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Cold ride - NGC
« on: March 19, 2019, 08:21:41 PM »
My expert BMW wrench was doing some final tweaks on my 1991 R100GS.  He used to be a factory trained tech for a local BMW dealer, but has since decided to set up his own shop.

He'd been done with my bike for the past week and a half, and I felt bad about tying up one of his two lifts with my machine.  So today, my riding buddy, Tom, drove me to Jamie's shop so I could ride the airhead home.

It was a cold ride home, even with mixed sun and clouds.  I had the electric vest plugged in and the heated grips on.

The 28 year old Beemer did well!  Yep, I was chilled by the time I rode 70 miles, but it was offset by the pure pleasure of feeling myself atop two wheels that, after the touch of the master, provided a sweet ride home!

Bob
« Last Edit: March 20, 2019, 05:08:43 AM by ohiorider »
Main ride:  2008 Guzzi 1200 Sport
Recent addition:  2012 Griso 8v SE (sold Sept '15)
Reliable standby: 1991 BMW R100GS
New Arrival: 2014 Honda CB1100

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Re: Cold ride - NGC
« Reply #1 on: March 19, 2019, 08:59:57 PM »
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Re: Cold ride - NGC
« Reply #2 on: March 20, 2019, 09:59:51 AM »
First ride of the year is always a nice one, isn't it?   Sounds like a sweet machine.

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Re: Cold ride - NGC
« Reply #3 on: March 20, 2019, 10:06:59 AM »
 :thumb:  all signs point to spring,  that ride being one of them!
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Re: Cold ride - NGC
« Reply #4 on: March 20, 2019, 10:11:38 AM »
Glad the GS is sorted, Bob. Looks like you have a full riding season ahead...
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Re: Cold ride - NGC
« Reply #5 on: March 20, 2019, 05:04:23 PM »

NGC

Hi, guys, thanks for your positive comments!  At the start of my ride today, I stopped in to grab a coffee and kick tires with the sales guy at Cleveland BMW (motorcycles,) before poaching on Zoom Zoom's riding territory in Burton, Ohio!  And damn, I keep getting drawn to the 3-4 R9T's they have on the showroom floor.  Can't think of BMW's  specific model designations, but here's what's there:

- The scrambler.  Apparently the baffles are easily removed when the occasion warrants it.
- the one that carries the same color scheme as the 1980's R80 GS/PD, orange seat and all.
- the original R9T in a lovely two tone paint scheme dominated by a dark green/blue
- the base model (Pure?)

Then I question if any of those would be better than the R1200R waterhead, with multiplate wet clutch.  I've been through a bunch of Beemers over the past 30 years, and always felt their weak link was the single plate dry clutch sandwiched between the engine and tranny.  Not saying that they don't hold up, but that a failed rear main seal, or in the case of a failed slave clutch cylinder on a K1200RS, required a lot of work to replace a relatively inexpensive component.

Love my Guzzi 1200 Sport, but she's getting a bit top heavy for me to push in and out of the garage.  If she has to go, I'll always remember the 67,000 enjoyable miles this bike gave me.  Aside from the dashboard replacement, this bike simply ran and ran (and still runs beautifully!)  Can't forget to mention the wonderful group of Guzzi riders I've met both locally at our breakfast at Mike's in Kent, and the forum members on WG.

Bob

« Last Edit: March 20, 2019, 05:07:32 PM by ohiorider »
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