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.
We are really looking forward to our Winter off time. Are missing our California Airhead Family. Friends above (L -R) Gil Lowe, Gil and I have shared campsites quite a few times. He is a retired former wardrobe manager at one of the Hollywood Studios. He had a bad accident la couple years ago but has healed up and is back in action. A few years ago I was fueling a little old antique Honda at a gas station in Columbus and began visiting with a guy on a Beemer at the pumps. I saw his CA. plates and found he was a friend of Gils' on a road trip. Small world. Next to Gil is B. Jan Hoffman, he is the founder of the Airheads Beemer Club and the editor of the magazine. We miss him and his better half, Di. Next in line is Gary Hanson. Gary was from Thompson Falls MT. and was one of the most gracious, giving souls I have known. We loved Gary Dearly. He fought health problems for years. About the time he was conquering his health issues and riding again he lost his life in a motorcycle accident in the Sierra Mountains. Gary is sorely missed. The cute little gal is Carin May. She and her husband Terry moved back east a number of years ago and they are truly missed by everyone.
Terry and Carin at a quiet moment at Agua Caliente in the Anza Borrego Desert New Years Rally. We hear they may come out to CA. for the Rally this New Years. We really hope they can make it. It will be like old times again. Terry has a massive collection of dialed in sport bikes and is a master of setting his bikes up. He is a retired Navy Man. Lucky bum retired in his late 40's. They have been in Florida and the Carolinas for the past 5-6 years. They threw a big going away party for us in El Cajon CA. when we moved from San Diego to Montana.
This was a typical Smith Campsite Bloody Mary morning during the New Years Rally. (L-R) Gil Lowe, Gary Hanson,Scott Kempton, Carin May, Bill Snyder, and yours truly. The Bloody Mary morning has become a tradition over the years. I am ashamed of myself for last New Years as we went to the Rally in our motor home. I had been very sick the previous week and just couldn't make myself sleep on the ground for three days. We will join the tenting crowd this year, I promise!
The guys here are the guys who take care of us for the weekend. (L - R) Kevin Kempton, chef extraordinaire, Kelly (Kellyhanna) Pixton master chef, sporting the hair sweater, and supreme glass artist, Scott Kempton. These guys are our best buddies and we really miss them. Scott has a glass blowing show every December at his studio in Escondido CA. We hope to attend again this year. There are about 40 more close CA. friends we miss and are looking forward to seeing them all this Winter!!!!!!!!