Category Archives: Nightowl

The Nightowl is a 2015 BMW K1600GTL. Six cylinders of smooth effortless power coupled with all the electronic safety and comfort features you could want on a mile-devouring sport-tourer. Yeah, baby!

Going with Your Gut (literally)

It was the day that I was due to leave on this summer’s foray towards the west coast and I had yet to choose a route. I ended up letting my stomach decide for me. Continue reading Going with Your Gut (literally)

Posted from Hancock, Michigan, United States.

Adventures in Tire Plugging

In preparation for our recent trip down to North Carolina on the Nightowl, I install a new rear tire. Naturally, that same tire picked up a nail two days later, which led to some strategizing on how to get home. Continue reading Adventures in Tire Plugging

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

A Cold Escape

As mentioned in my previous post, Mother Nature was doing her very best to keep me and the Nightowl housebound in Michigan instead of riding down to Daytona Bike Week.

She failed. Continue reading A Cold Escape

Daytona 2016 Preview

The annual Daytona Bike Week has historically been held the first full week of March. This may be a nice time of the year for Floridians and those who live along the Gulf Coast, but in the northern states, it’s still winter. Continue reading Daytona 2016 Preview

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Introducing: the Nightowl

I recently added the Nightowl, a 2015 BMW K1600GTL, to my collection of two-wheeled conveyances. Naturally, there are a few good stories to tell about the selection and purchase process. The full-on gory details are in the following posts:

 

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Bike Buy Journey: Bringing the Nightowl Home

Since I ended up buying the Nightowl, my new 2015 BMW K1600GTL, from a dealer in another state, there were a few additional challenges when it came time to close the deal and bring the bike home: Continue reading Bike Buy Journey: Bringing the Nightowl Home

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Anatomy of a Bike Purchase

So, about the actual purchase of the Nightowl (my new 2015 BMW K1600GTL). Well, this is a long story of research and negotiations that went on for several weeks. Continue reading Anatomy of a Bike Purchase

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

BMW K1600GTL vs BMW R1200RT

Just one man’s set of observations after comparing these two fine pieces of Teutonic engineering. Continue reading BMW K1600GTL vs BMW R1200RT

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Head vs Heart: Selecting Your Next Motorcycle

While there are many factors that can drive the process of selecting your first motorcycle, the ultimate selection is often driven by your heart rather than your head. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been pining away for years over a specific bike or you find yourself gobsmacked with lust over some newly-announced model.

The heart has its reasons which reason knows nothing of… –Blaise Pascal

For most people, the heart vs head battle gets inverted by the time it’s time to buy a second (or third, or fourteenth) motorcycle. The more your ride, the more you learn about how you like to ride and what you like, love, and loathe about one bike versus another. Continue reading Head vs Heart: Selecting Your Next Motorcycle

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.