"Gather 'round, lads.... gather 'round"...
Burt Lancaster / The Crimson Pirate (1952)

Around the 1st or 15th of each month, when I deem you are worthy, we put out our cheesy newsletter to inform the masses as to what's happening in the BMW K12RS/GT/S/R world and of course... Pirates' Lair. How else are you going to find out? If you want to subscribe and have these sent via e-mail to your home or office just let us know at pirate@acelink.net .. otherwise you'll get 95% of it here. Why only 95%? Because I tend to tell the brutal truth as I see it on many issues/products and while I don't mind spewing "my opinion" into your home, office or cell, I have no desire to slam, insult, or malign any company, individual, competitor in public.. unless they blatantly deserve it. Also... something to keep in mind... My language in the email subscription version may offend the meek. Subscribe at your own risk. The on-line version is a bit more... PC..

While I do try to add a little humor in every newsletter, some of my language may offend the mild mannered or meek amongst us. If you are offended easily I suggest you look elsewhere for your written info-tainment. So it is written.. so let it be done....

The Latest Cheesy Pirates' Lair Newsletter: January 2009

Fellow esteemed and quasi-esteemed motorcyclists.... ..A famous (and slightly edited ) movie moment to start the month.....

The rouge Col Kurtz sits by the fire.. Even in his cave the jungle's humidity is stifling. His captive... Captain Willard, who has been sent to "terminate" the Colonel,...sits quietly ... pasivly..All thoughts of surviving this mission are gone.. He now struggles to understand...

Willard: They told me that you had gone totally insane, and that your methods were unsound.
Are my methods unsound?
I don't see any method at all, sir.
I expected someone like you. What did you expect? Are you an assassin?
I'm a soldier.
You're neither. You're an errand boy, sent by grocery clerks, to collect a bill.
Kurtz pauses... slowly rubs the sweat of his head... continues..
I've seen horrors... horrors that you've seen. But you have no right to call me a murderer. You have a right to kill me. You have a right to do that... but you have no right to judge me. It's impossible for words to describe what is necessary to those who do not know what horror means. Horror. Horror has a face... and you must make a friend of horror. Horror and moral terror are your friends. If they are not then they are enemies to be feared. They are truly enemies. I remember when I was with Special Forces. Seems a thousand centuries ago. We went into a camp to educate the children as to what's new in the K12 world. We left the camp after we had uploaded the children's computers with the latest info, and this old man came running after us and he was crying. We went back there and they had come and hacked their little computers. There they were in a pile. A pile of Pirates Lair Cheesy Newsletters. And I remember... I... I... I cried. I wept like some grandmother. I wanted to tear my teeth out. I didn't know what I wanted to do. And I want to remember it. I never want to forget it. I never want to forget. And then I realized... like I was shot... like I was shot with a diamond... a diamond bullet right through my forehead. And I thought: My God... the genius of that. The genius. The will to do that. Perfect, genuine, complete, crystalline, pure. And then I realized they were stronger than we. Because they could stand that these were not monsters. These were men... trained cadres. These men who fought with their hearts, who had families, who had children, who were filled with love... but they had the strength... the strength... to do that. If I had ten divisions of those men our troubles here would be over very quickly. You have to have men who are moral... and at the same time who are able to utilize their primordial instincts to delete the cheesiest of newsletters without feeling... without passion... without judgment... without judgment. Because it's judgment that defeats us.

Colonel Kurtz / Marlon Brando  .. Captain Willard / Martin Sheen...  Apocalypse Now (1979)

"the horror... the horror.."

News From The Two-Wheeled No-Spin Zone...!!

Picture Of The Month! Fall Colors in California's Kings Canyon (Click Image for a Larger View)

Every month customers send us killer photos and I see no reason to keep them to myself so what better way to say thanks for sharing than to post them in this Picture of the Month spot..

Our Jan POTM was contributed by Sir Rod Clovis.. a.k.a. eye.surgeon over at www.I-BMW.com. Rod says of this late fall shot.."I thought I would ride through Kings Canyon to Cedar Grove in Central Cal's high Sierras one last time today before the snows come. It's closed in the winter with heavy snows. Little did I know the road was already closed just before the canyon. Even though I didn't make it all the way there, the ride was great and the fall colors were spectacular. On the way to the park on the valley floor, close to sea level I took this shot"... Sweet.

If you would like to contribute your own"worthy" shot for our newsletter, here's what I'll need. First.. just email me 1 or 2 of your best digital shots. It'll need to be at least 800x600 in size or larger and preferably A. Of a BMW K1200S, K1200RS, K1200R, R Sport, or any model year K1200GT and B. In focus.

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2009 BMW S1000RR – A Closer Look (as seen at www.motorcycles.com)

We recently had the opportunity to sit down with the VP of BMW Motorrad USA, Pieter de Waal, unleashing a barrage of questions about the S1000RR and what it means to BMW as the historic company reinvents itself. Here are some excepts.

If BMW wants to make a dent in this competitive market, it can’t offer up a boutique-style $40,000 street bike. Although BMW is known for being one of the pricier brands, the company is aiming to keep the MSRP of its RR to within about 10% of its Japanese rivals, now priced around $12,000. As such, when the S1000 arrives in December of 2009, we hope to see it priced at about $14,000.

To keep its costs down as much as possible, component sourcing from other manufacturers and countries will be critical. BMW already has contracted Taiwan-based Kymco to build the G450X and G650 single-cylinder engines to BMW specs. We might expect a similar arrangement for the S1000RR.

Despite these turbulent economic times, World Superbike is ramping up for a renaissance season in which there will be factory-supported teams from no less than seven manufacturers. New to the series is the V-Four-powered Aprilia RSV4, plus BMW’s S1000RR. De Waal says BMW decided to enter WSB racing (not MotoGP) to prove a BMW production bike can beat the competition.
The S1000RR has already had a couple of public on-track displays, most recently at South Africa’s Kyalami circuit as part of a WSB post-season test on December 10-12.

Trackside observers say the pitch of the BMW’s exhaust note is higher than the other four-cylinder machines, giving credence to the theory that the S1000 revs higher than its competition. It’s also worth noting that the WSB rules have been revised for ’09 to remove rev-limit restrictions (14,000 rpm) for engines with a bore/stroke ratio of 1.5:1 or greater, so the RR will likely have a bigger bore and shorter stroke than its 1000cc competition, and the mysterious new valve train will allow for sky-high revs.

Although blessed with a two top-shelf riders in the form of multi-time WSB champion Troy Corser and perennial contender Ruben Xaus, the lap times logged at Kyalami showed the BMW near the back of the pack thus far, although it’s still early days for the developing German bike.

With the daunting task of competing with such heavily developed competition, it’s yet unknown if BMW will be ready to race at the season-opening round in Australia on March 1. We’ll know more after the next round of tests at Portimao, Portugal on January 24-25. However, it appears likely the S1000RR won’t be ready for prime time until perhaps the third round in April, according to a BMW spokesman. To qualify for inclusion in the WSB grid, a manufacturer has to produce a minimum of 1,000 bikes by the end of that season’s year.

In a class segment so highly competitive, customers expect a new or heavily revised bike every two to four years, and BMW acknowledges this product cycle and is willing to step up to the plate. De Waal told us that noted American designer David Robb is already working on a successor.

Looking further into the future, we can expect some big things from BMW. The company is set to spend in 2009 the most the motorcycle division has ever spent on research and development, according to a recent interview with Hendrik von Kuenheim, general director of BMW Motorrad.

Von Kuenheim also hinted at a new version of its luxury-touring bike, rumored to have a six-cylinder engine and on schedule to debut within two years. “I can’t comment on that, but let’s just say that traditionally BMW does have a lot of six-cylinder history in our automotive division,” the BMW head honcho told journalist Alan Cathcart.

Von Kuenheim also mentioned the company has been researching the supersport market. He says his engineers are split into factions who are pushing for either a Twin, Triple or Four. ““I think we have made our minds up what engine to go for,” he told Cycle News. “But, right now, I could not give a positive go-ahead because the business case isn’t there yet.”
Whatever the case, watching the progress of BMW over the next few years should be highly entertaining.

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Product Review: Mini Flexible Camera Tripod

Every once in a while you come across a little item that you love so much that you just have to tell someone about it. The Flexible Digital Mini Camera Tripod is one of them. I dont know about you, but I always carry my trusty Canon digital camera with me when riding. I take pretty good pics, but as 98% of the time I'm riding alone, I'm rarely in any of my own pics. Now and then I'm lucky enough to find a rock or pole or sleeping cow to sit my camera on while I set the timer and run back to my bike before the shutter goes off. The downside of these haphazard, makeshift platforms is that now and then the camera falls off. Sometimes they break. Not good.

A few weeks ago, after my camera fell off yet another rock.. Doh!...I decided to stop whining like a little school girl and buy myself a small flexible tripod. What better place to look than eBay? After a 30 second search I found 4 different types from 4 different vendors..Not knowing which I'd like best.. I ordered them all. All were under $10.. Last week I took a few hours to evaluate all 4 and this one was the hands down winner. It's from Eveningmusic and is a paltry $9.99 with free shipping.

The tripod is as simple as you'd expect. A single 1/4" screw attaches a small plastic base directly to your camera. This allows you to lock your camera to the mount with a single click.. No screwing.. not that there's anything wrong with screwing. The tripod is as flexible as a contortionist on 'ludes allowing you to bend and rotate the legs 360 degrees so you'll have a stable shooting platform no matter what surface.. be that rock, post, or sleeping cow. They claim it'll fit all modern digital cameras. It easily fits in your tankbag, back-pack, or even your jacket pocket. It's even water-proof. Best $10 I've spent this year..

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What's New In the K1200S / K1200GT / K1200R / K1200RS No-Spin Zone

I should note that as the RS and first generation GT has been discontinued, I receive less and less news of any new products for them.. I mention this as a few semi-loyal subscribers have accused me of abandoning our roots.. Not true.. I only report what's going on.. Don't shoot the messenger.. I will NEVER abandon the K1200RS crowd. It appears that the times.. they are a changin.' Deal with it. Also.. a special thx to www.I-BMW.com, www.K-Bikes.com , and www.BMWK1200S.com for the information & pictures I regularly pilfer from these chat sites..

1. Looking for a backrest for your new K1200GT? Tired of waiting for Pirates Lair to come up with one? Sick of listening to your wife whine? I don't blame you... Here's one option for you.. the RCU K1200GT2 (06-on) Passenger Backrest and some sage wordage from the Sierra BMW website ..
"Your passenger can lean back with confidence with this sturdy backrest. All RCU Designs’ backrests have an integral, weather-resistant, 1000-denieer, padded Cordura bag for carrying small items. The backrest pad is covered with marine vinyl for maximum weather resistance. Like all other RCU Designs’ products, the frame is manufactured from ¼” aircraft-quality aluminum alloy material with a black, powder-coated, paint finish. The attachment screws and washers have been black-zinc plated to resist corrosion. Attachment plates are also aluminum alloy and are anodized in a black finish. The backrest pad measures 7 ¾” wide at the widest point and 8” tall. Two plates clamp to the R1200RT’s luggage rack. The adjustable backrest frame attaches to the top plate providing ample fore/aft movement to fit your passenger. Of course, there are no holes to drill for installation. "

Lean on me!

2. In case you've been thinking about adding an aftermarket gas cap (Oberon, etc) to your BMW, we just discovered that some of the late 2008 and early 2009 models have a new type that will NOT accommodate any aftermarket cap that we've seen.. This is what the new cap looks like..This cap is on a 2008 R1200R.

3. The German company Schwabenmax has some unique products for the K1200R, K1200S, K1200GT including a very nice small windshild for the K1200R. Check dem out..looks pretty good.

4. An "Electronic" Guide To the K13 Series Bikes! Never seen anything quite like this before. It's a clever, short-cut, and entertaining way to pick-up anything you would like to know about the K13 series bikes. Thx, Miles

5. For some interesting motorcycle related blogging, product reviews, interviews with industry insiders, and quasi-cerebral ravings check out Mid-Life Rider: Rambling Through Mid-life on Motorcycles It's done by fellow K12'er, Kevin Hoffberg.. Smart guy.. good since of humor.. Worth a look.

6. Speaking of reviews with celebrities.. If you get really, really bored... Kevin at Mid-Life Rider.com recently did an interview with yours truly... it's called..Conversation with Jerry Finley, The Man Behind Pirate’s Lair For whatever reason.. he's under the impression that I'm an interesting guy. Go figure. You'll laugh.. you'll cry.. Hopefully you won't hurl.

7. Looking for some bar risers for your 07 and later K1200GT? Suburban Machine has a new kit on the market. With the Suburban kit installed and the handlebar set in the lowest position, the handgrips move back 1.7" and up 1.0". The length of the throttle cables limits adjustment to the three lowest positions out of a possible five. The two available additional positions are each 9mm (.375") up and back at a 30 degree angle. Each move is .324" up and .178" back. Sounds like they are telling you up front.. if you want the risers at full extension you'll need longer cables. That's fair enough.  Not a pretty as the Verholen risers, but cheaper. Price looks to be a reasonable $154.95 + shipping. .

8. Getting bent? Join the club. I finally got a response from R & G Racing concerning bent bolts on their frame sliders. FYI..Over the last few months I had heard from 2 or 3 people who had crashed while using R & G Frame Sliders. They were asking me if it's normal for the bolts in the sliders to bend. Great question!!. I sent R & G pics of my own R1 after it's crash showing the same bent bolts..Here's their views on this.... "The bolts are in fact supposed to bend, in order to take stresses away from the bike and absorb some of the impact. If they didn't bend then they would probably snap and then the frame would possibly get it. The bolt bending a lot, like on your bike, isn't necessarily a problem - If the upper bolt bends a lot, it can of course mean that the bobbin smashes the panel, which is unfortunate but sometimes inevitable, given the massive forces involved in certain impacts. Of all the crashes we hear about, in the vast majority of cases the bolt only bends a little. We do constantly monitor the quality / grade of the bolts." Regards, Simon Simon Hughes International Sales Director R&G Racing

9. If you've been considering the upcoming S1000RR... Heres some good news from Germany. Although BMW is known for being one of the pricier brands, the company is aiming to keep the MSRP of its RR to within about 10% of its Japanese rivals, now priced around $12,000. As such, when the S1000 arrives in December of 2009, we hope to see it priced at about $14,000.

10. We just got this warning from a friend of ours. He learned the hard way from his local dealer.."If you have a Canbus bike, do NOT cut into any of BMW's wiring. They will void your warranty and NOT pay for repairs." Note to the Germans: I could be wrong, but giving your customers problematic, overly complicated motorcycles and then berating said customers and refusing warranty work just because they chose to add aftermarket accessories probably isn't a good way to earn more market share or garner return business. I'm just sayin.'

11. If you've heard a rumor that the Verholen Bar Riser Kit meant for the 2007-2008 K1200GT was problematic with the 2008 bike.. Not true. Forwarded this question to the manufacturer and got this answer from Monika Verholen..
Q. I was planning on buying the Verholen Handlebar risers for my 2008 BMW K1200S (advertised as for 2007-2008 models), but there was a comment on the BMW Superbike Forum that these cannot be used on the 2008 BMW K1200S because the brake fluid reservoir was moved and they no longer fit. Is that correct?
A. No. Last week our BMW dealer has fit the adapter on the K1200S model 2008. It is all ok, it is the same as the model before. No issues. You can bring the handlebar 20° near to the driver.

12. If you've been lusting over the better looking factory exhausts on the upcoming 2009 K1300S and wondering whether it'll fit the K1200S... Wonder no longer. They will be interchangeable. I asked BMW about the interchangeability between the 1200 and 1300 and they confirmed. The engine changes on the new bikes are internal so the pipes will fit each other.and yes.. that means if you are upgrading from a K1200 to a 13, your aftermarket pipe can be removed and put on the new bike.

13. We just got word that the long awaited cruise control for the K1200S is still under-development from the boyz at www.mccruise.com/

14. We hate to break the bad news to you US K1200R owners wanting the new K1300R.. but we've had confirmation from 4 different sources that the K1300R will not be imported into the US. Nobody seems to know why.. Sounds like another bonehead decision from the motherland...

15. Not quite dead yet...! In our Oct/Nov cheesy newsletter I mistakenly reported that Richard Catey, the owner of Catey Enterprises ( the maker of BOMS AWAY metal polish) had passed away. Apparently I got a few minor details wrong..er... well actually I got virtually everything wrong. Doh! Here are my humble corrections.. 1. The owner of the business who passed away was George Walter Catey. George passed away on February 13th, 2008. 2. The Cateys were distributors of Boms Away, not the manufacturer. 3. Captain Richard says that he is the manufacturer, and his products are still being made and sold from his website. 4.The product name is changing from Boms Away to Bombs Away, but the website has mixed names. My apologies for reporting Richards early demise and getting George's name wrong. This would have never happened if I had gotten Hans Delbrook's brain.

What's New at Pirates' Lair?

1. In a rare selfless gesture..(don't tell anyone as it'll ruin my plundering reputation)..I'm actually doing something out of the goodness of my cold pirate's heart for the good people over at www.I-BMW.com ..the worlds largest and oldest K12 chat site. To help them generate some well deserved revenue to cover site operating expenses, Vic's dreadlock maintenance, and their fleet of corporate jets, I'm now advertising the 2009 I-BMW.com K12 Wall Calendar on our website. You'll find them listed at the bottom of every BMW product page. I would assume that keeping track of important dates, whether it be upcoming court appearances, prostate exams, and/or alimony payments would be so much easier to swallow while viewing soul inspiring images that reflect your personal interests and/or two-wheel addictions. The high-quality calendars are printed on thick 100lb cover weight paper and adds impact to any room, shop, or cell. The calendar measures 11" x 17" when hung on wall! Sounds well hung to me! Each shot features full bleed dynamic color that a rainbow would envy. The current calendar runs from January-December 2009 with a 2010 preview. US holidays are marked. 100% of proceeds go to funding the I-BMW.com website. Price for the calendar is a reasonable $19.99.US (+ shipping) Support the site and get a cool calendar in return.

What day is it?

2. We now have the Kriega R15 and R20 Back-Packs on our menu.. IMHO.. they are the best motorcycling back-packs on the market. Worthy of the gods.

3. We've still waiting to get the new software from FedEx allowing us to resume our FedEx Int Ground service to Canada. As I mentioned in last months cheesy newsletter, the problem is... FedEx has doubled all their ground rates in the last few weeks and told us that we have to pay an additional $35 for each outgoing Int ground shipment to cover back-end brokerage fees. These fees used to be covered by the customer.. Not any more. Bottom line.. I'm simply NOT willing to bend over and take it.. So what does this mean for our Canadian customers? Well.. as UPS will not pick up here and we refuse to have to drive to the US Post office for every Canadian order then fill out forms to ship via them (which we consider no better than gambling), there's only 2 other options..1. FedEx Express service.. Either Priority or Economy.. Not cheap.. 2. We'd be glad to ship any Canadian orders to a US address near the border for local pick-up. We are very sorry about this.

4. I recently mentioned we were discontinuing all imported Ilmberger and/or Pack Parts Carbon Fiber for the BMW K1200S and R and R Sport... Well.. amazingly we had a handful of IIlmberger Carbon Fiber Rear Huggers come in last week. We'd ordered them over a year ago and had forgotten all about them. That's how slow their service has been. Krikey. Anyway... I have (2) left @ $360.US. delivered. These will fit the K1200S, K1200R, R Sport, and the new GT. No more will be ordered.

5. We've just placed our first order for the new waaay cool looking Verholen bar riser kits for the 2006-2008 BMW K1200GT. The kit allows for a more upright, relaxed riding position. The silver anodized adapters are adjustable and bring the handle bars about 42 mm higher and 25 mm closer to the rider. In the good ol' USA that translates out to 1.65 inches higher and about 1 inch closer to the rider..In case you are curious.. No,..it is not necessary to change the brake cable. The kit is pretty much plug-n-play and better looking than the competition. I have been told that the install is as easy as it looks. Fits the 2006-2008 K1200GT only. Those should be here by early January.

6. Are you a limp wristed Ducati rider? I feel your pain. We have a new product in our Ducati section that should help alleviate the strong clutch-pull problem... the Ducati Clutch Slave Cylinder (from Oberon Engineering in the UK) This replacement clutch slave cylinder kit was designed to improve the performance and the looks of the original Ducati clutch cylinder. Substantially reducing the heaviness of the original Italian clutch action. Aching arms and clunky gear changes are a thing of the past. The internal piston design, seals and breather hole have been drastically enhanced to stop leaks and leave a smoother clutch action. CNC machined from billet aluminum for lightness, strength and precision looks. Six wood giving colors to choose from including Black, Red, Blue, Silver, and a Titanium-look. Everything you need is included in the kit, plus a conversion shaft for earlier bikes. Chimp-easy install. Fits current Ducati’s including the 1098, 848 696, & Hypermotard. Amazingly it's only $145.US delivered inside the US. I suspect it'll also fit the new 1198 bikes, as well.

7. Just in time for the spring farkel rush. We just got a one of the rare shipments of those waaaaay cool Billet Torque Arms for the K1200S, K1200R, and R Sport. Each with the stylish Pirates Lair logo lovingly engraved on the side. Each will guarantee attention from the apposite sex..and occasionally from the same sex. We have only (2) left in silver and (5) left in anodized black... I should mention .. we get perhaps 2 small shipments a year so if you are prone to procrastination...now would be the time to get over it if you've been wanting one of these.. Consider yourself forewarned, swabbie. I keeed you not.. these will transform the rear section of your bike (below the tail light) into a thing of beauty. In Stock / Limited Supply!

Do I make you horny?

K12 Rally News/Info: Down The Road: 2009

2009 Texas Hill Country K12 Rally: April 20-23, 2009

Where: ...River Inn Resort in Hunt, Texas
When: April 20th thru 23rd, 2009 (Mon – Thurs)

Breakfast one day at OST in Bandera
Lunch one day at Los Maples in Utopia
Lunch one day at Coopers BBQ in Plano
Pie run one day to the Koffee Cup in Hico

Call River Inn Resort for reservations. / 1-800-841-0501 price will be the same as last year.
To get the best room rate, tell them you are with the " I-BMW Group "

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2009 Blue Ridge Parkway K12 Rally: May 14-17, 2009

Where: Peaks of Otter Lodge, Blue Ridge Pkwy mp 86, Virginia
When: May 14th thru 17th, 2009 (Thur – Sun)

Call Peaks of Otter Lodge for reservations.
1.540.586.1081 • 1.800.542.5927 • Fax 1.540.586.4420
Note: Specify one bed or two. !!........Peaks does not offer Group Rates

Blue Ridge Parkway info and maps can be found here and here

Alternate Lodging (info only) :
Super 8 – Bedford
Days Inn – Bedford

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2009 Sierra Gold Rush K12 Rally: Sept 13-16, 2009

Where: Sonora Days Inn, Sonora, California
When: Sept 12th thru 16th, 2009 (Sun – Weds)

A pre-rally is planned in Downieville, CA at the Riverside Inn: Rooms are reserved for Sept. 9th through 11th. September 12th will be a travel day to Sonora, an easy and beautiful day's ride south of Downieville.Lodging here is very limited... there are only a handful of rooms available, so if you plan to attend the pre-rally you should make your reservations immediately. Tell them that you are with the I-BMW group!! If they are booked up when you call, there is other lodging available in Downieville, and everything is within walking distance:

For booking at the actual rally call them at 209-532-2400. Tell them that you are with the I-BMW group. If you talk to someone who is clueless about our group, ask to speak to Star or Brianna. We have rooms reserved here for Sept. 12th through 15th, with the 16th optional. This rally will be even better than the last, and we are expecting a much larger turnout, so make your reservations now!

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The 10th Annual Deals Gap K12 Rally: Sept 24-27th, 2009

Where: Tapoco Lodge near Robbinsville, NC
When: Sept 24th thru 27th, 2009

Well.. the last K12 rally of 2009 will again be at the Tapoco Lodge at Deals Gap and this'll be the 10th anniversary of the gathering. . It won't hold us all, so make plans now! Amber and I are already booked!! This'll be the last K12 Rally of 2009, my friends. Be there or forever regret it like the time you blew that chance with those twins because you misread the subtle signals they were giving you..

Alternate Lodging in Robbinsville, NC. Microtel Motel.
Closest dealer (err, one in Knoxville yet?) Touring Sport BMW Greenville, SC

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How-To-Survive On A Motorcycle

We have no new contributions this month..

If you'd like to help others by contributing a How-To-Survive On A Motorcycle, How to Survive Deals Gap, or any How-To link.. First... check out the tips we already have and if you have something new... just send to me and if it's worthy... I'll add it.. Remember.. we're all in this together.. so use deodorant.

Pirates Lair Sacred Archives

We get a lot of requests for specific articles and/or reviews I've written in the past. Rather than fry my aging brain trying to remember where they are on our multi-thousand page website.. I have decided to list the "worthy" ones here. Most of the links are to past newsletters.. Some are to full web articles. Remember, I'm no expert on anything except perhaps cunnilingus so the opinions within the archives are only my own. Saavy?

BMW How-To Section

We have a new offering this month from Sir Kevin Hoffberg over at his Mid-Life Rider website...
Check out his How-To Install a Bags Connection Engage Tank Bag. It's the first listing on the page. Installation was on a K1200GT. Thx Kev. Well done.

Picture at right Courtesy of Sports Illustrated photographer Walter Iooss, Jr. / Model: Ms Melissa Haro

Click For Larger Image.. If You Want a Chub..

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