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!

2017 SPITS – Introduction and Day 1

And herewith, my dear and cherished friends have screwed me over again.

They have conspired to schedule two wonderful fun-filled, food-filled, and riding-filled parties on consecutive weekends… on opposite sides of the country (and we’re not talking Lichtenstein). This will require me to haul ass from our home in Ann Arbor all the way out to California (through several mountain ranges), back home to pick up Karen, and then haul ass out to the Chesapeake Bay Area (the land of boats and righteous crab cakes), all in just over two weeks.

Damn them. Just damn them to hell. Continue reading 2017 SPITS – Introduction and Day 1

Posted from Clive, Iowa, United States.

2016 ParTay/SCUM Map and Summary

Here are the posts, the final route map, and the trip statistics for this years ride out to the ParTay and then on the the SCUM Run. Continue reading 2016 ParTay/SCUM Map and Summary

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Blasting Home from SCUM

After a very enjoyable two days of lazing around Len and Pauline’s cabin, drinking a bit, and eating too much, it was time to get home. Continue reading Blasting Home from SCUM

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Maintenance, Tornado, and the Ride Down to SCUM

After my Mad Dash home from the ParTay, I needed to perform the 12,000 mile service on the Nightowl so Karen and I could ride down to the SCUM run. The first day of that southward ride had a little weather excitement. Continue reading Maintenance, Tornado, and the Ride Down to SCUM

Posted from Greer, South Carolina, United States.

Mad Dash Day Three

As described in the post from two days ago, I’m trying to get home in record time so Karen and I can ride down to the SCUM run in South Carolina next weekend. Yesterday’s challenges were heat and wind. Who knows what plagues awaited me today. Continue reading Mad Dash Day Three

Posted from Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States.

Mad Dash Day Two

As described in yesterday’s post, I’m trying to get home in record time so Karen and I can ride down to the SCUM run in South Carolina next weekend. Yesterday’s big challenge was heat. Today added another. Continue reading Mad Dash Day Two

Posted from Sioux Falls, South Dakota, United States.

The Mad Dash Begins

After two days of resting, hanging out with good friends, doing some electrical work (not on the Nightowl), and eating great food, it was time to head back east. Unfortunately, this leg of the journey would not be so leisurely as the one coming out. Continue reading The Mad Dash Begins

Posted from Bozeman, Montana, United States.

Riding the North Cascades and Puget Sound

Today’s ride would start with a ride along Washington highway 20, otherwise known as the North Cascades Highway. It would end with a ferry ride and a nice easy roll down the west side of Puget Sound to my friend’s place on a nice little island. Continue reading Riding the North Cascades and Puget Sound

Posted from Shelton, Washington, United States.

My Rear Tire is a Disaster Magnet

Almost everybody who rides motorcycles cross country will eventually have a flat tire on the road far from home. I had endured this challenge a mere two weeks ago and had no idea that I was due to deal with it again. Continue reading My Rear Tire is a Disaster Magnet

Posted from Omak, Washington, United States.