I ended up not riding as much as I'd hoped over the summer, but I still did a good bit. Most of my riding was in the evenings when it cooled off a bit (it was a typical hot Kansas summer), following the kids around on their dirt bike. We've gotten good use out of that thing so far. I split my time between the Morini, BMW, and Triumph, getting the Triumph past its 600 mile first oil change and now past its 1000 mile "full break in" meaning the engine can finally go up to its redline. Mostly, I've focused on the BMW for my riding. I do like riding the Triumph, but mostly take it if I'm going on a longer highway ride because of its cruise control and being slightly quieter when droning down the highway. The BMW I really have set up better for under 65 with the gearing and the lack of front windshield (I can put it on in 2 minutes, but I leave it off mostly). It'll do highway speeds just fine, but it does get a bit buzzy with the shorter final drive I put in. Riding back and forth to the office on the dirt/gravel roads, the BMW is a real joy and works great. The MSD box really helps it run and behave well at lower RPM. I'll still do the high compression pistons and get both spark plugs firing, but I suspect the former will do more than the latter. Of course the latter is easier, so I'll probably get that going first. Both still probably over the winter. The BMW GS trophy event is going on in Albania. I'm starting to think about trying out next year for the US team. The event is every other year with tryouts in the off years, so tryouts for the participants this year happened in October of last year. You have to bring your own bike to try out on, and so of course I'd be showing up with the old panzer. Somehow, though, this doesn't seem like a bad pick. I'll have to think about it some more as it gets closer. As I keep on riding the BMW I continue to get more comfortable with it, especially on loose surfaces, making it do what I want it to, and most of all at low speed maneuvering. Personally I still don't consider myself beyond a novice off road rider, but several friends who know better think I'd have a shot, and it the GS trophy is a competition for people who aren't professionals. So, I'll consider it some more and in the mean time, keep on riding.