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.
No camping planned for this ride so we were able to pack pretty light. We were on the road by 8:30 Sat. morning. A beautiful morning and not a cloud to be seen. We headed south through the El Malpais Monument. The roadway follows an ancient lava flow for a number of miles.
Very interesting sandstone cliffs along the route in El Malpais.
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Navigators view - between El Malpais and Quemado NM
Views through Darians' sidecar windscreen
Miles and miles of yellow sunflowers. We saw probably less than 1/2 a dozen cars.
Photo below was taken through the "smoked" sidecar windshield so the color is odd.
The scenery changes as we entered the San Francisco Mountains.
Darian in her navigator / photographer position.
Great ride through the canyons.
We had a room reserved in Alpine but arrived there pretty early. Decided to run over the summit to Eager / Springerville AZ.
Overlook between Alpine & Eager.
Down the grade into Eager / Springerville.
Typical afternoon "monsoon" in the background.
We've been seeing spectacular storms nearly every afternoon. Witnessed a few small "flash flood" episodes since we've been down here.
Spent the night at Alpine at the "Sportsmans Lodge". An old Motel but well kept. The owner is a BMW rider and had a couple bikes out front. We talked about his bikes for a while and discussed the route we were planning on taking the next day. We wandered down to a local "grill" and had steaks for dinner. A great day!
I peeked outside at about 11:00 PM and some guy had squeezed his 1 Ton Dodge Pickup in against the sidecar. I had a cover on it and the guy was less than 6" from the fender with his front right tire. It looked like he had hit it. I went out , uncovered the bike and moved it over a few feet.
pushrod tube seal leak required attention all weekend. I have been
stuffing small chunks of cloth rag below the tube / lower frame to contain the oil
seep so it doesn't end up all over the rear of the bike / tire. Had to swap out
the small piece of rag every 80 - 100 miles or so as it would saturate.
The engine lost nearly 1/2 quart of oil via the leak in the 550 miles we
rode. No more road trips until I get the seals replaced. That task will have to wait until we get to Yuma AZ...probably in mid - late November. I'll remove the sidecar and give her a good "once over" which I like to do every so often. I also would like to get a steel pipe brace welded into the Earls Front end....whoever modified it years ago removed the steel pipe bracing section (interfered with the front engine cover) and did not reposition / weld it. I currently have an axle shaft in the extra Earls swingarm hole for additional bracing, but need to get a proper brace welded in. The tight corners / switchbacks we encountered this weekend reminded me that I need to do this. No issues, but that is a LOT of stress loading on the front end when in such terrain.I've been meaning to accomplish this for a couple years but have no "trusted" welder located...I'll have to work on that when we get to Yuma AZ.
Day 2 took us into some awesome riding country....I'll hopefully post "Day 2" later in the week or next weekend......gonna be a long, busy work week for us. Will be hitting the road by 4:30 AM for the next few days.