Brooks Auto Sports Pannier Review

 

Brooks Auto Sports builds a very robust after market pannier system for the BMW R1200 GSA motorcycle.  These panniers are very well built, easy to install, and are completely waterproof.  A complete set is about $800 less than the original equipment panniers one can purchase with their GSA.  I have been using these panniers for a few months now, and they are every bit as sturdy as the OEM panniers were.  And, the Brooks panniers are truly waterproof, unlike the BMW bags, which began to leak after a year of service.  I highly recommend the Brooks panniers!

 

Meet the New Baby!

 

Yep, a new baby in the house.  After logging a bit more than 100,000 miles on “Bikeopotamus,” we decided to trade up to a newer GSA model.

Meet our new-to-us 2016 BMW R1200 GSA!  About a week or so ago, we rode up to Gig Harbor Washington and picked up “Blitzopotamus,”  Of course Blitz is aptly named due to the increased horsepower of the ’16 model, an improvement that really allows us to ride at a more “sprightly” pace!

After owning the 2011, we knew exactly what aftermarket parts we wanted to add.  After all, why would you buy a GS and not add your favorite parts?  We started off with a custom saddle from “Mr. Ed’s Moto” in Albany.  Don, the owner, is a true craftsman of the seat building trade, building each seat himself, exactly to the customer’s specifications.  The saddles he builds are true works of art, but more importantly, they work!  I cannot say enough about his shop, and hope if you are interested in custom seat work, that you give him a call!  Of course, you can ride in or send him the seat; Don will give you all the details when you speak with him.

Next up, we purchased Clearwater LED driving lights.  We selected a lighting combination that give us conspicuity in the daytime, and unbelievable range at night. Living in a place where the deer run rampant, it’s nice to have every riding advantage you can have; to see and be seen in most important!  The folks at Clearwater can send you whatever you need, or you can opt to ride out to their facility where they will install them for you; just make an appointment, ride in, and they will expertly and quickly set you up.  That’s what we did, and we couldn’t be happier with the install!

Aftermarket additions are all about making your ride safer and/or more comfortable.  We also installed “Pivot Pegz,” because they, well, pivot.  Being able to change your foot angle while sitting or standing is easy with these pegs.  Very comfortable.  Finally, we installed a Puigh windscreen brace from the friendly folks at Revzilla.  Revzilla rocks for moto accessories.  The depth of stock, knowledge of the customer service reps and speedy service makes Revzilla a winner for aftermarket moto stuff.

I also splurged on a new jacket.  In this photo I’m rocking the Olympia three way jacket; an outer jacket, rain, and quilted liner.  Very handy for the tricky weather up here on the Central Oregon coast!  If you are up in the area, swing by “Premier Moto Gear” in Albany, Oregon.  Follow the link to “Mr. Ed’s Moto” above for more information.  Premier is the apparel and parts section of Don and Debbie’s business.  Stop in, have a cup of coffee, some conversation and check out some awesome gear….

The addition of these few accessories made Blitzopotamus more comfortable and safer to ride.  I’ll see you out on the road, and remember, if you are on the central coast of Oregon stop by and say hello; we’d love to meet you in person!

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Tires, Grip, and the Great Pacific Northwet!

 

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 “Tires, Grip, and the Great Pacific Northwet!”

US 93 and Miles of Miles

Motorcycle ready for a long tour
 

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 “US 93 and Miles of Miles”