Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Some Updates From San Diego BMW Motorcycles

Hey Everyone! Sorry the blog has been a bit stale lately we've all been really busy. So I figure while I got a few free minutes I'll get you caught up on everything that has been going on here at San Diego BMW Motorcycles.

First some new from the supermoto front. Gary Orr hopped aboard our recently completed (though some dialing-in will be needed) G450X Supermoto bike:

Sunday and absolutely destroyed the field in the Street Legal class at Qualcomm stadium. He also managed to finish 8th overall despite low siding and losing 11 seconds.

Gary sucking less:

Our close friend Cesar Gannod took 2nd on his bike which I guess technically gives SDBMWMC the 1-2 results in the street legal class. Cesar swapped places with another friend, Luis for the better part of the race so he was exhausted after the checkered flag came out.

Next up we have a brief overview of Andy Sills' endeavors on our Demo S1000RR. Andy hopped on our S1000RR demonstrator 2 weekends ago and rode to the Bonneville salt flats. After setting up camp he proceeded to break the old 1000cc production bike speed record leaving the new mark at 196.117 miles per hour. This with stock everything! Turn signals, mirrors, license plate holder...BONE STOCK and Andy of course rode the bike there. Official results available here:

On Thursday September 23rd Eddie Frowiss, Greg Dietrick, Bill and Analein Taylor, Sondra Lagnado and a few of us SDBMWMC employee's did a full moon ride to Borrego Springs. We had sandwiches and cookies here at 7PM and headed for the desert at 7:30. The weather was perfect, the sky was clear, the entire ride was amazing. Highland Valley, Old Julian, Wynola, Banner Grade, S2, S1 (down Montezuma Grade), Jaqui Pass, back up Banner Grade and home via 78 and 67. All that under the light of a full moon and not a car on the road! Be sure to check our website and email blasts for next month's ride under the October harvest moon!

Saturday, September 18, 2010

A New Land Speed Record Too

In keeping with the theme of the weekend:

We have just confirmed a new
world land speed record on the BMW S1000RR. I just
got off the phone with Andy Sills, who is still at Bonneville. It's official.
The new world record for a 1000cc production motorcycle
is 196.117 mph, and was set on our San Diego BMW Motorcycles S1000RR
... demo bike. This bike is completely stock! Stock exhaust, mirrors, turn
signals, license plate.... Stock! And he rode the bike there from San Diego!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

BMW Motorcycles That Need Attention

In the last six months, we have seen a variety of recalls and service campaigns affecting nearly every recent BMW Motorcycle model. While many of these campaigns address minor aspects of the affected vehicle, others should be dealt with a greater sense of urgency.
Sample of BMW Motorcycle Models Affected By Recalls or Service Campaigns:
  • F650GS - charcoal cannister vent line extension, chain and sprocket replacement
  • F800GS - charcoal cannister vent line extension, chain and sprocket replacement
  • K1200GT - brake line conversion
  • K1300GT - handle bar switch(es) malfunction
  • K1300S - handle bar switch(es) malfunction
  • R1200RT - brake line conversion
  • R1200GS - brake line conversion
  • R1200GS Adventure - brake line conversion
  • S1000RR - new owner's manual, replacing crankcase breather, retrofitting drop sensor
  • G650X - take-up roller bracket for the drive chain, front brake pipe distributor bracket
Grab your VIN (the last 7 digits) and call Mark, Stan, or Tony at 858-633-2481, so that they can run your vehicle history to see if your specific vehicle is affected by any open campaigns. If your bike is not affected, you're in great shape and you can keep on riding. If your bike is affected, they will schedule an appointment for you. Should you prefer email correspondence, just send a short note with your VIN included in the body of the text to service@sdbmwmc.com and we will be more than happy to respond.
Remember, if you have a BMW Motorcycle that won't start and is still within the original factory warranty (36 months/36,000 miles) you can call BMW Roadside Assistance at 877.680.2176 and they will pick up your motorcycle and bring to the nearest BMW Motorcycle dealership for troubleshooting and repair.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

10 In 10. Insanity In Distance. Sore Butt Indifference

Hey Everyone welcome to another jaw dropping addition to the San Diego BMW Motorcycles blog. Today's post is just a quick update on our fearless (and seemingly insane) leader Gary Orr. Gary is currently on day six of a "10 in 10." What is a 10 in 10 you ask? Let me sum it up:
1-Grab your favorite touring bike
2-Meet 20 or so other maniacs in Salt Lake City, UT
3-Obtain list of destinations all over the United States (not the continental US either, there are destinations in the Florida Key's and Alaska). Each destination is worth a number of points and some destinations only award points within certain time windows.
4-Score the most points in 10 days and ride no LESS than 10,000 miles in that time.
5-Remember to wave at Sanity as you blow past it standing on the side of the freeway because sanity is NOT on board your motorcycle.

You read all that correctly, a nation wide scavenger hunt covering at least 10,000 miles in 10 days and Gary is on day 6. You can track him via his SPOT system here:


Gary is the "OG" icon which stands for Original Gangsta in case you we wondering. The points totals are not released until after the rally so we're not sure where he sits in the standings but if I had to guess I'd say he sits comfortably in OUTSIDE HIS EVER LOVING MIND! 10,000 miles in 10 days?!?! Is this some mission to ensure you don't EVER want to sit on your motorcycle again? What kind of person would play this madness driven game of moto-twister? "Left hand red" Mr Orr!

Hell, I'll give you 10 things I'd rather do in the same 10 days:
1-Slam finger in door of a Ralph Nader edition Chevy Corvair
2-Re-grow my wisdom teeth only to have a Navy "surgeon" remove them again aided only by novocaine and a shop towel.
3-Three words: The English Patient
4-Slam remaining nine fingers in car door of Ralph Nader edition Chevy Corvair
5-Listen to Geoff King sing his lounge act version of Bruce Springsteen's "Nebraska" album in it's horrific entirety.
6-Charles Sutter hangover
7-Toes! Car door! Now!
8-go vegan
9-seek out that patch of stupid someone left on the highway 163 on-ramp and smear my elbow skin across the tarmac like Country Crock over wheat bread
and the number 10 thing I would rather do than a 10 In 10...
10-Dangle bacon strips from my ear lobes and hop in the ring with Mike Tyson

In closing, if anyone had one of those inflatable butt-donut things lying around I'm sure Gary's is gonna need it when he returns.

Thanks for reading
-Sean DeAngelis