Monthly Archives: January 2018

Jan 28 ’18 Ride to Vero Beach

Kountry Kitchen Ride Report

Eleven riders rode south to the Kountry Kitchen this past Sunday. Three more from the Orlando area caught up with us shortly after we arrived.

Motorcycles: two waterheads, three hexheads, two oilheads, two airheads, one parallel-twin (belt), one pre Hinckley vertical twin, one Fabio Taglioni V-Twin, a flat six and a 650 thumper.

The eatery was packed to the rafters and seating for 14 was a challenge. As we waited outside the staff kept us apprised of the situation and eventually sat us at four adjacent tables. The food as usual was excellent. Also, a big welcome to Bob, Marty, Pete and John who joined our group for the first time.

After breakfast, remaining riders headed across the 17th Street bridge to A1A and then north to Wabasso Beach road where we crossed the Indian River again. The bridge over Wabasso Island is one of the most scenic in the area. Once back in the Melbourne area we had to lend aid to one of our vintage operators who had a failing alternator on his ‘74 Ducati 750 GT. Thirty minutes on the charger and he was on his way.

LINK  to ride photos.

Photos courtesy of “Selfie Stick” Marty, Debbie and Ed. Write up by Ed.


Ghost in the machine

On some considerations of buying pre-owned vs. new

Excerpted from a discussion of BMW reliability in the MOA website forum-   “Disappointed and Discouraged in BMW” . . . comment below by Mr. Paul Glaves:

” . . . . This was, in my opinion, clearly a manufacturing defect. Valve heads are absolutely not supposed to fall off the stems. If it happened to my bike I would be angry. But here is the rub. There is a legally binding contractual commitment provided with a BMW motorcycle. It is called the warranty and provides coverage for defects in parts or workmanship for 36,000 miles or three years.

Yes it would be nice if a manufacturer would cover manufacturing defects forever but they don’t. BMW doesn’t. They cover stuff for 3 years or 36,000 miles, whichever occurs first.

This incident, and the dissatisfaction it would cause almost any one of us, should be a cautionary tale for anybody who has a bike that is out of warranty or buys a bike which is out of warranty. There are some totally unquantifiable risks associated with out of warranty bikes and the possibilities of very expensive failures. Virtually any used, out of warranty motorcycle could suffer a mechanical failure where the costs to repair may well exceed the value of the bike. That is just a fact.

So we need to be prepared to write the bike off, sell it for salvage, part it out or otherwise walk away while cutting our losses. That sounds harsh. That is harsh. But it is a possible reality. Folks unable or unwilling to face this risk need an in-warranty bike or an aftermarket insurance policy to cover mechanical breakdowns called an Extended Warranty. “

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My comment . . .      some valid considerations for sure.   Paul, who is well-known amongst the BMW riding community, gives us all a reality check.  As a lot of us are mechanically minded and engineering oriented, we wonder the cause and effect of a breakdown such as this.  The owner (original poster) did not authorize a further teardown of the engine to assess what might have happened.  I know I’d like to know, if in fact, that is what occurred (valve heads separating from stems), why?  What conditions caused this failure to occur?  Something the owner did while the bike was in operation, or a weakened stem at manufacture that just went through too many heat/cool cycles.

So, for those of us sans warranty . . . all we can do is carry on with prescribed maintenance, be informed as to the peculiarities of our respective bikes, and hope the motorcycle gods smile on our local rides and cross-country trips!

Jan, 2018 ride to Seminole Rest

Our mid month ride departed in a balmy 61 degrees from the  W. Melbourne rally point.  The riders departed town, going west on Irlo Bronson Memorial Highway towards Deer Park. The group, all BMWs, consisted of four Waterheads, two Hexheads, a Camhead, an Oilhead, an 800 parallel twin, a 650 thumper and a 55 year old Slash 2. Sadly technical gremlins slowed the /2 to a crawl and its owner had to nurse it back to base. The rest of the group arrived on time and in good spirits. Goodrich’s Seafood Restaurant did not disappoint. We were tended to by an excellent and knowledgeable server and the food was tasty. After lunch it was short hop to Seminole Rest.

The ‘flight’ lined up outside the park.

The Restaurant and Seminole Rest both received a significant pummeling from hurricane Irma. Goodrich’s lost their deck and much of the dock. All has since been rebuilt.  The structures on Seminole Rest survived but many of the old live oaks and ancient cedar trees did not

Lastly, we’d like to point out . . . even though several rides of late have been in the 50’s and low 60’s, we’re busy riding for sure.  We’ve seen some nice mid-Florida, east coastal sites.  No beemer or Euro rider in this area need wonder if there is a local group and whether we ride.  There is and we do!  Bring your cool weather gear and meet us for the next one (couple weekends from now)!

Links to other pictures, courtesy of Ed J.:


Hey Terry

Terry and his recently purchased F800GT.

My name is Terry C. and I have recently rejoined the biking world after a three decade break. Step 1 was buying a bike from Dave, Dan and the team at the Palm Bay dealership.

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Terry, welcome to the Space Coast BMW Riders Group.


New Years Eve, 2017

Thanks to all who participated in the ride this past Sunday morning. Ed & Debbie J. were the group’s leaders. There were 8 or 9 who made it. It was a sunny but chilly 53 degrees when the group departed Melbourne. The “scenic route” was indeed scenic. After breakfast at Osteen’s the group headed towards the coast on Maytown Road with a side trip to Lake Harney. As it warmed up, it turned into a nice ride. From the photos, you can see its location is literally in the middle of nowhere. Note the dark hurricane waterline on the trees approximately 400-500 yards across the marsh.

Links to more photos below, provided by Debbie J. and Marty S. with his infamous selfie stick.