Monday, October 4, 2010

Colors in the Catskills

I was out the door by 4:30 am on Saturday. I made good time up to Hunter Mountain in Hunter NY for the Colors in the Catskills Rally and Oktoberfest. The Rally was organized by the BMW Motorcyle Owners of America ( and sponsored by Max BMW. I wanted to get there early and sign-up for the demo rides. The BMW demo truck was there with about 20 demo bikes available for rides. As I prepare my bike for the Iron Butt Rally, it is going to be less and less of a canyon carving sport touring bike and more and more of a long haul long distance trucker so I was looking forward to testing out some potential new bikes. I would really like to have a second bike for my weekend rides. I wanted to test the BMW K1300S model bike. I got to take one out for a 30-minute ride on Saturday and I was ready to buy it after spending five minutes on it. It's a perfect fit. It has gear shift assist so you don't even need to use the clutch to shift up. You can just hammer on the throttle and speed shift up. Very cool. I spent the day riding demo bikes and hanging out with a few friends then made my way back home. I started the Iron Butt Rally spending frenzy today with the purchase of a new Garmin Zumo 550 GPS. What's better than having one GPS? Why having two of course. Now I will be able to have a route mapped on one GPS and manage scenerios, options, and timing with the second one without interrupting the routing on the primary GPS. I've heard good things about the Zumo 550. It is a rugged waterproof GPS so it should be serviceable on the RT in all sorts of conditions. Many more farkles to come.

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