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Forum: Europe 06-22-2015, 07:20 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 406
Posted By PukaWai
Another vote for the Alps, although I'd suggest...

Another vote for the Alps, although I'd suggest some serious saddle time the first day to get down to maybe Annecy or Aix-les-Bains quickly. From there the good riding begins as you head South. The...
Forum: Europe 06-22-2015, 06:59 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 439
Posted By PukaWai
Hope you get some more comprehensive info from a...

Hope you get some more comprehensive info from a local, but the highlight of my trip though there in 2013 was a tiny road that goes along the River Etive to Loch Etive from A82.
Forum: GS Boxers 06-12-2015, 08:57 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 3,193
Posted By PukaWai
Aw, come on, give the guy a break. If you live in...

Aw, come on, give the guy a break. If you live in Detroit, calling a place a shithole might actually be a compliment!
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-12-2015, 07:42 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By PukaWai
If you want to ride in the other direction and...

If you want to ride in the other direction and down the grade, there's RPM Cycles in Ventura, a small independent BMW shop. Good folks there, but I don't know how his service prices compare to the...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-09-2015, 09:44 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 624
Posted By PukaWai
That's strange, the screws on mine are allen...

That's strange, the screws on mine are allen head, not phillips. That looks like it would be a #3 phillips, try it with a new screwdriver, but not too hard cus if it slips, the screw will get damaged...
Forum: GS Boxers 06-09-2015, 09:27 AM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,590
Posted By PukaWai
Charge up the lithium completely and keep it as a...

Charge up the lithium completely and keep it as a spare. The lithium ones have a very low self-discharge rate so it should keep, while the lead-acid one will probably die from sitting around after...
Forum: Europe 06-08-2015, 10:39 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 554
Posted By PukaWai
Since you said you're going to Nice, one would...

Since you said you're going to Nice, one would assume you mean the Gourdon just north of Nice. Nice has a Honda dealer, and if you head a bit west to the Rhone, there are a number of larger cities...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-08-2015, 10:25 AM
Replies: 1
Views: 425
Posted By PukaWai
Real time video is quite boring. Anything worth...

Real time video is quite boring. Anything worth watching has had an enormous amount of time and effort invested in editing it which obviously isn't possible with live streaming. Even Periscope's...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-02-2015, 09:42 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 2,540
Posted By PukaWai
The kickstand trick and the magnet thing do work...

The kickstand trick and the magnet thing do work - sometimes. There is no surefire solution to this problem. There is no law that says you can go it the damned thing don't work and if you get caught,...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 06-02-2015, 09:23 PM
Replies: 38
Views: 1,759
Posted By PukaWai
Definitely go see Tuckers - he knows the "system"...

Definitely go see Tuckers - he knows the "system" and can get you through the hurdles. But for the bike, you're probably better off with a cheaper mid-sized bike as suggested earlier like a DR650 or...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-27-2015, 10:56 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 3,014
Posted By PukaWai
This! And the Euro is projected to fall even...

This!
And the Euro is projected to fall even more, perhaps reaching parity with the dollar by next year - so the incentive is to get you to spend your money now.
Forum: Thumpers 05-25-2015, 05:29 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 193
Posted By PukaWai
F650GS floppy headlight

I took my F650 Dakar out to Death Valley a couple of months ago. After a day of beating it up off road (no Starbucks out there) the headlight was rattling around in there. Some duct tape sorta held...
Forum: GS Boxers 05-09-2015, 09:12 PM
Replies: 37
Views: 1,520
Posted By PukaWai
I generally get 40, drops to 37 at 80 mph, and...

I generally get 40, drops to 37 at 80 mph, and the worst I ever got was burning through a whole tank in Europe at ~160 kph - you can guess what country that was in. Bear in mind that these are BMW...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-09-2015, 12:23 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
Thank you all for the comments. Nice to know...

Thank you all for the comments. Nice to know somebody is reading this!

Blader54 - I studied these vari-eze aircraft while I was doing a design project for an Aeronautical Engineering class in...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-05-2015, 09:47 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
It's funny how freinds that I have met through...

It's funny how freinds that I have met through our shared passion for flying can talk endlessly for hours on the subject, but eyes quickly glaze over should I talk about my passion for motorcycle...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 05-05-2015, 09:05 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
AllBlak - An 1150 GS is not really a bashful...

AllBlak - An 1150 GS is not really a bashful motorcycle. And its even capable of taking a nap off the centerstand. At least it didn't snore this time and wake me up in the middle of the night!
...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-04-2015, 09:28 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 373
Posted By PukaWai
If you're starting in San Diego I'd recommend...

If you're starting in San Diego I'd recommend route 78 and 74 north through the mountains in eastern San Diego County and Idyllwild and then up through Big Bear. This will allow you to avoid most of...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 05-04-2015, 07:51 PM
Replies: 32,726
Views: 3,251,167
Posted By PukaWai
If it was done with a telephoto, then maybe Mt....

If it was done with a telephoto, then maybe Mt. Washington.
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-30-2015, 08:50 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-27-2015, 09:20 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
Turns out they were a couple of retired cops from...

Turns out they were a couple of retired cops from England that take off on a bike tour “on the continent” once a year. They were going to be on Corsica about the same amount of time as I, and had...
Forum: Day Trippin' 04-23-2015, 12:27 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 30,924
Posted By PukaWai
Fixed!

Fixed!
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-23-2015, 08:37 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-21-2015, 10:34 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
Saturday rolled around and I caught a bus and...

Saturday rolled around and I caught a bus and then a train to get to Valence. Just about all towns in France that are bigger than two barns have a tourist office, and these are great places to get...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-14-2015, 08:48 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
The mechanics come out and we start talking, but...

The mechanics come out and we start talking, but there’s a problem: out in the countryside and small villages, most people do not speak English. So far, I have been conversing in French, of which I...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-12-2015, 09:39 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
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Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-10-2015, 08:58 AM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
The next day I was eager to hit the road and find...

The next day I was eager to hit the road and find my friend Sylvain, whom I’d met while he was vacationing in Hawaii for a couple months last year. Sylvain is a pilot extraordinaire that files just...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-08-2015, 10:30 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
I continued north, back into Croatia. ...

I continued north, back into Croatia.
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There was a national park, Plitvička, near the Bosnian...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-07-2015, 10:07 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
The next morning I continued on South and soon...

The next morning I continued on South and soon came to my first real border crossing: Croatia. It had only been about a year since this country had joined the EU, and they are still using their own...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-04-2015, 09:09 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
http://i556.photobucket.com/albums/ss1/puka_wai/Ro...

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Somewhere on the far side of the pass I crossed over into Slovenia. It is now a full member of...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-04-2015, 08:50 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
I'm OK with just a leisurely ride soaking in the...

I'm OK with just a leisurely ride soaking in the scenery over roads like this, and leave the racing to the crowd in your picture! The day I was there it was cloudy and you couldn't even see the...
Forum: Regional Forums 04-02-2015, 11:19 PM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 216,942
Posted By PukaWai
Pablo can make even LIGHT beer taste great. But...

Pablo can make even LIGHT beer taste great. But riding and beer don't mix too well, therefore the above question is answered.
I like the Wednesday afternoon plan for next year - excellent idea!
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-02-2015, 08:06 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
I grew up in L.A., so I’m not much of a fan of...

I grew up in L.A., so I’m not much of a fan of big cities and generally avoid them on my travels, but Munich is the home of BMW, and they have a museum there that I thought might be worth the hassle...
Forum: Epic Ride Reports 04-01-2015, 10:17 PM
Replies: 35
Views: 5,231
Posted By PukaWai
The road to Coupe iCar – Adventures in Europe

So what’s a “Coupe iCar” you ask? Some kind of new vehicle with an exorbitant price tag from Apple that runs on proprietary gasoline?...
Forum: Southeast, The Lair of the Dragon - The Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains 03-31-2015, 01:09 PM
Replies: 0
Views: 173
Posted By PukaWai
Winter riding across the southern states

I'm considering shipping my bike, which has been hibernating in Europe for a while, to Florida and then riding it back home to So. Cal.
I've never traveled across the Southern states, so don't know...
Forum: Regional Forums 03-29-2015, 07:30 PM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 216,942
Posted By PukaWai
Thanks to Joel and the many others who...

Thanks to Joel and the many others who contributed their efforts to make this an outstanding weekend!

Added assortment of pics over here on the RR page:...
Forum: Day Trippin' 03-29-2015, 07:24 PM
Replies: 270
Views: 30,924
Posted By PukaWai
The even shorter RR

Got on the bike.
Rode.
Got off the bike.

Think of it as one of those magazines you claim to buy for the articles, but here's the real reason:
...
Forum: Regional Forums 03-23-2015, 08:39 PM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 216,942
Posted By PukaWai
This post/ride caught my eye a while ago. It...

This post/ride caught my eye a while ago.
It looks like a more interesting alternative to Saline Warm Springs out and back, and from the pics still looks to be a suitable Noobs ride. Unless the...
Forum: West – California, the desert southwest and whatever is left 03-15-2015, 06:37 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 231
Posted By PukaWai
The snow's pretty much all gone everywhere, and...

The snow's pretty much all gone everywhere, and you'll probably only find mud in shaded corners that never get sun or where there's runoff from higher elevations.
Forum: Regional Forums 03-12-2015, 09:55 AM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 216,942
Posted By PukaWai
For anyone that is coming up Wednesday nite and...

For anyone that is coming up Wednesday nite and tenting (yeah, I know, a rare and almost extinct breed) I've booked site #31. They allow 5 people per site, so there's 4 open spots available. Even if...
Forum: Regional Forums 03-02-2015, 07:04 PM
Replies: 3,085
Views: 216,942
Posted By PukaWai
It shouldn't be that surprising, of the rides...

It shouldn't be that surprising, of the rides currently in the Ride List, only 3 of the seven are Novice (as in noob) . Of these one is cancelled, one is FULL, and that leaves 3 spots open on an...
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