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I couldn't avoid a section dedicated to my bikes.
"Slepnir" with the usual windmill
'till July 2004 I owned and liked a TA first series ('89), named "Slepnit" like the six-legged horse of Odin, father of the Asgard's gods. My TA toke me all around europe.
In 2004 I had a whim and decide to get a new Transalp. Here is "Skoll", a new TA 2000 series.
In 2006 I wen for a couple of months in the US and while there I rented a huge HD, when I came back, don't know why but the TA didn't felt "enough". And I was forever looking for a sixth gear. So I decided to upgrade to a Suzuki V-Strom 1000 named 'Rigle'. With which I immediately went to Belgium for a shakedown.
Here' a quick report.
Quick test BMW R 1200 RT, I had it for a couple of days...
The V-Strom got a gremlin in 2008 that made the engine unreliable in long tour... practically everything longer than home-work and back. And after repeated attempt my garage couldn't figure out what the problem was. So after a while I toke a decision and got myself the 'small' F 650 GS BWM. Not sure why it is named '650' since the engine is an 800 cc.
Here is a mini-report after the first 250Km.
After more than 10 years, I decided that it was the time for a new model. The old one was ok, from a mechanical point of view, only some little defect mostly due to the fact it spent over 10 years riding in every possible weather condition (and the Dutch weather ain't the best).
The major problem was that the motorblok began to suffer from corrosion due to the crap that is trown on the roads during the winter (that stuff they pretend it's salt but ain't).
So, one nice February day, I went to my preferred motorcycle pusher and ordered a brand new BMW F750gs. White.
I've already tested the bike sometimes ago and had some... doubt about the kind of "optional" that BMW was "pushing" (the mouse/scrollwheel, the gps/phone/integration thingy... lots of stuff that looks out of place on a motorcycle and frankly I consider extremely dangerous and completely useless in normal situation), but the engine is still the same solid dual-cilinder of the old version, and the frame is still the good-old frame. So, after some calculation and my pick of extra and optionals (I want handguards, crashbars, center standing, heated handgrip, a decent windscreen and the racks to attach MY bags) I signed the order.
The bike was delivered a the beginning of May.
What do you do with a motorbike? What the heck! You ride it! Here is a quick sum of my trips.
I didn't went with the bike for obvious reasons:
I love stupid... hemmm... usefull and fancy gadgets...
A PDA used as a GPS
So I don't get lost.
Tank bag for photocamera
To solve the usual problem: "how do I carry my camera?"
Intecom bike-2-bike "do-it-yourself"
To chat while riding, without spending an arm and a leg (and a kidney)