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Forum: Hacks 09-18-2012, 08:05 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 1,163
Posted By mikepa
Calling Pacific NW Hack Pilots - Join the "Volcano Run" Sep 28 &29, 2012?

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OK, apologies for the bait and switch....
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 06-16-2012, 06:27 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 622
Posted By mikepa
Motorcycle Container Shipment from Vacouver, BC to Heidelberg, Germany Mid-July 2012

(No, I am not in any way affiliated, nor do I receive any financial compensation, just a satisfied customer!)

If any of you are interested in shipping a bike to Europe (with the option of storing...
Forum: Hacks 05-18-2012, 12:09 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Bitte Sehr Abenteuerfahrer! Germany is indeed a...

Bitte Sehr Abenteuerfahrer! Germany is indeed a wonderland for der motorrad und gespanne reisen. Right now, we've just checked in at Frankfurt for the flight home. We'll see if those customs people...
Forum: Hacks 05-17-2012, 06:48 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Final Update - Three Weeks Later

I normally prefer micro-brews, good sake, smokey scotches, but I have to admit, after a few days with our new friends in France, starting lunch with a Rose, moving into a sparkling Vouvray, and...
Forum: Hacks 05-17-2012, 12:55 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Europe from the Monkey's POV

Totally unedited, here's a short (1.5 min) video (50MB tho') of what a good road looks like from the monkey's point of view (click on the link below the image, not on the image itself):
...
Forum: Hacks 05-16-2012, 02:52 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Back in the Barn

After three weeks, 5,900 kilometers (3,687 miles) on the road hacking our way around Europe, the rig is back in the barn, fully serviced for next year:
...
Forum: Hacks 05-09-2012, 07:06 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Downtime in Blois - Day 13

Riding Europe is a non-stop series of wonders. If you’ve been wondering where’ve we’ve been, a modern-day wonder that has yet to become universally available (or if “available”, actually works) is...
Forum: Hacks 05-02-2012, 10:23 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Lazing Around at Lago del Garda _ Day Eight

Back on the 29th of April (Day 5 of our ride), one of us had a birthday (that would be me) so a proper toast was in order to celebrate the occasion.:
...
Forum: Hacks 04-29-2012, 10:04 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
On the Roads Through the Schwarzwald - Day Five

Since we’re on a “couples” tour here in Europe, sorry, no mud-plastered rigs, no dramatic ascents, descents, or trailside photo ops. Matter of fact, this might read more like an “Eating Our Way...
Forum: Hacks 04-26-2012, 02:11 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Well, the German Customs people and...

Well, the German Customs people and Bundespolizei, are fairly easy-going about this. One cannot legally title or even register a vehicle in Germany unless one has a permanent address and residence...
Forum: Hacks 04-26-2012, 07:33 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Just reset permissions on the hosting site for...

Just reset permissions on the hosting site for pics, please let me know if they show now.

Best,
Forum: Hacks 04-26-2012, 06:41 AM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Hacking Our Way Around Europe 20120 - Day 1 - Arrival in Germany

After an uneventful and only 50% full flight from Seattle, transiting through Detroit, we arrived in Frankfurt (yesterday, Central European Time). The most stunning building at the air port is not...
Forum: Hacks 04-19-2012, 08:09 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 7,008
Posted By mikepa
Hacking Our Way Around Europe 2012

My loverly missus and I (along with another couple, both of whom ride their own "normal" two-wheeled GSs) head off for Frankfurt on 24 April for an open-itinerary, one-day-at-a-time self-guided ride...
Forum: Hacks 04-19-2012, 06:45 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 6,358
Posted By mikepa
Most excellent (all inclusive)! Tell us about the...

Most excellent (all inclusive)! Tell us about the lights on the tub.

BTW, planning on doing the WABDR in late Jul/early Aug. I'll be taking my DMC-built R1150GSA/Ural rig. Having another hack...
Forum: Hacks 04-19-2012, 06:31 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
Hola Jay! Mr. COB's most excellent photo on...

Hola Jay!

Mr. COB's most excellent photo on the ADV home page has me re-inspired to acheive a work-life balance more biased towards the "life" side of that equation. FYI, all of the work your...
Forum: Hacks 04-15-2012, 01:38 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
I was guiding a tour across Eurasia once, and a...

I was guiding a tour across Eurasia once, and a client on a Triumph Tiger had his bike fitted with brand-new Penske that were fitted with custom springs for him. He broke rule #1 for those going on...
Forum: Hacks 04-15-2012, 01:21 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
Exactly what I was looking for, much appreciated!...

Exactly what I was looking for, much appreciated!

Best,
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 09:33 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
Not to worry! It's not a sure thing. My only...

Not to worry! It's not a sure thing. My only reco for those with Ohlins is, run-up your spring pre-loaded with the threaded adjusters where you can, and never max spring loading via the remote...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 07:56 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
Shock Reco

Appreciate the reco! Stig has a great rep. I had him re-build a set of Ohlins when I guided tours for GlobeRiders (Stig was a GlobeRiders sponsor at the time). Stig has certainly built some good...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 06:19 PM
Replies: 48
Views: 8,234
Posted By mikepa
Rear Shocks for BMW GS Tugs

Do any BMW R1150GS or R1200GS hack pilots have a source/reco for after-market rear shocks? After having had my share of bad luck with Ohlins:
...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 05:04 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 110,026
Posted By mikepa
Maybe a universal rule of thumb at work here. I...

Maybe a universal rule of thumb at work here. I put my rig on the scales, and with our camping kit, my wife and I on board, we came in at 1,280lbs rolling weight, the distribution was:

Front:...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 04:48 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 110,026
Posted By mikepa
Hola 'Farher, long time no see. Hope you and your...

Hola 'Farher, long time no see. Hope you and your lovely Missus made it through the winter and have some riding planned once the weather breaks! Thanks for the heads-up. As noted above, I'm going to...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 04:44 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 110,026
Posted By mikepa
Hi Claude - Thanks for the links. Searching...

Hi Claude -

Thanks for the links. Searching for a dealer in my area just links me back to their offices in NJ. But, appreciate the research. BTW, super job on Stroker's tub!

Regards,
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 04:43 PM
Replies: 713
Views: 110,026
Posted By mikepa
Your offer is way too kind, why I love this...

Your offer is way too kind, why I love this commuity (especially the Hack-ers)!

Actually, I have 3 spare 165R15 BFG's (for the pusher and tub) and 2 spare 135R15 Nankang's for the front, but the...
Forum: Hacks 04-14-2012, 04:28 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 7,643
Posted By mikepa
Wowzaaaa!

Hey Stroker -

Way cool custom tub (and Stanley, kudos to you and the boys for the fabrication)! Looks like your better half is totally set-up for a life of luxury on the roads less travelled....
Forum: Hacks 04-08-2012, 09:47 AM
Replies: 713
Views: 110,026
Posted By mikepa
Way Cool - Vredstein?

Totally awesome rig, the paint/colors are stunning! See you have a Vredstein SnowPlus 155/80-R15 listed as your pusher. Can you point me to a source?
Forum: Hacks 04-19-2010, 08:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,809
Posted By mikepa
Please remove your post from my thread, and move...

Please remove your post from my thread, and move it to the proper Forum. You are directly advertising and promoting a product you sell, your post belongs in the Vendor Forum, not this one. At the...
Forum: Hacks 04-16-2010, 04:36 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,809
Posted By mikepa
You are so right, sorry, I should have apologized...

You are so right, sorry, I should have apologized to Stroker for not cleaning up his pretty wheels before I took the shots, as I normally let Mother Nature take care of "washing" the bike, plenty of...
Forum: Hacks 04-16-2010, 03:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,809
Posted By mikepa
Advantage Wheels - New Shoes for a GS/Ural Hack

The wait was worth it! As you have seen from my previous posts, I have totally gotten the Stoker's Advantage Wheel Religion (for those of you tuning in for the first time, am referring to the lovely...
Forum: Hacks 02-10-2010, 04:11 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,574
Posted By mikepa
Hola Dr. Jim - An open-minded thread with a...

Hola Dr. Jim -

An open-minded thread with a wide-ranging (though, hopefully on-topic!) discussion is always good for all, it's why we are Inmates of this Forum, yes? You ripost is most...
Forum: Hacks 02-09-2010, 04:58 PM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,574
Posted By mikepa
Interesting. I asked Stroker about pressures for...

Interesting. I asked Stroker about pressures for the new Advantage front wheel, as I've never had one, so followed his lead. But on the tub and pusher, I independantly decided on the same pressures...
Forum: Hacks 02-08-2010, 11:20 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,574
Posted By mikepa
Advantage Front Wheel - Installed!

Inmate Stroker isn't the only source of automotive-style aluminum wheels for hacks. But if you own a BMW R1100GS, R1150GS, or R1150GS Adventure, I absolutely believe he builds the best (and if you...
Forum: Hacks 02-07-2010, 11:07 AM
Replies: 23
Views: 5,574
Posted By mikepa
"Stroker" Advantage Front Wheel - Mo' BMW R1100GS/R1150GS Hack Porn

Like a good wine, good design takes time. After months of anticipation, I have received my front automotive-style Advantage Wheel from the master-builder, list-member "Stroker".

As you may recall...
Forum: Hacks 02-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Replies: 82
Views: 7,955
Posted By mikepa
Hi LiteWait et al - From what I know, the...

Hi LiteWait et al -

From what I know, the fundamental problem resulted in the letter was a bad batch of trailing arms from Dauntless' sub-contractor. One could argue the issue , is it the...
Forum: Hacks 01-16-2010, 11:06 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By mikepa
Wikipedia explains: The Mummies of...

Wikipedia explains:

The Mummies of Guanajuato (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mummies_of_Guanajuato)
Forum: Hacks 01-14-2010, 06:27 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By mikepa
Hey Stroker - Let me know when you're ready...

Hey Stroker -

Let me know when you're ready to head South of the Border, I'm ready to go back most any time!

Best,
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-14-2010, 09:37 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By mikepa
Sorry, for the record, I am retired, don't work...

Sorry, for the record, I am retired, don't work for Ride West, and am doing the TechSession pro bono, one of the ways I "give back" to the community of riders everywhere. The reg fee cover a portion...
Forum: Pacific Northwet - Where it's green. And wet. 01-14-2010, 09:18 AM
Replies: 5
Views: 667
Posted By mikepa
GPS for Adventurers - Sat 30 Jan - Ride West BMW, Seattle WA

http://www.globeriders.com/sidecar/advrider/gps01.jpg

A bit of shameless self-promotion.... If any of you in the "greater" Seattle, WA area are
interested, I'll be giving a TechSession on "all...
Forum: Hacks 01-14-2010, 08:52 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By mikepa
Hola A'fahrer! The Stroker Advantage wheels...

Hola A'fahrer!

The Stroker Advantage wheels are one of the best expenditures I've made. With a standard wheel and Tourance pusher, I was only getting around 3,000 miles from the tire. With the...
Forum: Hacks 01-13-2010, 06:37 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,898
Posted By mikepa
Thanks! "Regular Hack Forum viewers" have seen...

Thanks! "Regular Hack Forum viewers" have seen "more", but here's some links for you:

http://www.advrider.com/forums/showthread.php?t=327879
...
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