This site started out as a way to track a BMW / Jupiter Sidecar motorcycle project. It has gone in many different directions since its' conception. From motorcycle projects, to personal stories, opinions and family histories. I log most of our boring motorcycle riding adventures and experiences. I have completed my "R100S/6" build and changes are on-going.
Expecting to be a tough week coming up at work so decided we had better take a little ride / camping trip again. We lazed around Saturday morning and took off for Butte around 10:30 or so. This time we took the back way over through Twin Bridges, Silver Star and then over Pipestone Pass. It has been quite a few years since we had taken this route and the scenery was nice. Great slow paced sidecar road with minimal traffic. I recently purchased a Nelson "Rigg Pak" rear motorcycle trunk via E-Bay for $60.00. Very nice quality bag (retails for $200.00) and is perfect for the Hacks' Rack. Expandable end pockets , a couple front pockets, and a rear storage pouch. Also has an additional rain cover. Has buckles which fasten it to the rack. Above; near the summit at Pipestone Pass.
The trunk is meant for a Honda Goldwing but is perfect for what I was looking for. And the price was definitely right. Darian in her normal position, blanket in place, book in hand. We took our time getting to Butte and stopped for a late Dennys' breakfast. Then over to the KOA to set up our tent. We rode around town a bit and looked for a friends place. ( We finally found him on Sunday morning). We headed to our tent soon after dark and watched a DVD movie which we brought with us. Slept in a bit on Sunday and finally crawled out around 8:00am. We relaxed with our am coffee and tore down the camp in 30 minutes or so. Wandered around Butte looking for our friend and finally found his place around noon.
We hadn't seen our friend , Otha, for a couple years and it was nice to see him again. About the time we were leaving I noticed that my tail light housing was split wide open, nearly ready to fall apart. Whether someone bumped it our the vibration finally destroyed it I'll never know. I zip tied it, screwed it and electrical taped it together to get us home. Luckily, (since the tail light has been a pain in the ass from the start) I won a NOS reproduction "Hella" early 1950's BMW tail light on E-Bay last week for $50.00. The light and housing will mount directly to the fender and finally do away with my own crappy designed bracket, which has self destructed a couple of times already in 5000 miles. I also have some tune up stuff coming, a TwinMax Carb. Synchro meter which will allow me to properly synchro. the carbs. Also found a mini air compressor for the bike, a new spare clutch cable and a pair of carb rebuild kits. I am experiencing some higher RPM stumbling so figure either the points are shot ( 8 years old) or a carb. diaphragm is going bad. We'll see when I tear into it. We hope to do another 500 - 600 mile trip over the Labor Day weekend. Maybe over into Idaho and then Grand Teton area. we'll see. Rescued a Harley guy yesterday pushing an 883 Sportster down the freeway near Dillon. We stopped and he was out of gas, he still had a mile or two to push into Dillon. The Heinrich tank spared him a water bottle full of fuel to get him into Dillon. I filled on Saturday and made the whole trip without hitting reserve. Glad I got the extra fuel capacity. A work week from hell is developing so we'll be ready for a long ride in a couple of weeks.