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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 VI
Training at Pikes Peak

Within the next few days there weren’t a very large number of tasks, but we ended up being very busy regardless. At the time, it was just the four of us, but within the week nine more Germans flew in to join our crew. One of the first things we did was look around town to find some kind of hotspot device so our team here would be able to download & upload all their various videos and photos. This took longer than we thought, but was eventually managed. We had to stock up on food and especially beer before the rest of the Germans would come and clean it all out. Once we got some chores done, we registered everyone for the race and headed back to the RV. We finalized the night with getting some work done on our laptops, gathering outside the RV under the stars, like good German cowboys.    We were working and chatting outside past 10:30 p.m. when the park manager appeared and scolded us for being noisy. We didn't even realize that we were bad boys.  But the park manager wanted us to leave come sunrise.  This here RV park wasn't big enough for the both of us. We avoided a showdown and managed to ask for one more night to be safe in these wild western Rockies. We thought to ourselves that if he got mad at three of us sitting outside, it would be impossible to [...]

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 [...]

William’s Tech Tips – Steering Head Bearing Change

Welcome to William's Tech Tips!   Need to replace your steering head bearings?  Here's what you do... The condition of the steering head bearings drastically affects handling and safety. If the bearings are too loose, a dangerous head shake can occur. Often, if you tighten the bearings, the steering will feel notchy, and it will be hard to keep a straight line, especially at low speeds. This can be due to the outer bearings actually having notches worn in, where the bearing rollers make contact. It can also be caused by hardening of the grease, where the stiff grease prevents the bearing rollers from rolling smoothly. Very often, it’s a combination of both, and the steering head bearings need to be replaced for optimal and safe handling. This is a job that you can do yourself with the proper tools. When changing the steering head bearings on your BMW, the most difficult part is removing the old bearings without doing damage to the motorcycle. Here are some tips and suggestions for this job: [Refer to a repair manual for detailed information, torque specs, etc. This is just a generic overview and not intended to describe the entire procedure.] Begin by removing the handlebars, the front wheel, and the fork assemblies. You may also need to remove the front brake assemblies, depending on the model, or maybe you can leave the brake calipers dangling or temporarily secured somehow. Depending on your particular model, you’ll need some rather large sockets or wrenches, [...]

The Enduro Guru

Dirk Thelen, multi-time German Enduro champion and winner of the Enduro Rally cup, has a proven partnership with Wunderlich's BMW specialists. Someone who most cherishes the memory of the Christmas celebration where he received his first trial motorcycle simply has motorsports run in his blood. With Dirk Thelen, you may think petrol is running in his veins instead of blood. At any rate, the Christmas gift in 1978 was a good investment because only two years later Dirk joined his first national championship, the youth trials in Ulmen. It only took another three years before he had moved up to an impressive sixth place in the youth trial championship. Hardly 18 years old and his rider’s license in his pocket, Dirk switched to Enduro sport, and now there were no more bounds. Already in the first year he moved up to vice champion in the Enduro cup of the next generation riders. His accumulated more titles over the years: German vice champion in the class up to 400 cc, third place in the Enduro world championship up to 250 cc, several times German champion in the 250 class and then overall winner in the Enduro Rally Cup several times. It was not by chance that Dirk Thelen and Erich Wunderlich met in the course of time. Shared enthusiasm about off-road riding, back then primarily on Yamaha, creates strong bonds. The first joint events followed from this. The first official SuperMoto race on the Nurburgring in Germany in 1991 is unforgettable. [...]

By | April 23rd, 2015|Wunderlich|0 Comments

2014 R 1200 RT-LC Recall Updates

The long anticipated wait is nearly over for owners of the new R 1200 RT-LC, who's bikes were pulled off the road after "stop-ride" order was issued by BMW in early June. This recall happened after BMW announced that the piston rod in the rear shock absorber manufactured by their Belgian supplier, Tenneco Automotive, could break without warning. The latest fix for RT's with dynamic ESA should start arriving in dealers hands this week of August 18th. I bet these guys can't wait to get on the road again to enjoy the last bit of summer. You can find out more information in this article by BMW Motorcycle Magazine  

By | August 19th, 2014|BMW News|0 Comments

A Small Lesson in Materials: CORDURA

Everything you need to know about CORDURA fabric.   In our quest to supply our customers with only the finest quality products, we have decided to use CORDURA in the production of all Wunderlich tank bags and motorcycle bags. What is CORDURA, actually? First of all, it's a brand name from the Swiss company Invista, that invented a special textile woven out of Polyamide (Nylon) that had never been seen in this form before. What is so special? In the manufacturing of CORDURA cut polyamide fibers are re-spun and finally interwoven. This results in a material that is substantially more wear and tear resistant than simply nylon. The slightly abrasive surface gives the material a pleasant, anti-slip feel. It not only dries out quickly but is also water resistant and drops of moisture bead up. What makes CORDURA especially interesting for us is its remarkable abrasion resistance when compared to cotton, polyester  or conventional nylon. Tank bags and other textile bags are continually subjected to extreme conditions on a motorcycle. Moisture, rain, but also sun exposure and mechanical strains continually gnaw away at the material. While other less expensive materials lose their quality and reliability in a relatively short time, CORDURA retains its qualities over a long period of time. Not all CORDURA is created equal. The lightest and thinnest variant that is commonly used in clothing or lightweight bags is CORDURA 330. CORDURA 500 is acceptable for many applications and is often used in the production of luggage. Then [...]

By | August 12th, 2014|Product Information|0 Comments
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