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BMW International Press:In search of ‘K’ roads
All motorcyclists like to have something to look forward to, and planning the next ‘big trip’ is usually top of the list of priorities. For K Series enthusiast Shahram Shiva, swapping the busy streets of New York for the deserted roads of Nevada, the picturesque national parks and the awe-inspiring Californian Pacific Coast Highway was a long-held dream.
But what good are dreams if you don’t try to realise them? So, after weeks of planning, Shiva set off on his ideal bike – a 175 hp BMW K 1300 S – and headed West to hunt out the kind of roads that high-performance K Series BMWs were made for. Armed with the latest cinema grade HD video camcorder, laptop and camera, Shiva’s aim was to not only document the trip in detail, but carry out live-blogs, regular Facebook updates, and prepare helmet-cam and other video footage for YouTube and various other BMW enthusiast websites.
Along the way, Shiva was joined by another well known K Series rider – FIM land speed record holder Andy Sills – whose extensive knowledge of Nevada’s backroads helped Shiva to find the kind of ‘blacktop tarmac’ and picturesque scenery to truly make this a trip to remember.
Now, two weeks later, and safely back in New York with great memories from this journey, Shiva is hard at work compiling images and editing film footage from the trip: “There is lots to report,” said the founder of BMWSuperBikes.com, a popular and respected global community for K and S Series BMWs. “I have been posting images from the ride on both my BMWSuperBikes.com community and Facebook page. However, I am very excited to start work on the videos and share those as well. I have two special video interviews. One is with the master K bike customizer Larry Romestant in the Los Angeles area and the other is an extensive interview with Chris and Willie Hodgson of San Jose BMW about the first ever race of the S 1000 RR at the famed Bonneville salt flats.”
Overall, Shiva’s K Series journey covered 2,600 miles (4,200 km) over just 10 days of spirited riding. He has a large selection of onboard HD videos that he is currently editing and is looking forward to sharing these with the BMW community, who he believes will be interested in seeing these parts of the USA from a motorcyclist’s perspective.
“I travelled on what I think are some of the best roads in the world, including the Malibu canyons, Death Valley, Pacific Coast Highway, Nevada’s truly awesome and flawless backroads, central California’s desolate farm roads and Yosemite’s scenic and twisty mountainous roads. I rode in elevation from sea level to 10,000 feet (3,050 metres) and in temperatures ranging from 40 to 119 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 48 degrees Celsius).
“The K 1300 S performed flawlessly,” added Shahram. “With so much power available – even at very low RPM – combined with powerful brakes and its long wheelbase, the K1300 S was always poised, no matter the speed or the condition of the road. It performed as beautifully in Malibu’s famed canyons as it did on the perfectly straight roads in the middle-of-nowhere in Nevada, where in places you could see for at least 20-miles in front of you.”
More pictures, video links and news from Shiva’s K 1300 S ‘High Desert Mavericks’ run will be coming in the next two weeks. For more information on his journey and the K and S series BMWs and their owners, check out the www.bmwsuperbikes.com/forum
community. For an exclusive clip of San Jose BMW’s Chris and Willie Hodgson with the S 1000 RR at Bonneville Salt Flats, please click on the following link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b0lYDRIyzo8&hd=1