I had to get out, so I took a run over the hill to bmwscruz this afternoon. The newspaper said it was supposed to rain, but it didn't...it was quite nice, between the high 50's and the mid 60's the entire way to Watsonville. While I definitely had a GREAT time, bouncing off the rev limiter repeatedly in several gears, it was a bit of a bummer as there were more LEOs out on my backroads than I've ever seen before. It's truly serendipitous that I didn't get nicked, as I probably passed two dozen cages over the double yellows and hit speeds of between 85-100 in 45mph zones. It was a great ride. Made me wonder what I would tell the guy who finally pulled be over. LEO: "Do you know why I pulled you over?" fish: "I'm actually not quite certain." LEO: "We've had reports of a silver 2002 BMW R1150RT with blue flames on the roundels, a rider in a blue Roadcrafter exceeding the speedlimit, passing over the double-yellow, and generally disrespecting all traffic laws for the last 45 miles. Does that jog your memory?" fish: "Hmmm...that description matches me pretty well, but I'm a very careful rider. I've been riding for 26 years and haven't had a ticket in over 12 years, so it probably wasn't me." LEO: "alrighty then, I believe you. You are free to go. Have a nice afternoon." not. So anyway, I made it to bmwscruz, shmoozed with the owner, sales mgr, parts mgr, wrenches, and a couple of customers. Answered lots of questions about my gear, and bike, and oh help me jesus, just let me get inside. They had a nice display of bike jewelry on the wall, so I plucked a few blisterpacks of wunderlich and RAD stuff, ordered the R11RT radio box and gasket, asked for some 02 K12RS mirrors for the GS (surprise! they were in stock :). I asked about Fox's deal with the RT shox, and was told the lead engineer was transferred to snowmobiles. Steve da parts dood said he'd call on 'em and see what's up. If nothing, I'm on the list for Ohlins. Asked about an exhaust lowering kit for the GS, and steve da parts dood said BMW has a kit for the GS-P and he'd call on it, cuz the p/ns weren't viewable yet. Need to get a full-size left bag too. I called my buddy Knut up in the city and he forwarded me to a guy in Tucson, Z's Motor Works or something? Left a vmail. Knut said he makes the most beautiful GS can lowering kits on the planet. Lessee...where was I? Oh yeah, I got to see a new gold F650CS. The pics in the mags are accurate. It is one of the fugliest bikes I've ever seen. Target market appears to be adolescent girls and fags. :ymca Mario had a forced smile on his face as he rode it around front after washing it. Really. Fugly motherfucking scoot. It's like a scooter that's had Martha Stewart design bits of it. It had a big hole in the middle of it where the gastank should be. I asked peter if I could ride it and he said it wasn't a demo. I said it would be after I finished with it. He said I'd have to pay for it. I told him he could ride it right up his ass. I didn't ride it. Good thing, cuz quite honestly, I wouldn't want anybody to see me on that thing. It makes the F650GS look good. What else..oh, they've got a silver Aprilia Falco. Supposed to be less-aggressive than the RSV Mille. Seemed pretty aggressive to me. Much more extreme than the speed triple. No trade. And...the K12RS mirrors will not fit on an 1150RT with parabellum +4. Not even close. I'll try my stock GS mirrors when I get around to swapping them out. I know the stock GS mirrors work with the BMW tall screen on the RT. And of course, the 02 KRS mirrors will look quite smashing on my GS I had money burning a hole in my pocket. Nothing I bought today was a necessity. And ya know what? It fucking felt good.