Vol. 32 Number 5 Fall 2004
Gateway Riders BMW Club
Legendary Riders of the Midwest
The Editor Speaks!
Editor: Art Wheeler
phone: (636) 391-4874
…wow do they really last that long? That
was the question posed to me by a GE service
engineer after looking at some photos of my
bike, I have at work. Sure I say, in fact I have
no reason to believe it wonʼt go 100,000+
miles without any major repairs other than
normal maintenance. It turns out he has a Suzuki TL1000s with
a few thousand on the clock. After I learned that fact I understood
his question better, could you imagine putting that many miles on
a motorcycle if your only reference was a TL1000? Just thinking
about your riding position on one makes my whole body ache. Iʼm
sure that if I turned over enough rocks I could find a few TLʼs with
50,000+ miles, just the same for low mileage BMWʼs (I found 5
ranging from 1996 – 1970 with under 10,000 miles in the September
Prior to 1996 when I bought my current bike (96 R850r) I had pretty
much the same train of thought and not only would I have thought
that a motorcycle (or a cage for that matter) with 50k on the clock
was worn out, I couldnʼt have imagined packing it up and hitting the
road to places like Maine, Oregon, or Canada.
All of that changed in 1996 with the purchase of my 850. Today
if you were to give me the time, I would be gone tomorrow, never
a second thought. Of the 50,000 on it the majority are from long
distance travel to places I had never seen before. I have never been
one to commute to work on my bike for one reason or another, I can
come up with lots of excuses but, mostly itʼs because Iʼm lazy (not
afraid to say it).
Who knows, that may change in the future. For now though I can
only imagine where the next 50,000 will take me, hopefully to places
Iʼve never been and a few I have. When my young daughter gets to
the age she can ride, I hope to share some of the miles and places
with her. And if the next 50,000 passes before she is ready so be it,
there will always be next 50.
Until next time,
Ride Safe, Ride Far, and Every Chance You Get.
On the Cover: The Number One vote getter for our Gateway Riders Calendar.
Art Mester took this photo during his “Tour de Elk” 2002.
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Gateway Riders BMW Club
P.O. Box 11563
Clayton, MO 63105
AMA #4770 BMW MOA #22
President: Marilyn Roberts
phone: (314) 878-5097
Vice President: Susan Anderson
phone: (314) 831-7363
Treasurer: Ed Fusco
phone: (314) 369-0818
Secretary: Jim Shaw
phone: (314) 521-0341
Rally Director: Larry Floyd
phone: (314) 892-7012
Technical: David Griffin
phone: (636) 300-3388
Membership: Peter Hayden
phone: (636) 256-3306
Web Master: Art Mester
phone: (314) 830-1544
Please send all submissionʼs to the
Editorʼs email address at left. For snail
mail please call for instructions. MS
Word, Apple Works, & text files are the
best. Photos, send the originals and I
will scan it, or .jpg, .gif, or .tiff. If you
are unsure about file type or photos give
the Editor a call or email first. You canʼt
blame me for any mistakes, if I have to
type it. Deadlines are Feb 1st, Apr 1st,
Jun 1st, Aug 1st, and Oct 1st.
Events Director: Jeff Ackerman
Phone: (314) 838-2161 email: Mary.Ackerman@worldnet.att.net
Note: For those rides starting there, we are meeting at the McDonaldʼs, which is about 1 mile east of the Manchester entrance to
West County Center.
NOTE: Your Events Directorʼs ride list is getting somewhat sparse. Please let me know what kind of rides
(types and destinations) you would like to have so I can fill out the calendar into next spring. (Thanks - Jeff)
Also, now is the time to think about running for office next year. We are looking for good candidates. Please
see Marilyn or Jeff.
∗ Oct. 23: Fall Technical Session at Art Mesterʼs house (4038 Hounds Hill Dr. in North County). Please feel
free to come and work on your bike. Tools are available for most jobs done to prepare your bike for the end of
the riding season (or the cold season). Bring a jug for used oil or antifreeze. 10 AM 314-830-1544
∗ Oct. 24: St. Johnʼs GildenHaus Sausage Dinner; Take the scenic route down to the Church; and leave early to
beat the crowd. Meet at the McDonalds on Manchester (see above) at 9:00/Leave 9:30; Ride Leader Needed
∗ Oct. 31: Turkey Hill Grange Sausage Dinner. This Oct. has 5 Sundays so we can go to both (Gildenhaus and
here). Meet at the McDonalds on Manchester at 9:00/Leave 9:30;. Jeff Ackerman 314-838-2161
∗ Nov. 7: St. Patrickʼs in Ruma (Chicken & Strawberry Festival) has their Wurstmart and Meat Shoot. Meet at
the McDonaldʼs off Manchester at 9:00/Leave 9:30 – We may split into two groups with the GS group taking
the lesser traveled “levee” roads (with gravel in varying amounts). The road group can take the Bluff Road.
Mary and Jeff Ackerman 314-838-2161
∗ Nov. 14: Pizza Ride to celebrate Veteranʼs Day – Art Wheeler will lead a Pizza Ride. Meet at the McDonaldʼs
on Manchester, about 1 mile east of West County Center at 9:30/Leave 10:00. 636-391-4874
∗ Nov. 17: Wednesday General Meeting at Maloneʼs Pub and Grill; 1320 Triad Center Drive (off McClay), St.
Peters, Arrive no later than 6:30 if you plan on eating. Meeting starts at 7:30 sharp. 636-447-1707
∗ Nov. 21: Riderʼs Choice (maybe Missouri Hickʼs BBQ in Cuba). Meet at the McDonalds on Manchester at 9:
00/Leave 9:30; Ride Leader Needed
NOTE THE DIFFERENT DATE FOR THE CHRISTMAS PARTY!
∗ December 17: Christmas Party at Catering to You (same place as the last several years) 12775 New Halls
Ferry Rd.; 314-839-3244, Check this newsletter for more info. RSVP with Jim Shaw (314-521-0341) early so
we can get an accurate head count. $10 for members / $20 for guests this year
∗ Dec. 31: New Yearʼs Eve Party – Volunteers to hold the party needed
NOTE: We need volunteers for the New Yearʼs Eve, Super Bowl, and Valentines Day parties. A supplement
with the early 2004 events and New Yearʼs Eve party information will be sent out with the election ballots in
∗ Events that are starred are point events. BMW rallies greater than 500 miles away are point rides, even if not listed. Note: See the
MOA magazine or website: www.bmwmoa.org for more Rally information.
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 3
By: Marilyn Roberts
As I write this I am sitting in a KOA Kamping Kabin
in the Tetons. Summer is winding down or maybe itʼs
already wound down, and the past summerʼs riding
brings some fond memories. Here in the Tetons itʼs
pretty cool but I still think about my bikes back
home and wish I could ride them out
The ride home from the ʻMOA
rally in Spokane with The
Postmaster, Rich Race and Jay
Green has to be a highlight
of the summer. In addition to
some good hard riding and some
wonderful sights, the company
was good. And after a sustained
2800 mile ride, I finally bonded with Valentino (my
The Hard to be Humble Rally is an excellent Midwest
rally and this year was no exception. The weather was
wonderful… beginning on Saturday. As I watched
the rain fall on
Friday I put out
an invitation to
want to wait
out the rain
and drive up
met me early
Saturday morning at the Pontoon Beach McDonalds
and we had a great ride up to Pontiac, arriving in time
for an early lunch. The Dinksʼ theme this year was
“Elvis” and Beth Forristal and Gene Kautz looked
just like The King in a wig that Beth brought to the
rally. After the rally a few of us met some other club
members in Peoria to watch the dirt track time trials
(just like flat track racing but thereʼs a right-hand
curve and a hill in the course), and do a little people
watching, too. It was a great weekend.
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BMW Motorcycles of St. Louis finally moved to
the new building and seventeen Gateway Riders
volunteered to work all day to get the shop moved.
That was an excellent turnout—more than some club
rides—and I thank you all for spending a Sunday
working your butts off. George, Mae and Gene even
went back on Monday. I know that Diane and Fred
appreciated the help, too. The new phone number
is 314-991-8777 and the address is 2121 Adams
Executive Dr. (basically Lackland Rd.). If you havenʼt
been there, the shop is located between Page Ave. and
Lackland Rd., but the entrance is off Lackland Rd.
From I-270, exit Page Ave. east, go to the first traffic
light at Schuetz Rd. and turn right, then turn left on
Lackland at the next traffic light. The shop is about a
quarter mile down Lackland.
BMW MOA held its 3 rd open house late in September
and I noticed that a whole bunch of Gateway Riders
were there chowing down. Well, thatʼs what we like
to do, isnʼt it? Thanks to all of you who came out to
share our barbeque and other goodies.
Keep the shiny side up and donʼt miss the Falling
Going to Daytona
Going to Daytona next year?
Would you like to share a camp site
with fellow Gateway Riders? If so
contact Mae & George Glascock
(314)522-1763. They have a
camp-site on the Ocean & near the
BMW site ($20 / person). They
can take up to six (6) more people
for there site. The site has electric
and is within 60 yards from tap
water and restrooms. The site is
reserved March 7th to 12th, 2005.
If you are interested let them know
BMW Motorcycles of St. Louis
new location is now Open! You
can find them at:
2121 Adam Executive Drive
Saint Louis, MO 63146
GPS N 38º 41ʼ54.8”
W 90º 25ʼ36.6”
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50 th Anniversary
Our very own George and Mae Glascock are celebrating their 50 th anniversary.
Thatʼs quite a milestone, so the next time you see them let them
know. Congratulations George & Mae!!
party has moved!
Mark it on your calendars Now!
The Christmas party will be
December 17 th . A little later in the
month than it has been the past few
years. It will still be at the same
location. More details to follow in
the Holiday Extra newsletter.
What in the World is it?
The Contest! Rules are: You must
submit your answerer in writing
to the editor before the dead-line.
The dead-line is listed below the
photo. Only one entry per-person.
Your chances of winning will
be determined by the number of
correct answerers. Prize will be announced
at time of drawing.
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By: Bret & Denise Ransom
Switzerland branch of the Gateway Riders.
It all started innocently enough with an E-mail from
fellow club member Bill McAllister. “Going to
Garmisch?” was the question it posed. Having no idea
what Bill was talking about, I felt compelled to call him
and ask him what was a Garmisch. Only the biggest
BMW rally in the world, over 24000 bikes last year,
held in Germany. Oh, that Garmisch I replied. (I wasnʼt
fooling anybody though) I hadnʼt really though about
it, but decided to consult a map and find out just where
it is. As it turns out the rally is only three short hours
from Luzern by motorcycle and since Iʼve been putting
in hellish hours I thought I might be able to leave work,
guilt free, early on Friday and be there in time for the
kickoff festivities. Good plan.
Denise booked a room for us in Zirl Austria, about
24 kilometers from the rally site. Hopefully close
enough to easily attend the festivities every day and
far enough away to get a reasonably priced dinner at a
nice restaurant if we were so inclined. But what to do
with the bike? I had been battling with a VERY stiff
throttle cable since early spring and the mountain riding
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had done nothing to improve it.
Either the throttle cables would
have to be replaced or I would
have to use a strap wrench to open and close the throttle
enroute. A service bulletin has been published covering
the K1200LT sticky throttle condition, but there was an
ordeal about the timing of my request for action. After
some haggling with the service and parts managers at
St. Louis BMW I departed with a set of free cables
and a copy of the service bulletin, but was on my
own to install them. According to the shop manual a
skilled mechanic would only need 4 hours to install
the new cables. Confident that this would be easily
accomplished in fewer than 8 novice hours, I went to
the garage with Denise Saturday morning and began
removing the plastic. Two hours later the old throttle
cables were coming out. So far so good. Two hours
and fifteen minutes into the project and I discovered
that St. Louis BMW had given me 2 closing cables and
no opening cables. Since the country of Switzerland
closes on Saturday afternoon to Monday morning,
(remember the Missouri Blue Law?) alternative action
would have to be taken on Monday.
The company where I am working is quite motorcycle
friendly. Bikes are welcome to
come onto the compound and can
be parked under covered shelters
whereas cars must park in a lot a
quarter mile walk away. A couple
of weeks ago I saw a BMW
R1200C custom parked under an
overhang near our hangar that was
no doubt the best looking BMW
Iʼve ever seen. I looked up the
owner and he informed me that
this was indeed a custom that
was purchased from a company
called Gruter and Gut (www.ggtechnik.ch),
located not 5 miles
from our plant. If anyone could
help with a cable these guys
probably could. I went over
during lunch and was treated to
the site of some beautiful custom
motorcycles and one brilliant
yellow R1150 quad that was
featured in the Geneva motorcycle show last year. The
manager on duty informed me that my cable would be
there on Tuesday morning. I vowed I would be there
with my checkbook and my digital camera.
I arrived bright and early on Tuesday morning and was
presented with a brand new closing cable. Now I had
three closing cables and still no opening cable. The
miscommunication was understandable since the only
German I know is “Weʼll have two beers please and my
friend will pay”. After a quick consultation with the
illustrated parts catalog, I departed, the proper cable on
order and scheduled to show up on Wednesday morning.
When we started this task on Saturday I thought we
would have plenty of time, now I was starting to sweat
it. The new cable would
have to go in perfectly
and the reassembly of
the fuel injection rail,
charcoal filter valve,
and numerous shrouds,
snorkels and brackets,
now disassembled 4
days ago would have
to be remembered with
perfect clarity and
mistake. My friend Ron
volunteered to come over
Wednesday after work
and give me a hand.
My plan was to spend
as much time as needed
to get the throttle cable
installed, and the bike
running on Wednesday night, and then finish up the
plastic installation on Thursday night. Ron and I
worked feverishly taking time only to drink numerous
Swiss beers to replace the vital bodily fluids we were
sweating out. Turns out that was a bad idea.
By nine oʼclock the bike was reassembled, minus the
plastic, and fired up. The bike started easily and idled
well and the throttle worked like new. Confident that the
installation of the fairings would go well on Thursday
we called it a night. The next night, Denise and I hit
the garage right after dinner. Thanks to Deniseʼs clever
taping of all the fasteners in their correct positions as
the fairings came off, we were able to complete the
reassembly in short order.
Friday morning, D-day. I thought Iʼd give the bike a
quick test hop to work to make sure all was well, then
leave around two, pick up Denise and be on the road to
Garmisch by three. The LT fired right up and we crept
out of the garage to make the 6 kilometer ride to work.
When I opened the throttle to pull out onto the main
thoroughfare three of the four cylinders performed
flawlessly!!! I couldnʼt believe that two amateur, beer
soaked mechanics could do such a crappy job!! My
guess was that the one of the fuel injectors or fuel
injector connectors was not properly seated or became
contaminated by 5 days of exposure, waiting on the
part. To make matters worse it was raining and now
my kill switch and cruise control werenʼt functioning
either. Time was definitely not on my side but there
was no way we were going to miss the weekend. I
enlisted the aid of an interpreter and called my new
friends at Grutter and Gut. I told them I would need to
rent a bike for the weekend because there was no way I
was going to a BMW rally in a Honda CRV.
As it turns out, this dealership will rent BMWʼs and
Ducatiʼs for reasonable rates and they had a nearly new
R1150RT available for immediate departure. Club
members who would like to attend the Garmisch rally
next year should take note of this. Luzern is a beautiful
departure point for the rally and the time on the road
can vary from 3 hours to 6 hours depending on whether
you would like a blast down the autobahn or to snake
through the twisties. Denise and I are definitely going
Continued on Page 17
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 7
By: Larry Floyd
The RPMʼs were winding up again as I twisted the
throttle to get some momentum for yet another steep
switchback ascent. The K-100 answered with its
characteristic whine and, even with Sharon in the
Hannigan and a full load of camping gear, another slope
was conquered. I could see Smitty on his K-1200 in my
rear view mirror as he made the tight turn behind me.
Gene and Barb would not be far behind. Even though
they were fully loaded with a sidecar as well and pulling
a trailer, I was certain their Gold Wing would handle
the grade. While the scenery was gorgeous, it was late
and I was ready to set up camp and get some grub in the
pot. Frankly, the further we climbed the less optimistic
I became. Then we hit the gravel.
About an hour before I
was in the lead on route
34 about 20 miles west of
Alsea, Oregon. We were
rolling along, enjoying
the nice twisty road when
I spotted a guy ahead in
an orange vest and a hard
hat holding up a big STOP
sign – road construction.
When I flipped up the lid
on my helmet and asked
how long it might be,
he replied, “About 15
minutes.” One might think
a delay like this would be
an irritant. In fact, I was
glad to cut the engine
that had been roasting
my legs to medium well
all day and stretch a little
bit. Since we had not
yet picked a campground for the evening, I asked the
highway sign guy if he knew of any places nearby. He
sort of screwed his face up a little and said he wasnʼt
from this area and really didnʼt know what was around.
But, by that time, a few cars had pulled up behind us.
The sign guy yelled out to one of the people standing
by their car asking if he knew of any campgrounds. He
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thought for a minute, and then said there was a state
park south of Alsea, and there was a national forest
campground on Maryʼs Peak. He recalled there were
pit toilets there, but said he didnʼt think there were any
showers. National Forest campgrounds are often on the
primitive side. We had made considerable efforts to
pick campgrounds with showers on this trip, but as late
as it was getting we were running out of options.
We pulled out our maps and searched the area, but it
looked like it was either one of these or we would have
to settle for a KOA about two hours away. Gene and I
conferred a little bit, but how can you possibly pass up
any campground with the word “peak” in it? When the
sign guy twisted the pole and we saw “GO”, our target
destination was set.
When we turned onto the road to Maryʼs Peak, I was
immediately skeptical, as the sign pointing to the park
said nothing about camping. It did say that it was
5 miles to the summit. I mentally calculated that it
would take us at least a half hour to make it up to the
summit and then back down if it turned out there was
no camping available. Then, we would face a good
hour or more to get to the next town where we had no
idea whether or not there would be any place to stay. If
Maryʼs Peak did not pan out, we would not be settled in
until after dark and dinner, if there was one, would most
likely be a sandwich.
When my wheels touched the gravel road there was
a deep pang of worry. The sidecars could handle the
loose stuff just fine, but Smitty was on two wheels and
pulling a trailer. I could not safely stop to turn around
on the slope, so I pressed on. Thankfully, the gravel
only lasted about a quarter of a mile then turned to
blacktop again. At that point, I pulled over to have a
conference to decide if it was worth it to keep climbing
and risk another gravel patch, or whether we should
just turn around and look for something else. Gene
volunteered to go on up in his sidecar and come back
with a report. In just a minute he returned with great
news. We were actually almost to the campground.
Had we turned around we would have missed it by just
a few hundred yards.
The campground was primitive but some of the sites
were large enough to handle our group as long as we
racked ʻn stacked the two pop up trailers the right way.
There was a pit toilet - a nice one as pit toilets go. By
nice I mean it had a concrete floor, wasnʼt dirty, didnʼt
smell nasty, had a full roll of toilet paper, and there were
no mud dauber nests. My definition of “nice” varies a
good bit depending upon how many days I have been
on the road and how late it gets.
There were only 6 campsites hacked into the woods.
When we arrived, all of them were empty. This was
kind of eerie. As soon as we stepped off the bikes,
the mosquitos started swarming. They were the deep
woods type, you know tiny and very persistant. But it
was now twilight and, like it or not, this was going to be
our home for the evening.
After weeks on the road we were almost robot like in
setting up camp in minimal time. As soon as we could,
Gene started a smoky fire in the large fire ring to help
repel the blood sucking insects while we put together a
After dinner, Sharon and Barb announced they were
going to take a walk. According to the signs we were
close to the peak and they wanted to see the view
before it got too dark. A view is what they wanted and
a view is what they got. From the road just outside the
campground, there was an area overlooking the valley
to the west. But, the valley was not visible because
it was covered by fog. The setting sun to the West
reflected off the top of the fluffy vapor cover in beautiful
hues of red, with a brilliant blue sky behind. Words are
marvelous vehicles, but sights like this one have to be
experienced. Fortunately, Sharon had her camera with
her and we now have some treasured images of those
few minutes of sheer awe.
Owing to the elevation, which was above 5,000 feet, the
evening was cool. The combination of insect repellent
and the smoky fire did a pretty good job of keeping
the bugs in check. Gene sneaked out into the woods
and tried to fool us with a lame moose call that we all,
with the exception of Sharon, immediately identified
as bogus. The collective mood of the group lightened
A cool night in a thick sleeping bag in the deep woods
is a great thing as long as you donʼt have to get up and
go outside the tent to pee. It was a great night.
In the morning, we were once again renewed and ready
to mount the bikes for another day of sightseeing. First,
we decided to ride up to the summit to take a last look.
I have seen a lot of vistas from high places, and this one
was pretty typical. However, the field at this summit
was slathered in wild flowers of all colors making this
place on the earth totally unique. I donʼt know who
Mary was, but I sure liked her peak. Too soon, we
saddled up to seek out more unique places.
There are moments in time when I understand why we
put up with cantankerous vibrating machines, searing
heat, and aching joints. Some things are just worth the
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 9
By: Art Mester
The weather forecast for Salida was good when we left
St. Louis. I had high hopes for a good weeks worth of
dual sport riding with my friends Chuck Lanczkowski
and Darrel Kuhse. As we got closer to Salida, the
weather report was changing. Rain and snow at the
higher elevations early in the week was forecast. It
was a relief to find good weather, when we arrived the
weather was great! Cool and clear.
Monday got off to a rocky start when I lead everyone 15
miles in the wrong direction. After finally recovering
my bearings, we rode south out of Salida on route 25.
We rode over county roads that were easy enough. Then
came the trail marker for the Colorado trail. The trail
still looked passable by our big dual sport bikes, and
the trail marker indicated that two-wheel vehicle could
ride over it, so away we went, with Darrel leading the
way. After a mile or mile and a half the trail tightened
up considerably and turned very rocky. So, discretion
being the better part of valor, we turned around while
the trail was wide enough. That was our first experience
with the Colorado Trail. We would see it many times
through out our riding.
Back on CR200 we rode it to the end and picked up CR
243. This road takes you past Ouray peak and back to
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highway 50 west of Monarch pass. We rode 50 east
back into Salida and then the hotel for a quick rest and
a view of the map. Darrel and I went across the street
to an ATV place and asked about where some trails
were. The owner told us how to get to Rainbow trail
very quickly. Armed with this information we geared
up again and took off.
The road we turned off on was only a mile and a half
away and quickly went up into the mountains. The
road turned to gravel, then quickly to 4 WD drive road.
It was great! We road three or four miles before we
came to a locked gate. We turned around and went
back down this time taking one of the turn offʼs we
spotted on the way up. This trail went on for quite a
long way before we ran into the Rainbow trail. We
decided to take it, as it looked wide and fairly easy.
This portion of the trail was great! We rode it for over
5 miles before fallen trees blocked the trail. There was
a secondary single-track trail that lead off at a sharp
angle. I walked the trail for over a quarter of a mile
(remember, we were at about 8,000 feet altitude) to
check the trail out. I was all for taking it as I believed
it was just a short distance to highway 24 on the other
side of the mountain. However, we were all tired, and
the light was fading fast. We opted to return the way
we came. On the way back to the hotel we stopped at a
local restaurant for dinner. We were soaked with sweat
and tired! It turned to be a fantastic day!
Tuesday I woke up early and hiked down to the Shop
and Save store for a cup of coffee while the others
slept. The weather had turned cloudy, windy and cold.
I should have put on long pants and not the shorts I had
on. When I returned and we got ready for breakfast, it
was raining hard. So, we spent the day looking around
and resting. I did purchase a new set of goggles and
a quick release kit. It turned out to be a very good
purchase. Most of this day was resting, reviewing the
map and planning the next dayʼs riding.
Wednesday morning dawned partly cloudy in the west,
but a beautiful sunrise gleamed off the snow-covered
peaks. I took some photos and talked to a man from
Kennit Missouri in the parking lot. After everyone got
up and we returned from breakfast, it was get on the
bikes and ride!
Our first destination was Mount Shavano. We rode
to just outside Salida and took the county road until
it turned into a 4-wheel drive trail. When this ended,
we double backed to a turn-off we saw earlier. When
this trail ended we took another turn-off. We stopped
on top of the 4-wheel drive trail and took a breather
(about 9500 feet in altitude). Here is where Darrel
repaired a sticking caliper. While he was working it
started snowing. Chuck stated that he would like to see
it come down hard. Well, he got his wish. It snowed
hard for about 20 minutes and we all really wanted it to
stop as the ground was getting covered. Also what was
melting was turning the ground very slippery.
With the offending caliper repaired, we rode down the
trail to CR 220. From this county road there were two
trails that are fairly long. We rode down Green Creek
trail until we could not ride any more. This trail was
just too narrow and rocky for our big bikes. Turning
around was a job for all of us. The trail was very tight
and required all three of us turned around each bike.
Once back on the main trail we rode until the end again.
What a pretty road! The aspens were yellow and the
leaves thick on the trees.
After this trail we headed back to the hotel. While
Chuck rested, Darrel and I rode back to Willow Creek.
It was a tougher trail, but we made good time. What
stopped us was the snow! The ground was covered and
we were finding it hard to pick up the ruts and rocks.
We turned around at a switchback and rode down to
a small beaver built pond. Here we took some more
photoʼs and relaxed a few minutes. When we were
getting ready to leave I discovered that my taillight,
which holds my license plate, was missing. So, I rode
up the trail again to find the missing taillight.
Twice I had to brush the snow off my goggles
to view the trail. By now the ground was
covered and the snow was very slippery.
Where it had melted it turned the ground very
slick. I was most of the way up the trail when
I noticed a flash of red. Stopping was no
problem but getting off and turning the bike
around was a trick. With the taillight securely
tied to the back of the bike, it was back down
the trail. As I was getting ready to mount up
for the ride down I noticed something in the
snow. It was a 4-wheel drive car coming up
the trail. He managed to get by and the return
to where Darrel waited was without further
incident. As we got to the lower elevations,
the snow turned into rain. By the time we were
back at the hotel, the roads were just wet.
After dinner we decided to visit the hot mineral springs.
It was a warm and refreshing visit. We also met a local
who provided information on some good riding. He
suggested a place called Aspen Ridge. We chatted for
over an hour and finally left, wrinkled and loosened
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The next morning I got up early and repaired the wiring
and remounted the tail light assembly. Everyone was
ready for breakfast, which gave me more time to look at
the map. Aspen
Ridge is north of
Salida in a pretty
open area. I also
took the helmet
for this ride.
up we headed
out of town
and up into the
hills. Our first
stop was a ghost
Turret. It was
place with newer
to resemble the
an earlier era.
We rode through both streets and then back on the
trail for Aspen Ridge. The Aspen groves were more
bare than Mondayʼs riding. The combination of the
wind, rain and cold weather appears to have just about
stripped the leaves off the trees. There were a few quite
beautiful groves that we rode through. This is also the
first time that I saw ATVʼs.
We rode with quite a few
Around 1 PM we stopped
at Buena Vista and had a
light lunch and got more
suggestions for good
places to ride. We then
took the county road out
to the old railroad tunnels.
The county road was
built on an old railroad bridge. The road goes through
several tunnels that were cut into the rock. It was pretty
interesting to ride through.
Next we turned up another county road that quickly
became a parking lot. There were lots of ATV trailers.
The 4-wheel drive trail had lots of ATV trails off it. We
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took one of these trails and it was not too bad to ride
through. It looped around nicely and aside from some
loose ground and tight turns, was very enjoyable. The
second ATV trail was a bit different.
I was in the lead and stopped after a drop in the trail.
The slope consisted of bare rock surrounded by loose
soil. Half way down it took a turn to the left and got a
bit steeper. At the bottom was a hard turn to the right.
Both Darrel and I looked this over and I finally said,
“Think we should walk the bike down this?” Darrel
said that he thought we could make it down by riding.
While he started down off the trail, I slowly eased the
GS down the trail. Very quickly the rear wheel was
skidding and coming around to my right. I thought this
was not so bad as I leaned the bike uphill and let it slide
down the hill. The only problem was I had to let off
the brake to steer the bike to the left. Once pointed in
the correct direction I again applied the rear brake and
the rear end again came around to my right. I had too
much speed so I eased in the front brake and leaned
I am now going down the hill at a fairly good speed,
faster than I liked, with both the front and rear wheels
sliding. As I neared the bottom, I let off the front
and rear brake to allow the rear end to come back
behind me. To my surprise, it still skidded. Now I am
beginning to worry about what kind of pile I will make
at the bottom, especially with Darrel behind me. Then
I remembered to pull in the clutch! The bike snapped
smartly into line and I was able to point it into a clear
area until I started the motor again. Before driving off I
was thinking I was glad to be down and I am not really
sure I could ride back out that way if I had to.
With the hill and I thought the worst behind us I
lead off again. Less than quarter of a mile later the
trail disappeared around a rock. As Darrel pulled up
beside me we looked at the rock ledge in front of us
and he said, “I canʼt ride up that.” It was now time to
get off and take a good look at the next portion of the
trail. It did not take us long to find out the trail took
a different direction. Thatʼs the good news. The bad
news is the trail was not going to get much easier.
After spending a few minutes in looking the lines
through the trail over Darrel decided to go first.
The trail had a hard turn to the right, while going
uphill over two rocks. The first rock was fairly
smooth, but had loose soil all over it. The second
rock was about 8 to 10 inches higher and to the left
of these rocks the trail dropped off. Darrel fired up
his KLR and off he went. He did very well until
his rear wheel hit the loose soil. The bike and
Darrel went down. Fortunately, neither was hurt.
I shut my bike off and helped Darrel get the KLR
onto the tires again. We let it sit a while before
starting it. As we were sitting a bit off the trail two
ATVʼs drove by. After they passed, Darrel started
the KLR up and between running the bikeʼs engine and
the two of us pushing, we managed to get his bike past
the hard spot in the trail.
Now my turn came. As I walked back to my bike I
almost slipped and fell on the rock. I had the brilliant
idea to brush all the loose soil off the rock. After this
was done I looked at how to ride through this turn again
and got on my GS. I really did not want to wait too long
to try to get past this spot.
I have the GS geared down somewhat, but not enough
to get past this type of obstacles. I just plain run out
of energy and the bike fell over, with me on it, against
a big rock on the right. I was surprised to not feel any
weight from the bike. I was lucky enough that the
handlebars and the back end rested against the rock
with enough room for me to fit in between. I was even
more amazed to look back and see the riders of the two
ATVʼs that had just drove through. Apparently they
decided not to attempt to go up the hill either. It did
not take long to get the GS up the tough spot in the trail
with four people. I gratefully thanked them and we
rode to the end of the trail. I then told Darrel, no more
ATV trails today!
Back on the 4-wheel drive trail we rode for several
miles. We came to another ATV parking area and
brought out the map. By now it was after 3 PM and we
wanted to get a good handle on where we were. One
person there showed us where we were and provided
information about the routes back to the road. We
decided to take the long trail and come out on the road
at Trout Creek pass. The distance was about 10 miles.
That may not sound like a lot, but on a 4-wheel drive
trail, it could take over an hour.
However, the decision was made and off we went. The
trail was actually very smooth for half the distance
and we made good time. Other parts took a lot of
concentration. We were pushing pretty hard, as we
wanted to get back on the road and back to the hotel
before dark. Also, we stopped once so Darrel could
replace a blown fuse that contained the circuit for his
headlight. At approximately 4:30 we rode out onto
highway 24 and headed west to highway 50. We turned
south on 50 and rode into Salida as the sun was setting.
What a day and what a trip!
Several things come to mind with this trip. Always have
at east one other person with you. There will be some
situations you cannot get your bike out of by yourself.
Next is get a good forestry map and get familiar with
it. Use your GPS if you have one. This can help you
make sure you will be back on a good road before the
sun goes down. Take the right clothes. Riding in the
snow would have not been fun if you were cold. We all
took the correct gear for the weather (which could be
sun or snow at that time of year).
Lastly, ride well and have fun! See you on the trails.
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And the Winner is...
Worldʼs Best Street Bike*
Cycle World (October)
And what did they say about the R1200GS?
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Best Open-Class Streetbike
Ten Best Bikes 2004
Cycle World (July)
Motorcycle of the Year
“…the R1200GS tops it by being almost everything to everyone.” Cycle World
“… the GS has evolved into the only motorcycle that does what all motorcycles
used to do: Just about anything you want.” Motorcyclist
“…suddenly seem to make this the finest traveling tool youʼve ever ridden.”
* The R1200GS had to share top honors with the Yamaha FZ1.
K1200LT (2005) Best Touring Bike
Ten Best Bikes 2004
Cycle World (July)
“Add the smartest accessory ever fitted to a Luxo-
Tourer, a self-deploying centerstand, and just like
that, this year Americaʼs Best Touring Bike comes
by way of Bavaria.” Cycle World
Gateway Riders General Meeting: August 18, 2004
Pres. Marilyn Roberts called the meeting to order at
Secretary: June general meeting minutes read and
Treasurer: Ed Fusco absent – no official report but
Membership: Pete Hayden introduced three
prospective members, Tony Orso, Kathleen Johnson
and Dave Armstrong. Tony and Kathleen were voted
in with all yeas, but Dave still needs to go on a ride.
Supplies: No Bill – no report. (heʼs on vacation)
Technical: Grif had no news to report, but was provided
information about sources for custom shocks and
Events: Jeff reviewed upcoming scheduled events,
plus Bikers for babies – March of Dimes Illinois ride
on Sept. 12th and St. Louis ride on Oct. 10th. The June
pool party cost $5.32 per person.
Rally: Larry indicated that the pin design was
available for viewing on our website. He needs help
taking large items to the rally. A new vendor, Roadgear
will be providing a jacket as door prize, see website for
details. Porta-Potties were discussed, extra units are
$60 each but cost to clean out is unknown, so the Board
will make an executive decision in the near future. Pete
Hayden asked for permission to allow the two ladies
from the Potosi area historical society to get free passes
to the rally, motion passed without debate. One gallon
milk jugs (washed) are needed for prize tickets.
Newsletter: Art W. provided the printed Gazette.
Problems with the medium resolution online version
caused most to download the low resolution (which still
looks OK). Articles for publication suggest maximum
of 4 pages. Next issue Oct.
Webmaster: Art M. had no news.
BMWMOA: Ray Zimmerman indicated that about
6200 attended the Spokane national. There will be an
open house at the headquarters site on Sept 25th from
10 to 4. Food and beverages will be provided. Call
or look on website for details. St. Louis BMW helped
AMA: Vintage days highlights included the BMW
Mobile-Traditions display plus the Vintage owners
club and the MOA information booth. Ray Z will try to
get the new BMW CD video premiered at the rally. Itʼs
about 1⁄2 hour long with some sensational riding in the
desert, dirt and on highways.
Continued on Page 19
Gateway Riders General Meeting: Sept. 15, 2004
Pres. Marilyn Roberts called the meeting to order at
Secretary: August general meeting minutes read &
Treasurer: Ed Fusco absent – Ed is traveling for work
and canʼt make meetings.
Membership: Pete Hayden absent & no prospective
members present. Dave Armstrong attended the ERC
course and was thereby eligible to be voted in – He was
voted in without objection
Supplies: Bill has stuff in saddlebags – just ask.
Technical: Grif reminded us about the winter
preparation day at Art Mesters in October.
Events: Jeff reviewed upcoming scheduled events,
St. Louis dealer to move Sunday, helpers should be
at old shop by 8:00 AM. Food & beverages provided.
Another sausage dinner ride for November.
Rally: Larry showed the pins (neat), no shirt transfers
– so no rally clothes, need volunteers to sign-up. Porta-
Potty situation solved by clean-outs on Saturday instead
of additional units. ($25/clean vs. $85 for unit)
Newsletter: Art W. needs articles for publication by
end of Sept., guideline is 4 pages, not limit. The next
“what is It” contest in October issue.
Webmaster: Art M. indicated that Gazette to be
available directly on site, plus “flash” is in-process.
BMWMOA: Ray Z., HQ open house Sat. 25th.
ERC class was successful and a Spring 05 course was
requested by many.
AMA: BMW on cover of Motorcyclist magazine and
two historic racers purchased at auction for BMW
museum and Mobile-Traditions collection. Justice for
All campaign discussed.
Old Business: Art W. brought club calendar photos to
be voted on, also go to our website ASAP.
New Business: Nominating committee chaired by Jeff
Ackerman plus Jim Shaw & Bill McCallister.
Ed Fusco will not run for Treasurer again.
Announcements: Beth Forrestal sent thank you card
to club. George Glascock has reserved camping area
near Flagler Beach for a lucky 3 going to Daytona
in spring of 05, but needs confirmations ASAP. Phil
Sulfstede suggested having a BBQ to celebrate the
clubʼs 30 years of Incorporation. Mae indicated that
past members, Logsdonʼs may move back to St. Louis
now that parents are deceased.
Adjourned at 8:10 PM
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 15
What in the World was It?
Summer 2004 Gateway Gazette:
It was the foot-peg
mounting plate on my
Ed O. was the only
person to submit a
Late Summer 2004 Gateway Gazette:
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If you see one of
the winners ask
them about there
It was the soon to
be HQ for BMW
Motorcycles of St.
... to Garmisch Continued from Page 7
back next year and would like to take any interested
club members with us.
Now a few complimentary words about the R1150RT.
Since Iʼm a returning rider from a 13 year absence the
K1200LT is all Iʼve known for the last year and a half.
For the most part it is a gentle giant that comports
itself down the road surprisingly well considering itʼs
substantial girth. The bike is a compromise between
touring comfort and backroad handling which is
biased heavily in favor of the interstate touring. In
contrast the R1150RT is more about having fun in the
twisties but still has room for two and a weekendʼs
worth of luggage. I was able to lean the bike much
harder through the numerous hairpin turns with more
control and confidence than I ever could with the LT.
The engine pulls strong from just off idle and ran well
throughout the wide range of altitude we encountered.
The sixth cog in the transmission was a welcome
attribute when cruising the autobahn at 140 KPH. The
bike felt like it would cruise happily all day at 200 if
called upon and itʼs rugged simplicity is very attractive
to me after eighteen months on the LT. The fairing
and adjustable windshield work quite well to keep the
comfort level high and the removable luggage is both
classy and handy.
So we loaded up our rented R1150RT and pointed it
toward Garmisch in search of fun and adventure. We
decided to take the scenic route and if we had time to hit
the rally on Friday night fine, if not, we would overnight
in Zirl and get off to a fresh start on Saturday morning.
As it turns out we had a ball riding the bike from
Luzern north to Zug and then due east, past Waldensee,
a lovely lake with the road all but hanging over the lake
and massive peaks thrusting skyward from the water
on the opposite shore. A quick dash to Leichtenstien
via the autobahn and then north to Feldkirch where we
jumped off the autobahn and hit the back roads through
the mountain passes all the way to Zirl. As it turns out
we arrived in Zirl around 8:45 and were pretty tired so
we elected to get a good nightʼs sleep and start off fresh
After an excellent hot breakfast at the hotel we guided
the bike through a beautiful mountain road towards
Garmisch. At first we would give a quick wave to the
two wheelers we encountered on the road but this soon
became impractical as bike after bike went by. As we
came into town it was plain to see that the town now
belonged to the BMW riders. I large sign beckoned
riders to the rally site at the edge of town at the base of a
large ski run. Manufacturerʼs tents, rally tents, vendors
galore and custom bikes and hacks filled the exhibition
area along with all the latest bikes and gear from BMW.
Test rides on all BMW models were available and the
food tent was incredible. Guided tours, historic bike
exhibits, travel presentations and bike maintenance
were all offered along with free camping (not a single
camp trailer… all tents), musical entertainment and a
roving reporter chatting with the many exhibitors all
broadcast onto large screen T.Vʼs strategically located
throughout the site. We ran into people from Desloge
Missouri of all places and had some nice chats with
fellow BMW enthusiasts from Australia, UK and
South Africa. Denise and I took a walk into the town
and enjoyed a coffee at an outdoor café at the busiest
intersection in town. We were treated to a steady parade
of two wheeled machinery.
After a very full day, Denise and I returned to Zirl
via the mountain pass again. This time our ride was
interrupted by two police motioning for us to slow down.
I thought that maybe the day would not be ending well
but I was wrong. The reason for the warning was that
the BMW parade ride was coming back into Garmisch
via the route that we chose to depart on. I pulled the
R1150 over and we sat there for well over 10 minutes
as thousands of BMWʼs rolled by. Itʼs indescribable to
witness 6 or 7 miles of BMWʼs making their way down
the highway and it put the perfect capper on an already
There were many additional activities that we did not
avail ourselves to. Live music, biker party, drawings
and contest, guided GS rides and tours. It would be
quite easy to spend the entire three days at the rally but
since we were on a rented bike and I had not scheduled a
day off on Monday we decided to head back on Sunday.
When departing Garmisch, even if youʼre riding alone
you are riding with someone. There are just that many
bikes. On the way back we got pretty lost, took some
great pictures and had a great time winding our way
through the mountain passes in Austria. Monday came
all too soon and the rented R1150RT was returned. The
K bike was actually suffering from an injector wire that
was not fully connected. Easily fixed, back on the road
and ready for next year.
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 17
THANKS TO THE BEST
GROUP OF AIRHEADS,
WE CAN CALL OUR
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Was recently spotted in central Illinois riding a black
BMW R1100RT. There was concern it was an imposter,
until the photographer heard him belt out a
incredible rendition of “Viva Las Vegas” while eating
a peanut butter and banana sandwich.
Start Planning Now!
2005 BMW MOA International
By Marilyn Roberts
The 2005 BMW MOA International Rally will be held
at the Allen County Fairgrounds in Lima, OH July 21-
24. Of course, if you take interstate highways to Lima
from here, it’s going to be boooooring riding. But
check this out... Rand McNally indicates scenic routes
up the Mississippi River to Wisconsin. Southwestern
Wisconsin has some great riding and from there you
can ride into Michigan’s Upper Peninsula (Eh!) and
cross the Mackinaw Bridge into Michigan’s mitten,
where you’ll find more scenic riding along Lake
Huron as you wind your way down to Lima. Or if
you’ve always wanted to take that ride around Lake
Superior, this would be the time to do it, then drop
down through Michigan to Lima. Or if you want
something different you could take the new, highspeed
Lake Express ferry (www.lake-express.com)
that crosses Lake Michigan from Milwaukee to
Muskegon, MI in only 2.5 hours.
Although I haven’t personally seen the rally grounds
I hear that the fairgrounds will make for a wonderful
rally site. Rally chair Sue Rihn-Manke plans to turn it
into “Beemerville” for the duration of the rally. If you
are camping, there will be plenty of shade trees.
If you want to motel it, here are some motels in the
Wingate - Located 3 miles away in “downtown.” It
is the nicest of all the hotels. Guaranteed rate is
$89+tax. Phone 419-228-7000.
Super 8 - Located just under the freeway about 1 mile
from the rally site. Rate is $69.95 + tax.
Motel 6 - Has only about 20 rooms left (as of the end
of July 2004). Rate has not been determined, but
will probably be around $50. One mile from the site.
Holiday Inn - Total of 150 rooms. About 1 mile from
the rally site. $79/night+tax. Phone 419-222-0004.
Comfort Suites - A short 3 minute ride up the freeway,
about 4 miles away from the rally site. $75/night (or
more - for fancier rooms). Phone 419-228-4251.
Best Value Inn - About 5 miles from the rally site, just
up the freeway. Rates $55/night; has lots of rooms.
August 18th minutes Continued from Page 15
Old Business: Ray Z. indicated that ERC course has
an opening for one student. Art W. talked about the
club calendar, both digital and analog photos should be
submitted soon so they may be voted on when placed
on our website.
New Business: A nominating committee will be
formed at the September general meeting.
Announcements: Diane Pueschel from BMW St.
Louis invited members to the new building site on
Sunday Aug. 29th at 2 PM. She described the new
building will allow all customer bikes to be kept inside
plus a special “Club” area with bulletin board. She also
made a promise to be customer friendly.
Adjourned at 8:31 PM
The Gateway Gazette Fall 2004 Page 19
In this Issue...
The Road to Garmisch
What in the World is it? The Contest!
If you think you know see page 5 for complete
rules. Dead-line: October 1st 2004.
P.O. Box 11563
Clayton, MO 63105
From: Gateway Riders BMW Club
and much, much more.