[ Wednesday - December 29, 2010 ]
Well, I can't say that 2010 has been a stellar year. I can say
that it's been an interesting one.
Interesting from the perspective of the F800GS's fuel resolution.
Who would have thought that a single gas station selling bad fuel would
cause such heart aches. Not to mention me being the trail blazer
for the clogged injector problem. I never thought I'd be the
first to introduce the problem, but it seems the universe wills for me
to tackle the issue. It took a lot of patience and a new R12R to
pull it off. To this days I still have the utmost respect for
Eddie Pangindian, Brown Motor Works Service Manager, and BMW NA's
So which bike do I spend more time on? Why, the 8GS of
course. This isn't to say that I don't like the 12R, it's just
that with the economy being the way it is, I'm better off with the
8GS's 9.5" worth of travel because of road conditions. I do take
the 12R to work, on occasion, and when I do, I love the speed. At
a mere 2700 miles on the Odo, the engine is nowhere near being broken
in. "Pretty Boy", as my friend Russell calls the bike, needs to
spend some time in the red zone. Every time I try to push the
bike, I can feel the engine having difficulty reaching beyond 5K
RPM. All the signs of "The new kid on the block". I
eventually have to get serious and perform the extended break-in before
PB can go on another long trip.
The year has passed so fast that it feels like nothing much has
happened. When I look back in The archives, I'm reminded of how
much has actually happened. More long trips would be nice, but
life just doesn't permit such pleasures. Yes, work
responsibilities are digging into my play time. I'm hoping to
rectify that in 2011, but we'll see if it's possible. Bottom
line, it sucks to be responsible at work.
At least this year, I finally got a good taste of what the 8GS's off
the bleedin' road capabilities (A winter day's ride). It performs
magnificently with only a minor drop in the snow to make the story more
exciting. I'm looking forward to more mud flinging next
year. I might even try pumice again if time permits.
The end of a decade is here and a new one begins. Let 's hope
humanity stays in one piece so I can do some more riding.
Written on: December 29, 2010
Last modified: December 29, 2010