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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 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 [...]

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 [...]

14 BMW Motorcycle Parts And Resources That Undeniably Improve Your Ride

Featured image courtesy of Benjamin Thompson. Licensed under Creative Commons 2.0 SA.  BMW motorcycle enthusiasts know the importance of great parts, accessories, and resources. The riding experience is more than the sum of its parts, and that means that one small change can make or break it. The perfect glove can literally transform your ride into total comfort. The right tour company can change a rider’s life with an incredible experience. At Wunderlich America, we’re passionate about BMW motorcycle parts. We want BMW enthusiasts to have the best accessories in the world. In this post, we’ve gathered some of our favorite accessories and riding resources. We hope this article will help you take your ride to the next level. Read on! 1. Riding Gloves, Jackets, and Race Suits by HELD We have been wearing HELD gloves for as many years as we have been riding BMWs. HELD is a family-owned company in Southern Germany that actually started making work gloves. This eventually transformed into motorcycle gloves and today, HELD offers far more than just gloves, but excellent riding gear, apparel and much more. HELD has also developed Over & Under Technology, which allows riders to stay dry while wearing their HELD gear. This two-piece, detachable outer membrane can be slipped on quickly if it starts to rain. It offers the full flexibility which riders require. HELD jackets offer comfort, durability, and an impeccable sense of style. With numerous designs in the HELD catalog, there’s truly something for every rider. We can’t [...]

William’s Tech Tips – Final Drive Seal Installation

Welcome to William’s Tech Tips! Need to replace your final drive seal?  Here’s what you do… [This applies to 1970 through 1984 dual shock BMW models.] The final drive seal output shaft is a common source of oil leak, and it’s an easy seal to replace, if you know how. Removing the cover is easy enough; all you need is a couple of M5 bolts to press the cover off by means of the threaded holes in the cover. Knock the old seal out, clean the cover thoroughly, then install the new seal into the cover. At this point, there’s a danger in possibly damaging the new seal when it passes by the many sharp edges of the final drive output splines. The following solution is as cool as it is simple… When you install the cover with the new seal, it’s imperative that the seal settles in its home undamaged. In this case, all you need is a soda can. Carefully cut the end off of the can with some sharp scissors and place it over the final drive output splines.   Place a Soda Can Over the Final Drive Output Splines   Lube the seal with some LIQUI MOLY LM48 Assembly Lube and slide it over the can and into position.  Be sure to heat the cover with a heat gun so that it fits onto the roller bearing without tension.  As soon as the cover is in place, remove the can, and the seal will [...]

Top Custom BMW Motorcycles of 2015

If you’ve kept up with the custom motorcycle scene, you know how hot BMW customs are right now. At Wunderlich America, we’re huge fans of all things BMW, including the mind-blowing customs that keep popping up all over the globe. With 2015 coming to a close, we decided to comb the web for our favorite custom BMW builds from last year. Yes, it’s almost spring—but it really did take us that long to find the best builds of 2015. Here they are—the Top Custom BMW Motorcycles that made the cut. We’ve broken them down into prize categories based on motorcycle type and whether the final product emphasizes vintage or modern styling. We found 20 bikes total--and many, many more that we couldn't include because of space. To all the great custom shops out there: CONGRATS on a fantastic year, and keep up the good work. CORRECTION: many of these photos were edited by Inazuma Cafe Racer. Our team did not initially realize that the photos we sourced from Inazuma were different from the originals created by the builders. We initially published this article without proper attribution to Inazuma Cafe Racer. We have corrected this problem to the best of our knowledge. Please email Paul Wolf, edtior, press [at] wunderlichamerica [dot] com, with any further corrections. Let's check out the winners. 1st PRIZE, TOP CUSTOM BMW 2015 Bavarian Fistfighter (Rough Crafts) MODERN CAFE RACERS 1st Prize: HPNineT (High Octane Speed Shop) 2nd Prize: The Heinrich Maneuver (Deus Customs) 3rd Prize: Brown (Johnnie Wash) 4th Prize: Sun Kist (BikeBiz) [...]

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