By Bruce Cole
Hmm, must be fall. We’ve had our first snow fall, mixed in with the brightly coloured leaves still drifting off the tree branches, with both settling onto the still green lawns; and now we are finishing up almost two weeks of early fall-like weather; up and down we go – the past, present and future well represented it seems.
But for the present, despite our COVID-19 environment and time of year, we can still anticipate (hope for) some late season, albeit cool, riding – a continuance of sorts from a spring and summer that saw some riding, but pretty much locally oriented, although it all provides the opportunities to keep using and evaluating new motorcycles and new products.
And speaking of new motorcycles, the 2020 BMW F 900 XR, a new model that I literally jumped onboard over early this spring didn’t survive the short-term ownership assessment despite its outstanding motor. Another short ownership experience and another lesson learned along the road and part of what makes motorcycling such a fascinating lifestyle.
While tempted to wait for the later (probably) spring arrival of 2021 40th Anniversary models, riding weather is still upon us, so (another) F 850 GS Adventure in Rallye trim, but in 2020 guise now occupies space in the home fleet garage and as usual, I’m discovering those multiple small tweaks and changes that BMW Motorrad is both famous and infamous for on a yearly basis.
The accessorizing is well underway with a couple of motorcycle specific pieces already mounted along with early versions of the INNOVV ThirdEYE (Blind Spot Detection & Lane Change Assist system) and the forthcoming INNOVV K5 (4K and 1080p) dual channel camera systems, both now full up and running for late fall road testing and of course, future wBW reviews.
Along with the accessorizing, another focus is ongoing …read more
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