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With Paul Glaves having to drop out of the team, we will be rolling with Don Cameron as chief mechanic, Steve Woodward as chase truck driver and Jeff Wu as videographer.

Last weekend, Jeff and I brought the R52 to the San Francisco Motorcycle Club's clubhouse meeting and had a great time. Also, Jeff came through with T shirts, which we are now selling on my website. We will also be selling them along the route, as long as the supply holds out. I have taken down the option to put your name on the chase van, the name signs have been made and UPS is supposed to deliver them on Wednesday. As soon as I have them up, I will take some pictures and put them up here.

I also spent part of last week putting new brake linings on the rear brake shoes. These shoes contract around a small drum on the driveshaft. The old linings were worn down to the rivet heads. Unfortunately, some previous owner had drilled out the rivet holes to a large size, so I had to buy some pretty big aluminum pop rivets to hold the linings tightly to the shoes.

Friday, I had a box from Germany. It contained a beautiful replacement kickstart lever from Josef Heft. It fits perfectly, and the screw that holds it to the transmission shaft has been securely fastened with some Loctite blue for added security.

I want to give all my appreciation to BMW Motorcycles of San Francisco. Larry was incredibly kind and helpful by donating a new Shoei X-12 helmet and also giving a discount on a new BMW Trailguard riding suit. Visit their shop on 6th and Bryant (where they also have a nice lounge with great coffee) for your modern BMW bike needs. (415) 503-9988 / http://www.bmwmotorcycle.com.

Brent Hansen of Brent's Motor Works, who has been wholeheartedly supporting me and my effort, delivered to me a completely fresh set of cylinders, pistons, rings valves and springs. I hope that I won't have to use these, but it makes me feel good to have them in reserve, just in case.

The Future

I am still waiting for another, heavier box from Germany. This will contain my freshly rebuilt spare magneto and some spare spokes and nipples. Like the cylinders, I hope not to need any of this, but if I do, there is no way to fix the problem without having these spares along.

Tuesday, Jeff will be leaving SF, riding across the country. His R100GS is scheduled for a service at MAX BMW in CT on Tuesday next week. I'm not sure about Don's itinerary, but he will meet us in NY next week. Thursday, Steve will be here and we will finish loading the Sprinter. Friday we will depart for a four day drive along I-80, arriving Monday evening.

Wednesday morning we will register and go through Tech Inspection. There is also a 40 mile sample route that we will run to make sure that everything is ready to go. Thursday afternoon there is a riders meeting and a banquet, and Friday morning we are off!

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