We rode up on our 2010 BMW 650′s and this year we will be riding up on our ’13 BMW F8′s. And, YES of course we will have our pictures taken with our bikes. The sunshine coast of BC is not that far from the lower mainland, but once you get there you feel like you are in another world!
Gary & Deb from Anchorage, AK are heading out on their own ADV soon. We stayed with these guys while on our trip to Alaska in 2011 while the Triumph Tigers that we borrowed from Triumph Canada were in the Motorcycle Shop getting worked on for 4 days. Great hosts, they love ADV riders and are about to embark on their very first LONG ride themselves. Why not check out their thread on the ADV Riders Forum and track them when they post their SpotWalla page too? Have a great time guys…we are envious you are getting out ont he road. Be safe and as the old saying goes…”"KEEP THE RUBBER SIDE DOWN”.
Prologue - We’ve been meaning to get on the road and stretch our legs sooner, but couldn’t bear to leave our best friend Duke the wonder dog behind. This situation changed this past November when at age 13, cancer had Duke on the ropes and we eased his passing and had him transitioned into eternal rest. I mention Duke’s passing because several of the ADV crowd have stayed with us on their journeys and have played with him – Duke was a memorable pal to many and is dearly missed.
Rest in peace, Dukie boy.
If you are trying to navigate around this BLOG of ours…there are an overwhelming amount of posts and can make it quite daunting to try and find something you might want to read.
If you scroll down any page you happen to be on…look to the right for the Archive menu. You can go back to April 2011 when this blog was born. All dates that are in BOLD are dates with posts. Our trip to Alaska was from July 2011 to August 2011 for instance. If you click the Tags you should find posts related to that tag which is also to the right of any page.
The menu in the header has highlighted posts as well. If you have any questions where something might be feel free to ask. Again, just trying to assist with many questions I get about this BLOG and locating specific posts, etc.
Have fun and thanks for stopping by! Cheryl & Leslie
There’s no doubt that BMW’s new water-cooled R1200GS is a capable adventure touring motorcycle. With 125hp, spoked-wheels, dynamic suspension, cruise control and an assortment of other options, the new GS is everything we expected it to be, and then some. But there’s always some room for improvement. Luggage and protection items are an easy upgrade and will transform the R1200GS from adequate to extraordinary. Touratech’s Zega Pro pannier systems provides safe and secure storage, both on and off the bike, while crash bars and an Expedition skid plate protect the most important part of any motorcycle, the power-plant. Additional accessories, such as a stainless steel headlight guard and radiator guards will keep road debris from damaging important parts, while a larger sidestand foot will keep the R1200GS upright in everything from soft sand to loose gravel. Continue reading →
What if there was one motorcycle that did everything you wanted to do on two wheels? You could strafe sweeping corners, traverse scabby pavement without concern, fly down a gravel two-track, or creep up a rock garden to the top of the mountain. With this versatility, a world of adventure, limited only by your imagination, is instantly open to you. We’re talking dual sport here. Continue reading →
Since we seem to not be able to get away on a decent rode trip this year I am entertaining myself with pics from our 2010 Cross Country Trip…and other trips. In 2010 we both got our first Beemers and we picked mine up in March 2010, Cheryl’s in Dec 2009. By June 2010 we were off for 26 days to ride across Canada and the USA. No planning just learned by ourselves what to pack and how to navigate ourselves.
I hope we are tempting all you street riders to come to the ADV side of dual sporting….enjoy….
Every once in awhile I come across a video that just resonates with me…I mean everyone should watch this especially if you are an adventurer. This guy Ed from New Mexico rode 10,000 miles in 26 days and how he sees Canada and Alaska is spot on. I LOVE, absolutely LOVE his attitude, sense of humor….I mean everything about his heart and soul. I really hope everyone who takes a look at this post takes the time to sit back and watch….it is soooooo worth it trust me.
I think this is my most favorite ADV video I have seen so far….and I loved seeing where we went through his eyes….BRAVO!
Awards were given out the other night for outstanding service and Cheryl got one for her video “It Gets Better”. 6 months ago this video was released and has made an impact around the world.
Many officers were commended for their bravery and contributions they all have made to the community. Impressive and I got to hear many great stories that never seem to make the news. Living with Cheryl we both get frustrated with how the media portrays cops and how often the public hear about the bad and ugly. Well…the OIC awards was all about the good and was awesome to be a part of it. Continue reading →
So, our F800GS has been out for a while and really no one has reviewed our bike. The new ADV version comes around and there are first impressions popping Oh well….At least BMW has released an ADV 800! But then again..aren’t all our bikes ADV tourers????? Would you buy this? The price seems not that bad compared to our 2013 fully loaded F800′s.
Until now, BMW Motorrad has applied the “Adventure” moniker only to its large GS models with Boxer engines. In mid-June, however, that changes with the debut of the all-new 2014 BMW F800GS Adventure, a bike designed to be better in the dirt than a standard F800GS while also being a much-improved touring rig. Continue reading →
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Went down to our dealer on Sunday, May 5th to check out the BMW Demo day. I was not able to reserve a spot to test ride anything because of work and when I arrived all the bikes were signed out. Signed out for every ride no less.
Hosted the ride and all riders got to go out for at least an hour on the bikes. There were demo’s of almost every bike they make except the new 800 Adventure was not there. I really wanted to ride the F800GT and the new 1200 but I just watched and then enjoyed a great solo ride in the exceptional heat. It was over 30 C or 90 F yesterday. Cheryl was at work and I just rode around to decompress from my work. May have to purchase a smaller tent for myself soon. Cheryl’s new job is not as flexible with days off and I have a feeling I will be doing some rallies unfortunately alone.
We might have to wait a bit until Cheryl settles in and gets through her apprenticeship before we start making any real bike plans. As for me? I need to embrace solo riding which might be good…I hope we both can attend the BMW MOA rally in Salem, Oregon together but I don’t think Cheryl will be able to get to the Touratech event in June or some local rides our dealer has set up like this one.. Continue reading →
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