I have replied to numerous e-mails, declined several meetings, and finally closed down the lid of my work laptop. I’m on vacation! 🙂 To keep it short, I have planned to go for a ride, and without going into the details, here’s an outline of where I plan to go.

My 2012 summer trip itenerary

My 2012 summer trip itenerary

It’s a plan. The only thing true about plans is that they will change. So stay tuned for some actual updates!

After riding the brilliant Continental TKC 80 tires for 13 months, 22nd of June 2012 it was finally time to switch to a new set of rubber on the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure. A year ago, I opted for the TKC 80 mainly because I was attending Adventure Days 2011 in Sweden where I would be doing a lot of off-road riding. The switch from factory fit road tires to the TKC 80 was a noticeable one, for sure. The obvious difference is the lack of grip and increased breaking distance, but of you study the tires, that should not come as a surprise to you!

Continental TKC 80 - After 13 months

Continental TKC 80 – After 13 months

 

Continental TKC 80 - After 13 months

Continental TKC 80 – After 13 months

One year of riding, 99% of which on paved roads, was enough for the TKC 80 rear tire, and it had to come off. I decided to try a new type, and after browsing the web for some good input, I came across the MICHELIN Anakee 2 which was recommended by many as a dual-purpose tire perfectly fit for the BMW R 1200 GS Adventure bike. Big thanks to the excellent team at Dekkmann Stavanger for their great service and affordable pricing (NOK 3.112,-)) of these tires compared to Stahlen MC (NOK 4.800,-). I have ridden the bike with the new tires for a couple of days now, back and forth to work, and I definitely love this setup. The grip is noticeable improved, and only now do I realize how “unstable” the TKC 80 actually felt on normal, paved roads.

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Brand new!

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Brand new!

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Ready to go on the bike

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Ready to go on the bike

MICHELIN Anakee 2 - Dual purpose tire

MICHELIN Anakee 2 – Dual purpose tire

Tomorrow (June 27th) I will be taking off for the summer’s first lengthy ride, packing my tent and sleeping bag and see where my GS Adventure leads me. With this new set of tires, I feel ready for anything; wet, slippery roads, high speed and take-overs, easy cruising – and the optional off-road adventure!

Please stay tuned to this website for further updates and reviews after more miles of riding experiences.

A taste for adventure?

Well, time will show. At least this is what the Michelin website promises:

No need to choose between grip and durability: MICHELIN Anakee 2 delivers both, with a minimum tyre life gain of 29% over its direct rivals for the same standard of grip performance in the wet! Michelin has achieved this by incorporating ingredients until now only used in the world of competition.

Product Benefits:

  • 29% longer tread life 1
  • No compromise on wet grip
  • Genuine competiton technology

For more details, see: http://www.michelin.co.uk/motorcycles/michelin-anakee-2

For the 22nd time, Jæren MC threw a party for all bikers in the Stavanger region on May 1st when the traditional and possibly largest motorcycle gathering in Norway took place. Blessed with the best weather one could possibly wish for, somewhere between 2000 and 2500 bikers are believed to have taken part in the event.

Equipped with both my Canon EOS 7D and the GoPro HD Hero 2, I was well equipped to document the ride, however, due to my technical dumbness, I was not able to capture any video this time, only still photos. Below are some samples – please make sure you visit the Photos page for all of the pictures from Vårsleppet!

Vårsleppet 2012 - Ready to start from Jæren MC

Vårsleppet 2012 - Ready to start from Jæren MC

Vårsleppet 2012 - A short pit-stop in Egersund

Vårsleppet 2012 - A short pit-stop in Egersund

Vårsleppet 2012 - Perfect conditions for a motorcycle ride

Vårsleppet 2012 - Perfect conditions for a motorcycle ride

With the nice weather we have had for the last few days, today’s short motorcycle ride felt like a 2012 season opening. I was definitely not the only one who had brushed winter dust of the bike and taken it out for a ride. What a splendid day!

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

2012 Season Opening - A short stop for lunch

This is a short video I put together after taking my bike for a spin on a beautiful and sunny Sunday. Check out the Video page for more videos.

The video was shot using the GoPro HD HERO2 action camera mounted on the left side of the bike and on top of the top box on the back of the bike.

A quick wash was obviously required after riding the bike during winter

A quick wash was obviously required after riding the bike during winter

Time for a pit-stop to enjoy the view

Time for a pit-stop to enjoy the view