September 16th, 2015
Dr. Gregory Frazier | September 14, 2015
The unknowing observer may have perceived mayhem prevailing during the Annual Running of the Dogs during the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride, but entrants went away lusting for more of the organized motorcycle adventure chaos.
Billed as the “Transcendental Last Starting Big Dog Adventure Ride,” the 25th event added an extra day of high altitude ground pounding to celebrate a quarter century of the fraternity of like-minded big displacement dual-sport aficionados pushing themselves and their motorcycles to extreme limits.
The event started in Golden, Colorado where veteran Big Dog entrant and owner of Wolfman Luggage Eric Hougen sponsored a Welcome Party for the 2015 entrants. Multi-year entrants spent the evening recounting wild events of years past while newbie entrants listened in awe. For example, a large crowd listened to the tale from a Texas Kawasaki KLR650 rider who lost the track on a high speed dirt road in Wyoming, rode down into the barrow ditch running alongside and was bounced off the back of his motorcycle at speed, doing a double back flip in the air before landing in softening sage brush. After the story was told several newbies expressed doubt until a veteran Big Dog stepped forward and verified the recounting by saying he saw the whole episode because he was following the KLR rider, but managed to stay on the road while the KLR vectored off, riderless through the desert.
Day 1 – Day 3 found entrants topping some of the toughest mountain off-road passes in Colorado. Red Cone, Webster and Mosquito Passes all saw Big Dog entrants mounted on 640cc or larger motorcycles cross over them, some during severe mountain rain storms. Each night the tired and broken Dogs would return to their base camp in Silverthorne, Colorado, where Kawasaki USA had established a welcome and media center for entrants manned by volunteers from Grace Moto Adventures.
2015 Big Dog Ride
Like a good Boy Scout, this Big Dog demonstrated his tire plugging skills after finding a two-inch long nail stuck in his rear tire.
One entrant wrote after Day 2, riding with a group of advanced riders that topped a mountain only to turn around and ride back down. “I was flabbergasted. Surely I thought we were going somewhere. I did not throw a helmet or kick rocks, but I was plenty astounded. I had led the way up and target fixated on a two-and-a-half foot deep rain gully in which I promptly stuck my front wheel and crashed. That was bike pickup number one at 12,000 feet. Of course, that then necessitated starting on a steep pitch and getting cross-threaded a second time. Then, I helped a Big Dog from Wisconsin pick up his bike (twice) and found him an off piste route around the trail so he could get up. Then I walked down and picked up another downed Dog’s bike, and walked it up, using the throttle and others steadying the bike through the worst part. Well winded and beaten, I stumbled up a quarter mile to where everyone was enjoying the view. So, yeah, I was a wee bit surprised when told that everyone was now ready to go back down. It was a ‘whoa cowboy . . .’ moment.”
Another new Dog expressed surprise when he opened his Rider’s Kit and could not find routing instructions for the next days nor GPS coordinates or downloading information for his GPS. He asked a veteran Big Dog, “How will we know where we are going if we don’t have maps or a guide to lead us? I know we stick with a group, but aimless wandering seems to invite the risk of getting lost.”
The veteran Dog looked at the newbie and said, “Now where would the adventure be if we mapped everything from the get-go? If you’re looking for us to make you lunch on the side of the trail or put a foil covered chocolate on your pillow at night, you’ve signed up for the wrong adventure. Stick with your group and you’ll be fine, nobody gets left on the mountain.”
Old and new BMW models competed evenly over some of the more difficult sections of the event.
That night after a fun day of adventure the newbie Dog had to admit the apparent mayhem was really well organized and wildly fun. When a veteran Dog from New York who owns a chocolate making company gave out individual plastic wrapped Big Dog chocolates designed with a dogs paw on one side and the Big Dog logo on the other, the newbie Dog said, “OK, I get it now. These chocolates are well earned Big Dog chocolates, not wrapped in foil or put on my pillow.”
Not to be left out of the celebration, BMW of Denver hosted evening entertainment. The founding sponsor of the Big Dog Ride offered two multi-media presentations by entrants. The first, “Across Russia Dodging Babushkas On A BMW,” was by veteran Big Dog David Rankine, who shared his adventure across from South Korea to Europe via Russia. The second presentation, “Cambodia – The Long Hard Big Dog Way Around And Down,” was presented by John Harkins and recounted his self-guided ride through Cambodia with “no agenda and no fixed time.”
Another fixture in the Big Dog activities was Bob’s BMW of Jessup, Maryland. Bob’s sponsored two entrants in the 2015 event and gave away gift packages and discount certificates worth $1000 to lucky recipients needing replacement parts for their BMWs.
Several factors contributed to the possibility of the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride being the last. According to one of the organizers, Clem Cykowski from BMW of Denver, “Our core group of BMW riders are not getting any younger. What we did with a R80G/S or R100GS is beyond some of our brittle older bones now, plus the motorcycles have evolved in weight. As was once said, ‘A man’s got to know his limitations,’ and for some of us muscling 600 pounds of 100 plus horsepower is beyond our limitations. That said, these modern adventure models have abilities none of us could have dreamed of when we started the Big Dog Ride 25 years ago.”
To some traditionalists like Ed Russell, his BMW R100GS carried the BMW flag.
Another factor has been the increased traffic in the mountains favored by the Big Dog entrants. In the early 1980’s, when the Big Dog Ride was being born, there were few events designed for big dual sport motorcycles meant to be ridden to the event and then used in the event. Over the years, with the increased interest in motorcycle adventure touring and adventure riding, numerous copies of the Big Dog Ride have spawned, some organized by motorcycle tour companies as packaged training courses while others are manufacturer sponsored adventure rides.
What continues to separate the Big Dog Adventure Ride from the other adventure ride events is the camaraderie of the entrants, the big displacement motorcycle adventure seekers who comprise the fraternity of Big Dog members. It remains a select order of elite adventure seekers not bound to a single brand or model of motorcycle, but bound by the commonality of their pushing personal envelopes with like-minded motorcycle adventurists.
The spirit of the Big Dog entrants can be seen in the wide range of adventure model motorcycles entered in the event each year. While the most common model motorcycles remain the BMWs, the second most common have become the Kawasaki, and specifically the KLR650 models. Often a BMW owner will have a KLR650 as their off-road motorcycle, choosing to use the BMW for their road work and the less precious (expensive) Kawasaki for their dirt work. Other entrants profess to be “adventure motorcycle agnostics,” claiming not to know which brand, make or model is best for adventure riding, choosing to pursue their adventures on models ranging from an electric Zero to a monster Victory.
Some of the early entrants and their support crew prior to dirtying themselves and their motorcycles over wet and muddy passes like Red Cone and Webster on Day 1.
Kawasaki USA hosted the Big Dogs with a sponsored BBQ of two-inch thick T-bone steaks and served as base camp hosts for the event.
From KTM to Victory, the fraternity of Big Dogs has always been about the camaraderie of the entrants.
A first on the Big Dog Adventure Ride was an entrant with his riding companion, a little dog, on the back.
The history of the Big Dog Adventure Ride can be found on their website From there adventurists can see how the event morphed from a weekend of off-road adventure riding for strictly BMW enthusiasts to the modern group of motorcycle adventure seekers less brand specific and more tied together by their fraternal belief that any motorcycle can be used for adventure riding.
Whether the 2015 Big Dog Adventure Ride was truly the last event or the Big Dog Ride rises from the ashes like a phoenix and morphs further like several Dogs wished, entrants in the 2015 event agreed it had been their best
As the Big Dogs were cutting through their two-inch thick T-bone steaks during their traditional BBQ, a KTM rider stopped to point out to the Suzuki entrant sitting next to him, “Kawasaki sure knows the way to a Big Dogs heart by sponsoring these Big Dog steaks, but it’s the organizers who make this memorable by having a violinist wander through our midst while playing Beatles songs.”
September 10th, 2015
Valerie Thompson fastest female motorcycle racer with 201.2 mph pass at inaugural Colorado Mile Speed Competition
(Watkins, CO) – September 9, 2015 – Seven-time land speed record holder Valerie Thompson became the first female member of the Colorado Mile 200 MPH Club with a top speed pass of 201.2 mph on her Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants/CTEK sponsored BMW. Thompson premiered an Iron Horse Motorcycles prepared motorcycle with an all-new hand built racing engine provided by BMW Motorrad, the first of its kind to see competition in the US.
The Colorado Mile, presented by US Mile Racing, is a new competition for the 2015 land speed racing schedule. The event is held at Front Range Airport in Watkins and is Colorado’s first one-mile speed event. US Mile Racing also hosts the Texas Mile where Thompson dominated in 2014 with a personal best speed of 217.7 mph.
Thompson made a total of 11 runs on the one-mile course during the three-day speed festival, taking special care to break-in the custom built BMW racing engine and all-new high performance exhaust system. Denver’s high attitude provided its typical challenges thrown at every racing team manager and tuner.
“Valerie is a true champion and fierce competitor, so we decided to provide her with a S 1000 RR Stage 3 HP Race engine, specifically the ‘Power Motor’ variant. This is the first time we have imported a Stage 3 engine to the US from the BMW HP race shop in Munich. Producing 215 hp from 999 cc, it’s the same engine specification BMW Motorrad offers teams participating in the FIM WSBK series,” said Mike Hernandez, Manager BMW Motorrad Parts and Accessories.
“This was our first competition after several months of event cancellations at Bonneville. In addition to the BMW engine, we were testing a new Akrapovic exhaust system and other new equipment,” said Thompson. “The 8300+ foot elevation near Denver is much higher than where we normally compete, so we knew optimal performance would be a real challenge. Despite that handicap, we learned a lot and I know the Quicksilver Powersports Lubricants BMW will go much faster at other venues. I’m very excited about our next race on the salt,” said a confident Thompson.
Thompson’s next competition will be the prestigious Mike Cook’s Bonneville Shootout September 17-21, featuring the world’s fastest streamliners and motorcycles.
April 20th, 2015
For Immediate Release: April 16, 2015
(Denver, Colorado): A free one-hour multi-media seminar about 101 years of long distance motorcycling will be offered by America’s “number-one extreme motorcycle adventurer,” Dr. Gregory W. Frazier.
“The longest, most difficult motorcycle journey ever attempted.” (1912)
“The First ‘Coast To Coast’ Trip By A Motorcycle And Sidecar – A True Adventure” (1913)
“The Greatest Ever ‘Round-The-World Motorbike Adventure” (2012-2013)
“Five Times Around The Globe By Motorcycle” (1980-2014)
Time: 12:00 (12:00 Noon, Saturday, June 13, 2014) until 13:00
Place: BOB’S BMW, 10720 Guilford Road, Jessup, MD 20794
Telephone Number: 301-497-8949
Purpose: For over 100 years motorcyclists have been riding around the world on a wide variety of motorcycles ranging from Harley-Davidson to Vespa. The first person to solo around the world did so in 1912-1913 on a one speed, 7 horsepower Henderson motorcycle. The fastest person to circle the globe on a motorcycle did it in less than 17 days.
The first couple to ride across the United States made their incredible adventure in 1913 on a Henderson motorcycle equipped with a self-made sidecar. During their ride, having left Long Beach, California on May 24, 1913, they marked the trail for other motorcyclists like Cannonball Baker to follow, and eventually arrived in New York City on September 6, 1913.
The free seminar, LONG DISTANCE RIDING ADVENTURES – 101 YEARS, or FRAZIER TALKS NAKED, dispels some of the myths and tales about the first motorcycle adventure riders while sharing numerous secrets and exposing naked truths of modern day adventure travel. Seminar presenter, Dr. Gregory W. Frazier, has himself circled the world five times and is currently on a pit stop during a sixth attempt to “girdle the globe.” Author of 14 books, producer of 10 films on motorcycling and well-known Adventure Editor-at-Large and columnist for several motorcycle publications, Frazier says of his own adventures, “I hate adventure that involves snakes or sharks, or falling down when motorcycling au natural.”
DOWN AND OUT IN PATAGONIA, KAMCHATKA AND TIMBUKTU, Frazier’s latest book, is a recounting of a lifetime of global motorcycle travel and adventure. Published by the world’s largest motor book publisher, www.motorbooks.com, the all color coffee table book has been described by industry insiders as “Amazing!”
Frazier will be available at BOB’S BMW Saturday afternoon to autograph books (bring your own or buy one from BOB’S), “schmooze, kiss babies and mix with like-minded motorhead adventurers of any year, type, make or model motorcycle.”
Frazier’s cyber base is www.horizonsunlimited.com/gregfrazier
January 9th, 2015
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October 3rd, 2014
by Byron Wilson, Associate Editor
BMW adds another sport-touring entry to its lineup with the 2015 R1200RS, extending the lineage of the RS badge first introduced to the world in 1976 with the R100RS. The 2015 R1200RS is powered by the same water-cooled Boxer Twin found in BMW’s popular R1200GS, R1200GS Adventure and R1200RT. The RS comes with plenty of electronic aides including ABS, Automatic Stability Control and variable riding modes. A newly designed frame, sportbike-inspired suspension, reconfigured intake and exhaust system and smorgasbord of available touring accessories round out the new Boxer design.
The R1200RS sources the well-established 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer engine, which claims the same peak power stats as the existing water Boxer engines (125 horsepower / 92 lb-ft torque). However, BMW promises an updated airbox, reshaped intake ducts and new rear silencer result in more low-end punch for the RS model.
Riders will be able to refine power delivery via two riding modes which come standard, “Road” and “Rain.” Automatic Stability Control is also standard, along with ABS. Riding mode Pro is optional, and includes “Dynamic” and “User” settings, along with Dynamic Traction Control instead of ASC. The Dynamic mode brings the R1200RS to its fullest potential, providing snappier throttle response and limited DTC intervention. The User mode allows riders to configure settings as they set fit. Another option is the Gear Shift Assist Pro system, which allows for clutchless shifting in “relevant load and rev speed ranges.”
BMW built a new chassis for the R1200RS, designing a tubular steel bridge frame which incorporates the engine as a self-supporting element. The R1200RS comes with a 45mm upside-down telescopic fork at the front, inspired by the kit used on BMW’s S1000RR. Out back is an EVO Paralever single-sided swingarm. Adjustments on both ends are made by the newest generation Dynamic Electronic Suspension Adjustment system. Braking is handled by dual four-piston radial-mount calipers and 320mm discs at the front and a single two-piston floating caliper, 276mm disc at the back.
The R1200RS comes with an onboard computer system with three instrument cluster display options available. Full mode allows information to be arranged and displayed to the rider’s preference, with items like mileage, trip meter, range, engine temperature, speed, fuel consumption, tire pressure and more available. Sport mode provides a bar graph engine speed display and Tourist mode simplifies matters with onboard computer info left to the bottom two panels of the instrument screen. For even more information, riders can chose the optional Pro display which includes details like time to service date, ride timer, electrical system voltage and automatic trip recorder.
Available accessories include a Comfort Package, which comes with heated grips and chrome-plated exhaust. The Touring Package includes pannier holder, center stand, luggage grid and cruise control. Various seat options, windshield, backrests, alarm and luggage systems are also available.
The 2015 R1200RS will be available in two aesthetic styles, the Basic option a Lupin blue metallic/Light grey metallic with black frame and black-anodized brake calipers. The Style 2 option is Granite grey metallic matte/Black storm metallic with an Agate grey metallic frame and gold-anodized brake calipers.
Specs for the 2015 BMW R1200RS are listed below. MSRP is yet to be determined.
2015 BMW R1200RS Specs
Engine: 1170cc air/liquid-cooled Boxer Twin
Bore x Stroke: 101mm x 73mm
Compression Ratio: 12.5:1
Clutch: Anti-slip wet clutch
Gearbox: 6-speed constant mesh
Final drive: Cardan shaft
Frame: Tubular steel bridge frame, self-supporting engine
Front Suspension: 45mm upside-down telescopic fork
Rear Suspension: BMW EVO Paralever
Front Brakes: 320mm dual disc, dual four-piston radial calipers
Rear Brake: 276mm single disc, two-piston floating caliper
ABS: BMW Motorrad Integral ABS
Front Wheels: Cast Aluminum 3.50 x 17 inch
Rear Wheels: Cast Sluminum 5.50 x 17 inch
Front Tires: 120/70 ZR17
Rear Tires: 180/55 ZR17
Wheelbase: 60.24 inches
Seat Height: 32.3 inches
Weight: 520 pounds
Fuel Capacity: 4.8 gallons
August 21st, 2014
With the cooler months just around the corner, it’s prime time to plan a nice weekend road trip. Not sure where to go? Bob’s can help. Year around Bob’s updates its website with rallies and events around the nation. Take a moment to see what’s coming up in the next couple of months, get your map out (or log into Google Maps), and start planning.
You will be able to find Bob this weekend at the Finger Lakes Rally in Watkins Glen, NY! Bob will be hosting a very special Sunday Ride and Brunch after a 2 year absence (Bob was not there) limited to between 12 and 18 people (waiting for OK from restaurant) at a brand new location with open menu choices, gourmet food and live Jazz music. It is one of the highest rated places to dine in the entire FLR region. The ride route will be nicer and a little longer than in the past and will depart just a little later as well. Those interested can call or email Bob on or before August 27 or find Bob at the rally to join this intimate and elite little group of ruthless fundraisers who might consider themselves to also be foodies.
Please remember wherever your next adventure takes you, to share your pictures with your favorite local dealer so we can then share them with our other customers via our website and social media sites. Not to mention, if you don’t have a Bob’s Road Crew cap, all you have to do is stop by and let any member of our staff know you are about to embark on an adventure and they will gladly provide you a hat and maybe even another surprise or two?! View Upcoming Rallies…
August 6th, 2014
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