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Photo © Ian Schmeisser

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Riding the R52

As I mentioned in the comments in my previous post, I love to get people interested in what it's like to ride the R52. Most are quite intimidated, because the controls are so foreign to what a modern rider is used to. Even the clutch and front brake levers, which are in their normal places, pivot the wrong way.

Here's a picture of the most important rider controls:

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"Hopalong" Back Home

Sorry about the long delay in posting. I find it difficult to touch type from a reclining position, which has really been the only comfortable one I can stay in for a reasonable length of time right now. Getting around on crutches is difficult, especially as my house's bedroom and kitchen are on the second floor.

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Disappointment and an Apology

As I write this, I am lying comfortably in my hospital bed at Ukiah Valley Medical Center. I haven't yet seen the doctor this morning, but I assume that the surgery on my foot to insert a couple pins to stabilize the number 2, 3 and 4 metatarsals yesterday evening went well. I have not seen, but am told, that the R52 is in surprisingly good shape.

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A good day

Today Team Boxer Rebellion was back on track. And the route, from Klamath Falls to Fortuna, made it especially sweet. We travelled through some beautiful country from Klamath Falls to Medford, zigged and zagged around I-5 and the Rogue River, and then took US-199, a particularly scenic and curvy road from Grants Pass, OR to Crescent City, CA.

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Finally, some good news

Today's run from Burns, OR to Klammath Falls, OR was a tough run, but in the end, Team Boxer Rebellion had success. With the fresh bore of the cylinders and the unfortunately badly shaped pistons, I ran the whole morning at a very slow pace, hoping to break in the motor. I was soon the last rider and followed up closely by the sag wagon (aka, The Reaper), all the way down US-395 to Lake View.

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We'll be back on the road tomorrow

Today Team Boxer Rebellion took the ailing R52 to Big Twin BMW in Boise. Fred Wiley helped us a great deal when he put us in contact with Lamb Cylinder (208-322-0348).

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Why we are missing riding days right now

I only rode 13 miles on 9/17, our day riding around Yellowstone and then headed for Jackson Hole, WY, and then didn't ride yesterday going to Mountain Home, ID. I won't be riding today, going to Burns, OR, either. Here's where we are.

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Let us reflect on pleasanter times

Here are some pictures while crossing the plains.

All photos by Steve Woodward.

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More troubles

Sorry about the lack of updates, but when I had a little time in Sturgis, my computer wouldn't get on the net, I had no time in Sheridan and there was no cell reception, let alone WiFi access, in Yellowstone. I am in Jackson Hole tonight after a very disappointing day.

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