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Pikes Peak Blog Entry VIII
Post Race – Onward

The day following Race Day, six of the crew left for Denver very early to fly home, while the rest of us were able to attend the awards ceremony for the race in the morning. Following the ceremony, we all said goodbye to the guys who flew in, for their adventure was over, but we still had a few days on the trek back to California. Initially our first night was going to be back in Grand Junction, CO, however since Las Vegas was on the schedule for the next day, I changed the itinerary so we had more time in Vegas. I switched our KOA reservations a week prior for us to end up in Richfield, Utah for the night, which was a solid 9 hour drive. Due to the ceremony and us having to clean up and pack the vehicles, we didn't get on the road until after 2 pm, it was sure to be a late night. We were driving efficiently and covered ground with good timing, much less stops than we had on the way to Pike’s Peak, since we were a bit shorter on time. We crossed into Utah at around dusk on I-70 and the road became an endless straight line with a turn every now and then. I let Sascha drive for a while to switch it up a bit, and I ended up even taking a little nap. I woke up to Sascha telling me we were on [...]

Pikes Peak Blog Entry VII
The Race

It was a short night for the most of us, but that didn't matter, it was Sunday, June 25th, race day and all the time and effort lead up to this day. Since it was race day, we had to be at the gates a bit earlier. Six of us were the first ones of our troop up there, waiting at the gates at 1.45 A.M. The rest came an hour or so later to receive a bit of extra beauty sleep. We got into our spot, unloaded what we had to, and had a few hours before it was time to get down to business. Thilo had priority getting some sleep in the warm sprinter, the rest of us knocked back coffees and talked to other teams anxiously waiting for the sun to come up. At around 6 a.m. everyone gathered together for the national anthem as well as a prayer to wish all the racers success and safety. All the Germans marveled at the concept of both of these things, claiming this would never happen back home. Soon after we rolled the bike and everything else we needed into our pit area and the tire warmers came on. Thilo was getting in the zone. Thilo, starting #10, was coincidentally the tenth rider to go up, and luckily also to see how the others started off to get tips for efficiency. With two-minute intervals between each rider, it was time to race, all [...]

Pikes Peak Blog Entry V
The Trek to Pikes Peak

We tried to get a really early start but it didn't quite end up working as well as we thought. We were on the road at around ten, heading east going towards Utah. The landscapes seemed like more of the same, but once we crossed the border to Utah, the scenery changed dramatically. There were a lot more mountains and the Germans were extremely impressed with the red rock scenery of Utah. After a few hours of driving we came across a very beautiful canyon which was ideal to take some pictures and videos. It was an extremely beautiful area with very light traffic, we took the R1200 RS out, Sven suited up and we ended with some great footage from our photographer Sascha. It was such a cool spot we ended up being there for quite a while, but we had a way to go until Grand Junction, Colorado so we kept going in hopes of getting to our campsite at a reasonable time. We continued on, snacking on peanut butter jelly sandwiches throughout the day and ended up finding very cool spots. When we were back on the road we covered some ground, Sascha and I decided to pull over and grab some more food from our companions Sven and Thilo in the RV. It just so happened that where we stopped was an interesting tree full of tied together shoes and tires, it was quite a sight and completely random. We ended up spending [...]

Pikes Peak Blog Entry III
Wunderlich America Welcomes Team Wunderlich

Bienvenido á Watsonville – Fiesta Wunderlich Americana The German crew arrived and was shuttled from the airport straight to a Watsonville apple orchard estate to be welcomed by a fiesta with BBQ and Mariachi band centered around the custom bike that will be contending at Pikes Peak. Meet the Crew: Thilo Günther – pilot of the RaceR;  lucky starting number 10; multiple champion of the “Fischereihafen” races in Germany. Eats stainless steel bolts with motor oil for breakfast cereal. Sven -  marketing maven, BMW rider, his award-winning tattoos were applied by – himself while riding a motorcycle. Hans – convoy driver, BMW rider and American football star. Bench presses 350 pds. The dark is afraid of him. Sasha – pro photographer, BMW rider, only photographer to have done a portrait session with Satan, if he would shake your hand - you’d list it on your resume. Mexican style BBQ was on: Anticipation for the Pikes Peak race on June 25th is running high! Willie, the proprietor of Wunderlich America and Thilo. THE TREK TO PIKES PEAK BEGINS

Pikes Peak Blog Entry II
Wunderlich RaceR – Ankunft in Kalifornien!! The Beast has landed!!

It was after midnight at the Wunderlich America shop in NorCal and the employees and crew were anxiously awaiting the killer bike from Germany being trucked up from L.A.  Proprietor Willie stepped outside and gave an encouraging speech to keep the team awake and stoked to be a part of the upcoming race in Colorado: Finally, around 3 a.m., the awesome custom Wunderlich RaceR, “Number 10”, the German competitor for the Pikes Peak International Hillclimb on  July 25th, arrived at our NorCal Wunderlich shop. The Wunderlich crew stayed up late to take delivery of the RaceR, which had travelled Frankfurt to L.A. to NorCal on its journey to Pikes Peak. The Wunderlich team was gladly working overtime to “unpack” this beauty at 3 a.m. in the morning. Settling into Cali, RaceR will be on a tough work-out schedule and protein-oil diet in preparation for the upcoming challenge in Colorado. ? Stay tuned on this blog for a “diary” of the Wunderlich crew’s “Trek to Pikes Peak” from the California Coast to the Colorado Rockies in a convoy of motor homes, trailers filled with slumbering, gleaming, oiled beasts anxious to tear up the Hillclimb, and a savage team of riders on their bikes.  Take part in the adventure of scenic western rides, where you can almost smell the scent of oil & leather, camp fires in the desert, and tin cups of black coffee with sizzling steak & eggs. Think Quentin Tarantino [...]

Performance BMW motorcycle parts don’t have to break the bank!

BMW Motorrad makes some pretty fantastic motorcycles, and for the vast majority of riders who commute or just ride about town for pleasure, their machines are more than enough to get the job done. However, these are still mass produced products that are designed for broad appeal. So, as humans have done since the industrial revolution, we modify and tune to make our machines better. Many times when riders start upgrading their motorcycle, they go all in with tons of expensive parts that don’t actually do anything to help their riding experience. As purveyors of the best BMW motorcycle parts on the web, but we also want you to be completely satisfied with your purchases. Just like you, we want you to get the right parts. We believe your money should never be wasted on something that doesn’t make your BMW motorcycle look or perform exactly the way you want. We also hear from riders who lament the high price tag of extra speed and power. We’ve got news for all you performance hunters out there: performance may not be as expensive as you think. The first modification you should take a look at is a larger rear sprocket for your motorcycle. Most BMW motorcycles have more than enough power to get you around town. If you have one of the S-series bikes, you can potentially reach almost 200 mph. But, if you’re not riding your motorcycle on the track, you’ll never need that much top end power. Switching to [...]

By | June 5th, 2015|BMW Parts & Accessories, Wunderlich|0 Comments

Where Do You Find BMW Motorcycle Parts?

When buying motorcycle parts BMW, you have to decide if you want to go for the original equipment manufacturer’s own or the aftermarket variety. It might be difficult for you to decide which one to go for but being that we want the best for our motorcycle, we have to make a choice. First you need to know what you want; do you want to replace or improve your BMW motorcycle parts? This is what should be at the back of your mind before deciding to buy BMW motorcycle parts. Secondly, how available is the part you are looking for in the market? Thirdly, what is your budget? And lastly, do you want to go for OEM or aftermarket parts? After answering these questions and putting them in a list of priority, you will know what next to do. Most times the company that manufactured your bike might not be able to provide you with parts when you need them. They have already given the contract of producing these parts to OEM companies. The original manufacturer will produce enough of these parts and have them installed in the bike then when you want to get spare parts you can go to them to get it. Take note that original equipment manufacturer motorcycle parts BMW is also the same as the original part that came with your bike so rest assured that you are buying the right part when buying OEM parts. Be sure to get the same rate of performance [...]

By | November 3rd, 2014|BMW Parts|0 Comments

BMW MOTORCYCLE PARTS ONLINE

Looking for BMW motorcycle parts online could be very time consuming and tricky at the same time. Most times, used BMW motorcycle parts are sold by small operational shops and could be very difficult to come across them on the internet. Before going online to search for BMW motorcycle parts, you should know how to identify used parts, the quality of these used parts and the warranty issued when you buy used parts. A used BMW motorcycle part is a functioning part gotten from a BMW motorcycle that is still in serviceable condition. You can get a used BMW motorcycle part and re-install it in your motorcycle and it will still function properly. Used parts could include a lower clamp, a rear wheel, tire, sprockets and chains. You can get a fairly used BMW motorcycle part that will function better than a brand new one. To determine the quality of a used part before getting it online, you should find out if it has been used by a motorcycle before or if it has been purchased by a BMW motorcycle salvage yard to be resold. You cannot get these parts from a motorcycle dealer. Getting fairly used BMW motorcycle parts online is no big deal because you can repaint it to return it back to its original condition. You can get parts that have been disassembled to fix into your BMW motorcycle They are usually cheap and works well enough to keep your BMW motorcycle on the road at all [...]

By | October 27th, 2014|BMW Parts|0 Comments
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