Last year, I caught the Sport-Touring bike bug again. I have owned several over the years, and a quick ride on a friend’s ’09 BMW R1200RT really reminded me what I was missing on my long-legged ‘Turbo Giraffe’ (KTM 950 Adventure). So I began listing bikes I might want and researching them. One by one they got crossed off the list, the Triumph Trophy SE being the last non-BMW to be crossed off; nice bike, but a bit boring in the motor department.
So it was, I found myself on 8 march 2014 at South Sound BMW looking at a left-over 2013 K1600GT. I’ve always wanted to own an inline six-cylinder motorcycle and a 12-cylinder car. I’m now 1 for 2 in that area.
A quick test ride and a handshake deal was agreed to. The next day saw me take delivery of said beast and then ride it 65 miles home in a monsoon of a downpour. Yesterday, I finally got a chance to wash her off and take a few pics, so here we are.
- front view. don’t look now but something is gaining on you!
- Left side. all clean and shiny. 685 miles at this point
- 2013 K1600GT Montego Blue
- The view from the bridge. When the loud handle is twisted, you’d better be hanging on!
- right side, rear. the pipes are sorta silly looking, but they don’t sound bad, and a set of Akra’s cost big bucks.
- right side, showing off the mighty inline-6, and it’s forward cant. Is this the new Slant-6?
On Saturday January 19th, I helped a buddy get his (unique) motorcycle down to Downtown HD in Renton for a Vintage Bike show. Focus was on dirt bikes, and motorcrossers, but all sorts of interesting things came out of the woodwork. Here are a few of the pictures I took. Grab a tasty beverage for a nice stroll down memory’s pit lane here.
ready to head for the show
brag sticker on a Penton-Wassel trials bike
Ducati swingarm detail
Bultaco Pursang, in the frozen fog
an Aermacchi-harley 350 Road Racer
exhaust detail on a Triumph 500cc Moto-crosser
a Hodaka Super Rat — my first bike
CJ-Framed Honda 4-stroker
a Penton 125 Six-Days
a 1955 Maico taifun 400. just wow.
Hodaka Super Wombat
anyone who would like larger versions of these, or anything else that was there that I might have on film (so to speak), please just let me know. rubber side down!
Hi Gang! It’s been two years since I posted here, and nearly that long since i had ridden an event until the 13th of January, 2013. No excuses, just a hectic life, spiced up with a mangled left knee in August of 2012, that has kept me off the loop and out of the sections.
Rode the first PST event of the year, the Plastered Purple Penguin, at Marysville. Two stories dominated the day: my tender left knee, which it turned out, acquitted itself quite well, and the bitterly cold weather, and accompanying frozen tundra. In many sections, the line was polished smooth due to the action of trials tires on frozen dirt. Very challenging. But my knee and I survived, I didn’t take home last place, and I had fun, so there will be more events in my future, and more postings here.
after obedience class. no he’s not very good at it. an before a boring car rode to lynnwood to retrieve a forgotten credit card we did a quick 2 searches on a loading dock behind the Barnes and noble in Woodinville. we had an audience for the second search. G was unimpressed.
before we can switch from puppy nose work (cookies and boxes) Gizmo needs to do 6 searches away from home or the training facility.
this is location one. the park next to the train depot and the police station in Duvall. we did two searches one along the path and one along the rock wall. shown here.
Comfort food — just add a roast chicken and some green veggies. Some of what ever jam you put up this summer is good too. Or is it’s still summer, make extra and use them for shortcake.
Here’s some video of Gizmo and and his litter-mate Leda playing before their Nosework class. Then Gizmo and Lara do a run with a single (big) reward hidden in the last box. Finally Leda and Georgia work a full course.
Puppy Nosework from larisa harriger on Vimeo.
It’s not really chili. It’s actually soup, but it’s served at Boxing Day when there’s Red Chili and Green Chili so this is Orange Chili. It’s also Vegan. And, oddly, according to a Moroccan bartender I once described it to, pretty danged authentic. Go figure.
Easy to multiply for crowds. Remember = Do not feed Adrian cilantro.
More holiday requests. I’m remaking some bits of the website over here and just to make sure that I don’t end on anyone’s naughty list, I’m making sure that all of the most requested recipes stay available. This one is for the crack-addictive pecans that show up at holiday parties when anyone is silly enough to say “oh just bring something to nibble on.” You’ve been warned. I think these are based on something that came from Cooking Light.
Hint: Make Lots.