Sunday, January 31, 2010

Mike Lynch In Full Race Attire

Coming soon to a straight, flat section of freeway near you: Mike Lynch in full leathers on the S1000RR. He looks like the love child of Max Biaggi and a bad 1980's situational comedy. That SWEET profile view! Looks like someone took two fine Christmas hams and stuffed them down the back of those leathers.

I Finally Got to Ride It.

Hey Everyone and welcome to another exciting post to the San Diego BMW Motorcycles blog. Yesterday evening I, Sean DeAngelis, FINALLY got to ride the demo S1000RR a few street miles! I know, I know. You're thinking "Sean, how did you talk Gary into letting you ride the S1000? You ruined 3 of the last 4 bikes you demo(lished)'d?" It was simple really...Mike left the key on his desk and someone else left the bike in the parking lot facing out! Stealthy like a ninja cat I swiped the key, threw on my helmet and ran out the door.

Verdict: It's an evil, evil machine. I actually started off in rain mode and things felt great. You need to twist the throttle quite a ways to get really moving but overall it's glass smooth in the rain setting.

Made a left onto 52 west and dialed up sport mode. TONS of power everywhere in sport mode. Sport mode will probably be the most popular mode among S1000RR street riders. It's got torque, revs and will go 90+ in first gear.

Exited the freeway and got turned back around heading east. Race mode? Absolutely. Low revs: lots of go go. Middle revs: lots more go go. High revs and whack the throttle open: sphincter factor 9, Christ on a pogo-stick, gonna be a few seconds before the sound of your screaming catches up with you fast. I've ridden several 1000cc sport bikes in the last year or so and I'm certain, beyond a shadow of a doubt, without question that THIS is the single fastest motorcycle I've ever ridden.

We're giving free Demo rides on the S1000RR all day today (Sunday) and through next week. So if you want to see and feel what all the hype is about come on by and sign up for a spin. You will NOT be disappointed.

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Waiting on a Key

There is a key, in an envelope, in a FedEx Express overnight delivery van, somewhere in San Diego, headed to our door. That key starts the S1000RR you see pictured above. The DEMO S100RR you see pictured above. More importantly that key starts BMW's participation, dominance and revolution of the fabled "Litre Bike" classification of motorcycle. This is not to say BMW is letting it's enduro, sport touting and touring focus diminish. Far from it. BMW is simply looking a worried Big-4, Ducati and KTM in the face and declaring: "The game is about to change. Try and keep up..."

Monday, January 25, 2010

Big Bike Snow Day!!!

What to do on a Sunday when the Chargers are not in the playoffs?...Go to the snow.

Gary Eidsmoe and I took off around noon from the Shell station on Los Coches Rd. The weather was absolutely great. Gary was his 2009 BMW 1200 GS Adventure and I was on 2009 1200 GS with after market exhaust (Akrapovic) and suspension (Elka), and Heidenau tires. As we climbed toward Sunrise Highway the temperature consistently dropped, but was never under 44 degrees. However, adding in that fuzzy math for wind chill, humidity, barometric pressure...blah, blah, still felt cold.

We were going to get off the 8 at Sunrise Highway and take Old 80 the rest of the way to Mc Cain Valley. Only two problems with that idea- number 1, Sunrise Highway was CLOSED and number 2- we realized as we passed the Pine Valley exit that everyone in San Diego all the same idea at the same time...LET'S GO TO THE SNOW!. Cars were backed up on the highway at least half mile back from the exit. Cars were parked on both sides of the freeway so “responsible” adults could let their kids and dogs play in the snow. I kid you not- both shoulders of Hwy 8 East. I would have stopped to take a picture of this snow induced euphoria (read circus), but I would have also been one of those “responsible” adults. Needless to say we skipped that exit and got off at Buckman Springs.

The roads were dry and clear all the way out to McCain valley. We headed out passed the OHV park and stopped at the Corrizo over-look. The skies were clear out the Colo River. We got back on the road and headed toward Cottonwood campground. We went over a couple of rises in the road and as we descended toward the campground, the snow started to accumulate and the tracks were getting slipperier (is that a word). We were doing pretty good slogging through the mud, but then we made a left turn into the campground. The snow had melted and then refrozen...guess what? It doesn't matter what kind of tires you can't get traction on ice! We eventually got turned around, out of the campground and back on McCain Valley Rd.

We went about another half mile, and I think we ended up about half mile short of the end. The ruts were getting deeper, the mud thicker, and the time later. I told Gary I didn't want to wait for the ruts to refreeze to get better traction- meaning I didn't want to be out there past dark. He agreed so we turned around. Coming out was a little better and we were thankful for packed DG freshly dampened.

The bikes did great. Every time I ride one of these GS's in the “outback” I am amazed at their capabilities and reliability. We had a great time and joked that if we keep riding like this together that we will eventually be ready for “The Long Way...something or other”.

Thanks for reading,
-Brian Jones

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

S1000RR! The Has Landed!

Hey Everyone and welcome to the most exciting blog post of the new year. Today we are proud to announce the arrival of San Diego BMW Motorcycles' DEMO S1000RR! It's the Red White and Blue paint scheme also known as "The Awesome One." The S1000 actually arrived here yesterday but we had to uncrate, assemble, clear floor space, push Gary up and down the street on it (we don't receive the key for another couple days), polish and prep it. I'll skip my typical new bike arrival story about why I'm not allowed to ride it (see Novembers update: "Top 10 bikes Gary owns that Sean has trashed") and go straight into why YOU can ride it. This is a no joke BMW DEMO bike. Come on in, we've got a list started, sign up on that list and as soon as the fabled key arrives YOU, yes YOU get to take this evil machine for a demo ride.

Tuesday, January 5, 2010

What We Got For Christmas

Mike Lynch got this new toy for Christmas. I have no idea what it is supposed to be but it make the most horrific sounds. He's been giving demonstrations of it's audio annoyance to anyone with a mildly open ear. Through gnashed teeth they typically congratulate him on the re-gift.

Alan got a new iPhone. He can now use his windows based Spider Solitaire skills on Mac's OS.

Brian Jones got a vacation. One day 2 the Jones' family station wagon suffered a fuel pump failure stranding them in a Holiday Inn. I guess technically, Jones got back on the road for Christmas.

Gary Orr got new running shoes. He then pulled tendon in his leg. Gary got frustrated for Christmas.

Mike O'Keefe got golf stuff for Christmas. I know nothing about golf and despite Mike taking 20 minutes to explain what all that golf schwag was I didn't retain one word. Does anyone actually golf anymore? Then made a joke....something about Tiger Woods' best 18 holes.

Geoff got the usual summer sausage from his sister. Geoff hates summer sausage. Works out well for me as I received it as a re-gift.

Joey scored an original copy of The Goonies on VHS. I don't even know where to start with this one. If I myself didn't still have and USE a functional VCR I'd go right into the 80's jokes.

Phil has been seen sporting a new lunch box around the shop. Keeps the lettuce sandwiches and fish oil pills colder than ever before.

Jim insists he received new eye glasses for Christmas but he's still sporting the old birth control ones he's been wearing for years. I'm sceptical but Buddy Holly would be proud.

Stan's kids got new bikes for Christmas. That said, Stan got to run two miles behind his four year old son for Christmas.

Mark still has yet to get a haircut since retiring from Naval Service. Mark is a hippy for Christmas.

Jennie got moon boots. I thought they were for snowboarding. Turns out I was wrong, they're "in" currently. I've been wearing jeans and t-shirts for the better part of 30 years. I couldn't tell you what was "in" if what was "in" punched me in the sternum.

The technicians got left out of the blog for Christmas because they wouldn't tell me what they actually got between Tiger Woods jokes.

What did Sean get? Well let me tell you. I got the best gift of all. "From: Me To: Me" A shiny new guitar slide and timer for my stove. Now I can suck on the guitar country-western style AND retire that K series fire extinguisher I been getting so much use out of.

Thanks for reading,
-Sean DeAngelis