I just came back from a month long holiday in my home town in Northern Italy, where the mountains are high, the beer is German and the food Italian. I didn't put on 3kg for nothing, right!?
As it so happens, I'm blessed with a bike collecting brother, who prefers to ride his jewels rather than putting them in his living room. Thanks Saint Christopher, he's also a very generous guy and let's me choose the ride for my holidays. This year I started off with his MotoGuzzi LeMans 850 Mk 1.
The LeMans is a nice all-rounder bike, sporty and yet comfortable, fast and yet docile. For me, the only limitation was the hard clutch. If you're not used to it, you'll have a painful reminder of your trip for the next couple of days. Not a bike for pussies, some might say....and some might be right.
The original 'coffee racer'?
My brother (left) and I with his darlings: Guzzi LeMans Mk1 and a rare Laverda SFC
My next pick was my favourite. It was the bike that opened the gates of boxer heaven: ladies and gentlemen, I give you the Rolls Roys on 2 wheels...the almighty BMW R69S! What a lovely bike, so smooth you feel like floating above the road, enough power to comfortably take you to the steepest mountain passes and a riding position modern bikes know nothing about. Yes, I love it! Thanks bro!
I'm pretty battered today due to some raw shrimps I had yesterday (Thai food....), thus plenty of time to write another blog post. I wanted to show the evolution my bike has undergone since I got it 5 months ago.Nothing too drastic, but noteworthy nonetheless. Let's see if I can manage to upload some pics...
almost 32.000km when I got her...
That's how she looked on our very first day.
This little bugger gave me some sleepless nights grrrr...
And I had to get a few spares to start off the customisation process :p