I had to get up (way to early) to take Debbie to the airport. On the way back I decided to stop at the BMW dealership to get a spare key for the Funduro. Of course they were out of 1997 F650 keys because there is something different about that key compared to every other key used in BMW motorcycles. So they ordered me a key. I wanted to get two but at around $12 each I decided to get just one instead. They don’t cut keys at the dealership either. I will have to take my shiny new key blank to the locksmith down the street for that.
They tried to sell me a helmet while I was there but since I have no idea what sort of helmet I want or need I decided to hold off on that for a while and just use the one Taylor loaned me. They didn’t have any red helmets in stock to match the bike anyway. I was contemplating the day-glow green but I think I will ask a few other people what they think. Helmets are a lot more sophisticated now than they were back in the 1970s when I started riding motorcycles.
I got into an interesting conversation about carrying cameras on the bike and how to best protect them. The vibration of a motorcycle can easily destroy electronic equipment and I’m guessing it’s not so good for complicated zoom lenses either. I’m sure I’ll be sticking to the point & shoot camera for a while before I add any more things to think about. I would like to figure out a way to carry a tripod at some point or maybe one of these – Manfrotto Magic Arm Kit with Magic Arm, Backlite Stand and Super Clamp
I’m off tomorrow so I’m going to try to find a nice open parking lot where I can practice my starts, stops and slow speed turns. I hope there is also a place nearby to cool off and get a cold glass of water.