This seems to be the vehicle that gets the call on the early breakfast runs. This time up to Stroudsburg for coffee and croissants. It was a lovely ride along the river as temps were cool and in spots a few leaves were falling......
1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster
It has become a much loved routine. A beautiful summer morning, relatively cool temperatures, the scenic river route, coffee and the best brioche this side of France. On this occasion, the conversation was sobered by the recent terrorist attacks in France. Not exactly light summer banter, but relevant to the venue. Back home before 10am.
The Toaster was the last minute choice for the Gathering of the Nortons, as the Commando was not yet back to its former glory. A perfect early morning and a meandering route through northern bucks county was great for the soul. The R75 has all the power you need for these farm roads, and the Krausers have enough carrying capacity for the extra layers and gloves needed for a spring morning in the northeast. I was glad of the heavier gloves and the jacket liner. Magnificent event as usual, and then a great route back through parts of NJ as I cross-crossed the Delaware river. I did however, discover that the horn on this machine is beyond pathetic. It needs a major upgrade if I want to use it to warn anyone of anything !
This was one of those schizophrenic fall days where we started out with light frost, but ended up near 70 degrees. Out for a spin later in the day, it was perfect and the /5 agreed. Acceleration proved particularly strong and there was a fair amount of running above 70mph. It was not my fault, that is where the machine wanted to stay today ! All in all, a nice way to circulate the oil as we enter November.
A nice morning for a quick run and a coffee stop with Nacho. He rode the toaster and I rode the R60.
It is April, and finally the temperatures feel like spring. However, the state of the roads still feels like the aftermath of winter. Huge craters and crevices pockmark the roads as if they had been bombed in an air attack. Frost heaves have misaligned large blocks of concrete. Gravel is strewn in the corners and at the edges of some of my favorite roads. It is a challenging time to ride. These first rides are more of a reconnaissance outing mixed with the elation of being able to ride. The balance and sturdiness of the R 75 are a perfect mix. If you feel like you're being over too far into a corner, you can simply correct your line. If a little gravel breaks the back end loose, it is easily recoverable.
A lovely fall day is always a good excuse to ride. If the destination is a throwback BMW dealership, then you have a bonus situation. Hermy's hosts a few events per year, but the fall open house is a favorite. German food, demo rides, discounts, and a cool mix of BMWs, Triumphs, makes for a good time. Hermy's is also a cool old shop, and sponsor of activities year round. I have referred more than a few people there. The toaster liked the mix of country roads, and a little interstate to get back in time for an appointment. With the cooler air, it felt good not to have a windshield..