Peter Culbertson rode down from New England to participate in Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Training course in Lexington. Peter is on a tricked out BWM R1200GS Adventure motorcycle. He has it farkled out with all the bells and whistles and some really cool removable soft saddlebags that I would love to try out.
Chad Oakley sits atop his late model BMW R1200GS motorcycle while at Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Rider training course in Lexington, Oklahoma. Chad was using what looks like Metzeler Tourance tires on his bike in the sand. I know from experience that those tires don’t do so swell in the sand. I rode 50 or so miles in the Mojave desert in soft sugar sand ni 110 degree temps with those tires on my fully loaded BMW R1200GS Adventure a few years ago and it wasn’t the least bit fun. I never dropped the bike but it was not what i would call an enjoyable ride. I hope Chad enjoyed his ride better than I did!
Jamie Rich is riding his BMW F800GS motorcycle to Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Rider training camp at Sundog ORV park in Lexington, Oklahoma. Both Bill and I owned F800GS motorcycles back in about 2008 but only kept the bikes a year and swapped them out for R1200GS Adventure motorcycles. I thought the F800 was a nice bike but had the absolute WORST seat in all of motorcycling. I normally ride stock seats and have even ridden a stock CBR1000RR seat for a two week, 5,400 mile tour – but I could barely ride the F800 seat for a half day. I also like the powerband 1200 over the 800 – a lot broader torque curve and less peaky power. But lots of people have purchased and love the F800GS – that is why there are so many types of motorcycles made, because people have different tastes.
I shot this photo on my Toyo VX-125 4×5 film camera on Kodak TMAX-100 film.
Today we have Perry Fields atop his BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle. Perry was attending Bill Dragoo’s Adventure Training course in Lexington, Oklahoma when he stopped along the shores of the South Canadian River for this photo. I set up my Toyo VX-125 film camera and took this portrait of Perry on his bike using Kodak TMAX-100 black and white film.
Tarren Shaw is aboard a BMW R1200GS Adventure motorcycle that is nearly identical to mine. He has removed his windshield to keep from damaging it during the training, but otherwise it is nearly identical to the bike I ride on a regular basis. This portrait was taken at the South Canadian River at the Sundog ORV trails in Lexington, Oklahoma during Bill Dragoo’s adventure rider training course. I nailed the exposure on this images and you can see the wide latitude of Kodak TMAX-100 film.