Today was the first warm day of the year. Temperature was in the 70s so I went for a Sunday ride: To Monroe via 522 then Fales/Elliot/Highbridge/Crescent lake roads, then Monroe to Sultan on Ben Howard road followed by Highway 2 to Index and Reiter road out of Index (closed 3 miles from Index due to flood damage). Around 150 miles round trip.
Link to route map on Bing Maps: http://binged.it/ImyO5i
Here are a couple pictures of my new 2012 R1200GS. It has ABS, ESA, OBC, and TPM options. I also purchased the BMW Vario side cases and top case. These are nice because all three are keyed to the ignition lock.
I took a short ride to Dash Point on a typical February day in Seattle, temperature around 45F and light rain. I have had better days riding, but it was good to get out. Dash Point State Park was closed for repairs so I rode down to the small public parking area to the south. There was a restaurant there called The Lobster Shop that I would like to go back and visit.
Photo of Mark on US 129, aka "Tail of the Dragon". From our trip last summer. http://xs-adventure.com/motorcycle/BMW-MOA-Rally-2009-trip
At the BMW MOA rally last summer, I came across a vendor showing off hi-intensity led lights: P3 led flashing brake lights and the "Photon Blaster" forward facing running lights. I recently started commuting to work through downtown Seattle and decided it was time to increase my visibility. I purchased P3 and Photon Blaster lights for front and rear on my R1150RT. The lights were purchased from http://www.skenedesign.com.
My current visibility efforts consist of:
My 2004 BMW R1150RT was exhibiting signs that the original OEM battery was about to fail. It was starting to crank a little slow and needed extra time on the battery tender. Five years is outside the service lifetime for this battery, so I decided to replace it before it failed while I was out on a trip somewhere.
I've been neglecting this website lately. So I finally get around to doing some maintenance work this morning and after filtering through the 500#@#! spam messages in my inbox I see a note from kick-ass programmer and all-around nice guy, Russell. He bought a really sweet looking all black K1200R. Nice bike! It's always great to see another BMW rider in Seattle.