|K75RT in the Idaho Sawtooth Mountains|
My next bike was a 1996 K1100RS BMW. Newer, stronger, faster than the K75. with 105 hp and a published top end of 154 mph. Somehow I was under the impression that I just wasn't going fast enough on the little three banger. I put about 12,000 miles on this beauty.
After the K1100 I got crazy and bought a brand new 2005 Yamaha FJR1300. Once again, Mr. Nikunen is partly to blame because he had one and loved it and after tons of research I was convinced that this would be the perfect bike for me. This bike puts out 145 hp with a top speed of 165 mph. Remember, this is the PUBLISHED top end. I can't attest that it'll actually go that fast but I also don't doubt it for a second. This bike is seriously FAST!
|FJR1300 Right out of the box|
This is sort of a poor man's FJR but it will do what I need done quite nicely. I'm getting it ready for some serious cross country starting this fall.
This link will take you to the good stuff: Bike Pics
Now for the bad stuff . . . a little background . . . Once again I was riding with my friends Michael, Rob, Gary & Mike and we were up in Rocky Mountain National Park, Colorado, when to avoid a monster Elk in the road I managed to run into my friend Michael on his bike. I went down and Michael stayed up but both my bike and I were the losers in the altercation. Bottom line was I shattered my clavicle, broke several ribs, broke my thumb and partially collapsed a lung. After the crack medical team in Granby Colorado decided that I needed professional assistance they put me on an ambulance two hours to Denver with lights flashing and sirens blasting. I was so doped up I thought it was a very fun ride. Anyway here are a few shots of the bad stuff: Bike Bad Things