The spring trip to Bob's Bar in Martinsburg, NE is this Saturday. Group leaving after the regular Saturday breakfast meeting at Grandma Max's. Remember to bring an appetite and cash.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
Friday, April 4, 2014
- I don't really feel like going for a ride today, said no motorcycle rider ever!
- Four wheels moves the body, but two wheels move the soul.
- You start the game with a full pot of luck and an empty pot of experience. The objective is to fill the pot of experience before you empty the pot of luck.
- All The Gear All The Time (ATGATT)
- Most motorcycle problems are caused by the nut connecting the handlebars to the saddle.
- A bike on the road is worth two in the shed.
- Yes, it's fast. No, you can't ride it.
- Hold it WFO until you see God, then brake.
- Live to ride and ride to live... you don't stop riding because you get old, you get old because you stop riding.
- Saddlebags can never hold everything you want, but they do hold everything you need.
- The older I get, the faster I was. There are old bikers and there are bold bikers, but there are no old, bold bikers.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
I just wanted to take a minute and remind you of the festivities coming up at my store so take a look and put it on your calendar now so you don't miss out.
Friday and Saturday March 28th and 29th we will have discounts on all parts, accessories and apparel both in stock and special order. You will receive 10% off on all your purchases up to $500 and if you spend more than that you will get 15% off. So make sure you get your list ready. Look at the catalogs at http://www.bakmc.com/catalog.php?cat=street to check out all sorts of cool new stuff.
There will also be some great sale prices on all of the bikes we have in stock. With the current programs that could mean a discount of up to $2500 if you qualify for all of them. That is some serious savings.
If you haven't registered for the t-shirt drawing yet make sure you get signed up at www.bakmc.com/pc, but hurry 'cause they are going quick.
We will also be demo riding bikes. We will have the following bikes available for test rides:
Cross Country Tour
R1200GS Water Cooled
We will also be serving lunch on Saturday starting at about 11:00 am.
Get ready for a great time and a great riding season. It's gonna be a fantastic year!
Bak BMW Victory KTM
1900 Hwy 75 N Business
Sioux City, IA 51105
BMW Motorcycle Recall
BMW of North America has recalled 4,453 of the following motorcycles due to side-stand switch issues:
- 2013 F700GS
- 2013 F800GS
- 2013 F800GS Adventure
- 2013 F800GT
- 2013 R1200GS
- 2013 R1200R
- 2013 C600 Sport Maxi Scooter
- 2013 C650GT
BMW says water may enter the side-stand swatch, and cause shorting. This shorting would potential prevent the motorcycle or scooter from starting, or shut it off while riding. An unexpected shutdown increases the risk of a crash.
BMW says it will notify owners, and dealers will replace the side-stand switch, free of charge. The recall is expected to begin in April 2014. Owners may contact BMW at 1-800-831-1117.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or go to www.safercar.gov.
2012 Recalls BMW K1600GT & BMW K1600GTL
BMW Motorrad of North America has recalled 2,475 of its 2012 K 1600 GT and K 1600 GTL sport-touring motorcycles due to throttle issues.
BMW says in certain riding conditions, an incorrect throttle valve control signal may be received by the engine control unit, limiting the engine speed. As a result of the reduced engine speed, the engine could stall, increasing the risk of a crash, BMW says.
BMW will notify owners, and dealers will update the throttle control software, free of charge. The safety recall is expected to begin in December 2013.
Owners may contact BMW customer relations at 1-800-525-7417 or email BMW at CustomerRelations@bmwusa.com.
Owners may also contact the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration Vehicle Safety Hotline at 1-888-327-4236 (TTY 1-800-424-9153), or visit safercar.gov.
There’s no denying that BMW’s classic R-series models are enjoying the limelight at the moment. While they’re a popular choice as donors for custom projects, many are also left in original condition or restored to period-correct perfection.
Thankfully for Airhead owners, BMW Group Classic has a comprehensive catalogue of spares—as is evident with this R90S. While it appears to be an immaculately restored 1974 model, it is, in fact, a brand new motorcycle—built from the ground up using genuine BMW parts.
The project was conceived two years ago by BMW Motorrad USA dealer MAX BMW. With dealerships in Connecticut, New Hampshire and New York, MAX BMW is officially recognised as a classic BMW specialist. “The BMW classic scene is big and continues to grow,” says owner Max Stratton. “I think many motorcyclists are at a point in their life that they want to go back to the first bikes they had or wish they had. The bikes are available and so are the parts, making it very easy for anyone to get into the vintage BMW scene.”
Max and his staff decided to conduct an experiment—pick a classic BMW model, and see how many parts were still available for it. They settled on the historic R90S, a bike that was considered high-performance when it launched in 1973 and went on to win the inaugural A.M.A. Production Championship in 1976, piloted by British racer Reg Pridmore. “For fun, I decided to see how many parts were still available for the R90S”, says Max. “Because the pages piled up and most of the numbers were good, I said, ‘I think we could build a bike!’”
The R90S’ engine had to be built up from a short block (which already has the crank cam and chain installed) but there were none in stock. Fortunately BMW Motorrad has retained most of its original tooling—so many parts that might not be in stock can be reproduced if necessary. The short block arrived after six months, and MAX BMW began ordering the remaining parts and planning the build.
Technicians from all three MAX BMW locations were finally brought together in December of last year to complete the build. Using original and updated manuals, they took three days to transform the R90S from boxed parts to a working motorcycle, after which they spent an additional day painstakingly inspecting it before taking it for a test run.
An impressive timeline, considering the work involved—not only did the engine need to be assembled, but many other parts, such as the wheels, had to be built up from individual components. Particular attention was paid to authenticity—right down to ensuring that original fasteners were used in their correct mounting points.
All the body parts, including the 24-litre fuel tank, came from the factory in the original two-tone paint scheme. A few parts, however, couldn’t be found—such as the spring clip for the airbox, rear brake lever rod and right front fork slider. R100RS parts were sourced as replacements.
The team also had to improvise when it came to wiring, combining the wiring harnesses from a 1976 R90S and a later R-series model to accommodate BMW’s newer electronic tachometer (the original mechanical tachometer had been discontinued).
The final parts count came to roughly 1665, at a total cost of approximately $46,000. The build itself was documented daily, with photos and video posted to Facebook and a blog dedicated to the project. According to Max, the response was overwhelming. Prospective buyers have already come forward, but for now the R90S is going to be on display at each of the MAX BMW dealerships, with staff riding it.
And how does it ride? Max was the first to test ride it and says, “the bike feels solid, has great usable power and the gearbox shifts are smooth.”