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For people who don’t mind getting their GSes banged up a bit, there are plenty of Jeep trails for every skill level. I’ve never been over Mosquito Pass; might have to do that this time.
Or I could cheat and bring the XR400. 🙂
Top cases rock (I mean that in a good way). I would go straight to that and skip the add-on backrest.
I can understand the desire for a backrest, and I’ve installed one for long trips in the past but for shorter rides you might want to try going without one. Good posture and having a real interest in riding make a passenger backrest unnecessary, and relying on a backrest can make for an uncomfortable ride. The best use for one is to provide a reassurance of support without being in active use, if you know what I mean. That’s where I find passengers to appreciate them the most, and a topcase is perfect for that (plus it’s easily removable).
Also I just think a new bike should be enjoyed as-is before you decide that some add-ons are needed.
You needed sunglasses to walk by your booth – how many times must you have heard THAT?
1/8″ is pretty meaningless in this context. You want the oil level to be within the circle when the engine is off and the bike is upright. Last time I bought a box of sight glasses BMW didn’t even have a dot in the middle any more. Keep it as near the middle as you want, but anywhere within the circle, and you’re fine.
It’s not like the bearings are splash-lubricated by the oil level. You’re basically looking at the oil reservoir.
Now that I’ve updated the member status of the users with a valid/current membership, I’m going to move this into the Club Business section per the original request. I’ll do it later on today, so if you don’t see the forums under “Members-only” let me know. Then I’ll try to take a bit of time to make a response of my own.
Not sure what you mean. Club Business is the description line for the members-only area. You probably don’t see the contents of that if your account isn’t flagged as an RA member, and there isn’t a real tie-in yet between the membership database and the forum member list. Basically that functionality isn’t there, except in cases where I happen to know someone is an RA member. After all, RA membership isn’t required to simply use the forum.
So… until we can get a real system in place, it’s a bit hodge-podge.
EDIT: I’ve been working on the membership tie-in. If you’re an RA member, the best thing to do is to make sure that your RA membership number is correct in your forum profile. Ideally your email address is also the same as the one you have on file with the RA, but anything (location, name, etc) that links you to that membership number is helpful.
FWIW I’m not on the Board any more and my main volunteer efforts with the RA involve the website. Bob Wood and I are the webmeisters. In the 5 years I’ve been involved the site has migrated from being static content to some dynamic content and there is obviously a lot more we can do.
IMO the website suffers from a lack of vision and a lack of overall interest, in each case on the part of the various boards and other volunteers including myself. For simplicity, I’ll use the singular ‘board’ here to mean the current and past Boards of Trustees. Webmaster is not a board position but both Bob and I have spent years on the board also.
The board has wanted the site to do something for the club, but they don’t know what or how to achieve it. Historically, most board members have not had much involvement with the website at all. For instance, yesterday I was asked to post some information which had already been on the site for nearly two weeks. Relatively few board members have posted much on the forum and some of them have never signed up. I’ve given up being frustrated when rally-related questions here aren’t answered because “If someone really wanted to know they wouldn’t ask on the forum; they’d call us.” BTW please understand that I’m not lumping all board members and volunteers together.
One recurring request (going back at least two boards now) is to get better search engine rank. The truth is, Google is a pretty smart outfit and not giving us a high rank is exactly what their goal is. Giving high rank to sites with little content would diminish their value. So now we talk about content, and what do we have? Some of my tech articles that I’ve posted, the rallymap, the annual rally sub-websites (this year was the worst ever for content), the forum that most people just won’t use, and the racing blog which is actually the shining star of our content creation but it isn’t of interest to everyone. Oh, and some sample content from OTL but many of those are the tech articles I mentioned before. There is a cool little thing on the OTL page where you can read the past editorials and see the covers.
The bottom line is that content creation happens when someone is motivated to do it themselves (like Will’s racing blog, my occasional tech, and some development of interactive OTL content that Will and I will be working on) but we have not succeeded in establishing a regular pipeline of broad-spectrum content to the site. The rallymap is a great resource but it is largely driven by motivated rallymasters who want to publicize their events. I’m sure I’m missing a few things but scanning down the website menu, it doesn’t get much better.
Really addressing it is a big issue. The MOA and other organizations with a media arm have spent a lot of time and money figuring out how to best distribute their content and protect the value of membership. The website and OTL are only two media outlets; we haven’t even talked about a Twitter feed or a real presence on Facebook. To a large degree this grows out of the RA’s core mission, meaning whatever distinguishes the RA from other clubs. What’s the best way to BE the RA? I think that is for the most part a big unknown right now. There are many different ways to simplify the publication of content (blogs, CMS, etc) but they all need SOME degree of willingness to participate and of course a guiding vision.
A regular ‘Message from the Board’ would be welcome, I think. Even if it were just in OTL. I have to say in the two terms I was on the board there was never much inclination to communicate club business to the membership – it was considered behind-the-scenes stuff. Some stuff really does have a confidential nature, like negotiations with the ICC over the use of the roundel, but some stuff is just club stuff, and we’re all in the club.
Speaking of Club Stuff, last time I asked Irv he was still sending it in. Is this no longer the case? You’re not the only one who misses it.
You need to take a look at a service schedule; there are a lot of items there. Very loosely it goes like this:
6k – oil, valves, TB sync
12k – air filter, plugs, gear oils
24k – alternator belt, fuel filter
annually – brake fluid
Every service you inspect tires, brakes, cables, etc.
With 64k on it, I would change the oil at 66k and see if the date code on the alternator belt looks fairly recent and see if the air filter is clean. If those things look good, do EVERYTHING at 72k and you’re back on schedule.
It already is damaged. It’ll look a lot nicer if you can remove the rest of the film, but the best solution might just be a new windshield. It’s just a part, like a tire.
My K75RT windshield did that and I managed to remove the film by immersing it in hot soapy water and then lightly scraping it.
I don’t think I’ve gotten mine either. [rummages through mail] Nope, not yet.
Mine just arrived today.
On an earlier R1200RT (2006 I think) I used the low beam. That way it didn’t turn on until the engine was running.
We used one of the Nuvi units (dunno which one) on our recent car trip. The big complaint was the touch screen – it took a lot of force to drag stuff, and it was really difficult to drag the map without having the GPS act as though we’d tapped something that wasn’t even close to where we had touched.
Routing was pretty rudimentary. It was nearly impossible to make it avoid the interstate. It would take us WAY out of our way just to get onto one. When we did get it to avoid the interstate, it was by making it choose “shortest route” which meant theoretically spending an extra 20 minutes in traffic to save half a mile. There was no easily discernible middle ground.
Once we could talk it into agreeing to a reasonable route, the navigation was mostly good except… when you overshoot a turn, it will take you to the next navigable turnaround which might be miles up the road, rather than telling you to just turn around (this was all with the voice turned off). This happened on the way to the RA rally, on a deserted 2-lane road I had overshot a turn and it was still telling me to go straight so I could make some series of turns MILES away and then come back. Having the GPS tell you to keep going in the wrong direction (with the colored line on the map leading you there) is pretty dumb. Once I figured it out, I just turned around.
There were definite advantages to having it, mostly the ability to get street-level nav for anywhere in the US, but with two of us in the car we found the good old US Atlas to be far easier for most things.August 11, 2010 at 6:19 pm in reply to: Redmond to Top of Rockies, or Aerostitch, or MOA HQ, to Pownal #62191
Yes there is. Muriel sent a list of names to the various organizations for publication; it seems 42 people did it.
The food definitely was good. Everyone raved about the Indian food guy, but I also hit the German and BBQ places. They seemed to be doing a good business.
Few vendors for sure. I’m also not much of a rally shopper but I was hoping to find some tie-down straps and a power distributor. No luck. Seems the outdoor vendors were pretty similar in scope, which is unfortunate. Were any of them NOT Gerbing’s dealers? I’d also have bought bark-busters for my GS had a vendor been there; they were at the MOA last year.
The place wasn’t the Ritz but it was OK with me. Flat ground for camping, decent indoor space, and where else are you going to get an open 1-mile dirt track? That was pretty cool. I think the rally contract was probably lacking some contingencies that I would have put in there, covering basic maintenance and renovation stuff as well as the internet that didn’t work when it was most needed. Not much pizazz, I agree. A few days of weed-wacking and trash-picking would have made a big difference, though.
Big hooray to the Yankee Beemers for the coffee. It was probably the best (strong and plentiful) coffee service I’ve seen at any rally. HUGE hooray to MAX for building the GS Trials area.
Big thumbs-down to the alcohol situation. Buying a beer from the indoor Beer Garden meant you were deafened by the band, but you couldn’t take your beer and go anywhere. So people had to find their own beer and sit outside where you could still hear the music just fine I bet. I’m sure it’s a state thing, as part of the grounds are state property (the road I think) but it just didn’t work. In fact the layout inside the building was pretty strange since you couldn’t even get to the bathrooms from the registration area.
The registration problems are a whole different story, but that was mostly the fault of the telecom vendor.
Thumbs down to the restrooms being unavailable at night and the shower truck leaving early Sunday AM.
Thumbs up to the fact that the camping area was actually dark at night.
I had a great time catching up with friends and riding, which is pretty much what I go to rallies for. I had a great camping spot and drank a lot of good beer.