GPZList Digest, Vol 68, Issue 7
M & J Mason
masonjs at nrtco.net
Tue Jul 17 11:58:54 PDT 2012
I rented one of the Beemer 650's in Denver CO. It was a nice little bike to
ride but like you I missed the power of the GPZ. The Beemer has 50 hp at
sea level and I'm sure it was down to less than 40 in Denver ( 1 mile due
up) and under 30 at the summit of places like Wolf Creek Pass ( at nearly 3
Another gripe was all the f#$&%n safety devices. Side stand down,
transmission in neutral , clutch in and key on before you hit the starter
button. Side stand up before you shift into 1st.
The saddle bag latches were a mytery I never did figure out. I would screw
with the key for 5 minutes and all of a sudden the bag flew open. By the
time I managed to get to my camera, what ever I wanted to photograph was
either gone or dead.
If you happen to meet my sister Lesley in Romania say hi for me.
----- Original Message -----
From: "schnowz" <schnowz at att.net>
To: "Jim Mason" <MASONJS at nrtco.net>
Sent: Tuesday, July 17, 2012 10:17 AM
Subject: Re: GPZList Digest, Vol 68, Issue 7
I just finished a 2 week ride on GS650 When I first got on it it felt like a
rubber frame but once you get in tractor mode it's a very capable bike. At
first I missed the geeper but this bike is ideal for Romanian roads. Too bad
the beeemers are so unreliable because its a great bike when running right.
There was some talk of heat its been 40+C some days here.
> The GPZ is running great, just put fresh rubber on the front (rear was
> done last year), and it is as fun as ever to be on it, but I've been
> developing some health issues that have made it more and more
> uncomfortable to ride the Geeper for more than 30 minutes at a time. Maybe
> it is just age...I'm sure the recent truck tire I've been carrying around
> hasn't helped...but lately I've been thinking more and more about turning
> to the darkside.
> If I'm going to remain on two wheels, I'm going to have to get something
> with a more upright posture.
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