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Old 10-01-2010, 10:23 PM   #1
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I've wasted 40 years of my life...

...without a bike like this. First longer ride with my new F800 GS. Second day with the bike coming from a Burgman scooter. I was thinking about trying to find some dirt but this whole clutch/gear-shift business was a bit nervous-making and the highly intuitive BMW turn signals soak up whatever excess cognitive capacity I might have had so my riding takes place on a fairly primitive level (Oh, Christ! Do something slowing downish with the feet!). I thought that it might be prudent to stick with pavement for a week or to until I regain some semblance of poise.

As with any ride, it is important to be prepared with the right equipment:




Ran a couple of errands in the city, then caught the green wave up Franklin, to Lombard, across the Golden Gate and up Mt. Tam.




The morning's fog left damp pavement under the trees, but at the top it was sunny and the view was spectacular.



Took Ridgecrest to Bolinas-Fairfax to Hwy 1 and then up to a certain establishment about ten miles up the road from Pt. Reyes Station.



A dozen mediums.



I don't shuck fast, but I can shuck faster than I eat.

Picked up a coffee back at Pt. Reyes Station, the little place next to the hardware store, and then rode past the French Cheese Factory to Petaluma and the highway home.

You can ride this bike like a road bike, head to the inside mirror etc, etc., but when you scootch forward and push the bars down like a dirt bike something clicks.

Still had plenty of daylight left at the Gate so I decided on one last little jaunt up Conzelman Road for a photo-op:



Decided to loop around through the Marin Headlands and the one-lane tunnel rather than turn back the way I came. Got into the ADV spirit and rode standing up (OK, my butt was sore), past the lurking ranger (23 in a 25, no problemo) and suddenly I came around a bend and there it was.. Dirt! A mere seven miles from downtown San Francisco! They're working on the road. There's currently about a mile of nicely graded dirt surface over the top of the pass. I think that some of it might still be on my bash plate.

Contemplated sneaking through the Fast-Track (no plates) but chickened out and paid my $6 in person after an apologizing for something like 5 attempts to find neutral. Oh well, it was the short line.

All for now.

-Scott
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Old 10-01-2010, 10:44 PM   #2
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Beautiful bike, love the color!


Ah, now, if I only had the money...
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:03 PM   #3
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Congrats on your new ride. Keep it dirty side down.
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Old 10-01-2010, 11:49 PM   #4
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:54 AM   #5
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She sure is a fun bike!! Thanks for the pics
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Old 10-02-2010, 07:59 AM   #6
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Is that your "take lemons and make lemonade" emergency toolkit?

Cool bike, cool pics
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:50 PM   #7
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Um i believe your tool kit has extra lemons, and no hot sauce or beer....
B-e-a-utiful bike! hope you have fun!
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:53 PM   #8
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nice. i always get some when riding that area.
i've stopped at hog island and bought some and also had some at the restaraunt? farther north along the bay before the road goes inland.

you buy from a boat? you care to let us in to your spot or is it a secret?
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Old 10-02-2010, 12:55 PM   #9
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Got my GS 1200 at fourty- I understand
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:00 PM   #10
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nice. i always get some when riding that area.
i've stopped at hog island and bought some and also had some at the restaraunt? farther north along the bay before the road goes inland.

you buy from a boat? you care to let us in to your spot or is it a secret?
fyi, Marshall is 10 miles north of Pt. Reyes Station, which is where the OP's 'Spot' is. So i think he and I share the same spot!

GREAT POST. I love this kind of stuff, a man after my own heart, riding the bike I'd love to have (especially in that color) doing the stuff I love to do.

ENJOY!
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Old 10-02-2010, 01:08 PM   #11
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I would advise you wear them tyres out on the road. Then replace them with knobblys before doing any offroading. By that time you will be well used to the geared bike.
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Old 10-02-2010, 09:13 PM   #12
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you care to let us in to your spot or is it a secret?
Tomales Bay Oyster Company No secret, just wanted to leave things vague enough to encourage adventure. If you miss it, there's Hog Island about 10 miles north. Also very good.

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Old 10-02-2010, 09:29 PM   #13
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Um i believe your tool kit has extra lemons, and no hot sauce or beer....
Some days, one dozen doesn't do the trick. Also, you can get a dry lemon...

While the Burgman 650 is matchless as a beer carrier, I feel bound to observe that the F800 GS, even with considerable investment in aftermarket accessories, is basically inferior in this regard. Possibly, Bavarian engineers are simply too accustomed to being able to purchase beer every 300 meters or so to have concerned themselves with the problems of self sufficiency.

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