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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 IV
The Trek to Pikes Peak

Notes from the Trail Our team of four left our Wunderlich America headquarters in Watsonville this morning after being treated to an eventful evening Fiesta the prior day. We were able to fit everything we needed into both the RV and our MBZ Sprinter van, which carried the new BMW R1200 RS and of course the highly sought after RaceR. We set off with our first goal of South Lake Tahoe that evening. Of course,  I had to show the German crew some cool spots before we got there, to ease them into the American lifestyle. The first stop we did was about two hours north in Manteca, Ca - to the famous Bass Pro Shops. They truly had no idea what to expect, but were utterly amazed with what the store had to offer. To them it was really a taste of all things American, camouflage, guns, knives, boats, camping gear and everything else imaginable that is outdoorsy.  This was truly something unimaginable in Germany, and they were all very pleased they were able to see it. We also had to stock up on items for the RV, no place better then Walmart, right? The Walmart Superstore also gave them a good taste and quick transition of the things that we have here in America. After the trip, the RV looked more like a home, especially once the fridge and pantry was fully stocked, - trying to leave room for food and not just beer. Our next stop was [...]

Wunderlich Scrambler: “Racing is life…!”

BMW R 1200 GS LC mutates into a radical Wunderlich-Scrambler With our "Speed Cruiser" based on the HP2 Sport and our naked bike "Piranha," created from an S 1000 RR, we have already demonstrated our abilities to create brutal transformations. Both motorcycles are not only visually striking, they also set new standards in terms of performance and handling. Our new Scrambler demonstrates that our radical concepts are capable of reaching an even higher level of intensity. In cooperation with our partner, the motorcycle specialist from Koblenz, Sport-Evolution, we took a brand new water cooled GS, just after its introduction and disassembled it down to the last bolt and then built up a formidable, dyed-in-the-wool Scrambler. No stone was left unturned: The telelever was sacrificed and replaced by a custom built fork assembly. New camshafts, lighter connecting rods, forged pistons and optimized cylinder heads now carry our their work in a high performance engine. The wiring harness was completely replaced and a more aggressive fuel injection technology installed. The frame, suspension, tank, wheels, seat and so much more was replaced that it is only mentioned here as a side note.. The Scrambler passed all testing on the Sport Evolution Dynamometer with flying colors and we were genuinely blown away with the results. Prior to commencing work, the GS put out a comparatively modest 110 horsepower at the rear wheel.The end result after all of the modifications were complete was a staggering 143 horsepower at the rear wheel—which equates to 152 HP [...]

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