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Winter Touring With R1100RT

January is not the month of to kick off a motorcycle test at least not in Colorado. But when Online asked if I wanted to ride BMW’s R1100RT it like an opportunity not to be missed. Our had been fine over the season, and bargain plane were in force.

With a forecast of good weather in my passenger and I hopped a red-eye to Los Angeles for a wintertime two-up adventure.

We arrived at MO’s headquarters by mid-morning, but had very time for chit-chat. Threatening loomed overhead, so we hurried Editor Plummer’s pre-flight and prepared for our journey home. The was beautifully finished in metallic and made a fine first

Included with the bike was a BMW riding suit with BMW-by-Widder electric vest. I my traditional leather jacket and sweater and snowmobile suit in of BMW’s suit, although it was to exchange gear that’s to do the job for untried equipment. In any case, I to give up my trusty DryRider in spite of the high-tech BMW suit’s claims.

Learning to operate double-handle latch system on the bags and top case took time. Their operation is not but once learned it is positive, and convenient. Although the bags are quite capacious, the top case has an odd shape and is best suited for items that need to be easy reach.

Our plan was to take Interstate 10 all the way to pick up US60 for some two-lane riding to Socorro, New then north on I-25 to This route avoids altitudes, although it can occasionally be troublesome across the high plains of Arizona. There are two real trouble spots; Pass between Santa Fe and Las New Mexico (site of an obscure War battle in which the Colorado soundly thrashed a unit of Regulars from Texas), and Pass on the Colorado-New Mexico

A light drizzle that on the coast extended to just San Bernadino, California, where it into a warm, sunny day. Through it all our big Beemer along happily, its extremely gearing allowing it to rev modestly, at high cruising speeds. and most comfortable speeds are 80 and 85 miles per hour, where the has a sweet spot and loses its industrial feel.

It took no than a hundred miles to why Corbin does a land-office in replacement BMW seats. There be some fundament(al) difference German and American posteriors. stops for passenger … were necessary throughout the and eventually she was forced to improvise a arrangement out of a piece of foam and a pair of shower sandals seemed to help.

A stop for at a lonely exit between and Blythe brought about conversation with some types around the picnic They were headed in the direction by automobile, and were by our presence, our motorcycle and our intended to Colorado. They took a look at the big RT, especially at the Paralever (What holds the wheel but attempts to point out and explain the failed completely.

It’s difficult to complain the Beemer’s seats to a Harley rider.

Another hour on the brought us to our goal for the day, California, on the Colorado River with Arizona. Having 250 miles from noon to we secured a little motel and relaxed for the evening. It had been an day.

We got an excellent early on the 140 mile hop to Phoenix, Arizona the morning. With bright, weather there was little to do on the but ride and watch the saguaro go by. It provided an opportunity for a fuel test however, so we kept the big on a steady 85 nearly all the way.

The exit on the east side of brought us to Apache Junction, a composed entirely of the motorhomes and RV of snowbirds, retirees who go south for the We stopped for a fill-up, and calculated the over a sandwich. The R1100RT an outstanding 38.1 mpg, loaded and two-up while mostly at 85 mph.

After Junction, US60 quickly out into a nice scenic a welcome ride after 400 of interstate. The 40 miles to Globe is a scenic highway, and it slowly by twists and turns from the low desert up to the high plains. itself is an old copper-mining town several giant open but the highway again becomes across the Apache Reservation, turns spectacular through the of the Salt River Canyon.

Our Beemer proved itself to be agile through switchbacks and while descending to the river, and the torque from its two big cylinders was while climbing out of the canyon. of the credit for good handling can be to its excellent Metzeler MEZ-2

By the time that we arrived at Low a grand Arizona sunset was in color, but we decided to stretch our day 40 miles to Springerville. This is a plateau region and it got cold in a after dark, so our first of the R1100’s electrically heated was in order. I had never tried grips before, and was surprised at effectiveness.

At first glance, gadgets seem like so frippery, but these are a practical to a tourer of the RT’s class. a warm room and a hot meal at was welcome after the cold

Western New Mexico is a lonely of high plains, scrubby deserted highways and widely-spaced, little towns. Were it not for the it would have been the place for some top-speed As it was, the high side of 100 per hour was easily and quickly with just a little of the grip. BMW’s R1100RT has serious roll-on power in top as good as some hot-rodded bikes.

This kind of power is a commodity when trying to get a motorhome, uphill on a mountain two-up with a full of luggage — a common in this part of the country.

area is also home of the Radio Astronomy Observatory’s VLA Large Array) radiotelescope, of 27 giant dish antennas on miles of railroad tracks in a west of Magdalena, New Mexico. have a visitor’s center and and I’m certain they’d be to see just about anybody, as a lonely-looking place.

After a stop for a leg stretch at Socorro, we the Interstate Highway System, and the helm over for the northerly run up As the cloud cover steadily we beat our way to windward (the was getting up to about 40 miles per another 75 miles to Albuquerque. By now it was that the weather was going and we should get as far as we could before the started, then find a to wait it out.

With passes looming, we needed to get a bit north so we’d be within of Denver the next day.


this plan in mind, we grabbed a quick meal, and off again in the direction of Santa Fe. We got no than five miles we hit a violent high-desert rain accompanied by a 60mph crosswind, and a of tumbleweeds that rocketed our path like SAMs Hanoi. Within an hour, the became a deluge, flooding the in spots, and tumbleweeds started direct hits.

It became downright dangerous to We turned off into Santa Fe, and into the first available parking lot.

BMW’s riding suit was absolutely with water, but the GoreTex liner had completely stopped it, this rider cold, but It’s an odd system, but it appears to We’ve always thought the part ought to be on the outside.

We a clothesline next to the motel old-time wall heater and everything up to dry before retiring to the of rain on the roof. It was anybody’s what the riding conditions be like in the morning.

They all that bad, as it turned Puddles in the parking lot were but the sun was out and things looked to be clearing up. We the luggage on, and commenced to ride.

The 60 stretch between Santa Fe and Las New Mexico is a very nice ride, even on the interstate. It had cold and wet up there, but by staying in the dry of the lane and avoiding shady where ice was likely, we had no trouble. As the sun higher, the road completely out, and the 130 miles to Raton the flats went fairly

Our Beemer’s low-fuel light on just as we pulled into allowing us to get an accurate reading of the some 230 miles since up in Albuquerque. The RT has long legs

After lunch, the sun was high and and there was no evidence of ice or snow on Pass. We were mighty to see the Welcome to Colorado sign at the

On our home turf again, the 225 miles of Interstate to Denver was without incident, and included a stop for hellos at a friend’s in Colorado Springs. The temperature drastically during our last few though, so the electric vest was in and turned on. Although the vest was and feels like there’s on your back, it does for your arms.

Next bring a sweater.

It was just freezing as we rumbled into shortly after sunset. Our totaled 1375 miles, and we it in three-and-a-half winter-shortened days. Our BMW performed faultlessly and proved a very capable long-distance with plenty of extra for two-up full-load high-speed and good enough handling to be in the twisty parts.

It’s a more versatile machine those in the super-dreadnought Gold class, and though expensive, a quality piece. Now if they just do something about seats!


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