|Runkle enjoying one of the many covered bridges around Lowell, OR|
Whatever. I'm not worried. I've got a backup plan: my BMW G650 GS (aka Runkle). I scored Runkle a year ago from BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon (http://www.bmwor.com/). We've been pretty close since we hooked up, although this year we are hoping to do more, go more, see more. Last year we went to Texas and this year we are hoping to do something equally exciting...but I'm not sure how much time we'll have together for extended periods. May have to make due with long weekends and one week long camping trip. First, Runkle needs a tune up...and since I'm in Eugene now, we're going to head on over to BMW Motorcycles of Western Oregon's sister company,
European Motorcycles of Western Oregon (http://www.emcwor.com/).
Runkle gets great gas mileage and Runkle carries a big load...especially with my Giant Loop (http://www.giantloopmoto.com/products/great-basin-dry-bag) dry bag on the back. Seriously, this bag is awesome. It is just the right size for my camping pad and my tent. I'm sure I could get more into it, but I travel with a two man tent...and a fluffy camping pad...comfort is my top priority. Comfort and keeping my stuff dry... which the dry bag and tank bag really do. It's a nice change to actually have some gear that does what it claims.
|Runkle at Valley of Fires Recreation Area, near Rosewell, NM|
|Giant Loop tank bag...one sweet bag!!!|
|Runkle hanging out at Big Fall Creek, OR|
This last year wouldn't have been as swell without my Aerostich AD-1 pants (http://www.aerostich.com/ad1-motorcycle-pants.html). I wore these pants in 109 degree temperatures and through storms that would have made a lesser bike stop and wait it out. Not once was I disappointed...I love these pants like I love my dog. (And I really LOVE my dog!)
|Near Lake Powell...with the blue ribbon from the 2011 Kilcullen Memorial Ride.|
Here's to many more wonderful years together. Happy Birthday, Runkle!!!!