KING OF THE ALPS

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KING OF THE ALPS

RS ROAD SIGNSDECEMBER, 2001KING OF THE ALPSPHOTOS & TEXT BY JOHN HERMANNWhere were they? Gene Dalton isjust back from Cinque Terre on theItalian coast, with stops in Londonand Rome and Paris. RichKapushinski is just back from SaoPaulo and Rio, Brazil, where, hereports, the food fits his low carb dietperfectly.seats, not adjustable) and all theregular goodies…the six speed gearbox, mag valve covers, shocks, newtelelever… It’s Atlantic blue.Have you noticed all the press thatDave Kuhnle’s Predator drone hasbeen getting? Firing missiles now.And Dave just got that Yamaha to addto his 1150GS stable.new BMW suit). The bag slips over therear rack on the GS and snaps ontostraps behind the rider’s seat. A largerversion is available.Wasn’t it nice of allthese big wheels fromBMWNA to come toBrattin Motors withHerm’s new ride? To Herm’s right isnone other than Thomas Plucinsky,the top motorcycle guy at BMWNA. Tohis right is our area rep, GaryFarinacci. That’s Dan De Christofer onthe right in the picture. Herm madesure they had a copy of the book.Not to be outdone, Turf McTaggartwent out and got a similar Yamaha…that’s it parked next to BruceRedding’s Pacific Coast out in front ofthe Ocean Beach International Hostel,just down Newport Avenue fromMargarita’s. Curious admirers includeGary Adler, Bruce Redding, DietrichKijora, Bob Ingram, Ron Jensen andTurf himself.Some BMW types will recognize theZ leather suit…it has to be Don Coxon the F650 pictured at Mother’s onPalomar. He claims the bike doesamazing things on the South Grade.Gary Orr at Brattin’s has started acollection of damaged CHP fairings.Then Ken Matousek made sure thenew bike was properly licensed. It’san R1150 R with ABS and powerbrakes (yes, the front lever activatesthe rear, very, very effectively for fastlevel stops…the rear brake is notcoupled), with the neat sport fairing,high seat (there are high and lowTom Mooney lent his GS to Marseeso they could fabricate a tail pack forit. Here, he demonstrates the resultto Stacy Silverwood (note Stacy’s nifty


RS ROAD SIGNSDECEMBER, 2001Guy Harris lead a Saturday ride of adozen or so BMW’s and one Honda’round the Salton Sea with stops atmany of the area’s scenic spots.Then, all the customers at Salvation Mountain seemed to be bikers. Theplace is near Slab City east across the mainline of the Southern Pacific fromNiland.First was the Sonny Bono SaltonSea National Wildlife Refuge. Itboasted blessed shade, clean toilets…It’s actually pretty high…you can spot two BMW climbers just to the right ofthe letter “E.” Others mingle around the “G” of God at the top. There was nosign of the creator-resident. The “sculptures” are painted vivid hues.…and a viewing platform fromwhich to view nearby fields anddistant marshes and perhaps wildlife.Tom Graves and President Ken Shorttenjoyed cool drinks (there were threefunctioning machines) atop theplatform.From Salvation Mountain, Guy leadthe gang north to Bombay Beach forlunch. The place is pretty sad, and the“beach” defies description. “Arm Pit”is too gentle a term.On the way back to San Diego therewas a pleasant stop at the green grassof Christmas Circle, and Don Nimonand Rich Kapushinski joined Herm atthe Valley View Casino buffet.Some BMW worthies who’d missedthe BMW gala rode north for theDucati weekend at Las Vegas.The Venetian, home to twoGuggenheim museums, is reallyimpressive. Here’s the view of theVenice Campanile from the balcony ofthe Dog’s Palace, with the RealtoBridge connecting the two.Next page


RS ROAD SIGNSDECEMBER, 2001KING…Signs all over lead to the “Art ofthe Motorcycle” at one of theGuggenheims. This is the entrance.Note the letters overhead, and poster,left. Herm noted that the MV Agustaat the entrance in Bilbao, Spain, was“from the collection of His Majesty,the King of Spain.” The Las Vegas MVis not.Familiar faces at the track includedPaul Lucas and Isaac from GP……and our own Sergio Villalobos.Meanwhile, out at the race track,north of Vegas, this K1200 LT dazzledall with its performance, scarfing a bitof fairing.

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