"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: March 2008 Issue

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

After the daring escape from the dreaded prison Chateau d'If , Edmond Dantes after a long swim is catching his breath on a nearby island when he comes upon a gathering of pirates. It appears as if they are about to murder one of their own. He wants no part of them but destiny has other plans. The pirate captain walks over to Edmond and says....

Luigi: So, mi amici, I would ask who you are, but in view of your shredded clothes and the fact that the Chateau d'If is two miles away... what's the point? As for me, I am Luigi Vampa, a pirate, a smuggler and a thief. My men and I have come to this island to bury alive one of our number who attempted to keep the latest issue of the Pirates Lair Cheesy Newsletter for himself instead of sharing it with his comrades. Interestingly enough, there are some of his more loyal friends who are insisting that I grant him mercy. Which, of course, I cannot do, or I would quickly lose control of the whole crew. That is why you are such a fortunate find.
Edmond: Why is that?
Luigi: You provide me with a way to show a little mercy to Jacopo - that maggot you see tied up over there - while at the same time not appearing weak. And as a bonus, the lads will get to see a little sport as well.
Edmond: How do I accomplish all this?
Luigi: We watch you and Jacopo fight to the death. If Jacopo wins, we welcome him back to the crew. If you win, I have given Jacopo the chance to live, even if he did not take advantage of it, and you can take his place on the boat.
Edmond: What if I win and I don't want to be a smuggler?
Luigi: Then we slit your throat, and we're a bit shorthanded. [pause]
Edmond: I find that smuggling is the life for me, and would be delighted to kill your friend the maggot!

Luigi / JB Blanc  Edmond Dantes  / James Caviezel  / The Count of Monte Cristo... (2002)

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

Picture Of The Month! Alice's Restaurant! (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 March POTM was sent in by Kendall Lee. Yes.. that's his magnificent BMW K1200RS in front of the infamous Alice's Restaurant in Woodside, CA.

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.

Hi-Rez is fine just not "stupid-large." If you don't know how to reduce a photo from a gargantuan size.. buy a freakin' book or program and learn. Geezz. Along with the photo, provide your full name and a paragraph or two explaining when and where the shot was taken.. some minor details...whatever you want to add.. temp, camera, state of mind, etc, .. I'll evaluate all the photos I accumulate at the end of the month and pick one. No promises! If you beg me to post yours.. that will guarantee you that I won't. Savvy?

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New Product: Pit Bull Trailer Restraint

Pit Bull.. makers of those bullet-proof motorcycle stands (I have 2!) has a new product on the market...the Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System! While we haven't had a chance to review one, this looks like a truly innovative product for those who do a lot of towing..

I spoke with Trent, one of the tech guys at Pit Bull about how it works and it sounds chimp easy both to install and use. Basically, you bolt the mounting plate to the floor of your trailer or pick-up with the securing clips open. The other part of the restraint attaches to your rear wheel prior to loading in your trailer. Then you roll the bike into the trailer until the bike locks into place. You can then walk away with a clear conscious.. no straps.. no worries.. no fear of your pride and joy falling while in tow. When ordering you'd specify what bike you have as the connecting pins are bike specific. What a damn good idea. Easier than using a Baxley Chock? I have no idea..

The Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System is sold complete with axle pins for your specific bike, floor mounting hardware, and a even a bungee cord to help keep the Trailer Restraint out of the way when you are moving the bike around with the restraint installed. The BMW version (# F0075X-000) fits the K1200S/R/GT as well as the BMW R1200S/GS/ST 2005 and later. If anyone tries one of these.. let me know what you think. Price is $279.95 Here's some wordage from their website...

The Pit Bull Trailer Restraint System is a revolutionary way to transport your motorcycle using a combination of features never seen before. It holds the bike from its rear axle and allows both tires to rest on the floor of the trailer or transport vehicle. It offers the following three advantages:
(1) There are no straps holding the bike down. This minimizes the space used in the trailer and eliminates the chance of damage caused by straps.
(2) The motorcycle rests on the trailer floor with no added force on the suspension. This means no more blown fork seals caused by heavy strap tension, and a flat tire on the bike will not change how securely the bike is held.
( 3) This is the quickest, easiest system available for loading/unloading your bike for transport. One person can easily roll the bike into place until it is captured by the restraint.

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Product Review: Acumen DG8 PLUG-IN Digital Gear Indicator

Yea yea.. virtually all BMW's have a digital gear indicator so why am I wasting sacred newsletter space and your valuable time reviewing a product that comes standard on our foofoo expensive German bikes?? Well... because many of us also have second bikes.. Japanese .. Italian .. British.. Cardassian...that aren't so mechanically blessed. I bought the Acumen DG8 for my 2006 Yamaha R1 which I use primarily on the track. Nothing is worse than setting up for a curve at warp 9.5 and due to the distraction of the cheering fans (in my head), the swollen testicles (in my pants), and the accompanying testosterone rush from just passing those two lowly youngsters on their shiny new Ducati 1098's .. you have forgotten what gear you are in..DOH! Bad things can happen fast if you are counting on serious engine braking to slow you down and you're one gear too high... DOH!! After last years accident free track day season I vowed to add a digital indicator kit to my Yammie. After the prerequisite painfully anal research I determined that the Acumen DG8 was the best on the market.

My local Yamaha dealer, MR Motorcycle in Asheville, NC installed the $160, plug-n-play Acumen DG8 without a hitch in 1.5 hours.. Not bad for their first time. My compliments to Acumen on the well thought out instructions and quality made product. Out on the road, the blue digital indicator (it also comes in sissy red) is super bright even in bright light. The display box is a tiny 1.5in x 1.2in x 0.8in. so mounting it anywhere in the dash area (with the furnished velcro) is chimp-easy. The DG8 also has an "auto dimming" feature for night time use. Cool.

In less than 2 miles I found the product's Achilles heel. The problem as I see it is... it seems that about 65%-70% of the time.. it takes a full 1 second to register a new gear after the shift...

At a snail-like 100mph on the track, that translates to 150ft per second... so for 150ft I'd be in the dark as to what gear I'm actually in... 150ft!... that's 1/2 a football field, my friends. To be fair, It does seem that sometimes the display lag time is only about 1/2 second which was about what I was hoping for but,... not often enough.. Honestly.. I was/am disappointed.. Could I just be a spoiled uber bastage? Definitely. Should I just shut the flock up and pay attention to what freakin' gear I'm in? Blow me..

Is the Acumen DG8 worth the money? Not to me...Having the DG8 is better than NOT having it and it might be OK for street riding, but if mine is set-up and working within factory spec as both the dealer and the manufacturer infers it is... it won't be of much "comfort" on the track.. and that's the ONLY reason I bought it...

Acumen Enlightenment: Just before this went to cyber-press, I got the following wordage from David Martin at Acumen in response to my email asking for an explanation as to my "lag" problems. He pretty much says that the lag time I experienced is probably normal and varies from bike to bike. Very refreshing for someone to take the time to answer so honestly in terms that even a Neanderthal (like myself) could understand.....Thx, Dave

"I guess you know how the DG8 works, by comparing the speedo and tacho signals - it effectively learns the gear ratios of the bike. But it gets a bit trickier than that.

Number 1 consideration; is it needs a certain number of signals to be able to do the maths. That number varies depending upon a few factors..but for the purposes of what we're explaining let's say it needs a minimum of 100 pulses on the speedo and/or the tacho. 100 pulses on a tacho is hardly ever a problem; the engine is spinning so fast. The problem is usually 100 pulses on the speedo. Some bikes, with a wheel driven speedo (early Hinckley Triumphs, early Aprilia Mille, Early SV650 plus a few others) that have only 4 pulses per wheel revolution will be slow in their reaction time. 4 pulses into 100 is 25 wheel revolutions. at around 2.2metres circumference per wheel - that's around 55 metres (170 feet). BUT you need to factor in the time takes the rider to let the clutch out as well.

Number 2 consideration is the gear ratio spacing. When the DG8 learns a gear it puts a window around what it learns and deems that everything within that window is that gear. The width of the window is determined, in part, by the spread of the gear ratios. A close-ratio box, like the R1 will have small windows. A wide-ratio bike,like and FJR1300 will have wider windows. As the rider lets the clutch out, and the gear effectively slips toward it should be the ratio comes into the window and the DG8 can start doing the maths. My old FJR and my current MT01 (A bike you don't have in the USA) are so fast in respect of DG8 response time, the clutch lever isn't an inch away from the handlebar before it knows what gear it's in

The DG8 was designed after an off-the-cuff comment from someone who said " I wish someone would make alight that comes on when I'm in top" - "It's a doddle" said I...but of course it wasn't, it took ages to get right! It was never designed for track days - but there's an awful lot of people who do use them for that.

What you need to remember is the DG8 is a universal product, and therefore has to work on everything from a Hyosung to a Harley - and it's a job it does pretty well. We always describe it like this; it works very well indeed on 85% of bikes, adequately on 14.5% of bikes and 0.5%...I'd rather not take the customers money.

If the DG8 was taught on a paddock stand you will find you will get better results by teaching it on the road as all the drive-train backlash is taken up (especially if you have a worn clutch-basket, or cush drive rubbers, or a slack chain. If the bike is non-standard (Speedo Healer etc) this may cause the odd problem.

The R1 response time is pretty good, I've never heard of one taking a second before. Late Yamaha's are pretty good, as are the 1050Triumphs, HD/Buells, Honda and the late Aprilia's (More and more makes are going to faster signal processing to suit ABS/Emissions)

Finally thanks for wanting to be fair - a rare thing in journalism we find! Just remember the DG8 is - a truly universal product. "

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K-46 Superbike News! First Look and the Latest Dirt!

The latest quote is attributed to the V.P of Development for BMW motorcycles. You may want to sit down...

..."yes, we are creating a 1000cc, four-cylinder machine in order to enter the World Superbike Championship in '09. It is a totally a new concept engine, like nothing we have in our range at present, so the entire bike and engine are new. There is a possibility that we'll test it in the '08 endurance races as a prototype. We need to acquire the necessary data to be as competitive as possible from the beginning. We need enough units to bring it to homologation, so we have to start manufacturing the bike before we are allowed to enter it in a Superbike race. But it won't be generally available to customers before the end of '09. First we have to produce a street version, but as a next stage, it is quite possible we could develop an HP4 Superbike model."

Well...it looks like we're in for a long wait. This news isn't very comforting for those of us who have been drooling from the mouth in anticipation.. I've lost my erection. Guess I'll have to make due with my R1 for another year.or two.. O, woe is me..

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The BMW Superbike was spied testing in Spain.. Sweet!

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. Good news!  Stop the Presses!!! A Cruise Control Kit for the K1200S is complete!!! This news just in from the Aussies..."We just have to write instructions and price it properly and it will be available.  And it works great!  Also not too hard to fit.  The actuator is in a space on the LHS of the alternator between the alternator and the coolant bottle.  We can’t know whether USA bikes have anything there, so I suggest we send instructions before purchase to minimize hassles.  But at least we have a product! We also have a kit for the BMW F800ST in case you are interested in branching out!"

Tony Guymer / Director
MotorCycle Cruise Controls Pty. Ltd
Mount Waverley, Victoria, 3149 AUSTRALIA
Ph. +61 3 9808 2804   Fax. + 61 3 9808 2445

2. We just got some news from the owner of TechSpec..."I just wanted to let you know that we have upgraded our Snake Skin material for 2008. We have softened the rubber a little to give it more of a padded feel. Not a lot, but you will definitely feel a difference. With our softer material, the grip pads not only give you a great grip on the tank, but will also help ABSORB VIBRATION AND SHOCK from the road. Making for a more comfortable ride. Our 2008 Snake Skin feels great and should no longer have the lifting issues. Dean W. Davis TechSpec-usa 916-941-6606

3. Looks like Garmin,the makers of the best GPS's on the market is moving in the right direction... Checkout the NuviPhone.., an all-in-one, sleek and slim, touch screen device that combines a premium phone, mobile web-browser, and cutting-edge personal navigator. I guess it was inevitable.

4. We were just informed by our good friend and hp guru, Ken Zeller at Evoluzione that their Evoluzione Race Airflow Kits that fit the 2007 K1200R, K1200S, and K1200GT will also fit the 2008 models. WooHoo!!

5. DynoJet is working on a PowerCommander for the BMW K1200S. We spoke with a guy that had the prototype on his bike. He was very happy with the results.

6. In last months cheesy newsletter I mentioned BMW dealership closings in both Wichita, Kansas and Tulsa, Ok .. Well... here's some good news..According to the management of Polaris Outdoors /  Victory Motorcycles in Tulsa, Oklahoma, they have been granted both BMW and Triumph dealerships and are in the process of obtaining building permits to expand their facility.  Open late 2008. 

7. Did that good news make you feel better? Have you been lulled into a since of well-being? I'm so glad.. Now let me bring you back down. This news just in of another BMW dealer closing.. What the flock is happening?? James over at I-BMW.com just informed us that BMW North Houston is shutting down. Does this suck or what?

8. Pit Bull.. makers of the cool motorcycle stands has a new product on the market...the Pit Bull Trailer Restraint (see blurb above section)

9. Pazzo Racing has just come out with adjustable brake and clutch levers for the BMW K1200S, K1200R, R Sport, and K1200GT. I didn't see them on their website, but they do have them. Cost as listed looks to be $199.a set. They come in a variety of colors and you can choose between long and short levers.. Here's a look...

10. Woohoo! The first ever I-BMW.com Track Day Weekend has been arranged by a member of www.I-BMW.com . The event is almost booked so act now or forever hold your piece... The weekend is confirmed and reserved. If you've never tried a track day... you have no idea how much fun you are missing!! I'm hooked. If you are a member of I-BMW.com or just a mere mortal and are interested in attending this event you should visit the site for full details.. Hope to see you there.. in my mirrors...Here's some basic info...

When: August 16 & 17, 2008 (Saturday & Sunday)
Where: Roebling Road Race Track (Savannah, GA area)
Cost: 1 instructional group with 10 people. Cost is $250.00 per day. $500 total. BOTH DAYS REQUIRED! 1 non-instructional with 20 people. Cost is $150.00 per day. $300 total. BOTH DAYS REQUIRED!

What's New at Pirates' Lair?

1. As of a few days ago we are now carrying the new Kisan TailBlazer for both the K1200S and new version K1200GT. These 3rd generation versions are plug-n-play, essentially trouble free, and CanBus compatible. The new K1200S version is unique in that it has 2 bulbs with a single socket. (pic at right) One bulb is for the tail light... the other the brake light. Shows out of the box thinking by Kisan. Glad they finally figured it out. I'll imagine these kits will save a few lives.

The Tailblazer is essentially plug-n-play replacement bulbs that are both brighter than stock and FLASH when you brake. The TailBlazer uses a flash pattern, which decays exponentially. The attention to the initial flashing now changes to a clear recognition that you're beginning to slow down! The GT kit (which fits the 2006 and Up models) offers 2 halogen bulbs. Sound good? Yes it does. Also.. each kits includes spare bulbs!! Protect your ass...the Kisan way.. Both versions are In Stock!

Show Me More, Captain!

2. Our Yamaha FJ1300 Stealth Backrest project is moving along faster than I had expected. I should have the final pre-production prototype any day now. I'm still cautiously optimistic that we will have production pieces on the market by summer.

3. We just dropped the K1200S / K1200R Slipper Clutch from MBC of Germany from our product line. Why? Well... we haven't sold many.. perhaps a dozen and we can't seem to get any feedback on them. However.. we ran into a dealer in Jersey a few weeks ago who told us they couldn't get a kit installed on a K1200R. They said the instructions were typically German..(read: useless) and multiple attempts to contact the manufacturer fell on deaf ears...We/I/the voices in my head decided we don't want to carry a product we can't get support for. Wouldn't be prudent.

4. We have the new Evoluzione Race Air Filter Kits In Stock for the 2008 model K12's...BMW K1200R, R Sport, K1200S, and the K1200GT.

5. Looks like we will have a cruise control for the BMW K1200S on our menu sometime soon. The Aussies just completed a kit. Retail cost in the US should be between $900-$1000. Install time is estimated at 3-4 hours. Stay tuned..

6. We now have brake pedal enlarger kits for the K1200S, K1200R, R Sport, and 2006 & Up K1200GT on the menu. For a Factory Brake Lever vs Hornig Brake Lever Extender Comparison.. Click Here..

7. Rare Sale Notice: We rarely mention sales in our on-line newsletter.. Those are usually exclusively included in the subscriber version of our cheesy newsletter. Well...heres an exception. We just got a large shipment of 30mm Verholen K1200RS Bar Risers from Germany by mistake.. MY mistake.. and we're gonna mark them down to help get rid of them rather than return them. Retail is usually $140 delivered.. While our surplus lasts we're discounting them by $40 a pair to an unprecedented $100 delivered...You won't find a pair of RS risers anywhere for that price. While they last! These will fit ANY model year BMW K1200RS.

8. CBT (theUS importers of PIAA light kits) just sent me the 2008 pricing info for our K1200RS PIAA Lighting Kits. Bad news... FYI.. The price just went from $300 to $347.US. Ouch!

9. We just got our first shipment of GT Clear Blinker Kits from Pack Parts of Germany and .. they are already almost sold out! Doh! Yes.. these are the first and only clear front lenses on the market for the new generation BMW K1200GT. Wanting a little more class over those cheesy amber factory covers? I feel ya. Install time is under 5 minutes for even a 'luded out chimp.. These are EXACT replicas of the factory lenses except clear. Install is as easy as removing the factory housings and dropping these into place. They will look 100% factory. These are complete housings, NOT just lens covers and bulbs are included. Typical German quality workmanship. Fits 2006-2008 BMW K1200GT Only. For Image of the 2007 BMW K1200GT Front Clear Lens Installed .. Click Here

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K12 Rally News/Info: Down The Road: 2008

Texas Hill Country K12 Roundup : April 21-24 , 2008 (Contributed by our good buddy, Sir Tim Hudspeth aka CBNFVR over at www.I-BMW.com )

The River Inn Resort in Hunt, Texas is on the banks of the Guadalupe river. Lodging is limited, so book early to guarantee a room. You can secure your reservation with AMEX, MasterCard or Visa....7 day cancellation policy..

What: THCR. A gathering of K12's (and lessor bikes) in the Hill Country west of San Antonio, Texas
Dates: Monday thru Thursday, April 21-24, 2008 (arrive Monday - leave Friday)
Location: Hwy 39 near Hunt - 22 miles from Hwy 83
Lodging: River Inn Resort in Hunt, Texas
Please call 1-800-841-0501 and talk with Cindy, Michelle, or Brenda and tell them you are with the BMW motorcycle group. (No on-line reservations available) Call Mon-Fri 8am to 5pm cst. Sat. and Sun. 9am to 4pm cst., only. A one bedroom is $55.00 plus tax, some do have sofa sleepers. They all have a refrigerator and microwave.
Agenda: Meet. Ride. Talk, Eat. Ride. Talk.

REGISTRATION INFO & WAIVER (Downloadable at www.I-BMW.com)
Complete both forms and return to:
James Myrick
5825 Meandering Road
River Oaks, Texas 76114-2812

Checks should be made payable to ........ James Myrick
This years registration (includes 3 meals) is $50.00 per person.

Deadline for liability wavier and registration will be on April 4th. There will be no late registration or paying for dinners at the Roundup.

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Blue Ridge Parkway K12 Rally: May 15th - 18th, 2008 (Sponsored by www.I-BMW.com )

Looks like the Snowshoe people have decided to let our bunch of miscreants inhabit the Inn at Snowshoe for BRPR 2008 (BRPW = Blue Ridge Parkway Rally). This is a confirmed event. I'm already booked.

Location: Inn at Snowshoe , Snowshoe, West Virginia
Reservations: 1 877 441-4386 , Mention "BMW Motorcycle Group - 5071OE" 40 rooms are held for us until 4-11-2008. After that any remaining rooms are available to the general public. The rate is 79 per night (plus taxes).
Amenities: Bar, jacuzzi, walk to beverage store, walk to gas or groceries, restaurant on site, pool. Each room has a TV and phone. Some have a fridge.
Sat Lunch: River Place, downtown Marlinton
Fri-Sat evening meals At the Inn or walk to the Deli a few hundred feet away! No riding required. (Note: There is no organized meal. (i.e. Pay as you go. Go when you wish.)
Links: http://www.pocahontas.org/

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I-BMW.com Track Day Weekend! Aug 16th-17th, 2008 (Sponsored by www.I-BMW.com )

Woohoo! The first ever BMW K12 track day weekend has been arranged by a member of www.I-BMW.com . The event is almost booked so act now or forever hold your piece... The weekend is confirmed and reserved. If you are a member of I-BMW.com or just a mere mortal and are interested in attending this event you should visit the site for full details.. Here's some basic info...

When: August 16 & 17, 2008 (Saturday & Sunday)
Where: Roebling Road Race Track (Savannah, GA area)
Cost: 1 instructional group with 10 people. Cost is $250.00 per day. $500 total. BOTH DAYS REQUIRED! 1 non-instructional with 20 people. Cost is $150.00 per day. $300 total. BOTH DAYS REQUIRED!

I'll be attending with at least 2 bikes. I think about 50% of the attendees will be on BMW's.. the other 50% on other brand bikes.. Ducati, MV Agusta, YamaHonSuzuSaki, etc. Hope to see you there.. in my mirrors.

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Sierra Goldrush K12 Rally: Sept 14th-18th, 2008 (Sponsored by www.I-BMW.com )

Westward ho!! Looks like the very first west coast I-BMW.com K12 rally is in the works and it's about freakin' time! The dates are confirmed.. the motel is not, but wise men are working on the final details. Will post as soon as the plans are finalized. FYI... I will attend this one in all my glory. How could I miss it??

Dates: September 14th through 18th, 2008
Location: Angels Camp/Sonora area... to be determined.

This area is the gateway to Yosemite and many spectacular Sierra passes. More information will be forthcoming next month. Mark your calendars! Details to follow!

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Deals Gap K12 Rally: Sept 25-28th, 2008 (Sponsored by www.I-BMW.com )

Well.. the last K12 rally of the year will again be at the Tapoco Lodge at Deal's Gap. Dates are set for Thursday Sept 25th - Sunday 28th. It won't hold us all, so make plans now! Amber and I are already booked!! This'll be the last K12 Rally of 2008, 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..

Call NOW to reserve a room...!

Friday noon meal (12-1:00pm) will be at the Troll Restaurant in Helen, Ga (under the bridge)
Saturday noon meal (12-1:00 pm) will be at the Bistro, Telico Plains, Tennessee (western end of the Cherohala)

As usual, Fri and Sat evening will consist of tall tales, videos worthy of "Americas Most Wanted", and food in the Lodge. No set times.

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

Our last contribution?? Check out # 132 contributed by contributed by
Gil Davis, Buena Park, CA .!!! Thx dude!!

Could this tip save your life? Dare you NOT look?

If you'd like to help others by contributing a How-To-Survive on your 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.

BMW How-To Section

Our last contribution??...contributed by Sir Rich Edwards.. He documented his '07 K1200GT Oil Change in pictures. It's the first listing on the page. Thx, Rich.

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

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