Yesterday was Veterans Day which means no work for me! I slept in a bit and then did some chores. Most of them involved working on the bikes. The Ural was almost overdue for an oil change, so I did that first.
While the oil was dripping out, I started on removing the stickers from the BMW.
I saw this one and just had to post it for our favorite Canadian blogger :)
Quite a while later, I finally got all the stickers off. A hair dryer, sharp finger nail, and some carb cleaner took care of business.
I decided to leave the reflective tape on.
One of the stickers wasn’t actually a sticker, but a patch attached with two gallons of glue:
It’s a 35th International BMW Owners Rally patch from 2007 which was in Wisconsin.
With the stickers removed, I attached the side cases to the bike. They didn’t want to go on at first. One of the lower supports was bent. Probably dropped by the previous owner. I bent it back and then the right side fit.
Chores done, I took it out for a ride to run some errands.
The BMW side cases are kind of puny. I can’t put my helmet in either of them. I also can’t get a full bag of groceries in there either (about a half bag on the left and 3/4 on the right). I going to start watching craigslist for a cheap givi rack, so I can use my side cases from the SV650 on the R1150GS.
I took today off too to make it a four day weekend! I have some last minute winter things to finish on the Ural. It might finally snow this weekend!