Saturday, June 29, 2013

The Bike

I should probably tell you guys a little about the bike I'm taking with me.

It's not going to be that interesting to most of you but on the other hand I have some friends that care more about the bike then they do about scenic pictures and my misguided shenanigans.

so without further ado

Why isn't he wearing socks? That's gross.

Okay obviously I was just kidding.  The Vespa will probably be my Sturgis bike.

The bike I'm taking North is a 2013 BMW R1200GS Adventure.  It's a beast of a bike with enough horsepower (105 I think), cargo carrying capacity and fuel capacity to officially make me the weak link on this expedition.  The GSA is on the larger side of what they call a dual sport bike meaning it is just as happy on the road as it is off road.   I wanted to be able to cruise forever without a care in the world about fuel capacity or road conditions.   This pig carries 8.7 gallons of high octane go juice, which is double what most other bikes can carry.  Hopefully this reduces the amount of times I'll be out of gas on the side of the road.  With my luck it'll happen somewhere up in the Klondike right as I'm stopping to take a picture of a momma grizzly and her little cubs.

Over the next few weeks I plan on being completely flexible as to what direction I take and to what kinds of roads I need to be on to get where I'm going.   If I get to where I think I'm going there's going to be a few hundred miles of unpaved roads for a few days at the northern most end of my trip.

Here are a few random pics of the bike with and without the panniers (cargo boxes).  Once I get her all loaded up I'll take more pictures of it all.   Not bad for a two wheeled mobile home.  35 days is going to seem like an eternity if that seat isn't more comfortable then it looks.

Thanks for reading, like it, share it, laugh at it...  do what you've got to do.  

1 comment:

  1. Hey Dan, The rally point will be at Smoky Mountain Harley Davidson at Maryville, TN. Address is: 1820 W Lamar Alexander Pky, Maryville, TN 37801

    You pick a time and date. I'll be there.