"Big Blue" is a 1994 BMW K1100LT painted in silk blue #690. Son-in-law, Don, was kind enough to sell it to us in 2003 after the demise of our beloved RT. He, then bought himself his beloved GS Adventure.
The four-cylinder fuel-injected engine produces around 95 HP, along with a lot of heat, making it rather uncomfortable to ride in the summer time. Its heat is welcomed the rest of the year.
Its hefty dry weight of 695 pounds is getting heavier as I am growing older and it is difficult to turn around in the shed. There is a buzz felt in the handlebars, seat and heard from the fairing at diffferent RPMs, right up to a little above 7,000 after which it takes on another persona and becomes silky smooth. At this level it can be driven all day long, eating up the miles effortlessly.
We purchased a Bushtec Quantum cargo trailer at the 2003 Americade, including the trailer hitch. It is big enough to take everything along short of the proverbial kitchen sink. The longest trip it's been dragged to was a Moto Guzzi rally in West Virginia. We recently took it to our first BMWRA rally in Southern Vermont in 2010. I have kept a diary of these trips. On one of these we averaged 42 MPG.
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