Day Two: "Inspection Day"
Insurance and registration problems already?
So one RT is off to a flying stop due to auxiliary wiring burning up? Can't attribute that to BMW. He goofed, but it's fixed.
Entry bikes I count so far:
20 Gold Wing 1800's (One from a BMW LT since final drive crapped last time)
1 1981 Gold Wing (Some 1000cc maybe?)
5 BMW K1200LTs (any wagering on final drive failures?)
1 Victory Vision (I bet the bike finishes, if he doesn't!)
1 Harley-Davidson FLHT
19 Yamaha FJR1300s
11 Honda ST1300s (with one BMW convert who's final drive crapped last time)
3 Honda ST1100s
4 BMW K1200GTs (Two guys carrying a spare final drive, and Ken Meese is one! ) No K1300's entered maybe due to stalling or faulty switch-gear?
7 BMW R1200RTs
4 BMW R1150RTs
2 Kawasaki Concours 1400s
1 Moto Guzzi Norge
1 Triumph Trophy
10 BMW R1200GS or GSAs
3 BMW R1150GS
1 Kawasaki KL650 single
2 Honda CBR1000XX
1 Kawasaki ZX12R
2 Suzuki RE5 Rotary engines models
1 BMW R60/6 (with 512,000 miles on odometer)
No scooters this time.
Interesting commentary on the link that BMW dropped to 35% entry in 2009 from 43% in 2007 due to equipment failures. Most seem to move to Honda. H-D isn't in the long-haul.
Nice write-up about Ken Meese at the end. "Go Kenny!"
Somewhere I posted prior that BMW should sponsor this event to get back into the reliability game. Give Ken a free entry bike and sponsor him BMW AG!