Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: Seattle WA, USA
VStroms Steal Thunder @ BMW State Rally :^)
Got your attention? LOL!! - Yes it is true and WE have a pair of trophys for field skills to prove it!
We headed across the state 500+ miles in 95 degree weather to the Washington State BMW rally in Menlo and found a smattering of V-Stroms in both 1000 & 650 version comfortably encamped within the BMW rally park in Menlo Washington in cool 70 degree weather..Rally was FANTASTIC and the best I have ever attended for various reasons. They had all the bases covered with great food and endless coffee. The Oyster bar and beer and night time fire ring etc...
*So many new and old bikes to look at, It was mezmerizing with all the Airheads, Oilheads and new Hexheads amidst the vintage bikes...
Looking at the LT's and how they were set up and met many new LT buddies. Larry had a hand made, one of a kind matching LT aluminum cargo trailer hand crafted for him that would bring tears to any trailer ~aficionado
The fellowship was superb with seeing many old friends and making lotsa new friends. We ended the 1000+ mile camping trip in too much rain, too much traffic and too much wind coming home but happy to see the eastside sunshine!
As I stood filling the LT, watching it moving around on the sidestand at the gas pumps giving me great concern of what lay ahead!!
** Yes, Dave Shealy, I rode faster into the wind to see if that worked better as we wound down Snoqualmi pass into Ellensburg and the constant vicious wind battering at us... It did!! Lean and Go faster!!
Right off the bat was Mr. Ned " DRONE" and Ken, aka RapidRider on his 650 and of course my S/O on Der VroomHilda1 DL1000, while I rode my 05 BMW K1200 LT.
NO problemo, we mixed right in. Drone was a headliner in the OffRoad class of fun more than holding his own and rescueing many of the lost GS's in the blur of his fast and customized MelloYello 1000.
Meanwhile I was participating in the Field Games with my V-Strom and stealing their thunder with capturing 2nd place overall since Bec won 1 event handily against 5 men we were considered a "Split" talent Team so only awarded 2 place overall, but took 2 of the 5 events in 1st place, Me in Slalom and slow ride & the Becster in running to your bike,getting dressed , get on and start and ride your bike to the finish line while the audience threw water ballons at the participants all thru the competition!
Lots of Great fun, Met new LT friends - Pictures to follow soon!
47+ Yrs Daily Motorcycle Street riding for Therapy
2012 Victory Cross Country Tour
2007 Black Suzuki DL1000 V-Strom - Sold
2007 Red Moto Guzzi Norge 1200 - Sold
2005 LT Dark Graphite - (Sold)
2005 PearlBlue FJR1300 (Sold)
3 BMW's, 8 HD baggers, 3 Goldwings & 860K + miles later
*Ridin steady since 1973
Religion began when the first scoundrel met the first fool. Voltaire.
Last edited by usmctpdog; Jul 31st, 2006 at 12:36 pm.