bookshelf updated

I discovered that there are a few new formats for some of the books on the bookshelf so I added those. I also added a couple of new books that came up in recent discussions. Enjoy!

Sidecars in the Flint Hills

Twin Sons of Different Mothers

OK, I know – I don’t have a sidecar but I’m fascinated by them so I tagged along with a fellow Airhead and sidecar owner to Joyce Canfield’s Sidecars in the Flint Hills rally this past weekend. I’ve been thinking about putting a sidecar on my project bike (a 1983 […]

Balancing Otus’ Carburetors


The sun was shining, the temperature was perfect, but Otus’ carburetors needed balancing before taking a ride. Last year I bought a TWINMAX Carburetor Balancer, but ran out of riding season before using it. Now that Winter is giving way to Spring, and it was finally dry on a non-work […]

navigation change

I’ve fallen out of love with the text link to the Home page so I’ve removed it. When you’re on the Home page the link is redundant. When you’re on an interior page the text link is differently redundant – the logo in the upper left-hand corner of the header […]

Hella Lights for the GS

Hella Lights on the GS

You can go a couple of ways with “hella.” You could go the way the young people use the word or you could simply accept this as the brand name. I think I’m going to ride the fence on this one and say that the Hella lights on the GS […]

Rally Ready!

Rally time is here and Otus is Rally Ready. In spite of everything we’ve been through together this old bike remains in amazingly good shape. All the fluids are great so all I really did was do some cleaning. Shelter is packed, sleep gear is packed, battery-powered gear has been […]

Givi, not Luftmeister, Top Case

Something unexpected happened today. I got an email from the seller of the Luftmeister top case. He told me the hasp on the case was broken and asked if I still wanted it. I asked for a refund and he gave me a refund. I knew he didn’t have a […]

Luftmeister Top Case

I finally committed to a replacement Luftmeister case for Otus. My Luftmeister case was a casualty of my accident and was replaced with a Givi top case. While the Givi case was really nice, it was also the top case for my R1150R. When the R1150R was traded for the […]

Airhead Revival

Airhead Revival

Slowly but surely I’m making progress on the Project Bike – the 1982 R100 RT. I decided to start from the back of the bike and work my way forward. I started by removing and disposing of the Luftmeister top case. The previous owner had a motorcycle riding friend get […]

BMW R100 RT – Reise-Tourer

The RT - Featured

I love my Airhead. People who know me know this. I try not to talk too much about Otus but sometimes I can’t help myself. I’ve also come to understand that a 42 year old motorcycle, like a veteran ball player, needs some time off during the season. With these […]