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51Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Thu Aug 16, 2012 3:24 am

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Ta, Clubbie, I think I have found some pannier mounts after a short chase.

Today in the workshop after work I whacked on a secondhand set of mostly-still-there Conti Trail Attacks - the Metzeler Tourances, an otherwise outstanding tyre, had 1/8" dry cracks in them from three years of the damaged bike being stored in a shed and for who knows how many miles riding before that. The handling improved immensely. The master tech cleared the fault codes for the non-functioning ABS, which now functions as intended, I did a tidy up of some bad previous accessories wiring, fixed the tail light, worked out why the indicators had a time signature more akin to techno club music than leisurely lane changes on the American interstate highway system, and gave in and bought a new mirror for $77 friggin' dollars. Did I mention the rumour that it was a Scot who invented copper wire isn't true?

I'm really diggin' this Big GS. Clubbie and I are meeting up early on Monday for a ride round the border nether regions of Canadia and Americia. We're meeting at Starbucks! I'm not sure if that has any significance. In OZ it'd have to be Macca's, right Blakey?

    

52Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Thu Aug 16, 2012 11:51 am

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Macca's vs Starbux? Like Hyosung vs BMW. My coffee goes in Starbux and comes out Maccas!

NB: Macca's = McDonalds Down Under (for the North American members info)


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53Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:29 am

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I recently took my daughter over to Macca's for breaky only to find the coffee is just as you describe club C (shudda)


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54Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:31 am

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55Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:32 am

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As some of you may know, Starbucks had its humble beginnings not far up the road from where I am staying, in Seattle's Pike Place Market. Their headquarters is a massive, multi-storey brick building in South Seattle, with the legless green mermaid (and sanitised for the masses by being breastless nowadays too) logo atop.





Having recently tried their coffee again after a four or five year break I found that, still, their coffee is bitter and burnt-tasting in comparison to others. It's in the roasting process. Also, Starbucks is lately more about sugar and milk froth than about its origins; the brown bean itself. In many urban neighbourhoods round here there are Starbucks shops literally across the road from one another. Corporates like them, Macca's and others are a plague. But still 'we' take some comfort in the familiarity they provide, and hand over the dollars for their lacklustre products.

Several years ago Starbucks pulled out of the Australian market almost entirely. It wasn't due to a lack of taste-sophistication in the potential Australian customer. It just can't compare to decent Aussie espresso.

http://www.abc.net.au/unleashed/32188.html



I think there may still be one lone Starbucks shop in the exit terminal at Sydney International, there to satisfy departing tourists...but we'll boot that one before long too. Wink


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56Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:37 pm

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Found a few in Sydney when we were there last year... but nothing like Canada and USA.


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57Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Aug 19, 2012 6:48 am

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There was a half hearted barista in cessnock not far from here, He was burning the coffee too. asked him about it one day and he confided that he hadn't turned down the coffee maker for the bottom of the bag. Seems he had to adjust the machine to cover the difference in the grind. courser on top and the fines settled to the bottom of the bag and tasted burnt if not dealt with carefully. I had thought that he must have been burning the milk but that wasn't the case. the next cup i got was fine again. pity he closed up shop.


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58Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Aug 19, 2012 4:50 pm

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I've got a replacement battery stowed aboard the Big GS for Clubbie, getting up
before sparrow fart (Australian for Very Early) on Mondee morning so I can beat Seattle drive-time traffic, and we're meeting up somewhere North for a rendezvous and day ride (the meeting place might even be at $tarbuck$), perhaps the North Cascades Highway or that cool, winding road into Mt Baker NP called Route 542.

Let's hope the sun makes an appearance 'coz there's some amazing views up thattaway. Like this'un:


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59Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:44 pm

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Well since this thread is already a mess, and we've already discussed the upcoming ride here, TWB and I decided we would keep our trek on this thread. We met today at Starbucks in Burlington Washington, actually at 2 Starbucks, TWB at one, and I at another, a mile apart. After some texting we met at the SAME one. A cuppa, and we were off. The steady city streets quickly changed to a sparsely travelled State Route 20, and the trees began to encroach to the shoulder of the road. We flew around sweeping curves, over undulating hills, and paused by riverbanks and pastures for obigatory 'bike shots'. TWB flogs his horse well, it was a treat to watch him behind me leaning the GS into the corners (note to self: watch the radius of the curve ahead rather than the poetry in motion in the mirrors behind, to avoid loosing your 'line'!) All too soon our jaunt was done, and we conversed over lunch at the Bluebird Cafe before heading home our separate ways. No 'near misses' or 'close ones'. My total mileage was 430 kms, 210 of it with TWB. We need to do this again!










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60Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Aug 20, 2012 10:56 pm

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good to see you two got together again clubbie ...long time since our "ride out, afternoon tour" ...over here

yeah hes pretty steady round the twistys huh ?

a joy to follow or lead and a good mate to have around ...

i hope you got to experience "the grin " after a nice set of tight twistys , an uphill grade ..or just laying a good line round a nice section of high speed corners ...

some great pics mate ...thanks for posting

i dont thik ive seen your "r" on the road in a pic before .....nice machine

enjoy doug !....wish i was there as well ....(perhaps one day)

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61Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Aug 20, 2012 11:48 pm

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It was o-dark-thirty when I rolled out the driveway heading North to meet up with Clubbie for a ride up near the Washington border region with BC, Canada. I filled up with 'gas' (that always make me think of 'wind') at $4.09 per US gallon of premium, better to keep the dreaded engine knocks at bay. Out on the local highway traffic was stopped dead in its tracks, even at that early hour, barely past six in the cool AM. I hopped off the highway quick smart and rolled up along the edge of the valley on a little-known side route (I used to live round these partz) until the traffic was rolling again, then I hopped back into the fray. In an hour or so in heavy traffic ebbing and flowing, but mostly ebbing, I was North of The Big Smoke (Seattle) and closing in on the Muckleshoot, Quil Ceda, Snoqualmie and Tulalip Indian Casinos (White man pay back for his historical transgressions in other ways). I exited the 'Interstate' and found a cafe. It was time for a warm up, a hot cuppa was due.

The cloud cover was typical Pacific North West, grey and like a lowered ceiling. The forecast was for a sunny 25c, but it was nowhere to be seen at that hour. I remained hopeful. The GPS on my mobile phone suggested a Starbuckian fix could be had right off the highway within eye shot of the main road in Burlington, a half an hour further on, but since I was early it was time for a stop.

The Big GS had been thrumming along under me like some piece of agricultural equipment threshing hay in a Kansas field. It eats the miles; 120 km/h shows at less than 3200 RPM. The massive Massey-Ferguson custom seat coddled me bum. The air had a nip to it but my riding jacket repelled most. I closed the vents in my Arai and settled in. With Burlington's exit fast approaching I kept my eyes open in case old Clubbie had beaten me to it. The familiar green logo appeared like a corporate beacon. My saliva glands did their Pavlovian best. I was in. Clubbie must be coming along soon.

There's a comedy-doco from several years back about people who participate in dog shows, done by the same group who did "A Mighty Wind". It's all deadpan spoof, of course, in the vein of Spinal Tap. Two of the main characters are being interviewed and earnestly describing how they met at Starbucks, but not the same Starbucks. No, they met at the Starbucks across the road from their usual Starbucks. Via laptop, as I recall. Burlington, Washington can't have five thousand people, but it can have four entirely seperate Starbucks. Did I mention a plague? I put my dirty riding boots up on the footrest before me and slunked down into the comfy sofa to read the daily news.



After a half an hour my mobile jingled. It was Clubbie asking where I was as my bike wasn't in 'his' parking lot. In three minutes he was at 'my' parking lot.
We enjoyed another cuppa and hit the road.

Before long the town traffic gave way to open fields followed by steep hills bare of trees like a bad haircut dyed green (this place is a logging region, the fast-growing pines a staple of local industry). Up we climbed, round smooth bend and between rows of Very Tall Trees. The Skagit River water was blue with cold and grey with glacial silt. Off in the distance the jagged peaks showed remnants still of last Winter's heavy snowfall. Log trucks roared past loaded with their prone and shedding timber victims. We stopped along the river for a photo op and dashed behind a tree for a splash. It was beaud-ee-full.





In no time we'd reached our designated separation point. We had a squiz around for a suitable cafe in a quaint little town full of Americana like in the Saturday Evening Post from the days of yore, but in the end it was the GPS what done the looking for us. The busy Bluebird Cafe was it - judging from the colour of the hair and of the average customer's age in there it truly was for the Blue Birds ;-). But not bad tucker. Clubbie had an arvo eggs and bacon brekky while I enjoyed a tasty turkey sanga for lunch. With that we headed off with smiles, handshakes, good lucks and invitations to ride yet again. Call it ta mini-cross cultural OZ/Mapleleaf ride, but done in the US of A!

I rolled on South past the city on secondary roads as far as I could. Traffic grew heavy and impatient again. I found new and interesting ways of getting round it. Eventually I got to the water and sat on the green grass under the previously promised warm sunshine, staring out to sea, well, the Puget Sound at least, which is salt water. Geese gaggled. Seagulls dropped bombs and argued amongst themselves over scraps. Teenagers walked hand in hand along the boardwalk. Young mums pushed prams with screaming babes. Ample joggers wiggled and sweated it off. Hunched over pensioners ambled along at a pace befitting a long-lived life. Businessmen prodded their cell phones, eyes down. A diving bird made several successful passes into the bright water after unseen but by him, prey. A seal leapt out of the water near my feet, after a tasty fish, but was I fast enough to catch him on film going after his lunch? Nuh. But I properly captured the image.



My mileage total as measured in the King's archaic distance was just over 300 miles for the day. But I was a million miles gone.


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62Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue Aug 21, 2012 12:33 am

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hazzah !

glad you enjoyed !!....good to see the international connection is still strong ...

good riding mate ...


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63Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue Aug 21, 2012 2:09 am

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@charlie99 wrote:hazzah ! glad you enjoyed !!....good to see the international connection is still strong ...good riding mate ...

Chazza, you'da' loved riding with us today! I can imagine your grin from here. Someday for sure!

Here for a good time, not a long time.


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64Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:38 am

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I couldn't help it...it was sitting there for two days across from my
work desk and every time I passed it to go help a customer or to get a
cuppa I'd stop to take a closer look. It grew on me. I had to have it.
It's a 2004 dual spark RT. The panniers and topbox are nice extras.
Riding x-country from the West coast to the East in early October (and
back in mid-November) will be so much smoother, not to mention warmer,
on an RT as compared to the Big GS. The price was right, too.

I've always believed that gentlemen of leisure ought to have a stable of fine thoroughbreds. I'm on my way.


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65Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 31, 2012 10:54 am

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wow ! schweet !


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66Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 31, 2012 12:41 pm

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WHAT??? looks suspiciously similar to another bike you rode with recently...

Nice pick. If you need to liquidate the GS lemme know Smile


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67Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Aug 31, 2012 11:18 pm

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Surely you aren't going to bring them all home are you?
Or maybe leave one there for your summer residence.


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68Back to top Go down    K-less R-more on Sun Sep 02, 2012 3:00 am

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I also got another R bike last week.
A 1965 R60/2 some assembly required, means it is all apart and in boxes.
Rusted , neglected and no title!
I have a great grin on my face.

Have to pull myself together and finish that K-bike first.

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69Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:52 am

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Cool

Great pics TWB & Club C The RT looks wonderful nice looking seat on them too.



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70Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Sep 02, 2012 7:10 pm

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Great write up and pics Club C and Guest in the TWB house. It's amazing to see the way the forum crosses all sorts of borders and boundaries. Thanks for the write up.

Congrats on the R/rt TWB you'll appreciate that fairing in the autumn. I've been promising myself a real good look at one of those once economic conditions improve here.

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71Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Wed Sep 05, 2012 12:25 am

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@club_c wrote:WHAT??? looks suspiciously similar to another bike you rode with recently...

Nice pick. If you need to liquidate the GS lemme know Smile

Looks as though I'm gunna be here for about another year at this stage. The bosses have offered me a continuing job in the Seattle workshop. With only three months down in Tacoma I've managed to throw a leg over four different Beemers; an R1200ST, F800ST, R1150GS and now this R1150RT, the latter two which I'm gunna keep. Besides any of the new bikes at the shop to ride it's a good feeling being able to try them as they come along, but note that what I actually own is at least a decade behind. That's how it goes. I'm looking forward to those two new scooters BMW's got in the pipeline for late-October, the C600S and C650GT.

For now it's about four weeks until I ride x-country to New England and round the Deep South and back up the California coast in late-November, resuming work in December. The RT will provide the comfort and a scenic view from the saddle. Truth be told when we rode a few weeks back I was thinking how your bike would be on a long cruise. This one fell before my eyes and I jumped at it. Got it for well less than US$3900 on the road...

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72Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Wed Sep 05, 2012 4:07 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote: It helps when you work at the dealership!

...and pictures of the shop owner and barnyard animals!

That was quite a deal!


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73Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Sep 10, 2012 1:05 pm

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I prefer to think that their benevolence comes from innate generosity and goodness of character, plus a dose of thank-you-Darren-for-a-job-splendidly-done, but I am clutching the piccies in safe storage as required! One can not allow themself to be too idealistic.

I'm in the garage today (my Monday Sunday) stripping the flanks off the RT to access the front Ohlins which is sitting in its own juices all sludgy and covered with sand and mud. It looks as though it has decided to piss itself of oil and needs a rebuild. Fortunately there's a racing outfit just a coupla exits up the highways (Kung Fu Grip Racing) that does Ohlins and other suspender rebuilds and that has a relationship with the GM of our workshop, so I'm in and out in a week. Just in case it goes on longer I've pinched a secondhand stock unit from a broken R1100RT to hold up the front end whilst the Ohlins is away being lovingly cared for.

Did I mention I'd found the service records in a large envelope in one pannier which shows the two owners did all of the services by the book, including a recent clutch, slave cylinder, ABS circuit flush, TB sync, valve and rocker adjust and a set of new tyres (Bridgestone BT023)? I was gobsmacked at my good fortune.

If nothing else I am grateful for how life has unfolded these past several months or so. It makes the idea of weathering an upcoming Winter in the Pacific North Wet a little more palatable, that is, after a two month x-country ride and visit with family and friends...

Thank you lordy.


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74Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Sep 10, 2012 4:01 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:....
If nothing else I am grateful for how life has unfolded these past several months or so........

Thank you lordy.


Everybody deserves a bit of that after the trials and tribulations of life have taken their dues but a grateful heart makes it all the sweeter !

Looks like (suspenders aside!) you got a real good deal on a real good bike TWB. - All the better for keeping us entertained with your travel blogs. Well done mate.
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75Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Sep 10, 2012 10:34 pm

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I had the body panels off in about fifteen minutes even with a hand tool twisting off the T15 Torx heads. There musta been forty of the little buggers all tucked up and hidden here and there! But it was easy, the Ohlins was out in about a half an hour more. They look bloody ugly with their skin off, but there's a real motorbike under those hectares of plastic.

The hammer is only there to drive the wedge under the front tyre...


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76Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:01 pm

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Yup, know that landscape very well indeed. I can peel off both sides of the Tupperware in about 5 minutes a side now. But I cheat, use my impact drill...


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77Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Sep 10, 2012 11:53 pm

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@club_c wrote:Yup, know that landscape very well indeed. I can peel off both sides of the Tupperware in about 5 minutes a side now. But I cheat, use my impact drill...

I shudder to think what an 'impact drill' might do to those tiny Torx heads and the plastic. Mebbe that's some kinda Canadian for electric screwdriver?!
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78Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:23 am

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With a light tough it works very well, very fast. It's an 18 volt unit, not pneumatic. I'm off the trigger before the screw beds in.


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79Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue Sep 11, 2012 1:50 am

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I guess I prefer my wrist-action ratcheting screwdriver. I'm alright with modern inventions like GPS, but I'm an MAP kinda bloke. Now lemme find those reading glasses...


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80Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue Sep 11, 2012 5:38 am

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:....
If nothing else I am grateful for how life has unfolded these past several months or so........

Thank you lordy.


Everybody deserves a bit of that after the trials and tribulations of life have taken their dues but a grateful heart makes it all the sweeter !

Looks like (suspenders aside!) you got a real good deal on a real good bike TWB. - All the better for keeping us entertained with your travel blogs. Well done mate.
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81Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Sep 30, 2012 12:51 am

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The R1150RT goes along alright. Doesn't need much help. But I was thinking tonight whilst sipping single malt...

12:1 pistons

Lumpty lump cams

Fat headers

Uncle Remus

Adjustable FPR

Just thinking out loud, I guess...


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82Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Sep 30, 2012 11:12 pm

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You are evil in more ways than 1 TWB... Is this what we can now expect since you have become a man of leisure?


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83Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:19 am

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@club_c wrote:You are evil in more ways than 1 TWB... Is this what we can now expect since you have become a man of leisure?

Ever since I threw a leg over a mate's Honda XL350 and rode down a country highway back in 1975, unlicenced as I was, unregistered was the bike, and with an open pipe, full of the usual piss 'n' vinegar of a fifteen year-old boy, and willing to take on the heat if it came my way, I have modified my own rides accordingly. I don't always use the added performance, but it's nice to know it's there....ok, I ain't foolin' youse guys or myself, I use the added power.
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The RT, or my K100RS for that matter, are good bikes as they come from Germany, but there's always something that one can do to increase the enjoyment and satisfaction of owning the machine. 95 horsepower on a 275 kg bike is sufficient, but 105 horsepower on a 275 kg machine is something that can't be explained when it's right there at the right hand, ready to go, bursting with energy to be burned. The bike is certainly capable. A 2012 DOHC R1200RT has 115 caballos (horsies), is tractable and heaps of fun to ride, and weighs far less than several trips to the buffet table on a day ride as compared to the R1150RT...

This Winter is gunna be a long one. I'm gunna be immersed in bikes, have access to tools, and can often use my contacts in the biz to secure a 'better' price on parts. Am I gunna be tempted? You betcher arse I am.

Let's see what next Spring in the Northern Hemisphere brings...

But first, I have a 9000+ mile x-country-and-back ride to attend to.

Hi ho silver, away.


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84Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon May 16, 2016 10:14 pm

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Four years on....Wonder if Clubbie is still about?

The GS went back to the gent I got it from. He recently asked me if I wanted it back. He doesn't ride it.

The RT, owned now for nearly four years, has served me well. Let's see how we go on the Alaska trip.


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Two Airheads, three Bricks, an Oilhead and a trio of new K's.
    

85Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon May 16, 2016 11:46 pm

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@Two Wheels Better wrote:Four years on....Wonder if Clubbie is still about?

The GS went back to the gent I got it from. He recently asked me if I wanted it back. He doesn't ride it.

The RT, owned now for nearly four years, has served me well. Let's see how we go on the Alaska trip.
Well hello gents!  Yes, Clubbie is still about, same as ever.  Think about you fairly often Daz, in that bromance kind of way...  It appears you are still in the west coast northern hemisphere?  Still have very fond memories of the Queensland tour we did with Charlie and Rick!  I'm onto an R1200GS right now, though have a couple of K bikes put aside - KZ bikes that is...  restored one, the other is destined for a café project.  Cheers for now my friends!


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86Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue May 17, 2016 1:21 am

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KZ bikes not the big fellas are they I have a couple of Z1300 sixes or KZ1300 as they were in NA.


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87Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Tue May 17, 2016 4:36 am

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good to see you stick your head in now and again clubbie

ride well old mate ..


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88Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Fri Sep 29, 2017 1:51 pm

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So yesterday I took a trip down memory lane, riding the same route as in 2012 with TWB (Daz), a portion of the Washington Cascade Loop.  I originally wanted to do the entire ride in two days, but it called for heavy rain today so opted for a dry, lesser mileage day yesterday.  This will probably be the last good ride of the season for me, as the weather is supposed to get very wet.  Until about May.  I recreated a couple of pictures from the original ride with Daz.

A couple of the pix have a goofy orientation.  If anyone can fix that, feel free.






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89Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Sun Oct 01, 2017 2:53 pm

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Yeah, that was a fine day, Clubbie. That sweet R1150GS I was restoring is still mine if I want it. The bloke and I had a quick convo the other day. I can't believe it's five years gone. Well, there goes another chunk of life. Thanks for the memory and glad you got out a bit for a burble.
I still own that R1150RT. She's now got 146K miles on the odo and we rode to Alaska for three weeks a year ago June on her, with not even a flat tyre or tipover!

We'll be up in BC within a coupla weeks' time, Clubbie. Have got a good mate and his wife (who's from OZ) who are back in White Rock, then there's the retrieval of the panniers from Larry. Let's grab a hot cuppa.


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90Back to top Go down    Re: K-less R-more on Mon Oct 02, 2017 2:41 am

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PM me with particulars. A cuppa sounds very good.


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