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LT goes coast to coast NON STOP!


San Diego BMW Motorcycles Newsletter
Dear David,
I apologize for it taking 10 weeks for me to put the next monthly newsletter together. Things have been so hectic and we've been so busy that it slipped off my radar. But it's front and center now, and I'm here to give you the low-down on all that's been happening with us recently.
Gary rides his LT cross-country, non-stop, not even for gas !
For quite a while now, and I'm talking years, Gary had been pondering what it would take to ride across the country non-stop. But not just any pack the kids in the car and drive excursion, something much more monumental. What if he could ride from the Pacific Ocean, to the Atlantic Ocean, without putting his feet down ?

Well it all came to head when he signed up to attend the BMW Off-Road Riding School in Spartanburg, South Carolina. No more would it be a what-if, this was going to happen! After purchasing a trailer built for motorcycles, Gary added on a 75 gallon fuel cell, and then the boys in the Service department went to work adding in the required electric pump and hose lines to get the fuel from the trailer to his LT's gas tank. After a few test runs to see how it handled, it was time to set-sail.

On June 11, a small crowd of those that the news had leaked to, even though it was to be kept quiet so that no smart-alleck would try to wreck the attempt from the get-go, gathered at Dog Beach just before 8AM. A camera crew from the local NBC affiliate (did I mention it was supposed to be a secret ?) arrived to do an interview with Gary to try to find out what possessed him to being this madness. The footage from the news-crew can be found on their website, here. One of our customers, Rex Neilson was also on hand to take some photos of the event (like those in this newsletter), and we have some of them available for you to see, here.

But at 8am, it was time to get this show on the road ! We had installed some small video-cameras that we supposed to collect video proof of the whole thing and a laptop in his top-case to records the video with, but I forgot to attach the power properly, and the laptop ran out of power about 1 hour into the trip. But Gary did have with him a SPOT GPS Tracker device that sent out a location every 15 minutes. There was a website avilable where everyone could track Gary's progress. The data from that is availble on Google Maps, here.

Gary got onto the Interstate 8 with a small escort and without incident, and headed east. At Alpine, just east of San Diego, a couple of mischievous BMW riders met Gary and held up signs like "Gotta pee yet?" and "Can I borrow some gas?". But after that, he was all alone. All our staff and many of our customers had Gary's cellphone number and everybody kept in touch with him throughout his trip, both to get an update, but also to make sure he was alert and travelling well.

The first trouble spot came in New Mexico where an immigration checkpoint slowed traffic to a crawl. But Gary just simply raised the chin-bar of his 2-piece helmet so the Border Patrol Officer could get a good look at him, and he waved him through, so no stopping involved. Next was Houston, where Gary rode into town during the peak hour commute. Each time Gary slowed down to put some space between him and the car in front, another commuter would drop into that space, and he'd be back on the bumper of a car again. But eventually he got through Houston without incident, and more importantly, without stopping.

Just as he got into Baton Rouge, a huge rainstorm moved in, and Gary couldn't see 100 feet in front of him. Not only were these dangerous road conditions, but because he couldn't see, he missed the off-ramp to take the Interstate 12 bypass of New Orleans. But fortunately, he was able to get through New Orleans wihtout any trouble after some quick checking in with us that there were no stoppages on the I-10 in New Orleans. Across the Gulf he travelled, passed Gulfport, Mississippi and then Mobile, Alabama until finally, he entered Florida. After he passed Pensacola, it looked like he would be hitting Jacksonville around 11PM.

In preparation for his victorious arrival, I contacted some members of the BMW Club of Northeast Florida, and asked if any of them might be able to escort Gary to the Atlantic Ocean, keeping in mind that he can't stop for traffic lights. Don Sipler, an Iron Butt Rider himself, who had completed the 100cc (100 hours to cross the USA and back) volunteered to bring Gary in to the south of Jacksonville on a route that would bring him right to the beach without getting off the freeway. I phoned Gary to relay this news to him, and right then, just east of Tallahassee, and 2 hours away from completing his monumental effort, a State Trooper pulled Gary over, because the tail-lights on the trailer were out. After 2235 miles of non-stop riding, it had come to an end. News was immediately relayed to all the club members and staff members what had happened.

Exhausted, Gary met Don just west of Jacksonville, and he made the final trip to the Atlantic Ocean, but quickly waved goodbye to it, and headed off to a hotel to get some well needed sleep. News outlets around the world caught onto the news, and Gary has given interviews to magazines and newspapers about his travels. BMW put a little story up on their website, here. He's also heard from riders in Australia who have put the idea into his head that he could ride from Perth to Sydney, non-stop, in about 48 hours. We'll see !
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I know that is has been a very long time since we announced that we would be moving the dealership to Kearny Mesa, but we've had a helluva time getting approval from the various departments of the City of San Diego. But all of that is now behind us. With paperwork in hand, construction (or initially, desctruction) crews have started work. Initially, the concrete has been cut for the new plumbing to handle the new bathrooms and customer lounge area. Within the next couple of weeks, we home to have the Service Department Storage Mezzanine (all 2000 square feet of it) installed. Hopefully, sometime before Thanksgiving, the improvements will be complete and we will start to move inventory over.

When we finally close the doors for the last time at El Cajon Boulevard, we have something very special planned, so keep yours ear to the ground for that little nugget, when we announce it.



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Re: LT goes coast to coast NON STOP!

Great story David, thanks.

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Gary ____ who? The last name of the photographer is included in the newsletter, but I must have missed the rider's last name.... Powers maybe, of U-2 (the original) fame?

hmmm. 37 hrs in the saddle. That sounds about like what Charles Lindberg did on his non-stop Atlantic flight.

Kudos to Gary _X_. I'd'a had a hard time going past my bedroom w/o bunking down when I got to Texas!

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Re: LT goes coast to coast NON STOP!

Not to be crude, but how did he handle the potty break situation?

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Re: LT goes coast to coast NON STOP!

Gary's a good guy won the ALCAN 5000 a few years back, tough luck on getting pulled over tho.

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Gary ____ who? The last name of the photographer is included in the newsletter, but I must have missed the rider's last name.... Powers maybe, of U-2 (the original) fame?

hmmm. 37 hrs in the saddle. That sounds about like what Charles Lindberg did on his non-stop Atlantic flight.

Kudos to Gary _X_. I'd'a had a hard time going past my bedroom w/o bunking down when I got to Texas!
His name is Gary Orr, part owner of San Diego Motorcycles.

Click on the links in the article for more information, pictures, NBC video, etc.

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Re: LT goes coast to coast NON STOP!

I feel really split on this. I can't help but be impressed by the achievement, both in terms of the engineering and the endurance. Another part of me can't believe anyone would be so arrogant as to put other people seriously at risk by driving a mobile bomb when their reactions have been seriously affected by sleep deprivation. IMO, the fact that nothing did happen is no justification for such a stupid and dangerous stunt.

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Holy smokes! congrats to Gary. that's quite a ride.


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Not to be crude, but how did he handle the potty break situation?
The Iron Butt riders figured this out a long time ago. Let's just say it involves some tubing and lowering one foot off the footpeg when needed.

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I feel really split on this. I can't help but be impressed by the achievement, both in terms of the engineering and the endurance. Another part of me can't believe anyone would be so arrogant as to put other people seriously at risk by driving a mobile bomb when their reactions have been seriously affected by sleep deprivation. IMO, the fact that nothing did happen is no justification for such a stupid and dangerous stunt.

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A properly constructed fuel cell should be safer than the normal car tank. It is fumes that go bang and fuel cells are designed to stop fumes from being a problem. I am no expert, but I don't think it is just an empty can to start with.
As to tiredness, I could have done 40 hrs straight when I was younger (did often), these days I need a mid-day siesta!

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