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Come on over....I think the US is cheap compared to Germany...There are usually many Germans touring the the Southwest, many on Harley motorcycles!!! Yesterday, the lower canyon was the place "to be" for a bus load of young French tourists. I will try the Upper Canyon this AM. It is usually much more crowded and difficult to "set up" to take photos. Then off to Las Vegas for a "pit stop" to get the car serviced before heading for San Francisco...Hopefully there are a few more good pictures for the 'blads and one "N" camera on this trip.
"Come on over" was the part I have no problem with.
That changed with the National pride of the USA; Harley motorcycles.
A firm believer in the power of excellent German motorcycles built in Berlin Spandau was invited by friends, all clients of a small motorcycle dealer, to come along for the yearly spring ride.
I did not have a BMW motorcycle at the time, sold mine for a good price, but was working on a friends 1964 Harley Duoglide.
I declined the offer and motivated that by saying: Sorry no BMW at the moment. No BMW, what have you got then? A Harley.
A Harley. Yes...
Even after comments: If that is coming along I might as well have invited my mother in law, it turned out to be a very good ride.
The guys were really good sports. They did not mind push starting the Harley every time. (The repair job was not yet finished)
I even managed to kickstart the Duoglide once in the presence of at least 600 other bikers. It spared me eternal shame a push start would have given.
Harley? No thank you.
I still have the 1996 R1100RT (great bike!). I sold the R1150RS to a friend in Washington who gave it to his wife for her birthday. I'm glad that she's really enjoying it....but I miss the RS alot.....it was a real beauty.
My hats off to you Wilko for keeping a classic running! My oldest motorcycle was a 1978 BMW R100S....it was a wonderful motorcycle, but I'll be the first to admit I'm not much of a mechanic and prefer modern technology and performance. She deserved someone who would ride her regularly and more often.
My wife also rides. Between the two of us we have eight motorcycles here in Alaska and two more stored with friends in the Seattle area (more great roads to ride in Washington and Oregon and better weather in the summer). Here's a photo from our ride along the Columbia River valley this summer. That's my wife's blue Ninja 650.....she's an excellent rider!
Just wish we had more time to spend in Washington, Oregon and California each summer for motorcycle rides and adventures.
We do get over to Dawson City on the motorcycles each summer.....my wife rides her BMW F650GS and I'm on a V-Strom 650.....it's great fun! Riders from all over the world converge on Dawson City during the Summer Solstice....the Dust to Dawson ride. Mostly GS-type motorcycles.
I can only imagine how great it must be to ride a motorcycle in the mountains of Europe! Hopefully someday I experience it first hand.
"The funny thing is Europeans have the same urge to do trips in the US."
In the US the Germans seem to like the HDs or maybe it's dressing up in the Harley leathers and other gear; what ever the reason they seem to have a lot of fun.
BTW, I still have my first motorcycle, a 1955 BSA 650cc Road Rocket and also a 1950's era reproduction "Cafe Racer", the Triumph Thruxton.
Many years ago I was stopped by a policeman in London probably because I drove a LHD Jaguar with a roof rack loaded with items.
Metropolitan Police still rode English bikes a little more recent than Steve's Rocket Star.
While we chatted a small pool of oil had formed under the engine of the motorcycle.
That brought up the question BMW versus English bikes.
The police officer complained about repeated visits to the toilet during the day.
His colleagues in Lincolnshire were the first to try BMW motorcycles.
They rode all day and were absolutely fit after a days work.
These first two BMW 750/5 were soon followed by a large fleet of BM's.
Running costs were about half compared to the products from the UK.
I had to keep a pan under the crank case to catch the oil leaks. The Lucas electrics were terrible and resulted in me pushing the bike on home, more than once. Poor quality control and poor reliability killed the British motorcycle industry...it was sad to see all of those great names die...BSA. Norton, Ariel, Vincent, etc.
I had several bikes in my life and now I use a 2001 sportster (for working) and a 1979 Triumph (Tiger 750) with side car (for child taxi duty) dayly without any problem. I had Yamaha and Honda too. One Honda colapsed in south of France (XL 500), one other Honda explosed in Holland (XLV 750) and a other Honda (XLV 750) gently die not far from my house. Tree dead Honda in 5 years ! I succed to swap 2 other Yamaha (125 DMX) just befor they bagan to feel too bad. And I sold a Suzuki (1100) I never liked to drive but run perfect.
Tow years ago I sold my beautiful 2002 Triumph Bonneville to get cash for the Leica M8 and lenses.
English and Harley are great bikes because it's allways possible to repair at reasonable prise. If you change all plastic parts and use scew glue for old english bikes and cars, then you get reliable engines.
BTW I dont know why we write about motorcycle.... hum ,ok, so if one has a Brough Superior for sale.. send me a mail !
Europe ??? or the US ??? I can tell you that this Aussie won't be going to either.
In the last 2 weeks that Aussie $ dropped from US$0.90 to US$0.65 - Ooooooouuuuch!
And the Euro........ more ooooooouuuuch! Way way down to AU$1.94!
And to think - our banking / financial system is the best regulated in the world; the Aussie Government has not needed to offer even $1.00 to support any of our banks!!! Bank's profits here are at an all-time high. No Aussie banks have exposure to the garbage lending practices of the US......... There is NO defaults crisis here; our economy has the strongest indicators and we are not in recession.
Just goes to show that economic theory that says "markets are rational" is bull-crap (a polite Aussie expression )