Recently Marina and I made a huge lifestyle change by moving to Newport Oregon. Newport is located on the beautiful central Oregon Coast. Here, huge waves crash against timeless sea stacks, foggy mists cling to huge trees, and crystal clear rivers rush into the Pacific Ocean. It is truly, God’s Country in many ways.
One of those heavenly ways shows itself in the quality of motorcycling. Just leaving our driveway puts us in fabulous, uncrowded riding conditions. In fact, navigating our driveway could be considered an “adventure ride.” We, of course, ride Bikeopotamus, our 2011 BMW R1200 GSA, which allows to nimbly pick our way up the moss/pine needle/rain-covered gravel of our driveway. Those guests who come visit and ride bigger ‘street’ bikes might elect to park down below the house and walk up the final steps to the house! Continue reading
I recently had an opportunity to go visit my son and his family in Boise ID. I decided to explore US 93 which, for me, started north of Las Vegas and conveniently dumped me off on I-84 a couple of hours south of Boise. (US 93 technically starts in AZ, but since I was coming from the Los Angeles area it was easier to head north and start from here.)
US 93 is a long, lonely highway. Continue reading
I’d heard lots of good things about the new Heidenau K60 tires, so when my last pair of Shinko 705 Radials wore out, I thought I’d give them a try.
I’m not an expert on tires, but with about 300K of riding underneath my saddle, Continue reading
In the fall, there is no better place to ride than SW Utah. Lucky for me, the fall colors are only about 600 miles from my house, and with that in mind, I headed to Torrey, UT a couple of weeks ago. My purpose was two fold: one, a group from www.bmwsporttouring.com was there, and two, the colors were in full bloom!
If you are planning on heading up, Continue reading
Huge burn areas all around, but the land is coming back, slowly…
An easy way to access some superb So Cal riding, is to head up Angeles Crest Highway, CA2, from the 210 Fwy above Pasadena. Take care if doing this ride early Saturdays or Sundays as there is much traffic, both motorcycle and bicycle! Continue reading