I flew to San Juan Island for a short visit–my first return home in over six months. It was a brief reminder of my former idyllic life.
I had an appointment. A float plane and taxi delivered me to Ride West BMW in Seattle. After much tire kicking and discussions involving many BMWs over the years, Roman finally made a sale. Three months earlier, he and I negotiated a deal from opposite coasts on a thirtieth-anniversary-edition K1300S. During its production and shipment from Germany, interest in this striking, limited production model grew, and Roman quietly accepted three back-up deposits on ‘my bike’ while we waited.
After completing the paperwork, I prepared for my first ride. I was more than a little intimidated by the bike’s 175 horsepower. With the saddlebags packed and myself psyched, I released the clutch for the first time, about as I would on my boxer, and stalled the engine! It has a light flywheel.
My trip home produced other discoveries, chiefly that this rocket ship is stable, predictable, and utterly confidence-inspiring. In the next few days I rode it around our little island a bunch of times, finding that this bike really wants a longer road. With my return to DC approaching, I set out on the beautiful, 400-mile Cascade Loop to get better feel of the bike.