For the past few days I have been in North Dakota. I rode the R1150GS up and my wife drove. We stayed in Steele, ND to attend a funeral. It was rather sudden.
The cemetery was in Mandan, ND (which is west of Bismarck). Here are some photos of the Missouri River valley. Not all of ND is flat as you can see, but most of it is!
This morning, I woke up early and prepared to set off. I loaded up all the bags, and starting putting them on the bike. I began my pre-ride ritual, and noticed a puddle under the front tire. Oh no, not again I thought. I had recently changed the front fork seals, so I was happy to see it wasn’t them again.
Instead, I found the source of the fluid. It was brake fluid leaking out of the front brake line. Some of it was on the alternator belt cover, so it likely happened on the ride home yesterday. I’m glad it didn’t fail on the road. It was almost 1,000 miles round trip in the last three days.
I called around, none of the local BMW dealers had the part in stock which meant a 3-4 day delay. After a brief discussion with my better-half, I decided to take the SV650 instead.
The seat, gas tank, and alternator make the BMW very appealing. I prefer riding the SV more, and the bags are easier to deal with. Since I will be skipping Canada on this now shortened trip, the big gas tank isn’t as much of an issue.
The new plan is to ride east to Maine, and then follow the coast down to DE. I’ll then cut into PA and OH on my way home.
I guess it was lucky I just put new chain,sprocket, and tire on the SV.