be firm is somehow hollow underneath, and tires sink when you think it shouldn't. So, lots of throttle and revving for little headway.. A strange experience. A short 6K dune run and begun to think I'm in trouble.. I don't believe the bike likes soft soft sand so much and I get a little more wiped out than I prefer. But I end up making good time to the finish.. I recall now some power line roads and rocky double tracks. The thought of the big dunes makes me ver anxious.. Although I remember that the Great erg is a different kind of sand, so I am hopeful. I don't have to open any waypoints on this day, And it ends up being a good one. It's a bit unsettling to see Bill at the gas stop midday with the seat off, and him limping. I ask if there's anything I can do, but there isn't and he says get moving so I do, Although I am sadly disappointed to see bills bike in the truck when I reach the finish at the bivouac. The bike has quit, lousy bastard, and additionally, a bad landing from a 70mph launch has probably broken his ankle. After two days it's time to change the rear tire and mousse. The front is decided to be fine so is left un touched. Tumu and Bill help to do that while I do something that escapes me now. Funny how so little time has passed and so much has happened. I know I was busy as hell but I can't recall at all what it was. Day 3, Penasco to San Luis Colorado. Long 200K transit to first start in the am. I fill up before the transit and after. It's a freezing ride up the highway in between the sea of Cortez on my left and the Altair desert on my right. Another 40K's from the second fuel to the start of the special, I am concerned about fuel, and do t think I'll make it through with what I have. My crew is supposed to meet me but they had to leave after me, and were stopped for half an hour at the military checkpoint while I was waved through, so they weren't there. But lo and behold, the one and only Johnny Campbell hears my prayers said aloud and loans me the extra gallon and a half I needed, which saves my morning. Makes me feel special to have someone with that reputation be so generous to me. I start the special with a full tank, which is nice because I hit the first reserve before I made the 90 mile fuel stop. The first half of the stage is crappy choppy hard speed bumps saved to close to be any fun at all. great erg dunes are indeed much better sand. In fact, the flow is just amazing when it starts flowing. Smoothest ride ever, and all the throttle you can give it. I realize there are some dunes I just cannot hit the very top of though, and begin to look for ways around. There is always a way around, if you can manage to keep track of the tracks of the leaders. It eats up some time, and extra kilometers, but maybe not as much as if I tried to attack them head on over and over. I relearn the technique of wringing the bikes neck at high rpm to and sitting over the rear wheel to get to the top, then right before cresting, turn about 45 deg and go over it level, rather than launching like a moon rocket. This works amazing well when it works, as there are three things that can happen. Number one, not quite enough juice and you fail to reach the top. Chop throttle too soon, and my the front wheel goes over, but not the rest, which sucks because you have to dismount and drag the front wheel back over the top the way you came and try again. Very tiring. Second option, give too much throttle and launch. Landing nose first on the far side with your face in the roadbook and your ass over your head. Additionally, gas spills out the overflows while the bike is upended. Several times I fall over the high side and eat a face full of sand, eyes wide open. Since this always means the handlebars are downhill, you have to drag the tires around till they are on the downhill side (don't try to drag anything uphill, it's a worthless fruitless battle) and then go back uphill of the bike and stand it up. Very tiring. Third option is; it actually works which is still pretty tiring but is much faster and looses a heck of a lot less gasoline. I score about a 50-60% success rate. Shocked and pleased that I have very little to do to the bike after day 3, other than try to get all the sand out if my eyes. And ears. I do realize that I'm chewing through fuel much more quickly than I prefer. But what can I do? Take all I can carry and hope for the best. Last day.. San Luis Colorado Loop. We're almost home. I take these things in small bites. 180km day? Well, I say, at 18kms, I'm fully 1/10 of the way through! Only have to do what I just did 9 more times! 60ks? 1/3 done! Only 2 more of those to go! Today is a 200K run with nothing but the biggest mind blowing dunes you've ever seen. I fill up at the optional fuel stop at 30kms into it and the 160k epic until next fuel begins. Scott has a habit of putting waypoints at the very tippy top of massive sand dunes. Ten ks after the fuel stop I'm aiming for at the top of this enormous thing. Crazy story.. But Andrew and I crest one dune and fall over the other side, in the way we do, (option 2) Not 30 seconds later a four wheeler launches over the dune where we are and lands on Andrews bike, crunching is and nearly crushing Andrew. I wish i hadn't lost Tumu's GoPro in a subsequent face plant because I'm sure the video would be eye opening. Anyway, due to soft sand and soft tires. All that's really off is some tweaked forks which we banged back straight. He sets off. I tried to hit that stupid waypoint about ten times. I finally got it, but the poor bike was so overheated it would barely run, much less move forward. I got about 100yards and it went PUAHHHHH quit. Is that clutch I smell? Oh no. I think I might have fried it. I pour a little camelback fluid on it and it sizzles and spits like a proper frying pan. I think I have just smoked the clutch. Stripping my gear off, I walk up to a dune crest to find cell service, and text Scott Whitney back in LA that I think I am done for. It a minute later, Luke, on an air cooled Honda no less stops dead in his tracks just on the other side of this huge bowl between massive dunes. What's up, I ask. Blown head gasket he says. Oh shit. Well, we've got water and a space blanket, let's get comfy, we're going to be here a while. I dilly dally for nearly an hour just not knowing what to do. Finally he says, do you think you'll try to continue? That's probably not smart, I say.. But what the hell, let's see what it does. Starts up fine. Ok, let's take it around the bowl. Hmm. Seems to work as well as it did before. Damn it, I might just try it and see how far I get. Are you really done?, I ask. Yeah he says. Can I have your gas? I ask, sheepishly. Sure! So we transfer nearly four quarts from his to mine, that's how much I ate run in up and down that dumb hill! and I somehow keep going. Luke blew my mind the day before with his epic fix.. His clutch had burned (for real) so the RMS guys fixed it in camp with a leather shoe strap on day one or two. When that failed, he himself fixed it by jamming some barbed wire in there and that was still holding! (My kind of fix!) So, I ask him to check my mental process: answer me this, I says: if I don't slip the clutch. I'm not abusing it, right? If I just use it to start and don't touch it, it should be fine right? It's only used when I pull the lever in? Yes he says. So I begin to think that maybe, I might have simply overheated my poor little girl, not smoked the clutch after all. I decide to try and push on, and use the clutch as little as possible. I've never burned on a clutch out on a BMW, they are quite robust normally and I'm not much of a clutch slipper anyway- get it in gear and use the throttle is my usual philosophy, so it was actually Luke that made up my mind to press on. Thank you, Luke. Although, I decide, I will be more smart about which waypoints I decide to chase. I'm here to finish this thing, not be more stupid than just being here doing this would suggest. At 40Ks I have a nearly full tank and a heart full of optimism, and it's not even ten am yet, I don't think. In hind sight I should have taken on a little bit more, as well as the quart oil bottle we were using to transfer from his to mine. I'm all alone for the rest of the day because everyone has passed us. I follow my gut and the roadbook and the tracks laid out in the sand by my forebears. When I see a dune that looks stupidly tall, I look for a way around, and find my way to far side by looking at the shadows I make on the ground, and the shapes of the dune crests, and find the tracks on the far side. 75 ks later and about 230pm, I know I'm getting low on gas again. But I am so close to the end of the big long HP run.. I begin just barely using throttle, I am almost always in second gear because third is too fast and I was punched in the face by the handlebars once too often, and kicked in the butt by the bucking rear end even more. Third gear for the same speed would be lower tons but in addition to it probably a wash between the mileage I would get nailing the throttle and going straight vs going easy and finding my way around, the bikes handling is much much better when the back wheel is under engine load. 3:pm I hit reserve. 3:30pm I hit second reserve. I know I'm only 5-10Ks from the waypoint where there is a truck.. Not the real fuel stop but I might be able to distract the guys while I steal some or something.. I'm getting desperate. 4pm, in a giant bowl, I run out for good. It's very, very quiet. So. This is what a DNF is like. I now done 25 rallies, and never DNF'd. Even after all this I still feel like a total neophyte. Every one brings a new experience. I strip down to my underwear and hat and I climb to the peak of the nearest dune, and text Scott, after hitting rally comp "mechanical issue, need pickup" Out of gas counts as mechanical, and I definitely need to get picked up in some way. I text Scott back in LA that all I need is gas and with half a tank I'll get myself home, don't burn assets on me otherwise. He says Darren is on his way. It's so quiet and huge and immense out there. No wind. When there's so little sound, the mind invents noise. I keep hearing what I think are voices in the distance, or engine sounds. I notice thousands of caterpillars crawling up te dune, making tracks. These little guys are two inches long and the dunes are hundreds of feet high. The are unbelievably tenacious. They are literally unflagging in their effort to climb the dune. Am I like them I wonder? I hope so. I sort of hope so, and sort of not. The must have something in mind but is it just instinct for both of us? Where are they going and why? Some of them make the top and I can imagine I feel their exultation. But when they make the top and crest, they just keep going albeit twice as fast I end up falling asleep watching them in their tirelessness. I wake up to a car horn beeping and there is Darren. Like the rally god that he is, he fills my tank like manna from heaven It's now 630pm and the sun is on the horizon and I have 50ks to go. It gets dark within twenty minutes and I am slamming for home. My roadbook leads me to a deserted bivouac, and then, to a deserted finish in San Luis. I am sitting I the middle of a dusty border town with no idea where to go..I've reached the end of the book and there's nothing left. Suddenly, the rally comp lights up with the message "go four kilometers north and turn left" Another rally God to the rescue. Thank you Scott. I do this. But my attitude is now poor.. I think I've missed the award show, I obviously missed the Finish, probably dinner.. And I Dnf'd after all this damnable hard work. I'm in the center of a unknown barrio I don't know and I'm tired and hungry and depressed and pissed. Then the bike runs out of gas again. ARGH!! I look down to see the bike pouring fuel on me. Shit! I reach down to stuff the fuel line back onto the carb, and when I glance up I have a split second to realize I'm about to hit the curb on the right side of the road BAM down and tumbling I go. Shoot shot shit that hurt like hell, there is grass in my teeth and my shoulder doesn't feel right at all. &%$#@! Now all the above plus scared and in pain I go another 1/2 k and hit of all things, a toll booth. Are you kidding me. I actually pay the stupid toll, and ask the guy where the hell is the damn San Angel hotel? Oh! That's back about 2ks the way you just came from. Oh, and you're leaking gas everywhere. I look down and no shit I'm leaking gas. Very nearly in tears I turn around in the toll booth and gun it. I just want to collapse at this point. I've only been at it for 12 hours or 120 or so, but I feel like I might just finally be really to throw in the towel on this one. I find the hotel, walk in and am greeted by a greeting that changes my whole attitude almost instantly. Everyone is so nice to me. Dinner isn't over.. Awards aren't done yet.. There are still some folks happy to see me, although I can't imagine they're as happy as I am to see them. In a stunning reversal my attitude does almost a total 180. It's great to see mark Samuels win the trophy I made, and he appears happy with it, although obviously winning the Dakar challenge is far more of a big thing! As it should be. Then, the indescribable happens. I won't even try to describe it, therefore, but I have been chosen to receive the Ramsey Elwardini sportsmanship award. I no longer care about the DNF or my shoulder or the somewhat ignominious defeat. It's really hard to describe my feelings about this. I really did try my very best and I really desperately wanted to finish, and I gave it very nearly everything I could give it and it very closely resembles not actually succeeding at all, But I feel like I won the event. It's not really the kind of finish I was hoping for but it's quite possibly better. And even though I officially Did Not Finish, I still managed to finish every stage. Does the universe love irony or what? I really love the Sonora rally.. It's pretty brutally challenging, and Darren and Scott and Erin and everyone including the volunteers and especially the competitors are incredibly passionate and dedicated and love the sport and the challenge and the desert... I'm very proud to have played my part in it. I hope my role in its development means something like what its role has played in mine.
  23. Rob Hoffmann

    R100GS / HPN #819

    Hi all! I really need your help, but first I want to introduce you to my lifetime dream, it finally came true. After saving years and years I found a used but almost new R100GS modified by HPN (Frame Number #819). I own the bike a few days now, drove already 1.000km / 600mi and I just can't stop smiling. Some specifics: R100GS build in 1990 in Spandau, Berlin (just like all BMW Motorcycles) in 2012 the bike was rebuild by HPN in Seibersdorf, Bavaria the engine is from a R100R, its not spectacular (for me it still is), the engine is not tuned, its completely original. I will think about it, but I dont need more than 60hp offroad, and I want a engine as much durable as possible, thats my main goal here same goes for the front double discs, they are from the same R100R the R100R parts now ran 13.000km / 8.000mi, the R100GS parts got about 28.000km on the clock strengthen frame by HPN and modified to hold a centered rear shock front fork is a White Power USD 48mm with 250mm travel HPN Triple clamp to hold the fork rear shock Öhlins with 220mm travel (seat height 880mm, 1580mm from wheel to wheel) the cardan shaft is one of a R1150GS (no rear disc, i still have drums there) 43 litres HPN Poly, painted HPN mask and HPN cockpit long 5th gear (5% longer), normal first gear (its under consideration to shorten it 5%) muffler and the stainless steel rear end from Gletter (i just like the optics better than the HPN parts) The complete invoice is four pages long, I'm only listing the important things. The HPN weights about 185-195kg (420 pounds), so lost already some of her weight. On my To-Do list: skidplate (maybe 8mm from SWT Sports i need to talk to the guy) hand guard protection (maybe I can find the original HPN ones which where produced by Acerbis to my knowledge) maybe other footpegs to have a better standing, paired with some handlebar raisers a roadbook and a training to learn how to handle it out in the world crash bars if they do more good than harm the bike So, why do I need ur help? Does not every bike has a nickname? Any ideas for mine? I will create a Top10 list from all suggestions and at the end I'll let you decide what name he or she will get. All the best, Rob
  24. MY 2018 R 1200 GS / R 1200 GS Adventure (arriving September 2017) Options The long-awaited Connectivity (with TFT display) option will be available beginning with September production, providing quick and clear information to riders with the least possible distraction from the road: $600 MSRP includes On-Board Computer (a $150 value) $450 MSRP for when ordered with the Premium Package (which already includes On-Board Computer) 6.5” TFT display with a wide range of settings, information and features Ability to pair the bike with a smartphone and operate functions via the Multi-Controller. Requires a Bluetooth headset (e.g. the BMW Motorrad Communication System). Additional functions: o Phone calls and music playback (no app required) o In conjunction with the free ‘BMW Motorrad Connected App’: -- Basic Navigation with turn-by-turn arrow display -- Vehicle status -- Ability to record routes and display ride statistics and information For further details on Connectivity optional equipment from BMW Motorrad, visit: https://www.press.bmwgroup.com/global/article/detail/T0272424EN/bmw-motorrad-presents-connectivity-optional-equipment-multifunctional-instrument-cluster-with-6-5-inch-full-colour-tft-display-offering-a-wide-range-of-features
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