A short trip down a favorite trail proved that it is still way too soggy for the GSPD. So, off to tackle a few errands. A few exits of highway, some city navigation, and the long way home via backroads. This bike takes it all in stride.
1990 BMW R100GS Dakar
In today's environment, the rear of the PD is practically invisible. The tail light is small to begin with, and dim as well. The LED bulb was purchased at a rally and improved things a good bit when you hit the brake. The license plate LED frame adds a big improvement to running lights and brake lights, particularly during the day. The wiring took more effort than I thought due to the routing.
This is the way to start a new year. Beautiful blue sky with not a cloud to be seen. It has become something of a tradition to start the year on two wheels. It is a sort of defiance against winter. Today was cold. A high of 26 degrees, but it felt great to be out on a motorcycle. I thought it would be a short ride just to prove a point, but it turned into a few hours on largely deserted roads. This bodes well for 2015.
Finally back on some dirt, or rather gravel....
NJ Air Marshal Dave Cushing hosted another fine Tech day at his place, and had great weather to complement the great food, great motorcycles, and great conversations. It was pretty unusual to find that three of the couple dozen machines that showed up were GS Dakars ! One of them was an R80PD, which had a number of repairs and upgrades going on in the tech bay. A few old familiar faces and some new ones made the event a good time on a nice day with some great roads to and from the event. This got covered in the main blog, so see Preserving the Air.
After suffering for a long time with bad rear suspension, i decided to send the rear Fox Twin Clicker off to rebuilder Jamie Daugherty. Several weeks later it returned. It did not look any different, but boy did it work different ! The wallowing in the corners was instantly gone. The excessive dive under braking was significantly reduced. The rebound was...well....rebounding. It is amazing how much of the front end handling is dependent on the rear end. I took a trip over to Van Zant airport to log a few miles on a beautiful day. I played with the settings a bit and they actually adjusted the handling versus doing nothing previously. I had a nice chat with a few folks who were at the airport, and watched a few biplanes take off and land before getting back on the road. The damaged roads were the perfect test, and the bike was running perfectly.
This winter has been brutal. Snow has been measured in feet, and has covered the ground and roads for months. Even if you could brave the frigid temperatures, the roads were dangerous to a single track vehicle. They were covered in ice and snowy patches, and they were peppered with potholes and frost heaves and general damage from salt and plows. As soon as there was a day when the roads were passable, the Dakar was pressed into service. Hand guards were much appreciated, and it felt great to head out for a while. I headed to visit my friend Moe to see his new race car. That is another tale in itself. Overall, a bit chilly, but a great day out.