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2010 R1200GS Adventure

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A Final Ride

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A sad goodbye to a fine machine which has been flawless. Why is it moving on? Because a low mileage R1150GSA has finally been found, and although down on power and less advanced, it fills the same niche. However, the power and balance of the R12GSA will certainly be missed....

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Out for a Spin

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A visit from neighbor Forrest leads to a 5 hour loop through north central PA. A great day for a ride into Elk country and down around the tributaries of the Susquehanna river. We stopped for lunch in Renovo, where the Sportsmans Restaurant had a surprisingly good Reuben sandwich. The lovely flowing river road down into Lock Haven was incredibly free of traffic. Then east again, before resorting to the highways for the trek home. A great day of riding.

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Commuterator

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It looks like the GSA has been lying idle, but that is just a lack of blog entries rather than miles. Now that there is decent riding weather, it has been doing commuting duty. A bunch of highway miles combined with some B roads. This would be fine if street or touring tires were mounted, but it is shod with dual sport tires which are surprisingly durable, if not smooth and quiet. The bike also went in for the fuel tank recall, and is fully sorted. Ready for a couple of planned long trips later in the summer.


Day Exploring

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Exploration doesn't have to mean a 3 month trek to Antartica, or even a multiweek trip across the country. It can mean going as far as you can toward an unfamiliar destination within hours, or within a single day. Such was this saga to points north and west, but within 3 hours of the starting point. And what did I discover ? Some great roads, some interesting roads to go back and try, some interesting historical sites, and a great place for a Hoagie. I'll be back....

In the Woods

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Great time on the 7 mountains ride. Gravel, sand, rocks, you name it. Here is a shot of me emerging from some deep woods and some rocky single track. It was no picnic on the big bike, but it made it through..

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2 Hours to Twilight

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Two hours of light remaining. Thick thunderous clouds to the west. Temperatures dropping. This combination might suggest a warm dry evening at home. Not !! Suit up, make sure the rain gear is packed, fall gloves, gas, hit the road. This engine always sounds great to my ears, and the performance is even better. I headed northwest, skirting the thick clouds and running in and out of patches of sunlight. The roads over the mountains are twisty and clear of traffic. I have not seen lean angles like this on the GS since the tail of the dragon run. Fantastic. Yogi waves from the top of a wooded mountain. All too soon, light begins to fade, and I make a beeline for the interstate to get back. Just a few hours and a few gallons, but worth every minute and every penny. I am restored.

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Traction Trials

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Fellow BMW GS rider Todd offered to show me some new roads, and I was glad for the chance. The day began kind of chilly with temps in the mid to upper 30s. By late morning it hit 40° and we headed out. The cool temperatures turned cold as we climbed to higher elevations, and there was snow still on the ground. Once on the descent, the temperatures climbed 8 degrees in as many miles. A couple of the corners were still sprinkled with the fine gravel used to combat snow and ice. Gingerly....

Rolling through farmland with the sun out and miles of sparsely populated roads was just the prescription. We thought about some offroad, but decided that the trails would not be in very good shape at this point. The next day, I returned to tackle a few trails in another area and discovered why it was still a bad idea. Wet and muddy sections from snow melt made the going dicey at times. Even worse, icy patches required walking the bike around a few sections, and the R12GS is not a fun bike to walk around offroad. This was no fun after a while, and I was glad to get back to pavement. Lesson learned.