Sunday, February 26, 2017

BBBC 2017 #26 and BMW Leaving

This post is part of ToadMama's Brave, Bold, Blogger Challenge (BBBC) 2017 which is an attempt to make February go by a little more quickly. There are 28 topics, one for each day. 


Three songs you love to sing along with

Too easy! There really are no songs that I love to sing along with! If there is a group singing then I will usually join in but not just with music on a radio, CD, (record, cassette, 8 track, reel to reel). I listen to music but it isn't a really important part of my life. In fact, I can probably count on one hand the number of times I've turned on the radio in the truck and the Sena has been used for music fewer times than that.

Bye-Bye BMW

A good friend just picked up the BMW this afternoon. Bridget had a hard time understanding why I wasn't upset about selling it. I guess I don't really develop emotional attachments to inanimate objects. Maybe that's why I never felt inclined to give vehicles and bikes names. It was always just "the BMW" or "the motorcycle". Maybe I'll have to surrender my Airhead belt buckle now and stop attending the airhead get togethers and tech days...

BobC, the Alaska airmarshall, said that a Ural was close enough. I do like the simplicity of the older BMWs. Electronics is limited to the ignition and if you like to tinker, you can probably fix whatever breaks. The Ural is kind of the same only more likely to break. I can see another bike in my future but it won't be something for long road trips. More likely something much smaller and lighter.

15 comments:

SonjaM said...

Farewell, trusty Beemer. Like BobC said... the Ural is close enough to keep a foot in the door of the Airhead club. I wonder what smaller bike you'll be looking for? A dual sports bike?

Unknown said...

Something much smaller and lighter, eh?... A Motoped Survival bike, maybe?

Yeah, I know we've talked about it before--that bike just fascinates me.

RichardM said...

Not sure. IMHO, around here that's about the only thing that makes sense. There's the CSC or a TW or maybe that new baby GS...

RichardM said...

Fascinates me as well but the price is just way out of line...

redlegsrides said...

Perhaps its time to build your own KLR650 sidecar rig ala ccjon!

I think I would have kept the Beemer, as an eventual source of a Beemer engine for a future BURAL....at least, that's how I view Brigitta, my R80.

RichardM said...

Actually, I'm thinking small enough to put on the back of the fifth wheel. A sidecar anything is too big...

I figured that I'd be better off looking for an R80 engine and Ural transmission. Then overhaul them and get them ready to install.

Lynne Goebeler said...

Wow, while I cannot relate at all to your comments about music (I LOVE music), I can to your comments about the BMW. I really love my GS, but I am actually ready to take the next step in our RVing but hubs is not. We eventually plan to sell both big GSs, sell the MC trailer, and buy two small bikes, maybe 250s, and get a dual lift then tow a car. But not yet, lol.

RichardM said...

Several moto acquaintances wondered why we didn't look for a fifth wheel that can carry the Ural (i.e. toyhauler). Hauling something that large was something I'm not too interested in. Maybe if I had a tractor instead of a truck then maybe...

I'm hoping that they have the small 310 GS available for demo rides at the MOA rally.

David Masse said...

I don't name vehicles either. I was OK selling the Miata I owned and bombed around in for 17 years. I might have a chance to buy it back. Not sure I want to.

Finding a bike or bikes to RV with is an interesting challenge. Honda CRF250? Easy to maintain, small, easy to hoist and haul.

RichardM said...

Not sure what bike. But that's not a "problem" I need to solve anytime soon. Maybe next year..,

BeemerGirl said...

I vote for the TW!! I'm trying to convince Oilburner to get rid of his two dirt bikes and get a TW200. He's almost there!

RichardM said...

I'm kinda partial to the TW as well. Though they seem to be hard to find around here. I ran into one guy who rode his from Maryland when he moved to Fairbanks (he shipped the GS).

ToadMama said...

I don't name or get overly attached to vehicles either. I've never enjoyed a bike as much as I enjoy my GS, though.

RichardM said...

If I were to get a bike for long distance touring again I'd probably get the smaller GS as well. If only it had shaft drive...

Lynne Goebeler said...

Right, we looked at toy haulers too but we didn't like how much space you had to give up in the living area to get a tiny garage. I'd like to see the small GS too, but I think it may end up being too $$$.