Archive for ‘BMW’

September 9, 2020

Zagreb Zoom

Croatian Cool

– everyone’s favorite Balkan, Goran Višnjić, celebrates his 47th birthday today. Lookin’ smart on a big adventure Beemer.

August 12, 2020

Neurology

Of Brains & Bikes

“Above all, I have been a sentient being, a thinking animal, on this beautiful planet, and that in itself has been an enormous privilege and adventure.” Dr Oliver Sacks

August 10, 2020

Corn Field Break

Lunch Stop at a side road alongside brow-high corn. Just off I-55 near Towanda IL

January 10, 2020

The sound of a different drummer

Adventure Percussionist | Rush drummer Neil Peart recently passed away. His contribution to music is legendary. He was also an avid long distance motorcyclist covering countless miles between concerts and later journeys of introspective exploration. His autobiography Ghost Rider: Travels on the Healing Road a haunting memoir of self rediscovery.

Neil Peart (1952-2020)

November 17, 2019

B&W

F Stop | The Original celebrity photographer Terry O’Neill passed away yesterday. His portraits of the spotlight denizens from the sixties through to the eighties are considered iconic. Clockwise from upper left: Robert Redford, Julie Andrews, Steve McQueen and Mickey Rourke.

October 23, 2019

You’re Nicked!

Highway Patrol | The City of Evanston’s police department has shiny new scooters. Fully kitted Beemer ready to light the blues and twos and apprehend speeders on Ridge Avenue, where the speed limit is 25mph. Very smart looking hauler.

July 13, 2019

Toys for Tots

Start ’em young | Available at Target for 4-7 year olds here is a ride on Beemer GS adventure bike for the tot who needs to explore their back yard. Dual sport E-bike?

June 26, 2019

US 550

Rocky Mountain High | One year ago today we were enjoying our summer vacation in Colorado. I managed to rent a BMW GS 800 for a day in the high alpine meadows between Ouray and Durango. The Million Dollar Highway. Fantastic riding and a ride that sowed the seed for the Tiger.

March 30, 2019

Motorrad

 Bayerische Motoren Werke | a visit to Motorworks today on S Western to pick something up gave me a chance to see their refurbished digs. As of this weekend they are now also an official BMW dealership. So they now represent the trifecta of European machinery: Triumph, Ducati & BMW. I spied this very sharp R90s sitting near the parts department. Teutonic Twentieth Century technology at its ‘allerbeste’. The classic black/silver smoke tank is pure seventies superbike.

February 19, 2019

Not a BMW

Cooler King – slim chinos, cut down sweatshirt, cigarette and Persol shades: he epitomizes Cool. A Triumph TR-6 dresses up to look German hits the mark too.

October 6, 2018

MI Motos

Gilmore Car Museum – Hickory Corner, Michigan. One barn at the excellent automobile museum here in south west Michigan held a good selection of two-wheeled delights. From barn- fresh Harley Flathead to a polished to the nines Vincent Black Shadow. It was a good collection covering a century of motorcycling. One of The Fonz’s Triumph TR5 was there too; as well as an immaculate ’59 T120 Bonneville and a gutsy looking Indian hill climber.

August 22, 2018

Das Motorrad

Don’t mention the War – winding up a suitcase gramophone this period dressed BMW R75 owner carefully took out old crimson labeled 78’s from their protective manilla sleeves and played the likes of Marlene Dietrich across the parking lot. The combination had a small trailer that would have been used to tow matériel into hard-to-reach front line positions.

The car holds a non-functioning MG42 machine gun whose air cooled muzzle looks fearsome. The driver had a very Teutonic air about himself which completed the outfit.

July 14, 2018

C’est la Vie!

Vive la France – today marks Bastille Day in Gaul. Much celebration across the French nation including some synchronized motorcycling by the gendarmes… however a couple of monsieur blundered into each other on their big BMW RT 1200’s at a Parisian parade. Zut alors!

June 27, 2018

Six o’clock

Shadow Rider – low sun, empty roads and a good profile to the bike… US Route 550 southbound

June 26, 2018

Rocky Mountain High

Million $ Highway – great day taking a BMW GS800 over one of the worlds great roads. 76 miles of curves, steep drops, rocky bluffs, wooded slopes, glistening rivers, craggy mountains, blue skies, and sublime scenery. Colorado at its best! And I did the ride TWICE! That smile is the genuine thing!