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  1. Book Review: The Art of BMW - 85 Years of Motorcycling Excellence

    I occasionally do book reviews as part of my byline as examiner.com's Colorado Motorcycle Travel Examiner. Latest one is the book in the post's subject line.

    I already figure you're a fan of the...
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    Spring ride down to the Garden of the Gods

    A nice little ride down to Colorado Springs' Garden of the Gods today, temperatures from the 40s to the 60s under partly cloudy skies and gusty winds. Perfect Colorado Spring weather in other words!...
  3. AMA's American Motorcyclist Magazine now available online

    Found out via Ken Bingenheimer's Passes and Canyon blog that the AMA's American Motorcyclist past issues are now available online, for free, through a service of the AMA and Google. I checked and...
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    two things.... first, the feeler gauge...

    two things....

    first, the feeler gauge thickness mentioned are correct for my 1987 R80 which I believe is similar to your motorcycle's engine.

    second, might I suggest you peruse snowbum's...
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    I carry this stuff most of the time, definitely...

    I carry this stuff most of the time, definitely for the long distance trips.

    LINK
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    I rode up to the top on my 1987 R80 just this...

    I rode up to the top on my 1987 R80 just this past month, 01mar09 to be exact....as others mentioned, the drop in oxygen levels affected the airhead's carburation a bit but no big deal.

    More...
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    +1 on the using of speedbleeders....

    +1 on the using of speedbleeders....
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    September should be fine, things start getting...

    September should be fine, things start getting iffy from November to March when we get most of our snow.

    There's a website where you can check out the cameras on top and a number to call re road...
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    glad to be of service, hiking up to the...

    glad to be of service, hiking up to the summit....way too much work! :thumb
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    Hi Rich Yep, the RT is doing fine, approaching...

    Hi Rich

    Yep, the RT is doing fine, approaching 66k miles.

    The road up to the top is mostly paved, six miles of it are not, its two 3-mile stretches of graveled dirt that you must ride on. See...
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    A Ride up Pike's Peak

    Good weather and dry road conditions on Pike's Peak Highway allowed me to do an easy ride up to the summit of "America's Mountain" today. La Ni??a has caused a rather mild winter for us here in the...
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    ice in june

    I encountered icy conditions in June, last year, while approaching the continental divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel on I-70 heading West.

    More here: LINK
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    Catching the Sunset

    Here's a picture from this late afternoon's ride to try and catch the sunset by the foothills of the Colorado Rockies.

    More in the blog: LINK
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    Chicago Motorcycle Rental?

    Flying to Chicago on business trip next week, may have some free time, would like to rent a motorcycle to ride the area for a few hours.

    Anyone know of a rental outfit there? I mean besides Eagle...
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    I'd used the shim kit, but later on wanted more...

    I'd used the shim kit, but later on wanted more "reachability" to the ground on my RT.

    removed the shim kit, it does make a difference. however, now started sliding forward.

    went with this: ...
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    Here's a link to the "lowering the rt" portion of...

    Here's a link to the "lowering the rt" portion of the m/c faq section of bmwsporttouring.com:

    LINK

    I've a 33 inseam and can flatfoot my 2004 RT when all the way forward on the seat and the seat...
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    I think this will work for ya: LINK...

    I think this will work for ya: LINK

    http://store.summitracing.com/largeimage.asp?part=VDO-332103&Prod=VDO+Vision+Series+Analog+Gauges&img=vdo-332103.jpg
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    yep: 71609062160, one correction though, it was...

    yep: 71609062160, one correction though, it was $32 including shipping, local beemer dealer wanted $42 (retail: $47)

    re chicagobmw, I'd heard sometimes they take a while to get what your ordered,...
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    From today's ride near Dakan Road, off of CO93. ...

    From today's ride near Dakan Road, off of CO93.

    http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3190/3050852967_6471ac379a.jpg

    Fall 2008 CO103 enroute up to Echo Lake....
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    Airhead GS handguards work nicely

    Got a pair for $31 (including shipping) from Chicago BMW (takes a while)

    Have ridden my R80 in temps to mid 30s without having to turn on the heated grips. Rides were less than one hour...
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    Go from 1150RT to a 650GS?

    My twisted brain has been following this path lately and I ask for opinions re this line of thought.

    Trade in my 2004 R1150RT which does long distances most comfortably and ably but probably due...
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    thanks for the clarification I got her, my...

    thanks for the clarification

    I got her, my 2004 R1150RT, with 19,500 miles already on the odometer, and I've not lubed the the transmission input shaft spline....

    Guess I'll schedule her for...
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    clutch pedal sticking?

    During my recent 1000 mile ride down to texas and back, had a few occasions when I went to downshift while coming to a stop where the clutch pedal would stop at 2nd, and I could not get it to go into...
  24. hmmm, I guess it depends on where exactly you...

    hmmm, I guess it depends on where exactly you want to go.....one great site maintained by CDOT gives you a good idea of road conditions on a daily basis:

    LINK

    You could check out the rides I've...
  25. Finding snow while riding for Fall Foliage pics

    I had a nice ride in the mountains today while looking for photogenic foliage. For those of you in the Denver vicinity, CO103 is still open even though Mount Evans Road is closed for the winter.
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