June 8th this year is the last time I went on any form of ride. WTF! That’s right I work shift work and work 3 weekends out of 4. So when I saw that the NSW Boxerworks guys were going to have a meet-up weekend I hoped that my shifts would allow this. Roster came out and I did have this weekend off. Wow a ride with an over night stay. Last time I did this was when Jan and I rode the Yamaha Plank of Pain to Cuc Phou in Vietnam. This ride to the Boxerworks would be just me. Old BMW riders sitting down yakking all night about all things BMW would drive Jan insane.
It was arranged that I would meet Bob Bennett at the Bucketts Way turn off from the Pacific Hwy and we would ride up together. Bob rider a R80RS. A few bikes are heading up this road today. A new BMW S1000RR comes around the corner and powers away. I joking say to Bob we can catch him. It was very interesting riding with someone I had not ridden with before.
Besides the fact that Bob has got so many more years riding experience …
I am not a fan of multi cylinder bikes above twins. BMW have made a 6 cylinder. I assume to take on the likes of Honda with their Goldwing (or as we used to call them downunder here Leadwings).Must admit I do like the look of the BMW 6.
I have been a avid reader of Sam Manicom's books for awhile now. I started with what was his latest book Distance Suns. Then started to buy and read his other books. I have followed his round the world trip backwards as it were. Sam rides a R80GS. He had never ridden a bike before setting out to travel to Africa by himself. Sam's books along with Ted Simon's books were the inspiration to riding a bike when I was in Vietnam this year.
Sam is releasing a new book about his epic around the world trip.... This recounts his riding in America with his partner Bridgit .
I can't wait to sit down and read this book. I know again he will get those overseas riding juices of mine going again. If you would like to read any of his books please order them directly from him via his website... Here is a teaser of what you can expect....... "....An hour or so later, as the sun was beginning to fall over the end of the valley, turning the violets, sages and greens of the hills into sh…