- Step one wake up. This step is often taken for granted, but it is very important. Make it an early start.
- Get on a BMW R75/5.
- Find 40 miles of backroads that have little or no traffic.
- Get coffee.
1973 BMW R75/5 Toaster
I had somehow lost track of when I last changed the oil on the Toaster. It was certainly not needed for mileage, but it was due for the once per year change. There was a filter kit, including gasket, and crush washer in the parts stash, so after a ride to warm up the oil, it got drained. It was fairly clean, and the filter was free of any debris. I usually save this for the end of the season, and put the bike away with fresh oil, but in this case, it has more riding to do so an early change made sense.
Pennsylvania State Road 550 is a well kept secret. It connects nowhere in particular to nowhere in particular in the middle of the state. It is undulating and curvy, and generally good fun. If you are ever fortunate enough to ride this road on a modern sport bike, it would be a blast. However, on a 1973 /5 ridden between 50 and 70mph, it is a thrill-seeking roller-coaster combined with the tail of the dragon! Having only four gears is about right, and being full of AV gas is perfect. It is about rhythm rather than horse power, momentum rather than torque. I am sure that the guy on the liter bike that followed me for a while was highly entertained seeing the Krausers at such lean angles. All told, there is no better way to spend a September afternoon.
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......
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.