Go ahead, ride as if your life depended upon it. Chase that horizon, bury your head in the clouds. Dream big. Live big. Sip from the cup that is Earth and all of its natural, wondrous beauty. Go ahead.
Storm King Mountain, along the Hudson River, astride the #BMW #NineT #caferacer #motorcycle.
Well, that’s it-the #BMW #nineT #caferacer #motorcycle has been returned to the mother ship. Thank you @bmwmotorrad for a chance to explore some cool places within an overnight of #NYC with the bike. I’ll continue to post photos as I process them. And look for stories in upcoming issues of BMW Owner News, the magazine of @bmwmoa.
Goofing on the Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge. #ILoveNY
Walkway of the Poughkeepsie-Highland Bridge. #ILoveNY .
The view from the Poughkeepsie-Highland #Bridge is pretty spectacular. This old railway bridge used to bring coal to Poughkeepsie, but was abandoned as coal use diminished and the Mid-Hudson bridge (in photo) was built. Thankfully, this bridge, a relic from another time, was reinvented as a pedestrian walkway offering unparalleled views from high above the #HudsonRiver. #ILoveNY.
No, this is not the 2014 #Honda #Interceptor, this is a well-ridden but impeccably-maintained VFR800F from 2000, owned by my friend Gary. This is the lineage that the new Interceptor is drawing from, the VFR before #VTEC (which works great for cars-i have an S2000 and love when it kicks in) but has proven more challenging for motorcycles because it is another layer of complexity between the rider’s right wrist and the rear wheel. Sporting riders require absolute trust and predictability of the throttle, and anything that gets in the way—from poor fuel injection mapping to the VTEC kick is often shunned.
In a world taken over by SUMs (most calll them, euphemistically, “Adventure Touring Bikes”, but i jokingly call them Sport Utility Motorcycles), there still is a place for the sharp #sporttourer. Good on Honda for remembering their own history.
What kind of bike do you need to explore the #Catskills with? It’s gotta be able to cover some distance, roll respectfully through the quiet hamlets, and be fun in the twisties—anything from long 50mph sweepers to tight 15mph switchbacks. It’s gotta be comfortable enough for frost heaves and sure footed on chip seal and the occasional patch of gravel. The #BMW #nineT #caferacer #motorcycle does all of these, and it looks good parked on the curb too. One point of criticism (besides the half-day comfortable seat) is the minimally adjustable suspension. The rear is adjustable only for preload and rebound while the beefy upsidedown front forks aren’t adjustable at all. That said, BMW has done a decent job with setup-the bike handles most of what I threw at it with aplomb, shrugging off mid-corner bumps and course corrections. Surprisingly, I never second guessed the front forks. Even under aggressive braking the front was entirely controlled and predictable. The rear, however, struggled to handle frost heaves and other sharp bumps, and I found myself standing on the footpegs for some relief from the bumpier stuff. But overall, the nineT is well-suited to a romp on the mountains, or a dessicated plateau, which is what the Catskills really are.
#BMW #NineT #caferacer #motorcycle posing at Hawk’s Nest. It was an unseasonably cool day today, which is magnified on a naked bike. But that’s OK. The visceral appeal of a naked remains intact. All that’s needed is an extra layer.