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!


Avenue of the Giants, Eureka CA

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”


Fall in SW Utah

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 was there, and two, the colors were in full bloom!

If you are planning on heading up, Continue reading “Fall in SW Utah”


I love my Shinko 705 Radial Tires…

Well, “love” might be too strong a word, but I am in serious like…Now, you might ask, how can a veteran rider feel good about touring around on tires that run about $180 a SET?  That’s right, not a tire, but a set.  Well, the answers are pretty simple..of course the price is hard to beat, but I am on my third set now, and the mileage, durability, and feel of these tires is pretty awesome!  They stick to asphalt like fat kid to a cake and are pretty good  on dirt roads as well.  I’m pretty much a dirt noobie, but from what I’ve ridden, not too shabby!  Oh, and did I mention they cost $180 a SET?  Thought so….  LOL

Anyway, I’m pretty sold on these tires.  Price, quality and safety are superb.  You should check out a set if they come in a size for your bike….

Steve, from Glendora