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keepemflying Another great rally in the books By Matthew Parkhouse #13272


ANOTHER GREAT National Rally! The rather thirsty truck did the run to Salt Lake City in two days without any problems. We found the BMW


MOA building and off-loaded the pile of door prize boxes. We then located our camping spot and with the help of old friends, emptied the truck of our gear and the pair of air- heads. We camped under a tree on nice grass. The only catch? The spot was inside a fenced enclosure and the only gate was way at the other end. I used a bit of the wood that I had braced the bikes with on the truck to set up a step to allow easy climbing of the fence. The Budget facility in Salt Lake turned out to be about a mile away from the Fairgrounds, so the return of the truck was accomplished quickly, with Susanna riding back on


the back of Strider. The grounds were spread


out enough that riding the bike was the way to explore. The next couple of days were filled with catching up with friends, helping set up Air- head Central and helping other groups set up their stations. I did get a little exploring


It is nice to see some airhead parts among the vendors’ wares. In this case, Airhead Cycles out of Virginia.


of the downtown area of Salt Lake and located an Italian grocery I have done mail- order with for several years (Tony Caputo’s - their Crem- inelli Finocchiona is the BEST cold cut/sliced meat I’ve EVER had!). I also stumbled across evi- dence that the city really does have a huge homeless problem as I threaded the bike through a crowd of several hundred folks who were simply hanging out, spread out for a few blocks right behind the downtown train station. Per an article in Salt Lake’s alternative weekly, this struggle has become a deadlock among the var- ious players dealing with the issue. On the same subject, we had been told that there were several folks camping along the Jordan River, which bor- ders one end of the Fair- grounds. At the other end of the grounds, there were a few dodgy-look- ing people hanging around in the parking lot of the local 7-11. Neither group proved to be a problem during the rally, and I certainly patron- ized the 7-11 for ice and Slurpees as I dealt with temperatures in the high


34 BMW OWNERS NEWS October 2017


Greg Hutchinson, in Airhead Central, helping one of several airhead riders with the mysteries of their CV carbs.


90s. As Thursday’s show time approached,


several folks approached me asking if I had a diode board for an airhead BMW. I had brought along my usual travel bag—about 20 pounds of tools and parts. Yes, I had a diode board, so I was led to a group camp of some Minnesota BMW riders, with several airhead folk among them. They had already trouble-shot and stripped down the prob- lematic R 100 GSPD bike. A visual inspec- tion of the diode board showed it had overheated to the point of shedding solder at several points. As I had a soldering iron and solder in my bag, I suggested trying to repair the board. There was an outlet at hand, so I plugged in the iron and rapidly repaired the diode attachment points, using long-nosed pliers as a heat sink. The owner had purchased a set of new brushes; they went in as well for good measure. When all the parts were replaced on the engine, it fired up with a good reading on a pocket voltmeter with the red light going out as it should. We fixed the problem, and I got to hang on to my spare diode board. I started carrying that bag on our Europe trip in 2006, and it has proven to be a very good thing to have with me many times. One enjoyable thing about this Rally was


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