Eighteen Years In The Making

Discussion in 'Ride Reports - Day Trippin'' started by BluRidgeRider, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. BluRidgeRider

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    They had a large collection of Montesa trials bikes...

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    ...including one signed by multi-time World Trials Champion Doug Lampkin.


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    Numa
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    More interesting bikes...

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    Ossa

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    Gilera

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    Indian

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    While in Europe, we navigated our rental Peugeot...

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    ...using the BMW Nav V GPS off of my BMW R1200GS Adventure. Before leaving for Spain, I purchased the car adaptor, downloaded European maps on it, and saved waypoints for the hotels and sites we wanted to visit.

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    Vintage Bultaco motorcycles were popular display props in shops around Spain.

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    An Andorra license plate on a KTM I saw in Andorra la Vella.

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    Great trip! I don't know how we would have done it without the Nav V GPS. Cell phone service was very spotty and we spent a chunk of time driving in the Pyrenees Mountains. Google Maps would not have been a viable solution for navigating.



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    The Pyrenees mountains were beautiful! We saw many motorcycles -- a large percentage of them BMW GS bikes -- enjoying the narrow, twisty mountain roads and spectacular views. On our last day in the car, I saw one of the new Yamaha Tenere 700 adventure bikes parked on the sidewalk in a little village. We were pressed for time to meet our deadline for turning in the rental car back in Barcelona so I didn't stop to take pictures of the Tenere. Cool looking bike.

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    A couple more photos from Museu Moto in Basella, Spain.

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    Numa
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    The new KLR is taking shape. Race Tech suspension, Kouba lowering link, JNS Engineering skid plate, SW-Motech crashbars, Sargent saddle and Caribou saddlebags.

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    Just a few more little items to add and it'll be the perfect setup.



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    From this morning's ride.

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    One of my fellow riders on last year’s Edelweiss Mediterranean Alps Extreme Tour (David Hughes) just posted some video from last year’s ride. This should give you a pretty good idea of the area where we rode.









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    My brother came down for a visit last weekend and we went riding Saturday and Sunday. (My wife was out of town.) On the way back from the mountains Saturday, we stopped by Team Charlotte Motorsports so I could look at the new Moto Guzzi V85TT Adventure. The sales representative offered me a test ride, but they were very busy and it was getting pretty hot outside.

    This morning I met my buddy Jon for breakfast in Charlotte and then we headed up to Team Charlotte so I could take a test ride. They had a regular TT (not the Adventure) as their demo and encouraged me to take it for more than just a short 5 minute ride.

    Jon rode his BMW GS and joined me for a counter-clockwise loop.

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    Very nice riding bike! I like the seating position, dash, handling, brakes, ride modes and the fact that it weighs about 100 lbs less than my GS Adventure. The 80 hp motor pulls strong and has a magnificent sound!

    The Adventure model comes with two-tone paint (I like the red and white livery), adventure tires, saddlebags and top case for about $1,000 more than the non-adventure model.

    I liked it enough that one might be added to my stable at some point in the future. My motorcycle parking spots are full right now. I will have to determine if I can live without one of them in order to open up a spot for a TT Adventure.



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    Nice looking bike Numa. Glad you enjoyed the test ride.
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