Join Date: Jun 2002
Location: North East Florida, FL, USA
49 DOWN AND 1 TO GO
Returned yesterday from a 9 day family vacation on the island of Oahu, HI. While there I rented two bikes, one for myself and one for my son. We only had them for a day but long enough for me to cross off another bucket list item. I can now rightfully claim having ridden to 49 or our 50 states. Well in the case of Hawaii I cheated and took a plane ride to the destination since riding there didn't seem all that practical. Even though only for a day it was a fun father, son adventure on a couple of BMW's. I had originally reserved two F650 GS's but while in route to pick up the bikes I got a phone call informing me that both of their 650's were out for repair but they would give me something else out of their inventory. Upon arrival, I was shown the inventory which included a bunch of Harleys and way back in the corner two 800 BMW's, a GT and a GS. So we opted for the Beemers. The reality is that you have to look long and hard if you want to rent anything other that a Harley on the Island. Before leaving home I had spent considerable time planning a route and down loading it to my Garmin 2820 as well as fabricating a mounting system for attaching the GPS to the 650 handle bar. Unfortunately the 800 handle bar is considerably larger that the 650. However, undaunted, I dug into my bag of parts and put together a suitable mount for the 800. After spending some time mounting the GPS I plugged my cable into the bikes 12 V outlet and no joy. I first tried it on the GT and then the GS and neither one worked. I didn't have a meter and the shop had no mechanic or tools. They told me all their bikes are dealer maintained. Upon returning home I tested my wiring and it all works as advertised so my guess is that their "Dealer" unplugged the OEM outlets during a service and since no one uses them on the rental bikes just didn't reconnect them. Anyway, with no GPS we had to wing our route and fortunately it all worked out very well. So, bottom line is that AK is my only missing state. While it would be nice to collect all 50 I have no current plans to travel that far north. I do have some photos documenting the ride but haven't uploaded them from the camera just yet.
North East Florida
MSF #28271 Retired
'99 Canyon Red RETIRED AT 93,000 MI
'05 GRAPHITE METALLIC retired at 87,000 MI
'01 R1150 GS- totaled
'02 R1150 GS sold
'85 K100/EML sidecar sold
'11 R1200RT currently being enjoyed
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