I think it was two years ago when I picked up my DR350 because it was better suited for the off-road riding I wanted to do than my GS1200. While the GS is a very capable bike, my concern was with the operator not being quite so capable and felt it was only a matter of time before I seriously injured either the bike or myself.
With the DR in the garage I was able to explore more technical trails that I had been able to pre-dr and had a blast as I try to improve my skills. I’ve still got a LOOOOONG way to go and have been keeping my eyes open for a DRZ for my next ride.
Those of you that have seen us at rallies know that Amy is an integral part of the operation. Unfortunately, she hadn’t expressed much of an interest in venturing off the beaten path when I’d go out.
That of course was until this spring when she decided to take an off-road class with some girlfriends. This class was the same one I had taken and is put on by Wisconsin Off-Road Adventures . Of course she had a blast and as luck would have it a Honda NX250 became available. While it’s not suited for the likes of Moab, it’s a great beginners bike for the kind of riding she’ll be doing to start with.
This week the Previous Owners were kind enough to deliver it to us and we’ve now got a classic in the garage. I almost hate to think about actually taking it off-road but I guess it’s what it was made for so I should probably get over that feeling. Looks like Amy and I will be enjoying some of the many trails Wisconsin has to offer this summer.
Ok I’ll admit it, I’m guilty of not checking the pressure on my bikes as often as I should. I do check it before a long ride but I’ve been caught checking them after the bike feels a bit squirmy in the twisties more often that I’d care to admit.
That’s why my interest was piqued when I saw the Tire Pressure Monitoring system by TireGard. What I liked about it was that the system is REALLY easy to install and set up. Since they screw right on to your valve stems, you can have them on the bike in a matter of minutes. And with replaceable batteries, you don’t have to worry about having to buy new transmitters when the batteries die like you do with the units you mount inside the wheels.
Once installed you check your pressure with a simple glance of the key fob and set up alerts to let you know when your tires reach a pre-set pressure (low or high), and temperature.
Overall it’s a pretty straightforward system that provides you with some extra piece of mind knowing your tires are in good shape and alerts you when they aren’t.
I’ve used it personally for years so I figured it was time to add it to our lineup. They’ve got a LOT of items so it’s going to take me a bit to get them added to the website but the first hurdle is crossed and we’re now a dealer for the full product line.
Well last weekend we had our first rally outing of the year just across the border in Illinois. You have to love the midwest if, for no other reason, we’ve got the best tongue twisting names I’ve ever experienced. The Rally was put on by the Blackhawk Region BMW club and was held in Pecatonica IL, at the Winnebago fairgrounds. Ok now, try to say it ten times fast “Hosted by Blackhawk at Winnebago, in Pecatonica.”
We really weren’t sure how it was going to go because it was the same weekend as a large WI ride which meant riders would have make a choice between the two on Sunday. Vendor wise, it appeared that the turnout was larger than normal. Part of this may have had to do with them giving away two free hotel rooms at the neighboring town which we were fortunate enough to win one of. Big thanks to the Freeport Hampton Inn for donating those rooms.
Saturday and Sunday were both a huge improvement weather wise over what the region has been experiencing so far this spring. For the most part the rain held off, the sun made an appearance, and temps, while a bit on the cool side, were good for riding. Folks come from all over to take part in this rally. I know I was talking to people from IL, IA, WI, MN, and even CO.
Just like in years past the baked good were great and the line for breakfast on Sunday was long as folks were anxious to down some of the Biscuits and Gravy the event is known for. There were some sweet bikes both in the meet and ridden in by rally-goers.
If you’ve never been to this rally I strongly suggest you think about putting it on your calendar for next year. If you can’t do the whole weekend, just stop by for the day, especially if you’re looking for some parts for your bike. Yea, it’s mostly BMW stuff but there is enough clothing and general gear to make it worth your while.
Thanks again to the Blackhawk club members for putting on this event. And of course thanks to everyone that popped by the booth to visit. It’s always great to meet new folks and visit with the ones that keep coming back year after year.